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Avoid projecting: Kot Bonkers is neither a political nor a feminist artist
Kot Bonkers is a brazen illustrator who fiercely defends her right to draw for the sake of it and identify with no political groups, despite audience opinion.
Meet Botswana's Queens of Marok
South African photographer Paul Shiakallis documents the leather-wearing women of Botswana’s heavy metal scene.
Artist turns Ghana's symbol of scarcity into political art
Serge Attukwei Clottey uses Ghana’s ever-present yellow oil gallons to make a political statement about the environment, history and consumption.
Tropical themed, woven blankets by designer Lilian Martinez
“Craftsmanship is really important to me because it’s the only way that I can reconcile introducing more things and objects into the world.”
The Vietnamese community centre made of thatch and bamboo
The structures were built using only bamboo pegs and rope and no metal joints.
Go ahead and take your selfies girl
Body-positive artist Zola Lovette is the creative behind a series of illustrations celebrating bathroom selfies.
Burkinabe women are channeling the spirit of a 12th century princess
Burkinabe women working in careers traditionally dominated by men, all draw inspiration and courage from one source: Princess Yennenga.
Robotic traffic officers direct cars on Kinshasa’s roads
Solar-powered robotic traffic cops have been “hired” to regulate the disorderly traffic in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The world’s first design museum built inside a Mumbai slum
The artists also aim to question the word “slum” because of the ways in which it ignores the complexity and dynamism of a community.
Tatsuya Honda's hairpin enables you to feel sounds
This graduate of the Future University Hakode has designed a more intuitive aid for hearing impaired users that translates sound to vibration.
Selly Raby Kane on creating sci-fi fashion in Senegal
“I want people to dive into a universe, I want them to dive into a story and I want them to feel like they’re in a timeless space.”
How to build your own prosthetic using LEGO
Carlos Arturo Torres has designed a creative prosthetic system for children to explore and empower their creativity in a playful and social way —using LEGO.
Classic: Minedumps and Tokoloshes
In a 2015 interview, South African comics artists Ray Whitcher and Moray Rhoda talk about bringing the genre closer to home.
Thai architects develop a building typology for disaster-resistant schools
Vin Varavarn Architects, a Bangkok-based firm, developed a new architectural typology for earthquake resistant schools.
Moeketsi Lebakeng’s minimal illustrations pay tribute to Africa’s women
Moeketsi Lebakeng uses illustration to celebrate his everyday heroes – African women.
Helen Borg’s illustrations prove that a little bit of cheek goes a long way
Using a handful of quirk and a pinch of cheek, Helen Borg’s illustrations question and mock the pleasures and emotions surrounding desire in our society.
Zun Lee’s photographs alternate notions of black fatherhood in America
Zun Lee picked up a camera to relieve work stress and ended up capturing a poignant series of photos that challenge stereotypes of black families in America.
Spanish building presents new design typologies for social housing
Spanish architects researched a new typology to improve living conditions and develop sustainable quality housing. The result is the 317 Social Housing Units.
Rudi Geyser photographs Cape Town's defiant women
Rudi Geyser has photographed a series of portraits featuring young women based in Cape Town. The collection explores the personal identities of his subjects.
A portrait of Barbara Kruger, popular culture, words and captivating images
Meet visual artist Barbara Kruger. Her combination of image and jarring text has permeated popular culture.
Eddy Kamuanga draws inspiration from the hybridity and complexity of Kinshasa
Eddy Kamuanga Illunga calls Kinshasa his home and the cultural complexity, hybridity and cosmopolitan nature of the city inspires his paintings.
The new collection by Eva Sonaike takes its inspiration from West African modernism
Eva Sonaike, a London based lifestyle brand, has produced the Falomo collection, another luxurious series of home accessories inspired by African architecture.
The final shortlist for the world's biggest photo competition is in
From the largest number of entries in their nine year history, the Sony World Photography Awards have released their final shortlist for this year’s competition
Using DIY-biotechnology, Kazuya Kawasaki is changing the fashion of the future
Kazuya Kawasaki is a graduate of Keio University and a bio-activist using speculative design to pursue the possiblities of growing materials for fashion.
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