Farewell to Tyra…

JennyBlncBlog - Tyra Yolanda Caribbean Director Emma Blanc and Sian Davies
Above, clockwise left to right: Tyra Woodroffe, Yolanda Haynes, Emma Blanc, Sian Davies.

Tyra Woodroffe is our Design Showroom Assistant in Barbados and the winner of the inaugural Jenny Blanc Design Scholarship, in partnership with the Barbados Community College. Before we bid her farewell as she begins an exciting new chapter (furthering her design education in New York) Tyra has a few words to share about her time with the Jenny Blanc team!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Caribbean Director Emma Blanc (left) presents Tyra with her scholarship.
Above: Caribbean Director Emma Blanc (left) presents Tyra with her scholarship.

As I approach my last few weeks with Jenny Blanc Interiors, I reflect fondly on my time as the first design scholarship winner. It has been an exciting journey of change from being a curious design student, to someone who has been able to witness firsthand, the processes, skill and dedication it takes to run a successful, inspirational design practice. And to believe that it all began almost two years ago!

My start at Jenny Blanc was a wonderful one with my time at the London showroom and design studio. Having the opportunity to experience travel is incredibly enriching in itself, as it encourages personal growth and expands one’s knowledge substantially. Added to that was the great hospitality and mentorship I was fortunate to experience in my 6 months with the UK Team.  In such a creative field, actually being able to see, feel and interact with all the aspects that make a beautiful scheme come together is invaluable. And while with the UK design team lead by Design director Sue Thomas, I was able to witness the decision making process in an environment where access to a plethora of resources such as fabric, lighting and furniture is unlimited.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Tyra and the Jenny Blanc London team in 2014.
Above: Tyra and the Jenny Blanc London team in 2014.
Jenny Blanc Blog - Barbados Scheme Designed by Tyra in London
Above: A scheme for Barbados designed by Tyra during her time in London.

Although this time abroad was so stimulating, eventually homesickness set in and I happily returned to Barbados ready to take on second leg of the learning experience. The lovely Barbadian showroom provided a setting for me to find out all about retail, visual merchandising and installations as we manage local projects.  The Barbadian team lead by Caribbean Director Emma Blanc have provided a unique shopping experience on the island with products both local and from around the globe.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Tyra Returns Barbados Community College
Above: Tyra returns to Barbados Community College with fabric samples gifted by Jenny Blanc, to help future students with their work.

Even after the prescribed one year duration of the scholarship had elapsed, the team was gracious enough to keep me on as the Assistant Showroom Manager where I’ve had such an unforgettable time. Every site visit, every satisfied shopper and every trade show have further solidified my passion for design. It was only natural that I take the next step and pursue even more experience and higher education for this career path. I am therefore, off once again for a full B.Sc Degree in Interior Design from an accredited New York university.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Tyra at Clients Consultation in Barbados
Above: Tyra at Just Rooms client consultations in Barbados.

Despite excitedly anticipating this new chapter, is not without some sadness that I leave the fantastic Jenny Blanc establishment after having nestled so comfortably into its embrace. But I do so with heaps of affection and gratitude for my colleagues and confident that I’ve been equipped with an impenetrable foundation for the future of my interior design craft.

– Tyra Woodroffe

Jenny Blanc Blog - Tyra at a UK design project site visit.
Above: Tyra at a UK design project site visit.

Visit the blog archives to read more about the Jenny Blanc Design Scholarship, Tyra’s time in the UK and her return to Barbados.

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