Panel talk At the museum

Crafting Stories in Yoruba Design

Listen to three designers discuss how they are sharing stories, preserving heritage and promoting sustainable practice through their distinct approaches to Yoruba design.

What to expect

Join an evening at the museum featuring makers working across fashion, products and interiors whose work celebrates the design processes and techniques of the Nigerian Yoruba culture.

Featuring AHEC Discovered designer Mimi Shodeinde, design lecturer and practitioner Yemi Awosile, and 2020 Design Museum Designer in Residence Abiola Onabule, the panel will explore the influence Nigeria’s Yoruba material culture has had on the interpretation of narrative and meaning in their work, as well as the history of Yoruba material culture and its wider influence on contemporary craft and design on an international scale.

Booking information

Adult: £9
Student: £7
Members: £5

Please note that this is an in-person event at the Design Museum.


Abiola Onabule

Abiola Onabule is a London-based fashion designer and a Design Museum Designer in Residence 2020. Abiola studied a masters in womenswear at Central Saint Martins, and her research involves creating and experimenting with dyeing and weaving techniques inspired by elements of her Nigerian cultural heritage.

Mimi Shodeinde

Mimi Shodeinde is a British Nigerian artist and designer from London. Dovetailing an artistic aesthetic with architectural discipline, Miminat seeks to align the prosaic with the poetic. By blending the complementary and contradictory whilst embracing the integration of the old and the new, she creates timeless, immersive experiences where art and architecture meet.

Yemi Awosile

Yemi Awosile is the founder of an eponymous London-based studio practice informed by cultural insights. Yemi's work explores notions of heritage through the use of textiles and mixed media made using regional materials. She is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London teaching BA Design, Studio Practice and a member of the Stanley Picker Gallery & Dorich House Museum Advisory Group and a trustee at Open School East.

Background image: work by Abiola Onabule.