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Inspired by Maasai jewellery and flowing, interconnected soapstone sculptures from Kenya.
Inspired by the horns of the African buffalo. 'Pamoja' in swahili means 'together'. 'moo' means 🐮
Modelled on the spiky, Amasunzu hairstyles from Rwanda, traditionally worn by youth to display their romantic availability.
A legendary Africhibi, rumoured to be related to the Pamooji. It is said there is only one remaining in the wild 👀
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I designed this Africhibi with pieces inspired by fashion, spirituality and balance. The lines flowing all over the back symbolize a sign of being connected to something, like the source or the 'universe'🌐
2. Edmond Nonay
I designed this Africhibi with pieces inspired by fashion, spirituality and balance. The circle symbolises wholeness.😇
This piece is inspired by the interactions with different animals in nature. I spend a lot of time in nature, whether it's with the birds, snails and bees in the garden at home or out and about in the different national parks around the country. This consistent interaction leads to a connection with the spirit of the different animals and plants. I chose to paint this African chibi because the horns reminded me of the buffalo and feet reminded me of the elephant. I wanted the piece to embody the elements of earth, air, wind and water. I also wanted to capture the predator and prey relationships we see in the wild (The kingfisher and the fish). Finally, I also wanted camouflage to be represented because it is an adaptation that many animals use to survive in the wild. All the pictures used are from photographs I have taken.
Imasunzu Africhibi with diamond chequered plate. Inspired by the stainless steel metal sheets used in construction. Often seen in Nairobi Matatus, but also in many different objects made by the Kenyan Jua Kali industry.
Señor Pamooji is a turtle-backed bull who lived in the wild west. He grew up in extreme poverty, and struggled his way up the social hierarchy using only his wit and balls of steel. Though calloused on the outside, Pamooji is deeply scarred from the inside. His emotional detachment allows him to keep a calm composure during the most nerve-wrecking situations. He is an icon of manliness, and his stoic nature teaches others to persevere during difficult times.
The beautiful scorching Sun shining upon the bull reminding us on why wildlife is still a big part of us.
Africhibi - My Banana boxer bull on the red corner. Inspired by my love for bananas, I got a wild thought if my banana would be a fighter who will it fight? What will the fight be about and will it be a sweet fight? I present my banana boxer bull on the red corner. I hope it gets a worthy opponent and worthy cause to fight.
I was inspired by the maasai tribe of Kenya. They traditionally have a lot of aesthetic apparel and the prints as well as the beadwork on them is very pleasing. The lesso print is also a trait to be desired. I also wanted to incorporate the mask aesthetic of older times represented by the white linework. It was truly a fun experience to work on it.
The Chibi is inspired by comic and horror films. It is a reminder of those haunting childhood dreams and getting scared of the dark.
Pamooji is a connection between our past, present and future. Everything is interconnected, and there is balance, harmony and continuity though this.
An emphasis on communion with nature and the people around us
Since I am not an artist in any way, my Africhibi is a simple guess work representation of the little creative juice flowing in me.
I decided to do a 3D Africhibi version of myself without giving too much detail but by also adding a few features to make it spectacular without no one noticing it's a kind of Look-alike Figure of myself. That's the Uncle Brian Africhibi.
My Africhibi is inspired by me and my personal brand. It represents my inner child and personality.
Showing raising awareness. It starts with being grounded (brown) and water (blue). Red is doubt & instability. Rises to desire & worth. Acting on desire (yellow). Love (green) & speak it (blue). Wisdom(purple). Balance of fire & wisdom (arms)
My model represents valued elements in African Culture:
Gold-Head & Copper-Feet, a transmutation process from rawness to purity, both as a spiritual undertaking as well as constant self-improvement,
Concentric circles - community, &
Shapes & Patterns- symbolizing art and culture and play.
Culture is about improvisation. Our textures overlap and the marks that we're left with tell our story.