Hi! I’m Giesla.
I’ve always loved making things by hand and when I began Inkblots in 2002 my business focused around that. My passion for photography and the love I developed in college for digital collage eventually took over and I let go of the handmade items and started creating collages of areas around the Twin Cities. From there I broadened my style to include fine art and retro-inspired collages. In 2012 I felt the name Inkblots no longer suited the direction I was going and I chose to rename my collage business to my own name. It wasn’t the easiest decision because my name isn’t the easiest to pronounce, but it was time to come out from behind Inkblots and be me.
My desire to explore and learn about the history of our beloved landmarks and the memories that people have attached to them is what motivates me. I have a deep passion for preservation and keeping our history around for the next generations to learn from. One of my favorite things is when someone stops to tell me their story about a place or two in one of my collages. My travel, my photos, and ultimately my artwork are about your stories. I rarely, if ever, set out to photograph places for a collage without getting the opinions of others first. It’s important to me that my artwork is not just photographs of buildings or tourist traps, but places that are the havens for stories. If I ever hear “you HAVE to include this place”, there is no question I will include it. If you see beauty in my artwork, I believe that to be the result of the beauty in your stories.
If you know of a place that has to be captured in a collage, I’m all ears.
To view my other artwork, visit my Etsy site.
To see the custom work I can create for you from your own images, visit Collage Your Story.