Meet our member: Ian Douglass

Artisan Alley is excited to share more about our member Ian Douglass, who currently works out of the Twisted Cowork location at 804 W Kirkwood. He recently expanded his work into our space, which provides a great atmosphere for all things game making! 

The Wizard of Trash, or Trash Wizz, formally known as Ian Dounglass, has been constructing and painting game miniatures, terrain, and other parts for tabletop gaming since early childhood. Inspired by popular game Dungeons and Dragons, Ian has been creating, designing, and painting his own miniatures and game boards from a young age. After initial sketches, his work comes begins to come to life. From complex diagrams to choosing the color palette for a new project, the initial stages of a new project are exhilarating for Ian.

A single project can take months on end to complete, as attention to detail in game-making is crucial. Applying washes, shading, layering, and detail work require a high level of endurance and focus. Also, as any passionate artist will say, ideas for a new project can put current work on hold. The finishing layers and details of a project are described as a “blur” to Ian because seeing the final product come together is one of the most rewarding parts of his work. 

In addition to the miniature making itself, Ian tries to find materials that are environmentally friendly and affordable. In 2019, he created a 16 by 4 foot dystopian cityscape for Gen Con, and 75% of the materials used would have gone to landfills. Recently, Ian added 3D printed parts to his pieces, which are made of biodegradable filaments and plant fiber. 

Ian has been live-streaming his game making and miniature painting sessions on Twitch (and maybe Youtube, in the future) for fellow members of the gaming community. He is currently trying to expand his Twitch audience and utilizes Live streams for viewers to get an inside look at building techniques. THE Trash Wizz recently launched a series entitled “Scrapyard Saturday” on Twitch, sharing his building and creative techniques every Saturday, for example on how to make scratch building ladders that can hold infantry models mid-climb. 

Wizard Trash also has a presence on Patreon, a creative community for artists to share their work with fans and in return receive financial support. Ian’s day job keeps him stable, so all donations go directly to supplies, tools, and travel for projects. Make sure to read more about his plans and how your support could help him do things differently, bigger, and better. 

Also, be sure to show some love on the Trash Wiz Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Meet Gigi’s Lashes!

Known as one of the most prominent eyelash-extension-experts in Bloomington, Gigi Rodriguez has been utilizing the Twisted Cowork space to build her brand, business, and clientele. She does professional eyelash extensions for anyone, open to the public today! Originally from Puerto Rico, Gigi spent much of her childhood in the outskirts of Chicago. During her middle school years, Gigi and her family decided to relocate to Bloomington, IN. Not quick to settle down after school, she traveled all over the country and lived in places such as California, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. While Gigi was residing in Atlanta, she had an unforgettable lash extension experience and desired to share this with the Bloomington community. After discovering her passion for lash extensions in Georgia, Gigi’s Lash Extensions was born in 2018.

While other lash experts constantly publish their outstanding work online, Gigi says it does not make her more competitive.

“When I see something really advanced or creative someone else has done, I am inspired to try the technique out and put my own twist on it,”

When asked about daily life in the business, the work itself truly comes from the heart for Gigi. “I like making other women feel beautiful inside and out,” Gigi said. Located on 804 W. Kirkwood, Gigi loves working out of the Twisted Cowork space. As business picks up at the studio, she is looking to personally brand products and train future employees. Gigi wants to wholesale her own products to other lash estheticians, as well as make products available for clients. 

Check out Gigi’s business here!

Meet Grace Schafstall!

Currently operating out of Twisted Cowork, Indiana native Grace Schafstall is a professional photographer and the owner of Fitzie’s Plant Boutique. Grace studied nonprofits at IU, then began honing her skills in photography to become a full-time photographer. Although she resides in Bloomington, she has traveled to many places in the State of Indiana, including her favorite venue for wedding photoshoots––The Barn at Timber Ridge in Morgan County. Along with wedding photography, Grace also does family and boudoir photoshoots, including mini sessions which you can check out on her site!

Combined with the photography business is Fitzie’s Plant Boutique, which is a new endeavor Grace is particularly excited about. The plant obsession began 2 years ago, and she now sells multiple types of plants of all sizes at the Twisted Cowork location. You can find more details about her products and plant business here!