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Some say stars are born, while others say they’re made–but for multi-disciplinary artist Temiloluwa “Temi” Coker, his trajectory is a rare occurrence catalyzed by both. Rooted in curiosity and the beautiful spontaneity of creating, Coker’s artistry is a nuanced nexus that merges mediums of photography and graphic design with the juxtaposition of color and texture to tell a deeply personal story–his story. 

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Raised in the cultural mecca that is Nigeria, Coker unapologetically harnesses heritage as a driving force for his work which explores the triumph and tribulations of a modern day Black creative. At first glance these striking designs draw you in through the masterful use of vibrancy. But upon closer examination you’ll discover Croker’s creations chronicle a unique experience of immigrating to the U.S., honoring African culture, and the journey of self-realization. 

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“There were so many things I had to go through to get here. The most important thing that I've learned along the journey is that I am made for this. The creativity that I bring to the world reminds people that Black is a beautiful canvas,” Coker explains. “My work is who I am, and it’s what I will continue to do for the rest of my life.”

Click here to learn more about other creators from Fossil's "Made For This" series and shop the Made For This gift guide at fossil.com.

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