“Future love does not exist. Love is a present activity only. The man who does not manifest love in the present has not love.” – Leo Tolstoy
“God lends me His heart to love you with. I asked for it when I found my own was too small, and it really holds you, and leaves you room to grow.” – Mary Haskell
“Friendship and love … know each other and avail themselves of each other. The solidest friendship is that of friends who love one another.” – Eudora Welt
We decided to tackle the big word. Love. Understandably, a lot of people expressed how difficult it was to capture the essence of what this word/concept means to them, or an experience that encapsulated it, especially in one minute. But we got voice notes anyway – the stories here go from love between friends to love between families to romantic love (of course).
I’ve loved Araki Koman since the first time I laid my eyes on her Instagram page. It’s more than this 29-yr old French illustrator’s illustrations, graphic design & photography – it’s her style, it’s her vibe, it’s the hard work we see her put in with her challenges. Anyone who has me on WhatsApp can testify to my obsession (I’ve been using your work as display photos, Araki) or anyone who’s seen my past two desktop wallpapers.
Her work is equal parts simple and complex – showing how a few twisted, curled and filled-in lines can cause a visceral reaction.
Music unites all qualities: it can exalt us, divert us, cheer us up, or break the hardest of hearts with the softest of its melancholy tones. – Friedrich Nietzsche
It’s the last episode for 2016 and as Des’ says, what better way to see it out than with music?
Music, this potent drug. Every other day, I am hit again by how influential music is on my life. I know what song to get me hype, I know which one will get me in the writing mood or what songs would be the perfect companions for my melancholy. So, it’s nothing short of serendipity when these songs collide with moments that solidify either their message or mood. Or when a song meets a moment and stains or glorifies it forever.
I stumbled on an excellent thread on Twitter where Ann of Afrolicious shared some of the music by younger Nigerian artist(e)s that she’d been loving. I found so many amazing new acts there that I had to reach out. We asked Ann to compile a playlist for us, and here we are! Big thanks to Ann; Afrolicious is re-launching soon, so watch out for that. Here’s Ann: