Emerging designers hold artist-run show

Community Nov 26, 2008 Bloor West Villager

They are three emerging designers - all black women, united by creativity, culture and a drive to make it in business.

When Lua Shayenne, Desiree Marshall and Tia Tanisha Sutherland started talking about holding an artist-run sale, the women said the idea just seemed to fit.

"I thought the Afrocentric feel to our art was something we have in common," Shayenne said. "And also the message behind the designs. What we make is for everyone, but it speaks to who we are."

The women will launch each of their collections at their independently-run show entitled, Organic Creations, on Nov. 30 from noon to 5 p.m.

"It has been a challenge to organize because we all have other jobs that we do," Marshall

At 2 p.m. during the sale there will performances by up and coming poets, singers and dancers.

"Our whole intention was to promote local artists," Shayenne said. "We really encourage people to come and support us and have the courage and audacity to come and see something new."

All three women make one-of-a-kind pieces. Shayenne of Shayenne Designs makes contemporary African jewelry. Her specialty is in using crushed glass beads, among them trade beads that she travels to Ghana to get.

The beads, originally from Venice, date back to the 16th century when Europeans brought them to Africa.

"For me they are really significant because they encapsulate my heritage," said Shayenne, adding that the beads are the union of her cultural background: partly Ghanaian, partly Italian.

Marshall who runs Afrodelik Designs makes clothing, mostly T-shirts. She creates Afrocentric art, mostly hand-drawn, and has it screened onto the T-shirts. She creates the clothing in collections and at Saturday's event she will unveil three collections: Afrocity, characters based on the blaxploitation cinematic era of the 1970s; Afrika, honouring various African cultures; and Ikons, based on people in the community who have made a difference.

Sutherland, of Realeza Presents, makes unique jewelry pillows, a product she created as a result of jewelry box tangle.

The show takes place at the anitAFRIKA! dub theatre at 62 Fraser Ave.

"We have a unique space that promotes art and gender equality," Shayenne said. "Even the space is pregnant with art."

Emerging designers hold artist-run show

Community Nov 26, 2008 Bloor West Villager

They are three emerging designers - all black women, united by creativity, culture and a drive to make it in business.

When Lua Shayenne, Desiree Marshall and Tia Tanisha Sutherland started talking about holding an artist-run sale, the women said the idea just seemed to fit.

"I thought the Afrocentric feel to our art was something we have in common," Shayenne said. "And also the message behind the designs. What we make is for everyone, but it speaks to who we are."

The women will launch each of their collections at their independently-run show entitled, Organic Creations, on Nov. 30 from noon to 5 p.m.

"It has been a challenge to organize because we all have other jobs that we do," Marshall

At 2 p.m. during the sale there will performances by up and coming poets, singers and dancers.

"Our whole intention was to promote local artists," Shayenne said. "We really encourage people to come and support us and have the courage and audacity to come and see something new."

All three women make one-of-a-kind pieces. Shayenne of Shayenne Designs makes contemporary African jewelry. Her specialty is in using crushed glass beads, among them trade beads that she travels to Ghana to get.

The beads, originally from Venice, date back to the 16th century when Europeans brought them to Africa.

"For me they are really significant because they encapsulate my heritage," said Shayenne, adding that the beads are the union of her cultural background: partly Ghanaian, partly Italian.

Marshall who runs Afrodelik Designs makes clothing, mostly T-shirts. She creates Afrocentric art, mostly hand-drawn, and has it screened onto the T-shirts. She creates the clothing in collections and at Saturday's event she will unveil three collections: Afrocity, characters based on the blaxploitation cinematic era of the 1970s; Afrika, honouring various African cultures; and Ikons, based on people in the community who have made a difference.

Sutherland, of Realeza Presents, makes unique jewelry pillows, a product she created as a result of jewelry box tangle.

The show takes place at the anitAFRIKA! dub theatre at 62 Fraser Ave.

"We have a unique space that promotes art and gender equality," Shayenne said. "Even the space is pregnant with art."

Emerging designers hold artist-run show

Community Nov 26, 2008 Bloor West Villager

They are three emerging designers - all black women, united by creativity, culture and a drive to make it in business.

When Lua Shayenne, Desiree Marshall and Tia Tanisha Sutherland started talking about holding an artist-run sale, the women said the idea just seemed to fit.

"I thought the Afrocentric feel to our art was something we have in common," Shayenne said. "And also the message behind the designs. What we make is for everyone, but it speaks to who we are."

The women will launch each of their collections at their independently-run show entitled, Organic Creations, on Nov. 30 from noon to 5 p.m.

"It has been a challenge to organize because we all have other jobs that we do," Marshall

At 2 p.m. during the sale there will performances by up and coming poets, singers and dancers.

"Our whole intention was to promote local artists," Shayenne said. "We really encourage people to come and support us and have the courage and audacity to come and see something new."

All three women make one-of-a-kind pieces. Shayenne of Shayenne Designs makes contemporary African jewelry. Her specialty is in using crushed glass beads, among them trade beads that she travels to Ghana to get.

The beads, originally from Venice, date back to the 16th century when Europeans brought them to Africa.

"For me they are really significant because they encapsulate my heritage," said Shayenne, adding that the beads are the union of her cultural background: partly Ghanaian, partly Italian.

Marshall who runs Afrodelik Designs makes clothing, mostly T-shirts. She creates Afrocentric art, mostly hand-drawn, and has it screened onto the T-shirts. She creates the clothing in collections and at Saturday's event she will unveil three collections: Afrocity, characters based on the blaxploitation cinematic era of the 1970s; Afrika, honouring various African cultures; and Ikons, based on people in the community who have made a difference.

Sutherland, of Realeza Presents, makes unique jewelry pillows, a product she created as a result of jewelry box tangle.

The show takes place at the anitAFRIKA! dub theatre at 62 Fraser Ave.

"We have a unique space that promotes art and gender equality," Shayenne said. "Even the space is pregnant with art."