ARISE editor Helen Jennings and features editor Hannah Pool formed part of the Design Africa panel at London’s Shoreditch House.
Design Africa is a series of conversations hosted by Passion Projects, a New York-based consultancy promoting fashion with a conscience. The aim of the events is to raise awareness among creative professionals and consumers of fashion, art and design coming out of Africa and to discuss the successes, challenges and opportunities those working within this space face.
Chris Spring (curator of the African galleries at the British Museum), Orla Houston-Jibo (V&A curator) and Angela Dean (Director of Global Business Development at Partner Africa) were also on the panel, which was moderated by journalist Jessica Brinton.
The lively and sometimes heated debate covered what all the recent mainstream media and big business attention on Africa means for its sustainable future, the concept of luxury within African design, the representation of African artists and fashion designers at international events, the role of textiles and how to handle ethical manufacturing and sourcing on the continent.
Read Helen’s interview with Dazed Digital about Design Africa.