Ikir

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Ikiré Jones F/W ‘14 “Of Saints & Savages”

Photography by Rog Walker.

“To whom it may concern. This is a challenge to the zealously held belief that Africa is a monolithic village in need of perpetual saving. This is an open assault upon the delusions of those who cry endlessly of desolate stomachs and doorways darkened by disease. This is a public disavowing of all who think the cradle of civilization has nothing more to offer than unmolested raw materials and an army of open palms awaiting aid.

Further, this is a disclaimer that upon becoming dissatisfied with the myriad fictions which are daily presented to us as fact, we have henceforth resolved to tell our own stories. Loudly. No longer will we dine on a bounty of half-baked biases. No more will we sip from hoses gushing hypocrisy and hogwash. There are those who look past Africa’s beauty in the hopes of seeing savagery; so that they may preen and posture as saints. We are the children of tomorrow. And we are here to assure that their disappointment awaits.”

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Ikiré Jones SS16

“…& Other Stories By Our Stolen Children”

The youngest of us were forcefully taken from our classrooms. Spirited away by ideologues who believed only in what they could wrench from the praying hands of people who sought peace. Elsewhere. When the virus swept through our town, it dragged us from the embraces of our mothers’ arms, and into the sterile sadness of hospital wards that could not conceal us from the dark. Meanwhile, at the edges the Mediterranean, some of us were washed-up on the shores. Separated from homes that were miles across the desert. Separated from families that were miles beneath the waves.

We are the children of migration. Some of us were the victims of cruel circumstance and crueler men. Many of us were taken before our time.

But we are here. And from beyond the skies, our voices will guide you, if you listen. As we forever sing.

Photography by Rog Walker

Full collection at: Ikirejones.com
Available in select stores Spring 2016.

*Please do not marginalize our work by removing our message/tags from our images. This is an expression of our cultural heritage, with the intent of telling our own stories, and we would like to keep it that way.

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Ikiré Jones SS16
…& Other Stories By Our Stolen Children.

A meditation on the global cycle of media (in)attention when tragedy strikes on the continent of Africa.
1. “An Angel Returned to Chibok.”
2. “The Passing Moment of Global Concern.”
3. “The Darkness of Diplomacy.”
4. “The Coronation.”
5. “In the Court of the Crimson King.”

Medium: Silk tapestry.

Available at ikirejones.com & in select stores Spring 2016.

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Yet another commission for wonderful @ghost-mantis: more Elemental Creatures!

This time it’s Akida and Ikir, and I am very proud how they came out. Ikir’s wings actually follow the anatomy of real avians, and are properly foldable!


Now folks remember, if you like what I do and you want to see me create your OC, a favorite Bionicle Character, or something else, feel free to look up my Commission Info! I also now have a Patreon page, so please consider supporting!

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Sur Facebook, LEGO vient de publier un speed drawing de Matt Betteker sur Tahu et Ikir unifiés.

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Ikiré Jones SS16
…& Other Stories By Our Stolen Children.


A study of the commonly disregarded people whose lives are salaciously dissected in search of news-worthy sadness to satiate the appetites of a voyeuristic West.
1. “Portrait of a Mother from Chibok.”
2. “Portrait of a Father from Chibok.”
3. “Portrait of the Nobles.”
4. “Portrait of the Ambassador’s Illegitimate Son.”

Medium: Silk tapestry.

Available at ikirejones.com and in select stores Spring 2016

We took photos in the park on our wedding day and they were so breathtaking that we promised we would come back every year and try to recreate them.

After dinner in the city we head over to the park, take some photos and say our vows to each other again.  It’s something that is more special every year….especially this year with the addition of the peanut.  Next year there will be another person in the photo that you can see…a tiny little person that will be the physical manifestation of our love and commitment to each other.  

Am I still beaming?  Probably…it’s not going to stop for a while…I have no control over it.