Hi everyone, I was looking forward and excited to post a video for you all, but it looks like that isn't going to happen again. At least for today. So, I thought I'd just tell you more about the background of the coloring book.
If this is your first time here, and you haven't heard of my coloring book 5th. Ave. It is a printable coloring book inspired by African-American Women of the 1920s. Flappers to be more clear. The 20s were a fabulous time for women. Why? Because it was a time when women we're testing their boundaries, and testing the status quote of what was to be considered ladylike. I'm generally speaking in terms of their speech, behavior, and clothing expectations that we're thrust upon women back in the day.
In Literature and Art, there are beautiful illustrations of women of the 20s and Flappers, but most of these women, didn't share the creamy brown skin, or the features that I was born with. Yet, the images that do, show a different tale of African Americans feature a stereotyped view, such as the Sambo. I couldn't find many African-American woman hand drawn and illustrated in jewels, dresses and styles of that time.
So, the big idea arrived. I wanted to Illustrate African-American Women, Flappers of the 1920s. and what was Ironic about it all, was that is that they existed! They existed in photography, poetry, and jazz, but they weren't illustrated. I know that those times we're different, but I feel that it's important to depict positive images of people of color, that juxtapose those negative stereotypes that still linger even in our day! So, I wanted to illustrate these women, and The 5th Avenue Coloring Book is just the beginning.