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, Canadian House & Home, Colorlines.com, Creative Quarterly, CMYK, How Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Graphis New Talent.
While she teaches part-time as an assistant professor of art at Maryland Institute College of Art, Andrea works as a freelance designer and illustrator (having designed for brands like Worth Global Style Network, Free People, Hallmark Cards and the BlackStar Film Festival) while producing 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’s first book, I Love My Hair, was published by Random House Children’s Books. I Love My Hair is a coloring book featuring her illustrations celebrating various hairstyles and textures. Andrea currently resides in Baltimore, MD.
What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?
I feel conflicted about Black History Month this year. On the one hand, it's a reminder of how much work needs to be done during the other 11 months to recognize the amazing work, talent, and perseverance of our people. On the other hand, it's always an inspiring time of the year to see so much going on (events, features, projects, etc.) celebrating our contributions.
What Is On Trend For You Right Now?
De-saturated color with futuristic/sci-fi vignettes that explore how toxicity influences/impacts humans and nature are on my radar. With technology evolving so quickly, and our environment being grossly transformed as a result; I think people are seeking inspiration on how we can all co-exist while still recognizing that some of the damage is irreversible. So I'm seeing a lot of nudes and pastels with weird pops of hazy color, and the contrast of metal (machines), skin, and earth.
To Learn More About Andrea Visit:
- Portfolio: andreapippins.com
- Shop: etsy.com/shop/flygirlblog
- Blog: flygirlblog.com
- Twitter: @andreagpippins
- Instagram: @andreapippins
- Video: youtube.com/apippins