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.
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.
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.
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.
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