In the past 18 months, many have picked up a new craft like painting or collage to pass the time. But where can you do that with room to work from home and kids under your feet? What if you need supplies or inspiration?
A long-awaited business in Greenwood is here for you. Dabbleopened by Dave Wheeler (he calls himself “Owner-Janitor”), opened in July. It has 12 workplaces, each with a height-adjustable and tiltable desk and independent lighting for each station. There are partitions that can be raised or lowered if someone wants privacy or wants to create with a small group. There are also two freestanding printing machines in the room and a separate room for spray painting.
Wheeler, a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines, encourages people to bring in existing lighting and cameras to photograph finished work. He has a lot to borrow, such as compasses and rulers and noise canceling headphones to borrow. There are some papers and paints that users can purchase from vending machines and repurposed newspaper racks. A few doors down is Seattle Recreative, a shop that sells used art supplies.
He plans to have live model drawings on a regular basis (not nudes, but people in costumes, either provided by themselves or by Dabble). He is actively looking for models for these projects – they get paid and offer a new medium every month.
“I’d love to have a Jackson Pollock night where we just put the canvas on the floor and everyone starts splashing,” he said. “The studio is designed for drop-in, as opposed to making reservations.”
“I want to lower the barrier to creation,” he said. It costs $ 10 an hour per person and $ 20 an hour for two or more people from the same household.
“It’s not a not-for-profit organization, but it’s not a get-rich-quick program either,” he said. “I have minimal expectations. I mean, sales tax has been a learning experience for me.”
Wheeler, who just released a log book titled “New House” in February, said the store had been a dream for more than 15 years and that he was finally ready to open in early 2021 when the winter COVID surge hit Peaked.
He is currently asking people to mask themselves in the store, and the partitions can be made permanent if the county health department recommends it.
“And if we have to close, we will close. That’s people’s health, ”said Wheeler. It’s been going well so far.
“Greenwood has proven to be a great neighborhood as there is a lot of pedestrian traffic. Children came in in the summer, ”he said. “You seem really happy to get lost in work. Adults can be more tense. But really, the process is great, even if you don’t like the results. “
Patrons unsure of their work needn’t worry about derogatory comments: there is a hard and fast rule not to comment on the work of others unless specifically requested to do so. Fear of not being good enough is one of the things that can keep people from being creative, Wheeler said.
“It can be therapeutic to do something.”
Dabble is open Wednesday through Saturday and can be rented on other days for artists to teach or for other group events. A monthly calendar is on the Dabble website.