Backstage // Anita Quansah London Spring 2013
Images by Terence Sambo of One Nigerian Boy. There are many brands that as based on the use of reclaimed and vintage parts but few have the intuition that Anita Quansah London has. Founded by Anita Quansah, bespoke curated wearable jewellery Anita Quansah London is known for creating special one off pieces from vintage and recycled materials;fabrics, semi precious stones, beads, feathers etc. I’m continually intrigued by her uncanny knowing when it comes to putting odd reclaimed parts together. Look closely at each wearable piece of jewellery and you would never think that the materials for each had been reclaimed from so many sources. Her pieces come together as though they had always belonged together. Look closely at that piece in image one and two. How many beads, precious stones etc has gone into it? Absolutely beautiful. Do not get me started on that sequin and coral piece… Her new collection, shown at Lagos Fashion & Design Week takes you to the very heart of Quansah’s aesthetic. Inspired by the rich artistry of traditional jewellery and forms of culturally expression from across the scope of continent of Africa. For this collection (which also sees the debut of a ready to wear line), Quansah is informed by the heritage of tribes and people such as the Maasai of East Africa, the Ndebele of South Africa, the Xhosa, the Zulu, the Turkana and etc. This collection is seemingly a celebration of indigenious culture and their ability to communicate their history, ways of life and traditions through ornamentation. Quansah’s ability to not only intelligently conceptualize this inspiration into a unified stream of thought is made all the more special by the fact that all materials in each jeweled piece is recycled. Visit the Anita Quansah London here.