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Hadiya Williams is a designer/maker and native of Washington, DC. She is the founder of Black Pepper Paperie Co., a design studio that create handmade,  lifestyle statement pieces. This includes wearable art, home decor, paper goods, and apparel. Hadiya’s aesthetic is a combination of ancient West African art, vintage + modern design, and intuition.Her work has recently been featured on HGTV’s House Hunters (online), Shoppe Black, Okay Africa, Curbed, Afrominimalist, The Root, Studio78, In Her Shoes Blog. When Hadiya isn’t designing or making, you can find her listening to podcasts or hunting for ancestral treasures.

What Does Black History Month Mean To You This Year?

Black History Month 2018 means self-awareness. We are currently experiencing a renaissance across the diaspora and black people and people of color around the world are creating and developing some really inspiring and dynamic work. We are owning our power and pushing back in a way that we haven’t seen in decades. This shift comes from the increase in our collective empowerment. Our ability to connect, globally has really allowed us to see ourselves for who we are. We are celebrating ourselves and continuing to draw on the strength of our ancestors and the work that was put in to get us this far.

 Alma Woodsey Thomas was an African-American Expressionist painter and art educator. She lived and worked primarily in Washington, D.C. and the Washington Post described her as a force in the Washington Color School.

Alma Woodsey Thomas was an African-American Expressionist painter and art educator. She lived and worked primarily in Washington, D.C. and the Washington Post described her as a force in the Washington Color School.

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Where Are You Finding Inspiration To Design This Year?

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I am finding inspiration from art all around me. Of course there is tons of content online to get inspired by. I love Instagram and Pinterest. I visit museums more often these days because I live walking distance from the downtown area in Washington, DC. The National Museum of African Art, The National Museum of African American History and Culture The National Gallery of Art, The American Art Museum are my favorite places to go get energized. Vintage shopping and estate sales are also a great source of inspiration.

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