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How would you visualize a women’s design organization?

It’s a little difficult to come up with something concrete, because femininity is so fluid and has so many facets. I can say that it would definitely be intricate but bold. A purposeful blend of contrasting colours and textures, layered imagery. It would be a juxtaposition of a lot of opposites; calm and wild, warm and cold, light and dark; an ode to complexity basically.



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Can you tell us about your background?

I’m 21 years old. I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, which is in my opinion one of the most vibrant cities in the world. I have a B.A in visual arts from the University of Lagos. I majored in graphic design. I love design because I think its a great balance of aesthetics and functionality (two major aspects of my personality). I discovered paper a little by accident when I was brainstorming for my final project. And so far its given me an outlet I hadn’t even realized I needed.



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What are your influences?

I’m heavily influenced by my environment; the people I see, the stories I hear; music, even food. I always enjoy playing with colours and forms so I’m also inspired by artists like Yulia Brodskaya, Eduardo Rodriguez, Jen Stark, Yinka Shonibare. The list is quite frankly endless.



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What does your typical workday look like?

I’m currently undergoing my one year national youth service in Calabar. My typical workday involves quite a bit of juggling. I go to work at the University of Calabar where I was posted. I still work as a graphic designer on a freelance basis so I usually have emails to reply or research. No matter what the day is like I put in a minimum of 5 hours on my paper art daily.



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Is there a specific project you are particularly proud of?

I can’t pick one. Every project I’ve worked on has a little bit of me in it. They are markers of my growth as a person and an artist. I’m proud of them all.

You can see more work by Ayobola here: behance.net/ayobolakekere-ekun




*We define woman as anyone who is female-identified