It is time for me to share my designs. All of the designs that I post that aren’t mine are my inspirations, they allow me to understand more of my own process and the purpose of what I create. It’s been 3 years since I have designed my first t-shirt. I’d like to start this story by its beginning. In a lot of creative situations, I feel like you’d rather share your latest work. But it feels so right when you look back at what you’ve made and still see every reason for it to exist, why it happened, how it happened, and even more sometimes. Three years and yet i never did a t-shirt as meaningful as this one.
It all began with a birthday gift. My friend JosephEkoko is a gifted poem writer. He has been writing poems and sharing them on his social networks and website with related photo. He used to always ask me if I had pictures to fit some of his writings. February 7th 2017, he texted me this poem entitled “Immonde”, asking me for an illustration. I felt transcended by what he wrote. It was like he had put some words on my undecided thoughts and feelings regarding the paris’ attacks. How i felt about it. How I went through it. What I wanted to say about it. I didn’t want his artwork to be lost in the timelines’ tsunamis. I didn’t send back any photo. I kept looking for a better way to share these words. His birthday was approaching and I had been pushed by Maati - who knew my graphic design and screen-print’s skills - to gift Joseph a t-shirt. I immediately thought about his poem and how it should appear on a tee.
This is how it happened. That is it, and it means the world to me. Thanks for reading (the main thing to read is the poem). I’ll share more details in the next post.