Alana Ladson is a self taught illustrator currently looking to make the leap into the fields of book illustration, visual development and character design. She is currently working on writing and illustrating a children’s book. She was chosen to be a 2022 We Need Diverse Books Mentee and has completed illustration and design work for organizations such as New Haven Arts Council, DiasporaCon, Artspace Gallery New Haven, Music Haven, and more. She has also exhibited work at The Mercy Gallery at Loomis Chaffee, The Ely Center for Contemporary Art and The New Haven Free Public Library.
Alana Ladson Art is a small black women-owned business which creates positive and empowering fashion enamel pins, art prints and stickers of and for BIPOC community members and others. Long ago, Alana saw little to no faces like hers in the art and media that she and her peers consumed. For this reason she began to sell her works of art in hopes that others could see themselves through it. One of the many places the inspiration for the products comes from is beautiful BIPOC women, nature and magical, ethereal beings— which are all filled with strength, culture, passion, and love.