12 Jul Q&A with Pam Samasuwo-Nyawiri
1. Let’s start with tagging yourself with 3 words – what describes you best?
#colourful #unconventional #unapologetic
2. As an accessory designer. Where do you get the inspiration for your collections from?
Generally as a designer if you find you are inspired by just certain things then it a shame. It a great limitation to the design process. I am very open minded and even in a book, or someone’s personality I can find inspiration for design. I think the design process has changed a lot over the years. In recent years there were so many designers inspired by nature and architecture.. which is fine.. inspiration is everywhere, however it became so predictable, but with the rise of more designers looking to art, social conflict and other areas for inspiration, design concepts have become more interesting and are a basis for story telling. That is my thing, inspiration that tells a story.
3. If you could choose to live one day in the life of another designer, who would it be and why?
It would definitely be Martin Margiela. I love the way his mind works. It is very much uncluttered and his simplicity, minimalistic and mix of avant garde is quite delightful. He is an example that good quality work speaks for itself. For many years he had no presence on social media and no advertising and yet his work was to be reckoned with.
4. What took you to apply for the ADEx?
ADEX was actually a recommendation from my previous tutor and Head of Accessory Design Lee Mattocks at NTU. The email came to the University and immediately he forwarded it to me, stating that he thought it was right up my street. After reading the email it resonated with who I am as a designer and I decided to go for it.
5. What is your personal outcome of your 2 weeks stay in Berlin for the “ADEX workshop series” ?
I was not expecting what took place in Berlin. ABURY organised everything so perfectly for us. The workshops were structured in a way that aligned to our very needs. It was amazing to meet the partners and sponsors and connect the whole hierarchy of how ABURY works. Apart from the workshops it was just experiencing Berlin on a cultural and social level. It is a gorgeous city with lots of potential. The experience definitely opened up my mind to the fast developing structure of Fashion outside United Kingdom and Canada.
6. What excites you and what frightens you about the idea of living and working with a craft community for 2 months in a totally different culture?
I have a food phobia. I am not very experimental with what I eat. I like to eat what I know, and anything out of my comfort zone I will not try. The worry is starving to death! Well not literally.. but near enough. Language is perhaps going to be another challenge, my mind is so old I think that I could be told how to say hello in another language 100 times and still not grasp it!!
I am pretty much of a good sport regarding everything else, I am excited about the idea of combining my African culture and the Latin American culture together. The result should be very interesting.
7. What are you hoping to achieve on ADEx?
I am very much set on creating a collection that reflects the values of Abury. ADEX is an amazing platform, not only for designers but for the communities that the designers work with. For me this is the beginning of an ongoing campaign. There are many who jump on the ethical fashion route for profit or credibility, but ADEX is special, in the midst of working with artisans all over the world, we are not only reviving old forgotten crafts, we are setting up social projects that contribute to the development of the communities.
8. One last thing to say before your departure?
Pray for me!!!