Stencil opened in November of 2017 with one idea in mind: give people a place to go to create whatever they wanted. While there were art studios where you could paint a canvas or make pottery, there wasn’t a place where you could go to create…well…everything else. We wanted people to be able to build things. With their hands. To have a sense of accomplishment and learn a new skill all while having fun at the same time.
For two and a half years, we offered over 100 craft projects and a great studio to host awesome DIY craft parties for birthdays, baby showers, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, girls night out and team building events. In April of 2020 we were forced to close our business as a result of COVID-19. While non-essential businesses were allowed to re-open mid-May, it was with the heaviest of hearts that we made the difficult decision to close our physical studio (but our business will go on in a modified form). We were concerned that the re-opening of businesses could result in a resurgence of COVID cases and businesses would once again be forced to close down. With our lease set to expire on May 31, 2020, we felt it was safer not to renew our lease.
Our plan is to wait for the market to stabilize and once it does, we will look for a new location for our studio so we can have you all back once again! In the meantime, our plan is to continue to offer DIY @ home craft kits and mobile craft parties at your home, clubhouse, backyard, you name it! We want to thank those of you who supported our family owned, small business during both our time at the studio and during the COVID shutdown with your purchase of take home craft kits. We hope to see you again soon, in a new studio location!
Meet Nicole, Chief Creative Crafter at Stencil.
Don’t you love it when someone walks into your home, compliments a particular item, asks where you got it and your response is….”I made it.” I KNOW, ME TOO!! We are like two peas in a pod, me and you.
So here’s a quick little fun fact sheet about me:
Favorite Food? Donuts, specifically sprinkle donuts. Clearly donuts are an important part of my life, seeing as they were the first fact that came to mind when I started thinking about this list.
Married? To a brilliantly nerdy scientist who thinks I am only a little crazy for keeping almost everything he tries to put into the garbage can with the thought….”I might be able to use that someday to make something….”
Kids? I am a step-mom to 3 great kids: Ragnar, Roark and Taylor and I have 2 furbabies: Napoleon & Midori.
Home? While I currently live in the sunny southwest (Scottsdale, AZ), my heart will always be in Chicago. If you ever find yourself planning a trip to Chicago, check out my blog posts: DIY Chicago Food Tour, the DIY way to get around Chicago and Chicago Green Spaces – Four Fabulous Finds in less than Four Hours.
Favorite Minion? Definitely Stuart.
Favorite Quote? Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
And here’s a lil bit more about me…
I have always been an analytical person by nature so it makes sense that I have spent the last 15 years of my life in the scientific field. But I have always been a very creative person as well. So in 2014, I decided to switch careers. I spent a year and a half studying interior design at the New York Institute of Art and Design. While going to school, I spent every extra minute I had on DIY projects. I did everything from re-tiling fireplaces to making a giant 5 foot scrabble board. In July 2016, I graduated from school with a certification in interior design and decided to open Stencil in order to teach others how they too can create beautiful DIYsigns for their home and lifestyle.