Tereneh Idia is a designer inspired by: material, manner and meaning.
Tereneh graduated as a Top 10 Graduating Senior from Drexel University LeBow College of Business. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar she received her MSci in Fashion Design from Kenyatta University. She taught at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Parsons - The New School for Design in New York City and was visiting scholar on global fashion at Yale - National University of Singapore. In 2013 she launched the global eco-design collaboration with OMWA: Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya; incorporating Indigenous adornment in sustainable textile arts and design. In 2016 the collaboration expanded to include The Beading Wolves, a family of artisans from the Oneida Indian Nation. They have exhibited in Paris, New York City, Nairobi and The Residence a Mattress Factory space in Pittsburgh.Tereneh is the 2016 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Emerging Artist awarded by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Knotzland Bowties | Idia'Dega |OMWA
Darrell Kinsel: Pgh Native,Schenley Grad, Artist, Activist, Cofounder of BOOM Concepts ,Board of Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse has returned to Knotzland for a second collaboration collection :Elements: a Conceptual Journey through the idea of inclusivism, and fostering a sustainable future on the basis of protecting the Globe and all of its Matter.
The original Knotz "Kinsel Collection", released as a 12 piece collection [Período Azul: inspired by Picasso's The Blue Period July 2015] & sold out within a week of its release.
D.S. Kinsel's work is a reflection of his race, culture, and generation. He strives to encourage audiences to reevaluate their ideas of fine art. His work shows in a number of venues across Pittsburgh including Future Tenant, Shaw Galleries, ASSEMBLE and ImageBox. Popular online artists blogs Hyperallergic Labs, 7 Shades of Black, and the Jenesis Magazine have helped spread his work to a larger audience. Pittsburgh City Paper has ranked Kinsel's Twitter profile the 3rd best in the city and has also been a recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier "Fab 40" Award and a Pittsburgh Magazine 40 Under 40 honoree.
Apropos of Pittsburgh’s industrial heyday, Ashley paints in an old mechanic’s garage retrofitted for her studio. From there, she creates her 2D works that pique curiosity about nature and foster environmental stewardship.
Massachusetts-born, Pittsburgh-based artist and educator
Nora Gilchrist is a Massachusetts-born, Pittsburgh-based artist and educator. She is intrigued by historical and social matters, which she tends to see through an art-historical lens. She is dedicated to sustainability and the democratizing of creative culture, and is grateful to be able to do work she is passionate about via her position as Creative Education Coordinator at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. She loves creating portraits, especially ones depicting feminine beauty and power. She is especially fascinated by women who might be regarded as "unsung heroes". You can see more of her art here.
Jazmin Jackson's company, JAZMEEN, is a creative arts organization that designs and produces art, textiles, fashion, photography, and events with a mission to inspire a world where excellence, beauty, kindness, and happiness can co-exist and thrive together. Originally from NC, the artist specializes in creating digitally printed textiles and womenswear designs that are graphic, comfortable, & versatile. For more visit jazmeen.org
bekezela mguni is a radical librarian, activist, artist and abundant bodied femme. She believes that the collective sharing of knowledge, beauty and inspiration is a part of life’s purpose and brings that intentional spirit to her work. Born in San Fernando, Trinidad, she is currently living in Pittsburgh and has over 10 years of community organizing experience, in which she has worked with LGBTQ communities, youth, women and people of color. She collaborates with various artists, educators, healers and activists in work that seeks to create new possibilities - new worlds. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science and was blessed to participate in the first Librarians and Archivists to Palestine delegation in June of 2013. Most recently she completed a micro-residency at Pittsburgh creative hub, BOOM Concepts, launching the Pgh POC Zine Distro. Her visual art work was featured in Exposure: Black Voices in the Arts in the winter of 2015. She is a Penn Ave Creative fellow and will be examining the relationship between literacy and liberation by engaging libraries as sites of possibility. The Black Unicorn Project is a Black, queer, feminist library and archive centering the storytelling of Black women.
Designed by Shannon Pultz, BLAK RUST is a high-end line of hand-painted silk stoles, scarves and pocket squares, as well as wallcoverings and upholstery fabrics. This Pittsburgh design studio combines contemporary aesthetics with traditional Japanese shibori silk painting techniques to create modern, timeless fabrics. A trained fine artist, Shannon has exhibited work around the world includes the Biennale di Venezia and The New Museum in New York City. BLAK RUST’s vivid fabrics and papers showcase Shannon’s artistic passion and creative expertise. After fifteen years living abroad, Shannon moved back home to Pittsburgh where BLAK RUST was born.
Every BLAK RUST design results from Shannon’s meticulous process. Carefully folding, twisting, and bunching cloth, Shannon adds dyes to create her mesmerizing patterns. Reminiscent of natural textures like stone and flower foliage, Shannon’s artwork is influenced by the natural environment. After collecting images of surfaces and textures throughout her life, Shannon possesses a deep vocabulary of looks. Her collection centers on four different color palettes inspired by images collected from time spent in Rome, Italy. Following the success of her first collection, Shannon continues to create new designs influenced by her travels and daily observations.