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: Jocelyn K. Glei

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

This week’s Creative Hero may be familiar to you if you’ve read the 99U series that includes: Manage Your Day-To-Day, Make Your Mark, and Maximize Your Potential.

As the founding editor of 99U, Jocelyn Glei was responsible for those books. I’m quite certain they have made a big impact on the work and lives of many creative people. Yours truly devoured them when they came out and they continue to be very popular – with excellent reviews! – on Amazon.

If you’re not familiar with Jocelyn, I’ve added her bio at the end of the interview. For now, I’ll just say that she’s a smart and interesting person who writes about work and creativity in the Age of Distraction (yes, I stole that tag line from her website).

Last week she launched her new book, called Unsubscribe. As I expected, it is brilliantly written and provides some excellent advice on dealing with the time-sucking monster known as email. 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

All about Creative Heroes!

The Creative Heroes series is on hiatus.

But please check out my interviews with these awesome Creative Heroes:

Is there someone you’d like me to feature in a future Creative Heroes series? Please send me a message!

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The original Creative Heroes intro post:

Creative Heroes

If you’ve hung around the blog long enough, you know that time management and productivity are big topics for me. Not like 4-Hour Work Week kind of stuff but making the time and resources to juggle all of life’s priorities while still attending to my creative work.

As I have chatted with fellow artists, crafters and creative folk over the past year or so, I have learned that a lot of us have time management and productivity on our minds. Some have kids/family obligations, some are juggling day jobs, some have labor-intensive creative processes. Read more