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Shyama Golden + Weekend Inspiration

by Kelli Kehler

When I was writing about People of Craft, a platform that acts as a central hub for people of color across all creative fields, I got lost for hours discovering new artists. And one of those artists who completely stopped me in my tracks was Shyama Golden, a Brooklyn-based illustrator/artist. Shyama’s background in oil painting is evident in the deeply saturated forms she creates — whether they’re plant life, portraits or patterns — but her graphic design prowess shines brightly in her ability to manipulate these renderings through working digitally on an iPad Pro.

Shyama’s work, to me, is a bit like how I imagine it would feel to experience color for the first time — it’s invigorating and surprising, her works taking on lives of their own with their rich tones. Check out more of Shyama’s work here and her Society6 shop here to support her work and own it in tangible form. I know I’ll be perusing her images for a color jolt this weekend as the weather has been rainy here in Southern California. Wherever you’re cuddled up this weekend, I’ve included some links below from around the web to keep you inspired. (And if you’re marching Saturday, please stay safe!) —Kelli

This post is brought to you by the Affordable Art Fair NYC. Find the artwork that brings your home to life at our spring fair, March 22 – 25. That’s this weekend! Explore two levels of original contemporary art, showcasing over 300 artists by 72 galleries from around the globe, with artworks priced from $100-$10,000. 

Proud Origins: Ayumi Horie’s Migration Cup for The Democratic Cup is a refreshing interpretation of “a familiar example of a conversation for anyone who is read to be ‘not from here’, i.e. a person of color or anyone with an accent. It has probably happened to them many, many times. Sometimes this is meant sincerely and with genuine curiosity. Other times, it is a clumsy attempt to get at the root of ethnic identity.” Powerful and — as always — beautiful work from Ayumi.

Fast Plants: I’m a vegan with two little ones at home, so I’m always looking for fast meals. This 5-ingredient recipe for Indonesian Satay Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Jenné Claiborne of Sweet Potato Soul is calling my name.

Green Storage: I love baskets, and I love plants — so this basket planter DIY from Oh Joy! is fantastic.

Kid Clutter: Whenever I feel like my home is about to burst from two small children, I head over to Whitney Leigh Morris’ feed to remind myself that you can make just about any space work with good organization. She also recently interviewed her husband Adam about his tips for parenting in tight quarters.

Paint Envy: AphroChic‘s paint collection is full of gorgeous colors, but my favorite might be this Botanic Green.

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