With bread-baker and writer Bryan Ford (@artisanbryan), it’s time to lose your expectations of bread and get experimental. 🍞 + 🔥 = 💯
“Your hands are powerful tools, eager to learn new things,” says Bryan, who fell in love with cooking as a child. “I remember helping my mom make tortillas, tamales and other traditional Honduran foods. As I got older, I started to work in restaurant kitchens and taught myself more about how to bake different types of bread and pastry.”
These days, Bryan infuses his Latin American heritage into fresh recipes and seeks new ideas from all over the world. “I love accounts that highlight different cultures and types of people that are cultivating their unique craft.”
Check out today’s story for a glimpse into Brian’s kitchen and to learn a bit more about a few of his favorite Instagram accounts in the 🌎 of 🍽.
Photo by @artisanbryan
“My life is a product of Black history. Everything I do is to extend that legacy of building a better world than the one I received,” says writer and strategist Brea Baker (@freckledwhileblack).
“When Trayvon Martin was assassinated in 2012, it sparked the beginnings of my activism. George Zimmerman’s acquittal over a year later is what would officially politicize me and send me deeper into this work. I became committed to understanding the deep-rooted legacy of racism in this country and how to break the cycle.”
Brea was the youngest national organizer of the 2017 Women’s March and served as president of Yale’s NAACP chapter. Her involvement in multiple other civic engagement and advocacy efforts led her to take up her role in Inspire Justice, an organization which advises leading change-makers on social impact strategies.
“I have worked to create a world where profit and supremacy do not keep Black people, women and LGBTQ people from living safe and dignified lives. My work builds community and challenges the idea that we inherit a bunch of systems that can't be changed.
I hope people leave rethinking everything, and especially the need for caging and policing human beings, and what’s possible if we come together.
Young people are so powerful. We set the tone for the present and future of our global community. We are energetic and not so jaded by this world to lose faith in our ability to change it.”
Photo of @freckledwhileblack by @syd.hol
“I’m passionate about exploring the relationship between social justice and environmentalism,” says activist and writer Leah Thomas (@greengirlleah), who founded IE (@intersectionalenvironmentalist), a community-building resource that inspires other activists to think about beyond climate change.
“My work aims to challenge environmentalists to dive deeper and view environmentalism through a lens of intersectionality, so hopefully BIPOC don’t continue to be silenced in the issue, and so that environmental wisdom and conservation practices found in BIPOC communities can be celebrated and embraced as well. I’ve found that most environmental activists that are spotlighted are white, even though BIPOC climate activists exist all over the world and have been doing this work for years.
The Black community is disproportionately impacted by environmental injustice, COVID-19 and social injustice. This made me realize that the same systems of oppression are at play in each area. We must strive for racial justice so Black people can not only breathe and exist — but thrive.
It’s important that environmentalism is intersectional, so everyone has access to green spaces, nature and all that Mother Nature has to offer.”
Photo of @greengirlleah by @cherthismoment
Educational influencer Blair Imani (@blairimani) uses unconventional, innovative methods to discuss complex issues. “I’ve always been committed to advocacy, just the scale and focus had shifted throughout my lifetime. One of the great gifts of being an educator whose classroom is on Instagram is the ability to innovate at the drop of a hat, or hijab,” she says.
Blair launched her series “Smarter in Seconds” on Reels, where she addresses topics like history, privilege, oppression and intersectionality theory through bite-sized lessons.
“Think of activism like a potluck — your skills, networks and resources are your ingredients and recipes. Don’t try to bring something to the table that you don’t already have or can’t quickly learn how to make. Take stock of what others are bringing and see where your recipe fits in.
2020 forced us to sit in the discomfort of racism and to look upon the world and take a mirror to ourselves and ask, ‘Who do we want to be? Who do I want to be?’
We must decide what to do with this raised consciousness. Every one of us must ask ourselves, ‘Will I answer the call of history and materially change oppressive institutions? Or will I shut the door on the possibility of progress?’ I’ll be doing the former. I hope you’ll join me.”
Photo of @blairimani by @akeemomarali
Anna Maghradze’s (@anna_maghradze) digital collages border dreams and reality.
Her ethereal, layered compositions offer transportation to magical worlds where pastel sunsets fill rooms and impossible scenarios are possible.
“The hardest work is to come up with cool ideas,” says the graphic designer and photographer. “I try to find insights and moments that everyone has in their lives and show it in a different way. I like it more when the image is not entirely perfect and when it has a personal touch, so there is more room for mystery and more left to the imagination.
The mood is surreal, escapist and minimalist. Two to three layers are enough to create something creative from photographs. I hope my audience feels calmness in my artworks.”
Photo illustration by @anna_maghradze
Multidisciplinary artist Niko Christian (@cnikarts) uses his photography as a starting point to create new worlds. “A big part of my process, and how all this started, is based on my own mental chaos. I was looking for a way to create peace in myself, so I started trying to make work that embodies my own surreal euphoria.
I draw inspiration from everywhere, but especially from my contemplations on the nature of existence and from nature itself. With an undercurrent of Utopian escapism, the dominant mood in my work is definitely surreal. Life is incredibly surreal when you think about it. All the things we take for granted, like trees, clouds, the ocean — that any of it exists at all is wild.
A recurring element in my work is the rainbow. This ties in thematically with a kind of polarity — birth from death, or the dance of cosmos and chaos. One of the central ideas of these images is that things can transform and change really quickly when we lose sight of them, even for what feels like just a brief moment.”
Photo illustration by @cnikarts
Jee Won Park’s (@zeewipark) dreamy images are a fusion of real and magical elements, but they’re not pure fantasy. “My work is always inspired by reality, a place I really visited, a memory or an experience I really had,” says the artist, who was born in South Korea and lives in Rome.
“All my works reflect in some way my moods and my personal emotional experience. Some works reflect moments of epiphanies, some others have more nostalgic feelings. The recurring elements in my works — such as water, moon, flowers and lights — are all elements to which I feel particularly connected since childhood. They make me feel grounded in reality and alive and inspire me to search for new possibilities.”
In a COVID-19 world, her art offers a re-imagined reality and a calm, peaceful way to cope instead of an escape.
“I try to create works that make people feel better and remind them that joy can still be found in the little things. We should keep faith and believe things will get better.”
Photo illustration by @zeewipark