Patricia Gyan Taylor
Handcrafted jewelry in West Africa
"The greatest challenge I've faced so far was when… our house burned down. It was such a tough time for all of us but I said to myself, 'The Lord will provide for me,' which he did."I'm a jewelry artist, born in 1995 in the central region of Ghana. My friends say I am friendly, a person who isn't worried about what others think of me and who gets irritated easily but usually don't make a deal out of it.
"I once visited a friend during their hall week celebrations at the University of Cape Coast where I saw displays of beautiful jewelry and art. It looked interesting. I asked if I could learn and the answer was yes.
"I started from there. To master this craft, I had to be serious and pay attention to all the many small details. The type of weave I choose can be challenging and I spend days working on some of them but I absolutely love the color combinations.
"I use beads of all kinds — wood, recycled glass seed beads and also recycled plastic. I find my inspiration in nature. My work is distinguished by its creativity and quality in materials.
"The greatest challenge I've faced so far was when I was writing my external exams. That same month, our house burned down. It was such a tough time for all of us but I said to myself, 'The Lord will provide for me,' which he did. I'm so grateful we were able to overcome that. Anytime I remember, I still smile to think of God's goodness.
"My dream for the future has always been to become one of the best woman photographers and graphic designers. And I plan to continue expressing my creativity through handcrafted jewelry."
4 items by Patricia Gyan Taylor
Joyful MindHandmade Recycled Glass Beaded Stretch Bracelet
Unending AffectionBlack Red and Honey Brown Recycled Glass Stretch Bracelet
Wooded PathSese Wood and Recycled Glass Beaded Stretch Bracelet
Flower FanHandwoven Floral Recycled Glass Beaded Statement Necklace
Size: 16 to 18 inches$39.99