Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city, is about to welcome a new fun attraction for family and friends with the opening of Cork & Chroma, a paint and sip studio, in Collingwood.
The Cork & Chroma experience, which provides a relaxed way for people to socialise, share a drink and learn to paint with a smile, is already a hit in Sydney and Brisbane.
Cork & Chroma owner and creative director Hillary Wall had seen similar concepts in the US where the activity has become part of the culture in a number of cities.
“[Painting and sipping] is a simple and brilliant combination, so I had a feeling the idea would appeal to Australians. With Brisbane and Sydney now enjoying a strong following, it’s time for us to spread the love,” said Hillary, who has a degree in Tourism Management.
“It is about having fun and being creative. We believe in an environment where your creativity is free to make itself at home, and a place where everyone is included.
“Our studio is somewhere you can relax with family and friends, celebrate, or linger on a date – a place where you can savour a wine and play with paint. We know that creativity and fun go hand in hand. And we think that the more fun you’re having, the more creative you’ll allow yourself to be.”
A paint and sip evening is simple. Guests take their own favourite bottle of wine along to the studio where they will find everything else they need for a fun and feel good painting session.
They will be taught some of the basic techniques of painting with acrylics on canvas.
In between sips of wine, great tunes and lots of laughter, one of Cork & Chroma’s artists will take guests through the whole process step by step. By the end of the night, even the self-proclaimed ‘non creative’ guests will have created a unique artwork to take home!
Hillary said she believed the studio, in Smith Street, Collingwood, would be a worthy addition to Melbourne’s cultural scene headed by its renowned world-class dining, art galleries, homegrown fashion and packed sporting calendar.
Melbourne was ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) as the world's most liveable city for seven years in a row, from 2011 to 2017.
It was Hillary’s passion and drive for her business that inspired her husband B.J. to quit his job as an I.T. consultant and partner her at the studio.
“It was a natural progression. We’d always talked about owning a small business together one day, and when Hillary opened Cork & Chroma we were amazed at how it took off, ” said B.J.
The Brisbane based couple admit their decision to set up in Melbourne had been daunting but they were driven by their passion for sharing creativity and the community.
“We can see by the people who come to our studios in Brisbane and Sydney that it makes them happy, so that makes us happy too. I think people are hungry to do things for themselves, get out from behind the computer and get their hands dirty!” said Hillary.
“On any given day, at any time, something exciting is happening in Melbourne. It’s a really diverse city but also very inclusive. It feels like everyone is unique, but everyone belongs in Melbourne. That’s the undercurrent of energy that we’re looking forward to tapping into”, said Hillary.
The Melbourne studio will be set to open late October, 2017. Sessions are available October 25, 2017, bookings can be made via the Cork & Chroma website.