I'm a knitting evangelist & artist. My artwork provides social comment. Lecturer / History of Black knitting researcher / champion of black knitters.
Posted at: 2019-05-21 14:57:25
This is relevant to the debate in the knitting community - check out @novareidofficial she is a #diversitychampion#blackknittersofinstagram#diversknitty#knittersofinstagram#Repost@novareidofficial with @get_repost
We don’t make change by following each other like sheep. .
We don’t make change by staying silent on issues that matter. .
We don’t make change by doing things to way they’ve always been done. I’m taking part in a campaign over on @nu_bride to lead the wedding industry media and businesses to better inclusion. The wedding industry for too long has been complicit in enabling inequality and not actively reflecting the amazing human beings who are lucky enough to marry. I’ll be sharing videos, answering diversity questions, ALL DAY elevating voices from others and encouraging you to prioritise diversity, have uncomfortable conversations and lead by example to improve diversity. Here’s a short clip on “why diversity matters” from our discussion panel at #nubridetheweddingshow and my call to action for you to lead by example. Change starts with us. Hit play. And DM me or hit the link in my profile for more info on how I can help you with diversity efforts and consultancy. . Full clip in IGTV
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I have learnt so much from @little_kotos_closet about the #culturalappropriation of the #kimono - If you haven’t already check out her informative posts 💙
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Mini-series continued: Another FAQ connected to these conversations about the cultural appropriation of the kimono is...
What about non-Japanese heritage BIPOC wearing traditional Japanese garments?
I have received several DM’s from non-Japanese heritage #BIPOC about wearing yukata, haori, and kimono. My honest answer is I don’t know, I think each person needs to come to their own decision that feels right. I can share right now that it feels very different in my heart when I see a person of color wearing for instance, a yukata, than when I see a white person wearing a yukata, because of how race and power are inextricably linked.
I do think that BIPOC can participate in cultural appropriation (I’ve done it and learned some important lessons), and there are nuances based on power, privilege, proximity to whiteness, and historical and present day relationships between the person’s own origin cultures and Japanese culture.
For me personally, I care more about white people doing the work to be mindful about cultural appropriation because they are the dominant group at a global level. White people benefit from institutional racism and white privilege, period.
I will share one instance of what I feel is inter-cultural celebration: The Wafrica kimono collection by Tokyo-based Cameroonian designer, Serge Mouangue in collaboration with Kururi, a Japanese kimono designer.
If you spend time in Japan you will most likely learn or see that there are many people living particularly in Tokyo, who are originally from west African countries. To me, this collection and collaboration is not cultural appropriation because of the power dynamic between Japan and #westAfrican countries and the people who have immigrated from west African countries to live in Japan and Japanese heritage people in Japan.
Mouangue calls it, “a third aesthetic” and frankly, it takes my breath away.
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Posted at: 2019-05-12 09:59:43
Enam Gbewonyo’s new performance piece - showcased at this year’s #veniceBiennale Nude Me/Under the Skin: The Awakening of Black Women’s Visibility one Pantyhose at a time’ combines handknitting and #nudethights “It is an investigation into hosiery. Particularly how this seemingly simple garment, a staple of western women’s wardrobe has for the black woman been another mode of marginalisation, ostracisation and castration. Further by delving beneath the skin, makes the statement we are all the same. The explored themes are expanded to include sustainability, dance and performance as well as delving into the history of slavery and its hidden role in the story” I think it would be great to have this performance at one of the large knitting festival such as @vogueknitlive@perthfestivalofyarn - there are a growing number of #blackartists who incorporate #knit in their practice - myself included 💙
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Be yourself as you can do it better than anyone else - I love how @tenientertainer is cutting her own groove 👌🏾#blackgirlmagic -
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“There’s an assumption that women have to look a certain way to be feminine, but I don’t want to conform to that stereotype,” @tenientertainer says. “My thing is this: You don’t get to decide how I choose to live my life. I’m being me, respect that.” In a scene largely dominated by braggadocious men, @tenientertainer presents a refreshing counterpoint. Where other afrobeats stars are infusing their sound with international flavors—Caribbean soca or Southern trap, for example—the singer is among a burgeoning new wave of artists mining Nigeria’s rich musical past. “Fargin,” the breakout hit that put Apata on the map (she was signed after the Instagram video of her singing it went viral), draws on the spirited melodies of ’70s and ’80s fuji and juju legends, such as King Sunny Ade, Ebenezar Obey, and King Wasiu Ayinde. And yet there is a decidedly pointed message simpering beneath the song’s lilting harmonies. Switching between Yoruba and Pidgin and English, Apata calls out lecherous “uncles” who prey on young women, exposing hypermasculine posturing with incisive wit. Tap the link in our bio to read more. Photographed by @bailikedubai