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Unapologetically prioritizing the wellbeing of Black women
to co-design transformative possibilities for inner and outer HEALING.
MEET Denise Shanté Brown
HOLISTIC DESIGN STRATEGIST.
MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATE.
I’m a designpreneur living in Baltimore whose work focuses on centering the health concerns, creativity, and imagination of Black women. Wholeheartedly and with no apologies.
As the Creator + Cultivator of Design for the Wellbeing of Black Women, I’ve dedicated my holistic practice to actualizing recovery and transformation through design. I believe that creative, hands-on healing experiences can shape possibility and embolden communities to develop the tools and strategies they need to heal themselves. My process and practice is uplifted by emergent strategy, womanism, rituals, the natural world, design justice and healing justice principles. I’m listening. I’m learning. I’m healing, too.
Integrating the transformative power of design with the audacity to be well is at the heart of my life’s work. I hold a Masters of Arts degree in Social Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and have designed unique health interventions, civic engagement strategies, and listening session models, facilitated creative dialogue on self-compassion and mindful social practice, and conducted design-led research that emphasizes the lived experiences of the people behind the data.
Possibility is my favorite word and I love books, astrology and tea. When pausing from the ever-evolving workflow you can find me making time for quiet reflection in nature throughout the city, writing reflections in my journal, capturing insights on post-it notes, and probably finding reasons to rewatch highly-melanated episodes of Issa Rae’s, Insecure.
Some people think that I’m engaged or married but the ring on my left hand was a gift to myself during a self-commitment ceremony in 2016 shared with two of my dear friends.
I have type 1 diabetes (T1D), a medical alert tattoo on my right forearm, and a deeper understanding of what it means to meet—and no longer fear—death.
I love tiny objects! Things that aren’t typically small but were made into tiny versions light me up.
I collect feathers from every kind of space, especially while walking, and they hold a spiritual meaning that is connected to my father.
One of my favorite solo-dates involves a matcha latte, browsing books, and walking the city for hours.
I started writing poetry and keeping journals in the second grade. Writing continues to be a therapeutic form of expression that keeps me centered.
I spent a significant amount of my 20’s living in Atlanta, my second home, but grew up in a small town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
One of my favorite shows is Issa’s Rae’s, Insecure, and she’s number one on my list of celebrities to hangout with.
The word that best describes my work is Possibility. Shifting from problems to reimagining what’s possible is a mindset I’m cultivating and integrating every day.