Our comic series titled “Äwula Mabel” is about a sassy girl called Awula Mabel living life in the city of Accra. It also features guest characters and a host of products that make up the world of DELASI KEKELI.
OUR MISSION: CREATING WEARABLE ART FROM UPCYCLED DEBRIS.
Our work is at the intersection of the worlds of Upcycling, African art and sustainable fashion. We are passionately driven to craft products that are eco-friendly, ethically manufactured, extremely gorgeous and that appreciate in value over time and can be passed down to many generations.
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH ALL THIS PLASTIC?
Today you probably have purchased, worn, eaten out of or even sat in something made out of PLASTIC. The use of plastic is rampant globally and according to Geyer et al (2017) -yes we have fact receipts- in 2015 there was 7.8 billion tonnes of plastic globally which translates to each person alive today representing one tonne of plastic. You probably have not used that much plastic… or have you? Although there have been efforts made into disposing or putting discarded plastic debris to good use, more hands are needed to join this global effort due to the accumulation of mismanaged plastic waste (MPW) being a global concern.
STATEMENT PIECES, SELF EXPRESSION AND A DEEP DESIRE TO FEEL SPECIAL + TO STAND OUT
Every human being is special and unique, regardless of similarities. Discovering our individual uniqueness is iterative and takes time. However, many have been able to find avenues aiding them to express their individual tastes, traits and views. One universal avenue which stands out is fashion. Fashion has enabled many to form their unique sense of creative expression.
As artists, our focus isn’t simply on making another bag, you probably have one or many already. Our focus is on making tools and statement pieces, that help you express yourself in new ways. Each bag is handcrafted, unique and produced in limited quantities.
A – SERIES AKA AWULA SERIES.
Awula in the Ga, a Ghanaian language means lady. These works of art are statement pieces; they speak a thousands words about who you are and what these statement pieces represent: Sustainable fashion, African Art and Upcycling + the protection of our environment. These bags are for you, the socially conscious lady, who loves art, fashion and isn’t afraid to make a statement about her views.
B – SERIES BAG AKA “BAAKOPE” AKA “SPOIL THERE ALL” AKA “PRESSUREEEEE….”
This bag is for those 1 in 8 billion moments, when you totally want to stand out. Yes, we do not and will never make two of these bags. No matter what planet you travel to, and how many bags we produce you always stand out. This is for you, the glamorous queen who isn’t afraid of the spotlight.
THE JAMESTOWN AESTHETIC.
Jamestown is one of my biggest places of inspiration, I like to call it my muse. When I walk through the streets of Jamestown, its forts and markets, the one thing I see and love is its rustic and rural aesthetic. It feels raw, partly trapped in the colonial era with its rundown buildings. It takes me to an era I wasn’t born, but for some reason one which I connect with. It’s very Ghanaian, walk a few miles and you will hear the beautiful Ga language spoken amongst the natives: my people. I am partly Ga. One of the goals of DK and my work has been to recreate the Jamestown aesthetic, I have always wanted to recreate a slice of Jamestown: A time stamp that will bring memories back to the era we currently live in. Elements in my work, like old newspapers (the happenings of our era) , discarded gallons or sacks symbolizes a new type of currency that we take for granted: debris. This currency, which happens to be trash, symbolizes the wealth that can be made through upcycling across the world. As you walk along the streets, one place you will notice of is the drinking spots or bars where the natives meet over a drink to watch soccer, gamble or simple connect after a long day. These areas are flooded with bottle caps that occasionally appear in my work symbolizing the quenching of thirst. I want to create a dialogue between the artwork and the public, one that starts with the question “what do you want to drink today? How are you feeling?” Drinks are liquids we take when we are thirsty or just want to have a good time. And these bottle caps symbolize the bag as a drink that quenches our fashion or artistic thirst or an object we use when we are heading out to have a good time. All in all, it’s a slice of Jamestown with all its rusticness that can be transported with us everywhere we go. .
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