AND THE WINNER IS:
#326 - POLLY!
Can you take amazing photo's? I know I can't. But I envy people who can. Kelly has some truly amazing photo's in her shop! LOVE the Marmot (large ground squirrel - looks just like a beaver to me)!!
*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Kelly, a former West Coaster (Vancouver) now living in Montreal for the past 7 years. Last year was quite a pivotal one - I completed a diploma in Digital Photographic Imaging at Concordia University and I left my full time job to (finally) pursue my dream of working in the arts.
*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
After a few years of selling my work through POD (Purchase on Demand) shops, I saw the demand for my work increase and thought I might try selling prints. I opened a shop on Etsy in April of this year and to my delight, I not only had sales slowly building, I had requests for larger format prints as well. I now offer cards, mini-prints and magnets in addition to a variety of formats.
*What or who inspires you?
I have an interest in anything design related whether it's architecture, mixed media, sculpture or the like. I love looking at design books, visiting art galleries and checking out the work of other artists on the web.
Often I find that my inspirations are completely dichotomous - the beauty of nature has always compelled me and I spend as much time as I can at Mount Royal or visiting the Botanical Gardens. However, I love the rougher parts of the city, particularly crumbling or abandoned buildings.
*What do you like about being a seller?
There are so many things to love about selling my own work. I not only get to express myself creatively, but I get to make money doing it. It may not be enough to survive on at this point, but the real payoff is knowing that people like my photography enough to want to put it on their wall or present it to someone else as a gift. I feel very honoured by this.
My buyers are much more to me than a transaction. Through my sales I've had the pleasure of meeting a lot of really great people, many of whom I now connect with via Twitter, Facebook or email. This extended communication has really enhanced the entire experience for me.
*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?
I love being outside enjoying nature - taking my bike along the Lachine canal or feeding squirrels and chipmunks at Mount Royal.
*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
I tend to favour my black and white pieces due to the amount of time I spend working on them. Colour can be so seductive, but once it's removed, one must enhance and define the details in a much more creative way. I find the process challenging and therefore, more rewarding.
*Are there other places on the net we can find you?
Personal Website http://kdbrown.com/
NOW FOR THE GIVE AWAY!
Winner's choice of 8x10 print. Many subjects to choose from.
THIS GIVE AWAY IS CLOSED!!
The draw will take place on: November 19 @ 8PM Central
This is open to Worldwide!
Good Luck Everyone!!
Audrey's Country Crafts is in no way responsible for the mailing of the prize. After the name is drawn I will contact that person. They have 2 days to respond before another name will be picked! The name and address will be forwarded. Thank-you for entering!!