We had the good fortune of connecting with Thalia “Ty” Hedrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thalia “Ty”, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I see risk as something that is hard to pursue, yet necessary in order to grow. Risk is making a move that could change a pretty major aspect of your life depending on what it is. An example for me over the last year or so has been risking pursuing art as a means to support myself. Living costs here in Hawaii are high, so right out of college I had about 3 jobs, then went down to two solid jobs for the last 2 years, and in the last year started selling art and becoming a vendor at markets. This past year with Covid, I decided to drop one of my jobs, and took the risk of relying on one paycheck, and my art side hustle. As someone who was used to getting paychecks from multiple workplaces, it was sorta scary getting money from only one! Now coming into 2021, I have made the decision to go down to part time and pursue my art more seriously. The risk overall is missing out on a solid paycheck that I know comes twice a month. Despite that sense of “stability,” I need this risk to be taken in order to put more energy and time into my art business in order for it to grow. If I keep working full time and putting so many hours into a job that doesn’t get me excited, my art business will just stay at a stagnant place rather than growing.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
tylandia Art is an eco-conscious line of work that embraces the simplicity of nature around us. My work ranges from acrylic canvas works, prints, stickers, block printed towels, and upcycled clothing. I support more practical art, meaning things that are meant for more than the walls in your home. I like seeing works of art on day to day things and painting on thrifted clothing or printing on organic cotton towels are my main sellers right now. Our textile waste in the USA is so high, and many of our stores we shop in are fast fashion, cheaply made, and go out of style quickly. As someone who is trying to reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact, I thought the best way to get my work onto clothing, is to use clothing that already exists in our world. So I paint on shirts, denim jackets, denim bottoms, etc. Anything that looks paintable, I paint on it! It helps other rethink clothing that may have a stain or they’re tired of, to just do something different with it and to not let the trash bin be the first and only resort. It’s taken a few years for me to get to where I am, because I am a one woman show, who is the PR person, the maker, the one that drive and sets up and breaks down market booths, that goes to the thrift stores, washes the clothing, paints, heat sets, wraps, sends packages, etc. It’s A LOT of work, but I’m dedicated to see where this goes. A lot of the challenges were mental, the thought of getting stickers made seemed overwhelming, the thought of applying for a vendor’s license and being at markets seemed like a lot, so on so forth. Because I had multiple jobs, sometimes getting over these mental hurdles of time management and just jumping in to unknown territory was the biggest thing. I’ve learned to not compare my pace of journey to others, and to not let something unknown or scary hold me back. The worst that could happen is that it didn’t work out and I learned to try a different approach and give it another go. If it’s something you want, just frickin go for it. Overall, I’m just a gal that somehow found herself in Hawaii, not using her English degree, working at Whole Foods part-time, and now pursuing art as a means to live. Nothing crazy special, I just want to live my life knowing that I didn’t regret doing something I love because it was unconventional or not the typical career.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oahu has so much to offer! It definitely is more developed and has pretty big cities and highways, but there are some amazing gems as well. I eat mostly plant-based, aside from the occasional poke bowl or sushi. With that, I would take us to Beetbox Cafe in Kailua, Mother Bake Shop for some pastries and other amazing goodies, Sunrise Shack on the North Shore, and for poke/fish, Tamuras, and for amazing sushi and overall fun experience is Banzai up on the North Shore as well. They have a great Sake bar!! I like to take friends to all areas of the island, so we’d have to hit up North Shore and swim at Sunset Beach during the summer where it’s flat, clear, and absolutely gorgeous! Next stop would be to snorkel at Sharks Cove, grab some poke from Foodland, and head into Haleiwa for great local shops, boutiques, and galleries. Things to check out would be on the South Shore, China Walls for sunset, bring a blanket! Stand Up Paddle boarding at Electric Beach where you are likely to run into a pod of dolphins with their babies. The earlier in the morning you go the better! And if you need a little night life (pre-covid times, of course) then hitting up Chinatown or Waikiki for fun cocktails is a great way to end a trip. There’s so many waterfall hikes, and sightseeing places, I quite frankly don’t have the space to write it all out!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to Hunter Wells who got me this interview in the first place, as well as the Lokahi Kailua Market here on Oahu that is a community that cultivates and nurtures small business and local artists. It has become an amazing, and welcoming place for me to share my work and have people supporting me on so many levels.
Other: I will be launching a website this Spring! So keep an eye out! tylandiaart.com