Travel & Design Blog - BY YASMIN METZ-JOHNSON

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Pimp My Ride - West Africa #3


8. Fudge Cadillac 

9. Grandad's Sweater

10. Warning!


11. Woven Black


Many of the taxi's in Dakar, Senegal have individually styled interiors. Like any owned interior, it’s informative and enlightens the passenger about the driver in the slightest way. Regardless of language barriers, the different interiors I find them to be useful props for starting/ continuing conversations with your chauffeur of approximately 10 to 15 minutes. 

Here Just a few of the taxi interiors I have come across the month of July.


I had not realized that three months had past since I did the last Pimp My Ride West Africa post. I think I will try and close each month with a PMR post. Here is the third! As you can probably tell I tend to title the different interiors by my initial thoughts and associations that come to mind. Nothing other than that I'm afraid.

I think my favorite this month is... 9. Grandad's Sweater. Quite simply as the title explains, it reminded me of his style.

Let me know your favourite!


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Sunday, 17 July 2016

GORÉE AND SHOULDERS



I recently got my very own off the shoulder summer top tailored for me. I have wanted one for a while now. I bought the material in the center ville of Dakar at Marche Sandaga where you are spoilt for choice of bespoke African print wax and fabrics. However I thought it would only right to create the elasticated cut in my favourite colour.


Yesterday I went to Gorée Island for the Gorée Cinema showing. Gorée is 11 miles away from the capital city of Senegal, Dakar. This was my first time returning to Goree since my first trip in 2014



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Monday, 11 July 2016

ORANGE, BLACK AND FREEDOM by FRED MARTINS



I recently came across the work of Nigerian visual artist Fred Martins. 'Orange, black and Freedom' is his latest project.

As you can probably see, these are not your ordinary combs. Martin has illustrated incredibly detailed side profiles of historical influencers such as the late Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, Fela Kuti, Marcus Garvey and more.  I love the concept and the thought of paying tribute to the people of paved the way with civil rights.

Martin uses a distinctful toned orange as the default background for his work. The colour is associated with incarsearation, as most of the activists he has referred to in his prints faced jail time at a point of time during their fight for equality. With the recent shootings that have happened in the the US in the past week, ay these prints by Fred Martins be a reminder that as human beings of the world regardless of background, ethnicity, age, gender etc. We MUST unite and stand against any form of injustice. 

For more work by Fred Martins check out his Facebook page.







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