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).
Getting up in front of strangers, family, and friends to talk about myself or my work is always challenging task for me personally. However, every time, I rise above my fear of public presentation and share what's in my head and heart. Or I make a video about it!
I was happy to design this fun logo to help Richland School District One promote their free summer food program. The program enables kids preschool to high school age to get much-needed meals during the summer break.
Letters to Heaven program was designed to help residents of a retirement home in the grieving process. Participants each received a sky lantern to write messages to their deceased loved one. At the end of the ceremony, the lanterns were released, carrying their message with them to the heavens.
I was honored to be a part by illustrating and designing the look for this special program.
Part of my creative process is to develop a tool kit (a "box") of textures, images and type that I could draw from when designing and creating new projects. A when time comes, I pull those things (along with my writing) together. Using the tools to convey ideas, here are a sampling of posters I created—reactions and thoughts about everything and nothing. This is a practice I plan to continue.
As Creative Director at the South Carolina Bar (Association, not watering hole), I get to work on projects individually and as a team memeber to create pieces that help attorneys in their profession and aid the public in legal education and various public service programs. Whether I'm serving as art director or lead designer, the work is rewarding.