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Artisan Organization: Connie Dejong

Country: Central America

"I am a designer born in 1973. My friends describe me as a dancer, singer and storyteller. I always laugh at myself.

"I became interested in leatherwork while studying ethnomusicology. I enjoy working in different materials, using my hands to create joy. I learned from a number of teachers and mentors. Although I teach others, mastering my art is a continuous learning process.

"My family helps me, but I do the designing myself and my favorite part is combining materials. I enjoy adapting to new ones. I am working in a sustainable design center that has a training center for artists and we teach skills to people with physical disabilities.

"I get inspiration from nature and sharing creative ideas with other people. I hope to establish a center for sustainable and creative design for all of Africa based in Accra.""