The very first SWAN Day event included some phenomenal visual artists that all practiced various, eclectic disciplines. It was such a fun experience, and it certainly was the spark that lit the flame to our interest in expanding the SWAN Day events here in Chicago.
Shani Crowe is a multimedia artist, keeping the proverbial flame of cultural coiffure, adornment, and beauty ritual, as they relate to the diasporic African. Most notably recognized as a nail artist, she is also a filmmaker, photographer, and designer, creating a variety of visual and wearable art.
A graphic designer by profession who still finds unrelatable joy when her pencil meets pad, or her paintbrush strokes a canvas; she’s found love in exploring the depths of mixed media art. She’s been drawn to the field of art and design in both her leisure and professional work in result of pure undying passion. Making herself a self proclaimed entrepreneur at the tender age of 22, Rachel started I.LA, a freelance design company that has helped her clients visions to their dreams come true. Art inspires her, and it is for that very reason that she proudly professes her deep commitment to producing memorable art. Her first, true love…
Katrina Jackson is a tattoo artist and painter. She went off to the University of Missouri to study mathematics when she ironically discovered her passion to become a tattoo artist. After 3 years of being a full time student and part time tattoo artist working in a number of different shops across Missouri and IL, Katrina decided to leave school to chase her dreams of becoming a successful tattooist and fine artist. She’s found her home at 9Mag tattoo studio working along side Ryan Henry, Van Johnson, “Phor” and “Jet” as the youngest and only female member of the shop. She has plans to continue making unique and elegant body art while making the world a more beautiful place with her sensual paintings.
As the go-to Windy City manicurist that “spiffs up” manicures to the nth degree at Shervan Salon, Tacarra “Spifster” Sutton is known for her innovative and edgy nail designs. The witty- and undeniably zany – self taught graphic designer-cum-mani-maven got her nickname Spifster for her ability to make anything “spiffy”, and credits trying to kick a bad nail-biting habit as a reason why she started putting polish to talon. Sutton’s precisely-painted lines and one-of-kind geometric designs have dressed the digits of celebs like Jennifer Hudson, Chrisette Michele & Adrienne Bailon, as well as a long list of devoted clients country-wide who keep her on speed dial for “spiffing”.
Morgan, a visual artist, was born in and raised back and forth between Chicago and Northwest Indiana. She began drawing and crafting whatever she could ever since she got her hands on a crayon and a piece of paper. Besides being an artist, Morgan works as a nanny. Working with children has greatly influenced her art as it is constantly stimulating her inner child, which is her favorite part of herself. Most of her work is fueled by her exploration into the studies of magical and metaphysical subjects like God (her spirituality), nature, anatomy, yoga, alchemy, sacred geometry, astronomy and astrology. She always has been creative, but openly admits that she is pretty new to the “art world”. She feels like she is very much still a baby from an industrial standpoint, using her creative abilities to gain monetary value. It adds very different perspective on her reasoning for creation as she has always created anything purely for the freedom and enjoyment of self-expression.