Functionality is key in whatever I do especially in the craft that I make and in my everyday life. So, making this flip box was important to me because I made it for a loved one living with Glaucoma. It is a health condition that causes loss of sight. To find out more on the condition click the Gaucoma link above.
My aim was to make a storage unit that could be used to keep things within reach and could be easily accessible. I also wanted to inscribe an initial on the box, using a raised cut out letter for easy recognition.
Thankfully, the box was well received and has proved very useful for it's owner. Which goes to show that art can be a really useful tool when made with a purpose.
Every city has it's charm and Lagos is one of those cities that's filled with beautiful imperfections and unique contradictions. Imagine being stuck in traffic and seeing these words inscribed in Yoruba, a dialect of Southern Nigerians, saying 'Afi Suru'. Which means to 'Exercise patience'. It's the classic Lagos experience!
This batik top was made using eco-friendly soy wax and eco-friendly dye. The finished piece was merrily sent to it's new owner whom I might add, wore it beautifully well.
The story is said of a young man, who’s sight is so bad he could barely see. He refuses to wear glasses so he could see and would rather squint to look at things. Just because he feared glasses would make him look strange. He would rather barely see than stand out from the crowd.
This story was inspired from a conversation I had with someone recently about wearing glasses. In an age where most people wear glasses, it appears everyone you see have glasses that suits them and they look chic so to speak. Yet take a deeper look and you would find the odd few that wear glasses, but feel uncomfortable, because they think glasses make them look different from everyone else.
As someone who wear glasses, I fall into this category and I wanted to know why something that makes life better could be seen in such a negative light. Should I not be grateful for being able to see clearly without straying my eyes? So why do I and some others, have such reservations about wearing glasses? Could this be because of how glass wearers were perceived in the past as isolated, introverted, book worms? Or could it just be an individual’s perception of themselves?
Whatever the case, it led me to question, if the choice is between seeing by wearing prescription glasses or not seeing for lack of prescription glasses, what would I do? When the facts are laid bare, it doesn’t take much to see things in perspective. Do I sometimes struggle with wearing my bug eye glasses as I call them? Yes. Why? Because I am of the school of thought, that think glasses does nothing for my facial frame. On the other hand, when I put them on and everything is as clear as day, I am forever grateful to the geniuses that dedicated their years to making glasses so people like me can see.
So, it appears that what needs changing isn’t my glasses but my perspective. If a pair of glasses don’t fit, no problem. It might just be that I need to find glasses that suit my face. And if for some unknown reason, I can't find glasses to suit my face, no problem. I simply go ahead by wearing what I have and celebrating the fact that I can see. For with clear vision, comes clear sight and with clear sight, comes clear goals. Clear goals to achieve future success. Get the pun!
I’ve taken the plunge and posted a picture of me in my new glasses and yes, this is my best effort! All being said & done, the important thing is perspective. That is, the decision to love my glass-wearing self no matter how it looks. And to remember, that whether my glasses are on-or-off, I’m still the same person behind it all.
Here’s hoping you throw caution to the wind and rock those glasses like it’s 2099!
I'm always on the lookout for a good book. This book was a rare gem I stumbled upon some years back whilst shopping for books online. It's like a mini craft bible for African craft!
Living a busy city life requires a great deal of energy. So, I found the perfect way to energise myself in the form of these tasty gluten free vanilla muffins topped with desiccated coconut and almond!
I have always believed the African proverb that says ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. As we remember mothers today for the hard work, diligence and dedication they show in raising their children and for the many hats they wear when running their households, let’s take a pause to remember those who have nurtured us in one way or the other. Those who give us encouragement when we need it the most.These people, you know, will always be there for you no matter what. To the village that help me become who I am today, I say thank you and I appreciate you dearly.
There is one standout person I remember today. Thank you for being my nurturing creative ally. Remember these shoes? They’re like a charm bracelet to me because it reminds me of the many times you’ve encouraged me in my creative journey & helped me stay true to myself. This is my virtual message in a bottle to you. I hope you stumble upon it one day (if not, I will keep it here for you) and hopefully show it to you myself. So that you know, that out of sight (FOR ME) is never out of mind. Love u no matter what. Kemi xx
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