Creative Heroes: Karen LePage

Creative Hero: Karen LePage | www.creativeandmindful.com

(Looking for some background on the Creative Heroes series? Check out my intro post HERE!)

I’ve decided to take a break from the Creative Heroes series after today’s post. But it’s a wonderful interview to end things on! Without further ado, I’d like to introduce Karen LePage

I haven’t known Karen for very long, but after meeting her at Sew Pro in September 2016, she quickly became one of my favorite people. She’s sweet and friendly and has a really fascinating background. Plus she does lovely work.

It should come as no surprise that some big names – such as Alison Glass, Heather Givans and Carrie Bloomston – have been eager to collaborate with her. Read more

Creative Heroes: Jennifer Lee

Creative Hero: Jennifer Lee | www.creativeandmindful.com

(Looking for some background on the Creative Heroes series? Check out my intro post HERE!)

Today’s Creative Hero is so exciting to me because I’m such a HUGE fan of her work. I can tell you, without a doubt, not ifs-ands-or-buts, if it wasn’t for Jennifer Lee and the Right-Brain Business Plan, there would be no Creative + Mindful. And I would most likely be very unhappy, in an unrewarding corporate job, and not using my creative skills to do more than make paperclip sculptures at my desk.

I took a couple of mental health days from my job in January 2012 to (virtually) participate in the Creative Live broadcast of her flagship RBBP class and the rest is history. Read more

Creative Heroes: Ben Venom

Creative Hero: Ben Venom | interview at www.creativeandmindful.com

(Looking for some background on the Creative Heroes series? Check out my intro post HERE!)

I have to admit I was a little star struck connecting with Ben. His work is just plain bad-ass and he’s deeply involved in the Bay area art scene. And he’s done some pretty neat collaborations, such as with Creature skateboards. Plus he’s a really nice dude.

He’s the artist I daydreamed about being when I was in art school.

Ben’s quilts may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The subject matter is very punk rock/heavy metal/tattoo/biker culture inspired. A pretty far cry from traditional quilt designs, the new modern quilt genre, or the fun and sweet patterns that are stocked at your local quilt shop. Read more

Creative Heroes: Brave Girls

Creative Heroes: Brave Girls | www.creativeandmindful.com

(Looking for some background on the Creative Heroes series? Check out my intro post HERE!)

For this week’s Creative Heroes interview, I had the pleasure of talking with the Brave Girls!

Because Melody was out of town and tied up with some projects, my conversation was primarily with Kathy. But she was able to give me some great insight into how this team of sisters makes the wheels of their company turn – and how they get to all their wonderful creative pursuits.

The Brave Girls Club showed up in my life at a time when I really needed some support and guidance. Their courses, daily messages, and uplifting community helped me out of an emotional jam on several occasions. The fact that the personal development wisdom they provide is centered on creative experiences and projects was really important to me. Read more

Creative Heroes: Lee Crutchley

Creative Hero: Lee Crutchley | www.creativeandmindful.com

(Looking for some background on the Creative Heroes series and links to all the interviews? Check out my intro post HERE!)

If you aren’t familiar with Lee Crutchley, you need to check out his 3rd book – How to be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad) pronto!

When I took the leap and contacted some of my heroes to see if they would be willing to discuss time management and creative productivity with me, Lee was at the top of my list. As someone who has struggled with depression for a very long time, I felt like I had met a kindred spirit when I picked up his book.

Lee is funny and smart and makes clever artwork. His blog posts aren’t prolific, his newsletters don’t come weekly, and he is just now working on his 4th book. But Lee’s focus seems to be one of “doing the important things” versus doing everything. Quality trumps quantity in the time management game.

And I knew Lee would have some interesting things to say about creative productivity. (spoiler alert: I wasn’t disappointed) Read more

Creative Heroes: Pat Sloan

Creative Hero: Pat Sloan | www.creativeandmindful.com

(Looking for some background on the Creative Heroes series? Check out my intro post HERE!)

When I decided to reach out to some of my favorite artists and creative entrepreneurs about time management and productivity, I knew I wanted to talk with Pat Sloan! She is so full of energy and amazingly busy. I was sure she had some really great thoughts on balancing creativity, a business, and the miscellaneous stuff of life. I wasn’t disappointed! Read more