About

Hello

My name is Ann Macdonald and welcome to Nyenganyenga Art and Design, here in Northumberland, England. 

What does Nyenga nyenga mean?

Nyenganyenga /nyenga nyenga/ is the Shona word for a swallow. Shona is a language spoken in southern Africa. Swallows symbolize the northern European and southern African environments that inspire my work. To hear the pronunciation of ‘nyenga nyenga’, listen to the short recording 

What matters at Nyenganyenga Art and Design?

At Nyenganyenga Art and Design it matters to:

  • think globally, and act locally
  • continuously learn about our human impact on our earth
  • share that knowledge through creative design and story
  • strive to create products that support greener, more sustainable choices
  • strive for a kinder, more caring and fairer world.

You can be sure that the products, designs and blogs / stories, here, are created to support you with sustainable living, green information and values, and resisting waste by taking part in a circular economy.

My raison d’être*
*reason to be

I feel passionate when I design and write about planet friendly stuff. It makes me feel truly alive.

I have spent my working life teaching (mostly in poor neighbourhoods), and working in community and educational publishing. In my thirties, I did a research project on how to write clearly as I felt driven to make print materials accessible.

Along the way, I did a plenty of illustrating, writing, and editing. And I learned Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

With austerity in the UK, I left teaching earlier than planned, and that has freed me to draw, design and write about the things I love and care about. I am now free to explore my love of the natural world and learn more about how people impact on nature.

I want my work to bring pleasure and satisfaction to people who long to make things better for planet A.

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