Black Excellence by Katlyn Sartor

Day 26 — Poster posted on February 25, 2023

Katlyn Sartor

Pronouns: she/her
Located: Detroit, MI

Tell us about yourself:

Hi! I’m a creative located in Detroit Michigan, just starting out. I love comic books, music and of course—using art to express and create the worlds of feeling and emotion stuck within my brain. I see art as another form of world building I guess, creating that which isn’t present in the physical world and trying my best to imitate the world around me.

What is the inspiration behind your poster design?

What inspired this piece was actually barbershop/salon posters that showcase various hairstyles. Since I was given the phrase of “black excellence” I thought if that as one of the best interpretations of the power and magnitude of our hair, and how it also represents a safe space for me as a child and many others growing up.

Why do you love being creative?

It brings me joy as well as drive, as soon as I finish something whether it be a serious piece or a page in my sketchbook, each time I create it pushes me to make more.

Tell us about your experiences in the design world…

Just drawings for families and friends, I recently was gifted an iPad with procreate so I figured it’s time to get serious about my work.

How can we create a more inclusive design world and ensure that Black people are represented?

I think creating platforms for black creatives to familiarize themselves with one another, not solely for networking but just for allyship, to ensure that we have our own community and backbone for each other within the design world.

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