Monday, April 17, 2017

Meet the Maker: Paige Poppe

Happy Monday! It's time for another installment in the "Meet the Maker" series! I am SO excited about today's feature. I seriously squealed when she agreed to be a part of this series. I'm not entirely sure how I ended up down the rabbit hole of the internet and found Paige but I think it was when I was scouring the web for an artist that specializes in desert scenes. As you may or may not know, I was married in the Coachella Valley Desert in beautiful Palm Springs, so the desert has a special place in my heart. It was then that I found her AMAZING desert inspired art and fell in love! I have yet to actually buy one of Paige's pieces but that is only because it's IMPOSSIBLE to choose a favorite! For real though, go look at her stuff and I dare you to find something that isn't incredible... go ahead... I'll wait. For real though, I have almost bought her yoga mat dozens of times and I DON'T EVEN DO YOGA. 

Tell me a little bit about yourself...

I am an artist, creating paintings + designing products every day in Scottsdale, Arizona! I loves to bring a hand painted, analog touch to anything I create. Surrounded by the beautiful Sonoran desert, I am most known for my paintings of desert botanicals and landscapes. My painting and design work extends to my own product line (think greeting cards, pins, and mugs) wedding stationery design, branding and packaging for small businesses, and large scale painting commissions for clients. 

What is it that you make and how did you get started?

I have been working under my own name as an artist since April of 2015, but started creating original work for clients in 2012. Back then I was pursuing my Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and my work was primarily skateboard art. I would paint skate decks for clients, as well as my own designs. At the time I was primarily sharing my work on my blog + selling on Etsy, but eventually moved to my own websites so I could truly build my brand.
Loves: Sunshine, bicycling, scrapbooking, creating videos, pickles, key lime pie and painting of course! 

Hates: Negativity, tomatoes, blue cheese, and slow Internet, ha!

Guilty Pleasures: Blasting Ariana Grande and Britney Spears...except I'm not too guilty of that. Their music pumps me up during a long work day!  

Cocktail of Choice: I love specialty Moscow Mule flavors! I just had a blood orange one at a favorite restaurant of mine and it was delicious. 

What advice to you have for fellow makers?

Be prepared to work hard, super hard, at your craft and your dream every day, for years. Consistenly creating and working towards my boals on a daily basis for over 5 years is how I got where I am today. 
Thank you for tuning in to another week of the "Meet the Maker" series! 
I can't thank Paige enough for agreeing to be a part of it. I'm still a little beside myself that she agreed, but I'm SO glad that she did! 
Be sure to check out her Website // Shop // Instagram // Blog

Next week, I'm going to be featuring Erin Casement of Design Punch and you won't want to miss it!

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