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Demian is a tattoo artist. He works for a Tattoo shop in town. Except the tattoo shop , he has another happy place–his garage, where he spends his free time fixing his motorcycle.

 

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What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Don’t know I think the first thing that I wanted to be when I grew up would be like my dad. He is a cool guy with cool friends . That’s what i still want to be.

 

Why do you like tattoos?

Always have like them. Remember being fascinated when i saw somebody that had one .

 

 

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How are your tattoos represent your personality?

I don’t know I get (tattooed) stuff that I like and that is kind of what makes me and my personality.

Does every tattoo has a story or meaning?

No, not everything has a meaning.

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What is the one piece of advice you  would  give to people?

Find what you love and let it kill you.

 

When I started my project last year, this girl emailed me said she would love to be part of my project. I found her job is quite interesting. This is Patricia, she is the founder of Piqued PR–a full service boutique PR agency .

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What did you want to be when you were growing up?

The first thing I remember ever wanting to be when I was younger was a dance teacher. I grew up taking ballet, tap, jazz, etc. so my dream was to one day own a studio. Then there were years in high school where I thought I wanted to own a clothing boutique. Finally in college I decided upon PR. What stayed the same through all the years was my desire to be an entrepreneur and work creatively.

 

When and how did you start your business?

I started Piqued PR in spring of 2013. I worked at an agency in center city and freelanced on the side with lifestyle clients. Eventually I transitioned these freelance clients into Piqued PR!
 
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Where is the name Piqued come from?
I love a good word, especially one that starts with “P”. Piqued generally means to catch someone’s interest, essentially that’s what I’m doing for my clients… piquing the interest of press and consumers for them.
 
 
What do you find the most rewarding about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is helping small businesses and entrepreneurs get the attention they deserve by helping consumers discover them through social media and various publications. I feel like I help them achieve their goals, all while they allow me to live my dream too!
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Can you give some social media marketing tips?
It’s all about visuals! Make sure you use the same filter in all you pictures and try to have at least one of your brand’s colors make it into everything you post. Also, interact with your followers and fans, ask questions, comment back, etc. It shouldn’t be a one way conversation.
 
 

Zvezdana, people also call her Stella. She is the owner of Mala Galleria. I like her gallery. It gives some fresh air  to this little town. The first time  I went there, I asked her to be part of my “people of kennett square”‘s project. The next day I got a email from her, she said she wanted do a exhibit about my project. I was thrilled!!! I couldn’t believe I could have my first exhibit here. Thank you! Stella, I’m so grateful for this opportunity.

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What did you do before you open Mala Galleria?

I ran a Washington DC based humanitarian non- profit organization dealing with the post-war consequences, post- flood needs and soup kitchens in Serbia.  I also organized many events, exhibits, film festivals etc.  I still do all of that.

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What made you decide to open a gallery?

I always wanted to do that. Where I come from, art is everywhere. I grew up with art, music, theater…I was somehow always surrounded by artists and I saw myself in this world. 

How do you choose your artists?

I visit lots of art shows, find artists online, sometimes someone recommends them to me, or artists see the gallery and they visit because they like the work I exhibit. I exhibit 27 local artists at the moment, and several international.

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Why did you choose Kennett square?

I always searched for the perfect little town to open the gallery in. When we moved to the area 4 years ago and I saw the downtown Kennett Square, I knew I found it. Beautiful, historic downtown with nice people. It was perfect!m3

 

 

What was the most memorable piece you have ever sold?

My first piece I sold, on the first day I opened the gallery. It was an antique, by Julien Celos (1884-1953), a Belgian visual artist. It was a good luck charm!

 

Learn more about Mala Galleria, check the website here: http://www.malagalleria.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s meet Jan, she is the owner of Brick Garage/Pack rats Place, It currently  houses a selection of antiques, furniture, accessories and design elements.

The first time I went to Jan’s shop was  at Halloween last year. She decorated her shop as ” haunted house” , It was creative,  scary and fun!

I love her collections, her shop looks like a mini museum. If you ever come to Kennett Square, you have to check her store, it’s a must see place.

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When did you start collecting?

Have always treasured things I love that bring fond memories. Started shopping

estate sales around 1990 to find great quality items at better prices to decorate

my home. Found them and more until my storage was overflowing. I needed a

better way to share my bargains and thus” Pack Rats Place” was born so I could

pass my bargains on to my friends.

 

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When and how did you open the shop?

In 2003 saw a unique brick garage in the charming Borough of Kennett Square

which was originally built in 1934 as Young’s Garage and then was George’s

Plumbing for 37 years. Here I saw an opportunity to create a perfect space to

share my finds.

As I had spent over 20 years doing construction projects for myself, I tackled the

shop renovation and preservation of its place in Kennett’s history with a helper

and codes supervision.

During that progress, there occurred some personal tragedies over a period of

time that caused a several year delay in opening the shop, but having the “Brick

Garage”, gave me the incentive to persevere.

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Where did the name “Pack Rats Place” come from?

Well, the condensed definition of pack rat is: “…noted for its habit of collecting

bright, shiny objects….and stores the objects it collects to decorate it’s nest…”. It

fits me and all the other pack rats out there to a tee!

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Why did you pick Kennett Square?

It was the wonderful brickwork of the building, charm of the location, potential

for economic development and proximity to the major visitor attraction of

Longwood Gardens.

 

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Is there any interesting story about your items?

All the things in the shop have interesting stories. The patina of time enhances so

many things in different ways. Most people have cherished things over the years

and in reality want those items to find a home with someone who will love them

as much as they had. The Brick Garage/Pack Rats Place creates that ambiance for

those items with its eclectic feel. Enchanting Estate Finds, Tantalizing Treasures,

Antiques, Wonderful Whatevers and Odd Objects and Such, etc. are combined

in a rabbit warren of rooms, grounded by a roaring fireplace in the “inside-outside

room” to give those heirlooms a place to shine until they move on to create new

memories. The setting is the main attraction and the inventory of recycled/reused

items changes through time. There are several events to attract people to the

shop, since once they visit they usually return, such as the annual Brick Garage

Haunted House and this past year, the KSQ Candlelight Holiday Home Tour.

Thrilled to be able to share the experience of the shop with others and participate

in Kennett Square community activities!

 

Find more information about Brick Garage/Pack Rats Place here: http://www.thebrickgarage.com/

 

I met Veronika through my friend Kelsy. Veronika is a  internationally acclaimed hoop dancer and fire performer. I went to her website, her performance made my jaw drop. She is absolutely amazing!  When I met her, she was eight month pregnant, but that didn’t stop her doing  hooping dance. She showed me the hooping dance movement in a really beautiful way. I really felt lucky to have met so many talented people in a small town. Her baby is due on March 12th 2015.  I can’t wait to meet her baby.

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When and how did you start your career as hula hoop dancer and fire performer ?

I was 25, I had just gone to a concert and I saw this hula hooper on stage dancing. I had never seen anything like it!!! My mind was blown. I researched how to make my own hula hoop and I practiced every day. The hoop would fall down but I was determined to learn!!! After about a few months of hoopla obsessing, I found out that I could hula hoop with the hoop on fire! I started practicing that and within the year I won, 2008’s fire hooper of the year. It wasn’t long after that I would get calls from Los Angeles. I worked for Britney Spears, was on the Jimmy Kimmel show and did many more tv shows and commercials. 

 

What’s the life like in circus?

Circus life is incredible. You travel all over the world, meet amazing people, train hard, perform shows and you never really know where you’re going to be next! But it is difficult. You’re constantly in hotels and airports. You’re exhausted and mentally drained. But the good out ways the bad. And I feel happy that I have had a successful circus career for 8 years. 
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What’s the most memorable moment in your career?
 
I can not give one memorable moment in my career. There are too many! Performing for Britney Spears was high on the memorable moment list. Also working for Cirque. 
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What’s your main focus now?
My main focus now is my family. I’m at full term with my pregnancy and just waiting for my soul mate baby to grace this world. I’m resigning from my cirque career to focus my time being a full time mom and partner to my beloved. I couldn’t be happier with this bittersweet decision. 
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If you could change one thing in your life what would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything. I feel successful. I feel respected. And I had a great 8 year run of being a circus performer.
Check Veronika’s website here:http://kitspins.com

 

This is Tara –owner of Scout and Annie Vintage Furniture and accessories shop. After I moved to Kennett Square, her shop is one of my hangout place, I like to go there check everything that she collected.I love her style, and dream one day my home will full of her furniture.

What did you do before you open Scout &Annie?

Before Scout & Annie, I was an attorney.  I loved it, but I meet much friendlier people now.

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How you got into this business? and what’s the meaning of Scout & Annie?

I started off by doing shows like Clover Market and the Brooklyn Flea Market.  I did well and was having fun, so took space in the West End Garage in Cape May.  That was a great experience, and I was inspired to go further and open a permanent shop.  Kennett Square is home, and it also happens to be a great downtown, so opening Scout & Annie on State Street was the obvious choice.  I have been open in Kennett Square since summer 2011.

Scout & Annie are the family dogs.  People sometimes ask if Scout & Annie are my kids, or call my husband “Scott” and me “Annie”.  And we answer to it.
 Where do you find your stuff?
The furniture and accessories in the shop come from many different sources, mostly people who contact me when they or a family member are downsizing.  I also have great relationships with other dealers who feed mid century modern gems to me.
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What do you love most about vintage furniture?
I love the timeless nature of vintage furniture, particularly mid century and Danish modern styles.  Clean lines, great materials, innovative design and quality construction mean that these pieces retain their classic appeal and live in your home as stylishly as they did half a century ago.  I think the recent recession reminded everyone about the importance of quality pieces that retain their value and usefulness.  There is a whole new generation moving into their own homes that has fallen in love with classic modern design, and they want vintage, not new.  Makes sense, as the milennials have been raised “green”, and vintage is a far more ecologically sound choice than new.  Just like restaurants with local menus, I make it a point to source as much as possible locally, which means no shipping or manufacturing resources/waste.  And not only is it perfect re-use, using vintage and salvage in your decor means your can put your unique stamp on your home.
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Can you give some tips about how to choose vintage furniture?
You can find great vintage in so many places – thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets.  I recommend heading out early and carrying cash.  You can politely negotiate, particularly if you are buying more than one item.  If you see something you love, don’t hesitate – it probably won’t be there when you return after “thinking about it”.  If you love an upholstered frame but hate the fabric, consider investing in professional reupholstery.  Costly, but a relative steal for a customized, quality piece.  And this is quirky but you’ll thank me later : SMELL the piece.  Yes, open the drawer and stick your head in there and ignore the funny looks.  Good wood smells nice or not at all, but avoid anything musty or reeking of cigarettes – this will not “air out”.  This is especially important at an outdoor market where stink may be harder to detect in the fresh air.  
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I wrote an email to Bob about the photo shoot and interview. I also forwarded a link of my website.  He said “Sure – you do a good job with those!Funny but looking at the pictures, you did one on the steps of my studio.  I remember working away and hearing people talking on my step and peeked out the window and saw you taking a photo and thought nothing of it until I looked at your site. ” That was my first story of Humans of Kennett Square with Bridget. What a coincidence! At that time I didn’t know that’s his studio.

 

When did you first realize you are an artist? and how did you make your dream come true?

Back when I was an Engineer I remember walking to the Kennedy Center in DC with a man involved in arts management. He asked what I did and I said that I was an Engineer but wanted to be an artist someday. He exclaimed, ” if you are making art, you are an artist! ” I was kind of shocked and apologetic, hemming and hawing, saying” Not really.” But he wouldn’t let it die, and explained that most artists don’t make a living from their work and if you have that impulse that you have to make something then you are an artist. I guess I am rather fortunate that I do actually make my living this way now.

As for making the dream come true – no one is “discovered”-it takes a heck of a lot of hustle.

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What famous artists have influenced you and how? 

You saw my art books, I am a junkie for looking at art. I walk to lunch every day with an art book that I thumb through. So, the influences are wide, varied, and too countless to mention. There is a little to learn from everyone.

But, when all is said and done, you need to look like yourself.
 

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What inspires you to create art and how do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio?

Hmmm… Geez, it is something that is so ingrained in me that it is tough not to think about it now. This is my passion so it is hard for me to step out of it. I try to keep way head of myself with ideas. There is nothing worse than staring at a blank canvas wondering what to do, so I don’t let myself get there . I have countless sketchbooks lying around in which I write down ideas continuously. That way, when I need a new one, I can just thumb through any of these books.


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What is it about still life that keeps you painting them and what are you working on at the moment? 

I’ve always loved still life. It lets me pick objects, set them up much like a sculptor, and then immortalize them on canvas. I like working with these placid models that will allow me to work with them hours on end painting from life.

 Presently I am working on a commission for a client of a bunch of balloon dogs lined up at a makeshift bar make of my crates. Often my work is kind of hard for me to explain but I think you took some photos of me in progress on this one!

How have you handle the business side of being an artist?
Out of necessity! I have 3 kids, 2 that are in college right now. So, I have to make it work. Many artists complain about the gallery system, and giving them so much money. For me, I have loved it and it has worked. I need as many people as possible helping me to get me work out there. Handing your career professionally goes a long way. Keep deadlines, have organized presentations, answer correspondence, etc… Artists are notoriously bad at that.
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What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?

Don’t neglect the business side. No matter how well crafted your work, it has to get out there and work hard at it.
 

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Kristina is a self taught oil and watercolor artist. Her paintings filled with vivid color and translucent light. Her work focuses mainly on nature, ranging from landscape, birds, flowers,to cabbages.

 

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How and when did you start making art?

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t make things. I am always painting of course, and that is my true passion, but I love to try new mediums like right now I’m learning how to work with resin.

It’s easier to remember when I decided to make art my career. It was right after college, I was signed up for graduate school, I had even picked out classes, but I felt like it was a mistake and one thing led to another and I ended up with my own business.


 What inspires you?

Nature is a constant source of inspiration to me. Walking in the woods and seeing the beauty each season brings is always invigorating. Galleries also leave me brimming with ideas.

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Do you work from life, photographs or from imagination?

I work from all of the above! I usually have an idea of what to paint. Then I will gather things from life like cabbages or go and watch birds for a while. When I’m in the studio I sit down with many reference photos and sketch. If the weather is nice I will do a few plain air landscapes.

Is there an art work you are most proud of? why?

I love my cabbages, the larger ones are very work intensive and remind me of stained glass. I am also proud of my little birds, I have painted over a hundred so far. Each one has a special twinkle in its eye.

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 Is the artistic life lonely?

It can be. I am usually too engrossed in my work to notice. Of course having a one year old also stirs things up!

Who is your favorite artist? why?

I love Andrew Wyeth, Peter Sculthorpe, and John Singer Sargent.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Actually some of the best advice I received was in an email exchange with Peter Sculthorpe. He told me that I had talent and to keep putting my work out there! When I feel down I bring up his email and it helps me to keep on going! It’s so amazing to get that sort of complement from an incredible artist.

This is Edmin. I bumped into her the other day.It’s not often you see this hair style in a small town. I was immediately attracted by her hairstyle.  ” I have had this style for 14 years.” she told me .

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“I came here one year ago. I was an artist , a graphic designer in Puerto rico. Now I’m studying English.

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She had a photography exhibition in Puerto rico. The exhibition’s title is  ¡Dejame ser!/ Let me be! She took pictures of women work at bar or strip club. ” The photographic documentation inspired by the poem “Redondillas” by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. In resume this feminist poem is about how the woman supposed have to be. If we does right thing or bad thing; no matter what we’re doing always we receive bad critics. The question is why, if his critic is the insist to we act.My pieces are mixed media; digital photography and graphic art printed on vinyl, canvas and sticker vinyl. I selected verses of the poem and I assigned to women they fulfilled that stereotype. In photography you will see the verse and character.”

“My dream is to open a gallery here, people can come see artworks and meet artists. Maybe your work will be there.”

I really love the concept of her exhibition, I wish I could see it here in her gallery one day!

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