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Kristen Ley

Thimblepress | Jackson, MS

“Be kind and work hard.”
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Q&A with Kristen Ley

Any tips on how to nurture creativity?

Get out and explore the world around you. A different routine is, for me, the best way to nurture my creativity.
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What is your design process?

Sitting down with a pencil and sketchbook is honestly my absolute favorite thing to do. That is where it all starts, dies or takes flight.
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What is your design background?

I went to MSU and graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (focused on graphic design) and a minor in marketing. I immediately moved out to Charleston, SC and started a design studio with my best friend.
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Where do you find inspiration?

Inspiration comes directly from my life. I am very sentimental, and the things I create have a direct connection to my life-be it family, friends, travel, or a random memory about fishing on a pier.
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What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

The Bachelor and The Bachelorette - or Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams.
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Kristen Ley

Kristen Ley was determined to find a letterpress. So she met with T.J. Ray of the AG Museum Print Shop, who connected her to Ed Inman, a notable letterpress artist, to learn all about the craft. She eventually tracked down a 1925 Chandler + Price Platen Press in Kentucky, and drove it back to Mississippi (all 900 pounds!).

So it’s no surprise when Kristen tells us she loves to challenge herself—as an artist, designer and thinker. She lives by the words “be kind and work hard,” but also understands the importance of balance. How do we know? She loves a good rainy Saturday—because it means she can finally sleep in.

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“Make sure you are doing something you truly love; something that you are passionate about to the point of near obsession.”

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“I love seeing people reach their full potential.”

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“I was the kid buying the craft kits at the toy store instead of the dolls.”