We had the good fortune of connecting with Leila Kolkop and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leila, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Besides creating and painting I also lead art classes. I focus on personal creativity, I try to unlock their potentional, I try to “teach” people that everyone is creative! I try to spread the idea that we are unique in our art style, that what matters is whether you enjoy the activity, let´s leave all the judging aside.. I love seeing people being amazed about their creativity, when they scream: wow, I had no idea I can do that! Oh, I am so relaxed after this class. I love giving people the time to relax. I sometimes say that I don´t teach art, I just sit close to them, offer tea and cookies 🙂 I listen to their stories and dreams. I hope for myself that people can connect with themselves at my art classes and if they do so, the world will be a better place 🙂 ✨❤️
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
First of all, I do try to be myself as much as I can but I don´t try to be super different from other, to do something so special that nobody ever did before me – I think this is a road to hell 🙂 or to be in depression… I just try to do my thing as much as I can, I enjoy my art, I try not to copy, not seeking for the “selling” pieces, I try to be loayal to my heart. I believe in my teaching skills, that I give people a lot of freedom, this is what sets me apart, but I am sure there are many teachers like this too. I love my professional evolution. It is so interesting to follow. I was painting as a kid and teenager, I wanted to be an artist but I just did not know how to become one, nor I had a support around me. So I stuck with the more secure way: I became a teacher of languages, at one point I got lost even on this path and worked for IT companies which sucked my energy out of me. Then very spontaneously I woke up one day and said to my mum: I want to paint again and make a living out of it. To my suprise she said: do it! Now! The challenges at the beginning were many, because here in Czech Republic, without a certificate everything is so difficult. I had to stand up for myself, for my art, that is not just a hobby, but I want to earn money with it. My current challenge is to find a right pricing for my art. I would like the world to know that I am a normal girl with problems like everyone, that dreams can come true, it is a journey, not always full of roses and you never know what you encounter along the way. I just want to polish my purpose of my life, I don´t need to be the best, I just want to feel useful and make people happy with my art and classes. Not aiming for milions…
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My city Brno is really about hanging out, drinking nice coffee, eating, enjoying street festivals… Brno, as a second largest city in our country had been always compeeting with Prague – which I think, is so difficult.. how can you compete that? So in the last decade Brno took a turn and started to focus on fun, food and festivals, but not only the city but its citizens: so many young people are opening cool cafés, bringing life in the streets, I love that and I love showing this simple beauty to my friends when they come over. Cause to me, this is the real life..just enjoying it without stress. Brno is also full of interesting architecture, villas, so that not to be forgot and after this experience I would head south, about 50km away and enjoy the district of wine, nature and lakes. What I love as well are flooded quarries where I love to swim (not only in summer). The water is nice and clear, cold, yes but with no people..this is a true relax for me..
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Wow, I should make a list! 🙂 The biggest part on my story have people around me, sometimes, not those close ones, but people that follow me for some reason and support me and that really moves me. Of couse my artistic friends, art groups but also organizations that give me space to create something for the society, for example the non-profit organisation who takes care of people suffering from Alzheimer. I did not know, how exactly to lead the classes, I was very spontaneous and their support was amazing, not only I love to create with the clients, but I realized how important are the classes for the assistants who were encouraging me so much in the activity that I really felt useful. I also love the Elizabeth Gilbert´s book Big Magic, in which she describes all the weird feelings an artist have and therefore you don´t feel so strange anymore 🙂