Godson Ukaegbu, the author of Fashion A Second Language talks to us about his book, the inspiration, and making it in the fashion industry.
Learning the inner workings of fashion and the fashion industry is like learning another language. Fashion A Second Language by Godson Ukaegbu unpacks the nuances enabling you to become fluent in the language of fashion.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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Unless you have been living under a rock, the visual spectacular that is Black Panther has set popular culture alight with its imaginative portrayal of a futuristic African continent had it been untouched by colonialism. From the costumes, use of local languages to incorporating traditional cultures and customs, Black Panther seeks to celebrate and respect
Last year we were contacted by E! Entertainment Africa who, having seen our book Fashion Illustration Africa, were looking to partner with fashion illustrators and feature their work on the set of their new reality show, How Do I Look South Africa.