Traveling to Africa (read more about it here) was one of the highlights of my life, I instantly fell in love with the vibrancy of the people and muted tones of the landscape. The artistry that each African tribe possesses is so inspirational; I love how they use elements from the land and incorporate it into their art. From the moment I saw my first handmade African basket, I was instantly inspired to use them as an art installation in my home. I bought my first baskets in open-air tents next to Victoria Falls (you can shop this post here) in Zambia, and then I proceeded to buy every basket in Africa (not really, but my husband thought so). By the end of the trip, my husband thought I lost my mind.
Tip1: One of the easiest ways to make a large impact in your home is through repetition. You can create a striking single piece of art by repeating similar tones, textures, and shapes over and over again (the MORE the better). Tip 2: When traveling, stick an empty duffle bag in your suitcase to bring treasures back. Or, if you shop like me, you fill the duffle bag and DHL becomes your best friend. Tip 3: If you aren’t planning to travel to Africa anytime soon and want to get this look, check out Baskets of Africa. They are a great source for fair-trade handcrafted African baskets. We had been back in the States for about two weeks when the boxes began to arrive… I was like a kid at Christmas waiting to tear them open. Each piece I pulled out from the rather tired looking boxes (sorry DHL) immediately transported me back to precise moments of the trip when I bought them. P.S. DON’T SEND BREAKABLES! So after traveling thousands of miles from four different countries, it was installation time, finally! I laid each basket out on the floor to get a better idea of the layout I was looking for. Once satisfied, I started hanging them. I began at the ceiling and worked my way downward. I was so ecstatic when it was finished; it turned out even more amazing than I had envisioned in my head! The 3D art installation comes alive throughout the day with its different patterns and textures. The wall also serves as a perfect backdrop for other neutral-toned treasures I have found while travelling, including an African drum, an African cowrie shell basket, and a Roti Bowl from India. A once boring wall in our home is transformed into my very own little slice of Africa here in D.C.!