30 April 2012

The Yarn Collage Technique | Yaw Obuobi

The Yarn Collage Technique is a new art medium created by Ghanaian artist Yaw Obuobi. The paintings you see below were not created with paint, but rather from the gluing of lines of yarn to attain the detailed artistic effects which are usuallly achieved the brush strokes. Yaw Obuobi's artwork has been exhibited in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America. He was recently featured at the 2012 Ideal Home Show, where he presented a portrait of the Queen to Prince Charles.

For more on Yaw Obuobi, visit his Official Website.

More of his earlier artwork can also be viewed at www.inter-visions.com.

17 April 2012

Ashanti Brazil | Fashion


Ashanti Brazil is a young brand that brings together African and Brazilian culture expressed through fun and flirty summer wear. 

For more on Ashanti Brazil, visit the official website.

13 April 2012

Typography Inspiration


Design Inspiration | Colour & Geometry


From Left to Right:
Warsaw Autumn | The 15th International Festival of Contemporary Music
Cuben | Colour Shambles

12 April 2012

Ian Kamau | One Day Soon

My name is Ian Kamua; I am an artist. I believe my ability to create is tied to my purpose. I was raised in Toronto to filmmaker parents who came from Trinidad in 1970. I believe in community. My creative life actively involves my community work. I make music.

For an album download or a physical album, visit One Day Soon.

Ian Kamau | Journey of an artist

This short documentary offers a glimpse into Ian Kamau's journey as an artist. Ian discusses his struggles with the music industry, and how he has found his purpose by focusing on the reason why he makes music. 

"...art has the ability to communicated to an entire person, an entire human being ...art should change and evolve us, and transform us." 

Visit Ian's bandcamp for his latest album, One Day Soon.

For more on Ian, visit www.iankamau.com

Elaquent | Grey Poupon featuring Octavio Santos

Based in Guelph, Ontario, Elaquent is one of the emerging beat producers in the Canadian music scene. His soon to be released album The Scenic Route includes Grey Poupon, which features Toronto-based trumpet musician Octavio Santos.

9 April 2012

Design Inspiration | Black and White Contrast


From Left fo Right:
The Vinyl Factory
Downside Up | From the All day Everyday Project
Not all who wander are lost
The Head and The Heart Concert Poster by Invisible Creature

6 April 2012

African Prints | A Different Context or A Different Definition?

The recent collections of brands like Stella Jean and L.A.M.B have gathered popularity in Western fashion industries with the current trend of incorporating African prints. It may seem odd to the individual accustomed to African prints in the African fashion markets, that these prints are used and marketed in an European setting. Furthermore, the representation of "tribalism" in current fashion trends is controversial and has sparked some controversy on how inaccurate and inappropriate it may be.

To some, the classification of African prints encompasses all prints currently used in the African fashion markets, which include foreign batik prints and locally made prints. To others, this classification may only refer to prints made in African countries that more accurately reflect their various cultures. Batik fabrics may have originated in Indonesia, however the range of prints used in the African fashion markets is even noticeably wider and even further evolved today. As a result, one's conclusion on the cultural significance and implications of this trend may depend on how one perceives the cultural ownership of what we call African prints.

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Slate |  The Story Behind "Tribal" Prints for a historical background.

Inspirational Journal I Vintage Print Covers



From left to right:
The Catcher In The Rye
Ramona The Brave | Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen
Norah Jones | The Greek Theatre | August 25th, 2009
The 1958 Pittsburgh International Exhibition of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture

4 April 2012

Package Design | TEAPEE Amerindian Herbal Teas

Designed by Sophie Pépin, this package design is an artistic representation of cultures and nomadic lifestyles of Native Americans. In addition to its symbolic shape, the colourful patterned designs which distinguish each tea flavour are very pleasing to the eye. As an avid tea drinker, and self-proclaimed tea connoisseur, I am really happy to see such a unique creative presentation of tea and I am quite eager to give it a try.

Images via CreativeRoots

Typography, love & life

From left to right:
An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail | Edwin Land
You are a perishable item. Live accordingly | Zag
Simplicity is the ultimate for of sophistication. via
Relax, life takes time | The all day everyday project

3 April 2012

Springtime Colour Inspiration | Victoria Pearson


Lovely pink, orange, and blue hues via Victoria Pearson

Stephen Wiltshire | An Architectural Illustrator

Stephen Wiltshire is an artist known for his talent for drawing lifelike, accurate representations of cities, sometimes after having only observed them briefly. Born in London to West Indian parents, Stephen was mute as a child, and was diagnosed with autism at age three. In 2006, Stephen was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his services through art. Stephen also received an Honorary Life Fellowship in 2011, from the Society of Architectural Illustrators.

From left to right:
Street scene of 34th street New York
Imaginary drawing of New York in winter
Venice, Italy
Taxi and cobbled alley
London Metropolis

For more on Stephen Wiltshire, visit his gallery online.

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