Ebenezer Akakpo, 41, blends his design aesthetic with his Ghanaian heritage to produce art with a purpose.
Akakpo uses his talent to raise money for charitable projects. Sales of the jewelry and other accessories he makes in his South Portland studio support a project in Ghana that uses ultraviolet technology to purify water.
He also holds down a day job as an IT support specialist at the Maine Turnpike Authority.
Akakpo received a bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Maine College of Art in metalsmithing and jewelry, and then a master’s degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
On Sunday, his jewelry and metalwork were part of a hair and fashion show in Portland to raise money for Women’s Initiatives that Strengthen and Empower, a nonprofit that supports economic independence for women in Zambia.
What he loves about his art is “the idea of having a thought and being able to make that thought tangible. Having people see it,” he said.
“There is always a challenge and you have to make it work, to use your technique to get the result that you want.”
Source : Pressherald