Diana Ejaita’s “Iya Ni Wura (Mother Is Gold)”

Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, May 6, 2019

Diana Ejaita’s first New Yorker cover, a vibrant ode to Mother’s Day, reflects the artist’s strikingly interdisciplinary method. Ejaita is an illustrator and a textile designer based in Berlin. She was born in Italy, but her family travelled extensively during her childhood, and her work—both the clothing and the illustration—flows from a fusion of European and West African influences. We recently caught up with Ejaita to talk about what she tries to accomplish in her art.