Virtual workshops for décor enthusiasts
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One of the many paintings Innovign Arts created for the Ministry of Social Protection Mashramani truck for this year’s celebration
One of the many paintings Innovign Arts created for the Ministry of Social Protection Mashramani truck for this year’s celebration

With many now at home due to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, keeping active can be a challenge thus the well-known events décor company, Innovign Art has been offering virtual décor workshops teaching the fundamental techniques in creating giant paper flowers and other decorative pieces.

Travell Blackman owner of the business noted that because of the current pandemic, they have experienced a minor set back.
“Because of the COVID-19 everything is on hold, our contracts have been postponed or cancelled until further notice nevertheless, Innovign art is making the best of the situation and is offering virtual workshops,” he stated.

Travell Blackman owner of Innovign Arts during one of his virtual workshops

Blackman a graduate of the E. R. Burrowes School of Art noted that he has always had an eye for the arts, especially décor. He added that he saw a lacking in the area of decorative designing in Guyana and such kick-started his business. “I am an artist, I studied painting and textile designs at the E. R. Burrowes School of Art, and I am also I computer scientist I have a degree in computer science,” he said.

He noted that he is proud of his staff and business of all that they have achieved over the years since the business has managed to execute several events before the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Among Innovign’s reoccurring clients is the Ministry of Social Protection. The company did the décor for the ministry’s staff party and decorated its building for the Republic celebrations in February. Innovign Art was also responsible for the decorations on the High Court along with several of the Mashramani bands for the annual road march and parade.

The two-hour workshop costs $4,000 and includes a registration fee. The workshops will see Blackman teaching those who wish to attend the fundamental techniques in creating giant paper flowers. However, Blackman stated that the workshop would not be like the usual Zoom meetings.

Instead, a hired videographer who will ensure up-close visuals and audio at various times during the session so persons will be able to interact with the instructor to clarify and ask questions if needed.
Innovign has hosted physical workshops in Berbice, Bartica, Essequibo Coast and Linden and across the Caribbean regions.

The entrepreneur noted that the workshops have managed to see persons from St. Kitts, Barbados, Jamaica and other far fetched areas, he added that thousands have since benefitted from the workshops, some even going on to start their own décor businesses.
Blackman added that the business is hoping to expand and offer additional services in social media and management, videography and photography but owing to the current coronavirus pandemic, said has been put on hold.

A giant paper flower created by one of Blackman’s students

The business has been hosting workshops since 2015, offering more than one session a month. The last one was held in November, after which there was a hiatus. Blackman told The Buzz that the previous workshops covered balloon art and flower arrangements, but since the balloon art requires an electric balloon pump, the focus is just paper flowers for now.

Interested persons can register and pay by going to: https://bit.ly/34TIpks or contact Blackman by telephone on 641-4032.

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