Darrell Kinsel: Pgh Native,Schenley Grad, Artist, Activist, Cofounder of BOOM Concepts ,Board of Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse has returned to Knotzland for a second collaboration collection :Elements: a Conceptual Journey through the idea of inclusivism, and fostering a sustainable future on the basis of protecting the Globe and all of its Matter.
The original Knotz "Kinsel Collection", released as a 12 piece collection [Período Azul: inspired by Picasso's The Blue Period July 2015] & sold out within a week of its release.
D.S. Kinsel's work is a reflection of his race, culture, and generation. He strives to encourage audiences to reevaluate their ideas of fine art. His work shows in a number of venues across Pittsburgh including Future Tenant, Shaw Galleries, ASSEMBLE and ImageBox. Popular online artists blogs Hyperallergic Labs, 7 Shades of Black, and the Jenesis Magazine have helped spread his work to a larger audience. Pittsburgh City Paper has ranked Kinsel's Twitter profile the 3rd best in the city and has also been a recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier "Fab 40" Award and a Pittsburgh Magazine 40 Under 40 honoree.
Apropos of Pittsburgh’s industrial heyday, Ashley paints in an old mechanic’s garage retrofitted for her studio. From there, she creates her 2D works that pique curiosity about nature and foster environmental stewardship.
Massachusetts-born, Pittsburgh-based artist and educator
Nora Gilchrist is a Massachusetts-born, Pittsburgh-based artist and educator. She is intrigued by historical and social matters, which she tends to see through an art-historical lens. She is dedicated to sustainability and the democratizing of creative culture, and is grateful to be able to do work she is passionate about via her position as Creative Education Coordinator at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. She loves creating portraits, especially ones depicting feminine beauty and power. She is especially fascinated by women who might be regarded as "unsung heroes". You can see more of her art here.
Jazmin Jackson's company, JAZMEEN, is a creative arts organization that designs and produces art, textiles, fashion, photography, and events with a mission to inspire a world where excellence, beauty, kindness, and happiness can co-exist and thrive together. Originally from NC, the artist specializes in creating digitally printed textiles and womenswear designs that are graphic, comfortable, & versatile. For more visit jazmeen.org
bekezela mguni is a radical librarian, activist, artist and abundant bodied femme. She believes that the collective sharing of knowledge, beauty and inspiration is a part of life’s purpose and brings that intentional spirit to her work. Born in San Fernando, Trinidad, she is currently living in Pittsburgh and has over 10 years of community organizing experience, in which she has worked with LGBTQ communities, youth, women and people of color. She collaborates with various artists, educators, healers and activists in work that seeks to create new possibilities - new worlds. She holds a Masters in Library and Information Science and was blessed to participate in the first Librarians and Archivists to Palestine delegation in June of 2013. Most recently she completed a micro-residency at Pittsburgh creative hub, BOOM Concepts, launching the Pgh POC Zine Distro. Her visual art work was featured in Exposure: Black Voices in the Arts in the winter of 2015. She is a Penn Ave Creative fellow and will be examining the relationship between literacy and liberation by engaging libraries as sites of possibility. The Black Unicorn Project is a Black, queer, feminist library and archive centering the storytelling of Black women.
Laura is an excited, curious spirit. She likes to make things - be it fanciful paintings, miniature dioramas, scrappy quilts or a nourishing meal. She is also an enthusiast for all things instructional and has been involved with lots of out-of-school programs for kids. She is currently a part of the Education team at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. Being sustainable and keeping cool things out of the waste stream are some of her chief concerns. Laura loves Pittsburgh and has lived here two years, during which she served in KEYS Service Corps. She was born and raised in California’s Bay Area and graduated from the California College of the Arts. See more of her work athttp://www.lauraramie.com