Today we’d like to introduce you to Zane Taylor.
Hi Zane, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I was born in Germany and raised by Kurdish parents. I moved to the United States in 2007 and married My husband, a Winter Park local in 2009. We have two beautiful daughters and a black cat.
Art has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. I made it a central part of my education and have sought it out in all aspects of my career as a photographer and interior designer. I love what unique, meaningful pieces can do for spaces. I tip-toed into the production side often during my projects. If I felt something was missing and couldn’t find it, I wasn’t afraid to make it myself. That is how this new chapter started for me as a plaster artist.
My last interior design project was a small boutique Pilates studio in Baldwin Park. We ran out of budget, but the space needed a grounding piece. I always had this idea in the back of my mind, so I made my first version of what you see today. Shortly after that, I turned our kitchen table into my studio, and here we are!
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I have two genetic disorders, Charcot Marie Tooth (CMT) and Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). CMT affects my equilibrium and hence, my walking. As a result, I wear two-leg braces. RP affects my vision and eventually leads to blindness. I can’t do everyday things others might take for granted. But when I’m creating art, I go from the physical world where I have limitations into my creative world where there are none. It allows me to escape and embrace the imperfection that surrounds us all.
Even though I live with these two diseases, I rarely put them in the foreground. I’m happy to talk about them and raise awareness when being asked but I never want people to feel bad for me. I have an amazing life, a loving family, and I am doing what I love! What more can I ask for?
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a plaster artist. Clay plaster is such a beautiful and complicated medium. Cracks and bumps can easily occur, but embracing that part and often strategically encouraging it is fun for a recovering perfectionist like myself. I make my own non-toxic primer and I only mix the plaster with earth pigments which makes it even more challenging, yet rewarding to use. I am most proud of the collaborations and relationships that have developed in such a short time. I have met some incredible designers, artists, and tradesmen and feel humbled by it all.
We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success for me as an artist comes the moment one of my pieces becomes a part of someone else’s story.
- Website: www.zanetaylor.com
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/zanetaylor/