Meet the Artist

Hannah VanDuinen artist and owner VanDuinen Studio

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:

  1. This site is a culmination of years of experimentation with different forms of creative expression, and
  2. I believe everyone's home should show off their personal creativity, however that may present itself.

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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How the Studio Came to Be

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.

VanDuinen Studio product assortment

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:

VanDuinen Studio mini artists

Services Offered

  1. Shop unique art: First and foremost, you can always find my original works in the shop. There are pieces perfect for a living room, nursery, office, and any other rooms you need to decorate. You can also find museum quality prints on canvas through TapArt or t-shirts through TeePublic, if you prefer!

  2. Custom work: If custom art is your jam, I can do that too. Shoot me an email and I'll send you a document with the terms and conditions, and we'll get to work on making your vision come to life. As you can see from my portfolio, I can do both visual art and calligraphy/hand lettering pieces. That means you, wedding planners - I am happy to do invitation packs and/or place settings! If you want to see more examples of calligraphy work, let me know in your email and I'll send you some additional pictures that I haven't yet made public.

  3. Licensing: I am extremely interested in licensing my art to brands. Art directors and business owners can view my full portfolio here, and you can email me anytime to discuss collaboration opportunities.

  4. Teaching: I am a Skillshare teacher. Find my class(es) here, and enjoy a free 14-day trial of Skillshare Premium for using this link!

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Media Appearances

  • Podcast Interview: Pushy Broad from the Bronx (starts at 35:44)
  • Creative Powerhouse Mini Course: I was interviewed on my progress as a creative business owner by Stacie Bloomfield, owner of Gingiber and teacher of Leverage Your Art. The interview appeared on Video #1 of the Creative Powerhouse Mini Course in Spring 2021

 

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