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Posts Tagged ‘African’

The Content of Design

Bide Table, Nigeria, Collection Billy and  Ruth Omabegho.

On Monday February 1, 2010 I ventured into the Javits Center here in New York City in the midst of the International Gift Fair. I was on a mission. I was meeting with Oumar Cisse (AKA Peace Corps Baba) from Mopti, Mali.

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The YA/YA group designs sets for production of “Peter and the Wolf” at the Guggenheim

“Wolf” by Rontherin Ratliff

Have you heard of the YA/YAs of New Orleans? No, I don’t mean the “Divine Sisterhood” of movie fame, but the organization (Young Aspirations/ Young Artists) whose mission is to “empower creative young people to become successful adults.” Founded over twenty years ago by Jana Napoli this organization works to give the youth of New Orleans “educational experiences in arts” and encourage “entrepreneurship…by fostering and supporting their ambitions.”

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Like a child at play: Toying with Barbie & Ethnic Motifs

Byron Lars Ayako Jones™ Barbie® doll

This is not your little cousin Muffie's Barbie - not at all. With his limited-edition figurines for Mattel, Fashion Designer Byron Lars plays around with the legendary plastic style icon, keeping all the prerequisite Barbie musts intact - pointy 'Barbie' toes, beyond-perfect makeup, posture, and figure - whilst deftly playing around with her overall style dna.

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