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Dress yourself IN LOVE: Love author Mirjam Grupp launches Wearable Poetry
Titled IN LOVE, writer Mirjam Grupp launches a new edition of Wearable Poetry.
 
IN LOVE consists of heavy organic cotton sweatshirts with slogans that support you in supporting yourself.
 
The sustainability of the production process is followed by emotional sustainability in the wearing process. Mirjam: “Wearable Poetry is designed to empower yourself – to literally put on the self-responsibility to live from a place of love – or return to it.”
 
The slogans WOMAN IN LOVE, MAN IN LOVE, HUMAN IN LOVE and AN OPEN HEART IS BULLETPROOF come either with a soft velvet touch or they glow in the dark. All pieces are hand-printed by Mirjam in a Berlin lab.
 
“Writing a book is a beautiful process. But it is also a lengthy one and, at the end of a day, you can’t really touch your work,” says the writer who loves fashion.
 
That’s why she started Wearable Poetry.
 
 “In winter 2017, when working on my book about almost love stories, I initially started stitching self-love poetry on vintage knitwear.”
 
The collection grew and in 2019 Mirjam presented the PRELOVED edition in Berlin.
 
“Stitching for me is like writing – just with a needle instead of a pen.” The same goes for printing.
 
The launch of the IN LOVE sweaters is accompanied by a love interview series. Inspiring personalities open up about the various faces and phases of love.
 
Wearable Poetry is supported by inspiring humans and the UNwomen organization.
 
Now available within the UK & EU via bymirjam.com/wearablepoetry © // 3 files show complete blog
IMAGE // Wearable Poetry by Mirjam Grupp
IMAGE // WEARABLE POETRY BY MIRJAM GRUPP
IMAGE // WEARABLE POETRY BY MIRJAM GRUPP

Weaving Afro-Feminine Identity through Strings of Art and Media
Form Femine Art: Panning the spotlight on Nigerian artist Tammy Sinclair

For what Africa lacks in development, it has an abundance of in culture and tradition. A continent endowed with immense natural and human resources as well as great cultural diversity rich in arts & crafts including sculptures, paintings and a host of others. 
 
The uprising of the African creative across the globe speaks to the resilience of the people and an eagerness for expression and narrative ownership.
 
Like in all human culture, African art also represents a variety of social constructs on the continent and influences from beyond.
The artist gives an insight on what influences his creative and thought process. “I am of the school of thought that the strength of a society is dependent on how they treat their women. A woman's importance in the human experience cannot be overstated. Women are the most beautiful yet complex creatures. They can be hot and cold, hard and soft at the same time. They can be black and white and red and pink and green. There is no one word that describes a woman. For me women represent infinite potential.”
 
Tammy’s current style was birthed by curiosity and an experimentation of two of his favourite artistic practices: sculpting and drawing. The discovery of string art as a medium gave the artist a way to merge both artistic techniques.
 
On what inspires his art, Tammy says “The inspiration for my art is the ‘never say die’ attitude and the African spirit. Despite years of victimization and discriminating, Africa and Africans have always played a key role in the human experience. Not only being the birth place of civilization, but Africa has contributed enormously to the cultures of the world.”
 
Engaging in art experimentation from an early age,  Tammy Sinclair always had the drive to create art while exploring topics of racism and identity, rewriting the black narrative and highlighting the need for unity. 
In his words “The fragility of a single thread points at our weakness when we chose to stand alone. The layering of thread on thread almost seems to wax an impenetrable fortress which points at our strength if we all stand together.”
 
In PERE, artist Tammy Sinclair creates intriguing art, intricately woven and assembled with string art; visually depicting unapologetic Feminine Royalty that dramatizes aspects of the African culture on subjects of power and authority.
 
Venturing into the art goes beyond aesthetics and self expression for the artist. Tammy Sinclair attributes the central feminine thematics of his art to the personal relationship with the women in his life, “From my mum to my five sisters and my wife. The women in my life have played a major role in shaping my character and defining who I am today.”
 
Beyond seizing the opportunity to exhibit his works, Tammy Sinclair illuminates the compelling component for sending in entries for Collect Call // Diaspora Dial. “It was about women and women are the central theme in my works”.
 
The Artist speaks more on working with Forme Femine Art. “It’s great to see an organization that is dedicated to shedding light on an under appreciated yet undeniably important part of our society through art. Encouraging artists to create works that show the majesty, beauty, character, strife, strength and struggles of the woman in modern society. Lending their voice to this most important of issues and paving a way for better tomorrow.”
 
Forme Femine Art serves as a catalyst for artists outside the Western art ecosystem. The African-Germany based social-driven art enterprise now digitally exhibits group shows on African Femininity.
 
The Virtual Art Exhibition is free to join. Journalists are invited to a private viewing with the selected artists. Tickets can be issued on 1st December 2020 at formefemine.com/virtual-exhibition. © // 2 files show complete blog
IMAGE // The Divinity of Motherhood-Tammy Sinclair
IMAGE // PERE - Tammy Sinclair

Forme Femine: Art Startup setzt sich ein für die Wahrnehmung von Frauen in Afrika - in und außerhalb der Kunstwelt
Forme Femine Art dient als Katalysator für KünstlerInnen außerhalb des westlichen Kunst-Ökosystems. Das in Afrika und Deutschland ansässige sozial orientierte Startup bietet jetzt die Bühne für afrikanisch-feministische Kunst mit digitalen Gruppenausstellungen.

Nigeria ist die Geburtsstätte von Forme Femine Art und der Vision, in der internationalen Kunstwelt neue Beziehungen zu zeitgenössischer Kunst zu schaffen. Themen sind die afrikanische Weiblichkeit, die Objektivierung von Frauen in und außerhalb der Kunst in Afrika, marginalisierte Gemeinschaften, Künstlerinnen, afrikanische Frauen. Die Ausstellungen sind virtuell und stellen eine westliche Verbindung zu Künstlern afrikanischer Abstammung und Sozialisierung her.

Die Lancierung zum afrikanischen Kontext kommt, gelinde gesagt, zur richtigen Zeit. Nigeria, das bevölkerungsreichste Land Afrikas, blickt auf eine lange Geschichte der Polizeigewalt zurück, die im Jahr 2020 einen Höhepunkt der Brutalität erreichte, wobei sich während der Restriktionen aufgrund der globalen Pandemie Praktiken des Verstummens herausgebildet haben. Dennoch nehmen die Proteste junger Nigerianer zu, und Zehntausende rufen verzweifelt nach Reformen, gegen einen Polizeistaat, gegen Verbrechen und Gewalt, gegen Korruption, gegen Menschenrechtsverletzungen - und fordern Veränderungen - eine Reform auf sämtlichen Ebenen.

Charlene Chikezie, die Gründerin aus Nigeria und Kuratorin von Forme Femine Art, sagt: „Ich glaube an die Kunst als Instrument zur Veränderung stereotyper Darstellung auf der ganzen Welt.“ Die Interessenvertreterin für afrikanische Frauen hat ein Team für die Förderung der Werte der afrikanischen Weiblichkeit zusammengestellt. Simon Peters, Tech-Unternehmer zwischen Nigeria, Sambia und Berlin, schloss sich dem Team für die Digitalisierung der Kunstausstellungen an: „Unsere Motivation leitet sich daraus ab, dass wir unseren Teil zur Heilung der sozialen Schwierigkeiten in Afrika beitragen wollen. Das machen wir, indem wir durch verschiedene Formen der Kunst aufklären. Mit dem Aufbau der 3D-Ausstellung haben wir uns zu einem Kunst-Startup entwickelt.“

Afrikanische Künstler porträtieren die Weiblichkeit, um einen vielschichtigen visuellen Kommentar zum Verhältnis von Kunst und Gesellschaft im afrikanischen Kontext zu schaffen. Die Ausstellungen sind so kuratiert, dass sie jede Region des Kontinents repräsentieren und die feinsten Reflexionen über die Vielfalt des Denkens und des Stils bieten, die das Thema Afro-Weiblichkeit bieten kann. Ihr digitales Medium soll das kulturelle Erbe widerspiegeln und einen Dialog über Landesgrenzen hinweg ermöglichen.

Die Teilnahme an der virtuellen Kunstausstellung ist kostenlos. Journalisten werden zu einer Vernissage mit den ausgewählten Künstlern geladen. Tickets sind erhältlich am 1. Dezember 2020, unter formefemine.com/virtual-exhibition.

Forme Femine lanciert in Partnerschaft mit ADYFE, eine Organisation der afrikanischen Diaspora in Europa mit engen Verbindungen der EU, UN und der Afrikanischen Union. © // 1 file show complete blog
IMAGE // THE COUP