Category: Arts & Crafts
Bellafricana was amongst a few artisans that were at the Chevron bazaar held in Lagos, Nigeria on the 13th of November, 2014. My team and I were there to represent Bellafricana including various other creatives present to exhibit from arts, crafts, sculpture, textile, gift items, paintings, beads, baskets and many more. Great talents in Africa I tell you.
I had to save some beautiful pictures to share with you. I absolutely love them all and I’m sure you will too.
Minku is a Nigerian maker of quality goods established in 2011 and specializing in leather bags for men and women.
Three years on, Minku continues to define a fresh sub-Saharan aesthetic through its subtle use of cultural elements and artisan approach to contemporary bagmaking.
Minku founder Kunmi was on a computer science research and consultancy path when she discovered her intense enjoyment of designing and creating everyday items.
After a 45-minute journey, and occasionally losing my way, I arrived at Solomon R. Guggenheim museum. First mode of action was to get my picture taken with the infamous “Solomon R. Guggenheim” as a background. Check!
Next, the moment of truth – entering the museum and soaking in the moment, the beautiful works of art, the architecture. All of it.
Halting mid-walk I glimpse a sign from the corner of my eye; “Closed on Thursday.” Just great. Deflated, it now makes sense why people were sitting outside loitering.
Sigh. What next.
I recall seeing a museum right across the street from the Guggenheim on my way there. Rather than go all the way back home, I could substitute this for the Guggenheim visit.
With the red banner of the National Academy School of Fine Arts blowing in the wind above the entrance, I wondered why I had not come across the name before. (more…)
Timeless. Regal. Exclusive.
These were the first thoughts that came to mind, as I gazed upon the infamous Rembrandt self portrait that graced the walls of The Frick Collection. Yup! Another day, another museum to visit.
It felt surreal to be in such a place, being able to view exquisite masterpieces that had been hand-selected by Henry Clay Frick himself.
It should be stated at this point that I once had the opportunity of visiting The Frick Collection, but had prioritized my painting sessions over it. Looking back now, making the time out to visit would have done a world of good.
The Frick Collection is located at East 70th Street, New York. A sizeable expanse fenced and gated, surrounded by trees and green. Not a bad first impression at all. It is widely known to have a wonderful collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and silverware.
The inside is absolutely stunning! Luxurious carpets, delicate embellished curtains, and spectacular furniture cordoned off by ropes. Not to mention, the remarkable paintings and sculptures that grace the walls and rooms. (more…)