Crafting Intimacy and Play – Archiving through Design with Nabiséré Nicole

Wednesday 30th August

The second workshop in the Crafting Intimacy and Play series led by designer Nabiséré Nicole for Black women and non-binary people.


ICF x KAKAZI studio are collaborating on a workshop series titled Crafting Intimacy & Play, inviting Black women and non-binary people to engage with personal archives and stories through making art and intergenerational discussions.

For our second workshop, Archiving through Design, KAKAZI studio Founder Nabiséré Nicole invites participants to connect with their personal archives and journeys, to inspire the development of shapes, patterns, colours and textures in contemporary fashion and print design.

Attendees will be asked to bring one or two of the following: an image, an object or an item of clothing as their archival material that they can share a little bit about in pairs. A range of mixed media materials, including inks, charcoal, paper, fabrics and finishings, will be provided for participants to map their impressions on a design board.

This workshop focuses on the processes of nurturing ideas and our imagination with archives, as an ongoing and nonlinear experience.


We are extending an open call to Black women and non-binary participants – particularly those with a relationship to Brixton – to join us for this Archiving through Design workshop on Wednesday 30 August 2023, 6-8pm at Block 336 in Brixton. There are ONLY 8 spaces available, so please only sign up if you are able to join the session.

Register for your place above.

About the project

Crafting Intimacy & Play is an opportunity for a small group of people to come together to engage with artists and different art forms across ceramics, fashion design, drawing, sound and scent. These creative activities help us imagine ways of connecting to the past, present and future, while exploring various paths to self-expression. The workshop series intends to connect Black women and non-binary peoples’ experiences to curiosity, play and joy.

We have two more upcoming workshops in the series:

Wednesday 20 September – Scent Mapping Workshop with Maya Njie

Wednesday 25 October – Clay Workshop with Phoebe Collings-James

Please do sign up for our newsletter here to find out more. Some workshops will take place at Block 336, where ICF is doing a residency throughout 2023, and others will take place throughout Brixton.

About Nabiséré Nicole

After graduating from Central St Martins Womenswear degree Nabiséré Nicole founded KAKAZI studio in 2018, at a time when she was seeking connection and authentic representation of African and Caribbean people in the fashion industry. Having lived between London, U.K and Kampala, Uganda, she wanted to connect with people who share this unique diasporan experience. This lay the foundation for Nabiséré’s creative approach in clothing design, research and curation.

About ICF

International Curators Forum (ICF) was founded by artists and curators in 2007 to offer a programme of commissions, exhibitions, projects, publications and events that respond to the material conditions and cultural contexts impacting creative practitioners today.

About KAKAZI studio

Based in London, UK, KAKAZI studio is a design and research platform producing lifestyle pieces, alongside special projects and an oral histories platform. Bringing together African and Caribbean diasporan life experiences, KAKAZI studio focuses on platforming the nuances and of contemporary womanhood.