31 May 2018

Emanuel Mitchell, artist painter


Charismatic man from East London with Caribbean heritage.



Emanuel’s paintings draw on a diverse range of different influences from his own cultural heritage and other African cultures. His applications of paints, mixed media and waste materials are forceful, creating harsh and brutal images that are often authoritative in their expression. His combination of styles and approaches, that link both contemporary graffiti and art of ancient African cultures and echo the Arte Povera movement, embody energetic slashes of colour that create challenging yet poignant subject matters relating to slavery and present-day corporate mentalities.

Emanuel’s work defies the approach of other contemporary art forms; he advocates the more spontaneous, non verbal and spiritually potent qualities of black culture and expression. Burnt sugar and coffee, spilled like blood across the surface of many works, refer to the commodities which perpetuated the immoral business of oppression and provide the dark hues which so palpably express the grief, misery and desperation inflicted on so many. His paintings also present to us a segment of reality which ties our lives to a history that is reflected in the immediate drama of everyday living.

Many of Emanuel’s projects aim to address the lack of awareness many urban, black British youths have of their own history and the contribution given to the world by their African descendants. Like other social artists, Emanuel has looked at history with the discerning eye of a sensitive critic. In creating a visual record which touches upon issues woven into his black ancestry, Emanuel attempts to expose black, British youths to black artistic and cultural expressions, to expand their knowledge and to develop positive self-esteem, encouraging them to embrace their cultural identity.

                                                                   Soul survivor

                                                                      Good Dog

Retro Dance

Warm Vibes

As previous exhibitions at the Tricycle Theatre, Brady Arts Centre and Departure Arts Centre will testify, Emanuel’s artistic style cannot be placed into the usual categorisation of contemporary “isms”. Thus, he distinguishes himself as an artist who is highly responsive to the conditions of life that face all of mankind.

                                          Visit Emanuel Instagram to view more of his work: 


https://www.instagram.com/emanuel.mitchell.art/


Vanity Afro, 31/05/2018



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30 Apr 2018

Q&A with Fashion Illustrator Kyere A. Kwaku

Kyere A. Kwaku is a wonderful young man and an inspiring Ghanaian Fashion Illustrator.

1. Is Kyere A. Kwaku your real name or your artist name? What does it mean?

Kyere A. Kwaku it’s my real name. My dad named me after one of his nephews because of his  good character he exhibited. 

2. What is your art name? What does it mean? 

METAKAY is my art name. The META stands for metamorphosis which shows I easily change and adapt to situations around me and the KAY is the shortened form of Kwaku. 

3. When did you know you wanted to be a fashion Illustrator?

When I got to the University and I realized I wanted to do fashion illustration. It was there my interest heightened.


4. Are you self taught or did you study at art school? 

I did study art at school and I practice a lot too. 

5. What is for you the most important  aspect when you start a new drawing? 

The rendering of the garment. 


6. What’s your favourite brand?

Dior.

7. What is the creative community like in Ghana?

 Its fast growing and soon it’ll blossom and the whole world will hear of us. 



8. What is the best thing about your job? 

The freedom to sketch anywhere, anytime. 


9. Is there anyone in particular that you would love to collaborate with? 

Not really.

10. What’s next for you? 

Growing bigger and holding more exhibitions. 


To explore more of Kyere's work, or to commissiom him, visit 
https://www.instagram.com/metakay 


Vanity Afro, 30/04/2018

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22 Mar 2018

Fashion Designer Sow Namissa Thera

Sow Namissa Thera is a fashion designer based in Mali. 


In the early days, Sow Namissa Thera started medical school to become a doctor but changes in her life made her reassess her career. She then studied Marketing and Communication and ended up working at an events & communication agency. After a while, she resign and she began her journey towards achieving her goal of making a difference in Mali. The fashion designer launched her clothing brand, Ikalook.

Ikalook is a Malian ready-to-wear brand that offers a cool mix of African-printed fabric with western wear. 


              


               


“It’s time that we come into an awareness of our potential. Made in Mali it’s an opportunity for us to develop our country. We can create things ourselves, we have material and manpower.”


The tradi-modern brand Ikalook is for those who like to stand out. Style it as you wish, whether, vintage, boyish, ultra feminine, classic or trendy, no matter the choice, wear this quality brand with confidence. 

              

IIkalook, brand with a great message, beautiful clothing for vibrant human beings who love life and want to be original. Get ready to wear Ikalook with a positive body language, good posture and overall good attitude. Confidence is attractive. 


More info:


Vanity Afro, 22/03/2018

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30 Jan 2018

Pretty Golden, upcoming kids clothing line

About the Designer


Rochelle Melbourne is the founder & creative director of Forever Devine and Pretty Golden. The London-based Fashion Designer studied her HNC and HND at Walsall college - under Wayne Aveline - and holds a BA honours in Fashion design and styling from Middlesex University. Specialising in haute-couture, the British brand creates glamorous clothing for both ready to wear and bespoke markets. Rochelle is incredibly talented, seamstress and illustrator; she produces all her own designs.



Pretty Golden was named after her daughter's name, Jolie Dior. Jolie is a sweet sounding name and mean pretty in French. Dior is related to d'or meaning Golden.
Pretty Golden is an expansion of Forever Devine, offering couture and ready to wear clothing for little princes and princesses aged 3-11 years.

Rochelle collections consist of one a kind stylish and unique kids clothing. She used hand embroidery, luxury fabrics such as silk, velvet, chiffon...and each clothing is passionately made in the UK.

Here's a very special sneak peak before the collection officially launches.




Visit https://www.foreverdevineldn.com/collections


Vanity Afro, 30/01/2017


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21 Dec 2017

African inspiration theme

The use of traditional African wax print fabric has expanded marvellously.
It is very often used in the Fashion industry by Fashion Designers, Fashion Brands, Advertising Campaigns, Magazine and Gifts Shop, Furniture Stores and so on.
Whether it is to embellish, add a touch of personality, or reclaiming the African culture, the African wax print fabric is so visually stunning that it is certain to continue to be all over the place.


Mes coups de Coeur:
African Print Passport holder

Protect your passport and travel in style with an African wax print fabric design.





African Print Watches

Style your wrist with a stylish unique watch from the collaboration of Vlisco and Komono.






African Print Mugs

Everyone has their favourite mugs, if you haven’t, look at these cool creatives looking ones. The vivid colours of these mugs will surely brighten your morning and will give you a reason to smile.




African Wax Print Fabric Make Up Bag

Keep your beauty products organised in these beautiful large fabrics Make-Up Bag.





Hey, why not inject some colours and good African vibes in your life?

  

Vanity Afro, 21/12/2017


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12 Nov 2017

Love YAAYaa at Stylist Live 2017

I got to meet the lovely accessories Designer, Nana Evans, at Stylist live. 
Nana Evans is passionate about beauty, confidence, fashion and empowering women of all shapes and sizes.



Stylist live is buzzing with stands, but I stopped at Love YaaYaa because the stand caught my attention for it’s uniqueness, colorfulness, and charming welcoming ladies.




Make a statement with this fantastic range of Leather corset belts, Jewellery, Fulani accessories and Head Wraps. 




In the 2 following videos, enjoy a lively head wrap demo, and Nana Evans feedback about the show.










Follow Love YaaYaa


https://m.facebook.com/loveyaayaauk


https://www.instagram.com/loveyaayaa/


https://www.pinterest.co.uk/loveyaayaaltd/loveyaayaa/


www.twitter.com/loveyaayaa




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26 Sep 2017

Duro Olowu SS2018 collection

Duro Olowu is a Nigerian-born, London-based fashion designer.

His signature is an attractive combination of traditional bold prints and modern classic twist.

The Spring Summer 2018 collection, inspired by Lee Miller, is colourful, culturally chic, super-stylish, flowery, sophisticated and artistically beautiful. 

My favourites looks from the Duro Olowu for SS2018 collection: 








Photos by Luis Monteiro. 


http://duroolowu.com


Vanity Afro, 26/09/2017

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30 Jul 2017

Made in Mali - Diallo Design

Born in Mali and trained as an Architect and Designer in France, Cheick Diallo and his team of artisans transform abandoned & recycled materials into decorative, functional and contemporary furniture.


The more frequently materials used are scrap metal, car carcass, plastics, soft drinks cans, fishing wire, nylon, wood, fabrics.


In general, creative people taking old unwanted "garbage", like some people would call it, and given them a new life have always fascinated me.


I admire Diallo highly because a part from being a talented, dedicated, caring and pro-active creative, he is using his innovative skills to bring the Cheick Diallo Designs, Made in Mali, Brand to the world.


Diallo was included in the seminal Africa Remix exhibition that has been travelling across Europe since 2005, stopping at the Hayward Gallery in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, among other venues. He also exhibited at various international Design Biennials.



Vanity Afro, 30/07/2017

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15 Jun 2017

Q&A with Musician Alex massmedia

Hi Alex, thank you for taking the time answering my questions for Vanity Afro :)

1. Give our readers a short but descriptive label for your style of music. I don't know if really I have a style of music. I just try to connect my soul sensitivity to deep, sincere and complex reflections I have; I express all that on simple but effective melody that suit.


2. What do you learn about yourself from the soul music and culture? First that we have a soul and it's important to remember that. That also taught me that life is a fight that we should never escape from. Cause suffering and disillusions are there to make us understand that we can live by looking far away above our world and share good things we gained by fighting.

3. You've learned to play guitar on your own with "Marylin", your 1st guitar; what was your learning process as a self-taught guitarist? Where should one start? Honestly by doing anything. I decided to let my fingers playing, miming what a real guitarist would do but that was awful. A hundred times like that, and I was so angry that I decided to learn more seriously, by going step by step. But never ask me which chord I am playing because I still do not know.


4. What do you miss most nowadays from the Blues & Soul of the past?  That honesty in melodies, rhythm, and interpretation. That visceral need to sing or die and that deep melancholy that brings necessary mysticism which we all need to live.

5. You sometimes perform with a guitarist named Taofik Farah. How did you meet? My “bro” the genius bass player called Stephane castry and put us in touch. I am very grateful to him because he is really an amazing guitar player. We're connected when we play together.

6. What are some of the most memorable venues you've played, and which artists you've had the pleasure of working with? A concert hall called « la traverse » near the city of Rouen, where during my show, I had the honour to sing one of my songs with a high school student’s chorale with whom I worked previously. A magnificent and impressive theatre « le Théâtre de Corbeil-Essonnes, where I had the chance to share the stage with the great Madame « Naomie Shelton and the gospel queens » and had a talk with James Brown bass player and her after her show. So much kindness vibrations emanated from this beautiful old woman that I offered her my rosary. Another one was when I shared the stage with Mr « Cody ChesnuTT» at « Cully Jazz Festival » in Switzerland where the stage was five meters from the Lake Geneva.


7. Which Cities would you like to perform in?
London, Berlin, New York, Tokyo etc... Anywhere as long as people need, feel, and love « soul and blues music ».

8. Name 3 things that make you happy?
- Enjoy being on stage with my team.
- The smile of children.
- Walking in forest along a river far away from human beings.

9. Tell us about your new EP, Devil Deal. How did you come up with the name? How did the songs come about? Who have you worked with on it? About the name, I just looked at the way the world is turning crazy. And the fact that nobody can't deny now that the biggest part of the occidental population agree. The songs come because I feel guilty and ashamed of calling myself a human being. And from the fact that I feel powerless because I have only my music to fight. I worked on with my guitarist Taofik Farah, my sound engineer Arnaud Betton, and my inseparable and hard worker manager Marina Hesry.



10. What are you working on right now? Children's tale, A book of poetry, and always new songs

Discover Alex Massmedia 

Website: http://alexmassmedia.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexmassmedia/

Facebook: https://fr-fr.facebook.com/alexmassmediaofficiel

Twitter: @AlexMassMedia

Vanity Afro, 16/06/2017

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10 May 2017

Q&A with Writer Maja Dezulovic

My next post is going to be about Maja Dezulovic, a beautiful mixed-raced woman writer, who lives in Croatia, Eastern Europe.


My next modelling assignment was in Split, a beautiful city in Croatia, and my hairstylist told me there are no black people living in Croatia; so I searched for black or mixed-raced artists living in Croatia... I was a bit apprehensive about travelling alone there. And actually, in short, my experience in Split was fantastic, people were so friendly, smiling at me, wanted to talk to me, wanted to take selfie with me, everywhere all eyes were on me, I felt like a goddess... lol. That lead me to conclude, if you have the chance to have a passport, travel as much as you can, live your own experience and tell your own story. 

Right, this post is about Maja so let's start with the Q&A.

Hello Maja, who are you and where are you from?
I’m originally from South Africa.  I am a freelance writer, author, screenwriter, and poet.

What brought you to Croatia?
My father is Croat. He moved to South Africa in the 1960s. There he met and married my mother.  We visited Croatia while I was growing up and I always felt a close connection to it.  The moment I could, I made the decision to move here.

Which town in Croatia do you live in?
I live in a small town called Janjina on the Pelješac Peninsula.  We are an hour and a half’s drive from Dubrovnik.  It is more of a ghost town now but Janjina was referred to as Little Paris (or Mali Pariz in Croatian) in its heyday.

What's the weather like?
We enjoy a sub-tropical Mediterranean climate so it’s warm most of the year.  Winters can sometimes be chilly and the strong winds unpleasant, but luckily that doesn’t last long.

How long have you lived in Croatia?
I moved here with my husband and our Cocker Spaniel in 2015.




Do you speak Croatian?
Yes.  I have my grandmother to thank for that.  She stayed with us in South Africa in the early nineties. She could speak no other language so she spoke to me in Croatian and that is how I learned the language.

What is your general impression about Croatia and Croats?
Croatia is a beautiful country, but it is also a country that has been exploited and continues to be raped of its riches, at the expense of the local communities. People here tend to be docile because they do not feel they have the power to change things, which continues the vicious cycle.  I write about this in more depth in my new book Discovering Little Paris: From the Heart of Darkness to the Heart of Pelješac. The book is a memoir detailing our move here and what we’ve learned and experienced. Its release date will be confirmed later this year.



What is the last thing you read that made you laugh out loud?
An internet meme about writers.

What books are on your bedside table?
A Dylan Dog comic book and my Kindle (which has many books on it that I’m reading).

What ambitions do you still have?
I’d like to see a movie I wrote on the big screen. I’ve just got into screenwriting and I’ve always loved movies so it puts together two of my favourite things. It’s not about the fame, and I also somehow doubt that there’s much fame in it, because when you watch a movie, you first take note of the actors, then the director maybe; it’s not often that people remember the writers’ names. I want a screenplay of mine produced so that I can influence people in a positive way and have that message shared on a global scale.

What is the greater achievement of your life so far?
I write for my bread and butter. I can say I’ve been at it for eight years and I’m still going. I’m proud to tell people that I’m a writer, because it says that I do what I love for a living.



Get in touch with Maja
Website: http://www.majadezulovic.com/
Twitter: @Majadez



Vanity Afro, 10/05/2017

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