CRONY X Eskender Woldeab
Eskender Woldeab (he/him) is an Ethiopian-American visual artist and designer from Seattle. Eskender first picked up a camera in his early twenties and, despite a lack of exposure and accessibility to the creative industries, quickly embraced photography and cinematography as platforms for his artistic expression. As the first and only person from his family born in America, Eskender’s art examines questions of the in-between identity. His work highlights voices from the diaspora and amplifies stories to unite humanity across racial and cultural differences, both seen and unseen.
The Amharic word “Tezeta” when translated into English means nostalgia. It’s a mode and genre of Ethiopian music that’s described as conjuring a sense of nostalgia when listened to. Listening to Tezeta has helped Eskender foster a spiritual connection with his ancestors and elders that he was never able to meet.
As we continue to experience the increasing impacts of global warming, Eskender had to ask himself often, “Am I being a good ancestor like my ancestors have been to me?” The word Tezeta has become a mantra of sorts. A reminder that our ancestors often hold wisdom that we can learn from and that we must also imagine ourselves as good ancestors, lending our shoulders to future generations as they face these epic challenges.
The accompanying symbol is inspired by an ancient form of tattooing in Ethiopia called Nikisat. A symbolic nod to the power and wisdom our ancestors hold.
5% to Black Future Co-op Fund
Part of our Maker Collaborations is giveback donation. Eskender has chosen to give 5% of proceeds from this collection to Black Future Co-op Fund.
Black Future Co-op Fund is rooted in the beauty, soulfulness, and strength of Black culture. The Black communities of Washington use their experiences and culture to create opportunity and growth through philanthropy. "Our vision is clear: A Washington state, working cooperatively, where all Black people are liberated, prosperous, and self-determined to fully live our lives." "We ignite generational wealth, health, and well-being with Black Washingtonians through Black community-led philanthropy."