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Dawn LaGrave, Photographer

LaGrave Designs/KaleidEscapes | Seattle, WA

Dawn grew up in upstate New York, and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University. After working in various healthcare technology positions, she moved to Seattle in 2008 to take such a job, but two years later, that company closed and all its employees were laid off. She decided she was tired of the corporate life, and set out to do something creative with her life.

Having always been the "crafty" type, she played around with several ideas, including pre-made scrapbooks and handmade journals, until she discovered this kaleidoscope application purely by accident. Before long, she knew she had found her niche.

Dawn's current creative passion, one she cleverly refers to as "KaleidEscapes", is one of the most popular "kaleidoscope-inspired" lines of gifts we've ever carried. She starts from her own photographs of iconic world architecture, flora and other objects, then uses software to create several kaleidoscopic images. After they're printed on stiff paper, she then constructs her 3-D shadow boxes. She finds these images so appealing because of her love of geometry, angles and symmetry. They are more than just beautiful abstract images. They offer a different perspective on recognizable actual places and things.

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