Behind The Scenes With Featured Partner, Tinker Art Studio
Tinker Art Studio's Christie Slater, brings creativity to life in North Boulder for art students of all ages! Tinker will offer free demos and children's projects throughout Firefly Handmade Summer Market.
FF: How did you begin your current business journey?
TAS: As the arts continue to take a back seat in school settings, Tinker was born out of a desire to combine best practice teaching methods with my own professional experience to create a unique studio in which children have the opportunity to solve problems, make decisions, and push boundaries within a safe and supportive environment. When Tinker opened in 2012, we focused on children’s classes, but we quickly added adult classes into our programming as well. All of us have an intrinsic desire to create, to translate the intangible aspects of our personalities into unique pieces of art, and Tinker provides a calming and inspiring space for both children and adults to do this.
FF: Inspiration comes from where?
TAS: Inspiration is all around us every day! We’re so fortunate to live in a beautiful, vibrant, and supportive community. I find inspiration anywhere from our natural environment, to other fellow female entrepreneurs, to the children in the studio. Finding inspiration to create artwork, your own business, or a new program is surprisingly similar! It takes time and space in your life to let it in, so I try to find ways to destress, stay balanced, and try not to let inspiration pass me by.
FF: What excites you for the future?
TAS: The unknown, and daydreaming about all of the possibilities.
FF: Any advice for entrepreneurs new to our creative community?
TAS: Yes! Try to balance your passion for your business with an objective lens--write down your plan, set goals, and develop an effective approach to assessing your progress. It's easy to get set on how it should work despite what might be sustainable, and you can't run on sweat equity forever, so be prepared to be flexible and responsive to feedback while still maintaining your commitment to your own ideas and passions.
FF: Anything else you'd like to tell us?
TAS: Come check out Tinker sometime! For adults we offer classes in pottery, acrylic painting, and life drawing. For children, we have drop in classes, after school classes, preschool classes, homeschool classes, weekend workshops, summer camps, birthday parties, and more! You can check it all out at tinkerartstudio.com.
Come create at Tinker Art Studio's Creativity Space at Firefly Handmade Spring Market, May 21-22, 10-4, Twenty Ninth Street shopping district , 1710 29th St. (between Canyon & Walnut), Boulder, CO.