OPTIONS! BY AMA
This African theme started with an inspiring collaboration between OPTIONS! and Ama Koranteng-Kumi (ZAM magazine) who travelled to Ghana to select some beautiful handmade necklaces. Glass beads from the Krobo in Ghana are fuelled by fires into beaded perfection, individually sculpted and hand-painted. OPTIONS! by Ama is an ode to the beauty, diversity and artistic craft from the African continent. Furthermore Koranteng-Kumi enthused her creative network to participate in OPTIONS!
OPTIONS! FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE
Mariette de Haan combines a passion for Africa with a love for creative interior design. Her showroom/gallery From Africa with Love aims to be a platform for the work of some of today's most talented South African brands and designers such as Porky Hefer, Gemma Orkin, Recreate, Isle of Trees, Magpie, Abode, Skinny laMinx, Xandre Kriel. Also in her collection is Heath Nash, a Cape Town based designer concerned with exposing the often unseen beauty in everyday materials, most notably plastic waste.
OPTIONS! BY EDITIONS IN CRAFT
Editions in Craft, was founded in 2008 by curators Renée Padt and Ikko Yokoyama, based in Stockholm, Sweden. It is an international platform for artists and designers to explore the technical and artistic possibilities of traditional crafts and specialized manufacturing worldwide. Coiled is an ongoing and unlimited series of vases made by women from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa . Each vase is handmade and unique, and different in shape, colors and patterns. The crafters include: Lobolile Ximba, Bonangani Ximba, Fokosile Ngema, Sbongile Ximba, Celani Noyjeza, Princess Ngonephi Ngcobo, Tholiwe Sitole, Kishwepi Sitole, Alexia Mashazi, Beauty Ndlovu and Thokozani Sibisi. They worked together with the design cooperative BCXSY by designers Boaz Cohen (Israel) and Sayaka Yamamoto (Japan). Their work can be described as an interplay between the value of material, form, history and meaning.
MORE AFRICAN OPTIONS!
Afaina de Jong – architect
Presentation of the Book “For the People, By the People”. This is the century of city lovers. A visual story about how people influence change in the city. De Jong sheds a new light on what architecture and the city can be in the 21st century with a DIY attitude at the heart of the city making process.
Raul Balai – El Bastardo
Wall painting in the shop and special edition T-shirts. Since 2010, artist El Bastardo has been working on his theme ‘Mutantes’, digital prints of a new global race.
Bouba Dola – exclusive printed Tshirts and VJ at opening
Farida Sedoc – fashiondesigner
Hosselaer is an exclusive street-wear brand. Inspired by Amsterdam Folklore and mixed in with Afrobeat swagger Hosselaer created a collection of tshirts with Vlisco fabrics that rocked the runway with big tunes to conduct the strut.
Poema Jones - designer
Accessories designs from an afrocentric, colourful perspective.