SWAHILI AFRICAN MODERN     

Bio:

Percy Appau is a multidisciplinary designer who enjoys making; Rooted in problem-solving design, he relishes conceptualizing, prototyping and developing products with different mediums encompassing print, digital, wood, clay, and iron.  Growing up in Ghana, Percy has always been influenced by African arts for its intrinsic aesthetic value as well as continuing to be a source of inspiration for his design work. He worked with Aid to Artisans as a design coordinator to assist local artisans in Ghana. Here he helped develop products that meet the demands of the wholesale markets in the United States, United Kingdom and other parts of EuropeHaving created modern and improved African product for Oregon-based, Swahili Imports, he has also assisted with public relations and trade show booth designs in New York, California, Atlanta, and North Carolina since 2006. He has participated in Design and Development workshops for appropriate technology in Honduras, and Burkina Faso for small and cottage businesses.He currently holds an MFA degree in Applied Craft + Design at Oregon College of Art and Pacific Northwest College of Art (OCAC/PNCA) in Portland Oregon with emphasis on the production of craft objects with partial industrial discipline, maintaining the richness, and originality of the material whiles adhering the maker’s touch.He has earned his BFA in Multimedia Design from the University of Oregon, Associates in Graphic Design at Lane Community College, Eugene Oregon and Industrial Design from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Process:
The wood is teak one of the fastest growing species of wood found in the surrounding towns near Kumasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana. The milled wooden boards are then sent to 'Anloga' a famous timber market in Kumasi, a primary source of wood for an artisan in Kumasi. I developed this line of furniture with two groups of artisans Kumasi. Metal workers from Suame Magazine who are well known for fabrication and welding. I design the bases for them to develop. After I transport the prefabricated bases to my workshop to finish and add the carved wooden tops to complete. Once the tables are completed, I add traditional carvings for a small accent to show its origin.Sometimes I add small ornamentation of brass which I developed with the artisans in Krofofrom Kumasi, who in the past design jewelry and gold weight for the Ashanti King. I use brass casted symbols of adinkra which calls for wisdom, strength, and balance known as Dwennimmen, amongst the Ashantis of Ghana

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SWAHILI AFRICAN MODERN

Demo Time: Tuesday, February 5 at 10:00am
Booth #: Handmade Global Design – 1640

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