Black History Is Now: In Conversation With Black Creatives

NewsFeb 01, 2023
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Black history is being written every day through creatives who push boundaries and unapologetically share their stories. To celebrate Black History Month, we’re taking a look back at our favorite Creative Conversations interviews with some of the Black creatives that have inspired our team.

Elmwood Marketing Manager:

With the US celebrating Black History Month in February, how does the importance of highlighting Black culture influence your work?

Adryan Tunde Abii-Smith:

I design and illustrate so many Black figures throughout the year to disrupt the notion that we can only celebrate our Blackness in October and February. I get my inspiration from Blackness all around me.

Elmwood Designer:

Do you have any tips for starting a new medium you aren’t as practiced in?

Bex Glendining:

Try and have fun with it. You might not connect with it or like the outcome, but if you’re enjoying the process, then that is what’s important.

Elmwood Senior Designer:

Being based in NYC, how does the city inspire you?

Jaamal Benjamin: 

I love New York. With recent gentrification, there’s a juxtaposition which feels at times extremely heavy and tense. But despite all the changes and challenges, New Yorkers still find a way to keep it moving. There’s always something new and old to experience and explore. That constant pool of stimulation is definitely an inspiration for me.

Click here to read the full interviews from Adryan Tunde Abii-Smith, Bex Glendining, and Jaamal Benjamin.