Monday, July 21, 2014

Mission Part Duex.

As I run through the flurry of daily life here in NC there is something quite distinctive about my day. Something is missing.
No, it isn't golden water guns that I'm missing. It's something far less glamorous but much more important: that nagging thought that I'm headed in the wrong direction. I used to feel that all the time because of something someone asked me. 
Let me elaborate on this subject. Many moons ago someone asked me what I wanted to do for a living. I excitedly replied "interior designer!" completely unaware that the road to becoming one would be so challenging. I loved the thought of being creative each day. The person that asked quickly responded back (in a loving way) "how could you possibly honor God or serve your community doing that?" I was beside myself for, well, years on how to respond to this. 
I think it's easy to drop people into categories based on what they do. I know it's easy to tell myself "doctor = healer, teacher = community, pastor = spiritual leader") and as a result I hadn't looked at either the possibilities or the need really to have my career mean anything more than what I do each day. I just knew i had to try. As I have grown up a lot since that question was asked - I now understand that my purpose, reach, and effectiveness in touching lives is not limited by choosing my profession; in fact my profession actually has given me the opportunity to touch many lives and will continue to give me the sort of tools that can help others in so many ways. 
My realization is something that I hope anyone could take with them. I chose my job but some people won't ever have the opportunity to choose. They might feel like their office job isn't reaching anyone, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if you live genuinely and openly you are. 
So my mission is this:

To live openly. To be transparent about my life so that I can reach others who can learn from my personal and work experience.

To invest time in research beyond my schooling so that my design skills connect me with industries beyond simply the interior design world.

To remember that simple spirit I had as I began this journey that cried out for so much more in a number of ways. To always remain thankful of those who helped me along the way. 

This outline is short, but it is open to whatever life has in store! I thought my mission statement needed to be so specific, but remembering how I couldn't have planned everything that is in my life at this point (in fact if I had tried it might not be so good!) I felt it was best to leave the specifics of the next 10 yrs up to God. If I am following my guidelines above, I think the future will be pretty bright! 

(All images taken by me in NC this summer) 


Thursday, May 29, 2014


My summer thus far has been pretty solid.  I had a week off to visit my family and a long weekend for Memorial Day. I realized during those expanses of time that I have finally turned a corner in my design education.  I can see a tiny flicker of light at the end of the tunnel. Rather than arrive at the end of said tunnel unprepared, I'd like to make sure I get there with my head, spirit, and ideals still in tact. 

All of my creative pursuits to this point have been the result of me frantically reaching out to express myself better and to learn how to improve skills I felt I neglected in the past, such as drawing, painting, name it. You see when you have a ton of interests, it can be challenging to focus in on what you should be doing (and you can also lose your purpose in the meantime). I felt like I had a lot to catch up on in a short amount of time (I did actually) but I'm starting to see the importance of planning ahead and slowing things down.

In business, it is helpful to have a mission statement.  A summary of the goals and vision your business would like to achieve. That's been a hot topic lately at work and also with friends that own small businesses, so I've decided that this summer (amid my actual weekends off sans homework) i'll be brewing up my own personal mission statement. 

What will it include?

- what I love the most about my industry so far: the people, seeing spaces transform, problem solving, planning, creativity not only in design but in juggling the day, research
- how my unique skill set can be used not only for a pay check but to help my immediate and global community 
- my family, financial and time preferences/needs 
- what i want the next 3, 5 and 10 years look like 

I'm happy to have the ability to dream on this subject. Thankful for a God that listens to my dreams and refines them. Thankful for family and friends that support me along the way. 

Xo, Tay 

Image of a print by Jordan Brantley of The Business Bar

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tulips at Monticello.

I was able to learn a lot more about rendering this semester. Specifically, I learned to really look at how I express qualities of light in my work. I was pushed to go darker in certain places (that I have ever felt comfortable with) and lighter in others. I think this fearless approach to rendering is starting to make my work look more like true art. It is more believable now.

Above is a page from my drawing portfolio showing the exterior of Monticello. I loved drawing this as well as taking photographs on our trip, The gardens offered such inspiration!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monticello + Fallingwater Trip: Sketches.

Fallingwater: small window in bedroom

Fallingwater: master bedroom rendered

Fallingwater: exterior rendered

Fallingwater:  motif from rug

Fallingwater: sculpture from patio

Fallingwater: interior and caption *my favorite ideal of FLW

Fallingwater: parti

Fallingwater: exterior

Fallingwater: exterior

Monticello: Interior

Monticello: interior

Monticello: interior of foyer

Monticello: exterior

Fallingwater and Monticello Trip: Photos.

Our studio visited Fallingwater in Ohiopyle, PA and Monticello in VA a few weeks ago. This was the highlight of this semester. Enjoy some shots of the exteriors of both places.

Monticello in all it's neoclassical glory:

 Fallingwater with its modern innovations and blend of land and building:

Monday, April 21, 2014

Masked Identity.

This is a mask I made after studying the Mayan culture.
Specifically, I looked at the Mayan death rituals. What struck me about their culture was their blessing rituals over the dead. They truly wanted their dead to have a continued, special journey through the afterlife. Jade and maize were made into masks for the dead to serve as sustenance and currency for the new world. I made the mask pictured above as an exploration into this idea. It came at an appropriate time (this project) because I recently lost my cousin to epilepsy. The idea of blessing those you've lost is seething that certainly crosses cultural barriers.

After studying the Mayans, I moved onto making my own creation story and body "covering." My creation story I involves heavy Christian themes by naming the creator as the "author" of our stories. I say that he "knows our beginning and our end" before we are even born and writes our stories (and carries them out) through the help of three different types of living-angels. For humans, if we can listen to the guidance of the living angels we will be freed from earthly life and assume the roles of the living angels. My iteration for my garment is pictured above with three layers representing the types of angels as well as the lose "script" along the edges as a nod to the writing of our stories.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

HPMKT: Spring.

Swaim Showroom
My trip to High Point Market was a vibrant one! I loved the use of color this spring. 
DellaRobbia Showroom
As always, I was impressed with the quality of Della Robbia's sofas and sectionals. They are celebrating 35 years and had the cutest cards! 
I was on love with Leif Petersen's timeless yet modern designs. 
This moving panel sofa seemed easy and innovative. 
This dining set was my absolute favorite! 
This desk reminds me of folded paper.
They still had my favorite reversible chair! 
Washi-tape art at a showroom I can't remember the name of is similar to what I did to my studio desk;)
Classic pin stripe shirting sheets from Peacock Alley...I almost bought some because I have a serious textile/bedding addiction. 
HPMKT selfie.
Moroccan rugs at Tufinkian. Ahhhhh...
This 70s design of a folding sling chair has been revisited by Brown Jordan. 
Brown Jordan also sells EcoSmart fires - clean burning pop-in fire places and outdoor fires. This is one of their new designs. The sloping of the body helps throw heat out into the space. The construction of this is different in that you can pop it into a wall without having to specifically trim it out. That makes it extremely easy! 
I'll leave you with this fun paper cup art I walked by- so easy to do - I can't wait for a reason to try something similar! 

The biggest trends I noticed were: 
Geometric Angled table bases
See-through glass tables with exposed gears
Chinese accents re-interpreted