Danielle Mbenda

norevartdesign.com

I’m Danielle, a born-and-raised Cameroonian girl with nothing more than passion, a laptop, and a dream.
I’m an Artist based in Austin TX. I create paintings using cultural perspectives and ideas, through various traditional techniques including needle sewing, embroidery, weaving, and beading.  I use many types of fabrics from thick flannel to delicate silk, including premium African fabrics, leather, din, wool, exotic, fun, and textured fabrics. The fabrics are paired with a variety of traditional and modern objects like horns, moss, cowries shells, pearls, wood, mirrors, and more. I also add a touch of acrylic paintings to some artworks.
A very important artistic piece in the center of the designs I create is the African fabric.  My creations show the gendered character of the African fabrics related to the social roles of women, which contribute to structuring society.
The African Fabric has always been the means of expression of the silent woman, the woman who has chosen not to respond directly. Its impressionable colors and patterns have been real nests of answers and feelings from women to various questions, situations, and frustrations. Women preferred to express themselves through the patterns of the Fabric they wore whether it is a disagreement, contempt, victory, congratulation, or joy, while the mouth remains closed. The African fabric is not only artistic, it is cultural, social, and found at the foundation/base of beliefs, institutions, and social structures. It ceases to be only a cloth or garment and becomes a place of knowledge and culture, a reflection of the African society.
I strongly believe that Culture is the possibility of creating, renewing, and sharing values, the inspiration which increases the vitality of humanity.
NorevArt Design connects to my lifetime of experience as a victim of violence, and my lifelong passion as an artist. Connecting those two things together is the foundation of my commitment to empowering other victims of violence with some assistance and support. My artworks are made by me and the stories behind them are written by me.
One in four women in the US will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Most victims feel alone or confused as a result of the abuse. They may feel like they have nowhere to turn. I have a great connection with these women and I understand the struggles they went through.
It’s very important for me to bring awareness when it comes to gender-based violence.
From my life journey and other victims’ experiences, I continue to learn new things each day and expand my own ideas about what it means to live a fully creative and meaningful life. I hope my art and stories add to the rich narrative tapestry of communities around the globe and also go on to impact, inspire and connect with others. I am working very hard to ensure that NorevArt Design helps people in dire need of assistance. I know how challenging things can be, so finding the right solutions can really make a huge difference.
All my original artworks are complete one-offs, I never make the same artwork twice so you can be sure that if you are buying a piece as a gift for a loved one, a friend, or treating yourself to some new art that you will be purchasing a complete one-of-a-kind artwork.