Friday, 28 March 2014

Yoruba Art

The Yoruba of South Western Africa (Benin Republic, Nigeria and Togo, also including parts of Ghana, Cameroon and Sierra Leone) are responsible for one of the oldest and finest artistic traditions in Africa, a tradition that remains vital and influential today.







Much of the art of the Yoruba, including staffs, court dress, and beadwork for crowns, is associated with the royal courts. The courts also commissioned numerous architectural objects such as veranda posts, gates, and doors that are embellished with carvings. Other Yoruba art is related shrines and masking traditions. The Yoruba worship a large pantheon of deities, and shrines dedicated to these gods are adorned with carvings and house and array of altar figures and other ritual paraphernalia. Masking traditions vary regionally, and a wide range of mask types are employed in various festivals and celebrations.



The custom of art and artists among the Yoruba is deeply rooted in the Ifá literary corpus, indicating the orishas Ogun, Obatala, Oshun and Obalufon as central to creation mythology including artistry (i.e. the art of humanity).


In order to fully understand the centrality of art (onà) in Yoruba thought, one must be aware of their cosmology, which traces the origin of existence (ìwà) to a Supreme Divinity called Olódùmarè, the generator of ase, the enabling power that sustains and transforms the universe. To the Yoruba, art began when Olódùmarè commissioned the artist deity Obatala to mould the first human image from clay. Today, it is customary for the Yoruba to wish pregnant women good luck with the greeting: May Obatala fashion for us a good work of art.


The concept of ase influences how many of the Yoruba arts are composed. In the visual arts, a design may be segmented or seriate- a "discontinuous aggregate in which the units of the whole are discrete and share equal value with the other units." Such elements can be seen in Ifa trays and bowls, veranda posts, carved doors, and ancestral masks.



 
(courtesy Wikipedia)

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Some purple and lilac.

Ever wondered how a room suddenly looks bright when you throw in a new colour? Well I was looking online today and stumbled on a few pictures.







 
 
(Courtesy: Apartment Therapy)

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Mirror Headboards

I have been a bit lazy these past few months....do forgive me.  Anyway I'm back and I promise not to go AWOL again.

I have recently been fascinated with the idea of having a mirror headboard. I will post the before and after photos when I am done.

There are so many to choose from - simple DIY ones to the really over the top fancy ones. A mirror is also a nice way of making an otherwise small space appear larger.

The image below is a relatively easy way, which involves getting a mirror room divider and putting it up as the headboard.


This second photo is also very low cost.  You can pick up an expensive looking mirror with an ornamental frame and stick it up as your headboard.  Notice the way the metallic duvet also matches the silver mirror frame.

 
In the picture below, simply get a couple of mirrors and put them up in lines on one wall.  Put yourbed against the wall and voila! You are done.
 
 
Same for the picture below
 

Alternatively, you could buy a bed that comes with a mirror headboard :-)