This weekend I attended Made in the Middle, a creative conference in Kansas City founded by Tad and Jessica Carpenter of Carpenter Collective. I wasn’t able to attend their first conference two years ago so I was thrilled it worked out to go this year! The conference started with a day of workshops on Friday (I attended a live recording of Andy J. Miller’s Creative Pep Talk Podcast!) and continued with an opening party at Messenger Coffee.
Saturday was a day full of lectures, and below are a few of my key takeaways from each of the six talented artists/designers/engineers who spoke. To say the weekend was inspiring is an understatement, and I’m truly proud to be a creative working in the Midwest.
Defining myself loosely opens doors for me.
If I put out the work I want it comes back to me.
My creativity comes in seasons.
Taking time to reflect is an important part of my process.
Amber took time to audit her work and pursue styles that she wanted to work on, even if it was different from work she was known for.
Lift each other up.
100% of perfectionists think they are imposters.
The more you put projects out into the world the more they come back to you.
Take the risks.
Hire people who are smarter than you who truly give a damn.
It’s okay not to be okay.
The first in-house graphic designer at Herman Miller, Inc.
If you have what you believe is an original, creative, terrific idea but you get timid and wonder what your client might think ... present it anyway.
You must disrupt the status quo.
We are all extraordinary.
There can always be a first time.
Just say yes, it is okay to be scared.
Collaboration breeds creativity.
Visibility has consequences.
Create without regrets.
Communicate your place in the market, know your unique value proposition and build connectivity into your business.
Andy J. Miller
The key to your creative career path is waiting for you to say yes.
Life is hard, but it doesn’t mean it’s bad. Hard and bad aren’t the same thing. (Andy’s Dad)
You have to go through all the levels, the maze is the key.
A creative path can be rocky.
You don’t know what dark places your creative work might pull people out of.
Be grateful for seasons where you can learn and grow in anonymity.
Who is flourishing because of the time, resources and skills you possess?
Relearn what you thought you already knew.
Seek out and plan those teachable moments, have a willingness to learn (teachability).
Write down your 5 year/10 year/20 year goals.
Friends, if you live in KC you need to stop by Hallmarket on September 15th! Here are just a few of my talented friends who will be selling their artwork at Crown Center:
Lisa Hadley @friendsofhadley
Chloe Daven @positivepennants
Meredith Cox @meredith.e.cox
Alyissa Johnson @alyissaj
Kelly Castor @kellcastor
Lynn Giunta @lynn_giunta
Barb Mizik @barb_mizik
Megan Reed @meganleighletters
Hello, friends! I'm excited to share a few of my favorite pages from the 2019 Year of Good Thoughts Calendar I created for Hallmark. Each page features a quote from the Hallmark writing collection, and I loved bringing them to life with my lettering. It's available at Hallmark Gold Crown stores now!
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Hello, friends! Today I'm sharing another roundup of some of my recent favorites from Instagram. This is one of my favorite ways to gather inspiration, so without further ado:
In order of appearance:
Matisse Hales (@matisseh)
Grey Likes Weddings (@greylikes)
Papetal by Jennifer Tran (@_papetal_)
Wells Collins (@wellscollins)
Wanissa Somsuphangsri (@wanisssa)
Hallmark Signature (@hallmarksignature)
Our weekend in NYC was mainly spent in Ken Barber's Freehand Lettering Workshop which was held at The Cooper Union. Both days we had lunch close to Cooper, the first day we tried Gemma at The Bowery Hotel and on Sunday we had a quick lunch at Korilla. Saturday evening we decided to explore Central Park and had a dinner reservation at The Loeb Boathouse. We had the best weather and I loved walking around the part and to 30 Rock after dinner. After that we headed back to our Airbnb to rest up for the next day.
Sunday evening was our last night in the city and we decided to take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge after the second full day of our workshop! It was super crowded but the views of the city were amazing. After our walk we stopped by the 9/11 memorial and then headed to dinner before a show at the Comedy Cellar. I also have to note that we had amazing breakfasts at both Juice Generation and Bluestone Lane Coffee. I'm so grateful that Hallmark sent the three of us to NYC, we learned a ton and made the most of our few days in the city!