Friday, 26 March 2010


Friday Finds... AglaeaDesigns

This is my 21st interview of the amazing not-so-well-known artists of Etsy!

Hi everyone and Happy Friday!
A bit later than usual today but that would be my fault as I was very last minute asking todays seller for an interview (being as my memory is rubbish and I've spent most of this week being preoccupied with other things as you know!), and I am so grateful to her for managing to get me the interview along in time for today considering she herself has recently had a baby and I can only imagine how tight time is probably right now!
Kelly of AglaeaDesigns is a very talented photographer that I stumbled across a while ago and found myself falling in love with each and every photo I looked at whilst browsing her shop. there are some really inspiring talents emerging in the photography world and I think Kelly has this incredible way of handling her final result for each picture. The images are so dream like and soft, and the fact that she offers gocco prints, and jewelry with her work printed on makes browsing so much more of an experience on each page :)
I'll be quiet now and let you enjoy her interview! Congratulations on your little baby Kelly and thankyou again for taking part today!

(Just click the images to go direct to the listings)

-- Tell me a bit about you! (Name, Age, Location, and give us a random fact whilst you're at it.) Kelly Preusser, 31, Garrison, NY
random fact: I just had my first child 6 weeks ago, a daughter, Aurora Faye and I am loving not working and spending time with her!

-- What is your business about then? My business is mostly photography prints but have started to include photo pendents and handmade cards.

-- How did Etsy come into your life? I just stumbled upon Etsy one day while cruising the web and fell in love with. After a little while of browsing and purchasing some fabulous items from other members I thought, 'hey, I should do this too!'

-- Are you working a day job too? I do have day job, although I am on maternity leave right now. I am a graphic designer and currently working at a printing company where I am the production manager.

-- How long has the artist in you been 'unleashed' for? I guess I have been an artist my whole life. I always was more interested in taking art classes rather then academics while in school. When I was a teenager my uncle gave me my first SLR film camera, which I still have and use. He was a photographer himself and taught me a lot and really sparked my interest in the field. In college I took tons of different kinds of art classes and my interest grew more and more. I just love all forms of art!

-- What has been the inspiration behind your business? My inspiration comes from my life - all that is around me. I live in a beautiful area, have great friends and now a gorgeous daughter who inspires me everyday.

-- If you could describe your products in three words, what would you tell me? pretty, life, color

-- What would an average working day for you be like from dawn til dusk? Well when I was working I worked my day job from 8 to 4, during the day I would check up on my Etsy shop, renew items, check in on forums quickly. When I got home I would continue to do the same, along with listing new items if I had them or working on editing photos until my husband came home from work. Then we'd hang out, eat dinner, watch LOST when it's on!! Then I might hop on the forums again or browse what other sellers are listing before bed.

-- What's your favorite material and techniques to work with? Cameras of course! I have a Canon digital SLR but also use my film cameras still, along with a Holga and a Minolta SLR. I have started a collection of vintage cameras in various stages of working order. I then use Photoshop and Lightroom for editing the photos. I like playing around with different editing techniques and textures on my photos, just trying different things until I get a result I like.

-- What is your ideal vision for the future for you and your work? I'd love to just be able to continue to do what I enjoy. My Etsy shop isn't that successful right now so I'd love for that to take off and maybe do some street fairs, art galleries, and whatever comes my way.

-- Away from work, what do you like to do for fun or to wind down? Right now I just love hanging out with my daughter, getting to know her and her getting to know me - it's just fantastic!

-- What are you likely to search for on Etsy? I love looking at other photographers work, there are so many great artists here! I usually search using pounce - it's a great way to find new work, I can get lost in it!

-- Any last words? I hope everyone enjoys my shop and finds something they love!


Miss Val's Creations said...

I love Kelly's flower photography. Gorgeous!

Felix and Jayne said...

great interview, love those pendants!

hotjavva said...

what a great interview, i love learning about other artists. thanks for sharing this!

AVi ♥ said...

This is the first interview I stumbled on bloggers :)

ps: Hello from Japan!

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