Hadiya Williams is a 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. Her aesthetic is inspired by the depth of Black culture across the diaspora. After 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 pottery, surface, design, and visual art. 

Black Pepper Paperie Co. is a Washington, DC-based mix-media art + design 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. My subject matter is always centered around the connected cultures across the African Diaspora.

The lineal artwork of Black Pepper Paperie Co. is inspired by the relationship between history, memory, ritual, Black culture and Black people 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 improv which is centered around meditation, movement, and memory.

The adaptable nature of clay, the texture, and the blank slate, makes it a perfect medium for exploring cultural memory. Shaping and reshaping, physically, through the molding of the clay and abstractly, through the visual relationship of these items to the past.

I hand-paint, hand-draw, or cut paper to create shapes, line work, and patterns that always feel connected to something spiritual and ancestral.

My work is fundamentally inspired by those who, for centuries, have always managed to turn function into art.