Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Interview With Alykat Creative

Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview Do you ever look at something you truly appreciate or even love and wonder what the inspiration could possibly have been behind it?  The first time I experienced this was at the age of eight when I slid on a pair of heeled jelly shoes at the seaside and wondered who on Earth had the bright idea to stick heels on what were already arguably the 'coolest' shoes around back then.  I was mesmerised - my tiny mind was blown!  Well, the whimsical and playful work of Alykat Creative has induced this feeling in me once more and can well and truly be considered my adult version of wearing those bright pink, sparkly shoes.  The creative mind behind Alykat Creative, Alyson Pearson, kindly sent some of her dreamy prints my way and so to provide a background story when 'oohs' and 'aahs' are inevitably expressed over these designs, I asked her a few questions...

Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview
Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview

1) Your Kickstarter Campaign for Alykat Creative was a total success!  What was going through your mind as you reached your funding goal?

Alyson: Considering I didn't think I would even reach the goal within the month and ended up exceeding it within the first 24 hours, I was in shock with excitement!  The adrenaline was pumping those first few days, in fact it was the whole month the campaign was live!  I wrote a blog post about the campaign in more detail here, fittingly titled ''Kicking A***''.

2) How did your move from Melbourne to London affect you creatively?

Alyson: It actually stopped me in my tracks.  I was going through quite a big life change in moving here all by myself at 29 and I didn't have a job, a flat or a clue, let alone creative ideas or material to produce anything!  It took close to a year until I had to really force myself to break the dry streak.
Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview
Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview
Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview
Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview 3) What does your creative process involve?

Alyson: I usually have an idea of what I want to draw.  Then I source inspiration and reference images, print them out and use my light box to draw lots of separate bits and pieces with pen, then watercolour.  Scan everything in and start layering it all and creating scenes with textures, photos and in Photoshop.

4) At what time of day are you the most productive?

Alyson: Hmm.  Lately I've been pretty hangover-free on the weekends and have been really appreciating the early-ish starts on a Saturday or Sunday.  You can just cram so much in when you start earlier!  Though don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of the 6am starts I have to do during the week!

5) Do you have a favourite out of your three series: Animal, Escape from the Circus and Stardust?

Alyson: They all represent different times in my life and creative journey, so that's a tough one.  I think my transition from the first Animal series to Escape from the Circus shows a turning point when I started telling more of a story, rather than just trying to make something look aesthetically pleasing.
Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview

Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview
6) What has been the most exciting point of your Alykat Creative journey so far?

Alyson: It's a bit of a tie between my experience of Melbourne's Supergraph Print Fair where I held my first ever stall and sold out of prints and did surprisingly well, and the Kickstarter campaign.  Both highlights of my life in general really.

7) Finally, do you have an 'end goal' in mind for your career?

Alyson: Well where I am now, teaching at a design college, had been my goal for quite a while, so I'm still letting that one sink in, but down the track in an ideal world, I'd love to be teaching design part-time to aboriginal artists in Australia and focussing on creating new Alykat work.  Yeah, that'd be pretty awesome.
Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview
Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview
Alykat Creative Design Blog Interview It's so inspiring to see somebody following their dreams and achieving so much alone.  Alyson's move of location, career and pretty much everything else, has brought about something fascinating and special.  One thing is for certain, her work is entirely unique - and besides sparkly heeled jelly sandals for the beach, what could possibly be better than that?!

With love,

Gabrielle x

Note: I was gifted all artwork shown for the purpose of the post, however all opinions are my own.
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  1. Such pretty paintings and great interview!!! :)

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    1. She's very talented and thank you!

      Gabrielle x

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  2. very beautiful paintings
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  3. Wonderful pieces and great work indeed. Nice interview!

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  4. How amazing! I love reading such inspiring stories...to reach the goals that you have set is truly an amazing experience. The art work is simply wonderful, I really adore the Rhino being carried away by the balloon.

    Fantastic post Gabrielle!

    Keisha xo
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    1. You and me both Keisha, there are so many inspiring people out there and it can be fascinating to get to know the thoughts behind their process/journey! Mm, that's also one of my favourites :)

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Oh I can relate to this interview so much. I went through a dry spell recently with my artwork. I didn't really do anything with it until I decided to make something for a friends birthday. I always thought I couldn't force myself to be creative but I guess I just need something to kick things off again.

    -M
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    1. I think that occasionally happens on all creative routes, perhaps it's part of the course! Good luck Violet!

      Gabrielle x

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  6. omg that art work is amazing!

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      Gabrielle x

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  7. Oh, these are stunning, Gabrielle! Alyson's work have the perfect blend between dream and surreal, and I had no idea surreal could be so colourful; I love it! I admire her greatly for her perseverance in achieving her goals, and hey, she's already hit the first one! What a great interview, and I don't think I came to know the existence of heeled jelly shoes till' I was a teen, lucky you!

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    1. You've put it perfectly May, her artwork is truly hard to define and that's partly what makes it so beautiful. That's very true, I'm looking forward to seeing just how far Alyson's graphic design will take her!

      Gabrielle x

      ps. my nan introduced me to the heeled jelly-shoes ;)

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  8. wonderful pieces and great interview. :)

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  9. Wow!! I love her wonderful prints! They have an almost magical aura and I find them very relaxing to watch! ^-^
    Have a lovely day dear!

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    1. I'm so glad you said that, as I have also come to recognise them as being relaxing :)

      Gabrielle x

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  10. These prints are so absolutely gorgeous, thanks for sharing your interview. So stunning!

    xx Chelsea
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    1. So pleased you think so, she's undoubtedly very talented!

      Gabrielle x

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  11. I'm not strong in art but these ones are totally amazing!!!
    xx
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    1. Mm, that makes two of us!

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  12. so amazing paintings my dear :-) I know what it means when you are moving from one country to another Some years ago I moved to London like you , on the beginning is always difficult cause you are in different place, people are talking in different language but with time you are getting use to. Now I am little bit beetwen two countries ( now I am living in Poalnd) but still some part of me is living in UK so I think in some time I decided to live there again :-)

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    1. I can imagine Alyson will have found the move quite hectic at the beginning, though fortunately for her there wouldn't have been a language barrier coming from Australia! I hope you're enjoying living in Poland Karolina - though be sure to let me know if you ever return to the UK! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  13. The pictures are beautiful. Lovely post <3

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    1. Agreed, it must be so lovely to be able to create/design in this way!

      Gabrielle x

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  14. I love these prints! She's so talented and creative! The animals are gorgeous, love the rhinos and zebras. Thanks for sharing this

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    1. I completely agree! The rhinos are probably my favourites - they've been placed in such dreamy settings :)

      Gabrielle x

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  15. the animals are so cute! these are quite amazing, I would love to decorate my walls with these :)
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    1. That sounds like a lovely idea - I could't resist and did that very act!

      Gabrielle x

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    1. You're very welcome gorgeous

      Gabrielle x

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  17. Congratulations with the success of your kickstarter campaign
    I'm loving this Alykat Creative
    you're always up to interesting stuff
    I should be in your suitcase loool
    xxx

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    1. Hey Winfred, just to clarify, these photos were taken by me however the artwork is entirely Alyson's own! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  18. Her works are brilliant. I love the eclectic yet very artistic style. Xx


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    1. Absolutely! Have a lovely weekend Ella.

      Gabrielle x

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  19. Beautiful artwork, I love Escape From the Circus series, she is indeed very talented. Looking at these pieces brings to mind a fairy tale amazing, I love it.

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    1. I've got to agree with you there - her designs certainly seem fairytale-like.. with a twist!

      Gabrielle x

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  20. Wow such pretty pictures, would love to own some <3

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    1. They certainly are beautiful!

      Gabrielle x

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  21. She is really talented! Escape from circus totally blew me away!!!!!

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    1. Completely agree Ivana, I keep catching myself staring at them :)

      Gabrielle x

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  22. What a wonderful work on colors. I love also the way he draws figures and animals. You too did a great job with this interesting interview :)

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    1. Thank you Elena, I really enjoyed interviewing Alyson and discovering more about her journey so far!

      Gabrielle x

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  23. Vey great pictures!
    Kisses

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Dania!

      Gabrielle x

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  24. Beautiful art, whimsical and colorful, I really like it!
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    1. Absolutely! Have a lovely weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. I love the pictures, beautiful and with a reason to smile at second glance.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. That's such a sweet way of putting it and I completely agree - one thing is for certain, they'd be impossible to get tired of!

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  26. Thank you for introducing Alyson to us, Gabrielle! I love her play with colors here by using different kind of methods. Inspiring!! Also agree with her on early starts in the morning, you can be really productive when you start your day a couple of hours before. :D Wonderful post, Gabrielle!!

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    1. You're more than welcome Ira, it was my pleasure :) Alyson is undoubtedly very inspiring in both her artwork and her change of career path! Mm, that's very true and something I'd love to get better at haha - I'm not much of an early-morning person (yet!)

      Thank you gorgeous!

      Gabrielle x

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  27. Oh goodness, such beautiful pieces! Such a beautiful ethereal style and I love her use of media, I would buy an entire art book just to gaze at them every day! Such a lovely post Gabrielle :D xx

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    1. 'Ethereal' these pieces most definitely are! You never know, Alsyon may well release a book comprising her work someday :)

      Gabrielle x

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  28. Oh these are beautiful Gabrielle, I completely agree with you, sometimes something wonderful just catches your eye. I love the painting of the yak so much, the colours are stunning. - Tasha

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    1. The yak is particularly striking and I love her chosen title for the piece!

      Gabrielle x

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  29. Love these works! It is amazing what you can do when you follow your dreams and don't give up.

    Mimi & Chichi

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    1. Absolutely, it's hugely inspiring - there's no end to possibilities once you get going!

      Gabrielle x

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  30. Like the first photo :)
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  31. What fabulous designs!

    God bless,
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    1. Glad you think so too Claire!

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  32. Absolutely gorgeous! Great picks :)
    -Adi xxo
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  33. Those prints look so cool! So pretty and colourful!

    x Marjolein
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    1. I also love how colourful they are - feminine with a twist!

      Gabrielle x

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  34. Oh very cute paintings darling!
    xx

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  35. That is a great interview! I've always been a huge fan of interviews with artists, it's interesting to read about their inspirations and their thought process. And you lucky girl, her painting are fabulous!

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    1. You and me both, particularly as I'm not terribly good at art myself and so it's fascinating to discover more about their creative thought process!

      Gabrielle x

      ps. yes, feeling very lucky :)

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  36. I always wonder about the inspiration behind certain artwork or items. And wonder where the artist or designer got inspired to create something so intense! I loved this interview so much! You did a lovely job and this work is so magical. ;-) http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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    1. Absolutely, it's interesting how some things are more inspiring/motivating to some than others. Thank you Heather!

      Gabrielle x

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  37. her works are beautiful! it's a cultivation of her life experiences.
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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kim!

      Gabrielle x

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  38. Great post and I love the photography. The work is so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Diana - her work deserved gold frames, for sure!

      Gabrielle x

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  39. Such beautiful and imaginative paintings! Always good to appreciate the inspirations behind the work :)

    Erica
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    1. 'Imaginative' is certainly right! :)

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  40. wow great pics

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  41. Wow, these paints are absolutely amazing! I'm super impressed! What a lovely post, Gabrielle! xx

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    1. I'm so pleased to hear you also admire Alyson's work! Thank you!

      Gabrielle x

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  42. gorgeous watercolors, she is a talented artist....
    I really enjoyed the interview, babe, you're great on writing, this one of the reasons I pass by your blog
    kisses
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    1. Alyson truly is very talented. Oh thank you, what a lovely thing to say! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  43. These paintings are so magical and rich with beauty! And they're captured so mesmerizingly :)

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    1. I also see these designs as incredibly magical, it's so nice to know someone else feels the same way!

      Gabrielle x

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  44. The paintings look amazing! the circus ones I love! great interview!

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    1. Escape from the Circus is also my favourite series :)

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  45. beautiful imaginations and art pieces :) Nice Interview :)

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  46. Fantastic<3 I love this wall of Art!!:)

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  47. Wow beautiful paintings, I love her work! Thanks for sharing

    xx Melis
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    1. She certainly has a way of creating mesmerising pieces!

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  48. really nice paintings!!

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  49. Wow, super beautiful drawings! *_*
    LOVE the art! :)

    Wow, girl, you are very beautiful! I'm a photographer from Germany and I would love to do a photo-shooting with you! :)


    XX,
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    1. It'll be exciting to see what Alyson creates in the future as well!

      Gabrielle x

      ps. Thank you so much Christina :) That sounds fabulous, though I'm based in the UK so I have a feeling geography isn't going to be our friend on this occasion!

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  50. wow, these drawings are so beautiful and stunning *_*
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  51. The paintings are stunning! I wonder about food as in how it was decided what is edible and what is not! Still puzzled!!
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    1. Haha funnily enough, I've thought about that once or twice as well!

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  52. wow, totally in love with these drawings/paintings :D great post my dear

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this post gorgeous :)

      Gabrielle x

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  53. This is such a lovely post! Have a great weekend dear.

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  54. The paintings are so colorful and festive, great art, and the interview portion is a very useful information for readers like. Thanks for sharing this <3

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    1. They are certainly very colourful, but with a gentle touch, I couldn't be happier to have her artwork hanging on my wall! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  55. Beautiful paintings! And very interesting post! :)
    xxx
    S
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  56. WOW, great post and love your thoughts!

    Have a great weekend!!

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    1. Alyson was a pleasure to interview!

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  57. Thanks for the inspiration today! Her work is beautiful and love her story <3

    Gina

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    1. Mm, her story is super inspiring with regard to being brave and following your dreams!

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  58. What a great interview, Gabrielle! That's amazing that Allison was able to reach her goal and then some in just 24hrs, I know she really had to be thrilled! She's definitely talented, her pieces are so beautiful and have a bit of fairytale feel, which I like. I love how she took a risk in starting her profession. I've noticed that great things come out of comfort zones and risks and this is definitely a great example!

    I hope you have an amazing day and weekend, beautiful!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    1. Thanks ever so much Jalisa :) Alyson's Kickstarter campaign was one hell of a success, it must have been so exciting for her! I get where you're coming from with the 'fairytale feel' and yes, her risk has certainly paid off :)

      Gabrielle x

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  59. Waw, great interview Gabrielle! What an inspring story! To move all by oneself at 29 and not having a job, a flat or a clue... Lovely work!

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    1. Thanks beautiful. It's a daunting thought for sure, though Alyson has proved good things can come from bold moves!

      Gabrielle x

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  60. Such a lovely interview, very inspiring to me! I also love her art; so extremely pretty and unique!
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    1. That's really wonderful to hear Monique, I'm so pleased you've enjoyed this post.

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  61. These paintings are beautiful! I really like this interview that helps us know a little bit more about this talented artist. Have a great weekend!

    Danielle
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    1. I was thrilled to interview Alyson as her work is so unique - I was curious as to what was going on in her mind! :)

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  62. Great post hun :)
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  63. Wow her artworks are amazing! Great interview Gabrielle :)

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  64. so nice post :)
    kisses!

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  65. Wow the art is so amazing !!
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