Sunya Folayan
Hi, I'm Sunya Folayan.
Welcome to my studio.
Copper/Cotton/Cowrie Studios is where creativity happens! I designed my space to be a safe and intimate space to reflect, renew, and refocus on what's important. On occasion, I take my creative studio on the road to work within communities. Keep going to learn a little bit more about me. You can also reach out below.
Come visit the creative studio of the North Carolina artist Sunya Folayan.

About Me
Have you ever wanted to get off life's treadmill and follow the path your heart leads you to? Well, that's what I did in 2003. I went out on a limb, and followed my heart as an artist. I built upon my solid foundation as a social worker and marital and family therapist to use the arts as a catalyst for self-care, social justice work, education, and change. I can show you how to reclaim some of your time, passion and creativity, too!

Many creatives wear multiple hats. I'm a social entrepreneur: A commissioned teaching artist in textiles and West African drumming; a social worker where I am an owner in the Benefits Corp #Macrosw, financial activist, and published author. I realize the arts are a critical tool in the development of critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

I've posted below some of my current projects.

Perhaps we can work together!

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Sunya Folayan
Classes, Workshops, & Special Events

Special Event! Order your cocoon jackets, wraps or seasonal scarves for the Glow Charlotte Photo shoot, March 21, 2020. Email your color preference at,by March 12, 2020 and pay via paypal:

  • Textile design, art therapy, and west african drumming are just a few of the services that are offered by Surya Folayan
    Introduction to Textile Surface Design Create abstract textile pieces in natural fiber steeped in personal meaning. Take it home to enjoy. Bring a friend and choose between a one or a two-day class.

  • North Carolina art and Cabarrus County arts counsil.
    West African Drumming West African Drumming for balance, well-being and community engagement - I'd love to design a workshop with you for your women's or community group!

    Hire me on GigSalad Five-Star African Entertainment on GigSalad
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    Indigo Afternoons Learn the oft untold history of indigo in the Carolinas, the United States and the world. Create artful patterns on a set of handkerchiefs, or dinner napkins and take them home.

    Afternoons in Autumn, late Spring and Summer. Individualized instruction for 1-3 people.

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    Glow Charlotte March 21, 2020
    Glow Photo Series with photographer Chanel Jaali.
    Order your studio wrap, cocoon jacket or seasonal scarves below via paypal.

    Email your selection and color preference to:, by March 12, 2020 and pay via paypal:

    Photo by Chanel Jaali.

Wearable Art, Products. and Services

Take a class or get coaching. From seasonal wearable art pieces- wraps, scarves and dresses, to texile art for home or office, items are handcrafted and one of a kind. Prices vary, and include shipping and handling in the U.S.
Offerings will change.

  • Seasonal Scarves

    Seasonal Scarves lovingly crafted in organic cotton twin sets. Choose from autumn colors or jewel tones. $38.00.

  • Life Patterns Ongoing holistic coaching and support encouraging growth in self care, creativity, and financial health. Includes studio time, group/individual support, personal fianancial success strategies and additional self care tools.

    For artists, professional helpers, women, and anyone needing to refocus and recommit to themselves. Pre-interview required.

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    Cocoon Jacket Triple threat versatile garment that can be worn 3 ways.
    64.00/Glow Special 52.00

    Versatile rayon rectangular-shaped voluminous jacket. Can also be worn as a shoulder shawl or as a neck scarf. Great for travel. Amply sized. Soft and drapes like a dream!

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    Studio Wrap 52,00/Glow Special 44.00 Over the shoulder slip on garment.

    Organic cotton studio wrap is fun to wear and easy to launder. Dress up or down. Order in you custom colors and each is one of a kind.

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    Blue Prints Textile Design Class
    75.00-205.00 Join this studio-based class in textile surface design.

    Participants will leave with yardage in beautiful shades of blue. Enjoy a one day experience or schedule a retreat with your friends. Prices range from 75.00-155,00 for one day to 205.00 for a longer experience. Call or email for more information.

Contact me
Feel free to give me a call or send me an uplifting email with your questions or comments.

I typically post open studio days- otherwise, I work with others by appointment. I'm open to meaningful collaborations.

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