Tanya-Marie Williams

Interview on December 8th, 2007

Name: Tanya WilliamsPoor Steffy

Date of Birth: 30th May 1982

What is your favourite colour?
I would say that my favourite colour is pink because I use it in my work so much.But my room is entirely blue with one lavender wall and my friend who does animation describes his character for me as having blue skin. He says that I look good in blue,whether I’m wearing it or it’s my mood. I just lock great in blue! So taking all these things into consideration, I’d have to say that my favourite colour would have to be a combination of pink and blue. Whatever colour that would make…..I guess some shade of lavender!

Favourite artist(s)… local or otherwise?
I don’t have a favourite artist. I have a lot of inspirational friends who write or draw and amazingly talented and hardworking co workers who’s work can only be seen in they’re intensely beautiful sketch books or hearing them speak.
Designers and illustrators are amazing to me. Artist like Jean Michel Basquait and designers such as Milton Glazer; “Art is Work!”, he says. I learnt of him my second year at COSTAATT- John Donaldson Technical Institute. I’d love to be taught by him!

In a nutshell, what do you do?… what medium… and how would you describe your genre?…
I am a designer.It is my passion and my religion.It is damn hard work and requires constant care and attention, love, affection and obsession. I create visual achieves of ephemera and use them to create my own visual language. I attempt to interpret ideas and communicate them through illustration by drawing, writing pencil, ink, paint, pastel, collage and the computer as a tool to bring it all together. I believe I am a Pop or contemporay artist.
Ian Pollock says that , “Good art should reflect the mood that a person is in.”

How did you first get an interest in art?
I’ve always liked art. In school my interest moved from architecture to psychology because of 6th form sociology but art has always stayed with me. And when I discovered Design and advertising I realised that design was what I wanted.

Where/How did you learn?
CUTEST John Donaldson Technical Institute – Associate degree in Visual Communication Design.
And researching, reading and continuing to learn on my own since.

A brief history of your career…
I first worked at a small company that design yearbooks (I stayed there for a month and a half), then I worked at newsday for a day, then a design boutique in S. James called D Idea Shop for 2 months. Now I’ve been at Collier Morrison Belgrave for almost 3years.

What are some of your current art projects, personal or otherwise?
Currents I am working with friends to put together a downloadable pdf. Design magazine. Collecting stories, projects aaaaaetc from individuals in and out of the advertising industry with a valide input on design. Purpose- To educate each other through our work and experiences with hopes in working towards devloping our own unique culture of design and identity.

What are some of your upcoming projects, personal or otherwise?
Same as above.

Hobbies?… What do you do for kicks?
I like the beach a lot. I like trying to find those no so popular beaches in Trinidad and Tobago. I also love music and movies.

What’s your favourite food?
I love food.I’m not sure what my favourite food is. I love the basic Sunday lunch, good ole creole chinese food and I love burger King’s chicken nuggets!!

If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?
I guess a lion because they represent strength and it’s what I aspire to.

Okay and finally… what are your long term career/life ambitions?
None of us have the ability to know our path till it’s over.But what I intend to do while I exist is work hard everyday at being a better designer and becoming more focused.

Based on a December 8th, 2007 interview. View some of Tanya’s past work.

— Posted on Saturday 14th December, 2019

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