I'm an artist, a graphic designer, and an impulsive
recluse who decided to dabble in fashion. I also like long walks in the park, Beyoncé, and I binge watch social media like it's Netflix.
-tamara ann johnson
I've been an artist all my life, since grade school I've had a fondness for freehand sketching. Pen and ink illustrations have been my go-to mediums due to their ability to capture my rawest forms of visceral art. Thanks to my late father's past time hobby of collecting comic books, I have woven the techniques of action and exaggerated illustration into my work that gives most of my pieces a unique signature.
I would like to say that I am thoroughly self-taught but my true formal training began at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; life drawing and illustration classes at Moore College of Art; and later attending Howard University to study architecture and design.
Alongside my passion I developed a creative brand named Liliglow that celebrates 7 years of handmade and independent fashion. In that time frame I owned a boutique in West Philadelphia for 1 year that was a design house for unique creations by local artists, makers, and musicians.
Social media marketing for Tamara's own handmade designs and retail label Liliglow Boutique. Tamara is wearing her handmade summer tunic. Photography Credit: Faith Ima
Social media marketing campaign for Liliglow. Promotion for local brand The Standard Hippo Co. Menswear Models: Vernell Bailey and Krystofer Pinnock Photography Credit: Tamara Johnson Location: Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center
Social media marketing for Liliglow featuring clothing by independent label Stitch Niche. Model: Alicia Knox Photography Credit: Tamara Johnson Location: Indigo Bleu Design and Culture Center
Web Campaign for Liliglow's women's accessories and jewelry. Model: Kristen Gola Photography Credit: Tamara Johnson Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art Botanical Gardens
Social media marketing for Liliglow and independent designers, Happimade Jewelry and Li Li's Creations custom apparel. Model: Drayona Denson (Tamara's daughter) Photography Credit: Tamara Johnson Location: Liliglow Boutique
Creative Portrait of Genefer Dutton for her spotlight on Orange Thursday, a bi-weekly short film that documents individuals who embrace art, entrepreneurship, and all things creative. Photography Credit: Tamara Johnson Subject: Genefer Dutton Location: Indigo Bleu Design and Culture Center
Social media campaign for Liliglow to market womens sportswear by independent line, The Standard Hippo Co. Model: Jennifer Bailey Photography Credit: Tamara Johnson Location: Indigo Bleu Design and Culture Center
Social media marketing for Liliglow to promote independent designers, IAMMISKEEN, Designs by Najee, lolahSoul Jewelry, and Mavazi Couture. Model: Olivia Brown Photography Credit: Tamara Johnson
Social media marketing for Liliglow to promote independent lines, Designs by Najee, Happimade, and lolahSoul Jewelry. Photography Credit: Danielle Green Location: Indigo Bleu Design and Culture Center