Look who we caught dabbling in Wicker Park this afternoon!
Name: Andrew Daritz
Occupation: Waiter/ Student at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Currently Dabbles in: Street painting ( this was his first time and looked like a seasoned pro and in the rain no less!). Initially Andrew wanted to pursue English and writing but ultimately decided to pursue his love of painting with hopes to paint full-time after graduation.
Wanna be featured on our blog or dabble in the arts? Send us an email to become an inaugural teacher here or check out class details at www.dabblehq.com.
Describe the experience of your Dabble Class in 10 words or less Speed dating (if people dated cameras).
Why do you love photography? If I could just save this moment forever & wrap it up just how I see it, then share it with others and give them a smile, I would. Oh, wait! I can! I have a camera!
Beyond your class topic, what else do you dabble in? Back to basics home, health, & beauty. Whenever I pick up a product I think “I wonder if there’s something in my kitchen I could mix up instead of this (shampoo, furniture polish, disinfectant, etc.).” Don’t ever ask me about baking soda unless you have at least 15 minutes to spare.
In the future, what would you like to dabble in? Sculpting. Ever since watching Gigglesnort Hotel as a kid (remember Blob) I’ve always wanted to get my hands on clay. Gardening. I’ver had a green thumb, but I’d much rather eat food grown in my own backyard. Running. I’ve never understood it and I still don’t, but I’ve been having these strange urges to go do it lately.
What do you like about the dabble concept? The accessibility, of course! So many people are scared of all the bells & whistles on a camera, but knowing that all you have to learn is a few basics will make it less intimidating. Once you learn the basics, going deeper isn’t scary anymore. There are a lot of huge subjects I might not want to tackle but if I have a chance to get a small introduction, I’ll take it. Imagine if you had no other choice than to dive into a pool (you couldn’t dip your foot in). You might never know what a great swimmer you could be. You guys are giving people the opportunity to check a temperature before they fully commit. Brilliant!
Interview by Erin Hopmann
Wanna be featured on our blog or learn how to master your camera with Jennifer? Send us an email to become an inaugural teacher here or check soon for more class details at www.dabblehq.com.
Describe the experience of your Dabble Class in 10 words or less A fun, useful, interesting, creative, tutorial on Photoshopping your pictures!
What Photographer inspires you? Chad Husar, a fellow Chicago photographer, is a true inspiration to me!
What do you like most about the Dabble concept? The thing I like most about Dabble is the concept of having fun and being social, while also learning something new. So many of us tend to fall back on “dinner and drinks” as an activity for getting out. Dabble is so unique because it combines learning, self improvement, and productivity while meeting new people in a social setting! It is so great to see people get out there and try something new! The best part is, there are so many possibilities! What a great way to become a true renaissance woman or man!
Beyond photography, what else do you dabble in? Singing, guitar, lacrosse, running, wine, and health food. :)
In the future, what would you like to dabble in? Piano, vocal lessons, exercise
Interview by Erin Hopmann
Wanna be featured on our blog or learn how to Photoshop your photos with Lauren? Send us an email to become an inaugural teacher here or check soon for more class details at www.dabblehq.com.
Describe the experience of your Dabble Class in 10 words or less You can make fancy looking cupcakes. You CAN.
Why do you love baking? I love baking because everyone likes dessert, and I love to share food. Making something and feeding my friends is probably my favorite thing to do. I really enjoy giving people an excuse to indulge in something delicious. I also find baking incredibly relaxing and rewarding. I love zoning out in the kitchen, and once I accepted the fact that food is never perfect, I was really able to take pride in the things I make. Every time I create a new recipe that tastes delicious, I reflect back on my self-education and all the mishaps in the kitchen. I am so proud that I can make awesomely tasty things without a mix, a box, a can of frosting, etc., and I believe everyone has this ability, too.
Beyond your class topic, what do you dabble in? I dabble in photography, interior design, sewing, video production, beer geekery, all sorts of crafts and art making… I dabble a lot. I love learning new things, and I feel dabbling helps me overcome my tendency to not pursue something because I’m not “good” at it right away.
In the future, what would you like to dabble in? I would love to know more about the mechanics of bicycles, gardening, floral arrangement, candy making, how to hang wallpaper, upholstery, beer brewing, embroidery… I really could go on forever.
Interview by Jess Lybeck
Wanna be featured on our blog or learn how to make cupcakes with Bethany? Send us an email to become an inaugural teacher here or check back for more class details at www.dabblehq.com.
So we’ve got a kickass roster of classes lined up for the Dabble launch - and while we can’t spill the beans on details just yet, we’d love to use our blog as way to share a bit about our inaugural teachers. We’ll be posting “mini interviews” with a handful of talented folks who will be teaching an upcoming class with Dabble.
So with that, here’s just a few words from Stephen Blake Christena … master welder at Midwest Metalworks, proud Chicagoan and upcoming Dabble Teacher (Interviewed by: Jess Lybeck)
JL: So, what will you be teaching on Dabble? SBC: Of course - an Introductory Course in Welding
JL: Describe your Class in 10 words or less SBC: A fun, educational experience in the world of metal working.
JL: What do you love about welding? SBC: Most people perceive metal as cold, hard, and very unforgiving material to work. But when you realize how easy it actually is you can make anything. Having the ability to make anything is a great feeling.
JL: Beyond welding, what do you like to Dabble in? SBC:Motorcycles, Carpentry, Automotive, snowboarding, hockey, painting, photography, scuba, sky diving, skateboarding, camping, swimming, canoeing, should I continue?