Mudcloth (also known as bògòlanfini) is a Malian textile, usually cotton, that is resist-dyed with fermented mud. Artists create decorative pattern designs that are usually abstracted images representing everyday life and objects.
I've always loved mudcloth and appreciate seeing various interpretations of the cloth for fashion and home:
I'm loving this collaboration between Asilia, a (fabulous) design studio, and Creativity and Noise, a (dope concept) screen-printing studio and workshop based in the UK. The two came together to produce a collection of tees and other soft goods called AfriCAN under the Creativity and Noise moniker, which just launched over the weekend.
Support good work! See the entire collection here.
Also check out the trailer for the BlackStar Film Festival which pays homage to the Rosie Perez dance intro to the film.
June 30th marks the 25th anniversary of Do The Right Thing, and many events are happening in celebration of the groundbreaking film. A book giving behind-the-scenes visuals and tid-bits was released this month, there's a block party in Brooklyn celebrating the anniversary, and the block where the film was shot was just renamed Do The Right Thing Way. I appreciate the acknowledgement of this dynamic piece of work that has ignited and inspired me in so many ways.
This year I had the honor (again) to design the materials for the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival. Without even realizing that 2014 marks the 25th anniversary, I used the film's catalytic character, Radio Raheem, as a muse for this year's design.
The festival theme is music with an emphasis on how music and film can be used to educate and empower, and inspire change. For me, Do The Right Thing speaks to this, more specifically with the Radio Raheem character and his boombox blasting Public Enemy's "Fight the Power."
In addition to DTRT, activism, political/cultural/social justice, and propaganda posters were all themes that inspired the direction of the design for the festival.
Whether it's hitting up the block party in BK, watching the film, blasting "Fight the Power" or getting it in like Tina/Rosie Perez at a dance party, I hope you'll get to celebrate Do The Right Thing in some way this weekend.
For more information about the BlackStar Film Festival click here.
Lately, I've been inspired by neon brights and unexpected electric hues combined with the exotic plant-life a tropical forest. I like to call it electric jungle. Here are a few items that speak to that funky aesthetic.
clockwise: Bantu Wax for J.Crew; Reina Muerte Wedge; Multicolor Brooch; Printed Leather Clutch; River Island Tropical Print Wedges; Painted Pineapple Pouch; Under Sun Melamine Dinner Plates; Superga Jungle Out There Sneakers; Cool Melons by Lynnie Zulu.
A few weeks ago the sad story emerged of two young teenage sisters who were gang-raped and killed after going to use the bathroom, which was a field just outside of their small village in India.
In light of this horrific incident an important project came to mind that speaks to this issue regarding the lack of safe, sanitary and private bathrooms for women all over the world. The project called, The Bottom Line by Noopur Agarwal, is a bathroom stall installation that gives context, insight, and most importantly solutions for giving women access to "hygienic and dignified facilities."
Design is necessary to communicate any message, but when used to inform, educate, and activate for social change it really inspires and invigorates me, and reminds me how powerful the visual image can be.
I love Noopur's concept and hope that it inspires you in some way, too.
During a brief day trip to Philly on Sunday I made visit to Odunde, an annual African heritage festival that goes down in South Philadelphia. It's been over ten years since my last visit so I had no idea what to expect.
It was wonderful! I was totally overwhelmed by the sights and sounds. There were so many great vendors. I really wanted to buy everything.
Are there any heritage festivals in your area you go to every year?