This vibrant entrepreneur self-motivates herself to resolve any conflict that comes her way. She grinds to learn about her craft, but stays grounded to expand her ability and knowledge to help others as well.
Do you fear change or do you welcome it?
I don’t fear change at all because it inevitable. Even as a woman, my body has gone through changes since I was born. Some of the changes I wish didn’t happen (like abdominal pains when I have my period). It is what it is, I deal with it every month so change is there whether I like it or not. It makes me Adepa Foriwaa. It is me.
What program are you in?
Material Art and Design, both fiber and jewelry.
What drew you to the program?
The ability to create something pretty and wearable always fascinated me as long as I can remember and that’s my reason for choosing MAAD.
Have you changed programs/ considered changing programs?
No, I have never.
Do you feel your program is the right match for you? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Because for once in my life, I made that choice and I’m happy doing it even when I’m drowning in projects!
What is your background?
I’m from west Africa, Ghana. My hometown is Kumasi, Ashanti region. I come from a family of ten, my father, my mother, my step mother, two half-brothers, two half-sisters, my younger sister and myself.
Cultural influences, individual inspirations: I believe in originality and what better way to express yourself than where it all started, where I was born.
Childhood: Even though I had a big family growing up, I somehow felt lonely all the time so I would start painting or draw something or try to sew something. That’s how I discovered my creativity.
How did art/design become a part of your life?
I lived it through my parents. My mother’s art was food and my father is an architect. I started singing in middle school with my friends and I loved it. I always looked forward to free period so we can sing.
What was your first experience with OCAD?
When I was asked to come for and interview at OCAD, I didn’t have the required amount of work in my portfolio. In fact, I had 5 items instead of 15. But my interviewer believed in my potential and that was an amazing feeling.
How did you hear about the school?
Through my sister.
What drew you to apply?
The programs they offered and the fact that it’s an art school.
How do you feel about formal education?
I think formal education broadens one’s knowledge so in that regard, it’s a good thing (just not all subjects).
Did you come to OCAD right from high school?
Do you feel OCAD is benefitting you creatively?
Yes. Because I have learnt a great deal.
What are you doing as a creative outside of school?
Entrepreneurship. I have my own leather manufacturing company in Ghana. And I am starting a brand called Adepafie which is where I will sell luxury goods for affordable prices.
What do you aspire to do when you graduate?
To work full time at a non-profit organization in order to help people.
What do you hope to get out of your education/what have you gotten out of your education?
To acquire knowledge and skills that will help me in the future.
Has OCAD been what you’ve expected so far?
Yes, because I’m learning something new every day and meeting great people.