– BRINGING AFRICA HOME –
After the icy blasts across Europe in late February we can now see signs of Spring everywhere. The bulbs we planted last year are starting to push through the ground and the afternoon light has brightened. Spring brings with it new life, renewal and a desire to shake off the heaviness of winter hibernation and look forward to the increased light, longer days and change of wardrobe.
Just as we put our winter coats away and pull out our spring jackets so we do this with our homes. Why do we use the term ‘Spring Clean’? Imagine back to a time before electricity when in Northern Europe and the US homes were heated with wood and coal. Over the course of winter the soot residue from these fires would build up on walls and in the curtains and furnishings. The best time to dust and clean the house was in spring once it became warm enough to open the windows and door to let fresh air in and allow the dust to blow out.
In addition to spring cleaning I would advise you go further than that: look at each space in your home and ask yourself these questions: Does the current layout still work? Could some of these items be rearranged for a different look? Sometimes we get stuck in a design rut and stop noticing the space around us. Move an armchair, add a coffee table. Would that rug you have in the bedroom look better in the living room? Changing up the textiles and decorative items can transform the feel of a space. You don’t stay exactly the same from one year to the next, so why should your home? Give it the chance to reflect your personality and your life as you live it.
ETHIOPIAN FLAT WEAVE TOWELS
If someone came into your home and picked up an item and asked you about it would it have a story to tell? We often like to surround ourselves with items that tell the story of our lives. Most of the items stocked by KUDU also have a story behind them. This month I would like to focus on telling you a bit more about our flat weave towels from Ethiopia.
Cotton has been cultivated and spun in Ethiopian for thousands of years. Somehow Egyptian cotton is well-known but Ethiopian cotton is not. We have sourced our flat weave towels from a Fair-Trade-certified supplier that strives to create respectful, ethical and sustainable work opportunities for artisans in Ethiopia. I always like to test the products I stock and these flat weave towels have been around the world with me; sandy beaches, rocky beaches, swimming pools, worn as a sarong and even used as a shawl. They wash and wear so well and seem to become softer with time.
Kudu is a longtime fan of artist Yinka Shonibare. This spring in New York, Public Art Fund will present Wind Sculpture (SG) I, a new sculpture by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE commissioned for Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park. Created from fiberglass and covered with an intricate pattern, the 23-foot-tall sculpture will rise above the plaza, reminiscent of the untethered sail of a ship billowing in the breeze.
Photo credit: Pubic Art Fund
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
I love African Contemporary Photography so I was delighted to happen upon this comprehensive book in my local bookstore. It was compiled to accompany the largest-ever exhibition of Malick Sidibé’s body of work. The man who was often referred to as the Eye of Bamako captured so beautifully a dignified yet carefree time in the history of his country.
If you want to buy your own copy:
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