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Marking a Year of Blogging And Challenging Stereotypes

Wow, where has the time gone!!!! Today marks a year of blogging; researching, writing and posting as the blog turns one; and what a year it has been! Before I started the blog I was the person who dismissed blogging as a waste of valuable time… I take it back… the fact that I not only created, but have managed to maintain a blog for a year is a miracle in itself… I started the blog at a time of great change in my life and I guess the writing and researching became a cathartic process for me to make […]

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CrOp by David Peck Ugandan Photographs Fashion Collection

David Peck is an American fashion designer whose innovative custom made prints are turned into elegantly, quirky fashion collections. Launched for Spring/Summer 2011, CrOp by David Peck is a collection of some gorgeously feminine dresses, skirts and tops. It was the prints and the inspiration behind them that especially caught my attention; the collection entitled ‘Common Threads’ was based on a collaboration with Houston-based photojournalist Jamie Leigh Collier, whose photographs taken in different locations around Uganda were then translated by David into stunning custom fabrics used to make up the collection. Placed side by side you can immediately see the evocative quality […]

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Baobab Collection Luxury Candles Inspired by Africa

  What an unexpectedly busy week its turned out to be; and as it draws to a close the soft glow of a candle filling the air with a soothing scent can be the perfect way to lull yourself into a blissful state of relaxation… such an indulgence, for setting the mood and the thought that came to mind when I came across the Baobab Collection, a luxury collection of colourful candles and home fragrances inspired by Africa. Created in 2002, The Baobab Collection found its inspiration amidst the magnificent landscapes of Tanzania where founder, Valérie Bietlot was inspired by the intense […]

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Corinne Hamak Africa Inspired Jewellery Collection

Beautifully bright and stylishly simple I love the organic forms in London-based jewellery designer Corinne Hamak’s ‘Africa’ inspired jewellery collection. Reminding me of the intensity of African sunsets, vibrant red and yellow hues mixed with silver and gold metals make for complementary pretty, chic pieces. The Africa inspired jewellery collection was inspired by the Ghanaian artform of creating beads using glass that has been ground up.

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Stoned Cherrie Fashionable South African Ceramic Homeware

I love a good cup of tea, and for me any time is teatime! So was rather taken with some quirky teapots and teacups courtesy of Stoned Cherrie. The renowned South African brand is branching into the homeware sector, launching a range of hand painted South African ceramic homeware that embody the Stoned Cherrie Afro-chic spirit. After a decade of producing some of African fashion’s most iconic collections Stoned Cherrie’s founder, Nkhensani Nkosi is ready to expand the company beyond fashion borders reaching further into the consumer lifestyle sector and having already taken first steps with its furnishing fabric ranges. The […]

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Bulldog Men’s Skin Care With Organic Ghanaian Shea Butter

[Image credit: Eco-System Moisturiser – Bulldog] So… having a name like Bulldog doesn’t exactly conjure up images of anything tender; however it is the name of a range of men’s natural skin care products that are designed to look after and care for the skin naturally. Producing products that contain no harsh chemicals like Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, artificial colours and synthetic fragrances Bulldog was founded in 2006 by Simon Duffy and Rhodri Ferrier who saw a gap in the market for a line of natural skin care products aimed squarely at the male grooming sector; products that needed to be more than just re-packaged […]

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African Fashion Accessories Project Sierra Leone Beaded Bags

Recently introduced to Project Sierra Leone I was instantly taken with the range of beaded clutch bags on display; a simple idea turned into striking fashion accessories I can immediately see them developing into a fabulous range of design-led products that are not only cool for carrying around day or night, but lend themselves to multiple uses such as make-up and toiletry bags. Having lived away from Sierra Leone for 17 years, Project Sierra Leone’s founder Margaret Kadi returned to her home country in April 2010 for a holiday and was infused with the renewed sense of energy and activity she could […]

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Contemporary Ceramic Art Gloria Ssali Pursuing Her Artistic Dream

A long held passion for clay saw Ugandan-born ceramicist, Gloria Ssali give up a career as a pharmacist to pursue her dream fulltime time. Having moved to the UK with her family aged eleven; it was during a class she took during her senior school years that Gloria was first introduced to clay modelling and was instantly drawn into the craft. To achieve her goal of becoming a full-time artist, four years ago Gloria returned to college to train as a ceramicist experimenting with techniques and learning about the different types of clay. Describing her career change as a new chapter in […]

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Ebotan Luxury Dinnerware Inspired By Ancient African Kingdoms

Dress the table with exquisite dinnerware inspired by ancient African kingdoms from Ebotan Interiors; a company that aspires to communicate and preserve African oral traditions through symbolism, colour and texture. Designed by Josiane Raphael based in Maryland, USA, Ebotan tableware cherishes the dining experience of bringing families and friends together to share a meal and tell stories around a beautifully laid table whether elaborate or simple in its decoration. In a combination of African and European artistry the beautiful, timeless collections are produced in Limoges porcelain. [Image credit: Okavango Dinnerware Collection – Ebotan]

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Adèle Dejak Contemporary African Jewellery And Accessories

‘Lots and lots of Africa with an injection of European influences’ is how jewellery designer Adèle Dejak describes the inspiration for her striking collections of contemporary African jewellery. Born in Kano, Nigeria and raised in Cambridge, UK; Adèle moved to Nairobi, Kenya in 2005 where she started her business Magik Grace Art and Design. Although trained as a typographer Adèle’s move to Kenya saw her take up painting before eventually turning her artistic attentions to jewellery design, launching her new eponymous brand of contemporary African jewellery, Adèle Dejak earlier this year. [Image credit: Adèle Dejak]

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New York and African Interior Design Style Meet In Italy

While looking around for Africa interior design style inspiration I came across a feature on The New York Times online showcasing a home where New York meets Africa in Italy. Loredana Tarini, born in Zambia to Italian parents and her husband, New York-born architect Adam Gaon opened their doors to reveal a living space where chic New York style loft living provides a canvas for contemporary African art and elegance.

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Isossy Modern Adorable African Print Children’s Clothing

Whether prim and proper or cute and stylish, Isossy Children caters to the needs of today’s fashion forward children with a beautifully designed contemporary collection of African print children’s clothing for girls aged 2-10 years, that aims to transcend cultural differences. Isossy Children’s founder Amanda Rabor’s first venture into designing children’s clothing was in 1994 when she started Culture Kidz with the help of a Princes Trust grant. Amanda left the world of children’s fashion to raise her son; eventually establishing Isossy Children 15 years later in 2009. [Image source: Ami and Eve Dresses – Isossy Children – West London Mum]

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Ibenstein Weavers A Family Heritage Of Namibian Weaving

With a weaving heritage spanning over 50 years, Ibenstein Weavers is a family owned business located a hour’s drive from Windhoek, Namibia. Run by Anne Ramdohr, the great-granddaughter of Ibenstein Weaver’s founder Marianne Krafft, high-quality carpets, wall hangings and runners are created using Karakul wool which comes from the Karakul sheep, a species not indigenous to Namibia, but one that was first introduced into the country in 1906 from what is now Uzbekistan. The Namibian weaving company also produces fabrics from natural yarns like cotton, bamboo, wild Kalahari Silk and linen. [Image credit: Ibenstein Weavers]

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Darkroom London Ndebele Wall Art Print Inspiration

The bold and highly distinctive geometric patterns adorning the walls of traditional Ndebele buildings have provided the inspiration for some colourful Ndebele wall art print series. Created by Rhonda Drakeford, Creative Director of acclaimed London store Darkroom; the prints are A1 in size, printed onto Enhanced Velvet paper and make use of the Giclée printing process; a spraying/squirting technique used for large format work, one that is not dissimilar to how an inkjet printer works. Giclée prints use special light fast inks that if kept out of the sun should hold the colour for about 25 years.

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Africa Travel To The Chic Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar

Lately it seems everywhere I turn on the net I keep seeing the banner advert for Radisson Blu Hotels; curiosity got the better of me so I clicked in a bid to find out what was on offer and when it came to the hotel chain’s African properties there are quite a few to be found across the continent for looking for contemporary Africa travel hotels and destinations. The Radisson Blu in Dakar caught my attention; I admit I was seduced by the opening image of a chic property in a spectacular night setting.

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Contemporary African Art The Zata Family Master Wood Carvers

To some it may simply be a piece of wood of little or no significance beyod being gathered and thrown onto a fire, but in the hands of a member of the Zata Family it becomes a work of contemporary art; the shape of the wood dictating the eventual sculpture. The organic forms of gnarled and twisted, or smooth and shiny wood give way to slender sculptural figures, furniture and other inspired carvings of contemporary African art. Through their work the Zata Family sculptors celebrate the beauty of nature, echoing the process of Zimbabwe’s stone sculptors who are renowned for working on a […]

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North African jewellery Design Kuati Sahara Necklace

Feel like a goddess with a spectacular choker style necklace from Kuati. Made up of many individual pieces the Sahara necklace is a handmade North African jewellery design piece and is a beautiful study of intricate craftsmanship, it looks like an ancient heirloom and carries within it the intrigue, mystery and wonder of the desert and people that inspired it. Complimenting the necklace are hand made cuffs that come in 18k gold plated or silver and are available in a long or short length depending on your preference. The cuffs feature intricate North African jewellery design details etched into the metal.

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African Skin Care Nuvivi Natural Hand Made Soaps

Nuvivi is a company founded on tradition that used tried and tested traditional African skin care methods to create their luxurious hand made soaps. Growing up in a soap making home and utilising the skills learnt along the way; founder Antoinnette handcrafts the soaps herself using recipes handed down from her mother. Nuvivi soaps are 100% natural; no artificial colours or additives that can irritate the skin are used, instead only the best natural ingredients go into making each African skin care inspired product and include; wild herbs, spices, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. Rosemary […]

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