Panel talk At the museum

Crafting Stories in Yoruba Design for Member and Patrons

Join Priya Khanchandani in conversation with Yemi Awosile, Mimi Shodeinde and Abiola Onabule on how they are sharing stories, preserving heritage and promoting sustainable practice through their distinct approaches to Yoruba design.

What to expect

The principles of value and care are central to Yoraba design, with local production, bespoke design and the use of natural resources providing a framework for approaching design in the 21st century.

Join an evening at the museum featuring makers working across fashion, products and interiors whose work celebrates the design processes and techniques of Nigerian Yoruba culture and its wider influence on contemporary craft and design on an international scale.

The Design Museum's Head of Curatorial, Priya Khanchandani will discuss the influence that Yoruba material culture has had on the work of AHEC Discovered designer Mimi Shodeinde, design lecturer and practitioner Yemi Awosile, and 2020 Design Museum Designer in Residence Abiola Onabule.

In a conversation on the interpretation of narrative and meaning in traditional Yoruba craft practices, the panellists will explore the role storytelling plays in networks of creative exchange in Nigeria and throughout its diaspora, as well as in their own work. The discussion will celebrate the history of Yoruba material culture, as well 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.
For your safety, we are operating at a reduced capacity for our events. Increased cleaning has also been implemented across the museum. Face masks are encouraged.


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.

Miminat Shodeinde

Miminat 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.