When Nelle Met…

I spent January reflecting on the past year, taking the time to review the good, the bad and the ugly! So in this post, I’ll obviously concentrate on the positive aspect of 2016. 2016 presented me with some challenges but for each challenge, I was met with a rainbow, and I wanted to highlight some of them here.

Aicha of Sunuker. I had the pleasure of stall sharing with the lovely Aisha throughout the later part of 2016. This black-owned business woman is definitely a boss woman to watch. Based in Nottingham she is aiming to put Senegal and Nottingham on the map. The raw materials of her products are sourced from Senegal her original hometown before moving to her new digs in Nottingham. On her website, you will find original Senegal print head wraps and African inspired beauty products. Some exciting plans in the works for 2017 can’t wait to be a part of an exciting movement.

Natural moisturizing lip balm SUNU KER has you covered.
Natural moisturizing lip balm SUNU KER has you covered.

A.S.O Global is an African-inspired brand who’s ancient African graphic prints are authentic and perfect for both the Afrocentric male and female. We became friendly after frequently bumping into each other at events such as Africa Utopia, Africa on the Square, Afro Punk to name a few. I look forward to future collaborations, watch this space.

Inspired by Africa A.S.O Global graphic t-shirts..
Inspired by Africa A.S.O Global graphic t-shirts..

HiLiveLoveUrLife ethical and sometimes sexy knits & vegan lifestyle. Decibel is an all round creative bringing vibrancy to food, conscious knitwear to name just a few of her talents. It was amazing having her assist in workshops over the summer and buddy up for Christmas markets.

Conscious and ethical knits at HiLiveLuvYourLifestyle
Conscious and ethical knits at HiLiveLuvYourLifestyle

Parlour Cafe. I stumbled across the Parlour cafe when I was in search of a much-needed coffee pick me up, and man did I find the right spot! There is no better craft accompaniment then coffee and cake so running my leather workshops at this cafe was an obvious choice and I was so excited when they too saw the value my workshops could bring to space and community. This cafe has an amazing energy set by the cool staff, the best coffee, and the most divine chocolate brownies – get to know this cafe! Look out for future workshops in Leather Journal and wallet making.

The best brownies at The Parlour Cafe.
The best brownies at The Parlour Cafe.

A writer by day and scientist by night! I was so impressed when I first met Kas when he casually expressed he had written a book, a science fiction book might I add. It felt encouraging to see a young black male put himself forward to be the change he wanted to see in his community. Kas is also a member of the 100 Black Men movement a membership dedicated to promoting a positive example of what a black man can achieve through guidance and mentorship. Kas has unknowingly offered me words of advice, encouragement, and wisdom.

New author Kas Smith debeut book The Black Guard is a must read!
New author Kas Smith debeut book The Black Guard is a must read!

So I wanted to take the space to say thank you to all the businesses mentioned above. It truly was a pleasure working with you through 2016, thank you for your support I look forward to continuing the journey throughout 2017 bigger and better.

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