Creativity At Work: Bedsprings and Burlap: Modern Vintage Decor
Emma Highfill | Photographer
As her simple projects evolved into larger pieces of furniture, she found herself needing additional resources that were not readily available in this area. So, she decided to incorporate those resources into her business so she could continue making more art—this time with new friends.
“I have always loved to make things,” Jill said. “It was my dream to do something like this.”
She opened Bedsprings and Burlap: Modern Vintage Decor at 4008 SW Topeka Boulevard almost six years ago. The store now sells three lines of specialized milk paint along with unique home décor and furniture creations. With a passion for teaching others, Jill was soon offering classes to help her clients expand their artistic skills. However, she soon found that the classes were not really about the supplies or the techniques but more about sparking their creativity—and ultimately about building community.
“I feel like adults don’t have a lot of confidence in their creativity,” Jill said. “They are apprehensive about coming and making things.”
The goal of the classes is to teach various painting techniques. Participants can then apply these techniques to create home decor pieces or transform furniture. Many times, family and friends will sign up together as a group. Jill said some people come to the classes very nervous and uptight, worried they are going to mess something up. They end up having a good time and learning something new in the process.
“It is great when they get the confidence in themselves that they can make something,” Jill said. “The best part of the class is that they are proud of themselves for what they have created.”
The classes have been growing and the business expanding. After assisting with classes, Denise Pretsch joined Jill as co-owner in May 2018. Denise brings her own excitement and knowledge to the mix.
One of the classes, the monthly Paint Club, has become its own little community. This busy group includes teachers, librarians and other professionals. They say it is their therapy because they know they can come and relax together. They all have a sense of ownership in the place, knowing Bedsprings and Burlap is their sacred space to create.