Featured Creatives

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lyrical Art From Chidi Okoye

I shall be eternally thankful to The Rhapsody Phoenix for referring me to the artist Chidi Okoye- there is a good chance that I might have never seen his work, and that would be a shame. The main reason why I love his art is that a lot of it is about two things I love and respect: women, and music. His work is just full of life, color and joy. It is a celebration of music, dance, togetherness, and womanhood. I don't know if this is how he intended for people to take his art, but that's the feeling I'm getting. And I'm loving it.

I confess, I'm quite jealous of his many talents. He has put a lot of effort into learning his craft and is an awesome sculptor, painter and illustrator! He actually used to sculpt exclusively until the Canadian cold (when he first relocated) made sculpting hazardous and so he had to start painting professionally. See blessing in disguise? See just a few of his works below:
You can see more of Chidi's work over at Modern Art Images. His modern art can be seen on art prints, greeting cards, etc. He has held numerous national and international exhibitions, and for good reason I tell you. Please check him out.You can contact him via his website here.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Art Of Zen With Zen Magazine Africa

To be Zen means 'to be in a state of meditation'. When you meditate, you are relaxed and you're supposed to be able to reach a level of enlightenment if you do it right. Whole religions and cultures are based on this concept. I can't imagine anyone being creative and not reaching this 'enlightenment ' stage at one level or another. This concept is what Zen Magazine Africa is about- enlightenment that translates to creativity and self-expression in art, music, lifestyle, and culture. In fact, Zen Mag Africa showcases Africans that make creativity the center of their beings- whether in simple entertainment or in work.

The superman behind Zen Magazine is Arinze, and I think I've found myself a kindred spirit. The little time I've known him I've been so inspired by his work and his mindset. The amazing thing is that Zen Mag was created through a series of God-Led steps (that's the only way I can describe it). He simply wanted a platform where he could make a difference and leave his mark on the work, and he found that platform in Zen Mag. "God found me", he said when he spoke of founding the magazine. Now how beautiful is that!

Another amazing thing is that Zen Mag started in such an original way- on just Facebook and Twitter. They already have a huge following- and why wouldn't they, cause when you've got an awesome thing going on, people notice. Although there have been trying times, they are going places- higher and higher. They are launching their website any day now and going to print before you know it. With their interesting features and interviews, beautiful photographs, and creative layouts (I'm so in love with these), they are, and will continue to be, the place to go to celebrate creativity. Check out some pages from their monthly issues below:

March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
"Giving chances to people to promote their art; to learn from (them) and inspire accordingly". This is exactly what Zen Magazine Africa is. I only hope I'll be right there when the magazine gets to where it's meant to be- right above the skies (and no I'm not trying to be corny, I actually mean it lol).

You can find Zen Mag Africa on Facebook and Twitter. Also, they will soon launch their website so watch this space for an update.

The Latest Gist In Blogsville

I am so happy to announce that The Corner Shop has been featured on Blogsville Gist!. I don't know what to say, I'm totally gushing hehe. I just want to thank all of you who like this blog. I can't do it without you oh, otherwise, I might as well just keep a private journal/database lol. Thanks to you guys for reading, commenting, and following. There are so many amazing and inspiring people out there, so I'm just trying to tap current :p

I also want to say that Blogsville is like a treasure chest- I can't see all that's in it, I just deep my hands in and come up with treasures that I didn't even know existed. This is a fascinating place, and I'm so happy to be part of it. Thank you! And thank you Blogsville Gist :xoxo

Please read the interview here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

'Playful Sophistication' From Akpos Okudu

Akpos Okudu is a fashion line that focuses on dressing women. Now I know that there are many of these around, but what makes each one of them different is their general style. Akpos Okudu has a style that is all its own. The fashion line is run by Akpos Okudu A.K.A the Ijaw Girl. I first saw her designs on her blog which I stumbled upon (thank God for links). I actually went 'oooooh' in my head (no lie). Now, I'm an all-black-everything-and-trousers kinda girl when it comes to clothes, but Akpos Okudu's spring/summer 2011 collection (pictured here) makes me want to wear color and fluttery soft dresses.

The first thing I thought after the incoherent 'oooooh' was 'I could definitely wear one of these on my first date' (hehe not that i'm planning any *sigh*). Their designs are so many things at once- colorful, bright, chic, effortless, classy, soft, and girly- made even more so by their mix of silky and satiny fabrics. I'm thinking I'll have to settle for sporting one of these at a girly tea party with my Babes *double sigh*
Akpos Okudu explains the inspiration behind her creations here. You really should read it- it's a lovely little piece. If this snippet isn't enough eye candy, you can see more of her collections here. You could also get a more personal feel of her by visiting her blog Ijaw Girl, or check out her website or/and contact her here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Creative Ambiance From Bola Rick Williams

Have you noticed that in most movies, when a couple is expecting a baby, one of the first things they make up is his/her room? (I never had a specially made room myself, so I'm always jealous of the ones I see). Then as the parents are looking for a school, one of the first things they notice is the environment. It's like the most colorful and attractive school gets noticed first, before other factors come into play. 

The thing is, ambiance is important for both learning and play. Everyone wants to be in an interesting, engaging and creative environment (especially if you end up there for long hours). Children are no exception. Which brings me to my point: Bola Rick Williams is a master at creating that interesting, engaging and creative ambiance for children. He exercises his creativity and imagination (and I dare say, 'inner child') everyday in his work- crafting, painting, molding, and even making 12 feet trees from construction paper.
What I love the most about Bola Rick Williams' work is the detail he puts into it. Much of it is 3 dimensional and not just the normal paint jobs that you see in a lot of Nigerian schools. He has honed his skills through the years by practice and professional training. With the energy and imagination he puts into his work, it's easy to see how much he enjoys it!
I wish my parents had called someone like him to make up my kiddie room- I bet that would have made my childhood that much more interesting.

You can contact Bola Rick Williams if you want to design your school, child's room, or even for Christmas grottoes and nativity crafts. Call his mobile +2348077621300, email him at rickestherbet@yahoo.com, or check his Facebook profile.