Monday, August 25, 2014

Ferguson: Ribbons of Hope

I had a chance to participate in the Ribbon of Hope project, a joint collaborative effort with the Northern Arts Coucil, Provident Counseling, The Adolescent Resource Center, and The Missouri Art Therapy Association. 

Each person that visited our booth had a chance to express themselves with words of encouragement for the entire Ferguson community. More than 50 people came by and wrote words, created pictures on a ribbon. We have our community art installation at Victorians Plaza at 20 S.Florissant, which is where the Ferguson Farmers Market happens each Saturday, between 8am-12noon.
We will continue forward working with our youth and seeking peace, understanding, and healing from within our community. On a personal note, as a woman, I am hurting to think about the recent death of Michael Brown. I am a mother and I also have a young son. Regardless of how death occurs, it hurts.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Fun Time at Kansas City's Natural Hair Expo

The 3rd Annual Kansas City Natural Hair Expo was super cool! Our team convened on the beautiful Arrowhead Stadium with many other vendors. This was our first time at this very nice facility. Our first workshop was held Saturday where we put our magic into action by providing live head wrapping demonstrations. Our team, including Khadijah, Tauhidah, and Rajeeyah rocked headwraps, talked hair and hair products, and of course accessories. 

Many people had a chance to stop in our workshop, while others came by our vendor booth for styling. We also introduced Rajeeyah's Sweet Naturals, a natural hair product line manufactured in St. Louis.
 We twisted, tied, and gathered hair for two days! We chatted up with people visiting from New York, Tennessee, and many locals. It was great to see Happy People Only, Debra Smalls and Camille Dangerfield, both small businesses based in our St.Louis Bi-State Region. We'd like to thank everyone who came by our booth! Don't forget to join our mailing list to the right of the navigation bar for exclusive announcements. We are scheduled to return to Kansas City in October. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Kansas City Natural Hair Expo

Join us at the 3rd Annual Kansas City Hair Show. Check out the FREE workshops and classes. Look for our logo in the market place and catch Imani Aisha's free headwrapping demos in the workshop line up. The Art of the Headwrap with Imani 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Balancing a Small Business, Family, and a Job

Hi Everybody,

Let me start off by staying forgive my delay in updating this blog, I have neglected it. Things have been very busy around here. I also picked up a job outside of this business. Imani Aisha Creations has been my daily focus for the past 3 years.

I am trying to find the balance between all my babies, including this one.

The good news is that our workshops, classes, and boutique sales have maintained consistency, with some reductions as expected. To this end, we have returned to our third season at Ferguson Farmers Market.We hosted our summer African Waistbead Class, which was awesome! Sponsored a jewelry making class fundraiser for a junior Olympic participant, and preparing for the last big summer show.  I must say that each of these events were well attended and I am internally proud of the being involved in creating such environments where women have gathered for positive group activities. In addition, spreading creativity, inspiring creativity, and giving back are some of the principles that govern Imani Aisha Creations.  I am inspired and feel a sense of renewal, especially as we just exited the Holy Month of Ramadan. My energy has been on high beam, as well as reflecting internally of some personal growth that I accomplished. I give thanks for everything. Before summer ends, we are scheduled to vend and prepare for a couple of scheduled Waistbead Parties that have been booked by some gracious new fans of Imani Aisha Creations. 

The Art of the Headwrap will return in the fall for Cancer Awareness Month. We are planning to keep this one very intimate. We are donating a portion of the proceeds to the Cancer Support Center St Louis.

Stay tuned and please join the our exclusive mailing list to receive our updates and special announcements.  Thanks for the support on this journey!

Peace & Creativity,