SPIRIT 002, the collection of Wekafore mirror of African aesthetics

SPIRIT 002, the collection of Wekafore mirror of African aesthetics

Giulia Guido · 12 months ago · Style

Among the new emerging brands, you need to keep an eye on is Wekafore, born from the idea of Wekaforé Maniu Jibril. In his brand born in 2013, he has managed to encompass all its history, its Nigerian origins, the teachings of his grandfather, the traditional African culture and new trends. In this way, Wekafore is able to stand out in an increasingly saturated world for its all-African aesthetic that manages to find a common point between past and future, between primitive and contemporary.

On the occasion of the release of SPIRIT 002, the second chapter of a series of multidisciplinary collections, we talked to Wekaforé himself, who told us about his personal vision of fashion. 

Tell us about yourself, your story, your background and everything you’ve done before you decide to start your own brand. 

Well, I’m Nigerian, born and raised in Lagos city until age 13. Before I started my brand I was an aspiring footballer then I wanted to be a preacher and then I wanted to be an architect and then ended up here by chance and necessity. 

The world of fashion is constantly evolving and the market is becoming more and more competitive, what do you think are the elements that can determine the success of a brand? 

Ingenuity is very important I believe, but no so important if you have famous contacts. The market is oversaturated and its such a doggy dog world so I guess you have to take advantage of any power you have, whether Ingenuity or contacts. 

Which are your main sources of inspiration and how does your creative process work? 

Social anthropology from the 3rd world up. The return of the moors to Europe, The misrepresentation and under-representation, Americanisation of African blackness. Coming for Lagos mainland (low class Lagos city) I have sort of held myself responsible for showing that – what most people perceive as primitive, uneducated or poverty-stricken can also be high art and can propose ideas for the future of the world.

What happens when you start creating a collection?

Before I put my pencil on paper, I marinate a lot of things in my head. I start with literature, romance and compassion. I look around me and think of how I can communicate these complex visions to the people around me.

What characterizes your latest collection and how would you describe it?

Primitive-futuristic-negro-romance-tech- formal-wear.  Let that sink in.

What are your future plans? 

I’m continuing to expand the brand into a lifestyle, with different disciplines and formats all from the same stream of consciousness. We are releasing new film series, new events, new music, new collections. 

SPIRIT 002 Wekafore | Collater.al
SPIRIT 002 Wekafore | Collater.al
SPIRIT 002 Wekafore | Collater.al
SPIRIT 002 Wekafore | Collater.al
SPIRIT 002 Wekafore | Collater.al
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365typefaces, one typeface per day

365typefaces, one typeface per day

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 weeks ago · Art

365typefaces is a special Instagram profile, at first glance it may seem trivial, but it is not.
Born in Rome in 1993, Andrea Biggio lives and works in Milan as a graphic designer and just over a year ago he created 365typefaces, an account created to promote and present contemporary and experimental typefaces, created by independent designers and digital foundries.

His page is now a real point of reference for all those designers looking for inspiration, looking for the right font to best realize their idea.
Founded with the aim of publishing one project a day, whether it’s a finished and finished font or one that’s still being worked on, until now 365Typefaces has collected a lot of fonts, becoming a digital archive perfectly updated on the latest trends in type design.

365typefaces also has big plans for the future, it would like to expand its community and become a brand partner of foundries and events related to the world of printing, but not only.
An ambitious project, which among other things gives the opportunity to many graphic designers to show the fonts they create and share them with everyone.
In December a 365TChallenge was also created, inviting designers to create an alphabet inspired by the shapes of sound.

A useful and inspiring project for many graphic designers, a way to share their work, through a simple Instagram profile.
An excellent showcase for designers, driven by the authentic nature of the page, always ask to be published to increase their visibility.

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Fear Eats The Soul, Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Flags

Fear Eats The Soul, Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Flags

Giulia Guido · 3 weeks ago · Art

If there is an object of universal use and comprehensible to anyone in the world that is the flag. Since the time of the Crusades, flags have represented the belonging of a group of people to a country, but not only, to a belief, an ideal, a current of thought. Think, for example, of pirates, Italian lordships, political parties or the most popular rainbow flag of peace. 

Because of its deep meaning and its powerful symbolic force, Rirkrit Tiravanija, a New York artist born in Buenos Aires, has made the flag an inevitable object of his artistic research. 

One of the best known is completely white, presenting light, almost invisible, the silhouettes of the stars and stripes of the American flag, above them in cubital characters appears the inscription “Fear Eats The Soul“. The sentence is taken from the film Ali: Fear Eats the Soul by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, one of those films that forty years later still manages to be particularly relevant, dealing with themes linked to racism and class struggle. 

The same flag with the phrase in Italian appeared yesterday on the facade of the Church of San Paolo Converso in Milan, headquarters of the Fondazione Converso that will host the works of Rirkrit Tiravanija throughout the year, including six flags that will be waved in turn at the entrance. The first one is “La Paura Mangia L’Anima” (Fear Eats the Soul) and, unfortunately, it couldn’t be better suited to the current climate in the city (and throughout Northern Italy), which is forced to close schools and museums because of the Coronavirus.

Although it remains a white flag, do not mistake it for a gesture of surrender. 

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Malala, Lady Gaga and the other women Behind the Mac

Malala, Lady Gaga and the other women Behind the Mac

Giulia Guido · 3 weeks ago · Art

This year, to celebrate International Women’s Day, Apple released an all-female version of Behind The Mac

The 2018 campaign is renewed every year with short commercials that show both well-known personalities from show business and music, but also normal users, working behind the screen of a Mac. The interesting aspect of this campaign is that every country has the possibility to customize it, for example, a few days ago we talked about the commercial made by Apple Japan that instead of known faces used cartoon and anime scenes. 

But Behind the Mac can also change according to the occasion to celebrate, so in this spot, always busy working behind a computer, we see personalities ranging from Lady Gaga to Malala, from Greta Gerwig to Diane von Furstenberg. In the background? “***Flawless Feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie” by Beyoncé. 

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Cheyne Gallard, between superheroes and drag queens

Cheyne Gallard, between superheroes and drag queens

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 weeks ago · Art

Cheyne Gallard is a famous illustrator born in beautiful Honolulu. Like almost every colleague, from an early age, he loved to draw and scribble whatever paper was in front of him.
As a child, he enjoyed watching cartoons and drawing them on paper on Saturdays. We can undoubtedly say that his style is clear from the beginning, you have never sought inspiration from other currents because he has always been dedicated to comics.

Self-taught, his life changed after picking up a copy of Stan Lee’sHow to Draw the Marvel Way“. Even today, his main inspiration continues to be comic book king Jack Kirby and some modern illustrators like Dave Gibbons and Joe Quinones.

Cheyne’s works are absolutely a continuation of pop art, in which he combines his love for ferocious women and Golden Age comics. Flamboyant, full of colors and details, his works are very similar to the comics of the most famous Marvel superheroes.

His latest work is dedicated to one of his favorite series, America’s Next Drag Queen. It’s an American reality show based on a competition between drag queens. The presenter of the show is RuPaul, who is also a judge and mentor. The contestants must show their skills as entertainers and style by competing in various competitions.
Since the sixth season, Cheyne Gallard has started to dedicate comics to the strongest competitors.
He decided to combine his love for drag queens with the vintage and retro comic book look and thus my unique mix was born.

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