week 28 \\ 2015: meet the browns

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Last year, in order to get over my long anti-artmaking funk, I pledged to create something daily for 100 days in a row. It started out as a chore. I was uninspired. Annoyed. Frustrated. Feeling washed up + inadequate and wanted to throw all my sketches away.. But by the end, I was doubling, tripling, sometimes even quadrupling my required quota. And I must tell you, that one saying about creativity never running out is true. I started drawing and I wanted to draw more. I was inspired by the elements, fabrics, buildings- everything. I was back.

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“milk shake” hoops inspired by Beads Byaree

And now, as an artist coming into her own, I really strive to inspire, if nothing else. I don’t yet consider my work deep or moving, but it’s from the heart and it reflects who I am and what I want to see. My work will be here long after I’m not.  And I strongly feel that we need to create and promote our own images, because, clearly the media is doing a shitty job at it. So I’m doing my part.

I launched ab-originality to showcase my artwork which promotes the undeniable natural beauty, resilience, style, diversity and strength of the Black woman. My second collection, mid-summer, is due out next month. And as I brainstormed and began creating it, I thought dang! This shoulda been my debut! But, tis life. . I’m growing. I’m prouder. I’m getting closer to my art, if that makes sense. And I love that feeling.

Enjoy the “sneak peek”at some works in progress. And I’m only sharing cuz I know y’all are lazy and haven’t peeped the actual site yet. Please let me know what you think!

solitudinem-inspired ear art

solitudinem-inspired ear art

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earrings inspired by Beads Byaree’s “like the water” hoops

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“frida” choker inspiration

The feature photo is inspired by Queen Mama Badoula herself. And of course I’m ever-inspired by jewelry brands that I’m a true fan of, so please check them out, too, if you haven’t already.

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peace images

[all images ©ab-originality]

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5 comments

  1. Girlfriend Goddess · July 18, 2015

    your work is so beautiful. It really makes me feel proud to be who I am. You’re really showcasing the dynamic beauty that is US, the black woman. thank you

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · July 18, 2015

      Thank you! That is my goal, to make you feel proud and that someone is representing you/us in a favorable way. I appreciate your kind words, sis.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. SOULar Lioness™ · July 26, 2015

    Reblogged this on Zee SOUL GLOW! and commented:
    I just HAD to reblog this one. There’s nothing I enjoy more than seeing about artist’s work. xoxo Especially another BLACK artist. ^_^

    Liked by 2 people

  3. JMDLEFLORE · July 26, 2015

    These are beautiful, and to note I have been to your specific site. I really love flora ear cuff, but the ABORIGINAL print with the fro and the 3 flowers really takes me somewhere. Thanks for doing you and providing it to the world to see.

    Liked by 1 person

    • kelley · July 26, 2015

      Wow thank you! I appreciate your kind words. Thank YOU for taking the time.

      Liked by 1 person

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