The Artist Behind Batch

Tamara LaValla is an OCD artist,
and sometimes chocolate maker, inspired by the
potential for mutually assured seduction.

Originally from snowy central New York, LaValla attended the wildly immersive NYS Summer School of the Arts securing a spot in the Albright-Knox collection.
She earned her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and inclusion in the Society of Illustrators esteemed 37th Annual of American Illustration and exhibition in NYC.

Upon graduation, Tamara moved to the Carolinas putting her degree to work as an award-winning Senior Artist for The Herald newspaper.
Over the next 16 years, she lectured at Winthrop University helping develop an Illustration program for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

In 2003, LaValla cofounded a design firm which has evolved into the present day Social Design House.
The following year, Tamara co-launched Up, a gallery, store and frame shop that featured work from local, regional and international artists for nearly a decade.
Tamara has also served as an Artists U facilitator for the SC Arts Commission, traveling the state helping fellow artists build balanced, sustainable careers.

When not making, or mastering the art of craft chocolate, Tamara’s eternal search for a home in the white, hot desert persists.




My drawings and paintings explore a real and persistent
preoccupation with desire, order, progress and work.

Building upon two decades in illustration and design, my current work abandons a reliance on ones and zeroes
in pursuit of tangible artifacts that are both timely and timeless. My studio is a meritocracy where tenacity and growth are rewarded over safety and luck.
I embrace the rigors of making in an ethereal, virtual world, transforming into the kind of human I want to be.

In this space, where “Command-Z” no longer exists, I am slowly learning to yield control.