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Meet Taína Almodóvar, an Altos de Chavón School of Design graduate from 2008, who is currently using her artist talent to bring to life everyday objects; coffee mugs, onesies for babies, tote bags, covers del ipad and more.
To know more about why Taína has taken on this challenge, about her career and her future, we decided feature Tania as part of series of articles; “Chavoneros Stories”. And my oh my, does Tania have an interesting story to tell… “It is a world where creativity and imagination have no boundaries and I can tell my view on things by creating magical universes and characters,” Taína told Casa de Campo Living.
@cdcliving: When and why did you decide to study Graphic Design in Altos de Chavón?
Ever since I was a little girl I have liked every aspect of the arts, I have always worked in a very visual way and I have always appreciated everything that was made with attention to the details.
As I was finishing high-school, I started searching for different careers related to my artsy interest, but in the end I considered that graphic design was my best option. I decided to study in Altos de Chavón because it is one of the top 13 design schools in the world and in addition, I happened to be living in La Romana at that time.
@cdcliving: What was your experience in the Altos de Chavón School of Design?
It was an incredible experience. There are a lot of characteristics that make that school special: the high level of teaching, a working environment placed in an unmatched setting (excellent spaces to work in surrounded by nature), with one of the most complete libraries of art and design in the country, and so much more…
Those were two years of constant learning, and by the end of the career you can clearly appreciate a before and after on the standrad of the work produced.
@cdcliving: What was the turning point in your career as a Designer?
You could say that the moment that I decided to move to Spain and continue my studies in design (Digital design), because since then, my entire professional trajectory has developed in this beautiful country, which opened it’s doors for me in the work market, in the best way possible.
@cdcliving: Do you consider that you have had an experience that has marked you as a designer?
Each work experience that I have leaves a mark on me; a decision takes me to the next one, successively.
I have learned from everything and I can say satisfactorily that I am happy with every decision I have made throughout my career.
@cdcliving: What has been your greatest challenge?
Every day was a challenge in the Altos de Chavón School, but you can say that the process of discovering my own identity as a designer and educating my artistic vision has been my biggest challenge.
@cdcliving: Between Graphic Design, Digital design and Illustration, which one do you prefer and why?
All three disciplines are part of me and are very important in any artistic decision that I make, but if I have to choose only one it would be illustration. It is a world where creativity and imagination have no boundaries and I can tell my view on things by creating magical universes and characters, whether they are real or not.
@cdcliving: When did you realize that you were so passionate about illustration?
Drawing has always been very important for me, but it was not until I had to present my thesis for my Digital design studies in the IED (Istituto Europeo di Design) that I realized that I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to working with illustrations.
Every single personal project for my thesis, where I could choose to do them with real images or illustration, were made with illustration.
@cdcliving: When did you decide that you wanted to make items with your designs on them?
When I make sketches/illustrations in my sketchbook, I start imagining which would be the ideal material for it.
That was when I decided to transfer them to coffee mugs, cushions, covers, and many other materials… always taking in consideration a customer that is looking for something different and original.
@cdcliving: Which means do you prefer to work with?
I really like trying new techniques and processes. Every project demands something different from me.
I have worked with digital illustrations to collages, watercolors, color pencils and acrylic paint. And I still have a lot to discover!
@cdcliving: What is your next project?
At the moment I am working on an album/children’s book written and illustrated by me that will be published by the end of this year.
I will also continue to apply my designs on a variety of items, among which, I will be launching very soon a new collection of Tote Bags hand made in my country and the designs could be customized.
I am open to new projects and collaborating internationally, so if you have any ideas do not hesitate to contact me!
The following photo gallery features different examples of Taína Almodóvar’s creations:
If you would like to visit her online store and see the different items and designs available, click on the following link: society6.com/