We had the good fortune of connecting with Bree Angela and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bree, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Making fabric art and tactile design is a great way for me to combine my love of textiles and crafts with my love for education. I have a long history of working with children so naturally I made things that helped scaffold and enhance play. From costumes to puppets to customized play sets and dolls, I made things that made learning fun. One day I was contacted through word of mouth to make designs for a play center in the Denver Art Museum. From that project came many more and I have been making Fabric Art for interactive learning spaces and museums across the country since. I find it super rewarding to make art that bring joy and expand the imagination for both children and adults.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have had a very interesting way of getting to this career. I can say I am proof of letting your interests just lead the way to unique opportunities. Each project inspires another and I am so grateful to collaborate with so many visionaries, curators and master educators that understand the importance of play. And, I think as we move through this pandemic we will find that touch and play will be something we all need more of. Until things are safe, I continue to create customized orders and have started a puppet and toy theatre series. There are also some great projects developing for the near future which I’m excited about.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What I love most about Denver is the young creative entrepreneur vibe! There is a fun energy to this place. Always a new show to see or a great new art piece up somewhere. The way the city continues to grow and change makes it filled with interesting adventures. Some of the most fun I have had is dancing the night away at Tracks night club, eating out at the Dairy Block with friends, or as simple as finding a book at the Tattered Cover book store. I definitely recommend checking out the Crush Walls street art festival that happens each year!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to all of the creatives out there working hard to spread the importance of creativity and community! Without my experience of working with America Reads, Tel-Hi Neighborhood Center, Mill Street Loft, Arts Street, the Center of Visual Arts, and Play to Learn Therapies, I would have never met the mentors that planted the seeds in me that would inspire me to keep learning, to stay creative, master my craft and continue to flow in this direction.
Denver Art Museum