We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Youngswick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
This time last year the idea of starting my own business didn’t even cross my mind…. but then the world stopped and I found myself freshly out a design job that I had had for 6 years. I took some time to reevaluate my life goals and passions and with the encouragement of my friends and family I decided to take the leap. I knew that my career of working in special events was not realistic anymore and that I needed to take all my creativity and come up with a fresh concept when I could share my love for design with others.
After a few months of creating original content , creating a website and social media platforms … for my company – I named my company Birdy as a tribute to my dad who passed away in 2017. Birdy was the family cat that he loved dearly.
Until special events pick up again I have focused my company on helping promote other small and independent business. I started the project “What Do You Bring TO The Table?” During these uncertain times I have seen so many amazing people rise from the ashes and create new and exciting opportunities + projects for themselves, and even recreate the businesses that they already had established . I want to highlight these hardworking people and celebrate all that they are doing in these new times. I offer free style/product shots so companies can have images for their websites/social media and press. This has been such a great project for myself and to help out new business like myself during these new times.
Birdy Creative is a full-service design company with an emphasis on event, floral and interior design and art direction and branding.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I grew up in an artistic family and I always knew that art would be my calling. I studied visual design + graphics in college and in my early years, made handmade batiks for bands and festivals. I eventually got into floral and event design where I eventually landed a career as the Creative Director for a large Event company based out of San Francisco. Flash back to 9 years ago, I found myself burnt out and wanting something more, I eventually found my way back to Colorado where I took a u-turn and took a position with Easter Seals Disability Services where I lived / worked at the camp for 2 years working with children and adults with disabilities.
Eventually I made my way back to Denver where I spent the last six years as the creative Designer for a large event/catering company. As covid started, I found myself with a job and having the time to start Birdy.
My art and design is not your typical event/creative designer. I love loud , colorful and unexpected. I don’t like to follow trends and get most of my inspiration from things I find in nature and random items from the thrift store. I love mix and match incorporating unexpected elements. My approach to my art is all about celebration, celebrating the event, holiday the person!
I am most proud of the support I ‘ve been given by my friends and family, who encouraged me to take this leap of faith. I have the most amazing support team who have pushed me and inspired me to kick ass and keep going! This hasn’t been the easiest process to get my business going, but it’s been one of the best times of my life. I’m so excited to see what the future holds.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love to eat and I love good food! If my bestie was hear, it would be a food tour for sure!
Pick up dumplings at loa wang noodle house
grab a ti leaf salad at Urban Burma
Get some oysters from the Oyster Wulff
Grab The Lee Sandwichfrom Open
Dim Sum at Super Star Asian
Some hand rolls from Temaki Den
Mochi Muffins from Third Culture
A sugar steak from Bastien’s
Fried Chicken from Angry Chicken
Steak Nachos from Railobertos
A pizza from Lous Wood Fire Pizza
Hot Pot at The Bronze Empire
Go and check out the weekly Made By Us Market
Hit up the Pearl Street Market
Cocktails at Rita’s Law outdoor patio
A moped ride up to Golden
Go thrifting at Heady Bauer in Boulder
Reflexology massages at Bamboo Forest
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this to all the other small and independent business that started during the last year, to take a leap of faith and follow their dreams! Who took this unexpected time we were given and made something amazing!
McMac Studio Decker Rush Ryan Gallagher