About Akira Amani wearable art
Hello I’m a London based digital artist and designer. I’ve been working in the design industry for over 10 years and became a fully qualified teacher, creating courses on digital and wearable art 4 years ago. I currently freelance as a designer and tutor.
Why wearable art?
I decided I wanted to create wearable art with meaning in 2012. With mass production and throwaway fashion being the destructive norm, I wanted to design personal hand crafted items that had a lasting impact on the wearer, making the item a piece to treasure forever.
There is an ethos behind every piece I design: I believe everyone is born for greatness. Yes, as cheesy as that sounds, I do! By greatness I mean discovering things we never imagined we could achieve, finding indestructible strength within - when we feel we can't make it through challenging times. The wearable art sits close to the heart as a continuous reminder- that your life is an adventure, be brave and shape it the way you want it. Conscientiously or not, we are all constantly communicating to the world, who we are, through what we wear. I wanted to create something that would not only speak to the world, but more importantly, speak to you. Each piece celebrates your triumphs and is intended to make you feel unstoppable.
I design and make every piece with love in London, UK.
How it began
After graduating from Chelsea, University of Arts London, I worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for various companies. I then started to exhibit my own work at art galleries, it was here that a customer remarked, whilst pointing to my artwork; “I wish I could carry that canvas around with me everywhere, as I feel incredibly empowered by it”. This sparked the idea of turning my artwork into wearable pieces, so that people could feel empowered everyday.
After the first showcase of the pieces, the Akira Amani wearable art brand was instantly picked up by Not On The High Street, Shopcade and was promoted at London fashion week Feb 2014, as well as with We make London at Camden Lock. Over the next few years I went on to exhibit with numerous London design fairs. Later, I worked with the film company Legendary to design jewellery and various fashion products for the release of the film Crimson Peak. In 2017- 2019 I set up free wearable courses and exhibitions at The Brit School, for 14-19 years. Giving young people from diverse backgrounds, access to new skills and experiences.
For more please visit my website:akiraamani.com