In 2007 I visited Harlem for the first time in search of the Studio Museum. I was a Sophomore in college, and when my photography professor assigned that we pick from a list, an exhibition to write a short essay on, I chose the then exhibition Expanding the Walls: Shift in Focus. It showed works from James Vanderzee and current interpretations by young photography students that compared 20th century Harlem to the new century. I remember liking the museum instantly. Its history, collection, and size made it welcoming, intimate, and personal. It became one of my favorite museums.
I did not know then that I will meet Ms. Ali, the curator of the Museum Shop, in 2014 and she will give me that first opportunity, that is ever so precious and often hard to find, by ordering my handmade work. Mawusi is currently only available in one brick and mortar shop in the world, but it is with great honor and pleasure that said shop is the Studio Museum Shop. A historical place that holds a special place in my heart and that of many.
Working with Ms. Ali has been nothing but a most rewarding experience. It is rare to meet a person who is so happy to see another succeed, and is super supportive for that matter. A very beautiful woman! I am sharing this with you as I am in the process of making some Maafio shawls for the Museum Shop. They will be available in May. When you find yourself in Harlem, I hope you will stop by to see the very well curated Studio Museum and its exciting gift shop; full of eclectic gems from local and international artists: well and little known.
The K u c h a Multi-Wear Collar!
Because I do a big dance when I find something beautiful that I can wear in several ways, I enjoy designing pieces like this Kucha collar which also looks beautiful as a belt or headband. Personally I enjoy wearing it as a headband or collar. Made with 100% silky soft cotton, the Kucha is available in 7 colors and comes sprinkled with beautiful African Wax print beads of your choice! Perfect for spring and summer, especially those summer concerts! (Hello Afropunk.) It also makes an exciting gift!
1. Yonono Kimono | 2. Kita Flower Brooch/Hair Clip
3. Kayilala Necklace | 4. Koryo Fabric Necklace
5. Maku Rose | 6. Maafio Shawl
7. Kaneshi Brooch
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