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Episode 39: Grief, Beauty, AND Artistic Expression with Octavia Ink. Octavia is a printmaker, illustrator, and graphic designer. Originally from Chicago, Octavia graduated from DePaul University with a BFA in graphic design. Now located in Grand Rapids and also a local activist, she uses her artwork as a fundraiser for marginalized groups around the city. She believes in art as a form of expression, using her art to represent those who are underrepresented while bringing social justice issues to the forefront. As an illustrator, Octavia is driven and inspired by Black women. She wants to see women that look like her at the helm and she reflects that in her art. Constantly utilizing bright colors and dynamic movement in each piece, Octavia loves to incorporate flowers throughout her work. Pushing the message that we should give ourselves our flowers and celebrate growth and joy. www.prettyininkpress.com
There is a real healing and community in letting your loved ones love on you, and be there for you and lift you up.Octavia Ink
In this episode, Octavia Ink shares her story and what it is like to be a woman who is a black artist. She shares about her passion for the many mediums of art that she does and how she cherishes the opportunity to make her art larger than life so that it can be something the community enjoys. Octavia also shares her inspirational process behind the creation of the Voices of Lament cover design and I also share what it was like for me to see the cover for the very first time. Our conversation touches on Octavia’s journey to using her art as a way to express her voice and how she is continuing to learn to let her voice be loud and vibrant through her art.
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