Elsie describes herself as a designer and an all round creative person. Apart from drawing, she has some hairdressing and sewing skills which she learnt on her own. She finds herself in a male dominated field and tells us how it all started for her. Being a graphic designer doesn’t limit her; she is an entrepreneur and has some interesting ideas coming up.
I remember how shy we felt as young ladies when we had to walk past a group of guys gathered at one place.
You must be very brave to be in a male dominated occupation.
Tell us how you got into graphic designing?
I think my family and I figured that talent out at a very young age, I can’t tell when and how it started but all I know is I grew up painting, drawing and designing. And I also remember tearing and cutting my dad’s papers and cards for paper crafts. It annoyed him but gave me so much pleasure when I saw the beautiful thing I made out of sheets.
Is it a passion you developed by yourself or you learnt in school or a bit of both?
Art and design, Ha! It has always been a passion, my inspiration, my motivation and my love. Yes, I developed my design skills at the senior and tertiary levels too, but I believe strongly that in art and design, to be a pro and the best, you need to be passionate about it. You need to be in love with it and be ready to try new things and be open- minded.
What is your educational background?
I had my basic education at Awutu Brekum in the central region, and then I had to continue in Koforidua because the family moved. I had my secondary education at Winneba Secondary School, I studied Visual Arts and it was my choice to study it. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication design from KNUST.