Magical Hairstyles

Trendafilka Kirova creates magical unique braids with a passion. She incorporates different braiding designs into beautiful art. Some of the braiding styles that she does are woven fish tails, and zig zag plaits. Kirova gets her inspiration from tattoos and rug patterns. In 2019 she won the BTC Award. She has an Instagram page and gives hair tutorials on YouTube. Please check out her amazing braiding designs from her instagram page below.

Artist: Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson is a one of a kind artist that was born in  Mississippi. He is of Choctaw and Cherokee descent and  incorporates elements of Native American art into his craft. Gibson creates  a rich visual and conceptual dialogue between his work and the histories of his Native American Heritage.  Gibson creates  garments, beaded punching bags, paintings,  and ceramic vessels.

PEOPLE LIKE US, 2018
Glass and plastic beads, tin, copper and gold-finished jingles, artificial sinew, quartz crystal, silver-coated copper wire, druzy crystal, nylon thread, nylon fringe, acrylic felt, acrylic paint, repurposed wool blanket, recycled jersey stuffing, rawhide, steel rods, wood block
LET EVERYTHING HAPPEN TO YOU, 2020
Acrylic on canvas, glass beads and artificial sinew inset into wood frame
Jeffrey Gibson
OUR FREEDOM IS WORTH MORE THAN OUR PAIN, 2017
Glass beads, artificial sinew, acrylic felt, steel and brass
Jeffrey Gibson
I WILL SURVIVE, 2020
Punching bag, trading post carpet, acrylic felt, artificial sinew, glass beads, copper and brass coated tin jingles, nylon fringe, nylon thread, cotton thread, cotton satteen fabric

Nick Cave Costumes

Nick Cave is an amazing fabric sculptor and performance artist from Chicago, Illinois. He is also the director of The Art Institute of Chicago’s Graduate Fashion Program. His inspiration comes from African art traditions and ceremonial dresses. Nick is known for his   Soundsuits which are costumes that completely cover the individual’s body. He developed the costumes out of dyed human hair, sisal, beads, plastic buttons, wire feathers, and sequins. Nick created the costumes as a second skin that hides gender, race, and class so the audience can watch without judgment. His work is a mixture of dance, choreography, and fashion.

Babneet Lakhesar’s Artwork

Banneet Lakhesar is a creative artist and founder of her global style of modern desi disapur pop art. Her paintings are inspired by her background in sculpture. She majored in sculpture at OCAD University in Toronto. Her artwork represents old school Bollywood and pop culture which reflects  her favorite Hindi  film Mughal-E- Azam. She also was able to collaborate with amazing brands such as Fenty Beauty and Adidas. 

Artist Mickalene Thomas

Naomi looking forward painting
by Mickalene Thomas

Artist Mickalene Thomas creates amazing paintings that are embellished with rhinestones, enamel, and colorful acrylics. Her paintings represent African American beauty, sexual identity, and power. She also includes different genres in her artwork such as portraiture, landscape, still life, and nude. Mickalene  Thomas was born in Camden, New Jersey, and studied at  Yale University School of Art in 2002.

Green couch painting
by Mickalene Thomas.
Bedazzled collage painting
by Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas Interview