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I’ve always had a thing for color, so when I stumbled across Tiayrra on Instagram, we were instantly taken with her graphic use of vibrant color and pattern. Her shots capture a whimsical point of view and exude a playfulness we can’t get enough of.
Where do you live?
Currently based in Philadelphia.
Where did you grow up?
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.
I have 2 older brothers. I'm the youngest.
Tell us a bit about what you do, and how you got there?
I'm a designer and photographer. I've been doing web/graphic design for the last 10 years and photography for the last 4 years. My journey began way different though. I got my undergrad degree in Math & Computer science, so I worked as a computer programmer for 5 years after school. In 2011, I started a clothing line with one of my college friends. By day I was in scrum meetings and looking at Java script all day, and by night I was knee deep in photoshop and illustrator designing things. I eventually came to the fact that I couldn't pursue both paths, so I made the decision in 2013 to leave the programming world to pursue my design work full time and I haven't looked back since!
What does style mean to you?
I think style is a reflection of your soul. It gives people just a glimpse of how you do things- whether you're neat or messy.
Who is your style icon?
Hmm...I'd say Tracie Ellis Ross. I loved her pants suits and cashmere sweaters in the show Girlfriends.
What is your most valued possession?
My faith. It's something that no human has given me, so no human can take it away.
Name one woman dead or alive that you would want to meet.
A poet named Janette...ikz. I love her work and impact.
What is your favorite sweet?
Not really a sweets girl, but when I do probably strawberry cheesecake!
What is one song on your personal soundtrack?
Flying Lotus- Computer Face// Pure Being
Who do you want to be when you grow up?
Ultimately the finished version of me- if that makes sense!
Follow on Instagram: @abrilliantdummy
Tiayrra's website: www.abrilliantdummy.com