Travel & Design Blog - BY YASMIN METZ-JOHNSON

Sunday, 31 December 2017

THE LAST DAY OF 2017


I just wanted to thank everyone who has supported, reads, comments or even glances over Yasmin Tells. Also thank you to the individuals I have collaborated with this year, I'm looking forward to doing more in the new year. I am currently in Ghana and will be documenting the trip early 2018. I can't wait to share the new content and the giveaway I have install!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year in advance and a prosperous 2018!

Yasmin x


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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

FAVOURITE PODCASTS 2017


As we are near the end of the year, when is a better time to review what I've been listening to mostly the year of 2017? Podcasts have grown in popularity and demand particularly this year as there are now multiple to choose from with the help of streaming services. Below I've summed up the four I enjoy and listen to most frequently. 

I hope you enjoy the post!

The Read
Hosts: Kid Fury & Crissle
Content: Pop Culture & The African-American Experience


The Read is the first podcast I started listening to back in 2014 the same year it began I believe. I was in Senegal and a good friend I made out there from the States showed me the way. The Read honestly gives me even more reason to look forward to the end of the week. (Episodes are recorded every Thursday)

The Read hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle is a New York based podcast where the duo discusses trending topics alongside life lessons and advice. The pairing are brutally honest hence the naming of the podcast show as they ‘read’ every situation so thoroughly and do not sugarcoat anything. It’s brilliant as they manage to add so much humor into it all without ever forgetting the seriousness of the subject matter. The content is heavily focused on the everyday experiences of African Americans and LBGT people.

My favourite segment: The Listener Letters

Disclaimer: Explicit language

99% Invisible
Hosts: Roman Mars
Content: Architecture & Design 

https://99percentinvisible.org/about/the-show/


99% invisible is a radio show which is correctly named as the main topics of discussion is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about such as the functionality of unnoticed design that shape our day to day interactions. I was first introduced to 99% invisible by a classmate at university however I never actually listened to it until I had finished uni.

This is the kind of podcast that regardless of what chosen topic to listen to. You would have learnt something new or have a new appreciation to a skill or craft.

Favourite Ep: Mexico '68

Black Girl In Om
Content: Self Care & Well Being


BGIO is the newest podcast I’ve started to listen via recommendation from one of the panelist at Black Ballad’s ‘Cocktails and Conversations’ event a couple of months ago.  BGIO is the youngest podcasts out my four favourites having been on the air for three years. The hosts focus on the themes of gratitude, self-care and black womanhood speaking directly to women of colour. Which I am most definitely enjoying the rise of. The show will usually feature a guest from the beauty or wellness industry who will share their own self care routine and life lessons amongst the hosts Lauren and Deun.


Unreported World
Hosts: Varies
Content: Foreign Affairs & Current Events


Unreported World  is the audio version of the critically acclaimed Channel 4 show, The shows gives us an insight into the lives of people from different parts of the globe. I prefer to listen to it rather than watch because I can get on with another task as I listen to an episode.

Favourite Ep: Miss Crimea


All of these podcasts vary but thats what I enjoy about them they all serve a different purpose, 
however I am aware that 3/4 are US based podcasts. I'm always on the look out for new and interesting shows, so let me know what you find especially in terms of UK podcasts and I'll give it a listen.




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Friday, 24 November 2017

MEET KEI MAYE


Kei Maye is a London based surface designer I discovered fairly recently at the UK’s first Black Girl Fest (which was great!). Like many others who attended, I was completely in awe at Maye’s stall which was shouting out black girl magic in the most subtle way with the delicate pastel shades of pink and blue that is repeated as a continuous theme throughout her work, making it ever so easy to spot the craft of Kei Maye’s whenever someone has reposted her work on my Instagram timeline. From posters to stationary items and even clothes! – you name it Kei provides it all. I rarely see work displayed in this format. Looking at Kei’s work you can tell she is using a number of mediums, and I’m nosey enough to want to know and find out ‘who? what? and why?'. After enough fan girling, it was only right to feature the artist herself on the interview segment of my blog.

Enjoy the interview!

1. Why did you start sharing your work online?

As all of my work is digitally produced, it has been the easiest way for me to share my work with the world. They were starting to collect dust in my desktop, until one day I realised, nothing can manifest if I don't put my work out there.
Calm In The Chaos
2. What is your favourite illustration you have created and why?

 Calm In The Chaos is my favourite - I am always chasing peace. Every day is fully loaded, from the hustle & bustle in the city to working to social interactions; I feel it is important to take time away from all this and give yourself the chance to simply 'be' in your own space. Finding the calm In the chaos.

Cheaper Than Therapy

3.You most definitely have a style, what is the message you are trying to get across through your artistry?

 I'm an emotive worker, all of my pieces are derived from direct experience, things that elicit heightened reaction from me; be it irritation, excitement, intrigue and so on.I use my artistry to share my realities (and fantasies) growing up & existing as an awkward black girl in London. It's like therapy.


4.How do you get inspired?

 I'm inspired by day to day situations. Topics I feel passionate about I like to depict with either an effect or a cause. Although sometimes I am inspired by fantasy and think "ooh, I wonder how it would look if..." and use that as my guide. My mood at the time also has a massive impact. And music!


5. How do you use your mediums?

 I use Photoshop & a drawing tablet. I tried to use Illustrator, but I found it didn't work with the raw & ragged edges I organically create as I sketch.

On some occasions, I hand draw then scan, but my preferred method is with digital tablet.



6. Who are your influencers/inspiration?

To pinpoint one would be difficult, I am surrounded by so many young men and women stepping out of their comfort zones and making positive contributions to the community - they all inspire me in different ways!




Check out Kei Maye's website for more of here work.





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