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An Indian design brand hits cinematic high with an exclusive Top Gun franchise collaboration



An Indian design brand hits cinematic high with an exclusive Top Gun franchise collaboration


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An Indian design brand hits cinematic high with an exclusive Top Gun franchise collaboration

For hobby pilot and brand consultant Akshay Sharma, a venture that began in a serendipitous moment — when he could not find a wooden replica of a vintage aircraft propeller he wanted as a decor accessory for his newly built home — is now paying global dividends.

His boutique decor brand, WoodFeather, has been picked by Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun franchise, starring Tom Cruise, to design, create and sell, globally, propellers inspired by Maverick, the next movie in the super-successful series.

Two years ago when Sharma stumbled upon an article on Maverick, which will release in July 2021, something sort of clicked in his head. “I felt goosebumps go up my arms. It would have been a missed opportunity if I did not do something with Top Gun,” he says, the excitement palpable

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El Paso first-grader’s ‘peace and love’ flag design wins statewide art contest

An El Paso’s first grader’s drawing representing peace and love took the top prize in a statewide flag design contest. 

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Amariah Adame was named the state winner for the elementary school category in the Texas Art Education Association‘s Youth Art Month contest.

“I was thinking of a peace sign,” she said. “It makes people come together.”

The 6-year-old, who attends Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco Elementary School in Socorro ISD, was one of three winners in the statewide contest, which judged entries in elementary, middle and high school categories. 



graphical user interface, website: Carrasco Elementary first-grader Amariah Adame won a statewide art contest for her flag design representing "peace and love" in January 2021.


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Carrasco Elementary first-grader Amariah Adame won a statewide art contest for her flag design representing “peace and love” in January 2021.

This is the first time in more than 10 years that an SISD student’s flag design has won the

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Art Cologne and Cologne Fine Art & Design Postponed Until November

The organizers of Art Cologne, the world’s oldest contemporary and modern art fair, and Cologne Fine Art & Design have announced that the 2021 iterations of the events, originally scheduled for April 14–18, are being pushed to November 19–21, with preview days taking place November 18 and 19. The change, unsurprisingly, is related to the continuing Covid-19 crisis and its attendant travel restrictions.

“The November dates provide us, all participants and our partners, with the opportunity to prepare the trade fairs well in advance and to develop fresh perspectives,” said the fairs’ director, Daniel Hug, in a statement. “We will probably also not yet have entirely overcome the corona crisis in November. However, we can nonetheless plan with a certain amount of predictability and optimism.” The organizers have said that exhibitors at both trade fairs are not required to reapply. Registered exhibitors who wish to withdraw may do so at

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NYC Design Studio TRNK Celebrates Black Protest Art

NYC Design Studio TRNK Celebrates Black Protest Art

To kick off Black History Month, the New York City based design studio TRNK debuted an exhibit titled Resistance/Resilience, focusing on contemporary Black protest art that honors the strength, triumph, and beauty of Black resistance. “It’s always so exciting to see the finished, fully realized product after working on it for so long,” TRNK Co-founder, Tariq Dixon tells ESSENCE. “I’m very pleased with how this exhibition turned out and the diversity of narratives we were able to express through the final selection of works,” he said.

Resistance/Resilience intends to communicate the truth about Black identity. Confronting the comfortability with struggle and the ability to recover, which ultimately furthers our fight for equality. “These types of projects are my favorite part of my job. They’re motivated by a personal passion or curiosity, and allow me to more deeply investigate those questions,” Dixon exclaims. The founder chose 7 artist to highlight

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