Hadiya Williams is a surface designer/artist and native of Washington, DC. Her work has recently been featured on digital and in print publications including Print, Domino, Curbed, and Travel + Leisure. Hadiya is a member of BADG (The Black Artists and Designers Guild) as well as The Art Brand Alliance.

With over 15 years experience in graphic design, Hadiya founded Black Pepper Paperie Co. in 2017 and has since expanded her art + design practice to include ceramic objects, surface design, and visual art. Her work is inspired by the relationship between history, cultural memory, migration, and ritual.

Black Pepper Paperie Co. is a Washington, DC-based surface design + art studio operated by Hadiya Williams. BPPCo. focuses on creating globally-inspired surface pattern designs and one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces that include wearable ceramic art, home decor, paper goods, and apparel.


from the Artist

I have spent a lot of time trying to find my voice through my graphic design work and have developed a distinct style, but I always knew that my design was best suited for working with my hands.

The lineal artwork of Black Pepper Paperie Co. is inspired by the relationship between Black people, history, memory, ritual, and culture across the diaspora. To define lineal is to speak of something in a direct line of descent or ancestry; relating to or consisting of lines. All of my work is a form of improvisation and intuition which is centered around movement, migration, and cultural memory. It is inspired by those who, for centuries, have always managed to turn function into art.