BORN IN CREMONA,ITALY JUNE 1985
ITALIAN,NIGERIAN, BALCAN, ORIGINS
From designindaba.com :
Diana Ejaita works as an illustrator and textile designer in south Berlin. What sets her illustrations apart is a combination of dramatically contrasting areas of black and white with soft patterns and textures that create images that betray the strength of femininity.
Born in Cremona, Italy and of African-Nigerian origins, her aesthetic pays homage to her lineage. The patterns that act as an overlay over the illustrated figures reference the centuries old Nsibidi system of symbols and ideograms indigenous to southeast Nigeria. The symbols were once taught in schools and many of the signs deal with love, warfare and sacred spirituality.
Her fascination with Yoruba masks and Urhobo textiles is also a constant and fertile source for her textiles, silk-screening, illustrations and wood engraving. Her work is an impressive collection of expressive illustrations employing the aesthetics of traditional African sculpture with a more detailed treatment of the human face.
Ejaita is also the founder of Wear Your Mask, a brand that uses a silkscreen to mix African textile and patterns with minimalistic silhouettes to create “a unique style where cold abstract and warm expressionism meet each other." she said.
A fine arts graduate, Ejaita has been travelling, studying and living in different European countries since 2004.
check my textile design project:
Saint LOuis Senegal at WAAW
Rauma Finland at RAUMARS
Arthouse Foundation, Lagos
-Exhibition, Omenka Gallery, Lagos, NG
-Kunst Gewerbe Museum, Magalog Magazin Illustrations, Berlin
-Solo Exhibition, Lukelule, Hamburg
-selection for Project with FAO of the United Nation
-Presentation of my practice at Resignification: The Black mediterranean By Afrosartorialism,Palermo
-Zurich Design Biennale
-Fleuves en couleures, Saint Louis Senegal
Workshops at Ile "Mariama Ba" de Gorée Senegal
-Workshops For The Creatives of Chanel
-Workshops at Stattalb ev. Berlin
-Saint Louis FW
- selection BAFW Berlin
-magazine cover for bitchmedia.org
-Textile design & illustration for therwrap.life
-www.roomfifty.com one of 50 selected illustrators
-Cover Magazine for World Policy Journal
-Pitchfork illustration of selected old classical
-Thandiswa Mazawi Special Edition LP Album Cover
-The Wren Designs 2017 New collection Design "Optical Africa"
-Luisa Nobrega illustration of book
-Postfossil, Design Biennale Zurich
-Migrate Magazine illustrations on "Heros" issue
-Artistide N3 Issue
-"la maladie du demon" short animation for docu
ARTICLES ABOUT MY WORK
-FASHION AFRICA NOW
-THE WREN DESIGN
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