Anthony Febo

I recognize my work uses superhero’s as the main talking point, but for me it is more about what they represent than who they actually are. You do not have to know anything about Captain America to see that he is patriotic, or know anything about Wolverine to know he is a bit of an animal.

In working with an idealized version of these characters, I am able to use them to communicate the pressures we put on ourselves.


Most days you can catch Febo on stage or in front of a classroom involved with poetry one way or the other. On the other days however, he is definitely walking up and down the toy aisle of Target, at a thrift store, or in his studio. After working at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston for the last three years and talking to teenagers about the art in the galleries, he started to develop a sense for what he liked and what he didn’t. Now, Febo intertwines the way he see’s these superhero’s in in an idealized way and the he see’s the world in a socially conscious way to start a dialogue about the two.

Brit EmmAshe

Brit is a trained artist (Paint/Draw/Print Media) & untrained cake designer who landed in Chicago ten years ago to attend the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. After teaching for a year in the Chicago public school system she found that she wasn’t living the creative life that she was meant to live.

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And while she absolutely adored her students, she chose cake life over teaching life and then chose independent cake life over commercial bakery life because there isn’t any space for creativity when you’re working on some one else’ assembly line. At the moment she works as an independent artist and as a contract designer for Laine’s Bakeshop in Morgan park, IL.

‘I live for the creative process. An excerpt from “Art Is a Spiritual Path” reads: ‘I believe that the Creative Source is encoded in our DNA such that if we resist too long, our body makes images out of it’s raw material by tumors, rashes, pain, and quantities of gelatinous body fat”- I totally agree, our creative selves are our healthiest selves.

As a person living with anxiety and manic depression having an creative is important and amazing.  I also love that my studio experience has made a bit of a comeback spilling over into culinary. There’s nothing more satisfying than building off of a single theme or idea and creating an amazing (edible) piece of art.  Cake, much like paint, ink, and charcoal, feels like an artistic medium to me and I just want to continue experimenting and creating with it.’

 

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Shereen Masoud

 

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Shereen makes art both as an act of self care and out of love for people of color and all oppressed peoples. What began as a way to practice healing through ink calligra-therapy, has become a medium to explore the meaning of revolutionary love and to engage with community around the themes of self love, justice, and solidarity/cross-community building using mixed media.

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Shereen Masoud is a Philadelphia-based Egyptian artist from the Bay Area. Her work combines traditional Arabic calligraphy with portraiture, politics, and music. She is also pursuing her PhD at Temple University, focusing on Islamophobia and Muslim American resistance.

 

 

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what is revolutionary love?

to me, it is at once the most selfless and selfish kind of love. found both in the struggle and in the silence. in the care of a mother or father or grandparent. in the single beating heart of the masses. marching for freedom. in prayer. between two people that have promised to keep each other soft in a world that wants to harden them. then see them break. it is the root of resistance.

to me, revolutionary love is self-love. the most powerful thing a person can do. is to see their own beauty. and to use it to show others, theirs.

 

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Follow her work on instagram @ya_shoosh

Stay tuned for more items for sale on her etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/yashoosh

Visual Art

We at Wusgood know that art is not reserved to what we find hanging on museum walls. We celebrate creative visual works that highlight the ingenuity of black people – objects and works that look good and reflect some aspect of urban culture.


Tira Heard, founder of Totally Twisted Wearable Art, captures this same enthusiasm. Her handmade jewelry not only looks good on us, but also focuses on healing and uplifting people through visual, wearable art.

 

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GET TWISTED WITH TOTALLY TWISTED WEARABLE ART

KIOSK TO OPEN IN LAS VEGAS NOVEMBER 1, 2016

Cleveland, OHIO, October 12, 2016 (eReleases) – For women who want to increase self-esteem while still embracing their individuality, TOTALLY TWISTED offers socially conscious wearable art, soon to be available in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each piece of art is uniquely hand crafted using copper wire, precious gemstones, fresh water pearls, crystals and or glass beads. These items currently are available online and most recently on the Marketplace in the Knot magazine. As of November 1, 2016, Totally Twisted will branch out to Las Vegas Nevada in a kiosk at Summerlin Mall.

 

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The copper used to make most art pieces, not only is aesthetic but also has healing properties. Copper may help to ease headaches, arthritis, joint pain, and zinc deficiency. The gemstones used also have many different healing properties depending on which gem is used. Totally Twisted ensures that each art piece is one of a kind.

 

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Totally Twisted was founded in 2011 by Tira Heard as a way to use her gifts of creativity and design. Heard fuses her love of fashion and her passion for women’s empowerment into her designs which are meant to allow women to “embrace their individuality”. This is what sets Totally Twisted apart from other lines of jewelry. Heard is a member of an international arts organization called RAW Artists and has participated in RAW Cleveland and RAW Miami. Totally Twisted designs have been featured and sold in various boutiques and galleries around the world.

 

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In addition to the new kiosk opening on Las Vegas on November 1, 2016, you can also purchase Totally Twisted pieces at www.TotallyTwisted.cool , on Facebook at Totally Twisted or https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/totally-twisted-cleveland-oh-994303

 

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Contact:Tira Heard
Totally Twisted

216-256-5598
tiraheard@gmail.com

www.TotallyTwisted.cool