A close-up photo of fabric with a pattern featuring multiple people dancing.
BE AT EASE- (Pattern 2/5) 2019 Digital textile print on silk twill, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
A close-up photo of fabric with a pattern featuring multiple people dancing.
BE AT EASE- (Pattern 1/5) 2019 Digital textile print on silk twill, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Photo of fabric with a pattern featuring multiple people dancing.
BE AT EASE- (Pattern 3/5) 2019 Digital textile print on silk twill, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
A series of 6 posters laid out in a grid format on a purple background. The posters feature flat graphic illustrations of women. Each one wears a different pattern from my collection. Words/terms like Relax, Hope, and New Day, etc. are used as titles. Add
BE AT EASE- Illustrated Posters 2019 Adobe Illustrator 10 in x 10 in
An image of a web design on an iPad screen against a teal background. The title of the site reads "Ghana".
BE AT EASE-(iPad) 2020 Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Invision
A square with a ombre background. Features the words "gratitude" and "compassion" with spherical objects in the background.
BE AT EASE- (Instagram Posts 1/4) 2020 Adobe Illustrator
A smiley face with a quote about smiling more.
BE AT EASE- (Instagram Posts 2/4) 2020 Adobe Illustrator
Posters by Hadassah Dowuona
BE AT EASE-(Posters) 2020 Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop 18 in x 24 in
Woven fabric lies horizontally across the plane. The fabric is broken into bands that have a color gradation of blue, green, and golden yellow. In between these sections is transparent fishing line that softly reflects light.
IRIDESA 2019 Hand-dyed cotton, and metallic threads, woven with fishing line 15 in x 24 in
Statement

To BE AT EASE means to be relaxed and happy, and is also the name of My Thesis. This is based on my intercultural experiences as a Ghanaian-American. When I was in Ghana, I witnessed many of my friends and family members looking for things to be grateful for when stress, grief, and life challenges came unexpectedly. This inspired me to design various patterns with people dancing and having a good time. In essence, they are “shaking off” their negativity. I then use Graphic Design such as posters, and lookbooks to contextualize and explain the cultural contexts of my work. When people wear my patterns I want them to be reminded of the importance of having a positive mindset and to try to BE AT EASE, the very name of this collection. Furthermore, I seek to contribute my voice through design to foster a community that inspires all people of African, and non-African backgrounds to be stylish and appreciate various Black cultures. 

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