black artists

ART IS WOMEN: La Toya Allen

By Alicia Rivera on April 26, 2018

Meet Regnum Mentis

Established in 2015, "the idea to create gift packaging for men was birthed through my desire to send my husband - who was away on deployment [on] Father’s Day - a gift that conveyed the love and appreciation that both his children and I felt.  I didn’t want my husband to open a plain box. That would have diminished the love that we wanted to convey. Our gifts needed a ‘final touch.’ I could find nothing on the market that expressed the sentiment that we felt. Statistics show that most gift-givers want to create an experience. I knew I wasn’t the only one. My clients express the excitement and joy of seeing our gift bags and gift boxes under the Christmas tree." RM Designs, LLC, looks to create a lasting experience to all its clients’ special occasions, whether it’s an anniversary, birthday, Bar Mitzvah, corporate event, Military Ball, retirement or wedding.

Being a Female Entrepreneur

I believe as a female entrepreneur and veteran I have been blessed to have access to various resources in order to become successful within the gift packaging industry. We are new within our industry and sometimes working to establish the brand and build rapport in the retail market seems to be a challenge at times but certainly not a challenge that cannot be conquered.

"I have had a challenge in scaling my business due to having established my company out-of-state. I have had to utilize the law that protects the establishment of my business under the Military Spouse Residency Relief Act. Many entities really don’t know how to handle business owners that have attachments in multiple states.

Vending at First Fridays

"First Fridays has provided a venue that we can utilize to establish business [and gain] consumer exposure.  We are able to interact and establish new client relationships. It is also another market analysis resource, which allows us to understand whether [or not] we are providing a product that meets the needs of our clients."

Get a hold of La Toya!

Facebook and Instagram - @RegnumMentisDesigns | – Regnum Mentis Designs

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Upcoming Event - Art Is Women | Redux, National Stationery Show MAY 2018 New York

ART IS WOMEN: Tori Hunter

By Alicia Rivera on April 24, 2018

Meet artist Tori Hunter, who is a digital painter born and raised in Oakland, California. When asked about her creative style, her response is usually “I’un even know,” bearing the Instagram handle, @iuneveno. Though Hunter cannot put a specific name to her style, it is likened to “black manga.” When describing her portfolio of works, Hunter says her recreations take “nostalgic or iconic characters from comics or twelve vision and make them Black.” Going beyond the normative perception of Black, Hunter says, “I try to bring all shades into my artwork, as well as skin conditions...such as #albinism and #vitiligo. That way every Black person can see themselves in my artwork and not feel shut out. Every person can be a superhero.”

Hunter sells her work online and at the Oakland First Fridays festival. “When  people talk about creating their own business no one ever talks about the financial side. First Friday has helped me get my brand out there. More people will be able to see my artwork and request commissions. Regulars will come and be able to find me and tell friends.” Hunter and the BMJ Art Shop will be joining us for the "Art Is Women | Redux" on May 4th, 5-9 p.m. Come out to support BMJ Art Shop even if you “uneveno” what to expect.

Tori is always available for commission! You can contact her via Instagram @iuneveno, email and through her store

Tori is always available for commission! You can contact her via Instagram @iuneveno, email and through her store