Lady In Red.

Lady in the Red Dress
You always see her,
ready to dress and impress
but nobody takes time to know the real reason behind this beautiful empress

She’s a fighter

She’s a lover 

A fearless solider

One of a kind woman
who just wants to be respected for her pure heart
and kindred spirit
The intense color RED is a true reflection of her
but sometimes overpoweres the true intentions of this gentle soul
It’s a balance of true ying and yang
Only she knows the battles endured within her mind, body and spirit.

Lady in the Red dress
you always see her,

Don’t ever judge,

underestimate or

take advantage of her.
For she could be your
mother, daughter or wife…

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like a flower

​i compare myself to a flower

i look beautiful in appearance
but nobody knows the endurance one had to go through to become so colorful, so beautiful and bright
how do you think a flower gets it’s  stems to stand so tall all day and night?
because all the roots started from soil; 
but as time passes it needs to grow to survive
it needs the nourishment from

water

sunlight

talk to it

pay attention to it

if not, it slowly withers and dies
taking care of a flower is similar to my soul
who just wants to be loved but by the right hands
with tender love and care. 

Holding On

​When it comes to my unconditional love, it can be overshadowed by false love

I have a bad habit of replacing the bad with good
Falling before I stand up straight
And speak before I’ve been spoken to
It’s a really bad habit

But I’m learning to embrace these habits of mine
And turning them into motivation and a driving force to get me to where I need to be, which is my happy place.
Where there is such thing as
a true addition to *my self love*
holding hands
long walks on the beach
and kissing until we feel our souls are connected

So there is no such thing as false hope or love
The only way to find it is already in me so….
I’m holding on to that feeling 

It’s My Time

​There is something about the time when I know that I’ve reached my peak. It’s between late spring and early summer. 

When the flowers start blooming,
When the air smells fresher,
When my mind starts to spark and
My eyes start to open…

I feel like I’m about to make a difference and set that goal for the rest of my year. When I start being creative and the ideas are flowing through me like electricity, I go with that and keep going until the circuit blows up.

And all I can think to myself is…
it’s my time, 

either it’s now or never!

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Words 

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou

Design is my natural born gift but writing is what keeps me sane. While most people can go infront of a crowded room and speak with such passion and confidence, I always chose to use that same energy through words. As a child, I was very shy and always put actions, thoughts and fears into writing or drawing which later evolved into a true passion and love for the arts. 

I got more inspired to write when I discovered Maya Angelou. I was 13 years young and searching for some kind of guidance for motivation to continue writing. Reading my first poem of Maya’s, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, I had no idea how to even feel. I later realized how spiritually deep her words can be which changed my life. 

As I matured, reading her poetry made me discover that it’s not how well you can write it’s about finding the root of where all your emotions and feelings are coming from and not being afraid of embracing it. It also challenges you mentally and helps you seek the uncertain and question the unquestionable.

I’m proud to say that writing is a never-ending journey, whether it’s poetry, short stories, articles or even blog posts (lol), I’m open and willing for all possibilities.

From Then (Thursday March 7, 2002):

To Now:

Creating is a process

Sometimes you’ll have your good days and some bad but one thing to be aware of is there is always a beginning and an ending
If you want it you gotta learn it, then build it and then earn it. Respect the struggle; that’s the only way to get through it.


Chapters makes every great story. Acknowledging this will put you back together, page by page, until you’re *one* with *self*

 
To have this level of wisdom you first need to gain knowledge and understanding of all things unquestionable  in this lifetime

That is the secret to success

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Colors

Don’t be afraid to go where the universe leads you- ‘A Wise Man’

I wasn’t always comfortable with sewing, especially with my traditional fabric and prints. Traditional sewing and craftmanship in Africa, is more of a way of life, not just a trend portrayed in western culture. What held me back many times was the influence of others. Despite what others thought of me, I kept reinventing. I had to start over, from the beginning, more than once.

Like a child learning how to ride a bike, I had to struggle. Experiencing the struggle of life will teach you that nothing is impossible and the only way to achieve anything is to become open to the universe and it’s offerings. The most important part is the amount of dedication and practice I put into my craft. These are the mantras that builds my mental strength

4 Motivational Mantras 

  1. I’m worthy and living with a purpose 
  2. Take one day at a time 
  3. I’m not going to get off *my* path 
  4. I ‘ll never forget where I came from

As much as I’m inspired by these mantras, my first and major influences is family.  I got my aggressive spirit from my dad and sharp intution from my mom. 


She was a working mom and smart buisness women; as a young girl I always wanted to emulate that. She raised me to always have integrity, work hard, and stay humble. Having an understanding of this shaped me into buisness driven, independent woman. Today, I can finally accept that I’m a working fashion designer, building my career and not just someone who can just “sew”.  It’s ok to be who you are, accept your process and to not apologize for it.

Ghana Independence: Happy 60th!!!!

Wednesday, 6 March 1957 marks the date when Gold Coast was officially named Ghana and gained independence from Great Britain.
The fight for independence and freedom started with the first queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire, Yaa Asantewaa.


Statue of YAA ASANTEWAA STATUE located in EJISU, GHANA



Her powerful presence  and strong spirit led all women of the Ashanti rebellion, known as, the War of the Golden Stool, to fight against British colonialism. The first time around, Britain was victorious in a series of campaigns to take over territories, especially against the Ashanti’s. For Ghana, known as, ‘Warrior King’, this was only the beginning and had to keep fighting to gain recognition.


On 6th March 1957, Ghana had a new leader and president, Kwame Nkrumah and became the powerful voice that everyone needed and finally proclaimed, ‘Forwards Ever; Backwards Never!’ 

Soon after, Ghana became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and became the first country in the continent to gain independence.


Today, the official President, Nana Akufo-Addo is continuing this proud legacy and recently created the logo for Ghana’s sixty-year anniversary.
The celebration will be under the theme, “Mobilising for Ghana’s future.”


Ghana@60 logo symbolizes the diversity and unity of our country and the aspirations of the Ghanaian people for a dignified and prosperous future.

Embrace The Culture: More About Ghana

​National Flag

“Know where you come from so you will always know were you stand”

The national flag of Ghana was designed and adopted in 1957 and consists of the Pan-African colours red, gold, and green.

It was designed by Theodosia Salome Okoh who was known as a stateswoman, teacher and artist.

The red represents the blood of those who died in the country’s struggle for independance from Great Britain, the gold represents the mineral wealth of the country, the green symbolises the country’s rich forests and natural resources, and the black star is the symbol of freedom.

Fun Fact
The flag was designed to replace the flag of the United Kingdom and was the first African flag after the flag of Ethiopia to feature red, gold and green. The black star was adopted from the flag of the Black Star Line; a shipping line incorporated by Marcus Garvey that operated from 1919 to 1922, and gives the Ghana national football team their name, The Black Stars.

The Ghana national football team popularly called the Black Stars has represented the Republic of Ghana in association football since the 1950s.


Fabric

Kente Cloth

Kente cloth also known as Nwentoma, means woven cloth and is identified by it’s  multicolored patterns of bright colors, geometric shapes, and bold designs. Each pattern is distinctive and represents symbolic meanings, proverbs, historical events, important chiefs, queen mothers, and plants. Traditionally the cloth is mostly worn on more formal occasions such as, weddings and funerals.

Fun Fact
Legend has it that Kente was first made by two friends, both of Ghanaian decent. They went hunting in the forest and found a spider making it’s web. The friends stood and watched the spider for two days then returned home and implemented what they had seen.

The Dashiki

The Dashiki also known as Angelina Print is a colorful embroidered pattern originated in West Africa. It’s distinctive V-shaped collar, and elaborate detailed print is a cultural statement worn throughout Africa and is now a popular trend all over the world.

Fun Fact: The name dashiki originated from the word ʼdan ciki which means skirt; from one of Ghana’s many dialects, Hausa.
Grey: is the traditional color for West African weddings.
Purple and lavender: the color of African royalty.
Blue: blue is the color of love, peace, and harmony.


Names
Ghanaian names (or Personal names in Ghana) consists of names based on the language of ethnic groups in Ghana and the day of one’s birth.

Male

Monday: Kojo, Kwadwo 

Tuesday: Kwabena 

Wednesday: Kwaku 

Thursday: Yaw 

Friday: Kofi 

Saturday: Kwame

Sunday: Akwasi, Kwasi, Kwesi, Akwesi 

Female

Monday: Adwoa, Adjoa 

Tuesday: Abena

Wednesday: Akua 

Thursday: Yaa 

Friday: Afua 

Saturday: Ama

Sunday: Akosua 

Fun Fact: Some use their names as a first name or middle name.
I was born on a Monday so my parents decided to use Adwoa as my middle name. Having this knowledge of my culture made it easy for me to chose a name for my brand, Adjoa Atelier. I’ll always stay true to myself and my roots.


Symbols

Adinkra (Ad-in-kura) symbols are more than wise sayings. These symbols are one of the rich traditions that built the nation and is a way of life in West Africa. The meaning can range from family, love, spiritual guidance and more and can be expressed through artitectual  features, art and fabric.

Fun Fact: In the past they were hand printed on undyed, red, dark brown or black hand-woven cotton fabric depending on the occasion and the wearer’s role; nowadays they are frequently mass-produced on brighter coloured fabrics.

A fine comb is mostly used to mark parallel lines on an Adinkra Cloth