No, Yours truly, Women.

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This would not be one of my posts that would give you happy feelings (I actually hope my other posts fill you with happy feelings). This is about an issue that I believe that every woman, walking on this earth has had a taste of some form of sexual objectification, harassment and/or assualt. For too many, it started long before we even understood our bodies and society has somehow always found a way to place the blame on us. Oh, you are not well dressed, your skirt is too short, you are too mature for your age, you are stunning to the eye, he likes you that’s why he is mean to you, he grabs your arm to get your attention and when you take it away, you are being rude. You are called a slut for flirting, called a whore for not flirting back, hit across the head with a skate board for not being interested, raped behind a dumpster for being drunk, raped in your house because he is robbing your house, raped because he saw you at the hotel lobby, raped because you thought he was your friend, raped because he is the Pastor of your church, killed for playing hard to get, killed for narrating your sexual assault on twitter… I could go on with so many stories and these are the ones we hear of. Imagine the number of those that are never reported due to the way the police handles it or the family coving it up to remove shame or those actually silenced by the rapists themselves. One rape case is one case too many. We have this absurd pretence that it only happens to careless women yet, this pandemic covers every region, every religion, every nation, creed and what every group you tag yourself in.

So, with all this going on, I made this illustration after I read the tragic news of a university student who was raped and killed in a church in Nigeria. It tore my heart about how unsafe women are generally everywhere and how scary it is to be reduced to an object that can be used and discarded so easily. The inhumanity behind the act and the need for real justice to take place is more evident.

There are organisations like the Mirabel Centre in Nigeria and Stand To End Rape that are fighting to ensure that survivors get justice, medical and holistic treatment as well as psyhosocial services to help them live their lives to the fullest. Places like S.W.I.M, My Sister’s Place, Anova , here in London, also do alot of work along this route for single women, women in of shelter or safety from abusive environments and more.

With this, I have one of my Illustration’s “No, Yours Truly, Women” listed in my esty store and available in sizes: 8″ by 10″, 12″ by 16″, 16″ by 20″ and 18″ by 24″. I will be donating 50% of my profits from this art print to 2 of these organasations, one in Nigeria and one in London. The say charity begins at home and I would really like some of my earnings to go to places that will put them to good use especially if it helps girls and women( even boys and men as they are also survivors as well) in every way. I will do my best to update everytime I send/deposit the donations so please share this to your friends and loved ones. I would really appreciate it.

“No. Yours Truly, Women.”

You can find “No. Yours Truly, Women” at my etsy store with worldwide shipping. As the company I use for my art prints are still adjusting to the covid pandemic, it may take some to get to you but we are always updated on how things are going and they are picking up quickly with printing as well as shipping.

Even though the world can seem dark, violent and terrifying, there are so many that are fighting to right the world. This will be my small way of helping them.

Have a blessed and a safe day.

Fashion Paper Illustration

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As much as my wardrobe doesn’t reflect it, I enjoy a good runway show. I think what attracts me the most is how ideas are portrayed on a person really. How a style or a look changes how one percieves the wearer or just how a well made outfit brings out another side of the wearer, you know. If you dress up for halloween, a cosplayer or work as an actor, you get a huge taste of that. Now, having the chance to bring that into your everyday life is something many would want to do it without having to either break the bank or look eccentric or missing from a movie set so fashion is their ticket to it…and I love it.

I love watching people strut their stuff in new clothes. Yes, I do tend to morph into one of my picky aunties when I see an issue with a look ( too much, too little, too tight, too gaudy, all the “too” everythings out there) but hey, they got my attention so that’s good.

So, as I draw fashion illustrations digitally like my Disney Inspired Wedding Looks, I also make versions of looks that I like with paper.

I started making my paper fashion illustrations as the 2017 Lagos Fashion Week started with some of the outfits I saw on the runway. Starting with this by Ejrio Amos Tafiri.

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About that Curvy Life

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Gert-Johan Coetzee

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I admit, it was fun making my version of them so I went ahead and made Nigeria’s Movie Sweetheart, Adesua Wellington ‘s bridal outfits for her very viral wedding.

I took a break from making my paper dolls for a while but just like winter, they came back knocking as I fell in love with this look bridal look by Tubo Women’s Wear.

Bridal Look (KKbrix)

And now, with the #PillowChallenge that has gone wild on instagram, ths was an easy one for me.

Pillow challenge

I have plans on teaching this as I have added some notches to my teaching career and want to continue dispite the changes we all have to make due the Corona Virus. But in the mean time, here is quick video of how I made my #pillowcallenge mama.

My very own runway…I like alot.

The Journey Begins

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I fell off blogging sometime back. Not because I lacked content…though that happens once in a while, it was because I wasn’t sure if my voice was being heard. But I realised that it wasn’t about being heard, it was about if that was my voice was true to me.  We know how complicated living is and finding what you are truly about takes courage, vulnerability and a strong liver.

I want to live a life that is absolutely me. With all the good, the bad, the ugly. This is what living is all about and I go through this everytime I make something. There is always an ugly side that tends to be part of the process which helps me appreciate the result more in the end.

So, as I start the journey of writing again, about my work and work process, I would like to ask you to be a part of it as well.

Hello, I am Amsa Yaro and this is my studio.

 

“Peace of Mandela” by Laolu Senbanjo

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Another way of seeing Mandela.

Fantastic artistry called “Peace of Mandela” by Laolu Senbanjo.

I just love the hues of this piece. It reminds of the setting of the sun and in a way, marks the time of Mandela’s Life. The intricate details revolve around the way his life has been and how much of his life belonged to the world and not him. It was a beautiful life but sad at the same time…that even as his time in the world will unfortunately, end, it still doesn’t even belong to him. Just as how the sun now sets silently, leaving us with beautiful skies and not with a power struggle over who gets the last rays, Let’s hope that his dusk would be a cherished one by him as well.

Photo by laolusenbanjo

Follow Laolu on twitter @afromysterics

He is fabulous!!!