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Afri-love
Afri-love is a community of creativity, knowledge, passion and ideas for all who identify with, are inspired by or have an affinity for Africa.
Interests: art, design, culture, music, fashion, self
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It’s less than a week to go until Christmas so, ordering your gifts online is now pretty much a gamble. If the thought of braving the madness shops this weekend makes you want to crawl into a dark hole, fear not – I’ve got some ideas that will hopefully keep... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Afri-love
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I know many of us are counting down to Christmas and the opportunity to take a break; spend quality time with family and friends and; rejuvenate our energy and spirits. For some people, thinking about work is the last thing they want to do as the year rolls to a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Afri-love
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The Renegade Craft Fair London is 3 days away and Lusungu and I have been busy getting our ‘Fly South For Winter’ collection ready! It’s inspired by our motherland love and a yearning for the tropics in these wintry times. All the designs are hand-drawn by me and then hand... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Afri-love
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The term ‘networking’ used to put me off. I’d imagine an awkward room full of strangers, standing around trying to impress others. Others who, had already made up their minds about who they were going to pay attention to or not. Cynical, I know but, I’d spent countless evenings at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Afri-love
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Some of you will remember the TV show from when we were growing up – that's not the Renegade that I'm talking about! I'm talking about The Renegade Craft Fair – a curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design. Renegade returns to London, Saturday 22... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Afri-love
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As the weather turns, I find that my usually vibrant colour palette gets subverted by an inclination towards the monochrome. It's clearest when it comes to my wardrobe but, I realised it happening with the photos I was taking too! Here are a few … [Above: sculpture by Sandile Zulu,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Afri-love
Thanks for sharing Muriel!
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Summer is a distant dream for many of us living in the northern hemisphere (climate change aside, that is – only 3 days ago I was out and about in short sleeves!). Indeed, it's now 2 months since I returned to London from my trip to a hot and humid... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Afri-love
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Following the great response I've been getting to my 'African Cities' greetings cards, I'm working on a new set of greeting card designs and would love your input. I’ve put together a questionnaire which, you can complete in 10 minutes here. As a thank you, I will send you a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Afri-love
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If you’re reading this, it’s quite possible that you take cycling for granted. It’s quite possible that cycling is something you used to do around your neighbourhood, for fun, as a teenager. Perhaps nowadays you ride when you escape the city, enjoying more scenic ‘scapes. Or perhaps you’ve chosen to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Afri-love
Thank you Chymere! I love getting feedback. The cards will be waiting for you, when you're ready. If you're based in London, we'll be exhibiting at the Renegade Craft Fair in November so, come say hello: http://www.renegadecraft.com/london
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You may have already gathered my excitement, from Facebook and Instagram, about one of my latest projects – a series of greeting cards I’ve titled ‘African Cities’. Here’s a little secret: they were a bit of an accident. Context is everything I was working on calendar designs and I was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Afri-love
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You may have already come across Diana Opoti's 100 Days of African Fashion digital campaign. Well, the challenge is soon coming to an end – today is Diana's 94th day. Find out more about her campaign and see what she's worn, here and on her Instagram feed, @dianaopoti. Congratulations on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Afri-love
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I recognise that the story behind the work is often more compelling than the outcome. It’s through these stories that we understand the full context within which something exists. We get an insight into the creator’s intentions and inspirations, as well as into their process. And so a new Afri-love... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Afri-love
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Accessories are this girl's best friend. Drawing them, making them (way back in the day), working with people who design them and of course, wearing them! I love a good pair of dramatic earrings but, when it comes to really making a statement, nothing beats a fabulously bold necklace. These... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Afri-love
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My experience of running a business has been rewarding in many ways but, it’s no walk in the park. If you’re creatively inclined like myself, you may have had the thought: “how can I design my life so that I get to do more of this making stuff?” It’s no... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Afri-love
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We’re just one week away from a special festival looking at what can be learnt and celebrated from Africa and the African diaspora. I’m looking forward to this second edition of the Africa Utopia festival for 3 main reasons: 1. The Great Line-up My top 5 picks include: A Brief... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at Afri-love
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** UPDATE, 16th September 2014: The CAKE Series workshops in London will now begin on January 24th 2015. The online component will launch in January too so that women from across the world can join us. More details on the CAKE blog.** --- This is the story of how getting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Afri-love
You're welcome Sharmay! Happy you enjoyed them.
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Today’s guest post is by Nuri Abdur-Rauf. USA native, Nuri, is interning with us at Asilia while she pursues an MA in Contemporary Typographic Media at the University of the Arts London College of Communication. We’ve been privy to what she’s working on for her final project – getting tidbits... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Afri-love
@Chymere - glad you enjoyed it!
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2014 on TGIF! with Selam at Afri-love
@Chymere - I know! I wonder if this is still the case 3 years on. Andrew may need to do an update!
Chymere - I need to catch up with you!
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2014 on My African Fiction Reading List at Afri-love
Glad you enjoyed it Karl
Hi Hannatu - which prints are you referring to? These are the ones I have for sale at the moment: http://society6.com/weareasilia