As a part of our ongoing commitment to spotlighting the truth that Black Lives Matter, we’re honored to expand our collection supporting social justice by partnering with more amazing Black artists to amplify their voices and showcase their inspiring art across new products launching October 22nd. 100% of the profit is split between the artists and social justice charities of their choice.

This exciting collection is the latest in our ongoing series that spotlights beautiful Black art (on personalizable notebooks and interchangeable covers) for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021. We are beyond excited to introduce five new artists to you so they can share their inspiration, art, and passion for social justice. Shop the collection, starting October 22nd, and help spread the love!

Black Futures Matter by Chibia Ulinwa

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice featuring artist Chibia Ulinwa - behind the scenes creating her design Black Futures Matter

About Chibia

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice featuring artist Chibia Ulinwa

Chibia Ulinwa is a Nigerian-American lettering artist based in Portland, Oregon. With a passion for bursts of color and uplifting others, Chibia creates energetic and vibrant pieces to educate, amplify, and empower others.

Here’s what Chibia has to say about the inspiration behind her design and what it means to work with Erin Condren on a collection that gives back to the social justice charity of her choice.

My Inspiration

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice - behind the scenes with artist Chibia Ulinwa creating her design Black Futures Matter

When I created this design, I really wanted to make a statement that serves not only as a reminder that we have so much in store for us as a whole but also uplifts the Black community. With representation being minimal in varying outlets, it can be hard for BIPOC to feel seen, heard, and valued—often leaving us in a position of feeling as though our goals and aspirations are far fetched, that our futures don’t matter. But that isn’t the case; and while we may have to overcome obstacles along the way, our futures are equally as bright; we can strive for greatness and succeed!

What This Collaboration Means to Me

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice - featuring Chibia Ulinwa and her design Black Futures Matter

I am beyond overjoyed that I get to partner with Erin Condren to showcase my art, with half of the profit supporting the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM) and the other half supporting me and my work. It is so elevating being able to create an original piece with my own ideas and artistic choices that speaks volumes to the work and advocacy that I try to emulate in all my work. I have always wanted to raise money to help a charity, especially one that helps support BIPOC, so I am thrilled that I am able to share my art with the world while simultaneously supporting a cause that I wholeheartedly stand by.

My Social Justice Charity of Choice

I selected BEAM because everyone’s emotional and mental well-being is important, and the Black community is often overlooked. BEAM’s work to support and teach people residing and working in Black communities really stood out to me. It’s such a great way to provide the necessary tools for healing and understanding in these communities; I’m glad that we get to help support their mission! -Chibia

You can follow Chibia on Instagram @inkus_dingus and shop her collection launching on October 22nd here. 100% of the profit supports her and the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective.

Broken to Beautiful by Roma Osowo

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice - artist Roma Osowo behind the scenes creating her design Broken to Beautiful

About Roma

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice featuring artist Roma Osowo

Roma Osowo is a Texas-based professional abstract artist. Born and raised on the island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, her work is inspired by the rich, vibrant colors represented in her West Indian heritage and expressions of joy from her deeply rooted faith.

Here’s what Roma has to say about the inspiration behind her design and what it means to work with Erin Condren on a collection that gives back to the social justice charity of her choice.

My Inspiration

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice - behind the scenes with artist Roma Osowo

I created the design Broken to Beautiful to reflect how God can restore and redeem what feels lost, creating beauty out of what once felt broken. With there being so much division and unrest right now, this piece is a lovely symbol of hope, peace, healing, and restoration.

What This Collaboration Means to Me

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice - featuring Roma Osowo and her design Broken to Beautiful

I feel incredibly honored and humbled to be chosen as part of this significant partnership between Erin Condren and Black artists. 

To receive 50% of the profits from the sales of the products showcasing my work is an incredible opportunity, but to have Erin Condren commit to donating the other 50% to the charity of my choice is not only incredibly generous but it is sure to offer tremendous help in righting some of the injustices experienced by so many who are disproportionately affected within the criminal justice system simply because of the color of their skin.

My Social Justice Charity of Choice

BIPOC men and women make up a disproportionate percentage of the US prison population. The unjust rate of imprisonment of people of color is harmful to BIPOC communities.

A few months ago, I learned the story of a gentleman by the name of Archie Williams. Mr. Williams was convicted of and served 36 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. A simple DNA test fought for by a non-profit doing similar work to that of the Equal Justice Initiative proved his innocence. 

His story has inspired me to choose the Equal Justice Initiative as the charity that will receive 50% of the profit from my collaboration with Erin Condren because I know there are countless others like Mr. Williams who have been wrongly convicted and are tragically still imprisoned. -Roma

You can follow Roma on Instagram @roma.artist and shop her collection launching on October 22nd here. 100% of the profit is split between her and the Equal Justice Initiative.

The Promise by Tara Michèlle Mixon

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice - Tara Mixon behind the scenes designing The Promise

About Tara

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice featuring Tara Mixon and her design The Promise

Tara Michèlle Mixon is a Florida-based digital illustrator and author. Inspired by the strength of her matriarchal family and studies of language and literature, Tara’s work celebrates the authorship of narratives and language of Black women through countenance, stance, hair, and dress. 

Here’s what Tara has to say about the inspiration behind her design and what it means to work with Erin Condren on a collection that gives back to the social justice charity of her choice.

My Inspiration

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice - Tara Mixon behind the scenes creating her design The Promise

The Promise is a design inspired by the influence of faith within the Black community. It is what “kept” my grandparents in times of great oppression. The ability to visualize a future they would never see was a product of that faith. From the early struggles for freedom and emancipation to the past and current civil rights movements, faith, by the way of the Black church, has been a consistent source of hope.

I wanted to pay tribute to the people and institutions that so gracefully anchor our communities and to the “mothers” of the church who, through wisdom and love, empower new generations. In the hands of a church mother, a tambourine becomes a conductor and her touch, a balm.

What This Collaboration Means to Me

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice featuring Tara Mixon's design The Promise

Partnering with Erin Condren is a dream I hadn’t imagined at this juncture in my career. Through this partnership, many people will experience my art for the first time. It allows for professional growth, but more importantly, it shines a light on the beauty and diversity within my community.  As a Black woman, I view my community as an extension of my nuclear family. My success is for them as much as theirs is for me. While we are diverse, there’s a connectedness that transcends time and space. It is this connection that empowers us to persevere in the face of adversity.

I am honored to take part in an initiative that aligns with the issues that are closest to my heart. It is one thing to verbalize support, but another to actually put those words into action. It is action that actually brings about change. Erin Condren is doing just that by leveraging their influence to promote the work of Black artists and to bring awareness to charities whose work is essential to our communities. 

My Social Justice Charity of Choice

I have selected the Black Mamas Matter Alliance to receive 50% of the profit from the sale of my design. As a daughter and widowed mother of two, I understand the vital role women play in their children’s lives. Pregnancy should be a momentous time of growth for families. However, for a disproportionate amount of Black families, it is a time of great sorrow. The nationwide inequalities and deficiencies in Black maternal health cut at the very core of the Black family.

The rate at which Black women die from pregnancy-related complications is staggering. Black Mamas Matter envisions a world where Black women are seen, heard, respected, and given a level of care that allows them to raise the babies they worked so diligently to carry. -Tara

You can follow Tara on Instagram @taramichellemixon and shop her collection launching on October 22nd here. 100% of the profit is split between her and the Black Mamas Matter Alliance.

Just Bring It! By Amanda Reid

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice featuring artist Amanda Reid behind the scenes creating her design Just Bring It!

About Amanda

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice featuring artist Amanda Reid

Amanda Reid is an artist, instructor, and the owner of Amanda Reid Designs, a design studio specializing in modern calligraphy for events, brands, apparel, and more. She’s also the founder of Calligraphers of Color, an inclusive online community that celebrates diversity in the industry.

Here’s what Amanda has to say about the inspiration behind her design and what it means to work with Erin Condren on a collection that gives back to the social justice charity of her choice.

My Inspiration

“Bring what YOU have to offer to the table.” I love this quote because it is such a great reminder to focus on the gifts, talents, and skills that only you possess and to share that with the world. People are waiting for YOU to bring what you have to offer. We do a disservice to ourselves and others by comparing ourselves to other people and by holding back the gifts you know you were created to share.

Imagine being invited to a potluck dinner and you are in charge of bringing one of the main entrees. But instead of bringing the main entree, you bring plates because you thought your main entree wouldn’t be good enough. Now the whole potluck group suffers and does not have enough food to eat because you thought what you had was not good enough. Don’t be that person. Bring what you have to offer to the table.

What This Collaboration Means to Me

I think what the Erin Condren brand is doing with this partnership to amplify Black voices and diversify their artists is very powerful and shows how genuine they are to see real change take place. I love seeing companies that are willing to recognize past mistakes, learn from them, and move forward to bring about change within and outside of their communities.

Change requires taking action and being intentional. Erin Condren was intentional in seeking out Black artists to collaborate with and offer 50% of the profit to the artists. That is unheard of for a company of its size and shows their true heart behind all of this. They took it a step further and are choosing to donate the remaining 50% to charities of the artists’ choice that will continue to support the work of those fighting for change in regards to racial inequality and social justice. I am very proud to partner with a company that is using its platform to make a difference and lead by example.

My Social Justice Charity of Choice

Earlier this year, I joined a book club called “Reads on Race” to educate myself on racial inequality and systemic racism in America. Our first book was “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). I choose to support EJI, because they are committed to working with marginalized communities and changing the narrative about race in America. -Amanda

You can follow Amanda on Instagram @amandareiddesigns and shop her collection launching on October 22nd here. 100% of the profit is split between her and the Equal Justice Initiative.

Full Expression of Joy by Rachel Juanita Bellamy

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice featuring artist Rachel Bellamy

About Rachel

Rachel Juanita Bellamy is an artist on a mission. She started her company Soul Reign to create education, experiences, and excursions that facilitate emotional, spiritual, and cultural healing through art. Rachel’s work is a bold expression of healing and joy.

Here’s what Rachel has to say about the inspiration behind her design and what it means to work with Erin Condren on a collection that gives back to the social justice charity of her choice.

My Inspiration

Erin Condren collection supporting social justice - Rachel Bellamy's inspiration behind her design Full Expression of Joy

I call this piece, The Full Expression of Joy. Joy, boldness, and full expression are all forms of resistance because they are the sole responsibility of an individual regardless of race, gender, class, or wealth. We each can choose joy, boldness, and to fully express our highest self in every minute of every day. I added the words, Pray, Plan, and Reign to the cover of this piece to express a reminder to the planning community to not only plan but to pray and to reign—to live full out.  Sometimes we get lost in the planning and forget about the purpose of the planning, to live a life of purpose (praying) and passion (reigning).

What This Collaboration Means to Me

To partner with Erin Condren is such an honor and privilege. I am a planner and I know the importance of having a sacred place to dream, pray, plan, and cross off things on my checklist when complete (my favorite part). I wanted to create a piece that celebrates inclusivity and the beauty and diversity of color. All too often BIPOC have been marginalized in the arts, crafts, and planning communities, and it would be such an honor to see art that celebrates the beauty of all people in retail stores and in the hands of the planning community. And knowing that half of the profit goes to a charity that supports emotional and mental health within the Black community (another marginalized area) is the icing on an already sweet cake.

My Social Justice Charity of Choice

I chose the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective BEAM) because their emphasis on emotional and mental health aligns with the mission and purpose of my art, art classes, and retreats. The motto of my company is “May Your Soul Reign,” which is my heart’s earnest prayer for all who encounter me, my art, and my ministry. -Rachel

You can follow Rachel on Instagram @queenpreneur and shop her collection launching on October 22nd here. 100% of the profit is split between her and the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective.

Shop the Full Collection

Explore your favorite designs and all Erin Condren collections supporting social justice here.

Future Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Collections

Throughout 2021 and moving forward, we’re extending our collaborations to include more BIPOC and diverse art (including LGBTQIA+, cultural, religious, neurological diversity, and more). The goal is to continue to support diversity, equity, and inclusion and celebrate the richness of our many heritage and awareness months year-round.

If you would like to work with Erin Condren, or recommend an artist for future collaborations, please contact us at featured@erincondren.com.

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