Jamala Johns is a New York-based artist and creative director. She loves sharing inspiration and approaching subjects in delightfully unexpected ways.
With over 13 years advertising and marketing experience, Jamala is currently a Senior Art Director at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness. Previously, she served as the Social Media Art Director for Macy’s digital team. Past clients for ad agency and client-side work include Showtime, Bureau of Trade, Essie, DIRECTV, Target, and J. Crew. In 2012 she was featured in Refinery29’s Working Girlsseries for her position as a Senior Art Director at Code and Theory.
She is also the founding editor of Le Coil, a curated online collection of natural hair imagery. The project’s goal is to showcase the diversity of Black women with natural hair in a bright, stylish and artful aesthetic. Le Coil was named one of the “45 Must Follow Tumblrs” by For Harriet and has been featured in Clutch Magazine, Vogue Italia Online, Essence Magazine and Corinne Bailey Rae’s official blog. In 2012 Jamala was honored as one of the “Jezebel 25” for her work on Le Coil, as a part of the site’s 5th anniversary.
Trigger happy with conceptual Tumblrs, Jamala is also the creator of Miss Modular, Fake Travel, and Oh my God, me too! As an early adopter to Pinterest, she became noted for her 600,000+ follower count and expertise as both an influencer and strategist for the platform. She was named one of the “Top 10 African Americans to follow on Pinterest” by Mr. Mike Street and featured as one of “NYC’s Most Followed Pinners” in the NY Post.
Jamala’s future plans include working on a print project for Le Coil, shooting her first short film and convincing Tilda Swinton to be her life coach.