The Carrot Blog

Carrot Creative is filled with colorful characters. Cultured Carrots is a series that shares the outside passions that inspire the very best work for our clients. This week, Account Executive Taren Talmage paints a picture of her "strong habit" for creating art, as well as her passion for helping others through organ donation.

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Carrot: When we spoke earlier, you described your passion for art as a "very strong doodling habit." When would you say this habit started for you?

Taren Talmage Definitely in middle school. I used to have a very hard time paying attention unless I was drawing or doodling something. I also used to find I was able to listen better if I was concentrating on my handwriting, so I quickly became obsessed with different ways of writing and would switch it up in every class.

C: What kind of subjects do you like to draw or paint?

T: Lately I've been into doing very small watercolors. I like to do visual recipe cards for cocktails. There's an artist, Lorraine Loots, who is a master of incredibly small detailed drawings and I went to a gallery she had set up. I was super intrigued to try it out, and while I have no where near that detail (or patience) it’s a fun challenge to get real miniscule. Plus I love cocktails.

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C: You sometimes dabble into the world of calligraphy. Would you consider this an extension of your doodling or kind of its own beast?

T: I'd say it's kind of an extension. I never learned hand lettering with traditional pens and brushes so I kinda figured out how to draw letters rather than write them in a more natural fashion. I've since moved on to some more fun pens and brushes that have allowed me to explore the actual how-to's of lettering. Plus I follow a lot of letterers on Instagram which gets me exploring different styles.

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C: What other forms of art interest you? What kind of other projects have you undertaken?

T: When I lived in Arizona I got into making things. Mainly because I had the space, but also because I would think up weird things and had all the tools and resources to make it come to life. I built a simple entertainment unit, some weird miniature mounted animal heads and would repurpose and build chalkboards. A lot of really great lumber yards in Arizona.

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C: Describe the feeling you get when you're working on a doodle or art piece that you're particularly invested in.

T: Well, my favorite thing to do on a Sunday is strike up an idea, get all my craft junk out, put on trashy TV (Pretty Little Liars) and not leave the couch for hours. It’s a zen thing... or a Pretty Little Liars thing. I usually don't have any reason or purpose to make something, it’s usually just for my own pure enjoyment of seeing what I can make, which I think makes it way more enjoyable because there is absolutely no pressure.

C: On a separate note, you've mentioned that you are very passionate about organ donation. How would you say you became passionate about this?

T: Well these questions just took a sharp turn. After college I wanted to do something impactful. I looked into traveling for Habitat For Humanity but couldn't support myself with travel expenses, so then I decided to donate a kidney anonymously.

C: How can the average person help the process of organ donation?

T: Register! Takes a minute, and I spent the last year at a nonprofit called ORGANIZE that built some awesome tech to make it easier that doesn't require a trip to the DMV.

C: Have you found ways to combine your passions? In other words, have you been able to use your art to advocate for organ donation?

T: Not at all. I mean, besides doodling while I was working at the non-profit. We had some great designers on the team... I left all work to the professionals.

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