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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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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:
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
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
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
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
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
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
** 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.
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:
Thanks mama - glad to have inspired you as you inspire me every day! @afroninas - congratulations to you too!
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2014 on Afri-love is 5 at Afri-love
One of the things I'm really enjoying at the moment is all the art that I'm discovering, experiencing and making. Here are some photos from recent adventures … While in Manchester recently, it wasn’t all about plant photography. I chanced upon graffiti artist Akse (P19 Crew) working on a Mandela... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Afri-love
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 Jul 27, 2014 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