When I was writing about People of Craft, a platform that acts as a for people of color across all creative fields, I got lost for hours discovering new artists. And one of those artists who completely stopped me in my tracks was , a Brooklyn-based illustrator/artist. Shyama’s background in oil painting is evident in the deeply saturated forms she creates — whether they’re plant life, portraits or patterns — but her graphic design prowess shines brightly in her ability to manipulate these renderings through working digitally on an iPad Pro.
Shyama’s work, to me, is a bit like how I imagine it would feel to experience color for the first time — it’s invigorating and surprising, her works taking on lives of their own with their rich tones. Check out more of Shyama’s work and her Society6 shop to support her work and own it in tangible form. I know I’ll be perusing her images for a color jolt this weekend as the weather has been rainy here in Southern California. Wherever you’re cuddled up this weekend, I’ve included some links below from around the web to keep you inspired. (And if , please stay safe!) —
Proud Origins: Ayumi Horie’s is a refreshing interpretation of “a familiar example of a conversation for anyone who is read to be ‘not from here’, i.e. a person of color or anyone with an accent. It has probably happened to them many, many times. Sometimes this is meant sincerely and with genuine curiosity. Other times, it is a clumsy attempt to get at the root of ethnic identity.” Powerful and — as always — beautiful work from Ayumi.
Fast Plants: I’m a vegan with two little ones at home, so I’m always looking for fast meals. This 5-ingredient recipe for by Jenné Claiborne of Sweet Potato Soul is calling my name.
Green Storage: I love baskets, and I love plants — so this is fantastic.
Kid Clutter: Whenever I feel like my home is about to burst from two small children, I head over to to remind myself that you can make just about any space work with good organization. She also recently interviewed her husband Adam about his .
Paint Envy: ‘s paint collection is full of gorgeous colors, but my favorite might be this .