When we brought everything back to our warehouse my very creative design team thought it would be fun to attach the flowers to the used mannequin heads we had acquired earlier from a cosmetology school.
They made some very elaborate designs on the heads and we displayed them as decoration around the showroom.
When customers who came to our showroom to buy a mannequin saw the flower crowns on the used heads they wanted to purchase the headdress. But the flowers were permanently glued to the mannequin heads!
This was right around the time when the "Paint and Sip" parties started trending. So we decided to host our version of Wine and Design and give people the option to make art they could wear.
We started offering different types of materials so people could make other style headdresses beside flower crowns. And we often scoured places like thrift stores and Creative Reuse to find recycled jewelry and other embellishments for a headdress.
Soon people were booking our classes for corporate team building activities, birthday parties and bachelorette parties.
In Feb 2020, Walmart hired us to provide a free headdress making booth at the Black Joy Parade they were sponsoring in Oakland.
Then a few weeks later after the parade, Covid hit and everything changed.
We resumed our classes in 2021 but reduced the class size and our focus now includes art as a tool for healing as well as to have fun.
Not that we are art therapists, but we have seen how transformative it is when people detach from technology, connect with others and make something with their hands. We just provide the forum for the magic to happen.