Orms Staff Interview: Meet Amy Tertiens, if you’ve ever had anything framed at Orms Print Room & Framing, the chances are you’ve encountered Amy, our expert framing consultant.

Her love of art and attention to detail are but a few of the things that make her such a special member of the Print Room family. Let’s get to know her a bit better…

Hi Amy! Please tell us a little about yourself?
I am an artist and a teacher who indulges in good food, prefer the mountain to the beach and enjoys long road trips with my Mamiya RZ67.

Tell us a bit more about what you do here at Orms and what is it you enjoy about it?
By day I am a fine-art print and framing consultant. After hours I teach the Create & Print software as well as the Digital Photography course at the Orms Cape Town School of Photography.

I enjoy working on custom projects that push boundaries. Orms offers different printing processes and a range of various substrates. Our framing department has developed unique solutions for lightboxes and round frames. I work with an amazing and innovative team. We think out of the box.

Who or what got you interested in photography?
Photography formed part of my degree. I enjoyed the scope it presented. The technical science, the constant problem solving and the creative storytelling.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Be Prepared (Baden Powell). A motto I’ve followed since early school days. I even carry my bamboo straw around for when I have the seldom smoothie.

If you didn’t pursue photography, what else would you have liked to do?
The art of storytelling can be shared in different ways. The camera is not necessarily needed to record light. However, I have yet to explore more 3-dimensional modalities.

Introvert or extrovert?
Introvert with spontaneous spouts of extroversion.

What are you reading at the moment?
The Artist’s Way. The recent Art Fair has been very inspiring.

If you could choose anyone as your mentor, who would that be?
This month I would choose Maïmouna Guerresi. An Italian-Senegal artist who impressed me at the Cape Town Art Fair.

Something you’ve learned in the last week?
The flight mode short-cut on my laptop.

Film or digital?
Film forever.

If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
One of my personal projects is to document my family history. A picture storybook that will immortalize the interviews and research I’ve compiled over the years.

If you could choose to stay a certain age, what age would it be?
Growing older is one of the most graceful journeys.

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