In the last decade, upcycling- the process of turning used and unwanted materials into something of aesthetic or practical value- has boomed as an art form, spawning a whole new chapter of design. But many of the skills needed to transform materials such as metal, wood and plastic, into objects of art have been lost or are skills now too costly in the West to make the business of upcycling profitable.
But in Africa, and in Senegal especially, those skills are alive and well. On every corner in Dakar there are carpenters, metal workers and tailors, all existing within the city’s rich arts scene. Loman’s hanging mobiles gather these skills and objects considered ‘rubbish’ and use them to create unique pieces of art that can make any home or outdoor space look special.
Each piece has its own character- either dressed up with the use of glitterballs or simply designed to catch the wind so that the piece turns in the wind and sparkles in the light- and they are all made by hand, with love and great attention to detail.« back