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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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I recently came across jewellery designer, global nomad and artist of love, Katra Awad. Born in California, raised in Europe and the Caribbean and of Egyptian and Hispanic roots, I love her perspective on creativity, in the grander scheme of wellness and love: During one of my travels someone once... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Afri-love
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This post was originally written for Materia Marketer – a blog created by my homeopath, Tracy Karkut-Law, and I, born out of our shared passion for the web and social media. On the blog we share everything we know about building a great online presence. It’s targeted towards homeopaths but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Afri-love
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I managed to escape my stand at the Women of the World festival marketplace last weekend, to have a look at all the other beautiful crafts on offer. I was particularly mesmerised by one incredibly vibrant table – the photo above represents merely a quarter of the space! Stitch Sainte... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Afri-love
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My daily art challenge continues. There have been times, when I’m just about to go to bed, after working really long hours, and I remember that I haven’t created the day’s piece! It’s been so tempting to just give that one time a miss. However, thanks to all the wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Afri-love
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Miriam Makeba is one of the women I’ve illustrated as part of my portrait series of iconic women. Often, when I’m exhibiting at fairs, people don’t who she is so, I thought I’d share some info. Full name: Zenzile Miriam Makeba. Nickname: Mama Africa. Born: Johannesburg, 4th March 1932. Known... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Afri-love
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Today’s interview features screenprinter, Lusungu Chikamata, founder of Creativity and Noise (who also happens to be my life partner!). It’s a great story of persistence and resourcefulness – I think sometimes we think everything has to be perfect before we can begin when actually, just getting started gets you to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Afri-love
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I moved office a few months ago and my Asilia team and I are finally opening up our doors to welcome our clients, collaborators and friends. You're invited! Drop by our new studio in Brockley, London, any time between 4pm and 8pm on Thursday 5th March. You’ll get to see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Afri-love
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I first took a yoga class when I was in university, around 15 years ago, and I've been in love ever since. In the many different classes that I've taken over the years, I am often the only black person, let alone black woman, in the room. Fair enough I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Afri-love
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In January, I noticed a trend in the photos I was taking – there were a lot of peachy, coral colours alongside different shades of green. I love this combination of colours and can't wait to apply it to some illustrations or designs. It's freezing and grey outside so, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Afri-love
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Last year, I started taking commissions for the style of portrait illustrations that I’d previously made for my design business and a few of our clients. The response was really exciting! People ordered illustrations for themselves and their loved ones, coming up with reasons and occasions that I hadn’t even... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Afri-love
FB! Thank you for the wonderful words and for being such an amazing friend and supporter – even in those moments where I can't see what there is to champion! In fact, especially then. I want that superhero meeting – YES! I'll hit you up about that. Love you always.
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Just before Christmas, Stacy from my mastermind group shared a book she was reading, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying. At the time, it piqued my interest and I made a loose mental note to check it out. A few weeks later, it came up again and this time, something in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Afri-love
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Over a decade ago, I came across a quote which has stayed in my memory since: "Had I not fallen, I would not have arisen. Had I not been subject to darkness, I could not have seen the light" – Midrash The quote has special resonance for me now, given... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Afri-love
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I reached a turning point mid-last year when, I decided to stop talking and start making, putting an end to years of creative frustration. It's not that I was previously lacking in ideas but rather, that I had been fooling myself that I just didn't have the time. And then... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Afri-love
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There is such huge pressure for new beginnings in January. Reflecting on the month I've had, it's been more about recalibration, in preparation for new things. Rather than be frustrated, I'm reminding myself that, ultimately, we can start whenever we like! For those who are working on starting (or restarting/refreshing/revamping)... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Afri-love
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There are 2 hours of 2014 left as I write this and I am extremely emotional. This year has been the toughest that I’ve ever experienced and yet, after a really long time, I feel more authentically myself. The lows Business was extremely challenging and along with that, finances. And... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Afri-love
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In less than 2 days, many of us will be enjoying a public holiday (whether we celebrate Christmas or not) and we'll hopefully have some downtime. If you find yourself at a loss for ideas of how to entertain the younger ones (and those young at heart), I've got just... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Afri-love
Hi Chembo – thanks for the comment. Happy you like my cockerel!
Toggle Commented Dec 22, 2014 on New Designs – Your Thoughts Please at Afri-love
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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 Dec 19, 2014 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 Dec 15, 2014 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!