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Katya Akuma is an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on using ubiquitous, overlooked, cultural-rich materials, to explore questions of identity and belonging drawing upon her personal experience as an immigrant who has lived and worked in several countries

Parsons Alumna, Katya Akuma on Design Habilitation in Haiti. With the help of Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation and members of the Parsons community, Haitian artisans received modern design training and access to state-of-the-art machinery needed to compete in the global marketplace.

Parsons Alumna, Katya Akuma on Design Habilitation in Haiti

An incubator for Haiti’s artisan community, the Design Organization Training (D.O.T) center, enables them to scale up production while preserving their unique cultural practices. Fostering innovation, providing resources and materials, graduates including Akuma trained Haitian artisans to refine their products and processes in the summer of 2015 and continued in the fall.

Led workshops for the artisans The graduates led workshops for the artisans in laser cutting, fabric dyeing, wood bending, and block printing that extended to the design and manufacturing of market-ready products sold at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Soulful Economy Marketplace. Many resources are scarce Designed a new collection Read also: How This New York City Artist Changes People’s Lives. Katya Akuma, Shaping Social Change via Social Media. Akuma joined brands to bring awareness to causes such as refugee recovery, recycling, sustainability in fashion, and women empowerment to her 150,000 Instagram followers.

Katya Akuma, Shaping Social Change via Social Media

Her Instagram account, @katyaakuma, is just one of the ways she promotes the work to perpetuate permanent social change. Using her platforms as a form of power and influence, she has stood behind causes as an activist and advocate. Her social media game is using her standing to raise awareness for other initiatives outside of her efforts as founder of The Council of Fashion for Social Change. Here are six times the influencer showed her support for great causes: Donating to refugee survivors Supporting the campaign by denim brand Citizens for Humanity, Akuma posted a photograph of herself wearing a white shirt with the words “Humanity” emblazed across her chest.

Supporting sustainability in fashion Supporting woman empowerment Supporting sustainability & recycling in fashion Stopping child labor trafficking. Katya Akuma, an International Exhibitor - Entertainment, Celebrity News, Pop Culture. Artist, Katya Akuma, stood out as one of the 30 photographers selected from an international open call to exhibit their work at Vantage Point Sharjah.

Katya Akuma, an International Exhibitor - Entertainment, Celebrity News, Pop Culture

The eighth iteration of the Sharjah Art Foundation represented photographers from more than 20 countries. The annual initiative aims to foster the development and creativity of photographers. Selected for her thematic self-portraiture, Akuma tells an overlooked story of personal experience and community life. In a tug of war with identity, the portraits express euphoria and defeat reflecting scenes of the human condition in search of themselves and a place of belonging.

Transcending movement as an immigrant, Akuma depicts issues behind immigration as a third culture individual. Capturing the struggle of belonging for the mass of people displaced and unbound by a classification, she explores the label “foreigner”. She received a master’s degree from the Parson School of Design in Fashion Studies. Katya Akuma - How To Support Small Fashion Businesses During COVID-19. A Day in the Life of Fashion Director, Katya Akuma. Multitalented, this Parsons alumna juggles a nonprofit organization, designs, and still manages to run a digital agency, 4TO4U.

A Day in the Life of Fashion Director, Katya Akuma

As the Fashion Director, Akuma attends the fashion week circuit covering New York, London, Milan, and Paris every season. The Instagram influencer is often invited to VIP events to celebrate the reveal of new collections, sitting front row at the most sought-after brands. It’s 8:30 am and it’s thirty minutes to the first fashion show of the morning, Ralph Lauren. Akuma’s Uber is outside waiting to chauffeur her around the city, making sure she gets to all her appointments in style as part of their women empowerment campaign #Whereto.

During the car ride, she approves applicants from fashion graduates that have applied to her nonprofit organization, Council for Fashion and Social Change. Fashion. Fashion. Fashion :) FASHION. Fashion. Fashion. Fashion fashion fashion. Fashion fashion fashion. Fashion. Fashion. Blog 2 — KATYA AKUMA. About 1 — KATYA AKUMA. About Katya Akuma is an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on using ubiquitous, overlooked, cultural-rich materials, to explore questions of identity and belonging drawing upon her personal experience as an immigrant who has lived and worked in several countries.

About 1 — KATYA AKUMA

Katya has developed a unique storytelling technique involving densely layered discarded leather and found objects that often depict themes of history, collective memory and nostalgia. Through her use of recycled medium, she seeks to highlight the creative potential of repurposed materials while inviting the audience to reconsider the environmental impact of their consumption and disposal. Katya Akuma is a founder of Council for Fashion and Social Change , that focuses on helping other non-profit organizations raise funding through collaborations with established brands while providing young emerging designers and artists with a platform to showcase their talent. Akuma is currently an Artist in Residence at Andrew Freedman Home.