The Art of Empowerment
Celebrate Black History Month with three visionary artists
This year in celebration, Pressed has partnered with three Black artists who are each making a meaningful impact in their communities. These artists were invited to design a special label for one of our juices to showcase their work and commemorate Black History Month through the power of art. Proceeds from the sale of these one-of-a-kind juices will support the artist’s ongoing work to promote solidarity, strength, and diversity within their work and community.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Perryn Ryan is a Brooklyn-based artist who worked as a technical designer in the fashion industry for 10 years before making art her full time focus. Ford’s expressive work is inspired by her passion for self care and wellness. She seeks to explore the intimate relationship between one’s self and our connection to the natural and supernatural world.
Behind Ford’s Label for Roots 3: “This illustration is called ‘Scorpion,’ and is a part of a large yoga themed series entitled ‘Life in Flow Motion.’ The idea for this illustration and the entire series was born out of my love for yoga and how cultivating a daily practice has improved virtually every area of life from diet, to mental health and practicing discipline. Life is all about balances, and I think especially right now, we could all use a reminder to breathe, find our balance, and just go with the flow!”
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
Activism, equality, women of color, and women empowerment inspire the works of Raleigh-based artist Mikenzi Jones. The self-confessed “hippie at heart” is also passionate about health and wellness and trying new things whenever possible. When she’s not creating custom portraits and photography pieces through her Etsy shop Kenzi Studio Co, Jones is busy being a mom to two small boys.
Behind Jones’ Label for Orange Turmeric: "Growing up without representation of women who looked like me, It was important for me to create a piece that helped black women to feel included, beautiful and confident just the way they are."
Austin-based artist Alannah Tiller is known for her spontaneous, movement driven line work that attempts to abstract everyday objects and people. Tiller earned a Bachelors in Art History from Texas State University as well as a Masters of Museum Studies from The University of Oklahoma before launching her small business aLILscribble, where her pieces are available for purchase.
Photo by Taylor Prinsen - @taylorprinsenphotography
Behind Tiller’s Label for Citrus 2: “The work created for Pressed Juicery's Black History Month initiative was one that was inspired by the black family. The use of shapes and shades of brown were chosen to represent the diversity in our black community. I then layered the line work on top with their portraits and each portrait is connected to signify the family dynamic.”