VENUE TYPE: Loft / Warehouse Building

This Artist Is Changing The Woodworking World One Instagram At A Time
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27141
VENUE:
Romantik Studio
LOCATION:
Carlsbad
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Woodworking Workshop
Featuring Aleksandra Zee
Romantik Studio
REPORTER: The Venue Report


You probably haven’t given the woodworking world a ton of thought unless you’re following the ultimate wizard of wood, Aleksanda Zee. In that case, you are very very familiar (and probably envious) of this chic’s bada** work and down-to-earth attitude. Known for making beautifully intricate pieces of art, she has built quite the cult following on her Instagram around her unique wood masterpieces. 

This gifted gal is on a one woman mission to change the art of woodworking in what's currently a male dominated field. This is no easy task but Al handles it with poise and creativity like you’ve never seen before. Working with both raw and painted redwood, her artwork is easily distinguishable and far from replicable. Her art has been commissioned for cool kid approved boutique hotel, Urban Cowboy, as well as countless influencers and followers alike.

What happens when she decides to host a workshop to share her creativity with some of her most avid admirers?

Photography by Taryn Kent

 

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#DreamDinnerParty: This Is What Happens When We Throw Super Fun Retail Brand, Ban.do A Slumber Party Themed Gathering
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27140
VENUE:
Light Lab
LOCATION:
Los Angeles, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Dream Dinner Party
Featuring Ban.do
Light Lab
REPORTER: The Venue Report

What happens when you give someone the opportunity to create their dream event where nothing is off limits and everything is a ‘go’? What happens when you bring someone who’s crazy creative into the mix to dream it all up? 

The #DreamDinnerParty project is a way to celebrate and connect with kick a** ladies in the creative space as The Venue Report is led by our fab female Founder and CEO, Cortnie. The goal is to find like minded lady powerhouses and collaborate on this project together to foster our female focused creative community and to have fun while we do it. So, who’s in? 

Photography by Brian Terada + The Venue Report 

 

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A Ribbon Workshop Worth Dyeing Over
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27096
VENUE:
The Fisk Collab
LOCATION:
Minneapolis
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
DIY
Ribbon Dyeing
Warehouse Workshop
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown



If ever you’ve been tasked with sourcing ribbons for bouquets, gift wrapping, attire, or anything else, you know what a challenge it can be to find just the right colors in a fabric that’s display worthy. Silk ribbons are particularly hard to come by, and calligrapher Shasta Bell knows all about that dilemma. While working in invitation design, she realized how tough it was to find beautifully hued silk ribbons, so she started hand dyeing her own using natural botanical and plant-based dyes.

Fast-forward a few handmade dye recipes later, and Miss Bell developed a workshop for lovers of naturally colored silk ribbon to get together and learn her tricks of the trade. Documented by photographer Kristen Dyer (aptly named, no?), the event took place at Fisk Collab in Minneapolis. We can’t believe what vivid colors she was able to create using berries, plants, flowers, avocados, and the like. Jump below for the full scoop on natural dyes from Shasta and to take a peek at the photos by Kristen.

Words by Shasta BellPhotography Kristin Dyer

 

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Dream Dinner Party: The Founder + Chief Creative Officer of L.A.'s Most Colorful Brand Tells Us About Her Dream Dinner Musings
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27126
VENUE:
Light Lab
LOCATION:
Los Angeles, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Dream Dinner Party
Featuring ban.dō
Light Lab
REPORTER: The Venue Report

We've been dreaming up this idea of collaborating and building community driven events with the brands that inspire us for quite some time now. Why? Because just like every company, the employees are what make the brand come to life. Interesting, creative and innovative humans are the backbone of every successful brick and mortar store, digital retailer and cool app that you stalk on your phone. Connecting with these inspirational people was on our bucket-list and we don't mean with a typical interview. Because well, interviews are typical. We wanted to spoil them and go all out! They do inspire us, after all. That's why we created #DreamDinnerParty. You can find out a lot about someone by asking what their dream dinner party is. But, we decided to take it even one step further and bring said dream dinner party to life because that's kinda what we are all about here at The Venue Report.

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This Fierce Female Powerhouse Is a True Champion On International Women's Day & Everyday
Cortnie Fausner
REPORT
No. 27118
VENUE:
International Women's Day
LOCATION:
NYC
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
International Women's Day
Inspiring Women
Around The World
REPORTER: Cortnie Fausner

Hi guys, Cortnie here, co-founder of The Venue Report, wishing you a happy #InternationalWomensDay! This day marks the celebration commemorating the ongoing movement for women's rights. Today, more than ever, we are celebrating women throughout history but want to spotlight a very special modern day boss lady, Fran Hauser. 

A few years ago when I was starting out on my journey with The Venue Report, I felt very alone in the startup landscape. Why? The startup world by nature can be a lonely place but I had also ventured into this realm that was (and still is) male dominated. We first started in a startup incubator led by male advisors, we were pitching male venture funds and we were meeting male mentors. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE all of these amazing men we have met and created relationships with - they have not only been the best confidants but also crucial to our startup success. Still, I ached and longed for a female to chat with about well, being a female and a mom within this fast-paced fundraising world. One day after asking advisors if they knew any awesome females I could connect with, I soon had an email intro connecting me with Fran Hauser. A week after this email introduction, I was nervously on the phone with Fran, the former President of Digital at Time Inc. Yep, the former President of Digital at Time. Inc! Now, let me fangirl for a minute: She is known for many career moments including her role at building People.com, Entertainment Weekly and InStyle. She had served as VP of AOL's Programming Group as well as an advisor to many huge consumer facing companies, she had been named one of the Six Most Powerful Women in New York City's Tech Scene by Refinery29 and honored with one of 40 Women to Watch Over 40. The accolades go on and on. No big deal right? 

After chatting with Fran, I discovered her selfless passion for mentoring female entrepreneurs. She is passionate about advocating for women across the globe and often speaks on such topics. Over the past few years Fran has always given me time to chat with her on the phone and even meet up with her for coffee when I am in New York, her home base. She has no reason to spend this time with me other than the fact she truly wants to help. Fran is a rare and inspirational woman who is the true definition of a mentor. Women like Fran are why we have come so far as females in 2017. Today, we honor women across the globe and celebrate women like Fran who are actively paving the way. Did we mention that she was honored as a Global Champion of Women On International Women's Day?! We could go on forever with our glowing intro, but now let's hear from Fran herself on her successes, current ventures and advice to fellow female entrepeneurs. 

 

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