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Art Match Monday – Fiber Love

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Are you ready to make an art-love connection? Introducing a stunning fiber panel that shimmers like glass. Woven by an award-winning, metro Detroit Artist. Hear EC founder Andrea Bogart describe this magnificent work to fall in love with, today! Go to Artwork This article was written by Andrea Bogart, professional artist, art consultant and the … Read more

Interior Designers Share Home Trends for 2021

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Embrace Creatives asked local, metro Detroit interior designers for their take on the newest home-decorating trends. Embrace Creatives knows art. And we know interior professionals who know design trends that will be important in this new year. Embrace Creatives founder, Andrea Bogart spoke with metro Detroit interior designers, Paul Johnson, Dan Davis, Jennifer Baross of … Read more

Art Match Monday – Paper Sculpture Love

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https://youtu.be/OYkzTSZhaaQHey, welcome to ART MATCH MONDAY!  Introducing Beauty Is, an alluring paper piece from award winning, metro Detroit artist Darin Darby. Darin exhibits from MI to IL including the National Afro-American Museum in OH. Painstakingly handcrafted of well-engineered layers of mat board,  Darin was inspired from scripture whose message is to focus on inner beauty, … Read more

Why Art Collections Benefit Companies of Any Size

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Clear Guidance From an Art Consultant It happens. You build your corporate identity, hone your mission statement and nurture your company culture. Then one day, you look around and feel like something’s missing. Your office doesn’t reflect the tone you’ve worked so hard to set. From your employees to the building that houses you, every … Read more

Home Office Design Cues from a Pro

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Setting up a home office is becoming even more important in residential design. So, we invited local Interior Designer Amanda Curtis to share how she collaborates with her clients to make their work spaces work in every way. Let’s hear what a professional has to say about home office design.   Image source: pods.com Name: … Read more

A Creative Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

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Artsy gifts in red to give to others or your true love, yourself!Red provokes the strongest emotions of any color. And of course, in the windup to Valentine’s Day it’s everywhere. Red’s bold, deep intensity is stimulating and associated with excitement. In fact, studies show that being exposed to the color red, either on clothing … Read more

How to buy original art online

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Eight simple steps to enliven your home or office with engaging artwork by local artistsOnline art sales are booming. With in-person gatherings at a minimum and more people searching for balance and beauty to combat a tumultuous 2020, buying original art online is becoming more commonplace. The latest addition of the annual Online Art Trade … Read more

Uplift your home office with affordable, original art

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2020 was the “work from home year” that’s likely not ending anytime soon. Unfortunately, working from home can be isolating and emotionally draining. So, while we may have been tempted to prioritize other rooms in years past, the office just moved further up the decorating line. Creating a soothing, uplifting workspace isn’t just a luxury … Read more

Art Consultants and interior designers. A sm(art) business move.

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You’ve hired contractors. You’ve decided which family furniture to keep. You’ve chosen paint colors and coordinated a zillion other details, until here you are at the final styling stage of sourcing original art from local artists. A whirlwind of design goodness BUT a giant time-eater. Right about now, a savvy interior designer says, where’s my … Read more

Pantone, Where Color Rules

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Interior Designers, Graphic, Fashion and Accessory Designers follow seasonal trends such as patterns, texture and color which is why when you shop, you find similar colors and color combinations in clothing, accessories, textiles and interiors paint. Designers have different trend resources but the longest lasting and most important is Pantone the color company. In 1963, … Read more

2021 Colors of the Year

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Most of us are more than ready to get the HECK out of 2020. Life needs a refresh. Our homes and offices likely need one too since, well…we haven’t been getting out much. How do we turn up the happiness dial in our beloved spaces? Inspiration is as close as 2021 color trends. The theme … Read more

Using Merchandising to Inspire Sales

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By Amanda Curtis of ARC Design Studios – A fter working in visual merchandising for the last eight years, I have learned quite a few things about how merchandising inspires sales and how spacial design can affect a guest’s willingness, to not only buy that day, but to return. My advice below not only affects … Read more

Portfolio Review in Detroit

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Bringing valuable and long lasting opportunities to metro Detroit artists through our portfolio review event. For an entire day in October, 2019 the Detroit Center for Design + Technology in Midtown Detroit hummed with intense energy!  In our Detroit Portfolio Review, diverse reviewers (gallery directors, curators and media professionals) took turns speaking with artists about … Read more

Art and Design Showroom Event

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Mix With a Maker: Interior Design October 23, 2020 This was our first Showcase for Interior Professionals and although COVID-19 was a barrier for some, we were thrilled with the turnout and the fact that we were able to introduce so many to our Embrace Creatives’s artists. We look forward to many more, in-person events … Read more

Artist Networking and Sales Events

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More than just an art + design showroom, Embrace Creatives is committed to empowerment and what better way to guide and support our creative industries than through artist networking and sales events?! Partnering with the ASID MI and hosted at Bright Ideas furniture in Royal Oak, MI, Founder, Andrea Bogart presented a Mix with a … Read more

Bringing Your Creative Business Online and Live, Easily

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Nowadays, small business owners need to get their expertise, tutorials, product, and services live and online. I’ve found Zoom to be the easiest with the most capabilities, and you can do a lot with the free version. Bringing your creative business online, live with basic live-stream isn’t difficult when you know the steps and plan … Read more

Your Identity Through Your Social Media Platform

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Having a consistent narrative can strengthen your marketability. Almost everyone belongs to a social media platform, but what is the best way to use these platforms to define who you are?  Embrace Creatives’ Champion, Fernando Del Rosario, continues his Video Blog Series with Episode 6 that will help you answer the question “What is your … Read more

Knowing Your Process Will Make You More Marketable

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How do you share your process with others? Embrace Creatives’ Champion, Fernando Del Rosario, continues his Video Blog Series with Episode 5 that will help you answer the question “What is your process?” Everyone has a process that they follow that helps them create their art. Understanding your process and fine-tuning it will help you … Read more

What Your Personality Says About You

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Artists tend to lean more towards being an introvert. Embrace Creatives’ Champion, Fernando Del Rosario, continues his Video Blog Series with Episode 4 that will help you answer the question “Are you an introvert? Or an extravert?” Fernando believes that most people have a little bit of each personality within them. The tricky part is … Read more

How to move smoothly between two different creative business directions.

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Finding the balance between being an Artist & Marketing Creative Director. Embrace Creatives’ Champion, Fernando Del Rosario, a seasoned advertising creative director, with a heart of an artist, and a passion for teaching, bridges the world of marketing, design, art, public speaking & education. This new Video Blog Series introduces Fernando who will share stories, … Read more

Local Experts Share Experience, Tips, Resources and Strategies to Protect Your Artwork and Business

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Having a consistent narrative can strengthen your marketability. How do you protect your online images? How much IS IT to insure your creative business? (Yes, you can afford it!) Do you need to trademark your work? In March, 2020 Embrace Creatives gathered experts together for a livestream discussion to give you answers to those questions … Read more

Why You Should Thank People For Their Time

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Time is finite. It should be valued and not squandered. I read somewhere that when you meet with a mentor, potential client or partner, you should not thank them for their time. Instead, the article said, you should thank them for sharing their experience or advice. After a long, long conversation with a potential guide … Read more

WordPress Blogging Basics for Creative Business Owners

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As someone in a creative field, your website will have images, of course but what’s more important is the messaging and what you write about.  Blogging well will increase your SEO (Search Engine Optimization), which means you’re website will have a better chance of showing up when people search for what you’re selling. Blog writing … Read more

Your Guideline for Developing a Full and Fabulous Artist Statement

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An artist statement is an easy-to-read and revealing “portrait” that expresses your artistic vision. There’s an unconscious language you use when speaking about your paintings, sculpture, furniture, etc… and when doing so you build the relationship between words and your art. Your statement brings a vivid picture of a real person to the reader’s mind. … Read more

Building an Engaging Artist Biography

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We know that expressing our business path effectively can be frustrating and confusing, including an artist biography. When potential buyers view your EC Shop it’s important to have your professionalism in full view but don’t worry if you lack a bio, CV or artists statement… Andrea and TEAM EC is here to help! Your bio … Read more

Crafting a Full and Memorable Artist CV

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When selling yourself to commercial art buyers, building their confidence in you as a professional is extremely important. Some in the trade want emerging or mid-career artists, so don’t be concerned that your CV is light.  And for those of you saying, “CV? Huh?” A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is like a resumé as it includes … Read more