Twelve Etsy sellers each spent an hour in Liberty London’s window just off Regent Street, starting at 10am on Friday November 1st and finishing at 7pm on Saturday. Over the course of the two days our assembled crafts were displayed in a special Etsy installation.
The letter ‘I’ was brought to you by yours truly, me, Urbanknit. Yay! Complete with butterflies floating away, have a look!
As I was unable to take a picture of myself, I have put one up of a fellow Etsy crafter. So if any of those lovely tourists out there that took pictures of me whilst I was working reads this, please send one to me via email! It was nerve-wracking at first, sitting in the window as the world passed by but it turned out to be fun and the hour went by very quickly. Something of a dream come true as Liberty is one of my favourite stores it the whole world. Quirky, a bit eccentric and always full of goodies!
Buy handmade, buy one of a kind!
1:54 is billed to be the first contemporary African Art Fair, which will be held in London between the 16-20 October 2013. It takes its name from 54 countries on the continent and will feature the work of over 70 artists ranging from sculpture to photography and a lot more. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience and engage with African art!
1:54 is a platform for galleries, artists, curators, art centres and museums involved in African and Africa related projects and aims to promote art by established and emerging talents amongst an international audience.
1:54 is designed by David Adjaye and will be held at Somerset House, a historic building and major cultural arts centre in the heart of London. It will feature the works of artists such as Meschac Gaba, whose work has recently been bought by the Tate; Venice Biennale Golden-Lion-winner Edson Chagas; Aboudia, whose work has been bought by the Saatchi Gallery; Sammy Baloji whose work has been exhibited at the Tate or Sokari Douglas Camp who is attracting a lot of attention in the international art market.
1:54 will be accompanied by an educational and artistic programme and will include lectures, film screenings and panel debates featuring leading international curators, artists and art experts.
DATE: 16th to 20th October, 2013
WHERE: Somerset House, London
TICKETS: Available here
MORE INFORMATION: http://1-54.com
This sounds wonderful. I shall be there!
Femi Kuti will be performing at the jazz cafe in Camden, London on the 5th of November. Go check it out, will be a night of fun. See you there!!
For more information and tickets: The Jazz Cafe
DATE: 5th November, 2013
The Jazz Cafe,
Camden Town, London
I always talk about events happening in London or in Lagos so for a change here is something for those of you who are state-side! Indianapolis to be precise.
Majestic African Textiles are being showcased at the Indianapolis Museum of Art with an array of royal and prestigious garments on display. The pieces have intricate detailing and embellishment which is often in traditional African fabrics of the highest quality. The collection is said to consist of over 60 pieces from across North and sub-Saharan Africa.
I can spot some aso-oke even from the preview images so I am sold and would really love to see this.
So if you happen to be in the area and go, drop us a line to let us know what you thought.
DATE: May 3, 2013-March 2, 2014
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3326
MORE INFO: www.imamuseum.org
Craft has enjoyed a huge renaissance in the UK over the last few years as people adopt a more back to basic approach to life and choose to make and purchase products that are completely handmade. A new generation of crafters who love handmade has been born and Handmade Christmas at The O2 brings hundreds of the country’s best crafters under one roof for a very special Christmas Fair.
This December, a raft of Britain’s best and brightest designers, crafters, hobbyists, and food and drink merchants will gather to showcase their talents at a three-day event that’s set to become a cornerstone of the UK’s crafting calendar. Handmade Christmas at The O2 takes place in the middle of December so fits perfectly with you wanting that special present or food for the Christmas table. So if you are looking for something distinctly different and quirky this is your stop.
With hundreds of stalls, chalets and stands Handmade Christmas will sit comfortably within the steady buzz of the Entertainment District on the Live Quarter at The O2 and as it’s indoors, visitors can enjoy their visit whatever the weather. Visitors to the show can take part in workshops and demos provided by various crafty gurus from the craft scene plus get some fantastic special one of a kind gifts not available on the high street.
Specially organised in tandem with three concerts at The O2, Handmade Christmas will open its doors to an estimated 60,000 people attending The O2 over three days.
The O2 is an iconic London venue and a design classic which will form the backdrop for the event. Easily accessible for you by road and underground (Jubilee line), it has fantastic facilities, parking for 6000 cars and an atmosphere that will make Handmade Christmas at The O2 one festive show you certainly cannot miss!
Handmade Christmas Website: http://www.handmadechristmas.co.uk
All you need to know is that Urbanknit will be there and even more importantly
The Urbanknit Stand number is: 744
You can check out the floorplan here. We are close to the entrance so drop by on your way in! More info to come as we get closer to the time!
Lights, Camera, Africa!!! 2013 Film Festival – ‘GREAT MIGRATIONS’
For the third year runnning, Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival is back. Working this year with the African Film Festival, New York and Nadia Denton©, London.
This year the Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival is scheduled to hold again over the Independence Day holidays from Friday, 27 September to Tuesday, 1 October 2013 with the theme, ‘Great Migrations’.
Lights, Camera, Africa!!! 2013 will feature a diverse range of African cinema and this year will include novel genres. Inspired by the theme ‘Great Migrations’ our 2013 film festival will explore the various aspects of migration and movement of African people, culture, art and existentiality.
The Lights, Camera, Africa!!! 2013 Film Festival will highlight and explore the migrations and movement of people to and from Africa; the social dynamics that Africa has witnessed in post colonial years; the dynamic evolution of the continent’s art expressions particularly in film, music and literature and the general shifts in thought, philosophy, politics and our communal and individual identity as Africans.
Continuing to celebrate and propagate a rich African heritage through film, The Life House through its Lights, Camera, Africa!!! Film Festival this September promises to deliver to its enthused audience and sponsors a robust programme of educational talks and workshops; entertaining concerts and fairs and an even more diverse pool of riveting films in multiple genres including but not limited to feature, animation, experimental and documentary
Lights, Camera, Africa!!! continues to showcase the brightest ideas in African cinema; promote the most promising film talent from within Africa and in particular the work of local filmmakers in Nigeria.
Date: 27th September to 1st October
Shows and times coming soon!
Highlights of the festival include, a performance by Tunde Jegede, a catwalk show by Africa Fashion Week London and a live performance by headline act Nneka. This event is free to members of the public and the Africa Centre sincerely hopes that you will join us for a challenging, provocative African festival, reflecting the progressive modernism that has emerged post-independence.
Music, fashion, photography, film and much more at the Africa centre. A festival weekend of music, fashion, dance, food, performances and film in and around Covent Garden Piazza.
For more information: http://www.africacentre.org.uk/event/africa-centre-summer-festival/
See you there!
APPROPRIATING CULTURE, MEDIUMS, AND MEANINGS
8 March – 5 April 2013 (Monday-Saturday, 10-6 PM)
Designing Africa: Appropriating Culture, Mediums, and Meanings presents a survey of the vital yet often under-appreciated emerging tendencies in contemporary design on the African continent. With a particular focus on Nigeria, Designing Africa examines the work of a diverse group of artists in the country who explore avenues of the vast design field, including product design, furniture design, graphic design, typography, and constructed surfaces. While their practices span wide spectrums of art and design, their work shares a commonality in a particular design sensibility, one that can be traced back to a shared interest in process, experimentation, and presentation. Designing Africa investigates the blurred boundaries between the definition of artist and designer in contemporary art and the ways in which design is articulated through both a regional (African) paradigm and a more inclusive global conversation.
For more information, please contact African Artists Foundation:
54 Raymond Njoku Street
Wishing all our Ghanaian friends and fans a Happy Independence Day!
It so happens that one of our favourite customers has just received her custom order of a Kente Supersnap Clutch. Kente is a gorgeous handwoven cloth from Ghana, similar to Aso-oke. We will definitely be experimenting with more very soon.
Thanks Ivy for a very interesting project.