Artist in focus: All Very Goods

All Very Goods is based in Washington, DC. Ama, the founder, started the company with the simple idea that she wanted to create beautiful, high-end goods with a focus on representation. They use history, illustrations, graphic design, textile patterns and symbols from Africa, Asia and Europe to create products that are visual metaphors for a shared African American history and present experience.

The AOKO series of bandana designs uses Adinkra symbols, colors and patterns from Ghanian textiles and Haitian art, Dutch wax print fabrics, and traditional Asian and North American bandana lay-outs. Together they create a cohesive collection that speaks to adaptation, representation, and cultural evolution. The bandanas are intended to be a conversation with the wearer about identity, culture and personal mythology. Essentially, how we become who we are because of and in spite of the influences around us.

On Instagram: @allverygoods

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All Very Goods was born in my little studio in Washington DC as a place to sell my designs. I have an MFA in design and I have been working in retail since I was a teenager. I decided it was finally time to open my own store and let people see what I can do. My designs draw from my background, my family history, travels and experiences being a black woman in America.

While all the products are my designs,  my goal is to eventually expand and offer products designed, made and produced by Black women, encouraging them to use our  problem solving skills and innovation to create products and support themselves through their own businesses.