I just shared on Facebook and tweeted about a relatively new project on ChiTown Fashionista Nikia Jefferson’s blog (stay tuned for more about this fabulous young lady). I won’t give away what her blog is all about…just check it out!
Over the past few years (since I started writing professionally), I’ve discovered the less conservative side in my fashion in one area with the assistance of a handful of accessory designers I’ve grown to admire, respect and love. I adorn my wardrobe with their wearable masterpieces of art from women 25-65 years old. They make it all – African shelled necklaces, beaded pieces with precious stones from all over the world, handcrafted DRAPE earrings and leather accessories. In various shapes and materials, these young ladies spend hours every day using their talents to create these stunning pieces. Some pursue this as a full-time career, while others work other professions in conjunction with their accessory businesses.
It gives me great joy to wear these one-of-a-kind pieces from these ladies. In every handcrafted piece, I feel they share a piece of themselves as they create their art with love. I connect to them like I aspire to connect to others through my writing. I seek to create art as my thoughts flow to my fingertips as they stroke the keys on my laptop, much like how the designers’ hands create their work with each stitched, threaded or beaded piece.
It’s so important to support the arts. It takes money, time and so much energy to create. These ladies are more than artists, they’re businesswomen and entrepreneurs.
I just want to say Nikia, Sandra Aya, Lilian, Ashley and Kelley – you all inspire me, through your beautiful work (which is not in vain) and your loving spirits.