Village : Travel Photos

I LOVE to explore unfamiliar places. Travel has had an incredible soul-stirring impact on my life. In fact, it was after a year's worth of whirlwind travels across the globe in 2012 that I got clarity about what I really wanted to do in life. It's amazing how travel can give you perspective AND the courage to come back home to quit a full-time job so I could pursue my love of design & create a business where I can express myself

Going to Ghana, West Africa in 2010 was just the beginning of the weird and wonderful travels. I didn't want to stay in the city in a flash hotel. BORING. So I managed to join a voluntary org in a lil village where I could contribute my skills and be able to explore the African landscape and village life at a grassroots level.

I love to take urban photos, and Ghana was a place that I had my heart set on after watching a late night ABC travel documentary. Africa is a photographer's dream! I couldn't get enough of the urban textures, the people, the old dilapidated buildings and homes with so much character and soul. I'm all about exploring the off-the-beaten-track kind of journeys. 

A photo of the inside of  an old church in the village that is used a school. Loved this building and village so much! that I made sure to go 3 times a week to the school within my 6 week working holiday.

A photo of the inside of  an old church in the village that is used a school. Loved this building and village so much! that I made sure to go 3 times a week to the school within my 6 week working holiday.

So. I am thinking to create an off-the-beaten-track travel journal using my travel photos and incorporate snaps of the South Pacific village life and experiences hmm. BUT of course, I don't have a mountain of cash to send each project to print. In the meantime, I am designing a South Pacific/ Poly-Inspired planner & a gratitude prayer journal BUT will have to wait and see how the first journal goes :) And yes they will be here this week, yay!

kokoandki ghana

Whenever I go travelling, I take photos of old textured.... walls. Yep, weird obsession with texture and colour. I take these images because it speaks to my soul! and know that one day I will use them for something? 

And YES these photos did come to great use when I had to create a music streaming app for a college project. 

BRIEF: Create a brand, including the name and visual identity for a new music service that focuses on a community or culture of like-minded music lovers.

BRAND IDEA: The Culture of Music

And what did I choose to do? name it village and

It's funny how the design process starts with an experience, location or location aesthetic. It was only natural that I chose a name that I could identify with given my cultural identity and marry it with my love of hip-hop/neo-soul and pics of Africa.

hand-written logo

hand-written logo

My (made-up) project rationale:

Village was lovingly built to accomodate a community of hip hop soul music lovers. It is a home for the people who understand the culture, language and traditions of the hip-hop soul genre. The neighbourhood thrives on contribution (by music reviews) and the sharing of wisdom and knowledge of the past, present and future of hip hop soul history and events. 

This home features a library, shop and newsfeed. It is run by the board of Village Chief council members, who have earned their status by contribution and recognition of rave reviews. Entry to Village is by invitation only where a permit is issued as a rite of passage.

The Village was designed using photographs of textures and materials of make-shift homes from a small village in Ghana, West Africa. The urban images, vibrant colour overlays and handcrafted logo pay homage to the roots, spirit and birthplace of hip hop and soul music. 

Designs mocked onto computer screen

Designs mocked onto computer screen

koko ki
koko and ki tavao

Yes I wouldn't rate my Village project (haha) and looking at it now, there are so many things that I could do to improve & push the idea! but it truly is an example of how I use so many of my experiences, memories and photographs to create new work/projects.

Some TRAVEL pics of Samoa...

and yes I will be saving my most favourite pics for another stationery idea.. :) :)

A concrete wall in Apia. Yes it is a wall and I do find it interesting. A ha

A concrete wall in Apia. Yes it is a wall and I do find it interesting. A ha

My cousins son being camera shy lol

My cousins son being camera shy lol

And YES I got the call that the Journals are arriving this week, and I am slightly nervous about opening up an online store, but I know I am going to face my fears and do it anyway! cause I love what I do and believe in making beautiful things that have meaning and purpose

Tavao Fa'avae-Eli