Why hello there! I’m Joe Dill and I am one half of the intern team at 915 Monmouth! Let me start right off the bat by saying that I am extremely excited and honored to get the chance to take this opportunity head on along with Kay. I can remember reading the job description for this position and thinking it was right up my alley. You’ll probably come to know me as the guy who blogs, manages the website, and takes on other random tasks around the studio, but let me tell you a little bit about myself first so we can get more acquainted.
Like I said, I’m Joe and I originally hail from good ole’ Cleveland, Ohio, but as I tell all my Cincinnati friends, don’t hold it against me, it’s a pretty cool place after all. I came down to Cincinnati to study Interior Design at the College of Mount Saint Joseph and then transferred to Northern Kentucky University after a year to join their Bachelor of Fine Arts Program for Design and Technology, which is just a fancy way of saying designing sets and props for the theatre department. I graduated a semester early this past December and since then have been trying to become a real-life adult and find a job and new apartment, so at least I’m half way there.
When I wasn’t in school, working, prepping for a show to open, or trying to maintain a social life, most of my time over the past few years was spent following my dream of one day owning my very own interior design business, and knowing a little about that will probably tell you a lot about me. Let me explain.
As long as I can remember, I’ve always had this drive to transform the world of interior design in the same way that Trading Spaces changed the world of home renovations on television when TLC was still about being a learning channel. But really, I’m not going to say that I’m not a fan of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo or anything. After all, who doesn’t love a little vajiggle-jaggle?
Anyways, growing up I lived with my mom and grandmother and most of my time was spent watching shows with them like Trading Spaces, Room By Room, and a hefty dash of The Golden Girls. I credit a lot of my desire to be an interior designer to the former of these shows and I credit my desire to polish off everyday with a cheesecake to the latter. I guess I was a pretty impressionable tween. I wonder where I would be if I spent every evening watching America’s Most Wanted or something. Either way, I knew that someday I wanted to own my own business, I just never knew how to get it going.
Fast forward a few years and I’m signing the lease on my first studio apartment in the Licking River district of Covington, KY, a month before I start NKU. The apartment was in my dream locale with hardwood floors, lots of character, and 12-foot high ceilings. I finally had my very own blank canvas of a dwelling and my imagination was running wild. One thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to play off the high ceilings with pieces of large, dramatic artwork. Shopping around, I found no options for the scale I wanted on a college student’s budget that was even remotely attractive. I then decided to take matters into my own hands, and the rest, I guess as they say, is history.
I’ve always been an incredibly Eco-conscious lad and like to repurpose, reuse, and recycle as much as possible. I do what I can to make sure my size elevens leave the smallest carbon footprint possible. When I started to tackle the artwork for my apartment, I found some salvaged wood to work on and some newsprint to make my idea come to life. What resulted was something low in price, high in style, and perfect for my kitchen. And so it all began.
A few friends and family told me that they quite liked what I had done and encouraged me to keep going. Taking a shot in the dark, I decided to send off some samples of my stuff to a local art show near Cleveland and was given the chance to show and sell my work that July of 2011 in their Art Fest. After getting a great response from patrons of the show and selling more pieces than I ever thought possible, I kept creating and have since participated in art shows in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati!
Navigating the art show circuit has brought me some of the absolute best experiences of my life. Creating art and revamping interiors has taught me just as much about myself as it has the craft of designing and I love that I learn something new everyday. Through my work, I like to challenge viewers to rethink their surroundings, push materials to their limits, and redefine masculinity and femininity as it applies to the design world. Taking inspiration from my travels, urbanization, and fashion gives a unique edge to my work and one that I strive to continue to develop and refine over the coming years.
So that is basically what brought me here. For the past almost two years I’ve been running Joe Dill Designs acting as a freelance interior designer, artist, blogger, furniture restorer/designer, sewer, or whatever else someone might need me to do to make their house feel more like a home. I knew this internship was great for me because I would get to work closely with five successful entrepreneurs and obtain the tools and connections I would need to take myself and my business to the next level, whatever that might be.
Besides all of that, I also like to consider myself to be a witty, creative, and personable guy. I love Indie movies and music, sweet treats, and seeing the potential in everything and everyone. You’ll often find me exploring Over-the-Rhine, chilling out to some Damien Rice tunes, or cooking up the newest recipe I’ve found. I’m so very excited to start this new chapter with the ladies of 915 and all of you to see where this magic carpet ride takes us all!
If you want to know anything else, check out my website at http://joedilldesigns.com and find me on Facebook, Twitter, and peruse my personal blog and portfolio! Or you can always shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Go forth and be fabulous.
Joe The Intern.