Isabellucia — Upcycle, Repurpose, and Recycle

Angie Adams has always enjoyed taking what she has and repurposing it into something better to suit her needs or enjoyment. She started out upcycling in her early 20s while living in Wisconsin. It was there she began making unique dried floral arrangements from flowers and fruit that she had dehydrated herself. Later she began making one of a kind handbags that repurposed old clothing; she sold these handbags at a local boutique store in the little town of Janesville, WI.

Angie Adams named her handbag business Isabellucia, after her then 2 year old daughter. Isabel was, and still is, Angie’s biggest fan and she has continued the use of the name Isabellucia onto her current upcycling business today.

Angie considers herself an upcycler, repurposer, and recycler because she likes to take old, unusual, unneeded, or unwanted items and make give them new life. She does this by using her abilities as a self-taught artist and crafter — on any particular day in her studio you’ll find her drawing, painting, sewing, woodworking, and a host of other yet-to-be-discovered skills — and transforming objects from their past selves.

Angie’s daughter, Isabel, has now become an artist in her own right. She has helped to bring new life to their studio by painting a large mural on one of the walls and  has also become very accomplished at paper mâché, you’ll often find her creating Dragons, dragon eggs, and other creatures. Angie’s 7 year old son also works in the studio alongside his mom and sister, creating small creatures from clay.

Angie Adams lived in Ooltewah, TN in 2013 and had a booth at a local antique mall where she sold her upcycled items along with vintage and antique treasure finds. Having to return to Florida after a year in Tennessee, Angie took a break from the upcycling business and focused on her home life. However, with an exciting family decision to come back to Tennessee after their year back in Florida, Angie and her family chose to return and reside right in the heart of Chattanooga and lay roots down for the family. Now that she, and her daughter Isabel, have a studio at Chattanooga Workspace they are looking forward to continuing to promote the upcycle craze while also developing their artistic eye.

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Lisa Denney — Studio 4K

Lisa Denney is a textile designer and mixed-media artist living in Chattanooga, TN. She has a BA in Art from West Georgia University and over 15 years of design experience in the area rug industry. A jill of all trades, she likes painting, drawing, costume design, sculpture and fabrication, mehendi (henna), home fashions, and getting her “nerd” on.

“All my life, not much has turned out exactly the way I planned. It’s just happened. I left my studies in biology to take an art class one semester, and I never went back. I followed my heart and it’s worked out just fine so far. A design job at Shaw Industries brought me to the Chattanooga area. The closing of the rug division in 2014 felt like a mortal blow to my design career, but looking back it allowed me to grow both professionally and personally and gave me the courage to start my own studio for doing my own art and sharing with others.”

She continues at a day job of rug design, as well as making paper clay ornaments and dabbling in painting. She plans on designing and making art pillows and possibly lamps.

Lisa is available to host and facilitate private arts and craft parties in her studio, Studio4K for birthdays and other special occasions.
Email lisa.studio4k@gmail.com.

 

 

LAUNCH Business Entrepreneurship Academy open for sign-ups

Picture this: You’re taking your morning shower, and all of a sudden, a brilliant business idea pops into your mind. But you don’t have any experience in entrepreneurship, and you definitely don’t know how to make the vision a reality.

Local nonprofit LAUNCH can help.

The local organization that aims to empower community members through entrepreneurship, job training and mentorship is starting another session of its Business Entrepreneurship Academy.

The academy is a 10-week class that teaches budding entrepreneurs how to start their own businesses.

There are multiple class locations around Chattanooga, and classes start Sept. 14. It costs $100 to participate, according to LAUNCH’s website.

Click here for more information about the academy or to sign up.

Local entrepreneur and inventor Felicia Jackson recently went through the LAUNCH class. She’s created a product called CPR Lifewrap, which is a disposable plastic sleeve that covers the torso of a person in need of CPR.

It has a mouth barrier—which guards against bodily fluids that can be exchanged during mouth to mouth—and an outline that shows the user where to place hands for proper CPR execution. It also has simple instructions embossed on the product.

The LAUNCH class gave her the support and knowledge she needed to get her product off the ground, and even after her graduation, she is still getting assistance and advice from LAUNCH leaders, she said.

“When I walked through those doors [for the LAUNCH class], I had an idea and a hope,” she said. “When I graduated, I had a prototype, media exposure and a newfound recognition of what my potential could be.”

She encouraged anyone with an idea to take advantage of the class, which also helped bring her out of her introverted shell. She also found strength and encouragement from her classmates, she said.

“If you’re passionate about something, [LAUNCH leaders] will make you more passionate tenfold,” she said.
“[The other students] get invested in your idea. You become a family.”

This story was originally published on Nooga.com.

Keith Nolan — Awen Audio Design

Keith began making music in 2002 with a Korg Triton studio workstation. After a summer studying film production at the Maine Media Workshops, and 4 years immersed in the New York City independent film scene he decided to be a part of the now budding Chattanooga Film scene. He’s a strong supporter of Chattanooga film production in addition to independent film makers all across the United States.

Awen Audio Design is Chattanooga’s own Post Sound service provider. We basically take your project from raw location sound to a sonic landscape where your ears will want to have a picnic. We also offer location sound to ensure you’re getting quality recordings on set. We have the equipment and know-how to accommodate a wide range of film genres, from horror and sci-fi to corporate videos.