When was the last time you sat down with crayons or markers and just colored?
Artist Makeda Lewis wants more Black women to unleash their inner child with her new Afro-Feminist coloring book, Avies Dreams. The book conveys the dreams of a young girl named Avie, who was sent to an institution for not being like everyone else.
Feminism, death and rebirth, Afrocentricity, gender issues and power dynamics are other themes explored in the coloring book. Avies Dreams also boasts many powerful images of Black women, depicting a broad range of hairstyles and features.
Lewis, whose been drawing since she was a child, told BET.com that she hopes that this book will inspire Black women to reflect, heal and find happiness.
“Coloring is really cathartic for people. The more we age, the more we let that childlike part of ourselves go, and I hope by coloring people can find those moments of joy.”
She added, “I also hope that people see these images of the book and see something that is relatable to them and make them examine themselves as well.”
Learn more about Lewis and how to purchase Avies Dreams here.
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(Photo: Courtesy of Makeda Lewis)