Welcome to Maison A!
Maison A with its three chambers – Art, Habits and Un.knowing, is a creative studio specialized in art, design, design consulting and creative leadership coaching based in Amsterdam. Its founder Arta Balina is a leading artist, designer and creative entrepreneur.
In the homeland of Arta – the Baltic states, nature is perceived as a top source of energy and quietness, and this bond with nature historically goes hand in hand with the tradition of craftsmanship.
Aside from Arta’s love for nature, crafts and art, through the ups and downs of her background growing up in a post-Soviet Republic in the 80ties and 90ties, Arta has been curiously discovering the concepts of freedom, independence, responsibility and creativity. All through her life Arta has been molding herself into a conscious creative leader. Her values as an individual and as a creator are feeling connected with nature, herself and others, conjointly with conscious individual autonomy.
Arta loves sunshine and nature and she is a music collector. You will often find her on adventurous road trips with friends and family, exploring interesting places that she didn’t even know existed.
Arta graduated from the Turiba University in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration and from Riga Technical University in 2008 with a degree in Total Quality Management. During her studies she worked in Turiba University as an education project manager and later in Latvenergo – one of the largest power suppliers in the Baltics. Tipically to many millenials who were feeling discomfort from the guidance received from the society at that time, Arta decided to move to the Netherlands in 2008 to expand her horizons – travel, experience and to create a new verison of her reality that resonates with her heart calling.
Arta graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy audio visual department in 2016, and besides her individual art practice she was a co-founder of an art collective DAY, where she was actively involved in the development of fine arts and design projects in 2017.
In 2019 Maison A launched design consulting services – empowering and activating individuals and organisations and their talents in today’s transforming world and changing the world for the good through design practices.
In 2020 Maison A launched online personal development coaching – Arta Balina Coaching.
Since 2020 Maison A is building bridges between international culture/ art and science organisations. The fine arts exhibition “Symbiotic Visions” led by Maison A in partnership with Future Based, is coming up in 2022 in Amsterdam.
My art, design and my coaching practice is produced with consideration for the wider impact of the work and its reception in relationship to its environments (social, economic, biophysical, emotional and cultural). A sustainable community starts from a personal level – from a happy, healthy and empowered individual who allows their daydreams into their experience through intuition, creativity and adventure. Our connection to the physical senses is the gateway to that inner wisdom.