I am a self-taught artisan and the sole designer behind Nyamani Designs. The name “Nyamani” is a somewhat shortened version of my daughter’s name “Nyaimani” which means “daughter of faith” in Swahili.
I have always had a strong passion for design and fashion ever since I was a young child and carried this passion with me through high school. After graduating from high school, instead of celebrating I spent that summer focused on my dream of attending a fashion design college. After numerous visits, meetings and creating an extensive design portfolio of my own personal sketches I was accepted into FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, after going through that very long acceptance process, I was not able to attend FIDM due to financial reasons. Though naturally I was heartbroken and crushed this did not end my dreams of one day becoming a designer. After years of working with various types of craft mediums, techniques and methods relating to textile art and design, I fell in love with the age-old craft of crochet. I thought of ways to refine typical crochet patterns which were primarily granny squares and puff stitches and give them a modern twist and in 1999 Nyamani Designs was born.