Artistic expression can manifest itself in many forms. Here in Rhode Island – particularly in the Greater Providence Area – we are so fortunate to have countless young people boldly expressing themselves in such a beautiful way. Monephia Nembhard is one of those people. – By Jess Evora
Jamaican-born Monephia Nembhard was raised in Providence, Rhode Island. One of the ways in which she expresses herself is through the beauty of Profilic Fruits. Prolific Fruits is a collection of dynamic paintings and handmade creative clothing pieces that can be customized for any fit.
Monephia explains that many of the pieces are influenced by “melanin rich women and the emotional depth articulated by the female form.”
She took the time to share with us the beauty behind her work.
Monephia: “Prolific Fruits is the visual expression of my voice, what I’m feeling, what I want to see, and the things I like to wear.”
Monephia: “I was (and still am) inspired by any artist who follows their passions. I had a lot of self-doubt in my abilities to crochet or paint something that I felt was worth a second glance and for me to get over my fear, I made the decision to take a chance on myself and create something that I was proud of.”
Monephia: “My idea of and willingness to become an entrepreneur is definitely influenced by my culture. In Jamaica, if you don’t have the money to fund your education, you have to be an entrepreneur to survive.”
“A lot of people in my family back home have either opened up small shops, created a tailoring business, provided cleaning services or promotional services because they have to capitalize on their skills for survival,” Monephia said. “I am blessed to be able to do something that I love for the fun of doing it.”
Monephia proudly represents both her Jamaican heritage, as well as her pride for Providence (#PVD). She is among the many artists in Rhode Island sharing their work with our community. Thank you Monephia for sharing your creativity with us. By simply being willing to share your work, you inspire others to do so as well.
As Marianne Williamson once said, “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.“
Prolific Fruits Website: prolificfruits.com
Facebook: Prolific Fruits
Monephia on Instagram: @UntamedJamaican
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