As things are swinging back and forth between normality and extreme restrictions, many feel the direct financial effects of our collective uncertainty at the moment. Especially with our spending this limited, we all want to make sure that our money goes into the right hands. Here are five independent female artists to buy from during this time, both to treat yourself and to get in some early Christmas shopping!
1. Yuvā Kalā
Based in Miami, Florida, Yuvā Kalā makes beautiful wreaths, jewelry, and home decor. All of her pieces are handmade. She releases a collection roughly once a month, which usually sells out within an hour. Her art ties together spirituality, femininity, and bold colors. With a personal, individualistic site, Yuvā Kalā ensures that her customers have a unique, memorable experience when visiting her shop.
2. Notty Designs
Painter Notty Designs was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, where she soon realized that there was little to no representation of Black women like herself in the media. This inspired her to take matters into her own hands. She began sketching in 2017 and soon started her own business. Notty now sells prints, grinders, tarot cards, and more, using her detailed and fantastical style to represent Black girls as sexually comfortable mermaids, elves, and other fantastical creatures.
3. Maed By Mae
Maed By Mae sells carefully handcrafted items, including soaps, essential oil diffusers, and zen gardens. Her style is gentle yet distinctive, incorporating many different aspects of nature and design. Additionally, her products are very affordable, given their quality and individuality!
4. Alythuh Art
Alyssa D. Silos may be best known for her self defense kits, which include a pepper spray, an emergency alarm, and a mini blade, all decorated beautifully with her women-centered art. Her drawings are empowering and courageous, showcasing women as simultaneously vulnerable and strong. She also sells a wide array of prints, bookmarks, and apparel, mostly featuring girls with flowers on them.
5. Riya Hamid
Artist, model, and writer Riya Hamid is originally from New York, although she lives in Berlin now. Her art comes in many forms, including (but not limited to!) illustrations, film, and poetry. Her drawings explore the line between simplicity and detail, tell stories of herself and her inner life, and take a brave look at honesty and vulnerability.