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Angela Santos Brings Art to Life

If you said that seeing the end goal of your creativity can be a labor of love, Angela Santos, Creative Manager at Pressed – A Creative Space may agree. However with a laid-back personality and a kind smile, it’s hard to believe that Angela would even break a sweat! As the creative mind behind several designs and an awesome mural in the Downtown store, we invite you to learn more about this local creative.

How long have you worked as the Creative Manager? Since February 2016.

3-4 sentences that describe your work: I create works of art that range from detailed imagery to minimalist design.  Artwork expands from illustration, hand lettering, graphic design to printmaking.   My art displays the juxtaposition of realism mixed with simplistic design.  

What animal (or critter) would be best suited for your job and why?  A tiger would suit this position well, because they are proficient at understanding and adapting to their surroundings.  Working as a creative manager for Pressed has taught me to adapt to many different situations.  Tigers also have an eye for detail, which is a quality that I utilize while learning about new products, researching and creating new design ideas, and building customer relations. 

What would you tell a teenager who is considering your career path? My advice would be to practice your skill everyday.  Create something as often as you can and learn about new methods or techniques that can be used in your craft. 

What's your typical Monday like? A typical Monday for me is like most days during the week. I usually will be at the shop at Pressed.  I interact with people during the day and enjoy hearing their input on what they'd like to see in the store.  I'm constantly on the lookout for inspiration that I can use to create new designs, whether it be for a new shirt, expanding signage, or learning new techniques that I can utilize during workshops hosted by Pressed.   Throughout my day I will create designs, contact customers, change our product displays and update signage in the store. 

Share some favorite aspects of your job: I feel so lucky to be able to do something I love everyday.  Every design I've created has been a labor of love, and being able to see people's reactions to something that I created is an amazing feeling.  I've been able to learn so much through the community and have been able to meet truly inspiring people.

Where are you from/raised? What brought you here? I'm originally from Bremerton, Washington.  My husband and I both graduated from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and his military path brought us here to Fayetteville, NC.

What work have you done previously that either ties in with this job or is a total deviation from that path? I've worked many jobs, from a certified bra fitter with Macy's to managing a theater.  As a creative manager at Pressed, this has been my first opportunity to be able to use my artistic skill set.     

What inspires you in your work?  I take inspiration in my work from many different things.  My style has continued to grow and I love looking at different color combinations, logo designs, packaging, and typography. 

Who is your favorite artist and why? I have many favorite artists, but recently I've been following Gemma O'Brien.  She's an illustrator from Sydney, Australia who mixes amazing typography with bold colors and designs.  I love her work.  She has a style that I overlooked years ago, but now have a great appreciation for.  Since learning how to hand letter and understanding the time and skill needed to create the type of art she makes, is amazing to me.

What makes it "more than a job" for you?  Art has been a part of my life since I was a child.  Growing up, I've always known that it would play a major role in my life.  I love learning new techniques and expanding my skill set and this position, working for Ashley Thompson at Pressed, has helped me grow.  I have been able to teach and share my skills with some amazing people and seeing the joy that my designs bring is what makes this more than a job for me. 

See Angela's designs and learn more about the Pressed story at

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