My name is Olakanye Modupe Esther. I studied Biology Education at Adeyemi Federal University of Education, Ondo State Nigeria.
I’m the CEO of Modhan, a Crochet and Knit brand that was established in 2015 making use of wool to make clothing items, fashion accessories, costumes and interior decors. I discovered this skill in Jss 2 (second year in Junior Secondary School) from a classmate who got me fascinated by her skills. She taught me the basics and I later went for a knitting training in my 200L at the University (while the lectures downed tools on a protest). YouTube videos had also been of immense contribution to development. I now Crochet and Knit professionally.
The items on the list of my creations nclude (but not limted to evening gowns, pants, pullover and sweaters , skirts, kimono Jacket, croptops and shorts, bikinis, scarves and shawl, poncho and shrugs, bags, shoes of any size.
I also make crochet Brooches/ lapel pins , headwarmer/ beanies (for souvenirs and donations), interior art decors such as Wall art, curtains, blankets and foot rug, etc.
To cap it, going by education background, I’m a Craft Instructor on Crochet and Knitting.
Where do I start from?! I remember as a very young child, I watched one of my aunties when she crocheted (that is, every time she picked her hook I was by her side). That was how I picked up crocheting.
OK! let me mention, that I grew up at a time when art, craft, needlework classes were a part of the school curriculum, in Primary school (it was Needlework) and at Secondary level (ot was Fine art /Drawing). My works were always on display at school exhibition. But for a very long time after Secondary school, everything went passive. Not so good. Yeah?!
I studied Marketing and as a graduate in 1997, I worked as a Sales Rep in an FMCG company . At home (after marriage), as my needs increase, I made items just for my family and as gift to friends. Then, sometimes about mid 2013 my Church invited me to take the Girls Guild on needlework. This was when I met one of the girls who took me through the basics of beading during my annual leave from work in November 2013. I further learnt so much on Pinterest, YouTube, and Google… These platforms helped me in improving/sharpening my skills. And voila, that’s how my side business started oooo.
The company where I worked downsized in June, 2018. And I simply looked inward rather than outward for a job, I saw a need/opportunity to showcase my creativity the more, there was a limit to what I could do while in paid service. In fact, I had to turn down invitations because of work schedules. Ever since, my craft has become an official appointment for me, doing what I really love.
My skills and Craft Business include jewelry making (using beads), crocheting , embroidery, etc. I also run trainings for empowerment (poverty alleviation) purposes.