Tell us a bit about yourself.
Overall I am a Creative – Entrepreneur. I am a Creative Director at BBBBlanc* Studio, a Niagara – based branding and design practice. BBBBlanc* Studio helps brands and collaborators alike to turn their ideas into actual things and to help market them both as digital and / or physical experiences.
Aside from design, I am also a DJ , where I get to blend multi-genre musical experiences. To say the least I am never bored. I love it!
What inspires you?
The world at large is my muse. Based on work and life, I get to travel a lot. Which means that I get to experience so many things, meet lots of people with interesting stories and learn about so many beautiful cultures. This melting pot is a great reference point which ultimately influences my creative work.
Tell us the story behind how you got into your craft?
I’ve been creating ever since I can remember. At some point I might have gotten in trouble by my kindergarten teachers for doing my friends art homework for them (In exchange pieces of their tasty lunch meals Ofcourse). Even when I competed as an athlete I always considered it as a physical art form. But I it was when I took time away from competition that I fully dedicated my time to bring the world of art and business together. It’s been magical since then.
What drew you to participating in this specific piece of work?
I love collaboration, when Shannon reached out with this incredible poem and her idea for animating it, it was an automatic yes for me. Through my work with Bbbblanc* Studio, I get to work with so many wonderful ideas on a regular basis – till today I am continuously intrigued at the creative minds behind these ideas.
What do you love most about MNFF?
I love the fact that it brings our City together to celebrate and applaud local talent while at the same time inviting the world beyond Niagara to lean in and see what our region has to offer. Also there’s so many incredibly hard working folks behind it and they truly make magic happen not just for the duration that the festival takes place in but all year long planning for it. It’s only getting bigger and we Love to see it. Cheers to the NAC!
What does 2023 hold for you?
I am releasing lots of creative project both personally and through Bbbblanc Studio* and I can’t wait to share. Also I’ll be changing plenty of diapers and getting lots of warm snuggles from my new baby boy Asante. Dad-Tivities gotta love em’ 🙂
Catch How to Say Goodbye to a Poet
by Chance Mutuku & Shannon Kitchings
At Stratus Winery presented with Reinventing Mirazur
How To Say Goodbye To A Poet
Canada, 2023. Directed by by Shannon Kitchings. 5 min
A new short animation by Shannon Kitchings and Chance Mutuku that explores the ways we navigate changes in relationships. The poet transitions through several connections and several losses by imagining change as poetry and goodbyes as beauty.