Well hello there.

Welcome to Better Together! This is a place where we highlight one of the amazing people we get to meet, work with, make for, whatever every week. Here we’ll tell you about the truly unique wedding couples whose vision we get to make come to life. You’ll get to hear about the local florist who asked us to print on fabric, so she could make fannypack patches as gifts for her employees. You’ll meet dormant artists, a term I use to describe anyone who’s got an artist inside of them, waiting for an outlet. You’ll meet members…just regular people doing awesome things like making posters as gifts, printing their own invitations, or printing business cards for their Urban Barn Dance events.

You heard me right, there’s an Urban Barn Dance in our fine city. I met Patricia Lynch at open studio in early December. She was working on a few posters for her friends, and I was giving her a hand locking up her type in the Vandercook press. We got to chatting and I asked her how long she’d been a member. Patricia said she’d only recently joined, and had previously worked on business cards for the Urban Barn Dance. *record scratch*  I leaned in closer and asked her to repeat herself, because I’d never heard of those words together. She told me that they organize community dances, open to the public with the intent of just getting people out to socialize, live music held at Good City Brewing.  

When I got home, I did a quick search on Urban Barn Dance and spent the next hour watching videos and reading articles about the idea. It’s family-friendly, easy to learn the steps, and super casual.  I’m sold. It’s a mix of line dancing and square dancing, complete with American music which sounds a bit like bluegrass to an untrained ear. Now, my only real knowledge of square dancing is my grandma Pat’s attic closet. It was FILLED with fancy frocks and puffy skirts, which she used every week with my grandpa well into their retirement years. Patricia assured me that Milwaukee’s Urban Barn Dance isn’t my grandma’s square dance, though. If you’re as curious as I am, check out this link and hit up Good City Brewing this Thursday evening!

Stories like this illustrate why we can’t stop talking about you. You’re the ones who make all these projects come to life, and we are so excited to be a place for our community to come together.  BVPCo believes that ideas shared are ideas in motion, which is why we want to tell these stories. We all grow when we collaborate. And when we know our neighbors, we can heal. See how we got to Better Together?

So join us here each week to learn about someone new. Hear their story and see their vision, and see why we get so excited to come to work and make things for awesome people! Who knows, you might be our next featured artist/maker/friend.  

To get a better idea of who we are on this side of things, meet our crew over on the Who We Are page. Read about Ashley, our Designer, Printer and Boss Lady, the heart of this operation, and inspiration to us all. Meet Danielle, our Designer, Dreamer and Partner-In-Crime whose story took her from teacher to print apprentice and much much more. And Lucas, our Printer, Typesetter, and Poster Boy who can tackle the enormous project of organizing our type collection with grace. And I’m Amber, a Thinker, Creator, and Storyteller. I’ve spent the past three years friend-stalking Ashley and plotting to be an official part of BVPCo. Dreams come true, people!