To go along with Wednesday’s small business-themed gift guide, today I’m sharing a 7 Questions With artist and designer Ashley Ann Bennett, whose shop includes hand-painted and hand-cut leather accessories as well as hand-painted clothing, like tanks, scarves and leggings. (Must add this to my yoga wardrobe.) I met Ashley at a holiday shopping event at The Headquarters recently and was so impressed by the detail and creativity in each of her designs.
Today she talks about setting her own schedule and watching seals in La Jolla…among other things. Plus, we’re giving away $50 to Ashley’s Etsy shop! More on that below…
Name: Ashley Ann Bennett
Neighborhood: My studio is in Point Loma & I live in La Jolla
What did you eat for breakfast today?
Greek yogurt with fresh berries & gluten free granola, yum!
What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing is getting to paint and create everyday, it’s how my mind has always worked and being able to make a living from ideas that just pop into my head is just amazing! I also love being able to set my own schedule and travel when I want to.
It takes a lot of energy and time to run the business side of things: shipping, customer service, inventory, ordering. It’s a lot to do on top of designing and painting every item.
How do you tackle a creative block?
When I feel my creative juices are blocked it’s always related to stress. Being outside breathing the fresh air some how puts things in perspective for me, I take my dog, Hercules, to Sunset Cliffs or to the park near my house and we just run around.
What are you currently reading?
Mine Until by Jessica Yaffa. Jessica is the founder of a San Diego non-profit (No Silence No Violence). Her book outlines her life and story that drove her to help women & children escape the hold of domestic violence. It is heart-wrenching but so moving!
What’s your favorite spot in San Diego and why?
I love walking around downtown La Jolla, watching the seals sun bathe, popping in and out of the shops. Plus there are amazing restaurants!
What was the most awesome thing about today?
Today I got to play around with a new design, a snowflake cuff for the upcoming holiday. I get so much energy and excitement when an idea comes to life and goes from being a doodle to becoming wearable art!
And because it’s the holiday season and I love my readers so, I’ve partnered with Ashley to give away one $50 gift card to her Etsy shop! Yes, you can pick anything you want from the shop, and here’s how:
1. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. There are multiple ways to enter, so the more times you enter, the better your chances of winning.
2. The contest will run until 11:59 p.m. PST on Thursday, December 11, after which a winner will be chosen at random.
3. Open to U.S. residents only.
Good luck and happy Friday!
Photo by Pablø Gándara Pizá
***Congratulations to the giveaway winner, LaMesha Staples***