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Christmas Wishes

With another year drawing to a close and the festive season upon us I am so tired and have begun to mentally shut down. The last quarter has been a really busy one hence the erratic weekly postings, which I apologise for. Time for a break, and some rejuvenation! I will not be posting between now and the other side of the New Year, so want to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous start to the the New Year, hoping you will be surrounded by the love of family and friends during […]

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Mario Gerth Culture And Diversity In African Portraits Collection

It goes without saying that artists and photographers alike have always been fascinated by the human form, and I often wonder about the nameless faces captured by camera and displayed for the world to see. I must admit it sometimes unsettles me slightly, wondering do they know they will be on some form of display, their likeness forever preserved in the pages of a book or as a mounted image hung on the wall. My mind is full of questions… who are they, what are their day to day lives like, their hopes and dreams? But at the same time […]

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Africa Travel Wild Frontiers The Natural Beauty Of Ethiopia

Often receiving more than its fair share of negative press, means for far too many holiday seekers Ethiopia doesn’t immediately spring to mind as an ideal Africa travel holiday destination, but this year I have read about more and more people choosing it as their Africa travel holiday destination of choice as they search for a more meaningful way to spend their vacation time. Wild Frontiers is a pioneering, award winning travel company that specialises in taking small groups of it’s discerning clientele to places that don’t tend to be part of the popular tourist trails and return offering them a unique […]

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Ndau Collections Eclectic Jewellery Inspired By Africa

I have a thing for peacock feathers; must be the vivid colours, so instantly honed in on the Peacock Feather and Silver Cuff from the Ndau Collection, jewellery inspired by Africa designed by a collective of jewellery and accessory designers based in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. I would like to wear it round my neck, just image the effect when paired with an LDB not necessarily in black though, I’m thinking fuchsia or teal blue… Growing up in Harare, the city and indeed much of the major tourist areas of the country were full of shops showcasing the arts and crafts of […]

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Emmanuel Shuga Kasongo Vintage African Design Inspiration

Emmanuel shuga Kasongo is a Congolese born, French designer who moved from Paris to London where he established his creative business, Ethno Art Vision in 1997, now the Cemak Collection, creating handbags, jewellery and other accessories influenced by vintage African design inspiration, his heritage, travels and background in the fashion industry. . Emmanuel started out as a model for a leading French designer, later making the move into product sourcing and spent over a decade organising fashion shows and related events in Paris and Milan for leading French, Italian and Japanese designers.

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Contemporary African Design Mukukumarata Scrap Metal Bowls

‘Mukuku’ is the Zulu (South Africa) word for ‘shack’; and ‘Marata’ is a Shona (Zimbabwe) word that refers to bits of rusty scrap metal- think of corrugated tin sheets used for roofing on a simple structure and you get the idea. Cobbled together the two words form ‘Mukukumarata‘ and are the inspiration behind a highly unique contemporary African design range of platters and bowls for use in and around the home.  [Image credits: Mukukumarata Platter – Mark Hilltout]

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Thea Skin Care Enhancing Beauty The Natural Way

Named after the Greek goddess of natural beauty, Thea Skincare is a luxurious range of African inspired skin care products designed to feed your skin with the best pure, nutrient rich and active natural ingredients Mother Nature has to offer. Thea Skincare was founded by Althea, who coming from a background in the cosmetics industry developed a range of ethno-botanical skincare products that work to soothe, nourish and hydrate skin naturally and were inspired by a visit to Malawi and the natural, effortless beauty of Malawian women of all ages, in particular the texture and tone of their skin. During her time […]

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Artist Emily Lamb African Wildlife Conservation Awareness

I recently read a report stating that the Western Black Rhino is now extinct in West Africa and that the last known Java Rhino is also believed to be extinct; shocking and so sad to think about. Despite unsettling headlines like this concerted African wildlife conservation efforts in other areas has seen endangered species start to pick up in numbers, but for this to happen it takes factors like time, dedication, education, community and off course funds! Yes, there is more to Africa than safari; but how marvellous the variety of wildlife the continent is blessed with, and I can’t help but […]

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Fashion Designer Amsale Aberra Monochrome Interior Design

If you spent most of your days working with the various shades of a single colour; in this case white and ivory, you could forgive one for assuming that it would be natural to leap at the chance of introducing a splash of colour into other areas of your life, be it dress or living space. Not a theory to be applied to Amsale Aberra, the Ethiopian designer of exquisite bridal gowns, whose New York loft is a free flowing space defined by a monochrome interior design colour palette that is predominately white; the bridal influence perhaps… [Image source: Amsale Aberra […]

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Freshly Found Vintage Paper Inspired Christmas Decor

For a quirkier, vintage inspired look and feel to your Christmas décor then Freshly Found have some inspired decorations. Inspired by a love of vintage and the Japanese traditional craft of origami, vintage paper is sourced through the recycling of books made by local crafters and folded to make items like Christmas trees, baubles and hearts. I adore the heart made with vintage jigsaw puzzle pieces, very playful, taking me back to my childhood. The Christmas tree is made from folded book pages mounted onto wire to give it a three-tiered structure and comes with two pom-pom garlands on red chain. Cards […]

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Novica Ghana Artisans African Christmas Decorations

December’s here and out come the trees and decorations. My sister and her kids put their’s up yesterday; a luxurious black tree draped with tinsel and baubles in various gold, brandy and bronze tones that pick up and reflect her muted side lights; bringing a warm glow to her living room. If you are looking for some African Christmas decorations inspiration for your tree this season, I found these miniature hand-carved West African masks and figurines on the artisan marketplace, NOVICA. Made in Ghana, the wooden ornaments are a departure from the standard mass produced tree decorations, bringing a more personal touch. […]

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Marking World AIDS Day Keep A Child Alive Organisation 

Today is World AIDS day, and last month whilst reading up on Keep A Child Alive’s annual fundraising event I came across the headline stating that June 5th 2011 marked 30 years since the first diagnosed case of Aids; I was shocked that it has actually been that long; I am old enough to remember the epidemic taking hold in the late Eighties/early Nineties and the subsequent discussions surrounding the disease; the hushed tones, unspoken words, the stigma, the unexplained deaths and the beginning of awareness campaigns. I was young, but was still acutely aware of the fear, misunderstandings. 30 years on…has […]

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