Creatively Cool 2015: Andrea Pippins
You’ve mentioned in previous chats with us that your mother is Brazilian. Any of your work influenced by your cultural roots?
AP: Maybe subconsciously but I don’t know that I can pinpoint anything. Maybe bright colors? Brazilians love color.
You send such great messages through your work of love and empowerment, especially for women of color? Do you think that message comes across?
AP: I think so. Every now and then I get a comment or note from someone who says they didn’t know about graphic design as a career option, or thank you for creating artwork that looks like me.
What’s been your favorite project, so far?
AP: Hmmm, that’s hard because there are so many that I loved. But there is one illustration project I worked on last summer that I loved because I learned a lot about the given topic and learned a lot about myself as an artist and business woman. It challenged me creatively and professionally. That assignment really changed my perspective on who I am as an artist, a professional, an entrepreneur, and as a working woman. I think about that experience all the time because what I learned continues to influence the work I do and my decisions regarding the projects I take on. Sadly, I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so I can’t share any details. In addition, it was put on hold so I don’t know that it will ever see the light of day.
You’re also a professor, correct?
AP: Yes, I teach part-time at MICA.
So, what are you teaching?
AP: I’m teaching a course about Branding.
What’s something you hope your students take away from your class?
AP: Of course I always hope they leave the course with more knowledge than they had when they walked in, but I really hope they leave feeling more confident about what they are creating and that they understand they have a voice — and that voice needs to be shared with the world.