An Exploration of Angel DeCora’s Design and Lettering Work

An Exploration of Angel DeCora’s Design and Lettering Work
with Neebinnaukzhik Southall

Co-presented by Book Arts & Special Collections, San Francisco Public Library
Online Lecture
Tue, Oct 19, 2021
12:00pm–1:30pm PT

Discover the inventive letterforms of one of the first Native American women to be credited in the publishing world.

Angel DeCora (1871–1919) was a Ho-Chunk designer, artist, illustrator, and educator whose inventive lettering opens windows to the design of North American tribes. In this lecture, Neebinnaukzhik Southall, founder of the Native Graphic Design Project, will examine DeCora’s work, with a particular look at the illustrations and lettering she created for books and other publications.

About Neebinnaukzhik Southall

Neebinnaukzhik Southall, a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, is a graphic designer, artist, photographer, and writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they run their small creative business Neebin Studios. Neebinnaukzhik means “Summer Evening” in the Ojibwe language.

Neebin was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Miami, Florida, and Corvallis, Oregon; they are fundamentally concerned with representing Native peoples in a positive and empowering way through their work. They also maintain a list of Indigenous graphic designers at the Native Graphic Design Project and believe that design work created by Native people is a vital part of tribal sovereignty.

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