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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Empwr [Interview, Review, Giveaway]

 
I first noticed "Designs by Empwr" when I stumbled upon one of Kellie's amazing space themed paintings. You will not find any prints in this shop. Empwr is unique for many reasons. One of those reasons being that you can find awesome, one-of-a-kind, original paintings for affordable prices. Kellie creates custom pieces of your special photos, abstract and graffiti style art, as well as space/cosmic related work. Let us find out a bit more about Kellie and Empwr...
 
Could you tell us about yourself in a nutshell?
My name is Kellie and I grew up in a fairly small town in Wisconsin. I traveled a lot, worked many different types of jobs, served for the red cross for 6 months during Katrina, and then lived on my own a while. I then started doing spray paint art and working as a Verizon wireless store manager. I found my passion for doing art using spray paint with graffiti. I just found it to be such an intriguing art form. From there I went to college for graphic design, met my wonderful husband, and had twin boys. I'm just for the most part a pretty easy going woman who just likes to try and be the best mom and person I can be. Aside from my family and being a mom, I love design, fashion, art, playing sports, and the outdoors. 
 
When I say _______ you think _______.
Railroad:
Trains, and how I just love to take pictures of all the different graffiti on them when they are parked or passing by.
Moon:
Night time jogs.
Summer:
Warm nights and sitting outside.
Tree:
A beautiful place to relax.
What is "Designs by Empwr" all about?
Designs by Empwr is all about creating beautiful, unique, original art, and selling it at affordable prices. I've always been inspired by art and design and loved to create and transform different things and make them beautiful. I just love that other people can enjoy a wonderful piece without breaking the bank. I also love to use recycled materials!! I do stuff on canvas, but i also like to do things on wood, glass, plastic, and old windows. All of my paintings are created using objects I find. 

Do you consider your art to have a certain feel or style?
I'd say my background would be graffiti based influences, mixed with cosmic space street art, and modern contemporary art. 
 
When did you begin creating artwork and what made you decide to start a business?
I began creating this type of artwork about 4 years ago. I decided to start a business because I have sold art places in the past, and thought it would be good to get into it again. It's a great creative outlet and helps out.

Please tell us a little bit about the technique of your spray paint work?
A lot of what I do is just being really fast and knowing what I want to create so I can manipulate the spray paint while it's wet.
 
What is your artistic inspiration?
I am inspired by a lot of graffiti art, graphic design elements, and many different types of modern abstract art. I am also inspired by humanity and all the inner struggles and self realization we go through in our lives. I am a very intuitive and emotional being, and that greatly influences my work. 
 
What is a normal day like for you? 
Ahhhh a normal day for me currently consists of chaos chaos chaos!! lol I have twin 21 month old boys and they keep me on my toes all day long. I devote my life to my boys and they are the light of my life. All though they are the toughest job I have ever had they truly are amazing. At the end of the day, when the little ones are asleep safe a sound, I go outside and have ME time. I shake the cans, put on my mask, and paint away the worries, and stresses of the day. When I'm not taking care of them, I'm cleaning, cooking, hanging with the hubby, or working on my next painting. On Saturdays I just started selling at the beach so now mommy gets a break from 3-9 to sell art and do something different:) 
Is there anything else that you would like to add, Kellie?
Just that my number one interest is making sure that my clients get a beautiful piece of art they can really enjoy. I love to include all my clients in the design process and send pictures when i am done. I look forward to working with new people and trying new things.
 
Aren't those all stunning? Kellie is very friendly to deal with and makes sure that you are happy with the product you are receiving. Like she had previously stated in the interview, she even takes photos of your finished piece to show you before shipping it out. For review, I received an 11X14 space painting on canvas as well as an 11X14 space paintings on poster board. They arrived swiftly and all safely bubbled up and ready to please my senses. Take a look!
  There is black satiny ribbon running around the edges of the rectangular canvas painting, which is a nice touch. The style of these is very appealing to me. I love space- it is beautiful and intriguing. That essence is captured so nicely in these paintings. From the stars spattered across the canvas, to the masterfully mixed colors, your imagination can run lush when you look at them. My favorite element in these has to be the planets themselves. Kellie really must be a pro with those bottles of spray paint because the planets have a life of their own inside of all the swirled details. The shades used together mesh exquisitely to create fantastic images. The canvas painting makes me think of something like "seasons" of a galaxy... various snapshots of different times.  In the second one, I feel like the right side is the edge of a cave or asteroid that I am in/on, peering off into the space around me. These paintings would be very versatile gifts as well. I know that kids enjoying looking at cool, colorful space pictures, but these are also quite suitable for the adult that appreciates diverse and unique paintings (or hey, an astronomer, if you know one.)
GIVEAWAY
*$25.00 store credit AND an 11x14 Original Poster Board Space Painting from Empwr*
 
TO ENTER: Be sure that you are a follower of "Samy in Wonderland" through google friend connect (top of left side-bar) and browse "Designs by Empwr", then leave 1 comment stating:

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: _______.

- One of my favorite items from Empwr is _______ because _______.  

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: _______. 


 EXTRA ENTRIES: After doing the mandatory entry above, you may complete any or all of these for additional entries. A random number generator picks my winners, so the more times you enter, the more chances you have of winning! For these to count as extras, please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

My favorite parts of this interview were: _______. I also liked the review because: _______.

 I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is _______ because _______.

I "heart" Designs by Empwr on Etsy! My etsy username is: _______.

I "heart" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: _______.

 I "like" Designs by Empwr on Facebook! My facebook username is _______.

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is _______. 

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @_______.
I registered and became a member of www.empwr.webs.com! My member name is: _______.

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: _______. (Subscription box can be found in my left side-bar) 

I "Read You" because I subscribe to Samy in Wonderland feed via an RSS reader.

I shared this giveaway on my facebook wall! I included a link back to this page so that my friends can find it. Here is a link to the wall post: _______. 

I tweeted about this giveaway on twitter. I included a link back to this blog as well as "@PSVintage" somewhere in my tweet. Here is a link to the tweet: _______. 

  I "Spread the Love" by putting the Samy in Wonderland button on my blog/site! Here is a link to where I posted Samy's button: _______. (You can find the button code in my left side-bar)

I blogged about this giveaway! I was sure to include a picture of the prize, that the giveaway ends on 09/04 at 11:59 PM, that it is open worldwide, a link to this page, etc. Here is a link to my post: _______.

I left a new and relevant comment on this non-giveaway post on the Samy in Wonderland blog: _______. (You may count up to 3 comments - use separate entries for each) 

  I also entered this currently running giveaway hosted by Samy: _______. (Current giveaways are listed in the left side-bar; you may leave a separate comment for each giveaway entered) 


OPEN: WORLDWIDE
ENDS: SEPT. 4TH @ 11:59 PM
 

59 comments:

Cabootique said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Cabootique.

- One of my favorite items from Empwr is Modern contemporary abstract 3 piece space paintings because the colors and details are gorgeous!

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: cabootique[at]live[dot]com.

Cabootique said...

I "heart" Designs by Empwr on Etsy! My etsy username is: Cabootique.

Cabootique said...

My favorite parts of this interview were: learning about her artistic inspiration. I also liked the review because: looking at the paintings and imagining how someone could do that with spray paint is crazy!

cabootique[at]live[dot]com

Egle said...

I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Egle Mane.

One of my favorite items from Empwr is Original -A colorful world- Modern abstract rainbow colored painting, because the colors are just wonderful,mystical, well chosen.

If I am the winner, you can reach me here: egle.mane@gmail.com.

picnut1512 said...

I follow the blog!

I visited the store and my very, very , very favorite is the Original Modern Abstract with flowers (brown and blue). It's beautiful!

If I win, you can reach me at picnut1512@yahoo.com.

Thanks!

Melissa said...

Follow and love the Boy in space dream world, modern/abstract nature.. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Egle said...

I "heart" Designs by Empwr on Etsy! My etsy username is: Eglekas.

egle dot mane at gmail dot com

Egle said...

I "heart" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: Eglekas.

egle dot mane at gmail dot com

Egle said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is Copper Bell Vintage Indian Cuff Bracelet because it has cool design and I like Indian related jewelry.

egle dot mane at gmail dot com

Raquel said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: raquel

- One of my favorite items from Empwr is the Original acrylic-Sunny Day in Autumn- modern abstract tree because I love the colours.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: raquelk_87 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Raquel said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is Cat's Paw Black Olive Brown Leather Boots 6.5 because I love shoes!

Raquel said...

I "heart" Designs by Empwr on Etsy! My etsy username is: raquelfriesen.

Raquel said...

I "heart" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is:raquelfriesen

Raquel said...

I follow you on twitter!
Username – r_j_f
raquelk_87 (at) hotmail (dot) com

M.M.E. said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing such an amazing artist!

VeggieAmanda said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: VeggieAmanda.

- One of my favorite items from Empwr is Original acrylic-Sunny Day in Autumn- modern abstract tree because Autumn is my favorite season and I love trees!

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: anewman80@gmail.com.

debbie said...

I follow your blog sammi, the username that I used to follow you is debbie.
One of my favorite things from empwr is the boy in dream space world. I have a son with special needs, and it really reminds me of him.
you can reach me at twoofakind12@yahoo.com

Jen said...

I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: productsoftheday

Jen said...

One of my favorite items from Empwr is the custom musician/band portrait because I would love to have something that unique with my favorite band (Duran Duran)on it that I would be proud to display in my home!


productsoftheday at gmail dot com

Jen said...

If I am the winner, you can reach me here: productsoftheday@gmail.com

They call me Cee. said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: They call me cee

- One of my favorite items from Empwr is _Original Lady Gaga- Urban pop art graffiti style painting because it's so cool

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: cellaslineup@yahoo.com.

They call me Cee. said...

I "like" Designs by Empwr on Facebook! My facebook username is Marcellina F.

They call me Cee. said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Marcelina F.

They call me Cee. said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @CellaMarcellina

They call me Cee. said...

I shared this giveaway on my facebook wall! I included a link back to this page so that my friends can find it. Here is a link to the wall post: http://www.facebook.com/PrincessSamyVintage#!/profile.php?id=1232887033

They call me Cee. said...

I also entered this currently running giveaway hosted by Samy: Lena Quist leggings.

They call me Cee. said...

I also entered this currently running giveaway hosted by Samy: Wayfaring art

They call me Cee. said...

I also entered this currently running giveaway hosted by Samy: I'm your present

They call me Cee. said...

I also entered this currently running giveaway hosted by Samy: button bags

They call me Cee. said...

I also entered this currently running giveaway hosted by Samy: what once was

Kelli Lee said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Kelli Flanders Robinson.

Kelli Lee said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Kelli Lee.


- One of my favorite items from Empwr is Boy in Space Dream World because of the colors and the powerful message.


- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: kellifrobinson[at]gmail.com.

Kelli Lee said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @KelliFRobinson.

Egle said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Egle Mane.

- One of my favorite items from Empwr is Whimsical dream like painting on 11x14 stretched canvas - boy birds space, because I love the colors of it.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: egle dot mane at gmail dot com.

Dhesh said...

I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Dhesh.


One of my favorite items from Empwr is Modern graffiti pop art painting of lips because I think it will look good in my walk-in closet space.


If I am the winner, you can reach me here: dhesh at webmail dot co dot za.

Dhesh said...

I "heart" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: Dhesh.

Dhesh said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is the Colourful Metallic Retro Purse because it's gorgeous.

dhesh at webmail dot co dot za

Reena555 said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: Reena S.


- One of my favorite items from Empwr is "Custom Graffiti style pop art portrait on 10x10 stretched canvas- musician, band, celebrity (The Beatles)" because it looks amazing!


- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: reenas85(at)hotmail(dot)com

Reena555 said...

My favorite parts of this interview were: When Kellie talked about her artistic inspiration. She spoke about being inspired by te inner struggles/learnings we all go through in life. I also liked the review because: Of the way you went into detail when describing the pieces you received.

reenas85(at)hotmail(dot)com

Reena555 said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is the
American Indian Vintage Copper Bell Cuff Bracelet Bow Arrow Fish Sun Design because it is perfect for everyday use.

reenas85(at)hotmail(dot)com

Reena555 said...

I "like" Designs by Empwr on Facebook! My facebook username is Reena Sha.

Reena555 said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is Reena Sha.

Reena555 said...

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: reenas85(at)hotmail(dot)com

Reena555 said...

I also entered this currently running giveaway hosted by Samy: Objects of Affection

Reena555 said...

I also entered this currently running giveaway hosted by Samy: Button Bags Pencil Case.

reenas85(at)hotmail(dot)com

Reena555 said...

I also entered this currently running giveaway hosted by Samy: The Luna Girls

reenas85(at)hotmail(dot)com

TiffsPixieDust said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: tiffypixie

- One of my favorite items from Empwr is Modern comtemporary abstract 3 piece space paintings because I would love to have it in my house.

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

TiffsPixieDust said...

My favorite parts of this interview were: I like that the creations are priced to sell at affordable prices. I also liked the review because: I like the artist's perspective ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

TiffsPixieDust said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is All That Jazz Green White Floral Vintage Indie Romper Jumpsuit Playsuit S M because I would love to wear it.

TiffsPixieDust said...

I "heart" Designs by Empwr on Etsy! My etsy username is: tiffypixie

TiffsPixieDust said...

I "heart" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: tiffypixie

TiffsPixieDust said...

I "like" Designs by Empwr on Facebook! My facebook username is tiffypixie ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

TiffsPixieDust said...

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is tiffypixie ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

TiffsPixieDust said...

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @tiffypixie ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

TiffsPixieDust said...

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

TiffsPixieDust said...

I "Read You" because I subscribe to Samy in Wonderland feed via an RSS reader. FeedDemon ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

TiffsPixieDust said...

I "Spread the Love" by putting the Samy in Wonderland button on my blog/site! Here is a link to where I posted Samy's button: tiffspixiedust.blogspot.com

jcsjcs said...

- I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: jcsjcs.


- One of my favorite items from Empwr is the Modern Abstract Tree painting because it would fit perfectly in my den and will help me welcome FALL to my home.


- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: libbylopez at hotmail dot com.

jcsjcs said...

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is the copper Indian cuff bracelet because it reminds me of a bracelet my Dad wore when I was a kid.

libbylopez at hotmail dot com