What is to Love About African Lifestyle and Taste
I started the Akoscreative Jewellery brand in 2017. With a strong creative design background, and deep appreciation for my West African Ghanaian arts and culture, a jewellery shop idea was all too exciting to simply ignore. I love colours, their vibrancy, varied tones, and hues makes me feel happier.
Now, in both my Junior and Senior High School days, I was very curios about art. Hence, Cultural and Social Studies were among my favourite subjects. Since the, our Ghanaian traditional culture, lifestyle and symbols held a special place in my heart. I was also deeply fond of music, dance and food. So, perhaps it was meant to be, that, from Accra, I found myself in Melbourne. Of all the other State capitals, I believe it has the best of cultural diversity.
Symbols and their meanings are significant in my jewellery design. And this is why, crafting by hand, allows me to fully embrace all the beauty and diversity around me.
So, you will find my jewellery designs to be exclusive yet very inclusive. Moreover, they represent my humble yet exquisite nature. My passion for jewellery making ensures a high level of craftsmanship. I simply love to create fashion accessories by hand and by heart. I do listen to what customers want and I deliver to meet their expectations, just as genuine professional would.
Akos creative jewellery collection exudes fun, confidence and authenticity. Akos focuses on the ethos of diversity, community, and wellness. My Health and Wellness approach to handmade jewellery empowers people all around the world to self-love and to feel good about their individuality.
Jewellery is a simple but effective platform where you can own your Unique Voice, especially if you identify as a Woman of Colour (WoC). With gift packaging, I take on a minimalist approach because I know that, even though it forms part of the unique experience, most end up in the land fill. For this reason, I use plain brown card stock. Most of the packageing materials had come from factory left overs donated to me. Similarly, I use donated offcuts and tools where possible. I beleive printing adds to the carbon print and envionmental pollution. For this reason, I limit the need to print, and only do so when absolutely necessary. Did you know how much energy and carbon is released into our environment each year? With every single print run of your business cards, customised gifts wrapping and tags? For this reason, Akos Gift Wrapping and Packaging focus on minimal printing and reuses packaging materials whereever it is clean and hygienic to do so.
So, my Free gift packaging will enhance self-reflection and ideas of sustainability.
How to Source Environmentally Friendly Materials for Jewellery
I used only ethically and responsibly sourced materials. The main materials are handpicked from Ghana I use handmade recycled glass beads (Krobo Beads) handpicked from Krobo Odumase, West African Coast of Accra Ghana. Also, I use as much as possible, African wax print cotton fabrics (Ankara) I buy from the local merchants, mostly from the busyMakola Market. I buy from women mostly so they can earn an income to support their families. I follow fair trade principles.
I create from my home studio located in Melbourne’s North, Australia.
Ghanaian Names and Meaning
Hello, I am Akos of Akos Creative Jewellery. Lilian, is how most Australians call me. I am an experienced Graphic Designer and Illustrator Ghana. Also, I am a qualified Social Worker who support vulnerable groups in the community and encourage Wellness.
The meaning behind my name is simple. Akos, is a Ghanaian (Akan tribe) which means, a girl born on Sunday. Akosua, Akosi, Koshie are all variations of Akos but from the different tribes. Vsit back again to read about the Ghanaian Naming System.
What Inspired me to start a Jewellery Making Business
The changeing scenes of life affect each one of us differently. Like many individuals, women and migrants, I have learnt to become strong and resilient. It just so happened that discovering new ideas and actually bringing to life these design concepts, energised me to get out of bed each day.
What started as passion soon became a way to earn some income. So, here is how I started crafting jewellery to sustain my own well being.
Actually, it all started with a few Clothing Collection back in 2013. During one of my holidays to Ghana, Accra to visit family, I fell in love with all those amazing and colourful African wax prints. So, I purchased different fabrics, sketched clothing designs and worked for days with a local seamstress to bring my fashion illustrattions to live. I managed to sell all those dresses, shirts and tops in Melbourne.
But, I also brought along from Ghana the beautiful fabric offcuts. I could not throw them away because they were too beautiful too discard. Imagine the thousands of fabrics off-cuts which goes to clog our landfill each year. Moreso, I can safe the environment and be sustainable this way. And so, this is how I got inspired to start using those offcuts to create fabric earring collections.
How Melbourne’s Social Enterprises Defined my Jewellery Business.
Akos joined Sisterworks in 2016 using her Akos brand to create colourful, fun and engaging ethical fashion. Space2be in St Kilda also helped with developing new products from since 2018 when I discovered and joined them. Today, I also stock some of my unique jewellery at Queen Victoria Women Centre (QVWC) on Lonsdale Street,Melbourne.
Health and Wellness through the Arts
“My jewellery will remain a clever combination of Art and Design. Henc, it evokes a deep sense of individuality and wellness”. Now here is how I name my Products. The names are derived from Ga and Ga-Adangbe, people of southern Ghana, names of people and places.