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Just Creative People

Find your creative inspiration at Studio Six!

Written by Hayleigh Worgan

Grace Brian (left) and Maggie Perrin-Key (right) met in November 2017. They connected immediately, and decided to open an art space together, Studio Six, located in The Aurora Studio Center in Downtown Roanoke. Their serendipitous meeting led them to realize that they had the same vision for an art space that welcomed creative people within the community through workshops and portfolio consultations. The artists complement one other, creating a fulfilling and nourishing space where their talents flourish.  

(Grace and Maggie photo by www.paigelucasphotography.com )

Both Grace and Maggie began developing their crafts at a young age. Grace received a sewing machine at age 10, and Maggie started oil painting during a summer camp in fourth grade. In her early years, Grace never considered fashion design as a career option. While planning for college, she didn’t think of it as something she wanted to pursue. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCU) for a while, she went back to sewing and found that the stigma she had originally attached to fashion design kept her from seeing the bigger picture. More importantly, sewing made her happy. She decided to transfer to the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, where she became interested in sustainability within the textile industry. 

As a young adult, Maggie continued her pursuit of the arts. First at VCU, and then at Hollins University. At Hollins, she studied printmaking, bookbinding, and papermaking. She also began exploring fiber art and textiles. 

“Coming from somewhere that was so arts-centered, I didn’t realize how important it was to have so much support for studying the arts. Originally, Maggie and I wanted to make a place where anybody, specifically young adults who are looking to pursue a career in the arts, can come and get that support. Guidance is important because a lot of people get to the art school application and they need a portfolio and they haven’t been working on one, don’t know what to do, or don’t know how to photograph their art,” explains Grace.

That initial idea morphed into something bigger, however, when the two decided to offer workshops within their space. The workshops have taken off, and with their success, Grace and Maggie have expanded their vision.

“I wanted an art space that was not as daunting and was more on community level where young people felt like they could come and hang out with us or make something,” says Maggie.

“There is a human desire to create things. It’s rewarding and confidence-boosting when you see something that you made. We want to be that outlet that gives people that opportunity. To be able to make something and create something gives you power and knowledge. In addition to knowing you can now do this, you will also know what goes into a painting the next time you see it. Consumer education is so important to me, so I think that when we are talking about the arts, this is consumer education in a way,” Grace adds.

Grace and Maggie offer portfolio consultation and open studio opportunities throughout the year. They also host popular workshops including Zodiac Embroidery, DIY Pom Pom Wall Hangings, Live Model Figure Drawing and so much more. Visit their Facebook page (@studiosixroanoke), Instagram (@studiosixroanoke), or visit their website at www.studiosixroanoke.com for more information on upcoming workshops and events!

Here’s to a Chilly, Creative Weekend!

We are in for a chilly weekend, Bella girls!

If you are spending time indoors, use the opportunity to exercise your creativity!

ColorBook-Cover2Relax and reconnect with Color the Natural World by Zoe Keller. This beautifully hand-drawn coloring book explores the intricate worlds found in deserts, oceans, rain forests, and beyond. Colorists will meet a cast of characters that includes plants, animals, birds, and bugs and relish the mindfulness and joy that comes through creativity.

61o2oN8JNFL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_You should also give Creative Painting and Beyond a try! Learn how to create beautiful and whimsical artwork with this vibrant book packed with creative tips, exercises, and engaging step-by-step projects. From canvas artwork and illustrated stationery to temporary tattoos and gilded accessories, crafters will enjoy a variety of simple, fun and colorful projects that make creative painting approachable for artists of all skill levels. Visit www.walterfoster.com for more information.

Keeping a Journal

Any writer will tell you that there is something to be said for journaling. Not only does it help you organize your thoughts and remember important and inspirational moments down the road, it also puts things into perspective and can change your outlook for the better.

I’ve kept a journal since I was a teenager. The old ones are long gone, and only their most important pages remain in storage. However, I have kept my journals from the last few years, transferring important quotes onto fresh pages every time I start a new one.

In college, I met a professor who inspired me to dedicate a few moments of every single day to journaling. At first, it was difficult. But, like any habit (watching TV, scrolling through Facebook, playing video games), over time I began to enjoy it. The difference between this task and the aforementioned habits is that I could look back and learn from the moments I recorded in years past. They inspired me and helped me realize how much I had grown over the years.

Often, in the moment, we are bogged down by the stress of every day life. It is hard to feel like you have accomplished anything when you are still surrounded by challenges and rejection. Last year, we had a writer talk about filling up your salt shaker with joy so you can empty it out during the trying times. It’s a concept so important that it is worth reiterating.

Journaling is a great way to make sure your salt shaker stays full– even if you have never really thought of yourself as a writer. If you need a little help getting started, try one of the following books:

41OwjGJym1L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_10 Mindful Minutes: A Journal by Goldie Hawn is inspired by the actress’ advocacy for mindfulness. It is a guided journal with simple meditations and prompts, along with thoughtful quotations that will inspire you to focus on specific qualities from optimism or gratitude to anger or fear. The goal is to enhance the positive qualities and help the negative ones by incorporating a meditative practice.


51q1RK95cvL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_You may find yourself inspired by a simple quotation, and less in need of the guidance of a writing prompt. If that is the case, a great resource is The Last Word: A Treasury of Women’s Quotes by Carolyn Warner. With more than 2,000 timeless quotes by women, representing everyone from Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots to pop megastar Madonna, The Last Word is a must-have for any woman looking for inspiration.



51XI3IzeqML._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_My personal favorite isn’t new, but it is great for all levels of journaling. Writing and Being: Embracing Your Life Through Creative Journaling by G. Lynn Nelson will change the way you write for the better by explaining the distinctions between private and public writing. If you need more proof that journaling can help you discover your true self and heal psychological and spiritual wounds, this is the book for you.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page next week for a chance to win your own copy of 10 Mindful Minutes and The Last Word!

Written by Hayleigh Worgan