Tether Photo Shoot Series: Medicine Dance & Astro Enigma

Photographer extraordinaire Claudia Hershner operates as a commercial photographer, focusing on product, with many a passion project taking place in her Newport studio. Photography marries all the artistic elements she loves and the immediacy of photography is also particularly gratifying for Hershner. Her love of collaboration with other artists and the creative process of producing a shoot led to her involvement with two separate shoots for the upcoming Tether Sourcebook: Medicine Dance and Astro Enigma. Learn how she “paints” on and with the camera, the dance photographers themselves actually do behind the lens, the many uses of crystals, and how she incorporates her fine art background into digital photography. 

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claudiahershner.com
chelseacutrell.com 
thebeautyway.net 

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Tether Photo Shoot Series: Street Food

For this special series, I’m talking to some of the talented folks who created photo shoots for the Tether Sourcebook about their inspiration, process, and industry insights. 

Visual artist and graphic designer Janet Creekmore has loved photography for a long time—she even managed a photo studio. She wanted to do a food shoot that presented a challenge, and serendipitously met photographer Marlene Rounds, who connected with food stylist Jeffrey Martin. Learn how they recruited a cast of surprisingly cooperative “real people,” how their favorite shot came together on the fly, and what happened to the food once the photos were taken (hint: they ate it). 

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Tether Photo Shoot Series: Beneath the Surface

For this special series, I’m talking to some of the talented folks who created photo shoots for the Tether Sourcebook about their inspiration, process, and industry insights. 

Makeup Artist and Educator Stefani Carol had a brilliant idea for the Tether Sourcebook: an underwater beauty shoot. She connected with Photographer Tina Gutierrez to help execute the concept, and they—along with an extensive team—created beautifully haunting images. Listen in and learn how!

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Creative City Episode #39 - Creative Director Joi Sears

Cincinnati born-and-raised Creative Director Joi Sears is a creative’s creative: she’s done everything from dance and spoken word to photography and theater, earning a BFA in Acting before shifting her focus to combining the arts and social change through entrepreneurship. We talk about her ethical fashion line Amsterdamage, her sustainable pop-up shop The Green Store, and why she was banned from Europe by the Dutch government(!).

We also discuss:

- Her goal of traveling 30 cities outside the US by her 30th birthday, including places in Brazil, Haiti, an Ghana before winding up in Amsterdam.

- The bold mouse and the poetry performance that changed the course of her life.

- Her top three tips for zero-waste newbies (hint: cut back on plastic, especially single-use plastic products like water bottles and straws).

- Why she wanted The Green Store to be more than a place to shop.

- What she discovered researching sustainability and shopping habits of millennials.

- Her dream of finding a permanent location for The Green Store and how it could be replicated and adapted to communities in cities around the world (attention funders and investors!).

Also mentioned: 

goingzerowaste.com 
KetiKotiAmsterdam.nl
heesterveldcc.nl
thedoschool.org
ethicalfashioninitiative.org
cincinnatirecycles.org
Poem About My Rights by June Jordan

Visit:

freepeopleinternational.com
thegreenstorecincy.com
thestylesample.com
tethercincinnati.com
@4freepeople on Twitter & Instagram
@thegreenstorecincy on Instagram
@thestylesample on Twitter & Instagram
@tethercincy on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

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Creative City Episode #38 - Evolution Fashion Studio's Tony Tiemeyer

Fashion connoisseur Tony Tiemeyer (evolutionfashionstudio.com) opened his first vintage clothing store in 1984, and soon after started carrying the work of then up-and-coming designers like Todd Oldham and Donna Karan. After running several successful designer shops and managing high-end retail, he decided to take on a new challenge: e-commerce. We talk about how he started Evolution Fashion Studio, why he likes to stay incognito, and how he wound up dressing Cookie Lyon in Dior.

We also discuss:

  • How the Positively 4th Street window exhibit in downtown Cincinnati came together
  • Why he chose to invest in starting a business when he wasn’t sure what to study in college
  • How befriending a young Zac Posen eventually led to carrying designers like McQueen, Givenchy, and Lanvin.
  • What his upcoming plans are for Evolution’s FirstDibs (spoiler: fun things at a lower price point!)
  • Why he’s tempted by the idea of a brick-and-mortar but focused on growing the e-commerce side of the business.

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evolutionfashionstudio.com
- @evolution1645 on Twitter and Instagram
Positively 4th Street window exhibit
thestylesample on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

Creative City Episode #37 - Jewelry Designer Jill Goulait

Jill Goulait started making jewelry as a hobby after taking a simple soldering class, and what began as a diversion turned into a full-fledged occupation. The simple, minimalist designs that distinguish Circle Circle Jewelry (circlecirclejewelry.com) are inspired by deconstructing shapes down to their most basic form. We discuss how and why she changed the name of her business, how she found the perfect Production Assistant, and why it’s important to learn from everything you try.

We also discuss:

  • Going through the vigorous First Batch (firstbatch.org) accelerator program
  • Why etsy makes a great testing ground for everything from product design to marketing
  • What a difference straightforward descriptions, on-figure photos, and good customer service makes
  • How important it is to test, measure results, and stay nimble
  • Possible plans to make fine jewelry and create a bridal line

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circlecirclejewelry.com
circlecirclejewelry on Instagram and Facebook 
Retailers MiCA 12/v, Morrison & Me, and 21C Cincinnati
Episode #27 - Fashion Designer Jenifer Sult
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Creative City Episode #36 - Music Producer Kick Lee

Kick Lee landed in music production by sheer accident, after studying graphic design and discovering he wasn’t made for the corporate world. He grew up listening to music and has since become a fan of a number of genres, from bluegrass and country to hip-hop and EDM. We talk about his process for creating tracks from scratch, how music licensing works, and why he decided to make music his career (spoiler: it was when he got a $10K check for one gig!).

We also discuss:

  • His experience at Full Sail University and why it was one of the best decisions he made.
  • Being a black man with diverse tastes and talents, and the content that inspires him
  • The difference between exclusive vs non-exclusive licensing, and royalty back-end payments
  • What agencies and large companies look for when sourcing music for campaigns
  • Plans for KL Studios, his new recording and production studio designed to empower communities through sound
  • His affinity for Batman (?!?!)

Visit:

soundcloud.com/producerkicklee
producerkicklee on Twitter and Instagram 
Elementz, Episode #25 
thestylesample on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

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Creative City Episode #35 - Preneur Manager Stephanie Bohanon

Stephanie Bohanon studied finance and commercial real estate before a store management position at Preneur crossed her path. The brainchild of Procter & Gamble, Preneur is a year long 3rd party popup shop created to share new Tide products with the market and showcase local businesses. We chat about working with independent businesses, what it means to be an experiential retailer, and how today’s ambitious youths make us want to play catch-up.

We also discuss:

- The benefits of trying new creative ideas to see what sticks
- How small makers benefit from working with large brands, and vice versa
- Upcoming themes like sports, independent fashion (yay!), and wellness
- Hosting a series of small events like speaker series, shopping events, and cocktail hours
- Partner brands like Arkadiance, Native Brand, Originalitees, Game Day Feels, and Loner

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Preneur, 1333 Walnut St. at the corner of Walnut & Mercer
@PreneurCincy on Facebook and Instagram
MORTAR Pitch night podcast
thestylesample on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat