Getting to know Adri du Preez

When I think about an Adri layout, the first thing that comes to mind is attention to detail! Each layout bursts with immaculate layering, clusters of eye-catching goodness and an all-round sense of the immense passion that she holds for her craft and her family.

I’m super-excited to announce that Adri has joined as a permanent member of our inspiration design team. Adri has created many mind-blowing projects for us, and it is good to know we’ll see much more in the future.

Visit Adri’s blog here to see more of her astonishing work. In this short interview, you might learn something new about this talented scrapbooker.

Please, could you briefly introduce yourself?

I live in Pretoria. I have been married to my husband for 36 years. We have a son and a daughter who lives around the corner from us, and we are blessed with two grandchildren.

We all know the life of an artist is tough, so why do you do what you do?

Being creative has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. We connect with one another through creativity. Creativity feeds my heart and soul. We all know being creative can make us happier and healthier.

Adri du Preez
Do you have a specific process to get the juices flowing or does it come naturally?

I do not have a specific process. I have a studio that helps inspire my creativeness. Sketches and mood boards helps me to start the process.

What’s integral to the work of an artist?

To be true to yourself. To be unique. Unselfish. To respect other people’s creativity.

What role does the artist have in society?

To inspire and uplift.

If you could change one perception in this world, what would that be?

That turning to violence cannot solve problems or issues.

What types of projects do you most enjoying doing?

Double and single layouts

What’s your strongest positive childhood memory?

There are many.
The smell of my mom’s kitchen on a Sunday morning cooking lunch
The fresh smell of cut grass on a Saturday morning after my dad mowed the lawn.
The unconditional love of my parents.
Showing me through their simple loving lives what faith and trust is.

If you were an artwork, which one would it be?

A Portchie, colourful, playful and full of joy.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

I had a bumper sticker made for my daughter’s first car with a spelling mistake, and that after I had the chance to proofread it.

What jobs have you done other than in the arts & crafts industry?

I have been my husband’s assistant in his Brokerage for the last 22 years. Some challenging moments but awesome spending so much time together.

If you were a shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?

A flat bright sandal.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Never assume anything.

What couldn’t you do without?

My family.

What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?

Reading, photography or just spending time with my family.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

In Primary School I sang solo at the Eisteddfod.

What is your favourite:

Colour: I don’t have a favourite colour because it feels like doing so will somehow limit my options to create. I challenge myself using all the colours.
Animal: Dog.
Season: Spring and Autumn.
Movie: Action and war movies, but A Star was born is also a favourite.
Book: Suspense books.

Do you social media? Or what is the best way to get in touch with you?

I am on Facebook, email and have a blog.

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Watch this space for more exciting Adri creations!

Designer, Creator & Lover of Life!
Lady Pattern Paper stepped into the South African paper craft industry as a supplier in May 2015. Born from a dream by founder and proud owner Bernike Coetzee, to bring core designs, produced locally in an attempt to offer South Africans a little piece of homegrown goodness.
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