Smart Creative Women
A podcast show featuring women in the business of creativity.
info_outline Artist and Mentor: Lisa Daria Kennedy 12/07/2016
Artist and Mentor: Lisa Daria Kennedy I have interviewed Lisa once before, quite a while back and since that time we have become good friends. I wanted to bring her on this series so you could tune in as we talk about the-meaning0behind-art-creation. Sound deep? Well, it sort of is. Lisa has terrific insight, is a terrific teacher and has been holding my hand a bit as I leap into new territory, you can hear more about that here. Lisa helped me think about writing an artists statement and has help me let go of things that were holding me back. She is a fabulous, deep and FUN artist and mentor. If you get the chance to take a workshop from her, DO IT! She has a gift for teaching! She also has a gift for art. If you get a chance to own some of her work, DO IT!
info_outline Monica Lee Painting, Progress and Women 12/06/2016
Monica Lee Painting, Progress and Women I decided to end this Artists and Mentor Series with a note from me. In this episode I talk about what I am up to and why I needed an online break and what evolved as a result. This is a good episode to listen to if you are feeling a bit fatigued with the internet, if you ever needed to stop something you are thought you were invested in and if you think you need to take a good long look at where you are headed. I am sharing what the last couple of months have looked like for me and the motivation behind some of my new art AND how using my own coaching from Smart Creative Style ended up helping me find my visual rhythm.
info_outline Danielle Krysa: Your inner critic is a big jerk 11/16/2016
Danielle Krysa: Your inner critic is a big jerk I am so excited to welcome back Danielle Krysa from The Jealous Curator. Danielle has recently released her third book (woo-hoo) titled Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk. This is such a terrific read, I just had to have her back on for the Artists and Mentor Series. Her podcast, Art For Your Ear, has kept me painting when I could otherwise be drifting off into the kitchen in procrastination. Danielle is funny, smart, vulnerable and talented. I adore her collage art (check out the screenshot below from her Instagram feed) Tune in as we talk about producing art while trying to wrestle, make friends with and stamp out that critical voice!
info_outline Artist and Mentors Series: Jason Horejs 11/02/2016
Artist and Mentors Series: Jason Horejs Today I'd like you to meet Jason Horejs. Jason is the owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ and he is also the author of the Red Dot Blog. I have really gotten immersed in in his blog and in the mentorship that he offers to fine artists. As the son of an artist Jason grew up attending Art show, hanging out in art galleries (his first job at 14 was at an art gallery!) and he really knows and understands both side of the equation. He understands art collectors and artists. I think that is rare and even valuable! I have found him, his blog and even his followers on his blog (read the comments!) to be a terrific resource. Jason has a heart for helping artists meet their goals and has set up so many ways to help them via his blog, books, his online gallery and mentorship. Tune in to this episode of the Artists and Mentors Series.
info_outline Grace Bonney: In the Company of Women 10/26/2016
Grace Bonney: In the Company of Women HI! Welcome to a mini series called "Artists and Mentors." Today on the podcast I am interviewing Grace Bonney from Design Sponge. She recently wrote a fabulously inspiring book called, In the Company of Women. With a focus on diversity she highlights talented gifted women and asks them about their businesses, how they find balance and even what they have learned from their so called 'mistakes." I have heard Grace speak a couple of times and she is always eloquent and full of wisdom so I know you will enjoy our chat. As for me, I felt a bit rusty when I am interviewing her, what?! Hang tough and I find my gift of gab again on this one! Stay tuned as I reveal who is next up on this mini series!
info_outline Smart Creative Women turns into Smart Creative Art 05/12/2016
Smart Creative Women turns into Smart Creative Art There is a new wave in town! take a listen to my final episode before my podcast sabbatical and see what is new for Smart Creative Women!
info_outline Megan Auman talks retail and making beautiful things 04/01/2016
Megan Auman talks retail and making beautiful things Ohhhh, you are going to like this one! Megan Auman and I are digging into the mind of shoppers and discussing why it is so important to understand your business model and how you are showing up online. We get get super detailed because I have certainly met my match in Megan and how our minds work out marketing dilemmas. I have always been impressed with Megan smarts, teaching style and her desire to help other creatives businesses succeed. Some of you might know Megan from her teaching site, Designing and MBA. TUNE IN. You will get a lot out of our girlfriend chat, we may have forgotten we were recording (and that is when all the good stuff happens!)
info_outline Can you own a business and still be chill? 03/25/2016
Can you own a business and still be chill? Ok, forgive my street talk but the seems to be a lot of talk about business fatigue, malaise and flaming out lately. I have noticed this in several circles that go beyond the creative ones and I wanted to ask you what your thoughts are on the subject. Can you have you own a business and NOT put in a gazillions hours and still be successful? What are ways we can deal all the demands on ourselves and make sure we don't flame out? Most importantly, what are your beliefs around the subject? Tune in to hear what I think and leave your thoughts below.
info_outline Laura Novak from Little Nest Portraits 03/04/2016
Laura Novak from Little Nest Portraits Meet Laura Novak the founder and mastermind behind the photography studios, Little Nest Portraits. Laura is sharing how she grew her boutique photography studio into a national brand, while keeping the high end feel and studio experience.
info_outline Emma and Grace from Fohr Card 03/02/2016
Emma and Grace from Fohr Card As you may or may or not know, I have a bit of fascination on how the internet and social media have changed the way we interact with brands. Brand that are trying interact with us as individuals online and offline. My curiosity led me to these lovely ladies, Emma Hetherington and Grace Murray from Fohr Card.
info_outline Jenna Cavicchia from Project Bead 02/05/2016
Jenna Cavicchia from Project Bead I ran across the team from Project Bead at the MA Conference for Women and I was just so impressed with their hearts, their mission and them and women making a difference in the world. They have a mission to alleviate poverty through education and they are doing it selling one cute piece of jewelry at a time! The Bead Team buys the beads, plans and designs the jewelry and commissions women to create the final products - all in the same region of Ghana where they are funding education. The bead team consists of nine best friends and entrepreneurs who envision a world with less poverty and less hatred. Their drive and mission and their beads just put hope in my heart, what impressive young women!
info_outline Q and A with Monica Lee 01/29/2016
Q and A with Monica Lee I was invited to answer a Q and A session with private Facebook group Watercolor Designers. It's a invite group but they love to have fellow watercolor artists in the group, so feel free to ask for an invite. In this Q and A I discuss STYLE, how I found mine and how you can really nail yours too. It is simply one of my favorite subjects! I also talk about my journey as a sales rep in the gift industry and why it is SO important to understand how people shop AND why I started XO, Monica Lee. I cover how to incorporate trends into your particular style and how it applies to you getting your art on products.
info_outline Ave Styles: Pinterest Influencer 01/08/2016
Ave Styles: Pinterest Influencer Meet Alexandra Evjen, from Ave Styles. Alex is a stylist, blogger and "power-pinner, pinfluencer, pin ambassador..." She knows about the PRETTY side of Pinterest as well as the smart aspect of using Pinterest. With almost a million followers, she is in the know and works with Pinterest executives to make sure this platform stay fresh, current and workable. Tune into to this episode and hear how she got her start as a stylist, how she runs her business and how she thinks you should be using Pinterest! You can follower her (and learn from her) on Pinterest here and follow her on instagram here.
info_outline Elissa Paquette from Calico Boutique 11/19/2015
Elissa Paquette from Calico Boutique This is fun story of someone who stumbled into just the right career for herself. Elissa Paquette studied art and design and was playing around with a passion that turned into 3 retails stores and an commerce site. From her beginnings selling vintage on Ebay, tune in and see how Elissa has just kept growing, learning and meet her customers needs. If you have ever wanted to open a retail location, this is a good hands-on episode. If you want someone to let you know that you don't need to know everything BEFORE you begin, this is a good episode. Learn as you go can lead to success!
info_outline Jennifer Orkin Lewis from August Wren 11/12/2015
Jennifer Orkin Lewis from August Wren Jennifer is a hot new artist that has been around for some time. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design as a textile stylist designing prints for children's clothing and lingerie, she raised her family, designed textiles and worked away. Fast forward several years she started a daily sketch book project that reignited her career in a huge way! I love her story and how she is such a hot ticket after working as an artist for the last 20 years. Tune in and listen to her story, it's a refreshing one!
info_outline Danielle Krysa from The jealous Curator 11/06/2015
Danielle Krysa from The jealous Curator I am so so happy Danielle Krysa on the show today! If you don't know who Danielle is, she is the mystery girl behind the very popular blog, The Jealous Curator where she curates and features fine artists who make her a bit "jealous"
info_outline Kerry Lemon's creative and scientific journey 10/30/2015
Kerry Lemon's creative and scientific journey You MUST tune into this podcast! I have been itching to get it out to you! I cannot say enough of how fabulous it is. I had to edit the heck out of it-we had some audio issues but it came out perfectly. Kerry Lemon is a mulit talented artist, innovator and business woman! With commissions for a wide range of editorial, publishing, advertising, retail and architectural projects for clients, Kerry has SO much talent! She was kind enough to gather her wisdom for this chat!
info_outline Susy and Keith from Pilgrims Waters 10/22/2015
Susy and Keith from Pilgrims Waters Meet the stylish duo of Susy Pilgrims Waters and her husband, Keith. I love everything about them both. So talented! Susy is a well known illustrator and painter who has been applying her skills as a textile designer to good use with their lifestyle and home line, Pilgrim Waters. Every product in their line is exquisite! I am a serious scarf wearer so trust me, the cashmere wool blend on these is the ultimate luxury! They are so so soft and tightly woven as not to sang and they go with everything. (Gushing...love them!) The smart design involved in all they do is so incredibly refreshing to see. Talent! Smarts! Style! I adore them! Tune in hear it all!
info_outline Ashley Brooke Design 10/15/2015
Ashley Brooke Design I have Ashley Brooke with me today! She is the owner and smart girl behind her brand Ashley Brooke Designs, a brand with a mission to make your everyday just a lit bit more fancy. She is a beauty and I loved the authentic conversation on what prompted her to start her brand. (hint: job loss and a desk right next to her dad's) As much as she loved worked next to her father, she wanted to carve something out for her self, and she did! She peppers her social media (100k+ on her instagram) with just the right amount of bling and inspiration, which is no easy fete! Ashley makes it look effortless, tune into today and listen to the in's and out's of her brand (some of it is comical and I simply adore her outlook on it all!)
info_outline Fiona Humberstone : The Brand Stylist 10/01/2015
Fiona Humberstone : The Brand Stylist This topic is so near and dear to my heart! Styling your brand! If you know me, I believe we all have innate style within us and so talking to Fiona about applying it to you brand is right up my alley! In fact, as a creative I believe we are required to bring an EXTRA dose of style to our businesses and lives. Fortunately, Fiona Humberstone is here to help!
info_outline Kathy Weller finds her playful place 09/03/2015
Kathy Weller finds her playful place ...and it happened to be found at her DAY job! This such a fabulous story of having the tenacity to find your voice, your groove, and your outlet. Meet Kathy Weller, she has a rockin' good story! Many of you might relate to her story, working a day job hoping to make it full time on your creative work, trying to get everything to click into place. Tune in and see how Kathy's visual story telling ability snapped right place when she took a good look around her cubicle! I love this episode, because I love Kathy!! She is a ray of sunshine and it is so so nice to see her art getting licensed on one product after another!
info_outline Set your sights on love 09/01/2015
Set your sights on love ...a little self love, that is. Here is a quick podcast about "comfort zones." I found myself in a conversation with my son that made me question myself on what it means to truly be "in love" with myself, with what I create and even with my name! Tune in to this sort podcast and see what he said that left me wondering if I was playing a game of false humility or if I have finally gotten comfortable in my own skin.
info_outline Lindsay White from Lot 801 08/12/2015
Lindsay White from Lot 801 This interview is FULL of great ideas and inspiration. I loved Lindsay as soon as I heard her speak on a panel at Alt Summit about PR. I also LOVE her adorable fashion line! Lot 801 is the coolest fashion brand for your mini me (or nephew, niece, or well, jus about any COOL baby or kid you know!) Lindsay says these clothes appeal to fashionable moms and little punks alike. I love this thinking! Way to know what you are all about! Its a super soft unisex line of clothing that I wish big kids (like me) could sport all the time! Tune in and hear her talk about prompted Lindsay to start her line, the big decision about quitting her day job AND all the smart cookie ways that she has been doing her own PR for the line. She just might give you permission to be a healthy stalker!
info_outline Boaz David : One stop solution for fashion brands 07/10/2015
Boaz David : One stop solution for fashion brands Today I have Boaz David from Human B on the show with me. Boaz helped me turns my idea/dream/bags into a reality! If you tuned into my launch story, you will hear that I hot a point where I was about to through in the towel (ok, there may have been several points!) I found Boaz, a seasoned professional of the fashion industry guided me through the process. We worked together on tech packs and finding a factory that would do the quality work I wanted for the clutches for XO, Monica Lee .