Muslim women all over the world are doing amazing things in the creative world – fashion, photography, visual art, and so on.
Sometimes, I stumble on inspiring Instagram accounts like BrimahAndJohn’s. I’d seen the account about a year ago and somehow stumbled on it again last month. Their page is so cool that my breath literally caught as I clicked “Enter” on their website in anticipation of what I’d find.
The interesting thing is you’d think she’d be limited by her face veil but somehow she makes it all work so well. Very few people can pull this off. I suspect she’s Yoruba but I can’t be sure. Who are you sis?
If you’re familiar with BioCouture then you might know Suzanne Lee. She is a fashion designer working on fashion and future technologies. She is a Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the Director of The BioCouture Research Project. Her recent project BioCouture looks at ecological and sustainability issues surrounding fashion.
I’m not sure exactly when I first heard of BioCouture but it’s been on my mind for a while now. BioCouture is a research project using nature to suggest an innovative future fashion vision. Suzanne Lee uses microbial cellulose (composed of millions of tiny bacteria grown in bathtubs of sweet green tea) to produce clothing. The idea is to grow a dress in a vat of liquid to produce bacterial cellulose – a material that has similar properties to leather, “kind of like a vegetable leather” according to Suzanne. This material is not just biodegradable, it’s compostable, meaning that you could throw it away like you would your vegetable peelings. (Talk of eco-friendly.)
According to a Dezeen article, in future, Lee believes that clothing materials themselves could be living organisms that could work symbiotically with the body to nourish it and even monitor it for signs of disease.
In her own words:
“What we have right now are living organisms making us materials, but then the organism is killed and the material just exists like any other. But I can imagine that we will eventually move towards the material itself being living while it’s on you, and having a direct relationship to your whole body in this happy micro-biome environment and perhaps diagnosing and treating, nourishing in some way the body surface so becoming part of your wellbeing.”
BioCouture was included in Time Magazine’s annual roundup of The Top 50 Best Inventions of 2010.
This week’s P.O.W! (Personality of the Week) is Jude Thomas Dawam. He is an OAP at Dream FM Enugu. Why have I picked him? Well, apart from being a super presenter, he’s the only one I’ve listened to fairly constantly for about two years now. Back in school, I’d listen to him during our weekly sports/orientation program – ayi (only a Caritas student can really understand). Now, I listen almost everyday on my way to work.
His show is guaranteed to make you smile, laugh, think and just have a good time really. There’s never a dull moment. So, if you’re in Enugu or you ever visit, tune to Dream FM between 5.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m to catch him (and then tune to Caritas 98.7FM to catch me ;)). Meanwhile, some quick facts (that might not actually qualify as facts) about Uncle Jude:
i. His name is Longtong!!! I have no idea what it means but I love the name.
ii. He can rap small. Okay, maybe a little more than small. Lol!
iii. Almost everybody in Enugu thought he was dating Tobe Nneji but naah, they were just good friends. And oh, he’s married now.
iv. I know OAPs in Enugu usually regard themselves as local champions but I think Jude is the closest thing to a “local” celeb. (Yes, local celeb sounds mores posh than local champion.)
v. He lives in Trans-Ekulu (not sure but I’ve seen him around).
vi. He doesn’t fall in love, he “stands” in love (I wonder if he remembers when he said this).
And the second week of January goes to… *drum roll* Muslimahanie! Haneefa Adam is one creative sister with such a cool name! She’s a Muslimah lifestyle blogger that’s been blogging for about four years. She’s a foodie, fashion enthusiast, DIYer and creative artist. She describes her personal style as versatile, “chic, simple, flattering and whatever I want it to be.”
One of my favourite things about her is she learnt to sew all by herself and she makes a lot of what she wears. Also, she’s great with photography which helps to give her blog a fresh, crisp look. Her food presentation and creation of art pieces with anything and everything she finds around her are also worthy of note. Check out her Instagram account (@muslumahanie) and you’ll know what I mean.
Update: Yes!! I made it to The Essence Family Funfair and Expo. I’d been eyeing all the Instagram posts talking about it for weeks, never expecting that I’ll attend. The best part is tomorrow though, when the fashion show and talks about the essence of hijab would hold. While all this great stuff is happening, I’ll be on my way to back to Enugu :'(. Oh well, I got to meet Hanie! A normal human being would have asked for a selfie or two but super-shy, awkward Korayday??? Oh no! She might just die asking for a selfie *sigh*. I got two magnetic pins from her (didn’t have money for anything else) and a free cookie 😆. Later, I ate the thing like “ah! I’m eating Hanie’s cookies!!” I have issues, I know. She was warm and chatty, literally bouncing all over the place, that lady’s got so much energy! Habiba Da Silva (@lifelongpercussion) was at Hanie’s stand as well and mehn, her face is as hi-def in real life as it is in her pictures. You literally just want to eat her. I’ve talked too much already but one last thing – I spotted @hajia_belle and yes, sister Zahra (@modest_fashion_nigeria) is really tall! #okbye 🙋
And this last photo is for Anchorkeidi 😆. It was the only real photo I took. 😣