New Capitol Hill coworking space for artists is a Canadian import

Rather than scratching out their drawings in cramped apartments, local artists of all sorts can rent new studio space on Capitol Hill in an environment where they will be surrounded by other creative types.

Creative Blueprint, a concept first started in Toronto, Canada, has opened its doors on Capitol Hill.

“It’s really important to me to be able to provide access to affordable space,” said Ashley Proctor, the owner of the Capitol Hill coworking space.

Proctor has spent the past few months designing and renovating the Boylston Ave space, which will include nine studios, of varying sizes, and a large central area. The plan, said Proctor, is to allow artists to work in the studios, while leaving the central for events. Proctor worked with Boylston neighbors Office Nomads and founders Jacob Sayles and Susan Dorsch to create the new space.

Some at Creative Blueprint rent a studio long-term, while others might just want to book some space for a few days a week, while still others might want to book by the hour. Proctor hopes that different sorts of artists, visual, performing, or otherwise will use the space, and have a chance to meet and collaborate with others. Ideally, a painter might hear a song being played in the next studio nearby, while a sculptor catches a glimpse of that painting, and in the process the artists draw inspiration from each other.

“You want those happy little collisions to take place,” Proctor said. Continue reading

Creative Blueprint Seattle Town Hall

Creative Blueprint, an artist studio, gallery & event space in Toronto is expanding to Seattle! This is an exciting new addition for our neighborhood. Creative Blueprint is eager to get feedback from the community in order to design an inspiring and empowering new workplace and event space. All are welcome!

Office Nomads Open House & Art Walk

Office Nomads, a coworking community on Capitol Hill, will be celebrating the art of Brooke Borcherding and Clare Johnson during the March Capitol Hill Art Walk! If you’re curious about coworking or simply want to enjoy the wonderful art, please stop by between 5-8pm – we’d love to see you.

About the artists:
Brooke is dedicated to building both the picturesque and urban landscapes through paint. She paints on site from life (en plain air), and her collection of paintings in oil capture the truth of everyday beauty.

Clare’s drawings and paintings include intricate black-and white images of almost possible spaces. She painstakingly draws with dip pens and India ink, and her evocative multi-layered acrylic paintings depict memories simultaneously vivid and fuzzy.

Our exhibition of Brooke and Clare’s art coincides with our quarterly Open House; beverages and light snacks will be served from 5:00 – 8:00pm.

Speaking of sharing, Ada’s new coworking space is open on 15th Ave E

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David and Danielle Hulton doing a little coworking at The Office (Image: CHS)

David and Danielle Hulton doing a little coworking at The Office (Image: CHS)

You can now cowork on 15th Ave E. Ada’s Technical Books has debuted its new “upstairs” coworking space The Office just a few weeks from the one year anniversary of the opening its new Hilltop location.

Resident in the “modern wing” addition to the old house and bookstore rebuilt as Ada’s store and cafe, The Office offers monthly memberships and daily desk space. For now, the $375/month memberships are sold out. Daily desk access at $20 per drop-in is available every day from 8 AM to 10 PM. You’ll get a sweet fat pipe full of internet, a complimentary beverage from the cafe, and all the benefits of coworking like having people around to judge your use of time or for asking what’s a better word for “leverage.” To get your spot, sign up at the cafe’s front counter.

Ada’s, by the way, is a CHS advertiser.

The Office joins a solid foundation of mobile office culture across Capitol Hill starting with its numerous coffee shops and including a few hundred members at dedicated concerns Office Nomads, The Mill, and Agnes Underground. In 2012, Boylston Ave’s Office Nomads doubled in space. Next to join the flock will be more office space from developer Liz Dunn inside her soon-to-open Chophouse Row development on 11th Ave.

The Office is located above Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe at 425 15th Ave E. You can learn more at theoffice.adasbooks.com.