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JAMAICONS – An anniversary exhibition

Posted by rod - 12.12.2012

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Jamaica and its diaspora celebrate their historic 50th anniversary of Independence in 2012.

To mark this event Jon Daniel created a series of several bold, iconic artworks representing a selected group of Jamaican historical and cultural figures. This is how he explains the project:

“This unique outdoor exhibition was launched as part of the annual Brixton Splash Street Festival in London, which embraced Jamaica’s 50th anniversary celebrations and national motto, ‘Out of many, One People’ as its central theme. The iconic display dubbed “Jamaicons” was a cultural hijack of the exterior picture wall of the renowned Ritzy Picturehouse cinema in Brixton, and the first time the organisation had ever permitted it to be used in this way.

There is no doubting the enormity of Jamaica’s cultural impact on the world. Therefore, a selection of just nine individuals to portray Jamaica’s true historical depth and breadth was certainly a challenge. However, I made my selection based on my own personal judgement and decided to leave it to ‘the people’ to determine if what i had portrayed was just.

In my selection, I not only wanted to ensure I had a fair mix between male and female, but also between the deceased and the living; the political and the cultural; and the famous and the infamous.

The artistic style of the portraits is deliberately graphic and contemporary, thus embracing a younger audience to be drawn to the more historical and political subjects, without alienating an audience who already has a heightened awareness and black historical consciousness. The iconography of the portraits is then further embellished through the consistent powerful use of the Jamaican national colours of black, golden yellow and green.

Through these images, the emotion I hoped to elicit was one of ‘Pride’. Not just from Jamaicans, but also from the public in general. Their prominent display at this time in Brixton was extremely fitting. Not only for its historical importance as a home to primarily Jamaican immigrants that formed part of the ‘Windrush Generation’ of the 1940s and 50s; but also due to its significance as Britain’s premier multicultural heartland and a place, that admirably reflects the Jamaica’s national motto, ‘Out of many, One people’.

The resulting exhibition was embraced not only by all the Brixton Splash festival revelers, but also by the thousands of daily Brixton residents and visitors who passed by for the following 3 months that it remained on display. The final exhibition of nine ‘Jamaicons’ were: Queen Nanny, Marcus Garvey, Grace Jones, Robert Nesta Marley, Usain Bolt, Merlene Ottey, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Mary Seacole and Michael Holding.”

Thanks to Jon Daniel for submitting this great project. Photography: Kofi Allen, Martha Love and Jon Daniel

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Jamaica Blue Premium Coffee Packaging

Posted by rod - 18.01.2012

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As the name already mentions this coffee comes from the Jamaican Blue Mountains. The packaging design is inspired by Caribbean art and design from the Jamaican coat of arms to the cigar box packaging design of Cuba which is in close proximity. Simon Frouws is the designer behind this project. via designworklife

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The Last Wailer

Posted by rod - 11.11.2011

The Last Wailer GQ magazine

The Last Wailer was an article which was featured in the US GQ magazine. This is the small text:

“Even the name is legend. Bunny Wailer. He grew up in the same house as Bob Marley, and together with Peter Tosh, they created not just The Wailers but a new template for sound. But only Bunny remains, and today he lives in his own private Zion. He is not an easy man to visit. John Jeremiah Sullivan ventured to Kingston, Jamaica, shortly after that city burned last summer, to find reggae’s most righteous survivor.”

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Caribbean Plantation Rum

Posted by rod - 29.09.2010

Here are three (Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad) out of the seven Caribbean Plantation Rum packaging designs. Each rum is made in it’s traditional way of origin, and then sent to France to be refined.

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Air Jamaica identity

Posted by rod - 10.03.2010

The inspiration for the identity of Air Jamaica comes from Jamaica’s national animal the Doctor bird or also called the Swallow tail humming bird. The doctor bird or is one of the most outstanding of the 320 species of hummingbirds. It lives only in Jamaica and has been immortalized in Jamaican folklore and song. images via caribbeangiftandcraft, cs.colostate, jetwaymodelssbarnhill.mvps and museumofflight

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