There is a universality with the language of art and its unique ability to break barriers found in modern society. During one of his many African travels, well known artist had idea of creating an artistic partnership to promote the encounter between two continents, Africa and Europe. Five women of Ndebele ethnicity moved to Northern Italy to work with Scampini on a common project. Scampini made wooden geometric shapes were covered with paintings lit by African artists according to their Ndebele tradition.
The colours were intoxicating and combined beautifully with the shapes of the art. Red, yellow, blue, green, orange played amazingly to the strength of saturated color. What made this collaboration unique experience and extraordinary was that no artist gave up their identity, rather, they were able to live as protagonists in the exact same way.
And finally back to a recent 2016 collection from Stella Jean, which was presented with a live choral accompaniment (the excellent group Soul Voices, singing Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” and then “Amazing Grace”): Coats and jackets were printed and embroidered and fringed; knitwear had Ndebele patterns; and dresses had bibs and collars embroidered with African masks or “family portraits”
Photos: Stella Jean-Vogue Magazine