Friday, March 25, 2011

Focus On... Pique Studios! {And A BOGO!}

Pique Studios is backed by Pam, a delightful Etsyian who is obviously incredibly talented. She has answered my silly questions and offered a fabulous deal just for Kate and Oli readers! Read on for more details!

Tell me some basic info about yourself.

I am a mother to a toddler and I am able to stay at home with her, so I am constantly entertained. I love to travel and be in not so "touristy" places. I love learning about different cultures and the different ways they think and live. I have been throughout Europe and central Asia and a small amount in South America and the Carribean. I love horses and have been riding since I was a child. And I love to run in my barefoot shoes-yes, the Five Fingers, the ones that look very strange.

{little albatross}

What kind of mediums do you use and why?
Currently, mostly pen and ink just because it is so easy to grab a pen and sketchbook as soon as the wee one is asleep.


What made you decide to sell on etsy?
A couple years ago, a friend encouraged me to log in my 2000 hours (the amount of time "they" say it takes to be a "professional" at something) so I began drawing at least 2 hours a day. Being an etsy addict, I figured since I had a bit of a portfolio together it would be easy enough to give etsy a shot.

Where do you get your inspiration?
When it comes down to it, I think the answer is stories. Fairy tales, mythology, the places I have travelled, music: Josh Ritter, Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons.


What is your favorite music to craft by? 
Lately, a lot of Josh Ritter, Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, Rufus Wainwright. Then of course there are the classics: Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Beatles, Zeppelin, Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows.....and occasionally a Rick Steves travelogue on PBS :)

When it's cold outside...It freaks me out. The high dropping to the 60s is foreign to me. I do not know how the rest of the world functions in winter. I am born and raised south Florida girl so the cold is this horrible horrible thing. I always say that I never want to live in a place where if you got locked outside your house you could die.

{nordic braids}

When I'm hungry...I crave white sugar. I really eat rather well-no processed food, no preservatives, that sort of thing. But when I fall off the's ugly. I think I could live off of Oreos. And what is with the Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies? Is there crack in those?

{green hummingbird}

When I need a boost...I disappear. I'm the classic introvert. I get energy by being alone. I hide at the beach and draw


I wish I was/ in some little village in Spain or Italy or Romania or.......

{blue silhouette}

If I could give one gift to everyone I know, it would be...this is tricky.....I try to be very particular with gift giving. I like to give meaningful gifts depending on the person. I don't think there is something universal enough. Hell, I just don't know how to answer this question.

{wood dryad}

If I could have coffee with anyone, it would does on choose? Definitely Wes Anderson and Jonathan Safran Foer and Josh Ritter, but not all at the same time. They are all amazingly talented artists. Brilliant. Particular. Raw.

{sirens and thunder}

If you were an animal, what would you be?
an Osprey or some sort of bird of prey. Powerful and graceful and dangerous....or maybe......a Jaguar Shark.....

{sparrow heart}

What's your favorite piece of your own?
It sold a couple of weeks is a mermaid illustration and I titled it after Jonathon Safran Foer's incredible book, 'Everything is Illuminated.'

What are your favorite blogs/websites right now?
Honestly, I am still so addicted to etsy. I have this list of artists on etsy and I seriously check there shops almost everyday for new work. I don't know how I get anything else done sometimes.

{little birds}

You can find Pique Studios
on their blog
on twitter,
and on etsy!

**Pam has offered up a fabulous deal for Kate and Oli readers! When you buy one print, simply mention "Kate and Oli" in the notes to seller and you can get a second print of equal or lesser price for free! Make sure you tell her which second print you'd like!**


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