Several holidays are celebrated across social media through a variety of ways. Some are able to share images or change their backgrounds or profile pictures to get in the Holiday spirit. However, finding those customizable images to display your passion for the Holiday season is very rare. So one Southern Belle and creator of art who understands that dilemma is Martinique Mix.
Martinique Mix, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, is the founder and owner of Mar Mix Graphic Designs, a graphic design and creative visual arts company. A former graduate of North Atlanta High School and a scholar of fashion and accessory design due to teachings from Savannah College of Art and Design, Ms. Mix has become inspired to create a way for African Americans to display their love for the seven day holiday, Kwanzaa. Besides the Kwanzaa artwork and backdrops Ms. Mix features on Facebook, her organization Mar Mix Graphic firm specializes in working with small businesses, nonprofits and religious organizations with their digital design needs. Currently, Ms. Mix continues to spread Kwanzaa cheer and is currently the graphic designer at Big Bethel AME Church and the international component and departments within the AME church.
The graphic designer and creative individual, Martinique Mix, was inspired to create Kwanza graphics due to her feeling as if something was missing on digital platforms. She realized that one particular site that she uses often, Facebook, had noat created any background for the holiday Kwanzaa like the site had done for other holidays. She knew that she needed to create imagery that she could share and other supporters of the holiday could share and use as well. For each graphic, she was inspired by the trend and style that Facebook had already created with other holiday imagery. However, it was important for Ms. Mix to show different elements of Kwanzaa while keeping it simple and yet engaging.
A favorite example that stands out to the creator and Facebook friends and family was the green backdrop with African Americans showing their celebratory moves and gestures. Martinique Mix says this specific design demonstrates the celebration aspect of the holiday with fellowship, dancing and drumming. She also incorporated the Kinara, known as the Kwanzaa candle holder, and symbols of Kwanzaa in the other various background designs to give multiple perspectives of what Kwanzaa looks like in the African American community.
As a Kwanzaa celebrator from an early age, Ms. Mix can remember her parents Paschell C. Mix and the late Gregory R. Mix, having and using the Kinara, candles and other items representing Kwanzaa principles. She reflected on how her family would take turns lighting the candles and how these traditions encouraged her to create Kwanzaa artistry. Mix remembered that when she was growing up Kwanzaa was not only celebrated at home with her family but also in the schools she attended. She says “I am privileged that Kwanzaa was taught to me at such an early age and I have always wanted to share and teach the principles to others,” therefore, Ms. Mix did just that for the digital community of Facebook and her artwork can even be applied to other social media platforms.
We hope that the workings presented by Ms. Martinique Mix is able to use your social platform in support of a African American traditional holiday; Kwanzaa. Get into the spirit and share these Kwanzaa images on your timeline!