Hello friends! it makes me so happy to have creative and talented guests participating in the blog such as Alejandra, the person behind Reigrüche Studio. She is a Fine Artist, Metalsmith, Designer, cat lover, and a proud owner of a garden snail named Jolene (awesome!)
Please, tell us the story behind Reigrüche Studio. How did all start. I studied studio art and metalsmithing in college-- I was always painting portraits and making jewelry for family and friends as gifts. I decided to start my own business when family members, friends, and strangers insisted that I sell my work (and too many people were asking for business cards I didn't have). A few years after receiving my BFA in Painting, I continued my graduate studies as an art educator while managing my growing business... until life decided that this is what I was meant to do full time.
What is the meaning of Reigrüche? It's a combination of three family names and how I sign all of my artwork-- just a little tribute to the different cultures/countries that make up my family.
What inspires you to create your pieces? Everywhere! From observing the women in my family, friends, fellow artists, books, to the internet-- I'm constantly fascinated by colors, patterns, notebook sketches, food, cultures, photographs, history, and everyday objects… the world, past and present, is a never-ending source of inspiration. Ideas beget ideas.
What is your favorite part of being an indie studio artist? I love knowing that incredible things are possible if you work hard and dream big—do not let fear and doubt prevent you from being anything short of awesome. Creating things that bring joy to others is my favorite part because it's not only about the physical item you create, but the intangible meaning it imparts.
What is your less favorite part of being an indie studio artist? Being an introvert-- although I am confident and assertive as a professional, I wish I was the best marketing/advertising person alive. Fortunately, our handmade/indie biz/blogging community is a wonderful place for one to strengthen these skills!