Monday, 30 May 2016


It is no secret that I enjoy creating Art with  discarded Jeans pant. 

If and when I collect a few Jeans pant, I immediately create art with it. It is easily accessible and durable and very easy to manipulate and use for any creative purpose no matter the idea.

Working with old denim pants for me, is a way of giving life back to a material that is so versatile yet resilient.

And all you need is 
1. Old pair of Jeans
2.Glue(A lot of glue)
3.A mould
4. Acrylic Paint

Wet the denim fabric,cut it and saturate it with glue and mould it around the object you intend to enhance or recreate, for me is bottles or pots.

I try to use discarded objects as the moulds for this denim Art.

Leave it to dry for as long as it dries out stiff,strong and well formed.

Then apply paint on it. 

Note; The mould remains inside! because the jean pants is glued to it. 

Do you know that a good pair of Jeans is like a trusted friend?, ever willing to go the extra mile with you or for you.

 It experiences ups and downs with you and is truly unassuming yet very present. 

It is one outfit, that we can all wear and feel good, comfortable and relaxed whether in a high power situation or a down trodden one it's just perfect.

The more it wears off the better it looks, now the more ripped and rugged the Jeans looks the better and way expensive.

               Miabo in her work studio; Johannesburg.

We know when all our outfits fail, our faithful Jeans will carry the day for us once again, serving us with dignity and love.

My main Art aesthetics is collecting discarded objects and resurrecting them into Art. The Jeans pant, has played a very major role in my creativity and I love that.

 I try to see life in these Jeans pant beyond it been worn, because if they could literally speak, the stories they would tell would be remarkable.

 So I see it in the light of an object whose story and Journey keeps evolving from been a fashion statement to Art.....Enjoy

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Thursday, 12 May 2016


What is Your Art Style?
The Artist, especially the fine Artist is one that communicates their raw and true emotions through their work.
    Underwater Coral Reefs Series; Abstract Art; Ink on paperboard; Miabo Enyadike.
 The talent that  is birth through these kinds of emotions from the Artist, is the Artwork we see them create time after time, giving it relevance regardless of their personal social status.
This for me is the definition of  the Art style of  an Artist. 

 Consistency is key as well as fluidity, an ability to play with all mediums and still be recognizable is the defining factor of an Artist with their own style. 

                Circles of Fire; Abstract Art; Ink on paperboard; Miabo Enyadike.
This style is not a trend!  but one that is given to the Artist as a personal vision and its instructed from within, so much that even the Artist can not really explain, how or run away from it, but can only translate this vision into reality.
                       Chaos;Abstract Art; Ink on paperboard;  Miabo Enyadike
Some might call it talent, I might agree but from a deeper sense I would call it a gift given by our maker.
Every Artist has their own true individual style and this is true to them only. 
                 'Silhouette of a Woman';Abstract Art; Ink on paperboard;Miabo Enyadike.
That is why even  Artist, trained in higher institutions and earn degrees and  Artist  that are self taught really don't have any distinctions between them.
This is my personal view, don't get me wrong.  Out there, it is our style and the ability to communicate events, in a way that people can identify with.  
                  The Family; Abstract Art; Ink on paperboard; Miabo Enyadike.
While pushing boundariescreating  social media awareness and  consciousness that is relevant
 to our world, that matters.
                       'The Dress'; Abstract Art; Ink on Paperboard; Miabo Enyadike.
 Every other qualification becomes a bonus. I have a degree honors in Fine Applied Art since 1992, I remember how it felt like in class, I was some kind of renegade, I didn't quite "fit in" .
I enjoyed Art classes, after all we were left  pretty much by ourselves to create Art.
                 'My Garden'; Abstract Art; Ink on paperboard; Miabo Enyadike.
 I just was not satisfied.
 My lecturers and I,didn't like the way I
 painted or drew objects. It just didn't look like, what my other course mates were doing.
                           'Lady'; Abstract Art; Ink on Paperboard; Miabo Enyadike
 I did struggle a bit with the practical aspect of my course, but excelled in Art history and every other theoretical aspect of my course outline.

Hence the reason after graduation, I worked in the oil servicing industry, abandoning my craft for a while.
 I say this, because there are gifted brilliant Artist out there, that may be in school or are self taught Artist with a peculiar Art style that is different from others, my advice is simply don't give up, it is your God given gift and style, own it and work it!.
                    'I love myself'; Abstract Art;Ink on paperboard; Miabo Enyadike.
 In time it would be relevant and catch the  audience that it appeals too at the right time.

I say this because the reason their is an enduring appeal, for the works of  Picasso, Kandinsky, Warhol, Jasper Johns, Dieter Roth, Chagall, Frida Kahlo just to name a few of these calibre of Artist and all the 20th century Movements from Impressionism, cubism to Dada,
that we have studied and come to respect and adore, is simply their style and consistent loyalty, adamant almost fanatical faithfulness, to their own peculiar genius.
               Distance; Abstract Art; Ink on paperboard;Miabo Enyadike.
Staying true to their inner vision of how they see the world, from within their soul.
From a fresh perspective, communicating it, in a way that allows the audience to explore  and enmesh, themselves in their world with them.

The peculiar style of the Artist will always come first, in the way we tell our story and the medium  in which it is communicated is our style as Artist.

It is what we have, it is our brand 
It is what we sell, the technique we use and how it is applied is our formula for distinction.
                 Flower arrangement; Abstract Art; Ink on paperboard;Miabo Enyadike
I know I can speak for myself as an Artist, it took me time to come into my own style finally staying true to my vision.
                    Jekyll and Hyde; Abstract Art Ink on paperboard; Miabo Enyadike.
Now for me it is not about other excellent Art or Artist out there, but to admire and be encouraged by the work done by these brilliant minds. 
Mother and Child fleeing Conflict Series; Abstract Art; Ink on Paper board; Miabo Enyadike
Whilst been grateful that I also have a vision and a dream, that can be translated into something that is tangible and appreciated, no matter the size of the audience or the platform.
 So the question goes again,

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