Friday 22 June 2012

Patrick Kelly. Fashion Designer 1954-1990

Never heard of him? This designer was one of my inspirations back in my student days. 
Gone but not forgotten. Spread the word.

Patrick Kelly (c. September 24, 1954 – January 1, 1990) was a Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S. born, Paris-based women's wear designer and a founder of the fashion house Patrick Kelly Paris. Kelly achieved his greatest commercial success in the late 1980's and in 1988 Kelly became both the first American and the first person of color to be admitted as a member of the Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode. (Wikipedia)

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Wednesday 9 May 2012

Mary Seacole statue at St Thomas' Hospital, London

I was taught about Florence Nightingale in school, but only heard about Mary Seacole after I left secondary education...unfortunately. Well things have changed and more people are heariing about the achievements and compassion of this nursing pioneer. So glad to read that a statue is to be erected, but apparently with some opposition! Mmmm

Mary Seacole also used herbal remedies learned from her Jamacian ancestory

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Friday 4 May 2012

SILK: Stephen Lawrence Magazine

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Elizabeth Catlett 1915-2012

Just putting together an article for blog, and read that Elizabeth Catlett had died, last month! I've been out of the loop recently so have no idea if this made any news over here...but it should of! I learned about this artist by chance really, about ten years ago. I wasn't taught about her ever in school, college or univ in any of the arts course that I studied, but when I did finally learn of her work and life, it reinvigorated me as a creative person. 
There was nothing this woman couldn't do with the 2D and 3D artforms, and she used them to express the issues which touched her as a black woman.
I kinda hoped she'd live forever!

Monday 30 April 2012

Back2Black Festival

We had sunshine in London town today!! More to come I hope. There are many events to look forward to and I include this one on my wish list! Any tickets left?

Acclaimed Back2Black Festival arrives in London this summer
for the first ever edition outside Brazil

Hosted by and featuring Gilberto Gil
Part of the London 2012 Festival

Fri 29, Sat 30 June & Sun 1 July 2012
Old Billingsgate, London EC3R 6DX

Monday 23 April 2012

It's Been A Long Time...

...but all is good and I should be back to regular postings! Thanks for your wonderful support of this blog and don't be shy about following me people!