ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Feb. 2 - Feb. 15, 2012 3
If you've beenconfused about all themustaches that havebeen appearing herein The Grip, neverfear. It's all explainedhere, in a conversationwith 'stache studio co-owner Melanie Toland.
So...’stache studio is the newestbusiness located in downtownGrifn. What is ‘stache?
“’stache” is something yourpublisher, Jessica Gregory,and I have been talkingabout or a ew years now.When we were publishingScoop, we had a huge spacein the Old Coke building,a large portion o whichwas unused and I used todaydream about lling itwith chairs and big tablessuitable or arts and cratsand holding workshops inpainting, collaging, book-binding, sewing, etc. ButScoop kept us so busy, there just wasn’t any way that wecould do it and do it well atthat time.Jessica and I kept intouch ater Scoop ceasedpublication and we bothhad a continued interestedin opening a sips n’ strokestype business. Ater a ewconversations to hash outhow to share the idea, wecame up with what you’llcome to know as ‘stachestudio.We decided we’d take thesocial painting-type businessmodel and embellish it byadding social workshops onall means o being creative,like mixed media, collaging,paper mache, encaustic,sewing, and more. Ouraesthetic is sort o whimsicaland retro-Modern, I guess,so you’ll see lots o brightcolors, geometric patterns,humor, and whimsy.
The name is as unique as thebusiness itsel. Where did youcome up with it?
I’m not sure I rememberexactly. We nd the wholemustache meme/trend reallyhumorous, but it wasn’t untilwe came up with the namethat I realized how prevalentit is. People are picking upunny mustache-relatednovelties and giving themto me. I’m amazed at howmuch is out there.When Jessica and I weretrying to come up withsomething iconic that couldserve as our logo, we cameacross a mustache thatwe just loved. We know itdoesn’t make much sense,but we love that. Noteverything has to makesense.
What can people expect to do andnd at ‘stache?
Well, rst and oremost,we want people to not beintimidated by art. Sign upor a workshop or class anddon’t worry about whetheror not you think you’re the“creative” or “artistic” type. That’s really not the pointhere. The point is thatmaking art is about theprocess at ‘stache; there’ssomething about puttingdown your iPhone or anhour or two and gettinglost in paints, papers, tapes,abrics, and glues that’stherapeutic.
What types o classes will you beoering?
As I said earlier (I think), wehave the social paintingclasses that take placemostly in the evenings. These will be great or girls’night out or something todo on a date. You just bringyour avorite beverage (andsmall snack i you’d like) andwe supply the rest: aprons,brushes, paint, canvas, andinstruction. The other classes aren’tmuch dierent in that youcan still come by yoursel or with a date or group o riends, bring your avoritebeverage and snacks and--or most o the classes-- weprovide all the materials,instruction, and such.It’s still step-by-step andmeant to be more un thantechnique ocused, but youwill inadvertently learn somereally cool techniques ormaking all sorts o things.You’ll take home yourcreation ater any workshop/class you take rom us.I have to say somethingabout open studio, as well.Someone who loves tocreate, but just doesn’t havethe space at home will reallyappreciate having a table,chair and supply lockerreserved just or them, notto mention a get-away that’scompletely dedicated tocreativity, eliminating theneed to convert the kitchentable or spare bedroomrom studio to traditionalspace over and over again.Open studio membershipsare $35/month and can bepurchased on our website(www.stachestudio.net). They’re limited to 30members at any given timebecause we want to makesure we can accommodateall members appropriately. This might sound silly, butwe envision these membersas becoming a second amilyto us and to one another.We want members spendingtheir lunch breaks, evenings,and Saturday aternoonshere.
Will your studio cater to thecreative-minded or will anyonebe able to successully create apersonalized masterpiece?
Absolutely anyone will besuccessul. Our workshopsare step-by-step andinstructor-led, so you reallycan’t go wrong. I think andhope that people will bevery surprised at what they’llbe able to do. And besides,i you eel your painting isn’tall that good, but you had agood time, then you’ve beensuccessul in my opinion.
I see you’re oering ater-schoolprograms or kids. Why do youthink it’s important to introduceart into children’s lives?
I know that school budgetcuts are hitting both theperorming arts and thevisual arts programs prettyhard, but all children areartists (Picasso said that,right?) and to squash thatso early in their lives seemshorrid to me.Hallmark used to come toAugusta where I lived asa child with this bus or RVthat was converted into achildren’s art world. It wascalled Kaleidoscope. I don’tremember much o thedetail, but I remember theeeling. It was sort o surrealand I’ve never orgottenit. I want all children toexperience this at ‘stache.I should say, though,that we're not certiedteachers, but can supplythe encouragement, thetools, and some directionto children so that they are just given the opportunity toexpress themselves and playwith art.
‘stache studio seems so innovative!What should we expect rom youin the uture?
Who knows? Sometimeswe eel like the possibilitiesare endless. We talk aboutholding a series o art partiesaccompanied by an acousticguitarist. We’d like tocoordinate an art advocacygroup maybe. I personallywant to produce someonline video workshops orour website. We’ll have agallery space up ront thatwill be constantly evolving. Ithink that just about sums itall up! Ω
'stache studio is located at 116S. Sixth Street in downtownGrifn. Register online or any class or workshop at www.stachestudio.net or call 770-229-6599.
Art scene on the rise - craty businesses and art classes downtown
Birds o aFeather
“Birds o a Feather is somany things,” says co-owner Stacy Floyd Hallman.“We are basically split intothree departments. Theront o the store is ourboutique with variousartists and craters, thehigh majority o which areall rom Grin. Everythingin the ront o our storeis either handmade,handcrated, vintage,repurposed, reused,or recycled. We love todescribe it as a year-roundindoor crat air.” Items inthe boutique range romvintage clothing, crotchedanimals, mason jar candles, jewelry, headbands, bows,custom urniture and more. The second department isa consignment shop withhome decor and clothingor all ages. The thirddepartment - an antiqueand vintage boutique - is arecent expansion into theretail space next door, eventhough Birds o a Feather just opened a little overtwo months ago. The expansion allowedowners Stacy and SaraCornelison Marat (whocall one another Roosterand Chicken) to oer artclasses, which includesewing, sips-n-strokes stylepainting classes (bring yourown rereshment and paintalong with an instructor) inthe morning and evenings,and children’s classes aswell.Stacy dubbed Sara“Chicken” one day byaccident: “When I answeredSara’s call one day, I meantto say ‘Hey Chick’ and it justcame out with the slip o the tongue as ‘Hey Chicken.’She said, ‘Did you just callme Chicken?’ And I said‘Hmm. I guess I did.’ Andit stuck”. Stacy continuedto call her Chicken, andnally Sara dubbed Stacy“Rooster.” Their nicknamesare what led them toname the store, “Birds o aFeather.”“At the end o the day,Sara and I are best riends.We are moms. We run ourbusiness based on thevalues that are parentsinstilled in us. We chargeprices that we wouldwant to pay as moms. Weunderstand the need orthat artistic outlet and justwant to be a place wheremoms aren’t araid to bringtheir kids because its unor them to be here too,”Hallman said.“I made a acebook posta while back that said,“There is somethingsimply amazing aboutsurrounding yoursel with art, creativity, andcratiness . . .” and that’swhat you do when youvisit Birds o a Feather.And best o all, when youpurchase items rom ourstore you are supportingyour community, whetherits mom’s making moneyrom their clothes theirchildren have outgrownso they can do that nextround o shopping orthe next size up or its theartist who is working tosupplement their income. Tons o Grin’s teachersare vendors here too. So itsull o our own hometownhere. And as a businessowner, that eels great.” Ω
Birds o a Feather islocated at 135 S. Hill Street. Call Stacy or Sara at 678.603.2115 to become avendor, teach a class or signup or a class.
Melanie Toland painting at 'stache studio
126 E. College Street | 770-233-0902
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