VanDuinen Studio, LLC is a one-woman show crafted and owned by yours truly, Hannah VanDuinen. I call this place "Home of the Creative Spark" for a couple of reasons:
I work as an independent artist, helping my customers curate every detail of their home with intention, from the most visible wall art, to the tea towels used daily in the kitchen, to the thank you cards sent after a shower or wedding.
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I have always looked for the creative route through life. I spent high school immersed in song and story, and I majored in English Literature in college. Upon graduating, I landed in a technical writing gig that was intellectually stimulating but came with a company culture that was.....hostile, to put it mildly. A few years later, I got pregnant with my first daughter, and my husband and I cheerfully concluded that my paycheck was not worth paying through the teeth for daycare to maintain. I became a stay-at-home mom.
However, once the shock of the newborn phase wore off a little and I returned to sleeping more than an hour at a time, I realized that I needed to carve out SOME kind of time for myself that felt more intellectually stimulating than the daily Daniel Tiger episode. I ended up doing the same type of technical writing for a new (and much more awesome) company, but even that didn't entirely scratch the itch.
I didn't find my direction until I started dusting off my old art supplies and putting them to use. I started selling jewelry and crocheted accessories at craft fairs. Before I knew it, I had a website and a blog and business cards.
And thus, VanDuinen Studio was born. Over the years, my approach and products and even my output consistency have morphed depending on circumstances, but my goal remains the same: to connect with fellow creative souls through a shared love of the visual arts, and to generate income doing work that I am truly, madly, deeply passionate about.
Bonus: I get to demonstrate in real time that it's possible to succeed at the dreams you chase! The next generation has been watching closely: