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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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The weather in the UK has been refreshingly wonderful for the past few weeks. I've tried to spend as much time outdoors as I can which means, more encounters with one of the greatest sources of inspiration in my book – plants! The colours, the patterns, the sheer diversity –... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Afri-love
My mother is from Tanzania where it is customary for women to give each other kangas (also known as lessos) as gifts, especially at events such as weddings, send-offs, births etc. Over the years, my mother has amassed quite a number! Last year while visiting her, I took the opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Afri-love
Glancing at my Instagram feed from the past couple weeks, there's a common theme emerging: lines, stripes and multi-colour! Here's how it went down … Above: this bag is most definitely on my wishlist. Handmade in Kenya, available from Lov'edu. Colourful cables at Whitechapel tube station. Tanabata Fukinagashi decorations at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Afri-love
Hello all – just a quick note to thank those of you who alerted me that the Evie Nix Jewellery Giveaway entry form link wasn't working! What a rookie mistake – apologies! I've fixed it now – you can enter here. For more details around entry criteria and a glimpse... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Afri-love
I met Yvonne Nicholson, the Zambian born UK based designer behind Evie Nix, at the African Market at Old Spitalfields in London. It’s her I have to thank for the fabulous kitenge/ankara/wax print corset that I walked away with that day. Evie Nix offers unique African print corsets, jewellery and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Afri-love
That mouthful of a title summarises much of what visually turns me on. I think of an abundance of pattern, colour, prints – and wacky combinations of all three! Despite the diversity of traditions and design output, I think it's interesting to note the similarities when you look at Africa,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Afri-love
Over the past month or so, I’ve been doing lots of self-directed making. From creating fun photo ‘collages’ for Instagram to getting into a regular drawing rhythm. Funnily enough, a lot of this has then been co-opted for business purposes. For example said collages for the Creativity and Noise designs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Afri-love
I spent a wonderful weekend in Liverpool, at the UK’s largest African musical festival, Africa Oyé. This year wasn’t just about soaking up the good music and good vibes (although there was still plenty of that) as I was helping out at the Creativity and Noise + Merkato stall. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Afri-love
Thank you so much Kathryn! I truly appreciate all of your support through the years. I hope this is the year we get to finally meet in person :)
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2014 on Afri-love is 5 at Afri-love
Thank you for the greetings Kui – and for sticking with me for all these years :). Glad that you've enjoyed it. I'd love to hear what your favourite content/types of content is so, please feel free to drop me a line.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2014 on Afri-love is 5 at Afri-love
Hi Louise, thank you so much for your comment. I will also try search for information about that exhibition – I would love to see the work that was shown. Have you been back to Dar since the 70s? Thanks for reading. All the best! Lulu
Today, Afri-love is 5 years old. I started the blog just after I left the world of employment so, this milestone not only marks the anniversary of an idea but also, of a completely different way of life! That of a self-employed creative entrepreneur. It’s so fitting then that the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Afri-love
As the weather warms up in London, being outside becomes so much more compelling and, I have more excuses to pause and take note of the sights around me. Here are some from the past week. All the visual stimulation is motivating me to procrastinate less on making (hence the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Afri-love
I wanted to be a creative professional because I like to come up with ideas and to make things. I wanted to be an entrepreneur because I wanted more freedom over my ideamongering (yes, I made that up) and my making. The hard truth of the matter is that, running... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Afri-love
This week I came across some more home decor beauties for my wishlist – from a wide selection of Moroccan goods over at One Kings Lane. Images from top: lime green pillow sham; green cactus silk rug; kilim pouf; red silk rug; hand loomed wool pillow; Azilal rug As you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Afri-love
Maya Angelou lived such a full and creative life: poet, dancer, film and television producer, playwright, film director, author and actress. Not to forget the creative acts of educating and changemaking, in her work as a teacher and civil rights activist. I remember reading I Know Why The Caged Bird... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Afri-love
'Beige', as an adjective, often has negative connotations – boring, plain, unimaginative. When we think of African design, we often think of the opposite – a creative kaleidoscope of prints and colours. I thought it would be interesting to find some beautiful design pieces for the home, that prove that... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at Afri-love
Really looking forward to your email and to chatting some more. Have a great weekend Andrea!
Toggle Commented May 23, 2014 on I'm an Artist + Inspiring Insider on at Fly
This Friday afternoon, I have the honour of speaking on a panel at Oxford University’s Oxford Africa Conference. The topic: New Lifestyles – The Consumer Drive. The session synopsis reads: Africa’s rising middle class presents new opportunities for retailers. Is there such a thing as an ‘African consumer’, and if... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Afri-love
Karma Cola is a cola made with Fairtrade and organic ingredients including cola nut from Sierra Leone. I first took note when I saw the funky packaging via Choolips on instagram. Check out the video to find out the story of Karma Cola. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Related: Interview with Sustainable Fashion Entrepreneur,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Afri-love
One of the things I love most about what I do is that I get to look for, look at and make beautiful images! Here are some that I came across this week. There was definitely a theme emerging – prints, beads and the red, pink and white palette. Images... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at Afri-love
This post is so timely! I've just now, after 10 years as a practising designer (including 4 of those years running my design agency), come to this exact same realisation. And I feel so liberated! All the personal and professional experiences and growth over the years – and my interaction with so many artists and designers via my blog and work – has led me to this point. My mindset has shifted and, like you said, I'm defining for myself what it means for me to be an artist. I remember that "us" and "them" mentality between we the designers and the fine art students – and all the negative connotations projected on the latter. Now I look back and admire their experience. Alas, I'm so happy to be where I am now. At the beginning of what I know is going to be an amazing journey. Thanks for sharing Andrea. It's reassuring to know that this battle hasn't been mine alone. Lulu
Toggle Commented May 17, 2014 on I'm an Artist + Inspiring Insider on at Fly
Thanks for your comment Jon!
Thanks Levina! :)
Toggle Commented May 16, 2014 on Female Relations at Afri-love
I’m not sure how I feel about this menswear trend, especially the shorter and tighter the shorts get! Lus has been threatening to get some shorts to rock this summer so, in support, I’ve collated a few, from Yevu and from Laurence Airline, that I could possibly get down with.... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Afri-love