We had the good fortune of connecting with Antoinette Van Sluytman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Antoinette, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My sister (co-founder Rose) and I were brought up in a family of illustrator scholartists and therefore trained in traditional illustration from an early age. From this foundation we opened many other doors that would cultivate a multi-faceted range of creative skills, such as writing and animation, which inevitably manifested into our multimedia business, Broken Chalice Studios. Being a creative runs in our blood so there wasn’t a doubt that our future would be paved in artistic vision.
What should our readers know about your business?
Broken Chalice Studios is a Multimedia Business started by sisters Aubree T. Rose and Antoinette Van Sluytman. Our company started out with a mission to use our creative skills to fill the gaps of diversity in the media by telling our stories our way, built on the principles of making changes through art once we realized the absence of strong black/brown female representation, represented by strong black and brown women, within the media. We believe that with diverse and empowering imagery, we can help provide more positive representation needed in our industry. Whether it be politically active women like Denise Oliver Velez and Angela Davis, or fiction characters placed in positions of power, we create worlds, stories, and characters of empowerment through art, writing, and film with the ultimate goal of owning a multimedia animation and production studio in the future.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’re huge cinephiles so one of our favorite theatres to go to is the Theatrebox TLC Chinese theatre. It also has a restaurant to dine at and The Sugar Factory for those with a sweet tooth so there’s multiple experiences all in one. Besides that, Mission Beach and Balboa Park is always a fun time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to give a shoutout to the African Diaspora museum and Research Center, previously known as Casa Del Rey Moro, which is located locally here in San Diego, California. The African Diaspora museum has served the community commendably, teaching over 6000 years of African world history including ancient, colonial, and contemporary periods on the African continent and throughout the African Diaspora. The museum founder and Executive Educational Curator, Professor Chuck Ambers, has taught us the power behind knowing your own history and exemplifies being a true entrepreneur.