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14 November 2017 - No Comments!

Manifestations of Me – A Statement

If you've been following me for a while, you'll probably know that I started this project *cough* a couple of years ago *cough*. A combination of different distractions, a little procrastination and a temporary stint of losing my self confidence all contributed to the prolonged progression of this project. However, after several (annoying) reminders from my partner, I committed to completing it.

I started creating self-initiated, mixed-media art over 10 years ago and they've lead to many client commissions, collaborations and press attention; all of which I'm very grateful for. But if you're familiar with my portfolio, you may notice that very few of these pieces feature Black women. As I became more passionate and vocal about social issues, it grew important for me to try harder in creating art that represents me and my politics. This included producing art that featured more Black women.

Many artists who regularly feature Black women in their work (Markus Prime, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Kehinde Wiley, Sara Golish, Lina Iris Viktor to name just a few) were a massive inspiration for me to consciously do the same. Anyone from a marginalised group can identify with that feeling of joy when they see a positive representation of themselves in the media because it can be such a rare occurrence. I would like to contribute in giving other Black women and girls that same feeling of joy when they see my work because representation truly matters.

I chose the self-portrait format because as an artist who often works with the photography of others, I liked the idea of this time being in full control of each stage from beginning to end. I wouldn't owe anyone anything because it was all mine.

I want this ongoing series to display and explore pride, self-love, self-empowerment, freedom, consent - so many things that I personally care about and have struggled with. Publicly, the Black female body is draped in so many layers of negative perceptions; often viewed as undesirable, aggressive and/or hyper-sexual. We regularly find ourselves in a position of defence or self-censorship. I felt the need to express that Black women can be proud and sensual and vulnerable. Our existence is beautiful and it is ours and there's nothing shameful about owning it.

I plan to continue developing this series and possibly produce prints in the near future. I hope you continue to follow my journey.

Manifestations of Me (NSFW)

12 June 2017 - No Comments!

Interview for The MOO Blog

In April, I was contacted by photographer, Josh Fray, to be interviewed and shot for The MOO Blog. He found my work via my Instagram account and was interested in featuring me for the blog in order to find out more about me, my career as a freelance illustrator and how I implemented the MOO brand into my business.

I've been interviewed many times over the years for both magazines and blogs but only a few times have I been involved with film and photoshoots; something that always makes my awkward self a bit nervous. Luckily, Josh not only made the shoot very comfortable but also really fun. We ended up chatting for a long time about many interests we had in common ranging from politics to gaming, as well as the highs and lows we've both experienced with freelancing.

Since the interview has been posted, I have been inundated with so much positive feedback; both from current followers of my work and people newly introduced to it via MOO. A big thank you to all of those who have reached out to me regarding the feature. Your kind words helps me to keep going in this tough industry! Please visit The MOO blog to read the interview with Josh in full.

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All photos by Josh Fray.

26 April 2016 - No Comments!

Typographic Illustrations From the Archives

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DON'T BE LAZY – 2007

For 2016, a renewed priority of mine is to create more typographic illustrations. I recently went through the arduous process of transferring all of my work and personal files from an old computer to a new one. Inevitably, I stumbled upon lots of old work that I almost forgot about. Amongst these archived files were many typographic illustrations; ranging from personal pieces to student pieces to client pieces. Even though several of them were unrealised or unrefined, they all reminded me of how much I love creating a varied array of abstract illustrations that were focused around words, sentences and messages. Here I wanted to share a small selection of the pieces that I came across so you can have a little taste of where I began and how I have developed as an illustrator. Seeing these old drawings has definitely reignited my aim to realise the ideas I currently have for my future typographic works.


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NERD – 2008


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KINKINERD – 2007


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COULD BE ME – 2008


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RANDOM IS GOOD – 2007


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ART OF FOOTBALL – 2008


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WORDS OF LOVE – 2008


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COULD BE ME – 2008


See more typographic illustrations in my current online portfolio.
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30 August 2015 - 6 comments

The Progress of Mixed Media Manifestations of Me

If you follow me on Instagram, you may be aware that I am currently working on a new and very personal project at the moment. A project where for the first time, I am the subject. Mixed Media Manifestations of Me is a personal response to having a long-existing urge to create a mixed-media series from scratch. My previous mixed-media artworks are almost always inspired by the initial photography that I am to work with. However, most of these images are given to me by the photographer or the client. This time, I give myself the opportunity to be in control of the entire process from the very beginning and what better way than to use my own body as my inspiration?

Here are a few WIP images from my Instagram account where I am primarily documenting the steadied development of this self-portrait project. You can follow my IG account to stay up-to-date with the progress of Mixed Media Manifestations of Me.

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