Graphic by Elisa Castillo
Photos from left to right: Monica Ahanonu/Instagram, Kemunto Ndege/Instagram, Dionna Gary Bunn/Instagram, Nicole/Instagram, Katana Sol/Instagram and Frances Smith/Instagram
Instagram is no longer a platform exclusively for selfies and brunch pictures; nowadays, people use Instagram to showcase their creative talent, making it the best place to find up-and-coming artists. Finding the right people to follow can be overwhelming, which is why I spent the last few weeks discovering some of the hottest graphic designers. This month at Shifter, we’re showcasing art by Black women.
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1. Dionna Gary Bunn | @designedbydg
Follow Dionna: Facebook, Portfolio, Etsy, LinkedIn
Dionna is a graphic designer, illustrator and “artivist” working specifically within branding and illustration. Her work is inspired by nature, self and culture, representations of her community and pop culture. She runs DesignedbyDG, creating graphic design and illustrations for people. DesignedbyDG offers services such as branding, package design, illustrations, etc.
2. Nicole | @meloninn_
Follow Nicole: Portfolio, Instagram, Shop
Nicole’s brand, “melonin” is an ongoing project of screenprints and illustrations centered around Black womxn.
3. Frances Smith | @francesmarina
Follow Frances: Portfolio
Frances is an Afro-Latinx artist based in New York City. Her artwork aims to amplify social justice issues, highlight underrepresented communities and tell stories. Frances is also a founder and creative director for Careluu, a branding studio that serves non-profits.
4. Nneka Njoku | @maliaschmalleger
Follow Nneka: Portfolio, LinkedIn, Twitter, Society6
Nneka is a Nigerian multidisciplinary designer based in New York City. Nneka’s goal with her creations is to bridge the gap between mind, emotion and spirit.
5. Katana Sol | @cactucatu
Follow Katana: Etsy, Portfolio, LinkedIn
Katana’s art revolves around imaginative thinking and creativity with form. Her goal is to create products for women of color, sustainability and make a difference in any way she can.
6. Kemunto Ndege | @kemunto.dsgn
Follow Kemunto: Portfolio, LinkedIn, Personal Instagram
If you’re a fan of Target, (I mean, who isn’t?) you might already be familiar with this next graphic designer's work. Kemunto Nedge is a digital designer for Target on top of also running her own Black + woman-owned design studio called KemuntoDSGN.
7. Lambi | @lamboflemila
Follow Lambi: Portfolio
Lambi is a multimedia artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. She describes the characters in her illustrations as “personified versions of one coming into and embracing oneself spiritually, mentally, physically and sexually.”
8. Monica Ahanonu| @monicaahanonu
Follow Monica: Portfolio, Etsy
Monica Ahanonu is a Los Angeles-based freelance illustrator and expert in color theory, vector illustration and motion design. Monica’s work makes learning about other cultures, industries and backgrounds accessible.
9. Brianna Pippens | @bpeppersart
Follow Brianna: Portfolio, Society6
Brianna Pippens is a self-taught visual and performance artist based in Washington, DC. Her illustrations, paintings, drawings, animations and cut-out work focus on race, nostalgia and the nuances of Black identity and experience.