Totems are representational symbols of peace, community, family, and culture. They depict personal stories using symbols, motifs, words, colors, and patterns. You will be encouraged to explore and learn techniques that will help you discover and express your true spirit. This workshop will be led by Denys Davis who is a visual artist, published author, museum curator, and award winning interior designer who has traveled across the country speaking on African art & design.
Southwest Neighbors & ACCESS cardholders: $2
$2 tickets for this event are available to eligible Southwest Philly neighbors and/or ACCESS Card holders! If you have either an ID with a SW Philly address or an ACCESS card, you can claim your $2 tickets to by visiting us in the Bartram’s Garden Welcome Center, emailing us at , or calling us at 215 729 5281 x112. More info here.
Denys Davis is an author, writer, artist and museum curator. She is also an award winning interior designer who began her at IKEA. She was one of the first Americans hired and helped establish its marketing and design profile. Denys trained in Sweden, Denmark and Norway to learn about the Scandinavian lifestyle and also helped translate Swedish to English catalogs, brochures and newsletters. In 1996, Denys resigned from her position with IKEA to coauthor “The Spirit of African Design.” (Clarkson Potter/Publishers). She began lecturing and writing about design in 1998. She traveled throughout the United States speaking about interior design and African art and style. Her articles on design have appeared in many national publications including Redbook, BET Weekend, Heart and Soul, Sister 2 Sister and Today’s Black Woman. In 2005, Denys collaborated with graphic designer, Monna Morton, to co- design community projects that include murals and mosaic. In 2015 Denys co- curated the Washerwomen Room, at the Colored Girls Museum in Germantown, Philadelphia. The room features artifacts and mementos from her family’s personal collections and pays tribute to domestic workers post- slavery. Currently Denys is CEO of Designzuri LLC, an interior design company as well as an African style home goods and accessories manufacturer.
Large portions of our 50+ acre botanical garden can be explored via wheelchair, though some of our paths are currently awaiting repairs and should be used at your own discretion. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out ahead of the event.