Updated: Aug 18
How a Chance Encounter Sparked a Thriving Community of Furniture Painters
Life has a way of surprising us, doesn't it?
Just when you think you've got it all figured out, a twist of fate can lead you down a path you could never have predicted.....
As the saying goes, "You never know what's around the corner".
We've all felt that at some point in our lives - the tantalizing mix of excitement, uncertainty, and curiosity that comes with the anticipation of what lies ahead.
Whether what is around the corner turns out to be good, bad or indifferent, these are the moments that make up life's rich tapestry.
And so, when Kate Holt (of Colour Me KT) won a hard-fought argument with her husband to attend a Fusion Mineral Paint trade show in Canada (she lives in the UK), she could never have imagined how the experience would reshape her career. Or that she would form one of the most important and rewarding friendships of her life.
On a parallel journey was Sarah Pelley, a fellow UK-based Furniture Artist and owner of Home Revival Interiors. Two women, united by their passion for transforming furniture into works of art, were hurtling toward a serendipitous collision that would redefine their lives.
By the time they flew home, Sarah and Kate had started to forge a friendship that would soon inspire them to launch the only UK-based Furniture Painters trade show.
And that's how the Painters Business Academy Conference (PBA) was born.
Fast forward to today, and the PBA stands as a testament to the power of collaboration and inspiration, proudly claiming its place as the highlight of the artistic calendar.
Taking place on 1st -3rd September 2023 at the De Vere Horsley Estate, Surrey, the event unites experts from every corner of our industry, all working together to promote our art form and inspire YOU!
Kate eloquently sums it up,
"The PBA is all about different brands working together, rather than in competition".
The PBA conference is so much more than a trade show.
It's a living, breathing hub of creativity. With each passing year, its popularity continues to grow, attracting support from some fantastic sponsors and passionate artists alike.
It's an opportunity to connect with like-minded people, to grow (or start) your business, to be inspired and learn from those who paved the way before you.
Consistently offering fresh, relevant, and engaging experiences, the event boasts a line-up of special guests that reads like a who's who of the furniture painting world.
You can find the full schedule on the PBA website, and day tickets are still available for the whole weekend event or single-day passes.
So, if you want to build on your network of contacts, develop your business, learn something new, challenge yourself, and have an absolute ball doing it, then grab your portfolio, videos, blogs, your contact details, a change of undies and your toothbrush, and take advantage of this huge opportunity.
Go on…. do it! What have you got to lose?
After all, you never know what's around the corner, do you?
Many thanks to Kate and Sarah! We had an illuminating chat with them live in our Facebook group this August 2023 as part of our #No Limits Women in Business series.
Catch the full interview right inside our free Facebook group.
Click to grab your tickets to the PBA. If you join the Furniture Artists Collective Facebook group, you'll find a discount code to use at checkout underneath the video interview.
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