Irene Whalen

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A Taste of Dak’art, , 2018, Dakar, Senegal

June is one of my favorite months and at Zawadi it will be a busy and exciting one. I am just back from Dak’Art the bi-annual, Pan-African Art festival in Senegal that lights up an already exciting art landscape. It lasts for a month, May 3-June 3 and it covers an official and sometimes even more interesting…

New Bath and Body Products from Alchemy Skincare

Zawadi is thrilled to partner with Alchemy Skincare to offer their line of soaps, butters, and natural beauty products. We met Alchemy’s creator, Samantha Wood, the old fashioned way: Our Brand Manager Faraji Whalen partied with her when she lived in Maryland. Although she’s since moved to Oakland, we’ve followed closely as her brand took off on social…

African Inspired Spring Home Decor

It may not feel like it today with the temperatures in the teens, but Spring is coming.  We, at Zawadi, greet it with new inventory and ideas which can transform the winter home.  To help us get to that “spring” state , we have invited Denys Davis for a talk and an exhibition on March…

Road Warriors of the Art World

The visit of Oumar Cisse from Mali on June 29, 2014 at Zawadi reminded me once again what road warriors African artists are and the extremes they go to get their products to an audience.  This is true of many of the other artists we have featured here at Zawadi but I am especially taken…

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