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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AFRICAN DESIGN DIARY: RUGS BY EVA SONAIKE

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Its February…….FEBRUARY!! Do you know what this means? We are not only a whole month into 2016 but we’ve already forgotten all our new years resolutions and now are anticipating the highs/lows that come with this month of LOVE.

I therefore thought that there would be no better way to kick-start it than by sharing one of the designs by my favourite designers, Eva Sonaike.

With that welcome to the second AFRICAN DESIGN DIARY (#ADD) post.

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AFRICAN DESIGN DIARY: DOUDOU BY MYRIAM MAXO

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It’s Monday guys *insert something positive here because I cant think of anything seeing that I’m currently going through a serious case of the Monday blues*

Anyway, moving on swiftly to something that I’m sure will definitely cheer the both of us up. My first African Design Diary post!! With this post series I shall be highlighting something uniquely African/African inspired. So now that that’s established, every time you see an African Design Diary #ADD post you’ll know what to expect.

Now without further ado, ladies and gentlemen….boys and girls…presenting the DOUDOU, a huge teddy bear a creation by French designer Myriam Maxo.

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