When I started working on my collection late 2019 I was inspired by African Masks and what they represented to me, but then COVID 19 struck and the death of Breonna Taylor and all the other black lives happened and this collection took on an entire new meaning for me.
IBOJU in the Yoruba language means face covering/Mask. I chose to use a broken mask for this collection for a number of reasons;
- It represents my hope of the near future when we no longer have to protect ourselves and loved ones from COVID and anything similar
- It represents the tearing down of the mask of racial and systemic inequality in all its forms all over the world.
- Masks have always played an important role in African tradition and was used in various occasions to capture a persons essence/spirit. This broken mask represents the freeing of the essence/spirit of black excellence