Creative City Episode #22 - Anh Tran and Catherine Richards of Hark+Hark

Artists, designers, activists, and nonprofit leaders Anh Tran and Catherine Richards make conceptual art that’s an expression of love and friendship through collaborative enterprise Hark+Hark (harkandhark.com). We talk - and laugh -  about staying true to yourself as a maker, listening to your gut instincts, and why talking to *everyone* is the best way to learn and grow. 

We also discuss:
- How they found manufacturers to produce their jewelry line
- Real life research and development
- How the “magic key” to success is really just working
- Partnering with other experts to form the “bigger brain"
- Their upcoming Style + Sustainability gala featuring living garments created by Cincinnati area fashion designers 

Visit:
harkandhark.com
modernmakers.org
catherinerichardsart.com
Brooke Shanesy Photography
Zephyr Gallery
@catherinerichardsart on IG
@anhtrananhtran on IG
@thestylesample on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

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Creative City Episode #21 - Photo Stylist Jessie Cundiff

Welcome back for Season 3 of the Creative City podcast! 

Photo Stylist and all-around creative babe Jessie Cundiff started as a fine artist and has been a successful freelance stylist for six years. We chat about what it takes to build your portfolio, the importance of doing the work, and why being part of a community makes a difference in work and in life.

We also discuss:
-How Jessie got her start as a stylist
-How her fine arts skills help her on the job
-What she looks for in an assistant stylist
-Why it’s fun to experiment and push boundaries
-Taking time to travel and explore
-Being a Big Sister! 

As mentioned:
JessieCundiff.com
@jessccbell on Instagram
Creative City episode #15 - Rosie Kovacs of Brush Factory Furniture
TheStyleSample.com
@thestylesample on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat

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Creative City Episode #20 -

Social and Civic Innovation Specialist Tamaya Dennard spends her time sparking civic engagement at Design Impact, a nonprofit design firm focused on social justice and social change issues. It’s no wonder she went from being voted “most likely to change the world” in high school to working as an agent of change, but just how did she make the leap from real estate to politics?

We talk about how she went from stuffing envelopes for a friend to managing PG Sittenfeld's political campaign, why quitting a "good job" to work at City Hall for a MUCH lower salary (thank goodness she had an understanding landlord!) was a pivotal moment, how she leverages the relationships she’s built to make a difference in the community, and why it’s important to create opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to come together.

Follow Tamaya Dennard on Facebook, @tdennard on Twitter, and tedennard on Instagram
Follow thestylesample on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

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Creative City Episode #19 - Emmit Jones and Josh Jacob of Cosette

Dynamic creative duo Emmit Jones and Josh Jacob founded Cosette, a cross-disciplinary design practice focused on serving the fashion, luxury, lifestyle, and culture industries. Their small (3 person!) team works within the branding realm and favors a direct client-to-creative relationship, but they choose to focus on the brands they like to serve, including the “new creative class.”

After plying me with liquor, we talked about the roots of their subversive core ethos, why Emmit wound up at New York Men’s Fashion Week, and how making actual friends is just as important as building business relationships.

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Creative City Episode #18 - Chanel Scales of Shingo

Fashion Designer Chanel Scales of SHINGO talks designing custom styles for confident women, her plans to produce a ready-to-wear line, and the importance of having a supportive team who believes in you AND in themselves.

As part of Cincinnati Music Festival’s Throwback Thursday event highlighting fashions from the '60s through modern day, Chanel is busy handling the “good stress” that comes with increased opportunities. One of her afrocentric prom dress designs went viral, and we discuss how important it is to shut down for a bit (perhaps in a floating tank?) to alleviate anxiety, gain clarity and let creative inspiration emerge.

 

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Creative City Episode #17 - Fashion Designer Asha Daniels

Fashion designer and two-time Project Runway contestant Asha Daniels of Asha Ama gets real about reality show casting (psych evaluation, anyone?), how she went from interning at Garanimals to creating designs for a major fashion house, and why she decided to forgo corporate in favor of her own couture line.

We got into details about the email that got her an internship at Marchesa (listen up, aspiring designers), a random draping experiment that eventually became the showpiece of the bridal couture line, and one guest judge’s* utter rudeness--which was completely cut from the show. Asha has some exciting design projects coming up this Fall--including designing not one, but two wedding dresses for her own nuptials--so fellow fashion lovers will want to take note!

*I’m gonna spoil it for you: Zac Posen. I know. I know. I was shocked too.

As mentioned:
UC DAAP
Dwellings
Officer Tommy Norman on Instagram
Email couture@ashaama.com, Follow Asha Ama on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
Follow thestylesample on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

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Creative City #16: Katie Hicks of Kith Creative

Copy Director and Brand Consultant Katie Hicks of Kith Creative talks about the ins and outs of starting your own creative business, her journey from small agency copywriter to working with international fashion brands, and why it’s so important to have faith in your own decisions.

Katie and I have a lot in common, despite the fact that she actually enjoys writing: Listening to podcasts made her want to create her own, one that highlighted the people making moves in Cincinnati’s creative community. Sound familiar? We chat about what a Copy Director really does, how she decided to quit her day job (it was pretty spontaneous!), and how much fun it is to create the person behind the brand.

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Creative City Episode #15 - Rosie Kovacs of Brush Factory Furniture

Rosie Kovacs of Brush Factory Furniture talks starting a business right out of school (and in the middle of the recession), learning to be strategic about growth, and why it’s important to make design accessible to everyone.

Brush Factory won $20,000 via an ArtWorks Big Pitch business grant, so we chatted about what really happens during the application process and how she and her partner wound up (unexpectedly!) spending the money, their initial desire to combine fashion and craft, how they figured out the wholesale game and built relationships with boutiques all over the country, and how working with a mentor helped them articulate why they were in business and what their real purpose was.

As mentioned:
ArtWorks Big Pitch
Cosette
DanceFix
Follow Brush Factory on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest
Follow thestylesample on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat

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