After feeling exhausted from the long hours of working as a buyer for a special effects company, Taylor Hamilton (Tay Ham) decided that she needed to do something else on her own. ("Also, paper was cheap")
Taylor Hamilton, creator of TAY HAM, a greeting card company that thrives on layered word play paired with pop culture themes and imagery, says that the success of her company "all happened sort of by accident."
Taylor Hamilton was born in Texas, raised in New York, and her company is based out of Willmington, North Carolina.
AmDC: What influenced or caused you to begin designing your greeting cards?
Taylor: Honestly it all happened sort of by accident. I was working as a special effects buyer in the film industry. The hours were sooo long and I wanted to start my own thing after the movie wrapped. I signed a lease on a studio with no real plan except nothing to fall back on. Tay Ham was born out of the love of drawing and dumb jokes. Also, paper was cheap.
AmDC: Out of all of your cards, which is your favorite?
Taylor: I am most fond of the Snoop Dogg card. He was one of the first ones I drew. He represents some important milestones too. It was the first card to get picked up by a large retailer. He also danced around with a card on stage at a concert and posted it on his Instagram. We love Snoop.
AmDC: What defines your work? What sets it apart from others that are out there?
Taylor: My illustration style, hand drawn fonts, and layered word play. We are also made in the USA and the cards are 100% recyclable!
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