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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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Another month of my #plantsomethingdaily challenge has gone by and today, I will cross the halfway mark! It’s been a great exercise in discipline, stretching my creativity and not getting hung up on trying to achieve perfection. It’s also been quite satisfying – just doodling without much restriction. Above are... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Afri-love
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Every now and again, a project comes along that speaks to my heart, mind and soul (I’m really grateful that, after almost 5 years in business, this is becoming the rule rather than an exception!). Working with the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) has been one of those projects. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Afri-love
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My #plantsomethingdaily art challenge continues. At this point, as much as there are days where I feel like I just don’t want to do it (usually because I’ve left it very late and all I want to do is sleep), I’m way too committed to listen to the deviant voices... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Afri-love
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I have a confession to make: despite how much I enjoyed screenprinting in university, living with a screenprinter has made me lazy. Why bother when I can ask/beg Lusungu to print something for me? :). However, the more and more I witness the joys of printing, the more and more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Afri-love
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Over the past 9 months or so, I’ve been reconnecting with something that I used to do – making art! Not for work but, just for fun – just for me. It’s been the best thing I decided to do. My friend, Stacy Moore – a chartered psychologist – came... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Afri-love
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Soon after I moved to the UK, around 10 years ago, I bought my first house plant. It has been with me through moving house, several times (including moving city – twice!), and through all kinds of neglect (I know, shame on me). The poor thing got bent out of... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2015 at Afri-love
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I'm honoured to join the family of 'Bosschiques' over on Women Change Africa – a blog and brand founded on the theory that if women are celebrated, connected and cultivated, change will occur in our communities. Women Change Africa founder, Moiyattu Banya had some great questions for me, providing an... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Afri-love
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This is the first of many lists as I’m constantly discovering amazing African photographers (and other creatives), through Instagram. The four featured here all hail from my part of the continent – the east. This is just a slice of their repertoire so be sure to check them out their... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Afri-love
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A third of the year has already gone by! Doing my #plantsomethingdaily drawings has been an interesting way of tracking the progress of time. Here are a few favourites from April… Top row: Indulging my love of patten and stripes! 2nd row: Lusungu gave me a brief for this one:... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Afri-love
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Blog beginnings When I started this blog, I had a hypothesis behind it but, as the years went by, I continued to write about the things that interested me, without consciously checking them against those founding ideas. What I did realise is that there were some emerging themes: creativity, enterprise... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Afri-love
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My daily art challenge continues and I reached the 100 milestone last week. Here are some of my favourites from March. As you can see I had quite a bit of fun with filters (my photo editing app of choice is still VSCO Cam). Below is a special drawing inspired... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Afri-love
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If you’re on the Asilia ‘Lunch on Asilia’ mailing list, you’ll have read a version of this already. When talk turns to social media and the power of the internet – my eyes light up. The love affair started when I was in university and discovered MSN groups (remember those?).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Afri-love
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I have a Pinterest board called 'African Style' and finding pictures for it brings me much joy. We are truly a creative and beautiful people! I've decided to do a regular round-up of some of my favourites. Here's number 1. See more on Pinterest. Image credits: Top left, top right,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at Afri-love
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These 'Habari' dinnerware sets from Anthropologie are clearly inspired by African textiles. I notice some iconic wax print motifs, as well as kanga-inspired text treatment. The vibrant collection includes coasters, plates of various sizes, mugs, coasters and napkins. See more here. Images from the Anthropologie website. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Related: Interview with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Afri-love
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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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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