All of Lina E. Krakue's design influences began with her father. When she thinks of jewelry, she thinks of curated pieces that identify one's ancestry. Lina imagines distinct designs that embody who one is in that moment of time. She pictures personal ornaments that boldly declare what an individual has been through, and where they want to go on their personal journey. Lina believes jewelry should invite comment and have people wonder who you are. Jewelry should feel effortless, but also provoke thought and maybe even feel ideologically a little uncomfortable.
Lina's creative aesthetic alternates from designs inspired by the weaving traditions of Ghana's Kente cloth, the oral ideology that produced Adinkra symbols and the gold and bead currency that drove Ghana's economy, to unisex sterling silver designs not exclusive in identity, but wearer inclusive in instinctive artistry, asymmetrical balance, and organic flow. Wherever you are on your journey and no matter what piece you choose to wear, you will always have on a little bit of Ghana. Remember, style tells a story and that story can be history.
Each piece of jewelry comes with a story card that breaks down the Adinkra word Sankofa, what it means and the role it plays in Ghanaian culture. The Sankofa symbol is a ubiquitous symbol found throughout Ghana. It can be depicted as a bird plucking an egg from its back to bring it forward or the more universal heart symbol with its tri-stemmed stalk. The Sankofa, when broken down in meaning translates into "to return to fetch or seek it". Metaphorically speaking, bringing your knowledge from your past forward into the present in order to make positive impacts moving forward.
Lina's key is an invitation for anyone interested in African American history, to unlock and explore our complex past to study how it has shaped our current stories. In order for anyone to be able to collaborate and contribute to our rich history and culture, we have to know where we come from in order to know where we are going. In 2015, Lina found inspiration in the colors, the gold and the bead currency, the oral stories, and the weaving traditions of Ghana, her father's country. She decided to become formally trained in metalsmithing and design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She graduated in 2017 with a degree in Jewelry Design. Lina was also the winner of the Next Generation Award for Jewelry Design, creating a massive Afrocentric gold collar using precious and semi -precious stones donated by David Yurman. Lina finds daily inspiration in the symbolism and storytelling that has defined this culture and the resiliency that continues to push Ghana and those from the diaspora forward on the world stage. She believes that style tells a story, and that story can be history.