Your attention to detail and the skill shown in your hand lettering is amazing. Is there a reason that you choose to use analog tools to create a lot of your illustrations and type?
I've been drawing with pens on paper since I was a little girl so it is the media I'm most comfortable with. Not only am I able to retain the control and direction with markers, I find the process of drawing by hand to be very soothing and I also prefer the visual outcome. Seeing all the lines and strokes from these tools is evidence that work and time went into the piece. Sometimes I do correct and edit completed work on the computer but I have no desire to learn how to draw digitally.
In the U.S., schools have started taking cursive handwriting out of their curriculum and instruction, so beautiful penmanship is increasingly becoming a traditional form of artisanship instead of a basic skill. Were you taught the foundational principles of cursive handwriting in school? What are your thoughts on schools removing cursive handwriting from their curriculum and instruction?
I didn't know it was being removed from the curriculum in the U.S. but it is a shame to hear when creative subjects are not treated with the same level of importance as other subjects; especially in a child's education. I expressed an interest in art from a very early age and have always been encouraged by my mother, many teachers and lots of peers to take it further. A child can have talent but getting that support from others can hone their talent and confidence so much. That is something that I feel is really important.
What women are currently inspiring you?
Seeing Black women in art by Black women making the art is my greatest inspiration right now. This is one of the reasons why I started a self-portrait set this year; my first mixed-media art series featuring WoC only. These artists include Toyin Ojih Odutola, Michelle Robinson, Lina Iris Viktor, Andrea Pippins and Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Many public Black women are also really inspiring me with their work, attitudes and messages. These women include Amandla Stenberg, Willow Smith, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, Leomie Anderson and Danai Gurira.
Pay it Forward: link a person or thing that has recently changed the way you viewed a social/political/cultural issue and write a sentence detailing that experience.
For my birthday recently, my partner bought me (amongst many things) B.R.U.H. by Markus Prime. I've been a massive fan of his art for a very long time so it was amazing to finally hold his work in my hands. Not only does he also work with analog tools which I naturally gravitate towards in other artists, his work primarily showcases powerful Black women in heroic roles that are typically saturated by White men. This book is so much more than cool drawings. It's a declaration that Black women deserve their worth, importance and strength to be recognised in our pop culture. As I flipped through the pages, I automatically saw myself personally represented in these characters. Something I hardly experienced when I was absorbing media as a child. It's a really powerful feeling and something I wish to contribute to with my own work now and in the future.