Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Castaneda.
Andrea, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m the Founder & Designer at Pressed Flower Crafts. I started pressing flowers a couple of years ago after receiving a beautiful bouquet from my boyfriend and after learning that his grandmother used the process to preserve flowers.
I’ve always considered myself creative, but it wasn’t until experimenting with pressed flowers as a medium that I realized how far I can go.
What it started as a hobby turned into a small local business! I now get contracted by newlyweds and others to create beautiful pieces that are made out of their original bouquets.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I turn nature into timeless and unique pieces of art by using a very old technique: flower pressing.
Creating art and connecting with people are what makes me the happiest!
Pressed Flower Crafts has given me the ultimate gift: to move people in unique ways through my art.
Each piece is uniquely made. We create a number of pieces to have in inventory, but the vast majority are custom made for customers. I never knew my work could touch people’s hearts in ways they have, and it has been truly priceless.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
You know, ever since I quit my job I received messages and comments about being a starving artist, the funny thing is that I am not really starving. I’m not going to lie, I thought I’d be in the beginning, but I found out that if you’re passionate about what you do and work hard (very hard), you’ll accomplish wonderful things. Though competition is always hard and art is not a need, I believe that Dallas is one of the best places to sell art. Dallasites are so nice and supportive and have a true appreciation for art, unlike other places. We are true believers of shopping local/shopping small, and that’s what it makes Dallas unique.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I sell my work online (www.PressedFlowerCraft.com and www.etsy.com/shop/pressedflowercrafts1) and I go to markets in the DFW metroplex (Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Arlington, etc). I am also on social media @PressedFlowerCrafts
- Website: www.PressedFlowerCrafts.com
- Phone: 9728223816
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @PressedFlowerCrafts
- Facebook: @PressedFlowerCrafts
- Other: Etsy: www.esty.com/shop/pressedflowercrafts1