A Conversation with Andrea Pippins
This week’s episode is actually the last one of the 2016 season — and over the past 29 episodes Vickie’s had the absolute honor and pleasure of talking with creative types ranging from Artists and Professional Crafters to photographers and musicians. She’s learned something from each and every conversation, but there have been a handful that’ve really stuck with her — exchanges with guests who were both generous of spirit and thoughtful in mind. Their openness underlining the very reason she wanted to produce this podcast in the first place. In part it’s to feed her own curiosity about people and what makes them, well, them. Outside of her own satiation, however she hopes this show inspires thought and creativity amongst a community she loves being a part of. For Vickie, communication is the ultimate form of creativity.
The latest episode is one of those that she won’t soon forget. Earlier this week Vickie spoke with Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Educator, Andrea Pippins. At the time of this recording we are a little over 4 weeks away from the inauguration of an almost infamous, new President. For ultimate better or worse, to say that our American society is experiencing a period of unrest is probably an understatement. Vickie and Andrea took this meeting as an opportunity to have a very candid conversation about race, education, gender, and the power of creativity during times of personal — or global — insecurity.
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Andrea Pippins is an artist and author with a background in graphic design. With her BFA in graphic design Andrea spent time designing professionally at Hallmark Cards and TV Land/Nick@ Nite Networks before returning to school to pursue her MFA at Temple University-Tyler School of Art. During her educational and professional careers her work has been published in well-known publications such as Anthology Magazine, Bustle, Colorlines.com, Creative Quarterly, CMYK, How Magazine, The Huffington Post, and The O Magazine. Andrea has also received numerous awards and recognition in the design industry including First Place in the 2009 AIGA Campaign to Sustain Poster Competition and the 2008 Flux Design Competition for Best Identity. In 2012, Andrea was recognized as one of Dell’s #100 Most Inspiring People.
Andrea teaches part-time as an assistant professor of art at Maryland Institute College of Art, while also working as a freelance designer and illustrator. She has created designs and illustrations for brands such as Free People, USAID, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In addition to designing and illustrating, Andrea curates content for her fashion, art and design blog, Fly. Andrea’s blog is a weekly resource to inspire young women to pursue their creative passions.
In November 2015 Andrea released of her first book, I Love My Hair, a coloring book featuring her illustrations celebrating various hairstyles and textures. Following the success of I Love My Hair, Andrea released Becoming Me in the fall of 2016. Becoming Me is an interactive journal and activity book filled with artistic prompts, coloring pages, and creative challenges, to encourage self-discovery and creative expression.
Andrea produces artwork with a mission to create what she wants to see and a vision to empower women and girls of color and people in marginalized communities with visual tools to tell their own stories.
Andrea is currently creating out of D.C. and Stockholm.
Enter to win one of Andrea’s Best-selling Books, Becoming Me OR I Love My Hair. Post a comment on your thoughts about how creativity can help heal and empower. Comments must be received by 10pmCT on December 22, 2016.
UPDATE: Winners are Kathy & Janna. Congrats!
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Produced by: Vickie Howell
Edited & Mixed by: Dave Campbell
Music Provided by: Explosions in the Sky
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