One of the things I hear often in my art workshops is: “I’m just not creative.” It’s a story that a lot of people tell themselves. As I walk you through the techniques of one of my paintings, I see you self proclaimed non-creatives veer off in your own direction, trying out something new with your paintbrush, mixing up your own shade of purple, getting bolder and bolder as you explore the canvas. Ultimately, what I’m presented with at the end of a class is a collection of completely different works of art from each individual. Even if you’re all doing the same painting, no one paints quite like you do, and that my friends, is amazing!
I believe everyone is creative. Have you ever heard the saying, the grass is greener where you water it? Almost no one is born an artistic prodigy. Art, just like any skill takes practice. My favorite thing about hosting art workshops is showing you just how much you can do in only a few hours.
I opened Pink Velvet Studio because I began to see how genuinely happy it made people when I would show them how to make something. I’d host craft nights with my friends, teaching them to paint or knit. They’d walk in doubting themselves and walk away with a scarf and a smile. “Can I do this for a living?” I thought.
At the beginning of 2018, I was burned out, not enjoying my work as a freelance web designer. One day, I was aimlessly browsing the the web for inspiration (as we do) and I came across this cute little building in Richfield, Ohio. That same day, I called the realtor and went to walk through the building in person. Instantly I was filled with excitement over the potential for this tiny, unique space built in the 1930’s.
Within 2 months, I purchased the building and began small renovations. 4 months later, we opened the doors to Pink Velvet Studio. I get asked a lot where our name comes from. As soon as I bought the building, my very next (and very practical) purchase was this pink velvet couch. Us creatives get fixated on things sometimes. I had to have this couch.
The couch sits front and center when you walk into the studio, below the matching curtains. It’s kind of become a fixture for our brand, and instantly creates the atmosphere for the room. I wanted to create a space for people to create, but also to connect over art.
We’ve been open 8 months now, and our little studio is growing! It’s been such a journey opening my first brick and mortar business. It’s a great feeling knowing that you have your own little stake in the community and can contribute to it in a meaningful way. I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for us!