Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Fabulafricana one because she's in love with the motherland, two because she rocked feminine hills, summer dress and cowboy bandana..:)Rokhaya- Designer and Model on her spare time
Fabulafrican because I liked her little black ensemble and the layers of black bangles with a touch of silver with her silver sandals.
Fabulafricana because she was rocking classic old school Jordans, had a touch of rastafari vibe with the cap
Aight people I'm a huge Sartorialist and Garance Dore fan and so they inspired me to try to showcase Senegalese people's personal sense of styles , even though gotta admit that it's hard to convince them to let me take pics of them, don't know how Garance and Scott do it on the regular ..but anywhoo here are a few people who allowed me to showcase their styles, so you who may not live in Dakar have an idea of what my people look and dress like, enjoy:)
Djaa my people from Dakar sont dedans:)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Okay born a November 26 just like me, did the furniture work at 2 of my fav'restaurants in Dakar: Opium and La Fourchette..oh boy there was no way I was not going to find out about Ousmane Mbaye's work.
This self -taught designer and "rude boy" from Medina is slowly but surely taking the world of furniture design by storm. Ousmane def' sees" la vie en rose" with his great use of all the rainbow warm colors. He uses mainly barrel and galvanise iron to create his work. He's currently showing his work at the Biennale du Design in St Etienne until november 30th..if you are in the area, go suppport him:)
For those of you living in Paris he'll be in the capitale des lumieres on December 8th at the Fondation GAIA.
Here's his website:
Djaa my Senegalese brothas sont trop dedans:)
PROFESSOR AMEENAH GURIB FAKIM THE GREATEST AMBASSADOR OF MAURITIUS ISLAND FLORA & TRADIONAL MEDECINE!
Professor Ameenah Gurib Fakim is the first female professor at the University of l'Ile Maurice. This beautiful mother of 2 wears so many hats : she's a writer, a researcher, a scientist, a wife and a mother.
This chemist's work centers around the medicinal and pharmacological properties of local Mauritius plants.
In fact with her team counted 50 000 medecinal plants on her island, they also spoke to the elders of the island who knew and shared some of the secrets of these plants.
I love Ameenah's mission, she wants her people to know that tradional medecine could be a great economical booster of the Island. If it was recognized, farmers could increase the production of those plants, medicinal licenses could be obtained through the official validaton of herbal extracts.
Among some of the plants she's been working with is "le melon amer" which fights diabetes among other things.
This UNESCO prize winner & African Union Women Scientist Regional winner 2009 is truly a fabulafricana.
Reading about her inspired me to respect the african flora and to find out more about the secrets of african plants. In the little video doc' that follows , she explains that on her island there are some plants that can't be found in the rest of the world, only on Mauritius island..waouh!
I also learned that intellectual properties doesn't just pertain to creative work but also to scientific work.
Check her out on this video:
Here's a great interview:
Djaa our sistas from Mauritius Island are unstoppable:)
I haven't focused on my African sistas "doing it"in the sculpture world in a minute.
Mwandale Mwanyekwa is a great female tanzanian sculptor in a mainly male dominated art sector.
"Big Mama "as she likes to be called has been expressing herself through this art form for the past + 10 years. As any intelligent professional, she realized quite early that she had to aquire training. She attended several local and international schools, workshops, exhibits.
She was invited to showcase her work in Sweden, Toledo Ohio, South Africa ect
This stylish woman and mother, is a self proclaimed lover of herself, it shows through her self portraits carved in woods. She also takes her inspirations from her personal beliefs, nature, animals ect.
Here's her personal site:
Djaa my Tanzanian sistas sont trop dedans:)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Lovely orange number
Love the jaune citron and the corbeau black mix
Laila Azhar is a Maroccan born designer who designs modern and romantic pieces for the urban young femme.
Before pursuing design at the prestigious Parsons school of design, while residing in Canada she studied biology at McGill University. Doing modelling jobs on the side , her desire to become a designer grew more apparent to her and as they say the rest is now history.
Here's her site:
Djaa our Maroccan sistas sont trop dedans:)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Gabby receiving the New Hollywod Award from Oscar nominated Tara J Henson
Gabby & her mentor Lee Daniels
Beautiful color on her
Djaaa our African /American sistas are doing their thang in Hollywood:)