You have been asking us how to support black artists and makers here in Pittsburgh. We are happy to share some recent news and projects around several artists we carry. We already love what we feature in our shop from them, but there is so much more to learn about....
Tal & Bert
You may remember Val Talbert from Maverick Jewelry. She utilizes her childhood love for mining gemstones in her creations. In February, Val decided to move away from jewelry towards modern cement housewares. We adore the concrete vessels she makes in partnership with her husband, Ray. It is the most incredible feeling when local artists find success, and Tal & Bert are ones to watch.
If you would like to read a bit more about Maverick, check out this Maker We Love
You already know Knotzland for their unique small batch bow tie collections. For 5 years, Nisha has used the Circular Fashion approach, using reclaimed fabric and employing sewists from our community. When the need and demand for masks arose, she quickly applied her approach to bow ties to mask making. Many of you have asked where to get masks, and we recommend checking out The Knotzland Website to learn more.
Check out more about Nisha and Knotzland in this Maker We Love
Speaking of masks, Atiya Jones has also been creating one-of-a-kind masks of upcycled fabrics. Here you will find her art print, Your Body Is Full Of Mountains. Visit her website to see more of her art, or to order a mask or two.
Idia'Dega is led by Tereneh Idia. She creates elegant ethical apparel through global eco-design collaboration. Her beaded shoulder grazing earrings are gorgeous, and can be found here
We cannot wait to see how Tereneh's Pittsburgh Community Fashion Project, OAM (Ohio, Allegheny, Monongahela) garment is coming along. If you haven't already mailed yours, send her a 4" textile of any shape, fabric, decoration (just needs to be sewable.) A small piece created by you will help build a community work of art. Don't be left out of this modern patchwork of our city. Learn more here: OAM PGH
If you would like to learn more about Tereneh and Idia'Dega, visit her Maker We Love
Thank you for reaching out about the black artists we carry. Please visit Cocoaprenuer for a directory of black businesses in Pittsburgh.