Tereneh Idia Mosley
Founder and Creative Director
Tereneh Mosley 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 MSc 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. They have exhibited in Paris, New York City, Nairobi and The Residence a Mattress Factory space in Pittsburgh. In 2016, the collaboration expanded to include The Beading Wolves, an Oneida family of artisans. Tereneh is the 2016 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Emerging Artist awarded by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Idia is Tereneh's middle name, it 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.