Self portrait Jamila Clarke
Welp, Black Historical past Month is almost over. Not solely is it the shortest month of the 12 months, however because it’s additionally awards present season and when the NBA All Star Sport occurs, it flies by further rapidly. However the reality of the matter is: We must always all be honoring Black historical past and supporting Black folks year-round. One of many best methods to assist Black folks is by patronizing Black-owned companies. And with web sites like Etsy, the web makes it that a lot simpler to take action. Looking for nerdy merchandise, artwork prints and different objects on Etsy has truly change into an issue for me. Since Etsy has memorized all my billing data, I can actually discover, ponder and buy a cool illustrated photograph of the Recent Prince in below 90 seconds. Listed below are some domestically primarily based Black artists you would be supporting on Etsy, in addition to another favorites from numerous elements of the US.
Portland-based photographer Jamila Clarke is an artist I’ve simply found not too long ago, however I’ll undoubtedly be shopping for from her Etsy account quickly. Her conceptual pictures usually incorporates surreal components, like one stunning image of an airplane flying out of a lady’s stormy-white afro. I might additionally see myself shopping for a extremely relatable photograph referred to as “She Wrote Nothing At All,” which depicts a Black girl asleep on her typewriter. Whereas there are fairly a couple of choose prints accessible on her Etsy web page, you’ll be able to see her full portfolio on her website.
Austin-based Cindy Elizabeth is a self-described Afro-futurist, Black nerd, photographer, and mixed-media artist. I initially fell in love with (and purchased) a glowing print referred to as “I Am Fabricated from Love,” which includes a silhouette of Garnet from Steven Universe standing within the superhero pose. I couldn’t assist myself from shopping for a 5×7 “Black Lives Matter” print that facilities a Black Energy and fist afro decide. Along with prints depicting legends like Pam Grier and Whitney Houston in area, she additionally makes cute buttons with Black Panther characters on them, and others that function Mr. Rogers, Selena, Colin Kaepernick, Star Trek’s Lt. Geordi La Forge, and extra.
Assorted works by Alleanna Harris courtesy Alleanna Harris
New Jersey artist Alleanna Harris has so many issues I’d like to purchase; it’s overwhelming, however I’ve determined I’m simply gonna unfold out my purchases over the subsequent few paychecks. For my first Alleanna Harris piece, I purchased a black-and-white “Saturday Morning Illustration/Carefree Black Girl Art Print” that may go completely in my bed room because it displays my very own routine of doing my pure haircare routine subsequent to a sleeping pup and a snake plant. Her account additionally has numerous cute illustrations of characters from Dwelling Single, Marvin Gaye, James Baldwin, and lots of different Black legends. She additionally has a meals sequence depicting cartoon Philly cheesesteaks, pretzels, and Italian ice.
Nadira Simone Courtesy Nadira Simone
Nadira Simone runs a fairly in style account on Etsy, and it’s no surprise: Her web page is sort of a Black-culture art-print wonderland. She sells valentines and different greeting playing cards with characters and phrases from classics like Martin, Good Instances, Juice, and Recent Prince. In actual fact, I simply bought a li’l Recent Prince print in inexperienced, in addition to an illustrated 8×10 of that iconic rest room karaoke scene from Dwelling Single. With 250 illustrated objects celebrating popular culture—together with some espresso mugs, and even some attire—the probabilities (for spending) are limitless. You may as well try a few of her stuff on Instagram.
Based mostly out of Riverside, California, Kubrat Salaam focuses on attire, equipment and decor. Her designs are likely to give attention to celebrating Blackness, with objects that learn “melanin,” “I’m Black and I’m Proud,” and “You Poppin’ Sis.” Naturally, I’m additionally admiring a t-shirt featuring a drawing of Beyoncé, from when she carried out on the Grammy’s whereas pregnant with twins.
Jean Pierre of Nkossi Boutique has been promoting fantastic West African vogue, materials, wearable artwork, and décor from his location at 130 SW Harvey Milk since 2015. It’s one of many solely outlets on the town specializing in conventional African clothes, so in the event you’ve bought any Wakanda-themed events developing, N’kossi boutique might be your greatest wager for locating genuine designs domestically. Specializing in customized clothes and alterations, Pierre’s attractive assortment might be made-to-order. And fortuitously, final 12 months the store made a few of its product accessible on Etsy, the place now you can store a slew of vibrant hoodies and jackets, matching couple’s suits, coats, maxi skirts, attire, and conventional African necklaces.
Clackamas-based artist Stephanie Griffin makes “trendy embroidery artwork from a novel viewpoint.” Her Etsy account options practically 100 handmade designs that incorporate phrases and footage depicting themes referring to nature, journey, music lyrics, sassy phrases, illustrated pin-up womxn, the resistance, and constructive messages for self-love. Costs for her cute embroidered hoops vary from $15 to $49.50. I’m significantly jazzed a few “Make Your Own Path” piece depicting a PNW mountainside, and a vibrant deep indigo quantity that reads “Know Your Worth” in sizzling pink.
Portland-based designer and engineer Kayin Talton Davis creates artwork prints and different home items for kids and adults. There are many cute lunchboxes depicting Black youngsters as cowboys, ninjas, astronauts, and extra. As somebody who grew up receiving presents with footage of little white women on them, Soapbox Principle is a breath of recent air. Possibly I wouldn’t have felt so pressured to chill out my pure hair if I’d have grown up seeing extra self-reflective photographs like “Girl in yellow with afro puffs” on my stuff.