Digital Delights

*Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a Georgia Peach transplant living in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. I am a self taught digital artist and love to design. I find the challenge of creating a specific vision for my customers exciting and joyous, especially when they are delighted with the results. I am a free spirit. Although my style is whimsically eclectic, I appreciate all styles (that's what makes an eclectic soul, eclectic!).

*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
I started my business, Alli's Studio over 10 years ago, designing logos, websites, art and stationery mostly by word of mouth. It wasn't until recently that I got the energy to expand and market my services and designs globally through the great vehicle of social media. I was already "branded" and wanted to maintain my name, hence my shop name. I started the business because I wanted to share my talents with others that were complimentary of my work. So many people encouraged me to keep designing, so I think it was just in the stars.

*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
I want people to see my:
  • joy and love of design
  • flare for color
  • attention to detail
  • passion
  • and heart!

*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
I love metallic papers. I am a purple addict.

*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?
When I'm not designing, I have a full time job as a public relations director. I love my 9 to 5 alter ego as it provides me with an opportunity to wear many hats: graphic artist, media relations, communications coordinator, copywriter... Outside of burning the candle at both ends, I love to hike the beautiful gorges and waterfalls of the Finger Lakes region. I'm also a foodie and somewhat of a gourmet cook. I hand paint furniture, mostly for charity auctions and have developed a bit of a following. I love interior design and use my home as my palette, gallery and showcase.

*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
I loved designing the Owl Be Yours wedding invitation because it's a bit different than what I usually design. I had fun stepping outside my box.

*What keeps you motivated?
My friends, colleagues, children and husband...there's not a day that goes by that one of them doesn't dole out some good ol' kind words of encouragement and praise.

*If you could give a piece of advice to a new shop - what would it be?
Well, I'm actually a new shop, but upon perusing the plethora of shops day after day since my Etsy addiction began, I would have to offer: make your images compelling and have some continuity of theme in your shop.

*Are there other places on the net we can find you?


katkero said...

Nice to meet you.

MoanasUniqueDesigns said...

What a great post. Allison's work is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing her profile with us.

Jmillie said...

Lovely post. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about your life and love of designing!!


Laurie Alves said...

Really Wonderful Post. Loved hearing about another's journey into this venue. Loved it!

Cwtchbugs said...

Very interesting reading all about you. You're a very busy and talented lady :)