Growing up, I was raised in a family of creatives, whom indulged in tabletop gaming, anime, video games, comics, and fiction novels. At an early age I recognized my love for creating art in a way of expressing myself. Eventually, I learned to find creative ways to translate my youthful imagination into fruition. Over time I began experimenting with different media to help me visualize different facets of my interests. I taught myself drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, and photography as it helped me refine the artist I am today. After the passing of my father in 2015 I threw myself into my art to battle deep depression, which soon led to the creation of my original Armory series. I began designing many pieces, and once I built up enough materials, I decided to open Kindred Whispers in 2016.
I came up with the unique name 'Kindred Whispers' when I was considering a title to a poem I wrote years prior. To me, Kindred Whispers related secrets, or related story. The secret, or story, being my creations based off of themes that inspire me. That inspiration comes from my introverted years of creating alone to exploring worlds that I consumed through multimedia. Dabbling in many art forms helped me to continue to challenge myself and grow. As many children of color we did not see many representations of us in the world of fantasy and science fiction. These genres are what nurtured my upbringing, impacting me in ways I am truly grateful for. I want to share all I create with you. Hopefully you are ready to come with me along my journey.
In my youth I utilized anything that was on hand like paper, containers, rubber bands, random broken things, crayons, and paints of a sort. I’ve always seen the potential in what I found useful and experimented with it to see what happens. Sometimes I ended up with a battle ship occupied by robot warriors or a city scene ravaged by a fight between motley hero action figures. There was nothing that did not have a purpose. Along with building visuals came learning to world build and right stories.
In high school I took everything from drawing & painting up to AP Portfolio my senior year. When I submitted my portfolio in an opportunity Scholastics had I ended up having one of my pieces selected, professionally frames, and showcased in downtown Cincinnati. I went to win the Ruth Hess Memorial Award for my essay on the importance of reading among those my age at the time. I was given money to keep in addition to funds for my high school library, which I was responsible for adding new additions to the library’s collection. Moving on to college to study ancient art history, religion, ethics, and psychology.
Retuning to my pursuit of building Kindred Whispers I created my original Kindred Swords (aka Bookblade) Bookmarks, Armory Icon and Jewelry series, and opened a shop to sell my pieces to customers in over thirty states. I had my work gratefully featured on a few YouTube content creators whom reviewed my early Kindred Swords in 2018. I submitted a tutorial of my work in Passion for Polymer published in 2019 with a back cover feature. In 2020 I was commissioned and featured my True Anomaly jewelry by Elektra from Respect the Artist, a great artist empowerment organization. Kathleen DeQuence from Cyththia Tinapple’s Polymer Clay Daily also featured my bookmarks in a 2020 blog.
I spent what seems like eons contemplating ways to web all of my work into one cohesive universe. From my polymer clay pieces, builds, painting, poetry will lend to world building for Kindred Whispers. When I look to the future I will see my work being the contribution to the black representation in the nerd-verse. Like those before me I want to the powerful gods, beings, warriors, and the world as whole to reflect us. As in our historical culture it is important to highlight what was hidden in the shadows. With my love of anthropology I created work that respectfully centered on all earthly cultures, but I will be focusing on African, Black, and Pan-African cultures.
Along the way I will be featuring all of the inspirations that will help me continue this journey. That will include works from black artists, creators, contributors, and pioneers from past to present day. This will help with growing and finding hidden treasures of our communities we have so long needed. A way of redefining my imagination and push myself to grow for you and the future. My journey is open to anyone who will accompany me. This quest will be me exploring 3D Art along with my main content.
I will be digging deep into the infinity of our roots and craft a fictional world large enough for you to explore but familiar enough to engage in. This was something that was largely overlooked or not mentioned when I was growing up. Now I know is the time for me to bring forth something unique for the next black and people of color for years to come.
-Intro video by savaedits.