Taisha Carrington, David Harper Clemons, Tanya Crane, Douriean Fletcher, Kalkidan Hoex, Chequita Nahar, and Cheryl Riley

February is Black Historical past Month in the US. To honor this, over the subsequent 4 weeks AJF is spotlighting articles and movies we’ve beforehand printed about Black makers and/or by Black writers.

In the present day, we deal with the makers who’ve come on AJF Stay to indicate us their work, take us round their studios, and speak about their practices.

The Barbadian jewellery designer and multidisciplinary artist was a finalist for the 2022 Younger Artist Award. She works in efficiency, sculpture, physique adornment, and set up. For Carington, jewellery was a transition from sculpture, which itself was a transition from an curiosity in structure. In her thoughts they’re all the identical, simply at completely different scales.

In 2021, the James Renwick Alliance of Craft acknowledged Clemons as Grasp of the Medium in jewellery and metals, for his excellence in craftsmanship, affect within the medium, and general contributions to the sector. This considerate maker embraces metalsmithing and its collected historical past of strategies and objects in works rendered in steel, blended media, and artist books—objects positioned throughout a spectrum, from automobiles to speak concepts surrounding identification to forays into formal materials and process-based work.

Crane is a professor on the Faculty of the Museum of Nice Arts at Tufts College. She acquired her MFA in metalsmithing and jewellery from the College of Wisconsin—Madison. Her work is a documentation of her life. It sits in a twin existence between prejudice and privilege. She grew up with household in each white suburbs and South Central Los Angeles. This duality has deeply knowledgeable her follow.

This multidisciplinary artist focuses on metallurgy, treasured stones, and general adornment. Fletcher’s follow lies the place aesthetics and power work intersect, forging the instruments to root and reimagine ourselves in accordance with shared ancestral and cultural traditions. Her work has been featured within the Roots reboot and the movies Black Panther, Coming2America, and Black Panther 2: Wakanda Eternally. By way of her work, Fletcher invitations girls to check themselves as deities of our period and of the long run.


Hoex’s work speaks on to these she considers part of her personal identification: youth of blended descent, who had been adopted out of their nation or origin or needed to flee with their households from their birthplace. A grasp’s graduate of The Maastricht Academy of Artwork, she now works as a companion trainer in MASieraad’s grasp’s program in Modern Jewellery Design.

Born in Suriname, in South America, Nahar now lives within the Netherlands, the place she works as the pinnacle of the Nice Artwork and Design program on the Maastricht Institute of Arts. In her jewellery, Nahar combines Surinamese crafts and strategies with strategies rooted in modern practices. She makes use of her work to debate Surinamese tradition, its rituals, symbolism, and visible language, which she connects to her expertise of Dutch tradition. Nahar served because the curator for Schmuck 2020.

Riley is an artist, designer, advocate, mentor, and artwork advisor who promotes artists of the Black African diaspora. Her works discover similarities between seemingly disparate cultures by way of the lens of reminiscence, household, world histories, rituals, and symbols. Current sculpture initiatives handle cultural tropes, societal buildings, nourishment, illustration, aspiration, and transcendence impressed by African People’ survival strategies. Public artwork installations are in Atlanta, Sacramento, San Francisco, and NYC. Museum acquisitions embody the Oakland Museum, SFMoMA, Mint Museum of Structure & Design, and MAD. Riley is an NEA grant recipient and has visitor lectured at quite a few universities.