All my life, I have leaned towards my artistic side, drawing on walls in my room with crayons or painting anything I could get my hands on. I really started to focus on clothing design when I was in high school though. Up until then, I had been sewing, my Grandma had me sewing quilt squares when I was three years old, but I didn't know what I wanted to do as a career. Then, I started making my own patterns for clothes. First, it was my brother's halloween costume, then I began seriously designing garments. I realized that not only could I create whatever I wanted to on the paper in 2-D, but I also could create it a second time in 3-D.
After growing up in Giles County, I attended MTSU for four years, graduating last May. While I was in college, my design aesthetic started to develop. I learned that I loved creating structured garments that were edgy and modern but still classic at the same time. I have really embraced this aesthetic, for each collection choosing a region or city that I have visited, and I use the entire experience as my inspiration.
I also am very inspired by music, and for all of my collections, I try to pick one band or genre and listen to them while I design. My latest collection, the one showcased in RAW:FUSION was inspired by a recent trip to London, England, and my inspiration band was The Black Keys. In this collection, I am trying to convey a sense of old with new. I am pulling techniques used in the 18th century and using them with modern fabric which has been challenging, as well as pulling my design inspirations from buildings that range from 1000 years old to 20 years old.
For a more in depth look at my work you can find me on Facebook, www.facebook.com/MargaretMayDesigns.
- Margeret May
"Noctis" is Latin for "of the night."
Designer and seamstress Anna Moore used this as a pen name for stories in high school, but as her love for sewing developed, the name found itself attached to her clothing line.
Noctis Designs started as Anna searched for clothing that showed her desire for comfort as well as her personal style. When nothing fit, her line was born. "Noctis" perfectly describes her influences: metal music, gothic styles and accessories, the moon, and anything else dark, mysterious, or black. From the riffs and blast beats, she sees zippers, chains, and restyled T-shirts. From the softer gothic and victorian influences, she sees flowy skirts and couture designs. This is what creates the unique, comfortable, edgy look of Noctis.
In the future, she sees online commerce as her main focus, since her market is spread across the globe. Noctisdesigns.com is up and running, as well as more photos and personal interaction at Facebook.com/noctisclothing. She hopes to see you as a fan in the crowd, or better yet, headbanging next to her at a metal concert!
“Making hats like no ones business”
25 year old designer and photographer, Lindsey Thomson, started designing and making “Hott Topz” as a chic accessory to glamorize her photo shoots. An experienced photographer, Lindsey’s unique style and attention to detail is prevalent in all of her photos, as well as in each and every Hott Topz hat design. Her love of electronic music was also an inspiration in designing a unique hat to compliment each of the many outfits designed for music events and parties.
She started experimenting with color and design while working at her families quilt shop, where she was encouraged not only to sew, but to be creative with fabrics and textiles, colors and design, and to have a unique sense of merchandising. That creativity spilled over into all areas of her life, starting with her designs in clothing and costumes, her unique photography and her love of electronic music and dancing.
Her contemporary, yet glamorous and sometimes edgy hat designs have propelled her to the top of the industry with her designs featured in Nashville’s Model Citizen Magazine and a spot in RAW artists fashion show in September 2011.
Check her out at: www.facebook.com/HottTopsByLiNdZ
I am into all different types of art and design. I am self-taught. I've been sewing since I was in first grade and designing clothes since I was 15. Accessories, such as jewelry, have always been a hobby of mine. Being creative has been a part of me for so long I'm not sure how to live with out it. I dabble in 3-d mixed media, photography, and painting. I work in all types of fiber. Lately, I have focused my attention on hats and fasc. When I'm not changing the world one headband at a time, I'm a full-time historian, mother and wife. I draw endless inspiration from cinema, mainly Tim Burton. I also pull from history. There are two sides to what I do and make: the flirty, fun, feathered side and the darker, Gothic, edgy side.
- Genevieve Joyner
My story is not a short one; it would take about as long to tell it as it did to live it. But this collection is just one chapter, perhaps even one paragraph in the larger book that is me. The day before New Years Eve, I dropped out of a masters program in math, left my job, said goodbye to my family, and moved to Nashville to live out of my car. I've only been here a few weeks, but I've thrown myself into the city, the music, and the streets, and I try every night to see something new.As I travelled around town, I was seeing so many wonderful things that I wanted to capture and share that I started taking pictures on my camera phone, an HTC Evo that has an application to create the "instant" look. But once I take it, I don't touch it, so while some might criticize a disingenuousness, I want to challenge them with this collection because what makes a photo "authentic"--the equipment used or the process afterwards? And if it's good, does it even matter?But for me, these photos (all of which were taken within the month of January) are more than just a tap on my phone; they are a series of snapshots that each represent very real, very candid, and very fleeting moments and stories that are in essence a snapshot (or snapstory, if you will) of both Nashville and me--brief glimpses that are not necessarily pretty, but always honest.
I am Cassie Tedder, a visual artist and photographer in Nashville, Tennessee. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I spent most of my time outdoors or working on any number of art projects. I come from a family and community of artists who have lovingly shared their knowledge and creativity with me and have strongly influenced my development as a person and artist.
Nature has always fascinated me. For as long as I can remember, I have been carrying around a camera in order to capture it. During a time of great hardship, the beauty I found in nature especially interested me and brought me hope, healing, and renewal. I naturally photographed as much beauty as I could and began experimenting with my images. My journey since has only confirmed my passion for the arts and helped me realize my gifting and purpose: that of an artist and photographer.
My style emphasizes the bold colors, patterns, and unique details that often go unnoticed in nature. Many of my photographs are created with layers of images that produce a dynamic piece of art. I love being able to share my creativity with others, so that they can experience the same beauty and joy that has so richly blessed me.
In addition to fine art photography, I also do portrait photography, ink drawings, and enjoy mixed media collage, graphic design, interior decorating, and the culinary arts. I am continually inspired by other medium and am always pursuing avenues to further express my creativity. Currently, I am involved in Carpe Artista, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help develop the artistic community in Rutherford County and the greater Nashville area.
- Cassie Tedder
My name is Taylor. I am a 21 year old student, photographer, writer, and self-proclaimed geek who enjoys documenting beautiful moments through a camera lens. I started playing around in Photoshop when I was 12, and eventually decided to buy a camera to edit my own photos. I have only been doing photography for about a year and moved to Dallas, TX four months ago to further my knowledge. I have shot weddings, maternity, newborns, children, seniors, models, and couples. My style comes on an individual basis. I feel like it's my job to connect with each individual and capture the real emotions that people have. I don't strive for pretty photographs. I strive for photographs with character, heart, and emotion.
I find inspiration in many things: love, passion, humanity, liberation, however, these emotions come from the inspiration I get from my two brothers. I followed my youngest brother around the country racing national motocross and had the opportunity to meet strangers that would become part of my family and experience different cultures that would change my small town heart. In doing this, I also found that the passion that these racers had was undeniably beautiful and the emotions that you feel in their failures and success were so powerful and strong that I wanted to document them forever.
On the other side of the spectrum, I have my older brother who is an amazing guitarist and has introduced me to many singers and songwriters that have truly touched my heart and inspire many of the ideas and moods that I bring into my photography. More importantly, when he plays guitar I can feel his emotions and their power. My ultimate goal is to bring the emotions, passion, and humanity to my photography that he brings to his guitar as a musician.
Ultimately, photography has become who I am. There's no better feeling than collaborating with people and creating beauty.
- Taylor Christian
My name is Tonya Nikole. I'm 19, and I am a fashion and portraiture photographer based in Tennessee. My love for photography began in my middle school years when my mother gave me my first polaroid 600. Ever since then, I knew photography was going to be a career for me.
Beauty, energy, and liberation are the main inspirations for my work. My goal is to make every piece of life seem more beautiful and free. Photography, for me, is a chance to escape, a chance to tell a story with every photo I take. The thing I love most about my work is being able to mold somebody to make them feel more beautiful.
I have never taken a photography class or learned the theory of photography, I capture what inspires me, and hopefully it will do the same for others. Like fashion, I am always moving forward, so keep your eyes open, I am out for the world.
- Tonya Nikole
What up all! My name is Allan Hood, I am a photographer based out of Knoxville, Tennessee. I'm a graduate from Nossi College of Art where I earned a degree in commercial photography. I don't have a super rad story like having a camera in my hand since I was four. I got into photography about six years ago when I received my first camera for Christmas. It was just a plain ol' point and shoot. I was fresh out of high school at the time, and I just started shooting random stuff, and it just kinda all developed from there.
I love finding the beauty in things that most probably don't. I'm into grunge, rust, and any other texture. I have just recently started painting. I mostly use spray paints to create abstract work. It's just another way for me to express myself. Stop by allanhoodphotography.com to check out all my work. God has placed beauty and art all around us, and I just try to capture it using a camera!
- Allan Hood
Hello! My name is Jadyn DeNatale. I am 19 years old, and I am a photographer.
The funny thing is I didn’t find photography interesting until about two years ago. In fact, when I was 15, I job shadowed my photographer aunt, and I found photography to be very unappealing. From what I saw, she took pictures just like everyone else did. When I was 17, I noticed the work of a girl from my school. Never had I seen anything so beautiful, and I wanted to try it out. I started out with a little Sony point and shoot, and for my 18th birthday, I had to decide between a new camera or a laptop. I chose the camera. Best decision I have ever made.
If I had to describe my style, I don’t think I could. I just love to photograph people. I love to show people just how beautiful they are.
When it comes to how I come up with the photos I take, I can’t really explain. Ideas just randomly come to me, whether it be a month before a shoot, or even during the shoot itself. Sometimes, I won’t even have a plan, and while I’m photographing, I envision each photo as I look through the view finder. My models and my surroundings are what helps me create my art.
While I am photographing, I just feel like… anything is possible. The world around me disappears, and I go into a place that only I can see. That’s the thing about artists; We see things that other’s can’t. We are in a world of our own.
- Jadyn DeNatale, JDStorm Photography