March 30, 2012

Shopping bush style

Safari Fusion blog | Shopping bush style | Himba curios in the Namibian desert

When on safari in Africa it can be hard for a girl to shop, particularly when you are out in the middle of nowhere.

However there are always opportunities to pick up a trinket or two, even in the remote desert of Namibia's Kaokoveld and Kenya's Masai Mara.

Safari Fusion blog | Shopping bush style | Himba curios in the Namibian desert

Safari Fusion blog | Shopping bush style | Himba curios in the Namibian desert

Safari Fusion blog | Shopping bush style | Maasai curios in the Kenyan bush

Safari Fusion blog | Shopping bush style | Maasai curios in the Kenyan bush
Safari Fusion blog | Shopping bush style | Maasai curios in the Kenyan bush
Images © Kellie Shearwood

March 28, 2012

Living art in The Gambia

Safari Fusion blog | Living art in The Gambia | A local village living art project
Based in The Gambia Wide Open Walls is a spectacular local village living art project.

A collaboration by Lawrence Williams' Gambian project, Bushdwellers and Write on Africa, a South African based organisation, has seen the Bushdwellers concept grow into something with greater longevity with the added bonus of encouraging tourism to The Gambia.

Street artists from around the world, including local Bushdwellers, spent several weeks last June painting. Their immediate goal was to create connections through mural painting and art workshops. Art supplies were provided to children and a dilapidated classroom refurbished, creating a colourful space.

Long term, the project seeks to raise funds for the village by publishing a book and through responsible tourism.

Safari Fusion blog | Living art in The Gambia | A local village living art project

Safari Fusion blog | Living art in The Gambia | A local village living art project

Safari Fusion blog | Living art in The Gambia | A local village living art project

Safari Fusion blog | Living art in The Gambia | A local village living art project

Safari Fusion blog | Living art in The Gambia | A local village living art project
Images: Wide Open Walls

March 26, 2012

Hand-knitted veld flowers

Safari Fusion blog | Hand-knitted veld flowers | Handcrafted in Cape Town, South Africa


I was gushing when I came across these beautiful hand-knitted flowers; you can't help but smile when you look at them.

Knitted by the ladies of the skills training initiative Projekt, they are a lovely alternative to an indoor pot plant (with the added bonus of never wilting!).

I think grouping a few of them together in various sizes and colours works best. And yes, they are on the Safari Fusion list to purchase!

Safari Fusion blog | Hand-knitted veld flowers | Handcrafted in Cape Town, South Africa



March 23, 2012

Lanvin Designing Hope

Safari Fusion blog | Lanvin Designing Hope | Hand embroidered dolls from Swaziland
Oh my goodness, how gorgeous are these dolls!

To celebrate the launch of Lanvin’s girls wear, Alber Elbaz asked Designing Hope of Swaziland to craft limited edition dolls.

Hand embroidered and crafted by women living with HIV-AIDS in Swaziland, each dolls is dressed in a miniature Lanvin Petite outfit.

The dolls are available in all Lanvin boutiques and online.

Safari Fusion blog | Lanvin Designing Hope | Hand embroidered dolls from Swaziland

Safari Fusion blog | Lanvin Designing Hope | Hand embroidered dolls from Swaziland
Designing Hope creative ladies

March 21, 2012

Photographer Diego Arroyo

I just love to look at beautiful African photographic portraits. I came across Amsterdam based photographer Diego Arroyo recently...
"He travels the world in search of the subtle: a smile, a wink of complicity, that special look that reveals our true and intimate essence.
His challenge is trying to catch the story behind the eyes of strangers, the underlying magic that deserves to be seen and usually remains unnoticeable."



Source: Creative Roots 
Images & Quote: Diego Arroyo website

March 5, 2012

It's SALE time!

I am super excited as our annual sale started today. I only have one sale a year so I like to make it a good one!

My store is all online so can shop at your convenience (in whatever outfit you choose!).

To visit the SALE click here or to join our Mailing List to take advantage of our free delivery offer click here.

Happy shopping x

March 2, 2012

Namibian mosaics

Late last year I came across Forest Mosaic based in Namibia.

Chiharu Rosenberg a mosaic artist originally from Japan, creates her colourful works from her studio in Omaruru Namibia.

Using a variety of materials including recycled tiles, she cuts every piece by hand (not a power tool in sight!).

I just love her baobab mosaics; they are oh so African!

To view more of Forest Mosaic's amazing work visit their website.