While most people traditionally leave crafting to grandmas and sorority sisters, businesses like Upstairs Circus, Make in Denver, Canvas and Cocktails and Ink Lounge are cashing in on people’s love for creativity. This new idea has been title, “the maker’s movement”.
As a society, we are starting to revert back to more homemade goods in almost every industry, versus buying into consumerism. Thus, the reason why these maker’s studios are succeeding, is because they are giving an outlet to society, inviting them inside their walls to make crafts and drink wine. And in this day and age, having a place to socialize, relax and unwind is increasingly hard to find. We, as humans, have this innate need to create, and the maker’s movement facilitates that by providing the space and tools to dabble in any art we choose.
Upstairs Circus is located in downtown Denver and is described by founder Kelly Johannsen as a “social bar where people can gather together to create unique D.I.Y., art & design projects.” Places like Upstairs Circus are popping up all over the place. They offer four skill levels, from simple tassel necklaces, to more complicated leather wristlet pouches. Upstairs Circus, and places like it, are definitely a great place to catch up, grab a drink, and go home with rad new piece of jewelry.
While paint your own pottery studios may come to mind initially, these crafting places span any and all art forms, even crossing over into the culinary arts realm. Make in Denver, is a cake-decorating studio and though the place has only been around a few months, it is already thriving. Offering everything from birthday parties to team-building challenges similar to “The Next Great Baker” Make in Denver takes the work out of cake decorating by providing the tools, icing, fondant and embellishments to make your dream cake designs come alive. They offer pre-baked cake (or eight cupcakes) in a flavor of your choosing. This is a great idea for adults who love to decorate but may not have the space or tools at home. It makes for a great adult play date, especially before a child’s birthday party. And if you want to bring the fun home, themed kits are offered to decorate cupcakes, including directions on how to decorate them, They have many different ideas to choose from; a few of my favorites are replications of a traditional Thanksgiving meal and football-themed cupcakes!
For those who never got enough of their high school art classes, painting studios like Canvas and Cocktails and Pinot’s Palette give you the chance to go back, though this time with a more adult-like atmosphere. The first step is going online and finding a painting you like, they have everything from landscapes to animals to local flair. When you go in to the studio, you receive your canvas, brushes and pumps of paint in the colors provided; in addition, to the drink of your choice. What could be more fun than double fisting a paintbrush and a wine glass?! The instructor then leads you through the painting. Each person walks out with his or her own unique variation of that said painting. So if you want to paint but do not have the room or supplies, then Canvas and Cocktails is the place to go to let your artistic dreams come alive!
Another great space to take advantage of is Ink Lounge in Denver, which focuses on screen-printing. The studio creates workshops to help people of all ages learn the art behind screen printing. To take part in the workshops, simply bring your own artwork or choose from a library of their artwork. Ink Lounge gives you the screen, the ink and the space to design prints to your heart’s content.
No matter what your interest is, there is a business that encourages rediscovering the creativity that was once there as a child, but has since gone dormant as we aged. The maker’s movement allows us to exercise that creativity in a multitude of outlets, making it fun and enjoyable to create no matter how old you are.