Jordan Awori

KENYAN ARTIST: MICHAEL SOI THE SOI-NSPIRATION ARTIST

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When it comes to artists the world over, no one inspires me as much as Kenyan contemporary artist MICHAEL SOI. I first came across his work when I was interning for another great artist,sculptor GAKUNJU KAIGWA at KUONA ARTS CENTER in 2009. Honestly, my first impression of his work was confusion. His minimalist cartoon style was very different from anything I’d ever seen from Kenya, and the only thing I could compare it to was the contemporary american art style of the 50s, POP ART.

Was it really Kenyan to follow this style? Was he being true to himself and our culture? Where was the wildlife or at least the village people fetching water or jumping in shukas?

But then it hit me how ignorant and plain stupid I was being.

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ACCENT WALLS: CROWN PAINTS RED PAINT EDITION

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Now that it’s been a week since valentines I can come out of hiding (can I get an amen from all my single people). But seriously, I did have a wonderful valentines day and I hope you did too.

In the spirit of love I’ve decided to dedicate this post to the colour that is automatically associated with it…RED!

Now fret not, this is not one of those vague ‘how to use the colour red in your home’ post. I shall be showing you how to not only use red as an accent wall colour but how to do so by using three of my favourite and versatile shades of the colour from CROWN PAINT KENYA.

Are you REDy….Here we go:

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A NIGHT IN VAN GOGH’S BEDROOM

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Someone please get me to Chicago. NOW!!! (I have a feeling demanding wont work. Lets see, what else can work? Oh yes, there’s begging….)

TAKE 2!

Hi guys. How are you doing today? Has anyone told you how beautiful/handsome/charming/caring you are? Well you are! Now I was wondering if you could be so kind as to please get me to Chicago. Please…..pretty please…pretty please with sugar on top.

Why you ask, do I need to desperately go to to the windy city. Well, THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO has replicated the famous bedroom featured in Van Gogh’s paintings. For around Ksh 10,000, members of the public, hopefully including myself, can reserve a night’s stay via the home-sharing website Airbnb.

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OMBRE TO DYE FOR (MOODBOARDS): THE TALE OF OMBRE CARPETS

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The weekend is here!!!

Now that I’m done stating the obvious here’s more good news….THIS IS A MOODBOARD POST! If you read my last post on ombre carpets, I mentioned one I surprisingly discovered in Naivas supermarket (click here to read it). Well, I was so inspired by it that I’ve prepared for you 3 moodboards showing how you can style it in different types of homes.

Enjoy and yes, you’re welcome!

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OMBRE TO DYE FOR (INSPIRATION): THE TALE OF OMBRE CARPETS

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So there I was in Naivas supermarket, making a quick dash to the cashew nuts section, when what do I happen to see past the corner of my eye……a pretty decent ombre carpet (PS: Ombré describes the gradual blending of one color to another).

I hear angels sing and a harp play in the background as I walk towards this unexpected piece of art.

For those who aren’t from these neck of the woods, i.e. Kenya, you must be wondering why I’m being so dramatic about it. Without being too blunt all I’ll say is that Naivas isn’t known for its brilliant design pieces. Okay, moving on swiftly…

I just couldn’t believe it! I’d been searching for an ombre carpet for a client who had a really tight budget and there it was staring right at me. Seeing that it was below my predicted cost (its retailing at 7,800/- Ksh) I was sure my client would be hearing those angels singing too.

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