wicker covered car by ojo obaniyi wicker covered car by ojo obaniyi
jan 18, 2013

wicker covered car by ojo obaniyi

ojo obaniyi covers car in raffia palm cane to advertise his weaving business
image © reuters/akintunde akinleye

 

 

nigerian artisan ojo obaniyi from ibadan has applied his skill in weaving in an unusually creative way to advertise his business.
obaniyi, who has practiced the craft for 20 years, has covered the interior and exterior of his volkswagen pickup with raffia palm cane,
including the entire car body, the wheel caps, chairs, steering wheel and dashboard in an effort to attract attention from passersby.

 

obaniyi says of his handiwork:

 

 ‘I wanted to prove a point that it is not only the educated elite that can make positive changes in society. we, the artisans also have talents to
effect a change and make a positive impact in the society. that is why I decided that I too must do something that will make people to recognize
me and know me across the whole world and by extension prove to the world that african and indeed the entire black race have very talented people.’

 

 


the artisan has applied his skill in weaving in an unusually creative way to advertise his business
image © reuters/akintunde akinleye

 

 


the number one should call for premium weaving services!
image © reuters/akintunde akinleye

 

 


‘I wanted to prove a point that it is not only the educated elite that can make positive changes in society.’
image © reuters/akintunde akinleye

 

 


he has covered the interior, exterior, wheel caps, chairs, steering wheel and even dashboard
image © reuters/akintunde akinleye

 

 


obaniyi has practiced the craft for 20 years
image © reuters/akintunde akinleye

 

 


image © reuters/akintunde akinleye

 

 


image © reuters/akintunde akinleye

 

 


obaniyi practicing his craft the more traditional way
image © reuters/akintunde akinleye

  • Incrível!

    Carla says:
  • A master! I want one, now!!

    Diego says:
  • Extremely original, with a strong cultural touch of markable regionalist handcrafted work.

    Sérgio Werneck de Figueiredo says:
  • Totally dope !

    JG says:
  • Wow! Just brilliant! What an artist and entrepreneur!
    The world needs more people like Ojo! I wish him much success.
    He deserves it.

    Lou says:
  • one more!

    barr says:
  • awesome, funny!

    Broox says:
  • Creativo, ecológico, económico, fresco, ligero, facil mantenimiento… Y lo puede reparar en casa!
    Extraordinario! Ojo Obaniyi eres único! 😉

    Mónica says:
  • It would be better if the car was made of craft instead of (only) craft-wrapped.

    Matt says:
  • mui bueno!

    drm says:
  • Thank you for sharing your gifts. You are blessed to have such amazing talent.

    Anne says:
  • I think we can all learn from Mr. obaniyi’s beautiful application of his craft. Look around us at our surroundings and see what we can do to use the materials of craft to enhance the spaces we live in. Maybe I can’t cover my poor aging vehicle with basketry But perhaps I can cover the worn seats with my handwoven material. Then maybe I could do the headliner. I could create a fence from the branches of a tree that fell over in my yard last fall. And maybe I could do what one of my neighbors did: make a hanging from oddments of discarded metal that together are a delightful design. What can you do?

    Annie Delyth Stratton says:
  • Wau!!! Incredible artist and ingenuity!!! Keep up your good work ~ Artist’s are an important inspiration to the World!!!

    Rainbow says:
  • Have to send this to the World Market buyer! Wrapping crappy cars in wicker is so much more original then making something unique out of wicker.

    jrb says:
  • Just “WICKED”!!!

    ortolani says:
  • Have a great designs. Thank you for sharing.

    www.proje-yardim.com says:
  • What a genius and deep thinker!

    Andrea Ventling says:
  • Seeing the beautiful wicker weaving took me back 8 years to when I was visiting a friend in Malawi. She bought a beautiful large scale replica of a Lake Malawi ferry steamer totally woven out of local reeds. It even had moving parts. We saw the teenager selling it by the side of the road, so quickly screeched to a halt ,did a U-turn and got to him quickly enough in order to buy it. My only regret that I didn’t buy it. The African continent is full of wonderful artisans and artists with incredible ideas. Thank-you for exposing them to the rest of the world.

    vanda says:

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