Artist Spotlight: Sedricka Morris

Sedricka Morris is a first-year TCC student from Tallahassee. She plans to transfer to Florida State University to study Retail Merchandising and Product Development. She draws, paints and sews in her spare time.

Why did you choose to come to TCC?

TCC always had a place in my college plans but it was not plan A. I wanted to attend FSU to embrace a full university feeling but comparing the college amenities; I came to the conclusion that TCC was the best option for me due to the smaller classes, and the cheaper prices. I realized that I made a good decision and I will never regret it.

What is your special talent?

My special talent is that I am good with my hands. I can draw, paint, and sew clothes. I begin drawing at just 3 years old, painting came later in high school, and sewing is something that I picked up just last year. I realize that the older I get, the more my creativity develops and grow. My drawing style has changed tremendously. I don’t practice my sewing much as I feel like I should due to me constantly working.

What are your hobbies?

In my spare time I mostly find myself staying ahead in my classes by doing assignments that are not recently due but every now and then I would edit my sewing projects, try to finish them or fix them up. I recently started a new painting so I try to finish it as much as my energy would allow me.

Favorite Musical Artist?

I have many favorite artist’s like Janet Jackson, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Londrelle, Jhene Aiko. She is actually my favorite of them all. I also like Logic, and Ari Lennox, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper. All these artists to me personally, I can feel every expression and every meaning in the song, like if I were to draw out the emotion that is put into the music, it would be outstanding.

Favorite Book?

It has been awhile since I picked up a book and actually read it but my all in time favorite book is “The 5 People You Meet in Heaven.” My junior year of high school for summer reading, that book was one of the books that I had to read and do a book report on and instantly I fell in love with it. Like it was so sad but so interesting if you really read it to understand it and understand what is really going on, because you can read a book and still not understand it. That book was amazing.

Favorite Movie?

I have many favorite movies. But my top favorite movies are The Notebook, I Am Sam, Wolf on Wall Street, Powder, Forrest Gump, The Great Gatsby, and Titanic, The Revenant. Any movie with Leonardo DiCaprio in it as the main character, I love them because I love him. Like I really love him.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world (living or dead), whom would you choose?

I would just LOVE to sit down with Michael Kors, and Ralph Lauren, and Lillian Cahn, and Coco Chanel. And put our brilliant minds together and come up with a different brand name for my fashion line. I would just love to show them my sewing projects to receive their feedback and ideas.

Favorite Quote?

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel

Artist Spotlight: Burr Stegmeyer

Burr Stegmeyer is an art major specializing in jewelry design and fiber arts. Burr, who is from Tallahassee, will graduate in May 2017 with her AA.

Why did you choose to come to TCC?
“TCC was always my first choice for my AA. Going to community college can make higher learning accessible to all kinds of individuals, including those like me who are living below the poverty line.”

What was the inspiration for your art piece featured below?
“This very large embroidery is a self-portrait. As a fat person, it is very important to me to make sure that my body, and bodies like mine, are represented in all kinds of media. I chose to cut my head out of the frame as an effort to reclaim the “headless fatty” trope so often portrayed in fear-mongering news clips about the dangers of fatness. I feel that my decision to use an image of myself in a bubble bath was key – an intimate moment of self-care where I am peaceful, vulnerable, and weightless.”

What are your career goals?
“I hope to design custom body jewelry for piercings. I harbor a lot of lofty ideas about body modification – that taking charge of your body and changing it… becoming someone who feels more at one with your appearance… is a beautiful sort of self-romancing that I want to help others achieve.”

What are your hobbies?
“I love to swim in sinkholes, camp in the ANF, canoe on the Wacissa, play my banjolele, marathon trash TV on Netflix, and eat biscuits with local honey.”

Favorite artist?
Frida Kahlo

Favorite movie?
“The Last Unicorn” when I’m sad; “Beasts of the Southern Wild” when I’m mad

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world (living or dead), whom would you choose?
“At the moment, the unknown medieval artist who wove The Unicorn Tapestries. Or, if you count deities, Frigga.”

Favorite Quote:
“and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant”
-EE Cummings, [i carry your heart with me (i carry it in]

Artist Spotlight: Erika Bynum

talenttcc-artistspotlight-williams3Erika Bynum is a second-year student from Tallahassee. She is in the TCC2FSU program. Erika sings and writes music.
erikabynumWhat are your career goals?
I want to pursue a singing career and join a band as front-man and lyricist.
How long have you been performing at Talent@TCC (formerly Open Mic)?
I’ve been singing at Talent@TCC since November of my freshman year.
What are your hobbies?
I like to sing, write songs, hang out with my friends, and see live shows such as musicals, plays, and concerts.

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Artist Spotlight: Cibyl Lane

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lane2Cibyl Lane is working toward an Associate of Science degree in graphic design and web design. She will graduate in Spring 2017. It will be the second degree she has earned from TCC. She graduated from TCC with an Associate of Arts degree in 1997. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from FSU in 2000.

Cibyl produced the design that is printed on this year’s Talent@TCC shirts.

“My inspiration for the T-shirt design was to encompass all areas of art and literature in a gender neutral design. To promote the event by using images to represent the art and literature world,” Cibyl said. “The background creates a canvas of color, inspiration, & creativity for all arts that are not so black and white. The microphone is the focal point for this occasion. It implies the ability to speak out, to be heard. The piano represents the infinite sound of music. The mask of comedy & tragedy is a well know icon for the combination of art and literature and the life it brings to the world.”

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Artist Spotlight: Mike Destin

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me1Mike Destin is in his third semester at TCC. He is on “track” to earn his bachelor’s degree in Theatre. Mike’s from a small, but beautiful island in the Caribbean called St. Maarten.

Mike plays guitar and piano and writes original music. His two latest creations were “inspired by my recent relationship and (were) written with the heart and not a pen.” The first song is titled, “I Needed Someone” and the second is called, “When I’m Gone.”

Reason he chose TCC: “Because it is the number 1 college that transfers to Florida State University, where I will continue track and field.”

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Artist Spotlight: Kris Williams

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Kris Williams, nickname Takeda, is a first-year student from Tallahassee. He is planning on majoring in Animation and Film Studies. Kris writes songs and one of his latest creations combines his love of music and video production. It is a song inspired by the recent violence in Syria.

Kris Williams

“Every day we talk about how violence needs to stop, and we need to change. But nobody is doing, they’re just saying,” Williams said “People in their own country are getting murdered, even little kids. And the message is that we need to make a change, stop all these wars, stop fighting with our people Just make peace again so we can live as one.”

Career goals: “To keep writing music, hopefully have everyone support me, to finish college, and to have my career in animation take off.”

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September 2016 Showcase Wrapup

Former TCC student Tim Gadsden performs at the September event. (Photo by Kelly Maere / The Talon)

Former TCC student Tim Gadsden performs at the September event. (Photo by Kelly Maere / The Talon)

The first showcase event of the 2016-17 school year was held in the Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday, Sept. 14. More than a dozen current and former students performed, and one faculty member presented an original poem.

Videos of performances are linked below.

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