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Meet Tapiwa

I am Tapiwa an author, storyteller, curator, design business mentor, and design-lover.

Having spent 20 years working as a brand guardian and graphic designer for some of the world’s most prestigious luxury and blue-chip brands I now craft and curate a diverse range of experiences centred around storytelling.

Creatively and culturally curious by nature, I am on a mission to shine a light on those underrepresented in the creative industries, to share their stories, and help them tell their own. My award-winning platform atelier 55 is where it all began. Shining the spotlight on contemporary design from and inspired by Africa. What started as a blog has evolved into an invaluable industry resource.

Passionate about writing I am the author of several design and entrepreneurship books including Contemporary Design Africa, the first art book to showcase and survey a generation of innovative designers from across the continent and beyond who are putting the diverse expressions of African design on the world’s stage.

Tapping into my graphic designer background through The Design Business School, I guide startup and established creative entrepreneurs through the journey of defining their purpose, and developing and growing international standard brands that command attention and resonate with their unique blend of heart, soul, and service.

I have served as a mentor on the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women programme.

I call the cosmopolitan city of London, in the UK, home.

Kind words

Dounia Tamri-Loeper

Founder Dounia Home, USA, Morocco

“You give us designers’ platforms and opportunities to grow and share our brand with new cultures that otherwise would not have the chance to see our work.”