We ask our members to share a few thoughts: to introduce themselves to fellow members, and those who are interested in our community.

In this instalment, we interview Manuela Bianco of Atelier Manuela Bianco.

Tell us about your business:
I’m an artist and educator. My passion lies in drawing intricate floral pieces in detail. For the last few years I’ve worked mainly with a ballpoint pen on recycled paper. Drawing, to me, is an invitation to pause and observe the beauty that surrounds us. Besides, since a ballpoint pen leaves an indelible mark you are forced to consider any perceived flaws as an opportunity to develop something new. This perspective has influenced me as an educator too. I strive to inspire others to create art to discover their unique artistic signature. In this process, I encourage others to embrace imperfections and mistakes as unexpected opportunities – this way you can also enjoy the journey more.

What 5 words would you choose to describe your business?
Inspirational; educational; transformative; authentic; creative.

What are your most popular products or services?
My drawing nature classes. I originally created these classes for nature lovers who wanted to learn how to draw flowers, but they quickly grew to include small natural objects in detail, or still lifes incorporating those objects. I have an extensive collection of objects gathered from the outdoors that I will tell you more about later – leaves, wood fragments, feathers, sea shells, insects, and even small skulls. When I showcased them in my atelier, people were really intrigued by these objects. So with time these classes evolved to include diverse objects to be illustrated with different techniques and materials – think of pencil, pens, ink, watercolour, markers, coloured pencils or any combination of them.

What do you like best about owning a business?
The joy of steering my ship!

What or who inspired you to start your business?
When I decided to turn drawing into my profession, I had two young children and limited time. They couldn’t entertain themselves for long periods of time indoors. However, once we were finally outside, and they could finally zoom around on their balance bikes, they would pause for every little plant or creature along the way. During that time, we made many trips to the nearby The Hague forest. That’s when beautiful objects from nature made their way home with us. This is the collection that served as inspiration for my drawing classes, and my own artwork.

What makes your products/services special?
I like to think that I address current needs many people have, and provide an opportunity to unwind, a moment for collecting thoughts and a space for inspiration and self-development.

Who is your role model or mentor?
Several artists have inspired me over the years. The flowers of Egon Schiele and Charles Rennie Macintosh, and the mood of the illustrations of John Bauer have had an influence on my own work, in addition to more traditional botanical artists like Lara Call Gastinger.

What is your biggest fear?
Entrepreneurial risks, especially health-related challenges. I have had RSI related problems in my right hand (my drawing hand) for the last five months and I find it incredibly challenging.

What motivates you on a daily basis?
Drawing has always been my childhood dream – I love sharing this passion and witnessing students’ progress.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced?
Transforming my passion into a profitable business is an ongoing challenge – one that I am still working on every day.

What advice would you give women who are starting a business?
Stay true to yourself if you want to build something that you can sustain over time, and push away doubt every time it creeps in – another challenge that I’m still working on 😉

What is your favourite business book?
Not a single book, but several. And rather about self-development than about business in the strict sense of the word since I’ve come to realise that mindset is really important if you have your own business, as are specific skills. To name a few: The introverted intrepreneur by Beth Buelow, Emotional intelligence by Daniel Goleman, but also Focus by Mark Tigchelaar.

What are your top tips for networking?
No specific tips, but I’ve noticed that networking works for me when I can make a genuine connection with somebody, either because I admire this person or feel I can learn from them, or I can help them myself in one way or another.

How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Admittingly, achieving a work/life balance sometimes eludes me 😉

What is your motto or theme song?
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

How do you relax?
Physical activity, preferably outside with a cardio component, like running or bootcamp, really empties my head. Working with art materials that give unexpected results such as ink also works very well.

What place inspires you and why?
Many different ones, but if I were to choose one I’d go for the mountains. I grew up in the Dolomites. The landscape is stunning, and it makes you feel part of something big and at the same time very small. I also admire the resilient, self-sufficient and resourceful mindset of people living in such areas.

What do you care most about, as a business owner?
I hope to inspire people to look at nature and the environment that surrounds us with different eyes, and by doing so I hope to leave a positive impact.

What are your future plans?
I’m currently refining and expanding my offer. There will soon be online classes, plein air drawing workshops at the botanical garden of TU Delft, and guest art classes around different themes. My longterm dream is to host drawing retreats in the Italian Alps.

Are you running any offers or promotions that you would like us to mention?
My Open Drawing Studio on Saturday morning is 45 EUR a month, but the first trial month costs only 30 EUR.

I’m also offering a Christmas workshop during which you will learn to draw florals with a very special ink.

Thank you Manuela Bianco!

For more information about Manuela Bianco visit Atelier Manuela Bianco.

We ask our members to share a few thoughts: to introduce themselves to fellow members, and those who are interested in our community.

In this instalment, we interview Manuela Bianco of Atelier Manuela Bianco.

Tell us about your business:
I’m an artist and educator. My passion lies in drawing intricate floral pieces in detail. For the last few years I’ve worked mainly with a ballpoint pen on recycled paper. Drawing, to me, is an invitation to pause and observe the beauty that surrounds us. Besides, since a ballpoint pen leaves an indelible mark you are forced to consider any perceived flaws as an opportunity to develop something new. This perspective has influenced me as an educator too. I strive to inspire others to create art to discover their unique artistic signature. In this process, I encourage others to embrace imperfections and mistakes as unexpected opportunities – this way you can also enjoy the journey more.

What 5 words would you choose to describe your business?
Inspirational; educational; transformative; authentic; creative.

What are your most popular products or services?
My drawing nature classes. I originally created these classes for nature lovers who wanted to learn how to draw flowers, but they quickly grew to include small natural objects in detail, or still lifes incorporating those objects. I have an extensive collection of objects gathered from the outdoors that I will tell you more about later – leaves, wood fragments, feathers, sea shells, insects, and even small skulls. When I showcased them in my atelier, people were really intrigued by these objects. So with time these classes evolved to include diverse objects to be illustrated with different techniques and materials – think of pencil, pens, ink, watercolour, markers, coloured pencils or any combination of them.

What do you like best about owning a business?
The joy of steering my ship!

What or who inspired you to start your business?
When I decided to turn drawing into my profession, I had two young children and limited time. They couldn’t entertain themselves for long periods of time indoors. However, once we were finally outside, and they could finally zoom around on their balance bikes, they would pause for every little plant or creature along the way. During that time, we made many trips to the nearby The Hague forest. That’s when beautiful objects from nature made their way home with us. This is the collection that served as inspiration for my drawing classes, and my own artwork.

What makes your products/services special?
I like to think that I address current needs many people have, and provide an opportunity to unwind, a moment for collecting thoughts and a space for inspiration and self-development.

Who is your role model or mentor?
Several artists have inspired me over the years. The flowers of Egon Schiele and Charles Rennie Macintosh, and the mood of the illustrations of John Bauer have had an influence on my own work, in addition to more traditional botanical artists like Lara Call Gastinger.

What is your biggest fear?
Entrepreneurial risks, especially health-related challenges. I have had RSI related problems in my right hand (my drawing hand) for the last five months and I find it incredibly challenging.

What motivates you on a daily basis?
Drawing has always been my childhood dream – I love sharing this passion and witnessing students’ progress.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced?
Transforming my passion into a profitable business is an ongoing challenge – one that I am still working on every day.

What advice would you give women who are starting a business?
Stay true to yourself if you want to build something that you can sustain over time, and push away doubt every time it creeps in – another challenge that I’m still working on 😉

What is your favourite business book?
Not a single book, but several. And rather about self-development than about business in the strict sense of the word since I’ve come to realise that mindset is really important if you have your own business, as are specific skills. To name a few: The introverted intrepreneur by Beth Buelow, Emotional intelligence by Daniel Goleman, but also Focus by Mark Tigchelaar.

What are your top tips for networking?
No specific tips, but I’ve noticed that networking works for me when I can make a genuine connection with somebody, either because I admire this person or feel I can learn from them, or I can help them myself in one way or another.

How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Admittingly, achieving a work/life balance sometimes eludes me 😉

What is your motto or theme song?
Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

How do you relax?
Physical activity, preferably outside with a cardio component, like running or bootcamp, really empties my head. Working with art materials that give unexpected results such as ink also works very well.

What place inspires you and why?
Many different ones, but if I were to choose one I’d go for the mountains. I grew up in the Dolomites. The landscape is stunning, and it makes you feel part of something big and at the same time very small. I also admire the resilient, self-sufficient and resourceful mindset of people living in such areas.

What do you care most about, as a business owner?
I hope to inspire people to look at nature and the environment that surrounds us with different eyes, and by doing so I hope to leave a positive impact.

What are your future plans?
I’m currently refining and expanding my offer. There will soon be online classes, plein air drawing workshops at the botanical garden of TU Delft, and guest art classes around different themes. My longterm dream is to host drawing retreats in the Italian Alps.

Are you running any offers or promotions that you would like us to mention?
My Open Drawing Studio on Saturday morning is 45 EUR a month, but the first trial month costs only 30 EUR.

I’m also offering a Christmas workshop during which you will learn to draw florals with a very special ink.

Thank you Manuela Bianco!

For more information about Manuela Bianco visit Atelier Manuela Bianco.