Seeking the Black Maker

Where to begin...?

As a designer I am always interested in the material evidence of the unseen...

Many narratives in history of design and technology...

...contribute to idea of black societies as simple and 'organic'.

And yet we know...

  • The African iron age started almost 500 years before it did in Europe.
  • During the era of colonialism, it was noted that the quality of iron produced by African blacksmiths was higher
  • These skills were transmitted and transported across the Atlantic.

Florence Okoye | @FINOkoye

This is one of the reasons I’ve been researching the Black Maker to seek out material contributions of black people to product design and manufacture.

In reality...

Thank you!

Seeking the Black Maker

By FINOkoye

Seeking the Black Maker

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