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Inspired by - Senegal

Senegals Amazone Warrior Women by YZ

Posted by rod - 26.01.2015

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Back in the 1890s when the First Franco-Dahomean War raged through West Africa, highly trained military women chopped off the heads of the French. Sometimes while they slept. French Street Artist YZ payed tribute to these fierce female fighters known as Amazone. The images of these Women are spread across a few cities on the west coast of Senegal, south of Dakar.

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Inspired by - South Africa

What does being African look like?

Posted by rod - 11.12.2014

 

Renowned South African graphic designer Garth Walker asked himself “What does being African look like?” in 1994 when he started his magazine “ijusi”.

“Ijusi is an experimental magazine first published in the early years following South Africa’s first democratic elections circa 1994. From the beginning ijusi posed an important question: “What makes me South African, and what does that ‘look’ like?”, gradually piecing together the various cultural dichotomies and social potentialities that have evolved following Apartheid’s demise.”

via: designweek

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Inspired by - Africa

Out of Africa collection

Posted by rod - 11.11.2014

Inspiring African patterns and fabrics, interesting smells, and decorative crafts make up the Out of Africa collection from Australian Lifestyle brand Mozi. If you like African art and design and want to spice up your home a little, this collection could be for you.

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Inspired by - Africa

Elephant Gin packaging design

Posted by rod - 30.10.2014

Elephant Gin packaging design

Gin has been around for a long long time in Africa and is still now a popular drink especially whilst on safari. The Elephant Gin is a handcrafted London Dry gin inspired by the pioneering spirt of early explorers of Africa. The packaging design which was created by Simon Frouws is beautifully illustrated and features an illustrated map of South Africa and the gins main symbol, an Elephant holding a Gin bottle in his trunk.

The gin is distilled using 14 botanicals, including uniquely African ingredients such as Baobab, Buchu and African Wormwood. Worth mentioning is that 15% of its profits go to the Big life Foundation and Space for elephants.

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African inspired cards

Posted by rod - 23.10.2014

African inspired cards

 

A while ago we featured Ben Grib’s South African inspired coster designs which are worth a look at. Since then he has updated his portfolio and created a range of cards that are inspired by Africa. Each card features a wonderful pattern tapestry that makes up the rich heritage of the african people.

“We took our cue from landmark styles such as Ndebele, Xhosa, Zulu and Venda and deconstructed them into a simple two colour non repeat pattern.”

 

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Inspired by - Africa

African Khulu Soap packaging

Posted by rod - 18.08.2014

African Khulu Soap packaging

South African design studio Fanakalo created these awesome African Khulu Soap packaging designs. By the looks of it Fanakalo was inspired by African barbershops, patterns and paintings.

“Khulu Soap is an original and authentic manufacturer of soaps infused with traditional African herbs and was the first to launch this type of product in South Africa after two years of experimentation with different combinations of herbs.

Hand made soap, infused with traditional wild herbs from the heart of Africa. There are 5 different soaps, each packaged and designed with a specific African theme.”

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Inspired by - South Africa

Cape Town illustrations – Wish You Were Here Calendar

Posted by rod - 10.03.2014

Cape Town illustrations - Wish You Were Here Calendar

I definitely wish I was in Cape Town, South Africa. Ask Alice Stationery in Australia invited 12 artists from around the world to illustrate their hometown. Cape Town resident Muti was one of the invited artists who did these illustrations which highlight some of the cities iconic places such as the Table Mountain, the St. Martini Curch or the Bo Kaap. The 12 illustrations were used for Ask Alice Stationery’s third Annual charity Calendar project which donates 100% of the profits to Melbourne’s Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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Inspired by - South Africa

9 unique letterpresses South Africa coasters

Posted by rod - 12.02.2014

9 unique letterpressed South Africa coasters

South African designer Ben Grib created 9 unique coasters for South Africa’s 9 provinces. Each beermat was letterpressed and is waterproof.

Which province coster is your favourit?

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Inspired by - Ethiopia

Ethiopian hand drawn signs

Posted by rod - 17.01.2014

Over the Christmas holidays I traveled to Ethiopia which is located in the Horn of Africa. Whilst visiting the tribes of the Omo Valley in the south-west of the country, we past through dozens of medium to small towns and villages. It was amazing to see that the digital printing age hasn’t really arrive into this part of the country. Most shop, street signs or adverts were were still hand painted. Most of you most probably know that India is still big on Hand painted signs such as these. One of the characteristics of the Ethiopian hand drawn signs is off course the Ge’ez script or Amharic language, which is the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world after Arabic.

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Inspired by - South Africa

South African Bhuti beer packaging design

Posted by rod - 04.12.2013

South African Bhuti Beer packaging design

South African student Judy Kriel created these South African inspired beer packaging designs called Bhuti beer. 

“Traditionally Zulu women make their own beer that the men drink at festivals or weddings. A Zulu festival beer was created, making use of traditional colours and symbols. The beer named “Bhuti” refers to a brother, bro, or guy friend. The masks on each of the bottles refer to the traditional masks that were used at Zulu festivals, also inspired by the wood-carved Zulu masks that can be bought in KwaZulu-Natal. A triangle was used in the logo. A zigzag pattern was also used in the design. This is depicted from the traditional beer baskets and means masculinity. Each colour used has a specific meaning within the Zulu culture. When a colour is used next to white it gives it a positive meaning. White represents spiritual love. Black indicates rebirth, and yellow wealth. Lastly red indicates love and strong emotion. Traditionally two types of beer are made, namely a darker sorghum beer and a lighter maize beer, thus the reason for making a series of two types of beer. Promotional items include a cap, T-shirt, bottle opener, as well as coasters.

via packagingoftheworld

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Inspired by - Morocco

In Morocco – 2013

Posted by rod - 06.09.2013

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If you never traveled to Morocco this video may convince you to hop onto the next plane to Marrakech to explore the country. In early 2013 Director and Editor Vincent Urban traveled with a few mates with their Landrover on a three week trip, to try to discover most of Morroccos versatile landscape. From the Coast to the forest regions of the Middle Atlas, from the hectic Medinas of Fés and Marrakech to the high mountain ranges of the High Atlas, and and not to forget to the dunes of the Sahara Desert are all in captured in this 5 min film. Go and check it out it’s worth it. via fubiz


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Inspired by - Nigeria

Portraits the Nigerian Monarchs

Posted by rod - 04.09.2013

In the western world there is not much talk about African Monarchs, and definitely no Nigerian Monarchs. I hope this changes in the future because I think these individuals have quite an history and live an interesting life.

Nigerian photojournalist George Osodi has had the opportunity to get up close and personal with many of the country’s tribal kings to document them. His photos are going to be exhibited at The Bermondsey Project in London, October 11th. I am sure it is worth checking out if you are in the city. via creative review

Portraits the Nigiran Monarchs

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HRM Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun Larooyell, Ataoja of Osogboland (2012)

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HRM Oharisi III – Ovie of Ughelli (2012)

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His Highness Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman The Emir of Katsina (2012)

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HRM Benjamin Ikenchuku Keagborekuzi the First (Keagborekuzi 1), the Dein of Agbor Kingdom (2012)

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His Highness Alhaji (Dr) Ado Bayero Emir of Kano (2012)

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Inspired by - Namibia

The ancient Namibian Himba tribe

Posted by rod - 09.07.2013

British photographer Jimmy Nelson has launched a very interesting project called “Before they pass away”. Jimmy visited 44 countries around the world and documented 29 remote and unique tribes which he photographed with a traditional 50-year old plate camera. Below are the some of his pictures whilst visiting the ancient Namibian Himba tribe.

 “Since the 16th century they have lived in scattered settlements, leading a life that has remained unchanged, surviving war and droughts. The tribal structure helps them live in one of the most extreme environments on earth.”

For more information check out his site, or buy his book.

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Inspired by - Africa

African tribes – Poetic Interpretation

Posted by rod - 20.06.2013

3rd year Graphic Design student at Nottingham Trend University, Alexandria Robinson, had the challenge to visually interpret three poems, using an imaginative use of imagery and typography. All three poetic interpretations are based on African tribes.

via kissmyblackads

African tribe - Poetic Interpretation

In Kenya the
fierce tribe of
Maasai rule the plains,
cause them grief and
they will split your brains,
shaved head and stretched
ears are their tradition,
spearing lions is their mission.

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Right on the outskirt
of the Sahara desert
will be singing tribes
people standing tall and alert
Gerewol festival is taking place
where Wodaabe people paint
bright colours upon their face

African tribe - Poetic Interpretation

Right on the outskirt
of the Sahara desert
will be singing tribes
people standing tall and alert
Gerewol festival is taking place
where Wodaabe people paint
bright colours upon their face

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Inspired by - South Africa

South African knitwear – Laduma ngxokolo

Posted by rod - 18.06.2013

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Homegrown fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo graduated in in 2010. After graduating the design indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa invited  Laduma to present his fist collection. Even before the conference kicked off the collection acclaimed widespread attention across Africa and Europe. Laduma Ngxokolo menswear idea was influenced by the South Africa’s eastern cape xhosa communities, where each year hundreds of boys aged between eighteen and twenty-three attend the xhosa circumcision schools for a manhood initiation ritual. After the ritual the boys return back home where they have undergo a six month protocol traditionally called Amakrwala.

As soon as they arrive home the old clothes are given away as a sign of the end of their boyhood. This also meant that the parents had to buy new clothes which include high quality men’s knitwear. Laduma experienced himself and felt that there were no South African knitwear brands that had any resemblance to xhosa traditions. Therefore he decided to create his own label that resemble the traditional style of xhosa people wearing their beadwork.

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Inspired by - Morocco

Watchtower of Morocco

Posted by rod - 06.06.2013

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Watchtower of Morocco is a short film by Leonardo Dalessandri who captured a ton of Moroccan things and presented them to us in 3 short minutes. His images are taken whilst walking through the streets of Marrakech, Essaoira, Fes el Bali and Casablanca, taking in the sights and sounds.

via Fubiz

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Inspired by - Tunisia

Tunisian door designs

Posted by rod - 03.06.2013

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Two weeks ago I had the pleasure to visit the North African country Tunisia which boarders with Algeria in the west and Libya in the east. Whilst exploring the various Médinas (historical town) in various cities, I noticed that a lot of doors where uniquely decorated with metal studs and often painted in a vibrant colour. The iconic Tunisian door designs can be found on almost every corner making them a distinctive part of the country.

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Inspired by - Ghana

Dipo Ceremony, Krobo, Ghana

Posted by rod - 22.05.2013

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Italian photographer Anthony Pappone traveld to Krobo, Ghana to phograph the Dipo Ceremony.

“Africa many cultures celebrate the passage of a child towards adulthood. Among the hills Krobo of Ghana, young girls carry on an ancient tradition. Every year, girls undergo a transition to adulthood.

In the beginning of the Dipo each woman Enters a house where they shed Their clothing representative of Their childhood and put on a new, mature set of clothing by Their ritual mother. Then, they shave Their Heads and wash in the river Which is meant to cleanse the body and spirit in preparation for womanhood.

During this ceremony they dance to music to celebrate Their passage into wmoanhood, Represent and their Families by wearing handmade beads passed sown for generations, but most imnportantly to impress a suitor and the tribe’s chief With Their new found grace and beauty.”

 

 

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