LITTLE BROWN GIRL: ESSAYS ON THE INFLUENCE OF BLACK WOMANHOOD IN VISUAL COMMUNICATION (OR VICE-VERSA)
My graduate thesis, Little Brown Girl is a series of essays, personal stories, and work that reflect the subject matters of hair, skin, and self-love as a Black woman in America. What I’m sharing with you is the result of my journey to finding and expressing my own voice through design and other forms of visual communication.
This Skin I’m In discusses the history and effects of colorism, and what it means to be judged by one’s own race by the lightness or darkness of skin.
Better than Good Hair, reveals the complex, emotional struggle and celebration of a Black woman’s hair, as I share my own personal journey in the struggle to love and accept my hair no matter what state she’s in.
On Loving Blackness and Black Womanhood explores the struggle to love one’s own Blackness, and how doing so is both a personal and sometimes political choice.
This work does not begin to encompass all of what being a Black woman is and means, nor does this work speak to every Black woman’s experience—for we all don’t experience our Blackness the same.
Take in the imagery from the book and exhibition. But if you want to dive deeper, I invite you to download and read Little Brown Girl here (PDF file is 48.8M).