Yoruba beaded chairs are among the finest examples of vintage African design. Handcrafted by Yoruba artisans in Nigeria the beaded chairs are a testament to a rich innovative artistic heritage. The chairs were traditionally created for the Yoruba Kings and Queens; and are covered in symbols laden with meaning denoting things like wealth, power, strength and wisdom; in addition to having spiritual significance. The art form is also seen in parts of Cameroon.
El Anatsui is one of the leading figures of contemporary African art. He is best known for his fluid metal wall sculptures, constructed from discarded materials. El Anatsui work is inspired by diverse indigenous African cultures, his artworks telling the continent’s rich history through the materials used and objects depicted.
Architect and furniture designer Moran Munyuthe is founder of the Saba Furniture Company, a studio, workshop and retail outlet based on the island of Lamu where he works in partnership with local craftsmen to create heirloom quality furniture inspired by local design and motifs. We caught up with him to get an insight into furniture
Papa Ibra Tall was a Senegalese artist known for his majestic tapestries, rich in detail, colour, and pattern; and at several metres in length and width covered large expanses of wall space. Tall’s tapestries were woven in wool, which gave them a heavy sumptuousness, a quality heightened by the vivid, intricately themed imagery. An artistic style that
Artist, Etiyé Dimma Poulsen, creates intriguing mixed-media sculptures inspired by traditional African art. Her pieces are characterised by distinctive forms, rendered in earthy colours to show humanity stripped back to its most basic forms, this gives them a sense of frailty.
1. Please introduce yourself, tell us a bit about your background, where you are based, and what led you to a career in fashion design? My name is Nyorh Awum Agwe and I am a Cameroonian-American Fashion Designer. I was born in Cameroon but moved to Italy with my mum when I was 3 weeks
Africa is a continent renowned for the imagination, resourcefulness, and ingenuity of its designers and makers. This ingenuity, born out of necessity and a pioneering can-do spirit, is drawing the attention of a wider world looking for lasting solutions towards pressing problems such as the accumulation of waste and design for meaningful social change. And regardless
Shona sculpture is a visually striking artform that started in the late 1950s in Zimbabwe. Under the skillful hands of a master craftsman or woman cold hard stones like Serpentine and Opal-stone gradually yield to the forms it is being coaxed into, often polished to a shiny, smooth finish characterised by cool sleek lines powerful
Here at Shoko Press, we are all about collaborating with writers, content producers, creative talent and industry professionals to bring you amazing, inspirational and motivational books and digital content. Collaboration is a powerful thing, the meeting of ideas to create new ones and at times offering up unexpected viewpoints. Collaboration offers those involved a chance to
We are delighted to welcome on board Priscilla Mukiibi who is joining Shoko Press as a Marketing Executive intern for a few months. Priscilla has been using internships to help build her experience and knowledge of various industries with the aim of starting her own creative business. Internships are a great way to get your
Last December whilst showcasing our books at the Africa Centre Christmas Market Pop Up we found ourselves neighbours with a furniture design business called Kilubukila, and subsequently got chatting to the founder Jess Kilubu. Jess is among an ever-increasing number of people following their dreams by starting a business whilst working the 9-5 and we invited
For our readers based in the US, we are pleased to announce that Shoko Press books are now available to order through the African Books Collective’s Amazon Prime Channel, meaning local shipping costs and faster shipping times. – The Editorial Team [Image credit: The image shown belongs to Shoko Press. If downloaded and used