Grand Falls-Windsor native Shaylyn King is an art student at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College who owns and operates a business, Slash Studios, which offers paintings, drawings, sculptures and crafts. ‚ÄĒ Photo by Krysta Colbourne/The Advertiser
Two years ago, Shaylyn King was a client of Youth Ventures when she and her partner at the time, Ashlee Babb, decided to get a business up and running.
King was an artist, Babb a photographer, and they combined forces and travelled together, setting up booths and advertising.
Now King, 20, is the owner of Slash Studios in Grand Falls-Windsor. She‚Äôs not completely sure why she came up with the name.
‚ÄúI guess it‚Äôs because I do ‚Äėslash‚Äô everything ‚ÄĒ drawing/painting/ crafts/sculptures ‚ÄĒ anything I can do,‚ÄĚ King said.
She said the Youth Ventures co-ordinator started them off, showing them how to make business cards and getting them booths at events in town.
‚ÄúThen we got the feel of it and we started going on and doing our own,‚ÄĚ King said. ‚ÄúThen we created a photography club here. We made our own event. We had flyers around town, then I made my own website.‚ÄĚ
King said she decided to get involved with Youth Ventures again this summer, after completing her first year of art school.
Andre Gill, the Youth Ventures central regional co-ordinator, was ready to help, she said, even though she only contacted him a week ago.
‚ÄúThey know a lot of connections and they really know how to help you,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúThey can set you up. ‚Ä¶ He just knows who to call, who to talk to and he gets back to you right on time. They help you out financially and get you stable for a small business.‚ÄĚ
King offers prints of her paintings, as well as original artwork and crafts.
‚ÄúThe second time I was set up at a table, I would ask the kids, ‚ÄėWhat do you want to be when you grow up?‚Äô‚ÄĚ King said.
‚ÄúAnd I would draw them like that. What I have been offering lately is sketches of a photo.‚ÄĚ
King will head to Corner Brook in the fall for her second year of the four-year visual arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
‚ÄúMy business will come with me come September,‚ÄĚ she said.
‚ÄúI will move my studios elsewhere. It is a wonderful program and it taught me so much, not even just about art, but everything.‚ÄĚ
King said her love of art began back in junior high school, when she started going to art clubs in Grade 8. She did a mural at Exploits Valley High and won an art contest in senior high.
‚ÄúTo me, anyone can draw if they practise,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúI was drawing since I was young, and that‚Äôs why I have so much practice. It‚Äôs just how much time you put into it, I guess, like anything, really.‚ÄĚ
In the future, King would like to become an illustrator of children‚Äôs books.
She said she‚Äôs always had an interest in business, as well.
‚ÄúI will always have this business, no matter what I end up doing with it,‚ÄĚ she said.
‚ÄúI might go into marketing, I might go into illustrating, but I will always take requests, just because not everyone can have a freehand drawing of their baby, or a painting of their cabin, which I think is something (they) value.‚ÄĚ
King can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the web at slashstudios.webs.com.