Obayana Ajanaku, Decatur, GA
My journey as a jewelry creator began in 1973 as a way to introduce the beauty of African Art and Culture to an American audience. Not having formal training as an artist I was influenced in design by watching my grandmother make beautiful quilts out of old clothes when I was a boy in Texas.
I create one of a kind design jewelry. Most of my jewelry pieces reflect memories of my childhood growing up in a small Texas town. Having very few playmates I spent time making model planes and ships and watching my grandmother create beautiful quilts out of old discarded clothes. My work reflects that process of mixing various metals, textures and stones. Having made jewelry for over 40 years I have yet to make two pieces the same. I also studied crafters and metalsmiths from many different cultures and hope my work bridges the differences people think they have.