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Africa and The Resurgence of Afrofuturism

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

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Q&A With Vusani Ravele, Native Decor Founder

South African product designer and managing craftsman, Vusani Ravele won the hearts of  TV viewers following his appearance on Shark Tank South Africa. Vusani shares with us the impact securing investment has had on developing his business Native Decor, the challenges and rewards of growing a sustainable creative business, the importance of preparedness, having passion and believing

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Ichyulu Connecting Modern African Fashion With Consumers

Ichyulu is a Nairobi based fashion retail platform that specialises in connecting consumers with African fashion. We caught up with the company to learn more about the African fashion retail industry and get her thoughts on the opportunities and advice for fashion designers looking to stock through retail outlets.   1. Please introduce yourself, and

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Q&A With Pop Up Africa Founder Jessica Laditan

Global interest in all things Africa continues to grow thanks in part to dedicated exhibitions and events that help to introduce the continent’s diverse offerings to new audiences. In the UK Pop Up Africa is one such series of events, usually comprising a mix of vibrant market and delectable food stalls, and where we had

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8 Designers and Artists Embracing Pattern Play

Bold, colourful and intricate patterns can be found throughout African design that reaches back through the centuries. And pattern continues to influence modern design emerging from and inspired by the continent. With the skies grey and overcast, we sought to brighten our spirits with some of the patterns, colours filling our social media feeds, so invite

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Design Inspired by the Decorative Forms Of Adinkra Symbols

As we highlighted in a previous post Adinkra symbols are a much-referenced communication system that has endured to present day. Adinkra symbols carry within them centuries of wisdom and are among one of the African continent’s oldest writing systems. The symbols have inspired designers and artists the world over who have drawn on the distinctive graphic

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art Is Open

The 22nd September 2017 saw the opening of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA), in Cape Town, South Africa, heralded as being the first major institution on the African continent dedicated to collecting, researching and preserving the art of contemporary Africa and its diaspora.

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