One of the best things that happens at ARTE is the endless collaboration opportunities that arise as a result of ARTE-sans working together on joint projects. One such collaboration which has led to a working business relationship is between two ARTEsans Natalia and Ksenya. Natalia made adorable felted toys and was already doing well at ARTE. Ksenya was best known for her signature Sospeso Trasparente techniques and courses that she used to offer at various UAE based art studios.
Ksenya recalls, “Natalia got talking to me at one of the ARTE fairs, around two years ago. She loved the volume flower technique I was using and suggested that her felt flowers and clutches would go well with my Sospeso Trasparente flowers.” We know what happens when two creatives come together and start to talk. A fountain of ideas erupts and potential joint projects evolve. However, at the time, both had very busy schedules and couldn’t proceed in working together.
A year later, Ksenya opened her own art studio and event management company called ArtLabs. She was still a regular ARTE vendor. Ksenya says, “I was looking for a laser cutting facility for one of my projects and it so happened that Natalia’s husband has a laser cutting company in Al Quoz. I was also struggling with doing everything on my own so Natalia offered her help for my even management projects.” The duo has since implemented several creative projects under the ArtLabs banner. They strive to come up with creative courses and events where they can compliment each other’s skills and talents. Since then, ArtLabs are cooperating with three other vendors at ARTE. As Ksenya says, “The sky’s the limit!”
Through such collaborations and partnerships, it is evident how strong a social and creative platform ARTE is. It not only gives the vendors their own space to showcase their work on a long term basis, but it also brings together like-minded ARTEsans who may have a lot to offer their customers if they collaborated on joint projects. Ksenya adds, “For us, ARTE is a trampoline for our new journeys, a well established one-of-a-kind social club for all creative minds and hands of the UAE.”
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