MANSI HANS of NAPERVILLE | The Inspiration For A Colorful Affair
A LOVE FOR THE ARTS
Local Mom Dedicates Her Days to Inspiring Children through Her Unique Art Business
NAPERVILLE– “I'M NOT CREATIVE” These words are the inspiration behind Mansi’s work. Her 7-year-old daughter came home from school one day saying “Mom, I’m sorry I let you down. You are an Artist and I got a B- in art. I’m not creative anymore”.
Her child’s words were revealing a sad truth. At home, in school, with peers - we constantly push kids to win a medal, come in first, and get an A. And when they get anything less than that - they start believing they are not good enough. Judgement, boundaries, limitations are set.
“Saying I’m not creative because I can’t draw, sing or dance is limiting,” Mansi says. “Creativity is the use of imagination or original ideas and believing that one is not creative hinders in the pursuit of knowledge, discovery and innovation. Creativity also encourages empathy, kindness and is a positive outlet to release stress and anxiety.
When Mansi decided to start her business, the hardest part was not having a pre-built template or cheat sheet. Everything in her company has been created grounds-up - structuring a concept, researching 100’s of vendors, educating the community about who they are, and bringing families in the door – it’s all been a long journey. It has also been difficult to maintain a steady advertising and marketing budget to create awareness among local families about their specialties; but, knowing that families love to create and witnessing first-hand the impact her small business makes in spreading the joy of creative self-expression, makes it all worth it. In the end, she is able to see a sense of wonder and accomplishment when kids and adults realize that they are actually creative!
Mansi continues pursuing her dreams even beyond her A Colorful Affair. She has taken her creative ideas to Shark Tank and was 1 among 300 selected from over 40,000 that made pitches. Although she didn’t make it to the final televised round, she learned valuable lessons along the way and will use the experience to reflect, grow, and succeed!
IN MANSI'S OWN WORDS.....
"A Colorful Affair was born out of a need for creative self-expression without judgement and boundaries, so kids and adults can create with their hands and expand a creative mindset - crucial for everyday success in this highly innovative world of ours. Our studio offers hands-on experiences like fused glass making, mosaics, canvas, wood, ceramics, soap, candle making and more. Creative DIY Kits and Party Kits encouraging at home creativity are shipped in the U.S. through Amazon and our website." –Mansi Hans
AREAS OF SPECIALTY
Parties & Events: Kids & Adults
Corporate Team Building & Events
Open Studio Time: reserve a time to create
Shipping creative DIY kits and party kits throughout the country to encourage at home creativity
MENTORING THE FUTURE
"Starting and running a business is like getting on a roller coaster - up and down and down and up. Passion is important. It sets a strong foundation to build on. While long term goals and big dreams are great, you will get there if you remain focused on everyday tasks; daily goals and weekly check ins about the health of your idea. Planning and execution are key and be prepared to fail, cry, laugh and rejoice - all at the same time." –Mansi Hans
AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Working with local schools supporting PTA fundraisers, and creating with special needs kids and adults
Our logo was featured on the Nasdaq screen in March 2017
Working with industry giant Dell to engage over 400 employees in 4 countries to create murals encouraging creative team building
Expanding local brick & mortar operations beyond a 10-mile radius to sell Creative DIY kits and Party Kits all over U.S. on Amazon
A Colorful Affair
124 S. Webster Street #102
Naperville, IL 60540
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