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Christmas Wishes From Atelier Fifty Five

Once again the festive holidays are upon us, and I want to take the time to say a big, heartfelt thank you to you dear reader for being a part of the Atelier Fifty Five journey. This past year has been one of reflection and metamorphosis as the platform undergoes significant change to move it forward, and I hope you will continue to join me as it does so. Change is not easy, it is challenging and exhausting, so as always I will be taking some time away from the platform to rest and relax in the company of loved […]

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Small Business Saturday Buying African Design And Introducing The Shop at Atelier Fifty Five

Small/independent businesses can find it hard to compete with the ‘slash all prices’ nature of major shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Whilst large established retailers can afford to drastically cut their prices in a bid to attract shoppers, for the small business owner following suit could mean barely making a profit and negatively impacting their bottom line. Enter Small Business Saturday an annual event that encourages consumers to support their local small independent business owners by spending their money with them instead.

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Atelier Fifty Five Turns 7 As African Design Enters A New Era

  Today marks seven years of blogging! Seven years ago today I made a career shift and started a blog with vague ideas of what I wanted to do as a career, and no real idea of how I was going to get there. From the moment I created my first blog post to now when I have not only been privileged to witness the development of an industry -part of what I collectively refer to as the ‘golden age’ of contemporary African creativity- but to also create a career alongside it. The journey to this point has been a […]

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Remembering Kossi Aguessy, A Visionary Designer and Artist

  It is with great shock and sadness that I learned about the death of the designer and artist Kossi Aguessy on 17th April 2017 on what was his 40th birthday. Having first discovered and featured his work on the website in 2011, I later had the privilege of interviewing him for a Design Indaba profile. The exchange was both fascinating and insightful as he shared his hopes and visions for future projects.

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Farewell to Contemporary African Furniture Designer Babacar Niang

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned an exhibition opening on the 24th March in New York that would feature the work of Senegalese furniture designer Babacar Niang, amongst others. It is therefore with great sadness and shock that I just learnt of Babacar’s passing on the 25th March 2015. The contemporary African furniture designer, working through his studio Nulangee, possessed a unique design vision that brought forth sublime designs infused with his trademark lifelike qualities. A great talent, Babacar’s passing leaves a void in Africa’s burgeoning design industry, one that will be keenly felt. May you rest in peace […]

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Christmas Wishes

It certainly has been a busy year and I just want to take this time to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and may the festive season be one of love and happiness, rest and relaxation. [Image credits: DIY Wax cloth African Christmas Tree Ornaments – Stuff of Dreams] [Image credits: The images shown belong to: Stuff of Dreams. If downloaded and used elsewhere must be credited accordingly]

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Atelier Fifty-Five is Four

Today marks four years of blogging, didn’t think I would last this long, but what an incredible journey it has been. Atelier Fifty-Five has, and continues to be a great source of inspiration for me… and although over the past year or so I haven’t posted as much as I would have liked it has been with good reason. Over the coming weeks I am looking forward to sharing some exciting news on where the blog has led me, best summed up by my favourite African proverb in the image above. ..and as ever my heartfelt thanks go out to all […]

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New Year And New Inspirations Exploring Creative Africa

As 2014 gets under way, it brings with it the promise of another great year for creative Africa in design, music, fashion, art and all round creative inspiration. 2014 sees Cape Town, South Africa take on the mantle of World Design Capital, bringing with it a whole host of events; and late 2013 saw Brazzaville, Republic of Congo elected a UNESCO Creative City, designated the ‘City of Music’, and in doing so becomes the first African member of the Creative Cities Network launched by Unesco in 2004. [Image credit: Africa is Now – The Design Indaba Expo]

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Introducing New Look African Design And Lifestyle Blog Atelier Fifty-Five

After a few hiccups and blips in getting things sorted, African Daydreams has now changed into Atelier Fifty-Five still featuring the same African design, lifestyle and interior design inspiration as before. For updating any bookmarks and links, the new URL is now www.atelierfiftyfive.com. I have tried to make the transition as seamless as possible, so the previous URL: www.africandaydreams.com will be redirecting to the new one until the New Year.

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Atelier Fifty-Five New Year Wishes To All

New Year, New Start The New Year is well under way, and how busy it has been already. I hope it has been a good start for you all. Last year was a period of reflection and growth for me as I took the steps of turning daydreams into reality, and some of the projects I have been working on are finally beginning to see the light day, a development, which towards the latter half of the year took me away from posting as frequently as I would liked to have done. Not complaining though, and as the year progresses […]

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Christmas Wishes From Atelier Fifty-Five

[Image credit: Glittering Angel Christmas Card – Kipepeo] What a busy year it has been, and with the Christmas holidays just around the corner, once again I find myself mentally shutting down. I will not be posting between now and the New Year, so would like to take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year. I hope the holidays will be a time of joy and togetherness for you and your loved ones, and may 2013 shower you with blessings of good health, happiness, success and seeing your dreams come true. Until the New Year, take […]

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Trunks, Chests, Boxes And Reflecting On Two Years Of Blogging

Storage trunks will always remind me of school. Although I was not a boarder the beginning and end of term would always bring the flurry of activity associated with arrivals and departures, and signalling a beginning or an end. Large storage trunks and chests, whether shiny and new, or battered and bruised, and filled with the owners belongings would be stacked to one side awaiting to be taken away and unpacked of their practical items and treasured memories.

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Africa Travel To Senegal Four Weeks Immersed in Creativity

Nanga def, (‘hello, how are you’ in Wolof… and, also the name given to a rather yummy cocktail!). Four weeks in Dakar have come and gone leaving in their wake a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and colours. My time Dakar was amazing, surpassing my expectations. There are times when some things are just meant to be, when everything just comes together; I felt that during my time in Senegal. I went to Senegal with no real plan of what I was going to do, having deliberately chosen to adopt a-wait-till-I-get-there approach. Unbeknownst to me at the time of planning, my trip […]

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On Holiday

On Holiday Greetings from the vibrant city of Dakar, Senegal; which has been my home for the last two weeks and will be for the next two, as I take time out to indulge in a bit of r&r, whilst soaking up the local culture; and the main reason for my silence! Posts have been few and far between over the last few weeks as I was busy sorting myself out and completing last minute tasks before my trip; and although I was hoping to create some posts whilst on holiday, unexpected restrictions with accessing my provider services means its […]

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Beyond Daydreams Help Running A Creative Business

Since starting the blog I have been contacted by readers; some of whom are designer makers, others business owners or students looking to take their first steps in the world of running a creative business; all have reached out for help and advice with growing their business’, and it is great to know that the site is actively being used as a creative resource. Every now and then everyone needs a little help be it a word of encouragement or a place to recharge. The blog has been my place to recharge, and is ever-evolving… …today I am so pleased […]

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New Year, New Start Setting Out Those Hopes And Dreams

Setting out those hopes and dreams for the New Year Happy New Year and hope it got of to a good start! and off course hot on the heels of the festivities comes the time of reflection, resolutions and detox…how is it going? I abandoned the whole New Year’s resolution thing a long time ago… it just doesn’t work for me! Yes, there are things I want to achieve in the year ahead, both personally and professionally, have been busy outlining my strategies to help realise those goals. ‘Start as you mean to go on’ has been my motivational mantra […]

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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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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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