Ogochukwu Jennifer Okpoko

Master's in Art and Design Showcase

I studied fine and applied arts in my undergraduate where I specialized in Textile Design. During that time, I developed skills in various art and textile techniques such as drawing, painting, hand embroidery and machine embroidery. I also gained mastery of digital design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator.
I participated in an art competition, Life in my City, where I emerged as a finalist. In 2018, after my bachelor’s degree in Nigeria, I was selected to participate in a global project, Re-entanglements, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. Find my work on the website: https://re-entanglements.net/tag/nsukka/
I was also featured in an Australian arts and crafts magazine, Garland magazine, where my work was appraised for its originality in portraying global crafts. Find the link here: https://garlandmag.com/article/re-entanglements/
During my MA in Textiles, I extensively explored the Digital embroidery practice, I used the medium to create my final project outcomes. My MA project revolves around the reinterpretation of traditional crafts into modern fashion. I studied the Akwete weaving tradition of Abia State in Nigeria, and I created a collection of modern statement jewellery pieces inspired by the visual elements of the Akwete traditional textiles.