With today’s artist spotlight we welcome Bethany Hadden of My Invisible Ink. Bethany is making her maiden voyage to The Handmade Market from Charlotte and bringing with her a whole slew of original, hand-painted artwork. From acrylic on tin to mixed media on wood, Bethany’s pieces are unique, vibrant, and thought-provoking.
How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? Success for me is seeing the connection between my artwork and a customer. Success for my business would be to be financially comfortable creating what I love. I’m not there yet and it’s a constant challenge, but there are goals in place!
When work gets really intense, do you lean in or step back? Tell us how and why that approach works for you and your biz. I work well under pressure and with deadlines, so I would say I lean in when work gets tough. I suppose that comes from years of working as a graphic designer. A long walk with my favorite pup helps take the edge off, too.
How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? Meeting other creatives at art shows and festivals is definitely my favorite way to connect. It’s inspiring to see what others are making and to buy a little souvenir to treasure.
Is there a new item that you’d like to share on our blog? This set is a sample of the baby room prints I just started making. I hand draw the animals and background designs and edit them in Photoshop so the color choices and combos are really endless. The prints are attached to a wooden panel board which I stain to give it an aged look. Being a mommy-to-be, I was inspired to create something that fit my home design and wasn’t, well, cheesy-baby-looking. I’m excited to release this new product!
Which wine should you actually be drinking? Well, I’m 9 months pregnant at the moment — so a bottle of Little Penguin Cabernet is screaming my name!
Swing by the My Invisible Ink table at The Handmade Market on May 3 and say hello to Bethany — you’re sure to find a souvenir treasure among her stunning work!