Creatively Cool 2015: Andrea Pippins
THE DESIGNER IN DEMAND
And now, as an illustrator, designer, professor, and more recently, an author, it’s hard to get in touch with Andrea Pippins.
She has an amazing resume of clientele, having designed and illustrated for a number of companies, including Free People, Hallmark Cards, and TV Land -just to name a few. Her work has also caught attention of a number of publications, from Clutch Magazine to Refinery29. It’s no wonder the Baltimore based artist is in such demand.
“Ha, I feel I never not have something to do. On that very rare occasion, I like to go sit by the water at the Harbor and just think,” she said.
A lot of the artist’s work, easily recognized by her signature style of bold patterns and designs, are not only beautiful, but also evoke a sense of empowerment and self-love, especially for women of color.
“Because my work focuses on women of color I always try to show us in away we are not often presented,” she said. “For example, just being pretty and/or doing things like being artists, designers, engineers, and business owners.”
And as she adds author to her resume (what can’t this woman do?!), she continues to spread the love of oneself through her upcoming coloring book, I Love My Hair: A Coloring Book of Braids, Coils, and Doodle Dos, that allows you to explore a diverse selection of hairstyles, all beautiful in their own way.
Such an accomplishment can be a great example for any young person to look up to, especially young girls with a similar complexion to Pippins.
“I also hope that by seeing me, a women of color designing and making, that other young women of color can see that they can do it, too,” Pippins said.
Yup, we’re totally inspired. We’ve already pre-ordered our copy of her coloring book. What are you waiting for?