Hello kittens! Remember that awesome that awesome blog series I did back when I started my blog over a year ago called Creative Folks? No, well I don’t blame you, it’s been a year since my last Creative Folks blog post. But if you do remember, or you’re a new reader of mine (hello!), well guess what? It’s baaaaack! I decided to revamp my blog here and hone in on what I want it to be (still in the works with visuals, but this blog post is a step in the right direction). I asked myself a lot of questions, took some skillshare classes to help me realize that I want this blog to be a place about sharing. Whether it’s art, DIYs, or this awesome series, Creative Folks.
So, I would like you to meet Allie Welch. This girl is so rad. I met her back when I was first starting my photography business at her senior session. She was one of three gals that I photographed that warm October weekend. I applaud her for choosing me to be her photographer because I had only just begun and didn’t really know what I was doing, but she trusted me to make badass photos for her, and I did just that. Allie was so fun to photograph. She came with the coolest outfits and she got me to love Taylor Swift. So thank you for that Allie. :)
After our session I kept up with her life through Facebook and Instagram and I am in such awe of the lovely lady she is becoming. Last year she spent 5 months over in Europe and I just adored her IG feed of all the wonderful traveling she was doing. Now that she’s back in the states, she still travels. She’s totally got that red lip classic…oh wait, that’s a Taylor swift lyric, hehe. What I was going to say was, she’s totally got that free spirit that we all long to release. So, from me to you Allie, thank you for traveling and sharing all of your dreams with us. You are an inspiration. Now onto the interview!
What is the first significant thing you did this morning?
I am not a morning person at ALL so nothing I do in the morning feels quite significant, until after I have my first cup of coffee of course. Then I’m alive and read to tackle the day.
What inspires you?
Nature is a huge inspiration to me. Not only in design but in life. I don’t know I think it’s so beautiful how nature is so consistently humbling – I was just thinking the other day as I was walking home and looking at the new blossoming spring leaves that I’ll be creating things my whole life but nothing will be as cool as the tiny living leaf I was looking at in my hand.
People that aren’t afraid to shake the norm really inspire me too. And people that are really passionate about their work or what they’re doing.
And of course the usual things such as books, photography, travels, tumblr, and instagram inspire me. Also the people around me in my design classes and just friends in my life inspire me. I think its important to surround yourself with people who make you want to be better – whatever that means to you.
When are you happiest?
On top of a mountain or in the waves of the ocean. Or just sharing a huge plate of brunch with people I love.
What are you trying to teach yourself right now?
Right now I’m trying to teach myself Spanish. I want to move to somewhere in South America after graduation and learning another language and completely diving into another culture has been a goal of mine.
What is your favorite memory and what does it say about you?
The thought of picking a FAVORITE memory is very overwhelming to me (I’m super indecisive) but lately I’ve been mulling over memories from a year ago at this time, because I studied abroad in Germany last spring. The experience completely changed and shaped me. I had never been abroad, so seeing things I had only seen in my textbooks for years was really exciting. But the biggest takeaway was looking at other cultures and ways of life as beautiful and that different doesn’t have to be a negative. I think this idea of the way I live my life being the right/best completely slapped me in the face while I was abroad. And I’m so glad it did. The people who I met along the way taught me that, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Long story short those memories from abroad –whether it be biking through Barcelona or climbing through the mountains of Ireland- are always on my mind.
Describe one accomplishment you’ve achieved. Describe one challenge that you have faced.
A design accomplishment I’ve had lately is a project that I’m really proud of called The Renegade Project. It started with a small idea, and it felt like I proud my whole soul into it last semester. In the end I was really proud of my outcome – which is a really liberating feeling.
One challenge I’ve faced in design is finding confidence in my work. It really feels like you wear your heart on your sleeve in design, because everything you put into it falls back on your ideas. And sharing that with people with the possibility of rejection in the future can be daunting sometimes.
What is the last thing you did for work?
I’m currently working on spreads for a literary magazine, a whiskey packaging project, rebranding myself and various projects at an agency I work at when I’m not doing those things. It’s probably like this in the “real world” too but school is always a crazy balance of a bunch of projects. Overwhelming but creatively exciting at the same time.
And just for fun, what animal would you like to experience being for a day?
I would LOVE to be a bird. Not because I necessarily really like bird, but because I want to fly.
Thank you again Allie!
Keep up with her adventures:
instagram // @allieawelch
website // www.behance.net/AllieWelch
contact info // firstname.lastname@example.org