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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Talented Artist - Angie Lee from Sassy Sassenach - Interview & Giveaway

Sassy Sassenach
About Angie Lee


Passionate about creating things, whether that's designing greeting cards, baking cakes, growing veg from seed. Love nature. Avid reader - especially medieval whodunnits and time slip novels. Obsessed by Outlander, Jane Austen & Medieval History.

For many years I ran a successful and busy boutique in the south of France selling pretty home furnishings with my own designs, alongside a corporate clothing service supplying items we printed in house. When my husband and I decided we wanted a change in scenery and a slower pace of life we bought a small farm in central France. Quelle shock!!!...it's definitely not slow at lambing time!

Of course living on a farm in the back of beyond means you no longer have customers passing your shop door so I needed to look for a different way of doing things. I started an Etsy shop - The French Apron Company - towards the end of 2016 selling our own printed aprons and loved working this way so much that I've gone on to indulge my personal passions by opening a couple more small Etsy stores, each one is a little niche shop specialising in one of these passions.

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1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I'm an English girl, with Scottish roots, who spent several happy years living in Florida before finally settling in the heart of the French countryside. I came to France ten years ago when my children flew the nest with the intention of staying for maybe twelve months - a kind of Gap year. But then I met my husband and stayed, making France my home. I'm lucky enough to live and work on the lovely little farm we call home, where you'll find me designing, crafting, gardening & drinking home grown herbal tea. When I'm not doing that, you'll probably find me chatting to one of my adorable geese or sheep, or sitting under the magnificent linden tree in the farmyard contemplating how wonderful nature is.

Some of my favourite things to do -

Visiting old churches and castles so I can touch the age old stone and wood, to get a sense of those that went before us. And yes, I do draw the occasional odd stare! Sitting in front a wood fire watching the sun set and the moon and stars emerge. (whilst toasting marshmallows of course!) Walking through the potager trailing a hand so that the herbs release their wonderful scents all around. Lying in a hammock, eyes closed, listening to wind chimes.

I'm also crazy about the medieval period, The Outlander series of books and all things Jane Austen! My hubby will tell you that I read a lot!!!


2) What’s the inspiration behind your work?

That's easy - History and Books! I love the Medieval and Georgian periods and I'm an avid reader of novels set in these two eras. Almost all my designs have a historical and literary influence which I like to combine with pretty florals.


3) Where did you learn how to design?

I've mostly worked for myself and that means having to do almost everything yourself and learning a lot of extra skills to try and save money. I've always been creative so I found that I really enjoyed designing marketing materials and so on. When I got my first digital camera it came with Photoshop elements so I taught myself the basics on that. I now use Photoshop CC and whilst I wouldn't call myself an expert by any stretch of the imagination, I think I'm probably proficient. The main thing is that I enjoy it. Work should be like that – you have to find enjoyment in what you do. 


4) What does your work place look like?

My desk is an old table I found in a junk shop that sits proudly in the middle of our quirky but bright farmhouse kitchen. I'm lucky enough to live and work on a small farm in central France with my husband, a few ducks and chickens, a flock of Grey Faced Dartmoor Sheep (an ancient breed from the wilds of England with long curly fleeces), and my beloved Sebastopol Geese who have curly feathers and look like they're wearing wedding dresses. I love that I can just wander outside with a cup of tea in my hand then come back in, refreshed, and settle straight back down to work. The farm is in the beautiful Perigord Limousin which is designated an area of outstanding beauty so there is always something to be humbled and inspired by. There's never a day goes by that I don't remind myself how lucky I am to be able to live and work here.


5) You make beautiful bookish items, where does your love for books come from?

I've been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. Although I didn't come from a bookish family I've always loved reading. As a child I was as happy sitting in a quiet corner reading The Famous Five as I was playing with my friends. As I've got older that passion has got stronger, and I made sure I read everyday to my daughters right from the day they were born and now they are as passionate about reading as I am. I've always got a book on the go. I'm running out of bookshelf space and sometimes have to pack some away into boxes to make room for new ones – it feels disloyal somehow. I do read books on my kindle now too but I'm not sure how I feel about that. I'm a late night reader so I love the practicality of a kindle, and my hubbie appreciates not having to have the light on when he's trying to sleep, but it's not the same as holding a book in your hands.


6) Can you tell a bit more about how you started your store?

For many years I ran a busy little boutique in the south of France selling pretty home furnishings with my own designs, alongside a corporate clothing service supplying items my husband and I printed in-house. When we decided we wanted a change in scenery and a slower pace of life we bought a small farm in central France., that was 5 years ago.

Of course living on a farm in the back of beyond means you no longer have customers passing your shop door so I needed to look for a different way of doing things. We started an Etsy shop - The French Apron Company - towards the end of 2016 selling our own printed aprons. It seemed a good place to start since I love to cook and am a messy one at that! I loved working this way so much that I've gone on to indulge my personal passions by opening a couple more small Etsy stores, each one is a little niche shop specialising in one of these passions but all are interconnected and reflect what I read about.

So that's how The Sassy Sassenach shop was born...Not only am I obsessed by Outlander (both the books and TV series) but there is a little bit of Claire in me as I grow herbs and make herbal remedies. I can also claim Scottish lineage back to the first Jacobite rebellion fighting alongside the Mackenzies. 


7) You're also an avid reader of historical fiction novels. What made you fall in love with this period?

I think I was probably born in the wrong time! Ever since I was a child I've loved history – you can't grow up in the English countryside without visiting old churches, manorial piles and stately homes but for me they were enthralling. A glimpse into a world of courtly love and romance, of daring do's and chivalrous acts. I still love to visit old castles and churches even now, and have been known to dress up in full medieval costume to man a market stall or flounce around in Georgian bonnets. I've finally persuaded my husband to wear lace up shirts (Jamie style) but he's drawn the line at a kilt. Shame – he's a pair of verra braw legs!


8) How do you select the quotes that end up on your items?

I try not to choose quotes just because they are popular. I like quotes that are as relevant in today's modern world as they were when they were first written. The true test of a talented author is to pen something that remains poignant and timeless to every reader, no matter how many years have passed. Jane Austen is a prime example and Diana Gabaldon is another such author. Her ability to write words that bare the soul of her characters is exquisite.


9) What do you like the most about having your own shop?

I love the freedom it gives me. I can work when I'm inspired, and am able to take time out to enjoy life's special moments as they happen, rather than hoping they'll wait till I get home from the office. Plus I'm free to let my imagination lead me in a direction I'm passionate about. But I also love that it brings me into contact with other people that share the same passions and interests.


10) What are your plans for the future?

I don't see myself opening any new shops – I'd like to concentrate on what I have right now but I'd like to increase the selection of products I offer. I also want to expand my range of co-ordinating designs and patterns that reflect the era that my favourite books are written in , not just the stories themselves.


Giveaway

Outlander book quote cushion
One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a Outlander by Diana Gabaldon quote cushion from Angie Lee. 


The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


29 comments:

  1. The quality and design look amazing. Unique, fun and lovely colours too.

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    1. Thank you Solange for you're lovely comments. I'm glad you like my designs. Angie

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  2. I love everything in the Etsy shop.Awesome cushions :)

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  3. My daughter-in-law, my daughter and I are all huge fans of Outlander too. The books were marvellous and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. The series on Netflix is good too, though I do prefer a book in my hand. I love the articles you have in your shop, they're beautiful.

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    1. Thanks for the lovely words Eliza. I totally agree with you about having a book in the hand too!

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  4. What fantastic imaginative items in your shop, love it! I know where I'm looking for treats this next payday lol!!

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    1. Ah, thanks Ruth. I hope to see you in store soon :o)

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  5. I looked at his etsy page. I really like the colors of the fabrics

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    1. Thank you Alessandra. Glad you like them

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  6. I am a huge Outlander fan! I love your items so much!

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  7. I love it all beautiful merchandise.

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  8. Lovely mix of the best fiction and your amazing art! :)

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  9. Awesome Etsy shop, love the quotes. Will make a perfect present.

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Leila. So glad you love the shop.

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  10. Angie, your products are beautiful and inspiring!

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  11. I love your products how gorgeous. The T-Shirt is amazing. To bed...Or to sleep...Best line ever.

    Mary

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  12. Dear Angie Lee, I love your products. Keep up the good work!

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