The creative industry is a sector that encompasses visual arts, crafts, paintings, sculptures, photography, publishing, music, dance, film, radio, fashion to architecture. It is one of the most rapidly growing sectors globally. Social media has allowed creators widen the reach of their message, various creative fields have consequently integrated with other forms of expression. Whether it be within art, blogging, design or fashion, having a clear creative vision is necessary in creating an authentic and consistent message amidst the rapidly changing and unpredictable nature of the internet.
For 2017 we are pleased to offer up a closer, in-depth look at some of our industries top influencers and creatives. We reflect on the individuals, who not only made a significant impact in their respective circles but have been able to break stereotypical and geographical boundaries to make their mark globally. We will explore their creative processes, where they get the inspirations for original ideas, the challenges they face since they launched their brand and the things that has helped them improve over the years. We will also discuss how they see their respective labels evolving in the future and hint at upcoming collaborations
The following list merits the achievements of futurists that have inspired us through street culture, film and art and pushed our imagination through design and creative content.
Laolu was made famous from his collaboration with Beyonce however, it’s his heritage and being born and raised in Ilorin, Nigeria to Yoruba Parents that made his Art what it is. Based in Brooklyn, NY since 2013 he’s really strived to make his name in the NY Art scene. He’s a Visual Artist, Musician, Human Rights Lawyer and Activist.
A multi-talented Nigerian who is a self taught illustrator with a B.Sc in Architecture studying a MA in Fashion. Claire’s work is mostly mixed media using watercolours, acrylic, pencils and ink. She sometimes creates digital art depending on the concept. She intends to work mainly with oil.
Adebayo Oke-Lawal has been designing since the age of 10, and since officially entering the fashion industry, he’s dabbled in writing and styling, working with African designers, actors, pop stars and even magazines like Rita Dominic, Tiwa Savage ,Mochedda, Wow magazine and Élan But design is his greatest passion, and since starting the label in 2011, he’s been hard at work trying to bring Orange Culture to the world. It’s hard to believe, with all he’s accomplished, that he hasn’t even lived a quarter century.
“THINKER. Serial dabbler and do-er. Self taught Jill of all trades. Creativity is my religion, so i’m always finding new ways to bring things to life. Be it an idea, sketch, painting or telling a story. I’m a closet nerd that can operate a laser cutting machine better than her oven. My Xbox is my favorite escape. The classic movie ‘Poltergeist’ still haunts me till today, but it will never diminish my love for Horror movies. I have an unhealthy obsession with collecting purple things. The Seahorse is my spirit animal.”
Yinka Ilori is a London based designer. He specialises in up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as child. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of furniture he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian verbal traditions into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka Ilori’s work touches on themes as various as hope, sexuality and social class. Conscious that the parables are as relevant today as ever, Ilori wishes to share his work with people throughout the world.
Photographer based in Brussels and delving into self portraiture at age thirteen, he discovered his liking for emotional imagery (and dramatic skies).