The Meet Up:
I am so excited to have launched my brand The Bow Jewelry and my first collection at this amazing fundrasier for youth education in Ghana. The Bow is about empowerment, and what better way then to empower our next generation! The collection story was an amazing example of synchronicity. I had drawn out and planned my first collection and was about to begin crafting the pieces when I met Ryan Brophy, a Montreal fashion designer.
The Collection Begins:
We began a casual conversation that ended in him asking me if I wanted to design the jewelry for the Gilded Fundraiser. With no questions asked, I said…YES! Since The Bow is always based on a warrior woman, and the fact that this was a fundraiser for a school in Ghana, I began my research into West Africa’s colorful history. Then slowly the story of theQueen Mother of the Ashanti Empire Yaa Asantewaa began to unfold over the course of a week.
During her brother’s reign, Yaa Asantewaa saw the Ashanti Confederacy go through a series of events that threatened its future. Yaa Asantewaa was Queen Mother an nominated her grandson as leader. When the British exiled him in 1896, along with the King and other members of the Asante government, Yaa Asantewaa became regent of the Ejisu–Juaben district. After the deportation of the King, the British governor-general demanded the The Golden Stool, the symbol of the Asante nation. This request led to a secret meeting of the remaining members of the Asante government at Kumasi Fort, to discuss how to secure the return of their king. There was a disagreement among those present on how to go about this. Yaa Asantewaa, who was present at this meeting, stood and addressed the members of the council with these now-famous words:
Now I have seen that some of you fear to go forward to fight for our king. If it were the brave days of Osei Tutu, Okomfo Anokye and Opuku Ware I, chiefs would not sit down to see their king taken without firing a shot. No man could have dared to speak to the Chief of Asante in the way the governor spoke to you chiefs this morning. Is it true that the bravery of Asante is no more? I cannot believe it. It cannot be! I must say this: if you, the men of Asante, will not go forward, then we will. I shall call upon my fellow women. We will fight. We will fight till the last of us falls on the battlefield.
Yaa Asantewaa was chosen by a number of regional Asante kings to be the war-leader of the Asante fighting force. This is the first and only example for a women to be given that role in Asante history.  (Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaa_Asantewaa)
The Golden Throne Collection is based on this story of bravery. The details in each piece is inspired by the form of the Golden Stool, textures of the forest where the stool was hidden and the rooftops of the Kumasi Fort where the battle took place. The bold shapes of the pieces are inspired by the courage of Yaa Asantewaa in hopes that when you wear it, you have the same fearlessness to defend what you believe!
Have a FEARLESS day!