Ifeoluwa Abhulimen

Ifeoluwa Abhulimen

A zero-waste artist, crafter and designer focused on sustainable art and using inspiration from a love for nature and culture to challenge people to rethink waste.

I am a self taught artist, crafter and designer with over 15 years experience. I'm married with two kids and I'm based in Abuja, Nigeria. About 3 years ago I changed my focus to sustainable art out of deep concern about climate change and the impact of plastic and textile pollution on our environment.

As a zero-waste artist, I have developed innovative techniques of upcycling plastic and textile waste into beautiful pieces of art and fashion accessories. My first major upcycled artworks were featured at the Coca-cola head office in Lagos, Nigeria when they launched their 'World without waste' initiative back in 2019. Since then I participated at several exhibitions and I've also worked with a number of not-for-profit organisation teaching the art to young people and community women.

For my upcycle jewelry art collection made out of plastic bottles and textile waste, I earned recognition for my contribution to Sustainable Fashion by Abuja Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, in 2020. I participated in the UPCYCLE RE-DEDEFINED artist residency sponsored by the US Embassy in 2021 which ended with an exhibition of all our works. This residency marked a pivotal moment in my journey as an artist as it pushed me to using types of discarded items I had never worked with before, using methods I had never tried before.

Inspiration for my work comes from my love for nature and my culture. I hope to continue to challenge people to rethink waste and take actions that will promote conservation and preservation of our resources and our planet.