This Holiday Schwinn will be featuring an artist of handmade good each week of December. Each week we will introduce an artist on Monday and then give you three chances to win their amazing goods and a Schwinn bicycle of your very own. To enter, visit us on Facebook Tuesday – Wednesday each week of December!
Featured Artist Week 1| Jenna Phipps | Speak Glitter
Jenna rides the Schwinn Fiesta.
Meet Jenna, a driven art student originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Jenna currently resides in Idaho where she attends college, and at the young age of 20 years old, she already owns her own business.
Continue reading to learn more about Jenna’s love for watercolor, staying active and her favorite Schwinn Fiesta features!
Schwinn: How did you first become interested in your craft?
Jenna: Well, at a young age my favorite class in school was always art. I struggled with school as a child, and art was my outlet to express myself and finally excel at something. Even though I excelled through art, specifically drawing and painting, I never thought of it as a career. I always intended it to be a hobby.
During my last year of high school, I was struggling with what I wanted to continue studying in university, as it was a big goal of mine to get a Bachelor’s Degree. I had thoughts of becoming an accountant, an interior designer or an architect simply because I never imagined an art degree as useful or purposeful since I didn’t want to be an art teacher. I assumed that teaching was the only career an art major could have. I was good at math and found drawing to be fun, so I thought becoming an architect would be the best career.
Well, freshmen year of college I decided I hated it. I found it to be boring and wanted to play with more color. In the middle of all this, I knew I needed to go back to basics and just start enjoying art again. I started to create hand lettered quotes for my dorm walls and tried exploring other mediums. With lots of amazing feedback from my friends, I thought I could create something out of this hobby.
In my sophomore year, I tried creating more designs. I combined my love for watercolor with my hand lettering, and it ended up being really successful. I am now an art major with an emphasis in graphic design, and plan on using that to my advantage in my designs and branding for my blog and online store, Speak Glitter.
Schwinn: At what point did you decide to start selling your items?
Jenna: I started to sell my items when I began getting feedback from others who really enjoyed my pieces and asked where I was getting them. Most people were shocked that I created them and insisted I should start selling them. It took me a while before I had the knowledge of how to make my hobby into a business. It was discouraging at first, but I knew I needed lots of improvement with my overall reproduction of my work. With time, it’s getting closer and closer to what I want it to be.
Schwinn: What is your favorite item to create and why?
Jenna: I really enjoy playing around with watercolor. I had a fun time painting my watercolor elephant, so painting animals with watercolor is most likely my favorite product to produce. I really do love animals, especially dogs, so combining my love for animals with my love for painting makes it incredibly enjoyable.
Schwinn: Do you have other favorite past times?
Jenna: My favorite past time other than painting or drawing is playing sports. I have many memories of playing soccer and running track throughout elementary and high school. Being active and playing sports has shaped me as a person, and I made many friends along the way from these activities.
Schwinn: Who first taught you to ride a bike? How old were you?
Jenna: I was very young when I first learned how to ride a bicycle. I believe I was around the age of three, and both my parents taught me. I rode bicycles with training wheels prior, but it was around age three when I actually learned how to ride a standard two-wheel bike.
Schwinn: Where do you most like to ride?
Jenna: I am most likely to ride my bike around town and campus or on the Paradise Creek bike path which is an amazing bike path that connects to the nearby towns in Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Washington. I mainly bike in the summertime when the weather is nice because it gets pretty cold in the winter.
Schwinn: What is your favorite feature of the Schwinn Fiesta?
Jenna: My Schwinn Fiesta has a really smooth ride and is so comfortable. My favorite feature of the Fiesta is definitely the stylish exterior. I love the bright orange fenders and the white frame.
Schwinn: What is something unique about you?
Jenna: Running is a big part of my life throughout high school and University. It really helps keep my mind alert and my body healthy, but most importantly it helps me destress and live more a more relaxed life. It has also been an inspiration for some of my watercolor artwork and drawings in the past. So really it’s my other outlet for my creativity.
Schwinn: What is something you would like others to know about you? About biking? About your products?
Jenna: I always love hearing comments and suggestions of what I should create next! The things I paint and create are inspired by events or things in my life, but getting suggestions of symbols that represent other peoples’ lives is always inspiring. I want my artwork to change a person’s mood or brighten someone’s day. Knowing what gets people motivated or what helps them stay positive is something I am always interested in. I love to know what makes people smile.
Jenna’s Motto to Live by: “Everything happens for a reason”
Check out Jenna’s business Speak Glitter!