This story is not just about a shop and it’s owner. It’s about finding the kind of art that’s right for you. If we repeat ourselves on anything, I’m proud that it’s to say that everyone is creative. Even when we reject our own potential, it is clear to me that the human spirit is in and of itself, inherently creative. Embracing and exploring that inescapable truth leads to all sorts of thrilling discoveries, ones that often change the trajectory of an entire life.
The artist we introduce today is of an entirely different sort than you might expect when I use the word “artist.” Collage artist, maybe, or interior designer could begin to describe her, but at the heart of it, she’s just a woman, exceptionally intune with her own good taste, and brave enough to share it with the world. This, friends, is a curator.
When she first began take heart, Nina Gordon was a licensed, practicing social worker in Austin, Texas. While she loved her career and believed deeply in the services she offered her clients, she found herself growing discontent with the scope of her influence, and honestly, burned out. Like so many of the tender-hearted in her field, Nina spent years giving her wisdom, influence, and energy for the betterment of individuals who could never repay her, for the hope of a brighter community. But in the mind’s eye of her heart was a vision for a new way of supporting the human spirit, connecting and uplifting those she came in contact with in a different way than ever before. From that vision, her now thriving storefront in Austin’s emerging Eastside fulfills that evolving desire to encourage the community around her.