Creative City Episode #33 - Handzy Shop + Studio

Friends Suzy and Brittney met in the first day of class during their 2nd year in college, and have been inseparable ever since. They started Handzy (hellohandzy.com) as a graphic design studio, creating branding for small businesses and stationery for craft fairs before embarking on a new venture: retail. We talk about working with other independent creators, how a more visually holistic approach to design has streamlined their process, and why Instagram Friends are (almost) as good as IRL ones.

We also discussed:

  • How having a shop started as an inside joke that quickly turned into a reality
  • The process of creating and curating their rad Instagram images
  • How wedding invitations are the bridge between client work and stationery design
  • Why networking is not nearly as effective (or fun!) as friend-making
  • How they approach blogging as a small business

Visit:

Handzy Design Shop + Studio, 15 W Pike Street, Covington, KY
hellohandzy.com
hellohandzy on Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook
CityFlea.com
PleasantryOTR.com
HotelCovington.com
BraxtonBrewing.com
TheHannaford.com
DurhamBrandCo.com 
thestylesample on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

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Creative City Episode #32 - Designer Chris Glass

Designer Chris Glass (chrisglass.com) intended to go to school to study film, but wound up in Visual Communication, transitioning from analog to computer-based work on the cusp of the digital revolution. We talk about how he progressed from creating CD-ROMS (remember those?) to designing the logo for the Obama administration’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, how taking daily photos turned into a motivator to lead an interesting life, and why the Beliebers came after him on Twitter.

We also discussed:

  • How being attracted to a “rock sensibility” led him to design everything from album covers to t-shirts
  • Finding the rhythm and the beauty of having mundane rest days
  • His Haile Foundation Fellowship focused on learning more about photography and celebrating the way it can bring people together
  • The importance of physically meeting in a space and exploring it together
  • Launching the new PhotoScouting Cincinnati book (available April 3rd!) and Pixels & Ink co-working space

Visit:
chrisglass.com 
PhotoCorps.org 
pixelsand.ink 
wireandtwine.com
@glass on Twitter
@thephotocorps on Instagram 
PeoplesLiberty.org
thestylesample on
Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

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Season 4 is here! Creative City Episode #31 - Artist & Art Educator Pam Kravetz

We’re back for Season 4! In episode #31, I talk to Pam Kravetz, an Artist and Art Educator with a penchant for "tutus, big wigs, and faux furs.” She’s done everything from performative art and yarn bombing to teaching children and radical puppetry. We chat about how she found her voice as an artist, the importance of connecting with people through public art, and earning two college varsity letters as the University of Cincinnati Bearcat mascot(!)

We also discussed:

- Celebrating what you’re good at, and pushing yourself in areas you’re not
- How volunteering as a docent helped her realize she enjoyed talking about and teaching art
- Why teaching has made her a better artist and vice versa
- The need to say something different with her work in today’s political climate
- Letting go of the idea of perfection

Visit:
pamkravetzart.com
Pam Kravetz on Facebook
@pamkravetz on Instagram 
artworkscincinnati.org
brazeestreetstudios.com
www.pendletonartcenter.com
thestylesample on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

Creative City Episode #30 - Janet Hill, Project Manager

For the final episode of Season 3, I talk to Project Manager Extraordinaire Janet Hill (janethillevents.com), who’s a pro when it comes to finding the path to get things done. She’s worked on everything from ArtWorks’ 21 Candles anniversary celebration to location management for the Marauders movie filmed here in Cincinnati. We chat about the reward of seeing a vision come to life, why collaboration is SO important on large-scale events, and how working at Kenner Toy Co was just as fun as you think would be.

We also discussed:

  • How being a Girl Scout led to gaining experience organizing things and events 
  • How working on the opening of Sawyer Point Park and the Cincinnati bicentennial helped her quick start her career
  • The secret to keeping up with all of the moving parts of a large-scale project
  • Being more collaborative than competitive
  • How to take advantage of unpredictable scenarios and go with the flow

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Creative City Episode #29 - Katie Fraser and Jacob Trevino of Gorilla Cinema

Katie Fraser & Jacob Trevino founded Gorilla Cinema, a creative experience company. What started as a pop-up pairing cocktails and movies led to opening immersive bar environments (The Overlook Lodge, The Video Archive) that are playful, approachable, and incorporate the element of surprise. We talk about the importance of building trust among your community of followers, their plans to create other large-scale immersive experiences, and how convenient it is to be able to store random stuff in your own bar.

We also discussed:

- Their mission of projecting wonder via guerrilla marketing
- Doing something that seems crazy with the intent of making something magical
- Bringing extra life to neighborhoods by being approachable and considering what works best for each area
- How they hope to foster a community of people who will bring their own creative ideas to life.
- Why they decided to give The Overlook Lodge's biggest fans keys to the bar

Visit:

- GorillaCinemaPresents.com
- GorillaCinema on Facebook
- gorillacinemapresents on Instagram
- @gorillacinema on Twitter
- gorillacinemapr on Pinterest
- thestylesample on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

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Creative City Episode #28 - James Avant IV of OCD Cakes

James Avant IV started Obsessive Cake Disorder to make mental health more approachable by associating it with something positive—like cake. As the winner of the 2016 ArtWorks’ Big Pitch, he’s using the winnings to grow Bakeologie, a community kitchen with the goal of getting friends and neighbors around the table to eat, build, and create community. We talk about his background as a culinary instructor, the versatility of baking, and why he didn’t bring any cookies to share during our interview :-(

We also discuss:

  • How he practiced for the ArtWorks Big Pitch and what he did with the Big Check
  • Why his experience with multiple therapists led him to pursue a degree in Neurobiology
  • Creating a class experience that is accessible, affordable, and social
  • His current baking obsession (hint: it involves eclairs)
  • What it’s like working at the Findlay Kitchen

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Creative City Episode #27 - Designer Jenifer Sult of Cut + Sewn

Fashion Designer Jenifer Sult is the founder of Cut + Sewn, a multidisiplinary studio that provides design and sewing services in addition to a full product development package for fashion and soft-good product designers. Jenifer’s love of sewing started at an early age, when she started making her own clothes in elementary school(!), and hasn’t waned since. We talk about launching a collection of home-sewing patterns called Daughters of Style, how she helps clients get from the idea stage to the product stage, and why Cincinnati is the perfect place to start a fashion business.

We also discuss:
- The intuition and understanding that go into the art of pattern making
- Why 50% of her fashion designer clients come from New York City
- How she connects with small factories right here in the USA
- Being part of Artworks Big Pitch and launching a product with First Batch
- Opening the SHOWROOM storefront to showcase goods from independent designers

Visit:
www.cutsewn.com
Episode 19 featuring Cosette
SHOWROOM independent designer showcase (shwrmgallery@gmail.com)
cutsewncincinnati on Instagram
@cut_sewn on Twitter
@thestylesample on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat

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Creative City Episode #26 - Artist-Designers Janet Creekmore and Ben Neal of Eye Candy

Artist-Designers Janet Creekmore and Ben Neal focus on branding for retail, restaurant, and mixed-used lifestyle centers via creative studio Eye Candy, but their passion can be summed up thusly: they design for place. We talk about their mobile gallery project POPPED ART, the benefits of being nosy, and how they bring high art into the design process.

We also discuss:
-How they initially partnered up and joined forces
-Becoming part of a community by activating underutilized spaces
-What they’ve learned working with People’s Liberty
-Why art and artists are crucial to economic development
-Tips for combining art and design
-The beauty of whiteboards and kanban, a visual process-management system

Visit:
creativeeyecandy.com
poppedart.gallery
@eyecandydesign on Instagram
@poppedartgallery on Instagram
@thestylesample on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

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