PALMER — Kelsey Graber is a Valley raised mother and wife who recently stepped into new territory, starting a new business called Marbled Impressions, painting water marbled scarves with the community.
Graber has an assortment of blank, white scarves, and other items like face masks for customers to choose from. After making their paint selections, they hand dip their items into a vat filled with Carrageen, a seaweed extract to create patterns as unique as snowflakes.
She was one of several vendors participating in the Alaska State Fair’s Harvest Fest. She participated in a question and answer interview, discussing her new, creative endeavor and how she and her husband, Eli started their own companies amid an ongoing pandemic.
Q: How long have you been at this?“I decided to start this up in January and this I booked a couple of spring shows and then they all got shut down... but the Alaska Chicks [Vintage Market] was my first show. So this is only my second show. But, people like it. I see my face masks all over, so that’s cool. I’ve got a friend locally making the face masks. I’m trying to support local people first.”
Q: How did breaking into the scene feel for you?I decided to start this up in January and this I booked a couple of spring shows and then they all got shut down... but the Alaska Chicks [Vintage Market] was my first show. So this is only my second show. But, people like it. I see my face masks all over, so that’s cool. I’ve got a friend locally making the face masks. I’m trying to support local people first.”
Q: How did breaking into the scene feel for you?“Nerve racking but really good. I have two kids and I stay at home with them all the time, so it’s nice to have this for me I guess… The kids get grandma and grandpa time they’re thrilled. Yeah they love it when I do this. They get their little vacation,” she said with a laugh. “And I’ve always wanted to be a business owner and now we own two. They’re not like huge things but they’re important to us.”
Q: What a year to start, right?
“Yeah! It’s been a weird year because my husband started his own business too. He’s a handy man and I started this. But luckily with COVID, he’s been really busy even besides everything that’s going on; and people seem to like what I’m doing. I was a little nervous there. Right when COVID hits, we start our small businesses,” she said with a laugh. “I think that there’s gonna be some good that’s gonna come from this. Something good should come from this, right?”
Q: How did you end up gravitating toward this?“I wouldn’t describe myself as an artsy person. I tend to be a little quirky. I did this once in Montana. I saw this and I took a class; and I realized how much fun it was, and thought everybody up here would like it too. So dove deep into the internet to learn as much as I could about it and decided to take the leap… The first show was so nerve racking because it was my little baby idea. I had no idea what people would think of, but it was very positive. Hopefully next year I’ll be at a lot of shows, if they let shows happen.”
Q: Do you have any other artistic hobbies?“I hate to claim anything a little this and a little that. I will try anything… The winters are long. You have to do something besides watch TV. I like this because it’s so abstract I haven’t seen an ugly one yet.”
Q: What’s driving you to keep doing this?
“I enjoy being around people… It’s fun, do you need a new complicated reason than that? I like when people have opportunities to be in a creative outlet.”
Q: What do you like best about seeing so many different people and what they come up with?
“Everyone’s personality comes out when they pick their color and they do it.”
Marbled Impressions also offers private painting parties upon request.
For more information about Marbled Impressions or to schedule a private painting party, call 907-355-0617 or visit their Facebook page.
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