"This time, more than ever, calls for collaboration and mutual support. It has been a joy to work through ArtColLab with Stella Jean, whose distinct and socially minded creative vision embodies this ethos of collaboration and support and whose insight has been an education. We are delighted to create these sweaters together in support of NCAI and FSRR." Michael Armitage.
-About the Designer.
Stella Jean is an award winning Italian designer living and working in Rome, Italy and recognized as the first Black Italian designer. The basis of Jean's work is multiculturalism applied to ethical fashion, resulting in a cultural fusion of her own métisse identity. Her work often merges classical Italian tailoring with stylistic features of varying cultures. Stella Jean created the business model and sustainable development platform: "Laboratorio delle Nazioni". Through missions on the field, each SJ collection is the result of the construction of a cultural bridge between Italian design and women artisans of a developing country during each different season. An international cooperation between Jean’s aesthetic and the artisans of developing countries is an ever present staple of her designs, which aim to promote cultural heritage as an enabler and a driver of sustainable development.
Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute (NCAI) is a non-profit visual art space dedicated to the growth and preservation of contemporary art in East Africa. Established in 2020, NCAI builds on a rich legacy of art projects and institutions in the region. The organisation seeks to tell the stories of the artists and projects that have come to shape the region's contemporary art scene. Through exhibitions, the development of an East African art archive, an extensive public program of talks and a multidisciplinary educational program, NCAI serves as a hub and a resource for the thriving East African art community and an inspiring cultural space for our audiences.