CREATIVE FLAIR : 26

 
Creative Flair : Jennifer Young | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

To start the year on a high note, we'll continue to bring inspiration from these talented Flairs because they're simply just awesome. For the first 2016 flair we have Jen, a very talented photographer that's here to share her lovely photos and inspiring words with us :) 

P.S. Design Sponge had her in their top Instagrams to follow... That's how talented she is! 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.

Hello! I’m a lifestyle, portrait, and travel photographer fond of human connection, the art of every day, new places, people, juxtaposition, and finding beauty in simplicity. I take photographs of people, places, and things for a living; I feel lucky every single day for the opportunity to do so. I’m laid back and am constantly seeking movement and growth.

How did you first get into photography? What’s your favorite part about it?

I studied music for years before becoming a photographer, but I’ve been drawn to creating images for as long as I can remember. Moving away from my hometown to San Luis Obispo in 2009 gave me the opportunity to explore new creative endeavors, one which was blogging. I would shoot and post mostly personal/lifestyle work on my blog. I connected with some of the most amazing creative individuals and independent business owners through social media, many of which inspired me to to take the leap of faith and pursue photography as a profession.                                                                                 

My favorite part about photography is connecting with others, collaborating, and the change and growth that happens with time—on a professional and personal level. 

Creative Flair : Jennifer Young | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Jennifer Young | InBetween the Curls

Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How?

A lot of my friends are my creative heroes! To name a few, Satsuki Shibuya, Jessica Comingore, Dabito, Justina Blakeney, Victoria Vu, and Kristine Arellano. I admire their vision, voice, refined style, and mind-blowing talent.

How would you define your aesthetic to potential clients? 

Photojournalistic, simple, and fluid. I am most often drawn to the natural movement and art of every day life and its happenings. 

Creative Flair : Jennifer Young | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Jennifer Young | InBetween the Curls

What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?                

My favorite work happens when I’m traveling and am in new environments. I think this is because it’s when I am the most free to create and there are no limitations. You can see some of my favorite snaps here!               

Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?

I really do feel like I am living my dream as a freelance photographer right now. I get to create art, travel, meet and work with new people often, and I have this incredible freedom/flexibility when it comes to my job in general —  it doesn’t get much better than that in my opinion! My goal is to continue to connect with people on a deeper level and share the beauty I see.

Creative Flair : Jennifer Young | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Jennifer Young | InBetween the Curls

Being a successful freelance photographer, do you have any advice for those following your footsteps?

Pursue what makes your heart sing. Work with and learn from people that inspire you to go above and beyond. Listen to your intuition.

Creative Flair : Jennifer Young | InBetween the Curls

If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

The answer to this always changes, but right now it would be New York City; I’m moving there in February!

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl all the way! I love nights! 

Creative Flair : Jennifer Young | InBetween the Curls

 

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CREATIVE FLAIR : 24

 
Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

Happy first day of December! Always the most exciting time of year! With that said, we're going to kick-off with a lovely Creative Flair ;) World traveller and designer, Stephanie, tells us a little about her trek in the freelance world and her adventurous aspirations. Talk about traveling envy! 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do. 

I’m a graphic designer. from Australia but currently living and working freelance in the UK.

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

How did you first get into design + marketing? What’s your favorite part about it?

I just loved Art in school, so studying design at University seemed like the natural choice, and introduced me to all the ways I could channel that same creativity into different career paths. I actually think it’s too good to be true sometimes that I get to do something so fun as a job.

Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & how?

It literally changes every week, every corner of creative industries has inspired me at one time or another. Some days I’m inspired by other designers, illustrators and typographers from around the world. Then the next day I’m completely in awe of some tattoo artist I found on Instagram, or even my barista that whips up a wicked latte art.

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?

One of my first freelance projects was designing a wine label for a friends home-grown vintage. The concept involved using the old comic style drawings that one of them had drawn as a child. I loved it because those drawings were done such a long time ago, and I bet their artist never expected them to even leave their sketchbook. So it was essentially like collaborating with a person and an idea from the past, which is a wacky concept that made it really cool.

Having moved from Australia to the UK, has this influenced your work?

It’s definitely broadened the possibilities. Some days I wake up with a crazy idea about a photo project I want to do in a random city in Europe… and then I realise, I actually can just jump on a plane and make that happen.   

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

Describe a normal workday for you.

Right now I’m working on my photography exhibition which kicks off next February back home in Australia. So it’s planning and organising at this stage. I’m glued to my macbook and trying to get in touch with people back home during waking hours thanks to the ridiculous time difference. But in a few weeks I’ll be spending my days exploring the different cities I’ve chosen to focus on and trying to capture the perfect picture!

You are a very successful freelance designer, any advice for those wanting to follow in your footsteps?

Haha I’m definately not that successful yet. I’m proud of a lot of things I’ve done so far but still have big goals to reach. So the best advice I’d give (to myself included) is to just keep doing what you’re doing, and in the end hard work pays off.

Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?  Having my own exhibition has been a dream of mine for a while, so  right now I’m just aspiring to pull this off. Then I guess the next dream is an even bigger and better one!

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls

If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’m actually living that dream right now! I’m off to Morrocco next for a short break and then Italy for a month, to finish collecting photos for my exhibition.

Early bird or night owl?

Sometimes both? And a shameless daytime napper.

Creative Flair : Stephanie Mitchell | InBetween the Curls
 

CREATIVE FLAIR : 23

 
Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

Happy Friday Everyone! For today's Flair we have a very talented chick with a lot to say through her work. For those of you who have been following Creative Flair you can start to see a trend of how much I love lettering designers/illustrators - it's a true art what they do, but I'll let Jenny tell you all about it ;-) 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.

I draw letters that share a positive and sensible message.

How did you first get into design + lettering. What’s your favorite part about it?

I always enjoyed letters and type, but didn’t really know it was a thing. Obviously, lettering has had quite the resurgence the past few years. Because of the increasing exposure in the design world, I started drawing letters more. I realized it was okay for lettering to be on its own and not just part of a greater thing.

My favorite part of it is the ability to spread a message. Lettering is literally spreading a message to others in an art form that amplifies the meaning.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How?

I have lots of creative heroes. I find my creative heroes kind of fall in two categories: those technically good and those whose voice I love. I’m really inspired by folks like Jessica Hische (who isn’t? her work ethic is incredible), Simon Walker, Jon Contino, and more.

What really inspires me is people who make things with what they have in very ordinary circumstances. When people don’t have fancy resources and just use what’s around them to get the job done in a creative way - anything from a yard sale sign to a diner’s menu description.

Also, Jack White is a huge inspiration. Not only does he care about the work he creates, but also the craft and history that goes in behind it. It’s been awesome to live in Nashville where his record store Third Man Records is located. What a treat to walk into a world that is built on curiosity, creativity, and genius. I think he’s one of the greatest examples today of having creative control of what you’re producing and basically creating your own world.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

What inspires your lettering designs? What is your process?

Each piece is based off of some aspect of my life - whether it’s something I’ve overheard in a conversation or an idea I can’t get off my mind.

My process is pretty basic. I sketch like a crazy person to get a rough idea of the composition. When I get the idea down, I start refining it by moving to tracing paper. I use an obscene amount of tracing paper while getting the design where it needs to be. When I get the letters where I want them, I transfer it to my sketchbook or other paper and then ink it. I keep my tools pretty basic. If I have my Micron pens and Sharpie, I’m good to go.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?

Lately, I was really needing to go on some type of adventure. I ended up taking a 45-hour train ride to Utah, and then explored that amazing state for a couple of days. I did a piece “Get Lost” that summed up my goal for the trip. I love having a souvenir of that moment.

Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?

Oh, I have lots of goals. Probably too many. My current short-term one is getting ready for a big craft show in Nashville this holiday season. I’m currently in the middle of screen printing and getting products ready.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

Any advice for those wanting to tackle hand-lettering design?

Just start. You don’t have to have an end goal in mind. If it’s something you enjoy doing, just do it. Scrolling through other people’s work won’t ever make a difference in your work if you just don’t begin making a lot of work of your own.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

That would depend on what I was working on. My environment I want depends on what I want to accomplish. I keep a few places that I’ve been to in mind if I ever need to run away and work on something - an island in Greece, Ireland, New York City, Utah, or a loft studio I saw in the south of France that was so quaint. To be honest, I probably would find a new place instead of going back to an old one.

Early bird or night owl?

Naturally, night owl. However, I’m really working on getting an early start each day. It’s a different type of productivity in the early morning. I recommend trying it.

Creative Flair : Jenny Lee | InBetween the Curls

  Thank you so much for sharing Jenny!

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Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

TGIF Everyone! To end the week on a high note I have Shauna from Nubby Twiglet/Branch/The Blogcademy - a mouthful, I know. This girl just won't quit! I'm super excited to feature her today since she's a #bosslady idol of mine :) Plus, she has a squirrel for a pet and all the shoes a girl can dream of... Such a treat to have her flair on the blog today :D 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do. 

Hi! I’m Shauna, a graphic designer, blogger and creative entrepreneur from Portland, Oregon. I spend my days working with a variety of small business at my design studio, and when I have free time, blogging is a huge passion of mine, along with traveling as much as possible!

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

How did you first get into graphic design + marketing? What’s your favorite part about it? 

I started Nubby Twiglet back in 2001 and it allowed me to explore my creativity with no boundaries. I originally earned a degree in business with a minor in marketing and it gave me a firm foundation but in my heart, I was always a creative person and I needed an outlet that allowed for self-expression. After building my own design layouts for years in each of my blog posts, I enrolled in a design program so I could gain some professional training. Something clicked — I realized that design was what I’d been searching for all along and it was what I wanted to do with my life.

Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How? 

I have so many! A few that immediately come to mind are Michael Jackson for his kindness and sense of style, Andy Warhol for thinking big when it came to art, Marilyn Manson for pushing boundaries, Madonna for constantly evolving, Diana Vreeland for making fashion fun and Siegfried and Roy for their flamboyance. Basically, I love people with big personalities and an over-the-top style to match!

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

What made you decide to embark on Branch Studio? 

For years, I’d been working at design studios by day, designing for my freelance clients by night and then waking up early to blog. It all became too much and I couldn’t keep juggling so many things any longer. I felt the constant pressure that I was letting someone down because there just weren’t enough hours in a day.

On top of that, I knew I’d never have the time to grow my business to what it was truly capable of unless I let go of some things. Once I gave up my day job, I had the time to take on larger projects, travel more and live a more balanced existence. 

Now, I’m a lot happier working with clients I adore and setting my own hours. Running a design studio is both the hardest and most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. Watching small businesses my studio has worked with grow is the best feeling.

What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why? 

That’s a tough one! I love each project for a different reason but a personal favorite is Rock n Roll Bride Magazine an alternative wedding magazine based in the U.K. My friend Kat Williams started her business as a blog and it grew into an annual magazine a few years later. Now, my studio designs it bi-monthly and it has distribution across the U.K. It’s amazing watching the growth of something that started out as a hobby and demonstrates what hard work can accomplish!

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

Tell us about The Blogcademy. 

The Blogcademy is a strategy-based workshop for female entrepreneurs and bloggers and teaches you the ropes of how to grow your online presence in two days flat. We have a fantastic online program that allows you to rewind and re-watch the content as many times as you’d like. You can learn more about Blogcademy Online right here.  


Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire? 

My new goal is to launch a series of digital products that will help creative entrepreneurs succeed. I’m currently working on four different offerings that will launch in 2016. Teaching is a passion of mine, so I’m trying to incorporate more of that focus moving forward.

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls
Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

Any advice for those wanting to follow in your footsteps and start a new design business? 

Be ready to work really, really hard. It’s not enough to just be a great designer — you have to want to do your own thing more than you want anything else because it takes a lot of time to get noticed and then, to grow to a point that you’re self-sustaining.

I would recommend working for a few design studios / agencies first before going out on your own so you can get a better idea of structure, processes and company culture. It’s also important to get out and meet your peers face-to-face so you’re more memorable when they’re thinking of someone to refer potential clients to.

Finally, perseverance pays off. Working for yourself has constant ups and downs but over time, you’ll find a sense of routine and stability. It’s all about the long haul.

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? 

There are so many places I love including Portland, Rome and New York City but visually, Palm Springs holds a special spot in my heart. I love the sunlight, the variety of cacti, the massive palm trees and of course, the midcentury modern aesthetic. It really influences the style of my design studio, Branch.


Early bird or night owl? 

Definitely an early bird! I feel like I think more clearly and can get the most done when I get an early start to the day.

Creative Flair : Shauna Haider | InBetween the Curls

Thank you so much for sharing Shauna!

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Creative Flair : Frank Moth | InBetween the Curls

Flair |fler| 1. A special or instinctive aptitude or ability for doing something well.

Lately I've been enjoying more and more collage artists and I seem to not get enough of them, so with that said, I asked the anonymous creative duos from Frank Moth to be a part of today's flair :) Funny part about this interview is that I never found out their actual names... their true to their brand and I respect that! 


In a few sentences describe yourself and what you do.

The main person behind Frank Moth has been designing for years. He is self-taught and has been an art director of a music-curating website, designed the website of a web radio and he has a wide portfolio of artistic posters, band covers and music mixes. Frank Moth was created as a new effort with his significant other. We make mostly digital collages, with an obvious vintage and retrofuturistic direction. Sometimes we stray from that pattern to create some designs a bit more austere with fewer colors and minimal feeling.

How did you first get into collage? What’s your favorite part about it?

Collage was something that came naturally. Frank Moth’s early compositions involved the synthesis of different pictures to serve the purpose needed at the time. So collage inevitably evolved into today’s designs. The charming part about collage is that when you practice it, you then see every picture, old photo, or color hues with different eyes. You are just constantly thinking about new color palettes and combinations - makes your mind work in a different speed.

Do you have any creative heroes that you admire & have inspired you? Who & How?

Yes, definitely. Mark Weaver is one of the greatest artists of a kind; his work is tremendously inspirational. We believe all collage artists have something to learn from him.  He is not the only one that we admire; Douglas Hales' collages are brilliant, and Jazberry Blue who is not a collagist but we love his designs and color pallette.

You have a very distinctive illustrative style. How did it evolve?

Well, this is a difficult question to answer. We do not fully recognize the references that have led up to our present design formula. They have to do with our experiences and feelings; we think the changes sometimes really shows through our work.

What is your favorite piece of work you have done and why?

Hm... our favorite piece. Tough. We change favorites from time to time. One of the designs that has a special place in our heart is “Portrait”, because it was the first one we printed and hung in our house, it has a sentimental significance.

Do you have a dream/goal that you wish to aspire?

Yes, of course we do. We want to get around to making some analogue work in the collage spectrum. We have made an effort so far, but we are not ready just yet.

Based in Athens, how is your work influenced by the city’s culture?

Well, since we have lived in this city for several years, it has grown within us as far as the culture and everyday life goes. We have been walking around, gathering experiences and living under these specific urban sounds, which has definitely affected the way we create, but with a certain subtleness. By that we mean that our inspiration does not come directly from Athens as the entity of the city (like taking inspitation from the Acropolis) rather than a cityscape with people and patterns of sound, life and feelings that we are a part of. Do we even make sense? 

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If you could live and work anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

That is a question that has a different answer for each of the two of us. Half of Frank Moth would heartily say New York or Tokyo, which are rightfully the epicenters of many arts and sciences. The other half would say London.

Early bird or night owl?

Early bird would be the answer to that. We are way past the days of when we were night owls.

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Thank you so much for sharing Frank Moth!

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