Intense Art Magazine (I AM) boasts to be the first bilingual paper magazine dedicated to Art, Women and Africa. It is an artististic platform that aims to celebrate women in the field of visual arts, fashion, design and architecture in Africa.
The Amsterdam based magazine also supported by wax fabric manufacturers Vlisco had a London launch on Friday 17th October at the Somerset House to celebrate the premier edition which pays homage to the West Central country of Cameroon; the native country of Angèle Essamba, one of the founders of the magazine.
The invite only launch was attended by individuals from the London African fashion and arty scene and ofcourse we were there to celebrate and appreciate the work of our Cameroon sister Angèle Etoundi Essamba and her co-founders and to thank them for thinking of putting Cameroon on the map.
We also had some time to appreciate the artistic talents of Somerset House’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair which takes its name from the 54 countries of the continent and whichran daily from 16th to 19th October to promote African and Africa related art practices and projects, exploring new perspectives and voices. As Cameroon art talents were also featured, as usual we had to support 😉 Our images below…
We had a fun filled creatively zen Friday morning last week! And you, what did you do?
Taking a lil break from music, we headed to West London to the Olympia in Kensington to check out the last day of the annual Africa Fashion Week London (AFWL) event which had started on Friday August 8th and was running till Saturday 9th complete with an awards show and an after party. We got there to find the place buzzing with fashion enthusiasts – fashion editors, buyers, press and photographers a mixture of races and a very colourful variety of African prints. We were also there in time to catch the late afternoon catwalk slot…how lucky!!
The afternoon slot had some real wow moments on the catwalk with pieces from London based Ugandan brand Sylvia Owori showing a perfect blend of colours, choice of models and fabric while RAAAH another London based brand showed us why we should scream in jubilation for the edgy but wearable collection that encapsulated the best of colours, stripes, structure and a number of flowy items totally perfect for the summer! It was really a love at first sight moment for us!
The temperature of the day was raised to boiling point when London based Cameroon afrobeat artist Valentine showed us girls what he is made of by giving us 2 of his very hot tracks and revealing excellent dance skills! Pheeeewwwww, it was hot in there!!
Overall, it was worth the effort. The choice of location this year was perfect. It was light, airy and very spacious even though lots was happening it did not feel cramped out at all. A thumbs up to the organising team. Some images below…captured by us!!
And that was it from us for this year at AFWL! Hope you loved our captures and see you soonest. In the mean time, do not forget to check out our star girl CIANA‘s new soup for y’all, yes she cooked it well well 😉 Below is Ozeile Nchiengo from Cameroon’s fastest rising femcee 😉 enjoy!
The opening of 35InPrint:London on Saturday 19th April oozed class with the guests who came in their numbers all captivated by Shiri Achu’s art. There were beautiful 35InPrint cupcakes, German based artist Amaka performed a live set and we had two floors of Shiri Achu Art prints on exhibit – 35 In total all at very affordable prices! Read our full post on it here
Shiri Achu Art is art inspired by Africa, colour, movement, dance! And oh boy did they love it!!
The week long exhibition at The Strand gallery saw The Mayor and Mayoress of Harrow pop by to visit the exhibition receiving a special walk through by Shiri herself. They were full of praises and encouragement; leaving a wonderful message on the visitor’s book.
The closing party on Friday the 25th was as the opening, a success. More paintings bought and taken off the wall instantly, muna Sawa Muntu Valdo, the London based Cameroon Jazz guitarist, harmonica player and singer was there to lend his support and perform on the night delighting the visitors with his soulful new songs. Assorted snacks and wine were served…
Raffle prize winners Enitan Sawyerr and Anozie Anyanwu were both extremely delighted to have won signed limited edition ‘ShiriAchuArt’ prints.
Check out some shots from the outro party…
So what next from Shiri Achu Art? Watch out for 35 In Print: Washington DC later this year! You can also buy a Shiri Achu Art print from the Smithsonian. We wish her every success.
Last weekend Saturday 14th June, our London PR girl took a few hours out of her schedule and a break from the World Cup to attend a weekend arts event at the Cockpit Arts centre in Deptford, South East London. She was there primarily to support Julie Kouamo; a very talented French Cameroonian London based textile/home furnishing designer who took time out of her Holborn based studio to partner in this event.
It was her very first time at this centre and what an amazing arts discovery she had indeed! From textile brands to fashion, from yarn making and scarf creating to porcelain and copper moulding and creation to home furnishings…it was sure an artistic arts & craft haven exploding with very creative talents.
What is the Cockpit Arts?
Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers. Since we first started in 1986 we have helped thousands of talented craftspeople to grow their businesses, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international success.
The mission of Cockpit Arts is to support and promote talented – designers from all backgrounds through all stages of their career. They strive to raise standards in the contemporary craft and design sectors, making an improtant contribution to the UK cultural landscape and economy. They:-
support extraordinary craftspeople who create exquisite work…
help Britain’s creative talent create thriving businesses…
bring the work of designer-makers to the centre stage…
are actively involved in craft sector research…
trade for social purposes and reinvest in the community…