Thursday, April 16, 2009

Featured Artist Spotlight: Brinda Kay Design

The Twelfth featured artist is Brinda of brindakaydesigns, I met Brinda in the Etsy forums but for the life of me I cannot remember which thread... Brinda has an amazing shop with some truly unique items, she makes purses and catch-all trays out of old record albums...

Start off by telling us about yourself:

I'm a self-employed graphic designer. I've always loved typography, graphic design, and photography. Along with logo and marketing design for small businesses, I used to do a lot of custom wedding invitation design too. I loved the production part of the invitations -- playing with all the gorgeous papers and ribbons. As far back as I can remember, my favorite hobbies always involved making stuff. Oh- and I'm not afraid of power tools.

When did you start your art/craft and how did
you get into it?

I was trying to keep my mom busy during a visit by doing some crafting.(My mom also loves working with her hands.) I started doing some crafting myself!

Where do you get your inspiration for your creations?

My inspiration comes from the music albums – either their cover art or the vinyl ‘s center logo or graphics. I am addicted to the “hunt” for those album covers. It’s my favorite part of the creation process.

Do you work at your art/craft full time or do you have another job?

I have a couple of small businesses where I still do the ad design and marketing work, but for the most part I work on my shop full time now.With all the marketing you have to do and still try to create- it becomes a full time job!

If you could start over with your business is there anything you would do differently?

This new business venture of mine is still very young, so I’m on a learning curve. I’m still trying to figure out how to schedule my time better. But if I’d have to pick one thing so far, I would definitely buy a postal scale! Wow, using the click n ship thru the post office’s website is a huge time saver.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Why?

Hmmm, I’d like to see myself in some wonderful studio space – a building down a pathway right near my house. Of course, the house and studio would be on a great piece of property with acreage, gorgeous trees and gardens. Why? Why not?!

What tips would you have for someone that is just starting out?

Oh, I don’t think I’m qualified yet to give any advice. I’m just starting out myself. But, I would definitely say that if you love what you are creating, just keep doing it!

Be sure to visit her Etsy shop...


David Burns Smith said...

This is some hip/cool stuff. Great feature Tara!

Giftbearer said...

Very pretty blog and interesting feature!

Eve's World said...

Nice and informative articles...

storybeader said...

nice interview, neat items!

brindaKdesign said...

Thanks for the great feature, Tara. You're a gem. ;-) Your blog looks really good.

slosurfer said...

Those are very cool! I imagine the record finding is so much fun.
Great feature Tara!


Tizzalicious said...

Those bags are incredible! Nice feature :)

Over The Top Aprons said...

These are great! I wish Brinda continued success!!