Fabulous Finds

  • African Fabric for Sale

    You can get a range of unique Ankara (African wax print) and Adire (hand-dyed, handmade tie dye) fabric shipped right to your door!

     

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  • VICTOR EHIKHAMENOR: Chronicles Of The Enchanted World

    image from the Gallery of African Art

    If you are in London then do go along to Cork Street and check out Victor Ehikhamenor’s Chronicles of an Enchanted Land at the Gallery of African Art 

    WHEN: 21st May -19th July 2014

    WHERE:

    Gallery of African Art

    9 Cork Street,

    London W1S 3LL.

    Tel: +44(0)207 287 7400

    Enquiries: info@gafraart.com

    Opening hours:

    Monday to Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 11am-4pm

     

  • Upcycling Workshop with Yinka Ilori

    Yinka Ilori is a East London based designer with a degree in furniture and product design. He specialises in up-cycling vintage furniture inspired by traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that he grew up with as a child. Each piece of furniture that he up-cycles tells a meaningful, yet humorous story which can be shared with people throughout the world.

    Yinka Ilori Up-Cycling Workshop

    He is running his 3rd series of up-cycling workshops starting in May! You’ll get the chance to upcycle your own chair in his studio in the heart of East London! You’ll get the opportunity to up-cycle your own chair inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables you select and decide to work with! It’s a fun experience where you learn about the art of storytelling through Nigerian parables.

    You’ll be musically inspired with sweet African music while working on your chairs and possibly luckily for you in this series there will be a live talking drummer throughout the series playing the parables while you work!

    Get involved!

    EMAIL: hello@yinkailori.com

    WEBSITE: www.yinkailori.com

    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/yinksdesigns

  • Contemporary African Art: Sokari Douglas Camp

    Yoruba Ladies– image courtesy of http://www.sokari.co.uk/

     

    Sokari Douglas Camp is a sculptor who works primarily in steel. She was born in 1958 in the Kalabari town of Buguma in southern Nigeria. She studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, earned her BA degree at the Central School of Art and Design, London and her MA from the Royal College of Art. Douglas Camp now lives in London with her husband, Alan Camp who is an architect.

    Douglas Camp is internationally recognised for her large-scale sculptures in steel which has led to her work being acquired by various institutions like the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the British Museum in London, Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo and so on, all for their permanent collections.

     

    Material Salsa– image courtesy of http://www.sokari.co.uk/

     

    She has been awarded many commissions for public memorial sculptures, most notably the “Living Memorial” to Ken Saro-Wiwa. In 2003 her proposal NO-O-War No-O-War-R was shortlisted for Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth.  In 2005, Douglas Camp was awarded a CBE in recognition of her contribution to the arts.

    I have been a fan for a number of years and was glad to see more of her work including the lovely Yoruba ladies shown above at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London.

    Please have a look at the beautiful stories told by this artist.

    For more information on Sokari Douglas camp visit: www.sokari.co.uk/

     

     

     

     

  • Fabulous Finds: Nike Art Gallery

    During last week’s Social Media Week, I finally got round to visiting Nike Art Gallery in Lekki. I loved it. It was full of what I can only refer to as treasure! A fantastic array of African art all under one roof.

    Sculpture, painting, metalwork; it had everything. I can certainly not do it just in words so here are a few pictures. There are four levels to discover new favourites. I don’t think it’s a one day only type of visit. I spent quite some time but will definitely be back to take more of it in.

     

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    Joseph Eze Art

    Artist- Joseph Eze

    On the tour we were introduced to many new artists on the scene as well as some of the old masters. I will look further into their work and write about some of them in later posts. One of my personal favourites was Joseph Eze, whose work I have seen before but I was unable to identify.

    He does these beautiful women with threaded hair. They are beautifully adorned and interestingly each and every symbol/motif on the canvases has a meaning. I will explore further!

     

    Red Bull Metal Sculpture

    Red Bull Metal Sculpture

    In the meantime, if you are in Lagos make sure you visit!

    Address: 2 Lekki-Epe Expy, Lekki, Nigeria
    Phone:+234 813 154 8613
    Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    website: www.nikeartcenters.com/

     

     

     

  • Fela: Waka Waka

     

    A friend sent me a link to this Fela track. I have never heard it before and the ‘sound’ is very different to what is now known as the Fela sound, the sounds of Afrobeat. Nevertheless, I really love this track.

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  • Fabulous Find: Colour Your Life

    Colour Your Life by Yumalum

     

    Couldn’t say it better myself. Check out Yumalum’s Etsy Store for funky posters and prints. Fresh, bright and definitely yummy!

  • Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders

    Magic Ladders: Yinka Shonibare

    Magic Ladders: Yinka Shonibare
    Image Courtesy of www.yinkashonibarembe.com/

     

    The Barnes Foundation presents Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders from January 24, 2014 through April 21, 2014. A British artist of Nigerian descent, Shonibare has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe. His work alludes to European art and intellectual history and explores race, slavery, authenticity, and commerce.

    The works in the exhibition—approximately 15 sculptures, paintings, photographs, and a room installation—address themes of education, opportunity, and scientific and cultural discovery. His sculptures—life-sized mannequins clothed in the Dutch wax fabrics associated with Africa—offer a dramatic, playful, irreverent examination of identity, history, and politics.

    This is the artist’s first major exhibition in Philadelphia, since his residency at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in 2004 and it includes a commission entitled Magic Ladders.

    Interestingly, the exhibition is sponsored by Anthropologie.

    WHERE:

    The Barnes Foundation

    2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    WHEN: 
    January 24–April 21, 2014
  • Contemporary African Art: Zak Ove

    Zak Ové   Time Thief   2010
    Mixed Media (Antique African mask / Various found objects)   210 x 75 cm / 82 5/8 x 29 1/2 in 
    I Image courtesy Vigo Gallery www.vigogallery.com
     

    I first came across this dude at the Contemporary African Art Fair in Somerset house last October and I was blown away. He had presence, he had swag and he was elegant all at the same time!

    Zak Ové is based in London with roots in Trinidad. His work crosses between sculpture, film and photography. He is represented by the Vigo Gallery. Click to see more of his work and to find out more about the artist.

     

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  • Remodelista Design Awards

    Vote for your favourite Childrens’ space out of these interesting entries.

    Below are the finalists for the Best Children’s Space from professional designers.  Voting ends on the 15th of July. Share images on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest using the sharing tools embedded beneath each image. Happy voting!

    Go right here to vote: http://www.remodelista.com/posts/remodelista-considered-design-awards-vote-for-the-best-childrens-space-professional-category

     

    “The children’s bedroom is on two levels: the beds and study areas are tucked up into the roof space, while the lower floor is opened out to form a large play area. The playful rubber floor has colours from a favourite story book integrated into the layout.”

    Not like I am biased but this entry by Openstudio Architects is pretty special! Go check it out and please vote!