AphiaSakyi is the designer and artisan who has created our beautiful clutch bags. She lives in Labone, Accra, where she has a work shop where she also hosts the AphiaSakyi School of Creative Designs. Her sister lives nearby and has a shop in the area. AphiaSakyi helps out at the shop and sells some of her own designs there as well.
She was born in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo region but moved to Accra 7-8 years ago to take a Business administration program at Regent university college of science and technology. After the program she went into selling school uniforms (Friday wear). From watching the tailor who supplied her with the uniforms she was selling she learned how to sow and she started sowing clothing items herself. A friend recommended that she’d take a course at a design school, which she also did to further develop her skills. At the school AphiaSakyi was studying fashion design and a bit of bead making.
AphiaSakyi rented a shop where she was selling her own designs, and she kept expanding her range of products by learning how to make new items. She learned how to make bags from someone, beads from someone else and slippers from yet another artisan. By following their work as an apprentice she has kept on advancing her skills and added new areas of expertise to her repertoire.
Previously she was teaching design in a class room, during the weekends when it was vacant, in the area of Nima in Accra. A few months back she acquired the work shop in Labone where she now gives her design classes. AphiaSakyi is the kind of person who enjoys taking on new challenges and who constantly keeps on moving. Her ambition for the future is to expand the school and to start selling her products on the internet.
One of AphiaSakyi’s favorite fabrics is called something like ‘A tree does not stand alone’ and on the design there are some trees standing and some trees falling. I guess this print is supposed to be a reminder that we are stronger together, as a unit. When it comes to design AphiaSakyi particularly enjoys making beads and necklaces, both bead necklaces and fabric necklaces. Her favorite food is fufu with light soup and goat meat.