Grande Dame, aka Tiff McGinnis, is a self-taught multimedia artist: an audio/visual storyteller, who writes music, creates animations and makes an array of art in different mediums from the images in her animations. Her process is laborious, starting with sound, then moving image, then still art.
Originally from the Deep South of Columbus, Georgia, she has been based in the UK since early 2001. A child of the 1970’s Tiff was heavily influenced by the rich sounds of the Mississippi Delta, psychedelic cartoons, iconography, pinball, Art Nouveau, 60’s black light and Fillmore East Posters – all of which are evident in her creations.
Tiff began writing songs as a child. In 2001 she came to the UK to pursue a career in music and signed an album deal with Tummy Touch records under her old moniker Crazy Girl. Since then she has had her music licensed for various TV shows, ads, and the Coen Brothers Film, Burn After Reading. She is a published writer with Touch Tones Music. The Grande Dame Album debuted in late 2014 – A collection of songs inspired by sounds Tiff heard growing up around the Deep South. Available on LTD Edition Teal Vinyl, CD, and Digital MP3
Shortly after arriving in the UK, Tiff began to teach herself animation by creating colorful videos for her songs. Her first ever Flash Animation – High Tide Hell – about an LSD Trip gone awry – was screened at Albert Hoffman’s (scientest who discovered LSD) 100th Birthday Party in Basel, Switzerland. Her unique style gained attraction, and she built a career making videos for bands including Alabama 3, Adrian Edmundson’s Bad Shepherds, viral ads for KPM Music, video game art for MTV Networks and more. Her work has been shown in festivals around the globe and she has licensed 2 videos to Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation. And she is a featured artist on Giphy.
Tiff’s art and design career has been fast and furious. In 2010 she printed a few giclee’s from her music video The Shakes. And soon after, it quickly took off. Since then she has had her designs on porcelain plates and blotter art. She has also created psychedelic fabric patterns for legendary couture shoe designer Terry de Havilland and collaborated with celebrated light designer the late Chris Bracey of God’s Own Junkyard on a series of light boxes. In Feb 2012 she had her first solo exhibition at PR giant Ketchum Pleon’s corporate headquarters in London’s Spitalfields, and October 23, 2014 Tiff had her solo exhibition – Grande Dame’s Voodoo On You (original art inspired by her music) – upstairs at ink-d gallery Brighton, which was so successful they extended it 3 weeks. Esteemed art blog People of Print said – “Everything you see is fantastically printed, illustrated and designed by Grande Dame, from the wallpaper and the curtains to the framed artwork, the candles and the vinyl on the record player.”
Since her humble beginnings she has moved into silk screening, embroidery, painting, portrait art, gilding, soft furnishings, comic books, fabric, wallpaper, Jukebox design and much more. Tiff’s designs for Terry de Havilland have been featured in Italian Vogue, Metro, The Times, Stylist and her Coco Clown heels caused a viral sensation making headlines in The Daily Mail, Heat, Look & More. Her designs have even been seen in a mutant vehicle at Burning Man.
In a relatively short span of time, Tiff has gained a strong following of music, animation, and art & design fans around the globe. She is a dedicated, creative maverick, with a keen eye for detail. Her work is thought provoking, funny, colorful and exciting; her sound is big, and her style is large – she is GRANDE DAME.