Friday, October 30, 2015
My next adventure has made me to explore the British curriculum and by the end of each academic session my Art students will be taking the Cambridge International Examinations, precisely Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design.
My love for teaching the Visual Art has been invigorated and with a great enthusiasm I have embraced the Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design syllabus because it accommodates a wide range of abilities, materials and resources, and allows the different skills of the teaching staff to be fully exploited. The syllabus is designed to encourage a range of skills, it stimulates aesthetic awareness, knowledge and critical understanding of art, and provides opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills.
I love Cambridge IGCSE Art and Design syllabus and I am a proud member of the CIE.org.uk
Here is my new home, a new studio at CBA, and here I will be preparing students for a certificate that qualify them to study anywhere in the world. This is the future!
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
This year, 2015, one of my art protégé from BBHS again won the National Art Contest organised by NNPC/Chevron. The grand finale was held in Lagos at Muson Centre on 27th of October and Akangbe Taiwo is our winner this year. All glory be to God!
I learn early to always stay true to my-self and never let what somebody else says distract me from my goals. As a prince, moving forward is the only option that I have, so I have always been giving my very best and I am so grateful to God for blessing my efforts.
With this success I announce my exit at BBHS, my post became vacant this month of October.
“One day, you too will be just a memory for some people.
Do your best to be a good one.
Good people give you happiness.
Bad people give you experience.
The worst people give you a lesson.
And the best people give you memories.”
The journey that started since October 5, 2012 came to a close with so many fond memories. I have served well at BBHS, thank God for the grace and I appreciate everyone that have made every moments count. THANK YOU to you all.
Congratulations to the principal, Dn. Adebajo, the staff and students of BBHS and the members of Old Boys Association. We have won the National Art Competition for Nigeria Secondary Schools for the second consecutive time and still the only winning school from Ogun State. Here is something to celebrate as I take make my exit at BBHS, I love you all.
More pictures will be at: www.baptistboyshighschool.blogspot.com
Friday, August 28, 2015
In a bid to expand the Nigeria Textile and Apparel Industry and to increase Nigeria’s participation in the rising global market for garment and apparel, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council organized a one-day capacity building workshop for stakeholders in textile and apparel sector with the theme: Maximizing the rising global opportunities in textile and apparel. The event was held on Thursday 27th August, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Ikeja, Lagos State.
The event began with the registration of participants cum a tea break between the hour of nine and ten in the morning. At about 10am the event proper kick off with panellists taking their seats at the stage. The panel of discussion consists of Mrs. Grace Adereti, representative of the Nigeria Textile Manufacturers’ Association; Mrs. Funmi A. Ladipo (The president of FADAN), representative of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria; Mr. Dimeji Alara, Editor, Genevieve Magazine; Mrs. Joke Ladoja, a designer; Mr. Faleke from NEPC; Otunba Wasiu Taiwo, representative of the Nigeria Union of Tailors; and Mrs Omoyemi Akerele, the moderator of the discussion.
Before the discussion kick-started, Mr. Faleke made a brief presentation of the opportunities to be harnessed in the rising global market by the Nigerian garment and apparel designers.
At the course of the discussion, a lot of views were generated by the discussants and from the audience’s contributions. Among of which were the issues of incessant power failure (though power has improved in the past few months); problem of sourcing for quality textile materials; fashion merchandising; poor government patronage etc.
Sampling the opinion of the fashion designers and tailors in attendance, they sincerely hope that the workshop will breed greater opportunities and business expansion for the men and women in garment and apparel sector. They gave kudos to the Nigerian Export Promotion Council for organizing the workshop.
During the discussion, Mr. Dimeji Alara, editor of Genevieve magazine point it out that many Nigerian designers are not getting featured in their magazine not because they are not big brands but for their poor virtual visibility and lack of internet presence. He suggested that the designers should embrace the latest technology and social networks to increase their virtual presence.
In view of this, I, Prince Olusegun Adeniyi, have taken the challenge upon myself and I have created a blog for the practitioners in the garment and apparel sector. The blog, www.nigerianappareldesigners.blogspot.com, is a virtual look book with the intent to increase the virtual visibility of Nigerian fashion designers and tailors.
In order not to keep it blank, I have decided to feature my wearable art outfits. To be featured on this blog, designers can send their portfolio of works as attached images and a short profile (doc) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is FREE!
Do enjoy the view of the images below and kindly share this link www.nigerianappareldesigners.blogspot.com with the fashion designers, tailors and textile designers.
Prince Olusegun Michael, Adeniyi
(Award-winning Artist-cum-Art Educator, Blogger and Visual Art Consultant)
My virtual extensions
Friday, July 17, 2015
Clothing influences us, and what we do, positively or negatively. Clothing defines our identity, tribal and cultural orientation, and helps to uphold our cultural values.
My second attempt to make my art accessible and affordable for all is putting my art on ready-to-wear clothes. The clothing then becomes a unique piece of art which can be best described as a wearable art. It is a fusion of art and fashion. The wearable art composed of the Adire background with the infusion of artistic hand-printed designs and patterns inspired by the African traditional cultural elements.
This is a metamorphosis of the old tradition of tie and dye into a ready-to-wear outfits. It is a fashion concept that incorporated the traditional heritage with the embellishment of artistic cultural designs.
My style of ready-to-wear wearable art promotes our unique ethnicity, cultural identity, and speaks more of our root. It is to be seen more than clothing; it is a work of art. Every design is a master piece because it is made to fit into individual originality and uniqueness.
It is about promoting and preserving the African cultural heritage through a fusion of ART and FASHION, and to identify with our root through made-to-fit wearable art apparels. The outfits symbolize the priceless beauty of our Africa descent; the fact is that everyone is treated specially adorning in the ethnic apparel with embellishment of hand-printed designs.
We hope our people as Nigerians as well as an African will embrace this message of promoting and preserving the African cultural heritage through our arts, fashion and designs. It is a fusion of art and fashion, a wearable art for everyone.
A community’s character is indexed into its art and culture. Art depicts the soul of any society. It captures the thought and the ethos of that society. Art remains intrinsically woven into the African cultural heritage and identity.
Art carries and interprets the cultural values, beliefs and practices that construct individual and community identity. Art is my passion, my calling. I discovered early that I enjoy art and my art has been evolving over the years. When I look back at my art, I see a thread of continuity, commitment and progressive improvement over time.
My works are embodiment of quality, creativity and originality. Every strokes, every daub of paint, every allure in my works, reflects the connection to my African cultural heritage. My techniques explore themes dealing with basic human desires and cultural changes, through which I create art with hope of finding answers to most of the environmental issues. The society has been my influence, and nature inspires me.
Functional Fine Art is my new approach to Fine Art. The idea is taking my fine art beyond the aesthetic value by creating art piece with utility value and purpose. It is of making art that are affordable for everyone.
I have made successful exploration with making my art on mirror glass and clothing.
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