Nam enjoys designing and illustrating in different styles under her studio name, Gakemi Art + Design. She finds her inspiration everywhere and loves experimenting design styles ranging from sophisticated, retro to whimsical.
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I would like to express my gratitude for selecting my design. It means so much to me and gives me every reason to keep designing with love, thought and compassion. Thank-you so much for selecting Gakemi and enjoy!
Nam Bourassa, Gakemi Art + Design
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Hi Nam thank you very much for the like!! All of your work is incredible and such an inspiration for me!!
awe, thanks so much for your kind message :) And good luck to you, your submissions were beautiful as always.
Oh Nam you are welcome; best of luck to you as well! Your designs are amazing. As you can tell I like them. :)
Thank you so much for the direction Nam :) I kept the birch in but dropped the deming and I think it looks a lot cleaner. I really appreciate designers like you, you're what make Minted such a great place :)
Congrats on getting CMYK magenta. Lovely designs, well deserved.
Congrats on reaching M, Nam! I always enjoy seeing your designs. They're beautifully done and so unique.
Congrats on your CMYK award! Love your work. :)
Congrats on CMYK! :) That is wonderful!
Your work is beautiful! Best of luck to you as well!
rushing rushing :)
thanks so much Nam!!!
meant to say loooong ago :) loved your holiday entries.
Aww thank you so much! my nickname btw is Nam same as your name :) I love how you compose your works!
hot mama! nice new profile pic!
NAMMMM! I took your advice on my "Bundled Joy" submission and converted the design into a baby announcement. If you have a moment, I'd appreciate it if you took a peek to let me know if you think it is any stronger: http://www.minted.com/design-rating/93710 Thank you so much for your continuous feedback and all of your help, it does not go unnoticed! :)
hi Nam, thank you so much for the generous compliment on my work...there are so many amazing designs on Minted...i'm just happy i could be a part of this :) thanks again!
Just seeing you comment now... not sure how I missed it :) Thanks for the welcome. I have taken a bit of a break but have been especially motivated lately to submit more designs. I always enjoy your submissions - you are among the designers that can only hope my designs could ever compare to. Thanks again for the encouragement!
Hi Nam, Just wondering if you could help me out. I submitted a design in the Journal Challenge based off of my stationary submission. I have been looking through designs and now think that I might be too close to yours! Can you let me know if you feel the same way? I still have time to change a few things... Thanks so much! Here is the link to it http://www.minted.com/design-rating/67040?filter=all&sort=createat
Nam, thanks for all the advice I love my design even more!! I super appreciate it!!
Nam, thanks so much for your congratulations on my "adventurer" design. I appreciate the kind words. I'm also in complete shock! :)
i REALLY admire your work and absolutely LOVE retro hawaii! just wanted to personally thank you for your helpful comment on "full of joy". you pointed out something that i was somewhat aware of but had to really push myself to get there... so thanks for that push :)
Hello, thank you so much for your comment. I made a small modification in the design ... I moved and reduced the elephant's trunk a little... I would be sad if I removed the elephant's trunk from the illustration completely.
congrats on your #2 win. Beautiful!
Hi Nam ! Just want to say bravo for your win in the mini Minties challenge but I also would like to thank you for your support, you have always a nice word for me, be sure that it´s truly always very appreciated ! Good luck for the wedding challenge, your entries are gorg! Cécile
Hi Nam! Thanks so much for the comment. You're one of my idol here in minted.
Hey Nam! I'm horrible at explaining how I make textures, so here is the link that I found really helpful. He has a bunch of great tuts, and some free downloads too. For the canvas one (which is this link), when I was happy with it, I saved it as a bitmap tiff, then placed it in Illustrator, so I could make it any color I wanted. Just holler if this doesn't make sense : ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imdxfJrOL-c&feature=related
Thanks Nam! Yes, it's fun to see everyone's "new" photos since they put out the request. Nothing like Photoshop. :)
Thank you Nam for your kind words. Your designs are amazing.
va va voom, Nam!! Love your new profile pic : )
Nam congrats on your win, it's beautiful!
Congratulations on your win. Really, really lovely!
Hi Nam! Thanks for your sweet comment on my "have a blast" design! I love, love, LOVE your work, so I really appreciate your feedback! You're really an awesome designer! Thanks again! :)
Thank you so much for your super nice comments and encouragement, Nam - I really appreciate it! All your designs are so great - I hope my minted studio looks so good one day! I'm thinking the design I am looking for may have belonged to Griffinbell...
Hi! I would swear you had entered a birth announcement design that I commented on a few times - swag across the top, brown background and a few photos across the middle (originally titled "shooting star?")...it was one of my faves. What happened to it???
Hey Nam! I promise I wasn't ignoring your comments! I was fiddling around with the kerning and colors for too long and by the time I was ready to submit, they had already started voting! ...must work faster next time... Thanks again! It's so nice to get good feedback from an awesome designer!
Hi Nam, yes - I noticed your design this morning and I was hesitant to post mine. I love your style and I think you did much better job on the card (wreath) than me. Good luck - but I think you don't need it... haha
Hi Nam! Thank you very much for the great comment. I already deleted some flowers, can I ask your help again if they look okey. Thanks again..
I've read a lot of your comments on other's designs and I just wanted to say that you give really great constructive criticism and have a great eye for how an okay piece can be great. You would make a great Creative Director.
Thanks so much for your nice comment, Nam--very much appreciated!
I appreciate your comment!
Thank you for you comment :)
"gnome for the holidays" is an instant holiday favorite! x Brandy
Thanks for your kind comment, Nam. Love your entries! I'd wish you good luck, but I'm sure you don't need it!
thx nam ;) it was hard to stop at one spinoff, but will hopefully have an excuse on future challenges to roll out a couple more we are excited about. big gakemi fans -- loved your submissions for holiday -- as always!!
Hi Nam! Yes, a little time to breathe again... ha! You amaze me with every design you create! Best of luck!
Thank you so much for the kind comments and encouragement Nam.. they put a smile on my face! I'm such a big fan of your beautiful work!
Thanks so much for your kind words, they really mean a lot, especially from someone so talented!!
:) thanks for the welcome back.
Thank you so much for your comment. You are an amazing designer and I love your work!
Hi Nam!!! So wonderful to meet you in person in NYC and to share a cocktail together. I've made edits to my Chronicle submission based on your comments... when you have some time can you look at it again and tell me what you think? After all... you are the queen of floral design :D
Thanks so much for the warm welcome, Nam! I hope you are doing well and look forward to seeing more of your work on here - you know I'm a huge fan :)
thx for the comments, nam!.. hahaha.. no, the eyes wasn;t intentional... once u mentioned i just rea;ized it.. LOL.. always luv ur illustration.. They r amazing!!! Cheers!
hi nam--I saw that you will be at the NSS meet up and look forward to meeting you--love your work! karen
Thanks for your note. You were amazing on this challenge, as usual. Amazing!!! I hope to be like you when I grow up, ha!
I'm a newbie and interested in designing cards. i've been rubber stamping and scrapbooking for years, and I think this looks like a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I am absolutely STUMPED about a few things. For one, what software is the best to use? Photoshop? Illustrator? iPhoto (ha ha ha)? And do you freehand your artwork (like city skylines, the nativity scene, etc) or is there a really cool clip art source for these types of things?
Thanks for your time........
I just want to said thanks for your comment on my Chinese traditions entry. Means a lot coming from such a great Minted designer. I love your work! :)
Thank you so much for your kind comment on my Tree of Life entry. It really means a lot coming from such a fabulous designer.
Nam, thanks so much!! I hadn't planned on going to the NSS til yesterday, so I would love to meet up somehow! I'm super excited to go, but a little nervous since too since I need to figure out what's going on : ) My e-mail is: email@example.com if you want to chat about details. Thanks again and I can't wait to meet you!
why thank you very much! ;)
thank you so much! i love your work!
Nam, thanks so much for the thoughtful comment! I really value it because you are one of my favorite designer here because your works are so original and creative! I also never thanked you for helping me resolve my Snowbirds (aka wacky hats) design.You really helped me get it to the "Minted" level! ; )
congrats on your win- love your designs
Thanks Nam!! I hope your laptop is fixed soon, because I'll miss your designs! On the other hand, I think it's good to step away from the computer once in a while, just to unwind :)
Yes this work is very much inspired from Allan Peters and as you can see I even mentioned it in the design description to note his awesome creativity in graphic design.
For "Bed Talk" were you inspired by Allen Peters work shown here:
thanks so much for your sweet comment. Means a lot coming from such a great Minted designer. Everything you do is amazing. Keep it up!
You know, I didn't even know Memoriam wasn't on their font list! I just figured it was so fabulous it had to be. You have some wonderful submissions as well.
Thanks for the feedback! I appreciated it...
right on Nam. Thanks for taking the time to check out the design, it really is appreciated!
Hi Nam, sorry for this late reply - I hope you and your family had a great holiday + new year!! You really have amazing range - I always like to see what you will do next :)
Thanks for your comments! i really appreciate it!
Thanks for the nice comment. Love your work!
Hi Nam! Thanks for your comment. I wish I had time to make the changes you suggested, but I'm way past the deadline. Oh well, hopefully I'll get my act together and submit earlier on the next challenge. Also- your work is gorgeous!
Hi Nam! Just wanted to say I had a burberry card in the works and never came back to it. I'm so glad to see you rocked that pattern on your latest submission! It's so chic and you always impress! :)
Thanks for your kind comments!
Thanks for the sweet comments! They mean SO, SO MUCH coming from you! I just adore all your work!
Thanks for your comments, Nam! Your entries are so delightful and awesome as always; I wish I could channel some of that creativity! I predict more wins for you too, plus, happy holidays :)
Thanks so much for your note, Nam! Such kind words from a designer of your caliber means a lot to me. And I'm sure you don't need it, but good luck to you as well in this challenge. :o)
Thank you, thank you for the kind comment on my design! It means a lot coming from the amazing designer that you are : )
congratulations. very nice designs always. im a big fan
congratulations Nam! xo Brandy
Congrats, Nam! :)
Congratulations Nam, way to go :D
Thanks for the positive feedback Nam, it means a lot coming from you!
You're SO sweet Nam, thanks for the positive feedback - means a lot coming from such an inspiring designer as yourself! Can't wait to see what you come up with next :)
Nam! I LOVE your chic poppies translated into the new calendar format. That has to be one of my favorite designs ever... absolutely beautiful. Congratulations!
You're too kind, Nam! :) Good luck with designing and I look forward to see more of your amazing work here!
Hi Nam, I know it's little late but I wanted to congratulate you on your stationary win "english rose" ....it was my favourite!!! :)
Hi Nam, thank you for your feedback re: mod fall. The portrait version will be up later tonight :) Also, I love rennie macintosh stain glass!! Although I wasn't consciously thinking of it at the time, knew I saw a rose like that somewhere ...
Hi Nam, just wanted to say THANK YOU for your comments and suggestions on my design. I absolutely admire your work! :)
Thank you for the font recommendation. It looks so much better now. I love your work and style. Best wishes :)
You're welcome! Hope you win!
re: o is for ornament - Hi Nam, thanks for your input! Love your work and value your advice. I'll see if I can find the right shade of magenta later today, hopefully before the deadline. These color palettes are tricky! Thanks again :)
Hi, Nam! I'd like to thank you for the nice comment you left for my "Holly Flakes" and about my portfolio. You've got a great collection of work yourself. I love the diversity in your artwork - from the extremely cute to very sophisticated! I'm always looking forward to seeing what you come up with next! Thanks again! :^)
Woo hoo! Look at all your awards from the baby announcements. Great job Nam! Your entries were so beautiful!
thank you so much!
Thanks for the comment Nam! :)
like your work. Love the heart baby announcement.
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