Founder and Creative Director
Tereneh is a designer inspired by: material, manner and meaning.
Tereneh graduated as a Top 10 Graduating Senior from Drexel University LeBow College of Business. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar she received her MSci in Fashion Design from Kenyatta University. She taught at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Parsons - The New School for Design in New York City and was visiting scholar on global fashion at Yale - National University of Singapore. In 2013 she launched the global eco-design collaboration with OMWA: Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya; incorporating Indigenous adornment in sustainable textile arts and design. In 2016 the collaboration expanded to include The Beading Wolves, a family of artisans from the Oneida Indian Nation. They have exhibited in Paris, New York City, Nairobi and The Residence a Mattress Factory space in Pittsburgh.Tereneh is the 2016 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Emerging Artist awarded by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Idia means Queen Mother, specifically one Benin Queen Mother who was an advisor and military general during her son's reign as king. The saying goes "No women go into battle, except Idia."
'Dega is short for Diondega the Seneca Native American name for the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tereneh's hometown. Dega also means Truth in Wolof.