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Akwaaba Home
DesignTO Designer and Exhibitor - 2020

Created by Gabrielle Yaa Konadu Boateng and Omoyemwen S. Iserhienrhien, this exhibition was a personal expedition through the time and collective histories of the two young women. Through art, design and activation of space Yaa & Omo aimed to give their pasts, and in turn the past of others, a voice. Unpacking their experiences through independent spiritual explorations, this intimate exhibit wove together their pasts, using culturally significant materials to tell their process of unearthing what it means to find a “home frequency” wherever you are. The learnings of this journey were shared in their installation through interpretive artifacts, digital media, and activations led by the artists which engaged the community in the question of home, place and self.

Queen of Hearts 
Costume Designer - 2017
Powerplant Lecture Speaker - 2018

Queen of Hearts, a victorian era period piece with afrocentric themes featuring an all black cast, is a short fantasy film that explores the powerful yet complex character of a Queen who struggles to control supernatural abilities tied to her emotions.

In 2018, I was asked to give a lecture at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery discussing Beth Stuart's Length, Breadth, Thickness—and Duration. My topic focused on the study of space, duration of time and the garments of the victorian era reimagined for the Brovofacts award winning short film Queen of Hearts. The talk focused on the relation of the film to Stuarts' featured body of work and how the film Queen of hearts presented I, the costume designer, with some complexities in the creation and curation of the garments. In discussing the inspiration of the film, the garments in which the politics of the time period called for, and the subjects that wore the pieces being an all black cast, I had the privilege of sharing my studied exploration of “Duration and Deconstruction”; ideologies of the past and present.

Tales of the Diaspora
Ryerson University
School of Interior Design Final Thesis
Best Visual Communications Award  - 2016

This independent study explored a new take on the means in which stories are told, and the platform on which the story is heard and spoken from. Rooted in the research of mental health and wellness, the study aimed to discover more about the group of African descendants and people of the diaspora. This exploration strived to seek the understanding and the effects of all the history that descendants currently live through in contemporary society. This project also aimed to answer questions of the lost stories, the missing pieces and how the design of a storyteller’s platform can inspire the healing reconciliation of mental health and wellness within the black community.

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