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 site-specific artwork, retail activations, event curation, and placemaking.

We produce unique craft workshops and private events at our NYC studio. Our Chapter Leaders host pop-up events in Southern California, Virginia 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!

Photograph by Jen Eun

Photograph by Jen Eun


 
Photograph by Jen Eun

Photograph by Jen Eun

 

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.


FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL

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Stephanie Echeveste

Stephanie Echeveste is a NYC-based, Mexican-American artist and creative business woman. She makes mixed-media art and designs creative experiences. She is interested in the intersection of fiber art, craft, community, and culture. Stephanie holds a BA from the University of Southern California where she studied Communication and Printmaking. Born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona, Stephanie has lived, worked, and developed community in Bilbao, Spain, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, and Washington, DC. Most recently Stephanie was the Placemaking Manger at Vornado/JBG Smith in Washington,DC focused on Crystal City.

Stephanie is the founder and CEO of Distill Creative. 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 concept store and online shop. She's been teaching art and crafts workshops since 2008 and she can’t wait to create with you. 


CHAPTER LEADERS

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SHENNETH DOVE-MORSE

WASHINGTON, DC CHAPTER LEADER

Shenneth Dove-Morse is a Washington, DC based Howard University alum, communications professional, content writer, international traveler, and life-long dabbler into crafts of all types. In order to keep creativity in the forefront regardless of her career path, Shenneth has done everything from taking sewing classes, to taking beginner drawing classes, to dyeing her own clothes, to creating her own artwork to decorate her home, among many others. Shenneth joined the Distill Creative team as the DC Chapter Leader to connect with other people in the DC area who are just as passionate about crafting, eclectic hobbies, and creativity as she is. 

 

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Valerie Echeveste

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.

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Nicole Schroeder

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.

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AMELIA FAVERE

RESTON, VA CHAPTER LEADER


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will you have a workshop in my shop/space/restaurant/etc.?

Possibly! Please reach out and let us know your goal, timeline, and budget and we will get back to you. Note: our focus is on community, creativity, and culture. We do not bartend events.

I make ________ And I want to share my craft!

Awesome! We want to help connect you to an amazing community of lovely people who want to create. Please email us and let us know what you do, why you do it, your relevant experience, and how you are interested in collaborating. If you would like to be a guest teacher at our Dumbo studio space or at one of our Chapters, please fill out this workshop submission form. If we think you'd be a good fit then we will reach out.

I RSVP'd but can't make it. Can I get a refund?

Bummer! We buy all materials according to RSVPs and unfortunately cannot give refunds. We hope you can join us another time!

I AM RUNNING A FUNDRAISER/Auction/etc. AND WOULD LIKE YOU TO DONATE TO MY CAUSE

We support organizations that promote women, girls, and particularly women and girls of color. If this alights with your cause, please fill out this request for donations form. If we think you'd be a good fit then we will reach out. Note, we are a very small company with limited resources. While we are happy to donate our time to inspire creativity and build community, we cannot fulfill every request.