Brisbane’s Hillary Wall continues to amaze herself and others with how she has been able to transform a dream from way back into a thriving business halfway across the globe.
Hillary Wall of the paint and sip studio Cork and Chroma joined us at The Design Conference Brisbane 2017 to speak about her close-to-home experiences with serendipity.
It's a Sunday afternoon in Surry Hills. Things are quiet, but anyone who happens to pass the art studio with floor-to-ceiling front windows on Holt Street pauses for a moment to peer inside and smile.
In the little streets of South Brisbane there stands a creative studio behind a large glass window. Take a peak and look through, and you’ll see a class of creative people – wines in one hand, paintbrushes in the other.
Guided painting sessions, where you are encouraged to bring all of your mates and a bottle of wine to sip as you paint. We know, it’s pure genius.
I’m a co-owner as well as the Creative Director for Cork & Chroma. My husband BJ and I started the business together (with our dog, Trudy) with me managing our first studio until BJ joined the Cork & Chroma team full time in 2015.
Creativity and vino clash in this BYO creative session held at Sydney's paint and sip studio, Cork & Chroma, in Surry Hills.
The Cork And Chroma has made way to Sydney after enjoying success in Brisbane, and invites locals to learn the ways of acrylic on canvas whilst enjoying a social drink.
Silence that inner naysayer and get in touch with your creative side at the Cork & Chroma paint and sip studio.
Paint, sip, create! is the motto at Cork and Chroma, Brisbane’s first art and wine studio found tucked away under the historic arches of the William Jolly Bridge.
Just down the road from Brisbane’s art precinct, tucked under the historic arches of the William Jolly Bridge, is a newcomer to Brisbane’s artistic scene – Cork and Chroma; a paint and sip studio!
'I knew that I liked painting. What I didn't realise was how much I liked other people painting, seeing the joy and excitement as they realise that they can create.' Hilary, owner of Cork & Chrome, a paint and sip studio in South Brisbane has seen office workers, first dates, solo lapsers, serial attempters, hen parties, holiday makers and all visit the audio to paint and be inspired - regardless of what they sip.
I have never fancied myself as much of an artist having always preferred a pen to a paintbrush, but give me a bottle of champagne, a blank canvas and some old-school tunes and suddenly I have the talent of Picasso.
The last and final stop on the Pacific Coastal Highway, and one that will charm you. Everyone loves an underdog, and that is what Brisbane has been for so long. However, it has a thriving arts scene, boosted by GOMA on the Southbank and reflected by numerous independent galleries including Bird off Victoria Street and Cork & Chroma in the West End.
It was threatening storms as I drove through Brisbane’s cultural precinct for the opening of the city’s newest night time activity offering, Cork & Chroma, and as dark clouds gathered I wondered how my night would pan out.
The brainchild of Chicago-born Hillary Wall, the classes invites attendees, who need no experience whatsoever, to bring their own bottle of wine and be taught the basics of painting with acrylics on canvas with the end result a 40 centimetre x 50 centimetre masterpiece to take home.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and Cork & Chroma director Hillary Wall’s lightbulb moment was a particularly bright one.
Hillary Wall has created Australia’s first paint and sip studio – she tells Ian and Mary that it's a place where you can tap into your creative side whilst having a glass of wine and meeting new people or hanging out with old friends.
Last weekend, on Montague Road, South Brisbane, Australia's first paint and sip studio celebrated its opening night.
Paddington's Hillary Wall said the concept of her business Cork & Chroma was simple and involved people bringing a favourite bottle or two of wine to the studio and enjoying a creative night of painting and sipping in a relaxed environment.
The team from Big Review TV take the time to indulge in a paint and sip session at Cork & Chroma in South Brisbane.