About the speaker

Matthew Tabor is an artist and designer living in Houston,Texas. As a native of Louisiana, Tabor started his career at a design and printfirm in Lake Charles, Louisiana, before eventually owning his own freelance business, The Bow and the Quiver. In the five years that he has lived in Houston, Tabor has helped many small businesses develop their graphic design and branding.

Recently, Tabor launched a new enterprise with his wife, Leslie Slade, called Letterset. Given Tabor’s art and design background and Slade’s marketing and business experience, Letterset leaves no stone unturned when it comes to helping businesses create a visual presence in the marketplace. Together, they offer services in graphic design, screen printing, hand lettering and chalking, marketing, and branding.

In preparation for the current exhibition, HCCC had the pleasure of working with Tabor to create the chalkboard graphics featured inside the Dining and Discourse exhibition space. Stretching 12 feet high and 16 feet wide, the exhibition’s title wall is the largest chalk drawing that Matthew has worked on to date. In a mash-up of modern design meets Rococo, Matthew captures the essence of all three dining-room vignettes into one singular graphic. Once the walls were completed, we had the opportunity to ask Matthew about his professional practice as well as his experience working with chalk.

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