Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Vickie Fremont brings her art to Harare

Belatedly, a post about Vickie Fremont's exhibition at HIFA in Harare, Zimbabwe.

This exhibition took place from May 1 to May 6, 2018, under the title “Birds of Freedom”, as part of the 18th edition of the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), which will run under the theme “We Count”.
Vickie Frémont , as we know from various articles and blog posts, "has been conducting workshops around the world, using a hands-on approach for the transformation of rejects or trash into useful everyday objects. Her workshops... take place in schools, community centers, universities, and even in commercial malls. They include lectures on the destructive effects that trash of every kind has on the environment and on climate change.
She has conducted her workshops using recycled materials at The Fashion Institute of Technology,
Vickie Fremont at HIFA
The Bank Street School for Children, The Henry Street Settlement in New York City, Community Works, and numerous museums, libraries, and public and private schools" (from the HIFA press release). 

And may we add that she has been on at least two tours of Peru for the Alliance Française?

The show “Birds of Freedom” included: 
A map of Africa, a map of Cameroon, a country where more than 130 dialects are spoken: showing the country’s rivers and borders embroidered with trade beads, many of which have been used in the slave trade, large puppets representing some African countries with their traditional textiles (Cameroon, Mali, Kenya, Congo), and Birds and their nests: artworks similar to the puppets using recycled materials, in which beads, fabrics and recycled materials such as coat hangers, CDs, old rags, plastic containers, and cutting boards are combined; the resulting work bears no resemblance to any of the original materials.

"The show Birds of Freedom is about the connection between continents, and the waves of migration. Birds don't have borders but they know how to go back to where they came from.
Many people from African countries emigrate to find jobs. The 12 birds portrayed symbolize the movement, the migration, and the central nests are the guarantee that a return home is always possible.
Vickie Frémont has an abiding passion for the art, culture, and music of Africa. Although Vickie left Africa many years ago, Africa has not left her." (from the press release)

Introductory Away From Africa post about Vickie.
More African puppets by Vickie.
Tel. +1 212 283 70 72 USA
Email: myhandsmytools@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Atelier Lilikpó: Sika Viagbo, Parisian mosaic decor

Two tables, one design, by Lilikpó
The Viaduc des Arts in the twelfth arrondissement in Paris now houses cafés and chic shops, including the Lilikpó workshop managed by Sika Viagbo.

Walking by, the first thing you notice is the originality and the beauty of the creations through the store window.

It's a workshop visible from the street: the designer, Sika Viagbo, works on her creations in front of passersby eyes.

Before starting her own company, she worked with Pierre Mesguich (Paris), an internationally known mosaic designer, who has worked all over the world. Sika also interned separately in Tokyo and in China.

The company's name means "cloud" in Ewé, one of the languages spoken in Togo, where her parents immigrated from. Her own design influences are multicultural, inspired by her travels and experience.

How did Sika get started in this profession?
She grew up in Vitry sur Seine, a Paris
suburb. As a music major at the University of St. Denis Paris 8, she discovered the art of mosaic making, and at first made it into her hobby. One of her friends saw her work, and put in an order for decor for a relative's hairdressing salon. At that junction, Sika decided to make it her profession.

After interning at Pierre Mesguich, she studied architecture for two years, in order to better understand interior design construction sites, as her main customers are architects, interior designers, and decorators. At the outcome of these two years, she opened her own workshop.

Her inspiration? Fashion, textiles, embroidery, art exhibitions... everything in her surroundings... it is hard to pinpoint exactly what influences the final product.

WIshing Sika and Lilikpò all the best, competing in one of the world's design capitals, Paris!

Sika and the architect Amélie Essesse
Work in progress