Nubuke Digital Living Archive 
This is an evolving repository of ideas designed to communicate directions I think we can take to eventually realize the Digital Living Archive prototype. 



Photography Brief

As part of the visual documentation process, I think it is important that we capture detailed shots of the various motifs that come together to form a larger strip of cloth.

As is shown in the examples below, these types of shots can be captured on a mobile phone and then cropped square (or to any standardized dimension) to keep all motif images consistent withing the Digital Living Archive. 


On the platform, I imagine a user may be able to click on an image to reveal more information about the particular motif and perhaps learn more about the weaver who created it and see an image of the fuller strip it forms a part of.

And here are some examples of standardized photos of fuller strips: 





Potential Photography/Videography Collaborators

Based on our initial discussion, two photographers/videographers I think we can consider to execute our shared vision are:

I. Joel Lomotey

Joel is a photographer and videographer who has experience in product photography, shooting and editing interviews amongst other specialties. I’ve mentioned the project to Joel briefly and he was open to it. So once there’s more concrete information about timelines, budgets and deliverables, I can share that information with him if we feel he’s a good resource.

Website: adoteylomotey.com
Instagram: @adoteylomotey


II. Frederick Dahe

Fred’s expertise spans documentary footage, event photography and drone videography as well. He has actually visited to Nubuke Foundation’s Wa museum to document the recent Woori Festival. There he captured videos of the women weaving, interviewed them and got a sense of the terrain. His familiarity could definitely bode well for the project.

YouTube: Fred Dahe
Instagram: @freddahe



Useful Marketplace/Commission Model References

I. Novica

Novica is an ‘impact marketplace’ that works with artisans to “improve lives and uplift communities through the creation of incredible art“. On their website, users are able to purchase handmade items like kente and other artisanal products, read about the items, learn about the weavers and eventually make a purchase. I’ve followed their work for a while and recognized that their model is one we could learn from. Below I’ve included some screenshots from the kente section of their website.

Link: www.novica.com/accessories/shawls/kente 



II. House of Stole + Kenteshop

Links: www.houseofstole.com + www.kenteshop.com



III. Kenteverse

Link: https://afroscope.com/Nubuke-Digital-Living-Archive



Potential Partner Designers

- AMWA Designs (Chrissa Amuah)