Speaking & Events

Arianne manning an Expert Lab booth at Nearly Impossible, September 20 2014

Arianne manning an Expert Lab booth at Nearly Impossible, September 20, 2014 © Nearly Impossible

Upcoming Events

Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference
April 4-8, 2018
Ventura, California
Arianne Foulks speaking at Dream Rock, 2015

Dream Rock 2015 © Breanne Johnson

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Arianne Foulks of Aeolidia has been speaking directly to creative, design-oriented, product-based businesses for over a decade, and has unique insight into the challenges involved in taking a little business and making it a “big little” business. The Aeolidia audience is made up of creative entrepreneurs and makers who are both book-smart and street-smart. These are businesses that are finding ways to grow while staying agile, sustainable, and profitable.

Within the tight niche of creative businesses that may have attended a few Renegade Craft Fairs, outgrown Etsy, or won a Martha Stewart American Made award, Arianne and Aeolidia are well known and trusted, peerless in their breadth of knowledge and wealth of experience.

Arianne is available to speak about creating a living as an artist or designer, on these topics:

  • Ecommerce
  • Branding
  • Content strategy
  • Marketing


A clip of my interview for the Laying the Foundation course. Sign up here to get the whole thing for free.

A clip of my interview with the Artist’s J.D. Sign up here to get the whole thing for free.

A clip of my panel at the State of Making online summit. Sign up here to get the whole thing for free.

A clip of my interview for the Brick House Branding course. Sign up here to get the whole thing for free.

A clip of my talk at the Maker Mentors online conference

A clip of my talk at the Maker Mentors online conference. Sign up here to get the whole thing for free.


Thrive By Design interview with Arianne Foulks · 12/20/16

Today my super special guest, Arianne Foulks, is going to help you define your story and build a better brand presence. Arianne is the captain and co-founder of Aeolidia.com. She’s an expert at digital and visual branding. Arianne works with so many amazing designers and has tons of spot-on advice.

… And I know you’re dying to hear how to convert traffic.

But let’s talk about getting more traffic first. Arianne is going to tell you how right now, so let’s see what she has to say.

Listen to the podcast on Flourish & Thrive Academy


CreativeLive’s Power.Profit.Pursuit interview with Arianne Foulks · 11/08/16

Today Tara connects with Arianne Foulks the Captain and Founder of Aeolidia a web and graphic design studio that has been working with creative, design-oriented shops since 2004. Aeolidia serves those at early stages on their path with informative blog and a supportive community and her agency builds fully custom e-commerce sites for established businesses at the tipping point where strategic design can be transformative and cause exponential growth.

Tara wanted to learn how Arianne decided to build an agency instead of going it alone at web design. They talk about who she hired first, how her team works together, and both the first and last steps of any client project.

Listen to the podcast or read the transcript on TaraGentile.com


Power.Profit.Pursuit ecommerce bonus episode with Arianne Foulks · 11/08/16

Today we release our very first ever BONUS EPISODE. Today Tara is joined again by Arianne Foulks but this time they are talking about how e-commerce businesses can get more out of their websites so they can sell more of their products.

Listen to the podcast on Creative Live (episode 57.5)


Create & Thrive interview with Arianne Foulks

Arianne has a wildly successful web and graphic design studio, and directs a team of people who craft gorgeous websites for creatives. I invited her on the show because she knows what works! In this episode we talk about logo design, photography, content, and more – all the things which a great website needs to get right.

Listen to the podcast on Create & Thrive


While She Naps interview with Arianne Foulks and Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy

After eight years with a Typepad blog she’d designed using a free template, Alicia Paulson hired Aeolidia to redesign her website, blog, ecommerce shop and branding. Hear how Alicia knew it was time for a change, how much it cost, and what the redesign process was like. Alicia and Arianne talk frankly about what a new website will (and won’t) do for your business and when investing in one makes sense.

Listen to the podcast on While She Naps

Past Events

TAJD Summer Camp
June 19 – July 30, 2017

Arianne gave a “camp pep talk” about improving your online shop.

April 27-30, 2017
Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura, California

Arianne will be taught two classes and she and Shoshanna gave one-on-one advice and feedback to attendees via Think Tanks and office hours.

Make Your Website Smarter workshop
April 26, 2017
the pARTy Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Arianne, Christine, and Shoshanna taught about what you’ll need to see success online.

Lynda.com’s Web Career Clinic interview
March 1, 2017

Lauren Bacon interviewed me about running a web design studio with a very clear client niche for this course on Lynda.com.

Design*Sponge’s In the Company of Women Book Tour
October 18, 2016
The Palace Ballroom, Seattle WA

Grace Bonney moderated this panel of incredibly talented local business owners: me, Molly Wizenberg (of Orangette, Delancey and Homemade Life), Moorea Seal, and Dana Tanamachi (who recently moved from NYC to Seattle!). We discussed life, work and how each of us got where we are today.

State of Making Online Summit
September 15-30, 2016

We talked about what has changed over the last year in creative online business.

Webinar with The Artist’s JD
July 20, 2016

We discussed how to set your e-commerce shop up for retail success during this free webinar with Kiffanie Stahle.

National Stationery Show
May 15-18, 2016
New York City

Arianne and Sam walked the show and met one-on-one with vendors and exhibitors.

Seattle Manufacturers & Maker’s Speed Coaching
April 20, 2016
Seattle, WA

Arianne offered advice to small groups about online sales at this event.

NY NOW Gift Show
Feb 1-3, 2016
New York City

Arianne and Sam walked the show and met one-on-one with vendors and exhibitors.

Maker Mentors
May 14-16, 2015

Arianne gave a talk about building the story of your brand at this online conference.

Dream Rock
February 4-6 2015
Sedona, AZ

Arianne gave a talk about beginning a content strategy for a new website at this creative retreat.

Oh My! Maker’s Retreat
October 17-22 2014
Cortes Island, BC, CA

Arianne talked shop and helped people with dreams and plans at this intimate retreat.

School House Craft
September 27-28 2014
Seattle, WA

Arianne and Shoshanna taught a class on getting started selling online, as well as hosting a round table Q&A session about ecommerce.

Nearly Impossible
Saturday, September 20 2014
San Francisco, CA

Arianne was a member of the Expert Lab, and chatted one on one with creative businesses about selling online.

School House Craft
September 14-15 2013
Seattle, WA

Arianne and Shoshanna taught a class on website content strategy, one on managing email, and hosted a round table Q&A session about ecommerce.

Blogger’s Summer Camp
June 14 2013
Seattle, WA

Arianne spoke on a panel: How to Make Time to Blog – creating a blog / life balance

Altitude Summit
January 18-21, 2012
Salt Lake City, UT

Arianne spoke on a panel: Web Design Dos and Don’ts.

Event organizer testimonial:

I am honored to take this opportunity to tell you about having Arianne Foulks as speaker for both the 2013 and 2014 School House Craft Conference held in September annually.

School House Craft offers classes led by the creative community’s most knowledgeable instructors to help small business owners find the information they need to succeed.

Arianne lead classes on best practices for online sales, how to clear your inbox as well as lead quick fire speed coaching events.

I would highly recommend Arianne as a speaker for any upcoming events you may hold for creative business entrepreneurs.

Often the best practices of online sales can seem overwhelming but Arianne always keeps it light, direct and approachable. She is knowledgeable, passionate, and understands the needs and concerns of the maker demographic.

-Andrea Porter

Attendee testimonial:

Hi Arianne,

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help and insight at Dream Rock. I was most looking forward to hearing from you as we are needing to improve our website and your workshop did not disappoint. I learned so much and felt not only motivated to start but like I had a direction to go in. This week I also googled wholesale pricing and the first suggested option was a blog post from you. That made me smile and it was incredibly insightful. So, even after Dream Rock you are still helping me out. I just wanted to send you my thanks. I really appreciated everything I learned at Dream Rock. Hope you are having a great day.