About Amy Haisten & Fancy Turtle Media:

Hey! I’m Amy Haisten, a graphic artist, surface designer and illustrator. I create and maintain visual brands and create patterns and illustrations for commercial purposes.

I design and make art because the arts are innate to me and have always been what my soul craves. I love being a designer and artist because it doesn’t feel like working when you love doing what you do!

I created Fancy Turtle Media to be a creative outlet and to fulfill a dream of mine to create surface design patterns and illustration while the rest of my career is and has always been clean graphic design or blatant marketing and advertising. Turtles are stigmatized as slow and perhaps lazy, but they are actually a symbol of strength, longevity and determination. They are associated with the creation myth of several cultures (The World Turtle, Turtle Island, Cultural Depictions of Turtles etc.), so they are also a symbol of creativity. I wanted to create art again, and I hope my designs inspire you to make your dreams happen and make your own heart sing!

 

 

Indian Springs State Park My English Mastiff furbaby, Falkor


I have lived in Georgia for most of my life and currently reside in Jackson—in beautiful Butts County. My hometown can be the “butt” of jokes. It is a small town unheard of by many (even those who live in Georgia) but is recognized as home to Georgia’s death row, Indian Springs State Park and Fresh Air Bar-B-Que. It is also known for being a filming location of the Netflix series, “Stranger Things” and “The Originals.” This follows suit with other similar shows filmed in Georgia like “The Walking Dead” and “The Vampire Diaries.” As a huge fantasy fan, this really speaks to my inner geek.

 


More Tidbits:

Amicalola Falls in Dawsonville, GA Amy at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England

 

  • Turtles depict my personalty. I’m an INTJ, always testing at 99-100% introversion.
  • I love turtles, sharks, the ocean, leopard print, chocolate and cheese.
  • I am mother to Falkor, my English Mastiff furbaby.
  • I collect gemstones, and my company branded colors are jewel tones.
  • The original name for my company was Pink Pixel Media. I changed the name when I started going in the direction of surface design and focusing less on graphic design.
  • I started my career in the newspaper business at “The Fulton County Daily Report” in Atlanta. It covers Georgia legal and business news.
  • My degree included fine art as well as graphic design. I also studied drawing, painting and ceramics. I loved it all and had difficulty picking just one focus!
  • I think your health and fitness is key to staying motivated and to have the energy to pursue your endeavors. I enjoy weight lifting and am working towards getting stronger and leaner. It was my goal to reach the top of Amicalola Falls as my fitness level increased, and I did!
  • I have always wanted to go to France and Ireland and have already been to England. That is one down and two to go… I wouldn’t mind the opportunity for adventures in some other European countries as well. My ancestors originated from The British Isles, and this area inspires me.
  • I am a geek…
  • I want you to be strong and determined like the turtle and pursue whatever your heart desires—no matter how long it takes.

 

Amy playing the marimba in the pit at half time Amy showing her weight loss progress Amy is a Murloc! Amy's LaGrange College graduation


Education & Experience:

I have worked in the design field since graduating in 2003 with a B.A. in Art & Design with a concentration in Graphic Design from LaGrange College. I later completed a diploma in Animation & Multimedia with a concentration in Web Design from Central Georgia Technical College. My accounting and business studies at Macon State College is an asset in my business endeavors. In addition to freelance work at Fancy Turtle Media, I currently work at the Monroe County Reporter as Creative Director and Zapata Technology as Marketing and Design Lead. I am also continuing to refine my skills with Make Art that Sells, Pattern Camp, and  Campfire.

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