Monday, April 21, 2008

Meet Etsy Digital Collage Artist: synchronicity313

Ken Rougeau is a 32 year old fellow Portlander (Oregon). He and his girlfriend and her 8 year old son are not only artists, but a "family of Etsy enthusiasts & each of (them) has at least one store." He finds inspiration everywhere. "Life, fairy tales, science fiction, whimsical expressions, other artists, standup comics, music... You name it," he says. "I've got little notes written everywhere (many in the margins of other notes) in an attempt to keep track of the crazy notions that float across my mind during the course of the day. It's a mess, but it's great fun too!" His digital collages tend to take on a Victorian noir - sophisticated and classy, with a ting of darkness and mystique. Although he has only been working with digital media since 2007, he has managed to create some brilliant montages. "I'm pretty happy with how my portfolio is coming along," he admits. It may have been a hobby to start with, but his art is now his job. In fact, he strives for a sale a day. "I'm not currently meeting it, but I do have some nice runs here and there." He aims to "maintain a high level of customer satisfaction, continue networking with other Etsy users, and...to keep bringing fresh traffic into Etsy (both buyers and sellers)." He advises his fellow artists to be patient. "If you build it, they will come (and yes, eventually they will buy too). Secondly, get out there and let people know you're there! Network with other Etsy users through the forums and chat rooms. Follow the golden rule (do unto others) - promote them & they'll promote you. Blog! Not just about yourself, but about the other fantastic crafters & artisans you encounter." Please check out his shop: http://synchronicity313.etsy.com/

-Wendy Baylis
Dharma Designs

3 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Another of my favs!

Kenneth Rougeau said...

Hi Wendy!
Thanks so much for the wonderful review! Your support & encouragement mean a lot to me ;)
Have a fantastic weekend!
- Ken

Kenneth Rougeau said...

Hello again :) I was just out tracking down outdated links & wanted to let you know that my website has moved to http://krougeau.artfire.com

Thanks again for your support!
- Ken Rougeau