About DISTILL CREATIVE
Distill Creative designs one-of-a-kind experiences to inspire creativity and build community. We host hands-on craft workshops, develop custom creative experiences, and provide consulting services for art, retail, and event curation.
We produce unique craft workshops and private events at our NYC studio. Our Chapter Leaders host pop-up events in SoCal and Washington, DC. We also create the Distill Creative Courses, Book Club, Craft Kits, and Guides to help you be more confidently creative and connected.
Founder Stephanie Echeveste has developed and produced art installations, pop-ups, community programming, corporate events, and custom experiences for various clients, including JBG Smith, Vornado, 2U, Betabrand, WhyHotel, WeWork, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Stephanie is Mexican-American and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She is obsessed with retail storefronts and public spaces and finds herself traveling often to find new inspiration.
Oh, and we love drinking cocktails and making crafts!
HOW WE STARTED
In 2015, sisters Stephanie and Valerie Echeveste started hosting cocktail+craft workshops in their living room to help their friends be more creative and connected. Now, we design and host one-of-a-kind experiences and provide consulting services to help you or your business be more creative, connected, and culturally-woke.
Our mission is to create one-of-a-kind experiences that deepen the human connection and inspire creativity.
Stephanie Echeveste is a Mexican-American fiber artist and creative consultant based in NYC. She started Distill Creative, originally called cocktails+craft, in 2015 as a way to practice creativity and make cocktails with friends. She’s a longtime crafter and creative and has used her love for hands-on making to develop clothing designs (Betabrand), brands (2U, Nesting Days), and places (VNO/JBG Smith). Stephanie co-owns and operates Eche Verde, a creative shop and studio in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, NYC. She's been teaching art and crafts workshops since 2008 and can’t wait to create with you.
WASHINGTON, DC CHAPTER LEADER
Sally’s love for creating started very early with her first finger-painting experience. It was re-sparked her senior year of high school when she interned at an art therapy studio. This experience inspired her to create a program called “Anyone Can Do Art” which encouraged and provided a judgement-free art experience for adults. Her attitude towards art is that it is not about what you make, it’s about how you feel making it.
Sally now freelances as an illustrator and creative consultant. She enjoys creating on the go with her iPad, drawing inspiration from the city and the characters living in it. Her work can be found at sallymcbratney.myportfolio.com.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER LEADER
Nicole Schroeder is a quintessential creative and founder of Atthirtyone where she explores experiences through art and design. Originally a painter, Nicole transmits fleeting moments from nature onto canvas. Admittedly, most of Nicole's design ideas are born with a cocktail in hand, sometimes made with homemade bitters or infusions. She just moved from Washington, DC to Los Angeles and looks forward exploring the city's craft cocktail and art scene along with new friends in LA's chapter.
ROAMING CHAPTER LEADER
Valerie’s love for crafting began at Girl Scout camp making friendship bracelets, tie dye t-shirts and endless swaps. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Public Health at the George Washington University where she’s uncovering the best ways to motivate and create opportunities for healthier lives. She thinks the best part of crafting as an adult is the addition of cocktails.