NAME/ Desiree Venn Frederic, AKA Orisha Ogun. AKA Xodvf.AKA The Alchemist. AKA Mami Wata.
COMPANY/ xodvf x nomad yard collectiv x old new collectiv
TITLE/ world vintage curator. educator. writer. dialogist. ever evolving-fluid being.
LOCATION/ washington, dc by way of freetown, sierra leone.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE/ world vintage + small business incubators.
ONE ITEM YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT/ i can live without many things however i choose to always listen + feel high vibrational music via mixcloud, soundcloud and good old spotify. as nomad yard grows; we’re opening our second store next month; i’m taking breaks through my day to just listen. to reenergize. to inspire. and more often to still, my mind. current|forever favs include andra day + underdog the dj + dizzy gillepsie + lana del rey + the fugees’ the score + michael jackson (like anytime, anywhere, any song=love mj) + dj tomi yayo + coldplay + paul simon’s graceland. always on repeat! give thanks for high vibes.
my bag changes daily as does its contents. today i’m carrying a 1940s doctors carpet bag from uesa goods vintage |
i’m an alchemist, i create my reality and my crystals of the moment include septarian + amethyst bc good energy doesn’t happen accidentally. septarian aids in improved communication, nurtures and grounds and aids in balancing the root chakra. while and amethyst carries a high spiritual vibration of humility and devotion to the divine. i meditate through the day and amethyst aids in stilling my thoughts. as an entrepreneur, self care is critical and crystals contribute in the most powerful ways whether you’re conscious of it or not.
asli pure oshun hair + body oil bc glowing melanin and coils opens doors. literally, it’s a playful sweet blend of pineapple with subtle musk undertone. asli pure’s blend reminds me to choose sweetness in my thinking and dealings.
laura mercier bare beige lipstick + gloss bc the nude lip didn’t start with kylie. shade on a trillion. lol.
1934 leica ii-d and 35mm film bc life requires documentation. i am also challenging myself as an artist to work with different mediums.
adornments | i love rings and these turquoise zuni rings are my superpower. don’t tell anyone.
glasses | nina ricci 70’s prescripts bc reading strains ones eyes.
flier | as an entrepreneur, i’m encouraged to carry nomad yard marketing fliers everywhere i go – i try. i really do. but i’m a walking advertisement for the nomad yard brand so often times the fliers don’t matter.
coco hydro | is a plant based electrolyte mix bc hydration is uber sexy. like seriously, these days i’m always on the move and one packet provides electrolytes and naturally occurring nutrients of zinc, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
books | m train by patti smith, + ancient iraq by george roux by reading rainbow is making a comeback. i host a book club named buy books not weaves and i’m not only the founder but the president lol no seriously, i read alot and patti smith’s book captures me bc my life is a tale of failure and circumstance which has essentially shaped me into a dynamic mind. one who processes challenges and barriers as opportunities and potential. the second read, ancient iraq is part of an ongoing study of ancient civilizations and the relics we inherit.
stationery | miks letterpress + thank you cards gift box bc gratitude is key. and timeliness is my forever eternal struggle. stamps too.
pen | bc ideas are abundant x notebook x thank you notes.
tech | macbook x iphone bc wifi needs companions.
vintage life magazine | bc i’m currently researching 1970’s revolutionary fashion + aesthetic for an upcoming arts exhibit.
Desirée Venn Frederic is a Sierra Leonean born writer and installation artist of Geeche and Maroon ancestry. Her work pulls heavily from her transnational experiences and understandings. The artist and thought leader explores identity, ownership and contemporary ideas in aesthetics. As the founder of Nomad Yard, a globally minded vintage shop in Washington, D.C., Venn Frederic creates a playground for those who love culture, history and rare antiques steeped in stories. She uses her work to negotiate multiple strata of marginalization being both undocumented and an aboriginal indigenous woman. She is an interior designer creating experiential spaces and interiors. She is a community organizer and founding member of Artist Union DC, with a keen interest in cultural studies and artistic expression. She is particurlarly interested in the ways in which fashion, visual culture and critical theory inform, shape and encourage discourses surrounding the socio-economic, political and cultural. Venn Frederic has shared her creative interests as an exhibiting artist with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center drawing parallels of her own personal immigration detention in 2013 to the criminalization of human existence throughout history. She holds degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Business Management and a certificate in Community Advocacy and is fluent in French and Krio. As a speaker, she has engaged TED Talks as well as audiences at University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, The National Endowment for the Arts National Maker Faire, Ted Talks, Made in DC Maker Summit, General Assembly, and Creative World’s Creative Economy Summit. As an ambassador with Define American, the activist shares her personal journey to expand the narrative of immigrants. She exists via the internet sphere simply as @xoDVF. She is a mentor to 2 college aged creative entrepreneurs and loves vintage kimonos.