About

Hello

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

What does Nyenga nyenga mean?

nyenganyenga means a 'swallow'

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
  • strive to create products that support greener, more sustainable choices
  • strive for a kinder, more caring and fairer society.

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

My raison d’être*

*reason for being

I feel passionate and alive when I design and write about planet friendly stuff.

I have spent my working life teaching (mostly in poor neighbourhoods), and working in community and educational publishing. In my thirties, I researched the elements of clear writing and visual design without losing the complexity of meaning.

Along the way, I did plenty of illustrating, writing, and editing, and I learned Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator as well. So now I am drawing all this together to focus on my love of the natural world, with its great strength and growing fragility. And each day I try to learn more about our human interaction with, and impact on, the environment.

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

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