I had the opportunity to attend Black Women in Creative Spaces and discovered 4 local women makers, creating and expressing their creativity through different mediums…canvas, fabric, wood and digital space.
Destiney Powell | Poetically Illustrated (Canvas)
A company that provides vibrant and bold art inspired by culture, community and creativity. There is a unique art piece that can connect with everyone. The owner and artist, Destiney, talked about her passion for art. She said “she likes to paint people and stories that are inspiring to her.” You could feel that energy from the gorgeous work that she displayed. A piece, called “Divine” clutch made its way home! Had to have it!
Christiana Afotey | Threads by Dreads (Fabric)
Custom designs from fabrics that represent a piece of culture. Christiana, the owner and designer, said it’s her way of “honoring the deeply rooted history from those, who that paved the way for her.” Having bought beautiful pieces from her before, the Kwame Nkrumah Long Scarf was exactly what was needed to compliment a personal collection.
Taneisha Gordon | Sukhino Designs
A local goods company that creates and specializes in quality handmade wood gifts to provide a sense of freedom and happiness. Why wood? Taneisha, the owner and designer, explained that “every piece of wood is natural and unique, just like all of us.” Her business is her joy and happiness. You could see that from the smile on her face as she described her process. The “Define Woman” Wood Notebook was the perfect piece to purchase to jot down inspiring quotes.
Eryka Hammonds | Byeryka
A company that expresses itself through graphics and visual design. Eryka, the owner, designer, and self-proclaimed #JaneOfAllTrades, lovingly states that her inspiration is her son. “I’m just trying to make this boy PROUD,” she states. He was there with her at her booth. You could clearly see the admiration she has for him and her work. Loved several designs, including one design, made into a pin, that features a quote about a Black woman getting the job done. That design pretty much summed up life, so it made its way home too!
A day filled with inspiring #BlackGirlMagic, was a perfect way to start off Women’s History Month! A reflection of some of the gems shared can be found here. The promise of the event was for creative black women to network, learn and build! Mission accomplished! Blessings!