Desiree Venn Frederic

Founder, Nomad Yard Collectiv

Desirée Venn Frederic is a Sierra Leonean born entrepreneur, writer and installation artist of Geeche and Maroon ancestry. Her work pulls heavily from her transnational experiences. The artist and thought leader explores identity, ownership and contemporary ideas in aesthetics.

As the founder of Nomad Yard Collectiv, a globally minded vintage retail incubator 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 a community organizer and founding member of Artist Union DC and buyDC Independent Retail Association with a keen interest in economic equity in rapidly developing cities. She is particularly interested in the ways in which fashion, visual culture and critical theory inform, shape and encourage discourses surrounding the socioeconomic, political and cultural. Venn Frederic has shared her creative interests as an exhibiting artist with the Smithsonian Asian American Pacific Center drawing parallels of her own personal immigration detention in 2013 to the criminalization of human existence throughout history.

She holds a certificate in Community Advocacy and is fluent in French and Krio. She is a TEDx alumni, keynote speaker at University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business, The National Endowment for the Arts National Maker Faire, Made in DC Maker Summit, General Assembly, and Creative World’s Creative Economy Summit. She exists via the internet sphere simply as @xoDVF on all social platforms. She hosts a weekly cultural podcast, with out meaning, with Full Service Radio at The Line Hotel. She is a mentor to 2 college aged creative entrepreneurs and loves vintage kimonos.


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