Before becoming a successful small business owner, Chelsea Kilmer chose Glitteracy as a personal username for social media. She’s just always loved glitter – she loves the sparkle and how it makes you feel. (Believe me, I can relate!)
After college, Chelsea wanted to stay in the art world. She showed and sold pieces in various galleries in the Short North, but found that Central Ohio can be a tough market for selling art. One day, she asked herself, “What do people want to buy?”
It turns out that people in Ohio have a whole lot of state pride (not a shocker to those who live here!) and Chelsea found success in creating Ohio-themed pieces. She loves using watercolor as a primary medium for many reasons: she likes that each piece is a bit different, she always is learning new things, and she can personally see her art evolve with more practice.
You’d never believe it, but Glitteracy (as a business) has only been around for about nine months. Chelsea began selling her items at Simply Vague’s Tuttle and Polaris locations. Despite being a young business, I asked Chelsea what she has on the agenda for Glitteracy in the near future: “I’ve just begun selling t-shirts and lots of other s**t I make with glitter. I want to make art more accessible and bridge the gap between the art world and everything I want art on.”
Not surprisingly, Chelsea’s “day job” is being an art teacher for 5-12 year olds. It’s apparent that her passion for teaching is a huge part of her life, and a major source of happiness. “I get to teach them how to see the world and show them that it’s not just about the answers.” She loves seeing her students progress in art as they grow, and mentions how amazing 6-year olds can be at creating art. “They haven’t yet discovered that defeatist attitude. They think they can create anything – so they do.”
I asked Chelsea a few questions about her favorite things:
Q: What the three things you can’t live without?
A: Glitter. Creativity. Beer
Q: Jeni’s or Graeter’s?
A: (huge pause)…well…I grew up with Graeters. Those chips are the size of Mt. Everest!
Q: Favorite annual Columbus festival?
A: Pride or Comfest.
Q: What are your upcoming shows?
August 8 - Moonlight Market
August 22 - Sunbury Sizzle and Sounds
August 29 - Grandview Hop
Sept 12 - Moonlight Market
Sept 12 - Made Local Marketplace
Sept 19/20 - Craftin Outlaws
Sept 26 - Worthington Market Day
To see all of the locations you can find beautiful Glitteracy items, visit her Instagram: @glitteracyart
Written by Autumn Theodore
Ohio Creative Collective Leadership Committee Member