Meet Taylor of TAY HAM, a quirky and super cool greeting card designer.
Introduced through a mutual friend, TAY HAM takes your favorite puns, movie/TV characters and sayings and turns them into imaginative illustrations for virtually every occasion.
I had to sit down with Taylor and pick her brain. Where does she get her inspiration? What made her want to design such unique cards and most importantly, who she is as not only an artist, but an individual.
Scroll down to check out my conversation with this wonderful mind!
TH: Hi!!! I'm Taylor, I'm a New York transplant living in North Carolina. I make greeting cards.
SIS: How was it that you started creative Greeting Cards?
TH: I've been hand making cards for my friends and family since I could hold a pencil. Nothing on the shelves ever quite captured my sentiment. While working in the Special Effects department for Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr. broke his ankle. The whole production went on hiatus. Idle hands, yada yada yada, TAY HAM was born.
SIS: All your cards are so fun, quirky and original! How do you get your ideas?
TH: Thanks! My brain is sticky.
SIS: You’re based in Wilmington, NC. What is it like being an artist in such a fun little city? Does Wilmington motivate you to create?
TH: It's not too big and its not too small. I guess that it's the Baby Bear's bed of the South. Our HQ is in the middle of the historic downtown area, with just the right amount of hustle & bustle to energize.
"Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, you just have to be open to it."
TH: Call me crazy but I love Craigslist. Mostly for furniture. I enjoy the hunt for a good deal. Plus, meeting people I'd probably never get the chance to talk with in a normal day is always interesting.
SIS: Do you have any plans to expand? I can see your drawings and ideas on so many things!
TH: We do have some super fun plans to expand! For now, thought, it's top secret.
SIS: Who are your role models?
TH: Bob Montana, the original artist behind Archie Comics. In fact, one of the first real illustrations I ever did, at 7 years old, was of a character from Archie -- Betty Cooper.
SIS: Where do you hope to be in five years?
TH: I'd love to work more closely with some of my favorite artists. Collaborating on custom cards, album art or other merchandise sounds so fun!
SIS: What advice to you have for aspiring artists and creative individuals?
TH: Soak it all in. Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes, you just have to be open to it.
SIS: Last but not least, what is your go-to shoe?
TH: I'm pretty into ankle oxfords at the moment.