“Black history is being made everywhere, shaping the world we live in and experience every day. We wouldn’t be moving toward future change without it.” —Knitwear and textiles designer Taya Francis (@tayafrancis) Taya uses her craft to explore what it means to exist between two distant islands. She founded Knit & Ting (@knitandting) in 2019, which blends traditional British knitwear styles with Jamaican bootleg and DIY culture. “My grandparents are of the Windrush generation and moved to England from Jamaica,” she says. “My first experience visiting Jamaica felt like the place I had always told people I was from; it didn’t feel like the home it was supposed to be. My heritage was something I didn’t appreciate growing up but it changed into something I’m excited to keep learning about and so grateful for. Jamaica is so rich in culture, and what I most feel inspired by comes from the Jamaican/British environment I grew up in.” Taya advocates for the importance of honoring and celebrating Black history in the UK. “We erase so much information and perspective without acknowledging Black history or by attempting to gloss over it. Our education system especially should focus on illustrating a balanced narrative, as there’s so much more to Black history than the standard curriculum.” #ShareBlackStories Photo of @tayafrancis by @8and2

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