Category Archives: Art & Cultural Histories

DIY Trends: Learn to Batik Your Own Custom Designs on Fabric

After you’ve aced the dip dye, perfected the ombre and can tie dye with your eyes closed, the next step up the DIY dying ladder is a technique called batik, and it might just be the coolest one yet. Batik is a traditional Indonesian method for creating designs on fabric using wax and dye. The wax prevents the dye from seeping into the parts of the fabric it’s placed on, creating two-toned (or even more!) custom patterns on pillows, clothes and much more. And the designs can be as insanely intricate as you can imagine, from tribal-inspired patterns to starry constellations!

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Batik Prints: Dyeing How-Tos

Once a pastime of Indonesian court ladies, traditional batik can be a laborious craft: A single yard of the most sumptuous Javanese pattern might take up to a year to produce, as the fabric is successively rewaxed and dyed. But with our quick method, using kitchen tools and other household items as wax stamps, you’ll be able to make a collection of bright bandannas in just a few hours or decorate a set of summer table linens in a day or two.

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The Motivational Benefits Of Art In The Workplace – Forbes

The Motivational Benefits Of Art In The Workplace – Forbes

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I recently read a thought-provoking article, via Twitter TWTR -0.14%, called Having Fine Art in the Workplace is Good for Productivity.  That may be a debatable point – I’m not sure it’s easy to calculate a classic ROI from having art in the workplace – but I do believe you can (very roughly) estimate what I call ROE, Return on Environment, as there are subtle but valuable benefits workplace art can bring to a corporate culture.

The article noted above was written by Andre Smith as a guest blog for someone I follow on Twitter, Marissa Brassfield, who goes by the Twitter handle of @efficient.  A simple clear-headed focus on efficiency and productivity appeals to me. After all, is there anyone in management who can’t benefit from being more efficient?

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The #Oyo People’s #Empire of Old: Part One

THE HISTORY OF OYO EMPIRE

Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III. Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III

Oyo Empire was one of the Largest Empire in West African state established by Yoruba people in the 15thcentury. The empire succeeded lle-lfe as the dominant kingdom in the area after 1700 and was the most politically important state in the region from the mid 17th  to late 18th century over most of the other kingdoms in Yoruba land including some nearby African states like Fon kingdom of Dahomey in The Republic of Benin. Continue reading The #Oyo People’s #Empire of Old: Part One

African Digital Art, From Science Fiction Maasai Warriors to Star Wars Re-Imagined in Africa

Jepchumba, the creator of African Digital Art. Image from her Twitter account (@digitalafrican).Jepchumba, the creator of African Digital Art. Image from her Twitter account (@digitalafrican).

African Digital Art is a website that celebrates African art, design and technology:

Created and developed by Jepchumba, the platform covers a wide range of artistic production from audio/visual production, animation, interactive projects, web, film, graphic art and design. Our focus is on artistic work or practices that utilize digital technology as an essential part of the creative, presentation or distribution process.

The creator of the site, Jepchumba, is a Kenyan digital artist who combines her two passions, digital media and Africa: Continue reading African Digital Art, From Science Fiction Maasai Warriors to Star Wars Re-Imagined in Africa

For All African and Caribbean music lovers: Africa Oyé Will Rock!

Liverpool festival to showcase African and Caribbean music and culture

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Sarabi at Africa Oye in 2015 (Photo credit: Mark McNulty)

AFRICA OYÉ, the largest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK, is counting down to another summer extravaganza in Liverpool.

Having grown from humble beginnings, Africa Oyé is now one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, last year attracting crowds of over 80,000 people from all over the UK – and it’s still growing. Continue reading For All African and Caribbean music lovers: Africa Oyé Will Rock!

100 things that you did not know about Africa

1. The human race is of African origin. The oldest known skeletal remains of anatomically modern humans (or homo sapiens sapiens) were excavated at sites in East Africa. Human remains were discovered at Omo in Ethiopia that were dated at 195,000 years old, the oldest known in the world.

2. Skeletons of pre-humans have been found in Africa that date back between 4 and 5 million years. The oldest known ancestral type of humanity is thought to have been the australopithecus ramidus, who lived at least 4.4 million years ago. Continue reading 100 things that you did not know about Africa

Ife Art History

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  • Art comes from archaeological sites found in western Nigeria.
  • Consists of objects made from terracotta, bronze, and stone.
  • Objects date 1000-500 B.P (1000 and 1500 A.D).
  • Believed to be created for the ruling elite.
  • Idealized naturalism.
  • Full length figures and busts are common.
  • Figures are sometimes heavily beaded.

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