I discovered the visual artist/graphic designer, Andrea Pippins on Instagram (as I do) and her page fascinated me – the colours, the patterns – I had to know more. Following and reading about this graphic designer and artist has upped that fascination several notches. Her influences are Malick Sidibe, Seydou Keita, Kehinde Wiley, Ellen Gallagher, Lorna Simpson & Jamea Richmond-Edwards and she mentions Halle Berry as one of the reasons she’s an artist now (read about that here).
There’s a lot of stuff that I don’t want to see or don’t see, whether it’s online or going to an artist’s market or flea market; my goal is just to create more of what I want to see. And in doing that, because it is coming from a very authentic place, it does speak from a place of power and it is my voice.
I really like this woman, her style is fresh, the use of different scales of shapes adds texture to her work. I love her aesthetic – generally, even the things she says she loves on her blog. She’s my cuppa!
More recently, Andrea has been in the news for her new colouring book that celebrates all hair textures, I Love my Hair: A Coloring Book Of Braids, Coils And Doodle Dos.
It’s so lovely! I’ve been watching the interesting entries of those who have filled in colour in their own books. According to Andrea, “Coloring is a great way to relax and to express individuality. Everyone has their own coloring style and favorite colors to use, so no coloring book will be the same. That is really exciting to me.”
Do read this interview with Clutch Magazine where she talks about how the I Love My Hair project came from a thesis on social awareness and why it’s important for every individual to do as they only wish for their hair.
(All photos are from Andrea’s blog and website linked above.)