Whimsical is the first word that comes to mind when speaking with Emily Carrier. Quirky is probably the next. This 24 year old, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) graduate is an interesting blend of old world charm and new world eccentricity.
Photo by Sabine Branstetter
As the daughter of two career school teachers and the sister of another one, you would think she would have been on the path to become an educator but Emily admits that, “growing up hearing the stories of what my parents had to deal with as educators and then what my sister has told me, I knew I didn’t want to teach.”
Her dad Scott Carrier was most recently the principal at Bradwell Institute for 7 years. Her mother, Melanie Carrier, taught for 30 years before retirement and her sister has been a teacher for the last 6 years.
But she loves to draw! And always has. Especially people. When we asked her to draw some of our photos for the publication she jumped at the chance to try her hand at illustrating some of our favorite places in Liberty County.
After graduating Emily has focused on building her portfolio, illustrating for various publications and doing what she can to get her name out there. A project that she just completed that was published is the illustrations for I Am My Lightest Light: A Children’s Yoga Book for Jamie Frank O’Connell. This is the third children’s book that she has done, another you can check her work out in is The Adventures of Little Miss Adeline Geneva Grace written by Benjamin J. Nichols.
For someone who adores listening to Disney soundtracks and One Direction, you can feel the energy and whimsy of Emily in everything she draws. Part of that energy she also expends in her love of family and the great outdoors. She and her family are very active people who like to kayak, paddle board, hike and the like. While she’s not big on camping (there are bugs), she doesn’t mind going just for the chance to spend time with those she loves the most.
“This is just what I have always done, drawing. It’s the way I express myself and show the stuff that makes me happy,” said Emily. Recently her drawings have featured a young man, her boyfriend. Emily and Zach Martin met not very long ago via a dating website called Ok Cupid. The self-professed nerdy Zach is still in college studying for degrees in psychology and theatre. It was chance that made Emily sign up for the online service and thanks to her mom who told her she needed to get out and meet people.
Photo by Sabine Branstetter
For the lady who loves the feeling of home she has worked to make her surroundings an oasis of peace and tranquility. A local who went to Joseph Martin, Snelson Golden and graduated from Liberty County High in 2012, Emily has a goal to eventually work for Disney, specifically in character design. And that is why she is working so hard to build a portfolio of excellent work. In the interim, she is content to continue the work she is doing and hopes to add some work freelancing for a card/stationary company or something of the sort.
This watcher of Doctor Who and Once Upon a Time, was confused but flattered to be asked to be featured as our cover model this year. However, it was clear to us after just a brief introduction to Emily that her personality and joie de vivre would translate well in print, and we can’t help but admit that she makes us pretty #LibertyCountyProud as a native who has done so well and returned to her hometown, at least for now!
Want to learn more about Liberty County? Come on by our office and pick up a copy of the 2017-18 magazine packed full of stories on more Liberty County locals! Read it online here!
-Leah Poole, CEO for the Liberty County CVB & Liberty County Chamber of Commerce
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