Andrea Pippins is a designer, illustrator, and educator who began harnessing her artistic talent into a BFA in graphic design and later earned her MFA at Temple University-Tyler School of Art. After teaching design full-time for five years, Andrea took a break from teaching to work on freelance illustration and design projects.
We are stunned at the magnificence of the work she churns out and absolutely crazy about her vision for women and girls!
In November 2015 Andrea published her first book, I Love My Hair, with Random House Children’s Books/Schwartz & Wade. I Love My Hair is a coloring book featuring her illustrations celebrating various hairstyles and textures. In 2016 she released her second book, Becoming Me, for young women to color, doodle, and brainstorm their way to a creative life. Her vision is to empower women and girls of color and people in marginalized communities with visual tools to own and tell their own stories.
She recently created an illustration for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development(AWID) Movements Matter digital visual arts series.
Had the pleasure of being one of 11 featured artists to create an illustration for the @awidwomensrights Movements Matter digital visual arts series. Check out their website to see other works celebrating how movements "build collective and compelling political power for human rights, equality and justice."
Not to revisit the devastation of Election Day 2016, but in honor of our day of voting, I did have the lovely opportunity to do an illustration celebrating Fannie Lou Hamer for a @lennyletter essay about her courage. Regardless of the outcome her spirit holds true, our "sick and tired" should be the fire that makes us stand up for what we believe in every day.
I had such a wonderful time speaking and teaching a workshop at RISD over the weekend. One of the things I talked about was how being a prepubescent teen in the early 90s influenced my identity and how exposure to powerful black imagery in media helped inform who I am, my work, and mission. Because I saw myself reflected in so many different ways (Living Single, A Different World, in Living Color, Love Jones, Crooklyn, Teen Summit, Boomerang, Moesha, Essence, YSB, VIBE, to name a few) there was never a question that I belonged and that my story mattered. Because of their work and the work of others before then I am empowered and privileged to define who I am while paving the way for others to do the same.