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Seven Creative Ladies

I love con­nect­ing with other design­ers to find out about how they got their start, and what makes them tick. It’s so inspir­ing to see how peo­ple from so many dif­fer­ent walks of life and from so many dif­fer­ent back­grounds can all have some­thing in com­mon. A pas­sion to cre­ate, no mat­ter what spe­cific avenue, is some­thing I love to see oth­ers express. And yet, the cre­ative spark can man­i­fest itself in so many dif­fer­ent ways. So I decided to con­nect with sev­eral really inspir­ing ladies I fol­low on Twit­ter to get a lit­tle more infor­ma­tion about how they got their start and what in par­tic­u­lar field they enjoy the most.

To each per­son, I posed the fol­low­ing questions:

  • What made you decide to pur­sue a cre­ative career in general?
  • What do you con­sider your main cre­ative focus (i.e. print, web/dev, pho­tog­ra­phy, etc.) and what made you choose that over all other cre­ative fields?

Their answers are var­ied and intrigu­ing and heart­felt, and they echo some of the same rea­sons I’m so moti­vated to cre­ate. I hope they are as inspir­ing to you!


passionsistaVandy Russ | @passionsistahttp://luckygadgetgirl.com/

I am mostly a tech­ni­cian but decided to pur­sue my cre­ative side when I noticed that I enjoyed cre­at­ing things. I feel some sort of excite­ment when­ever I cre­ate some­thing and it looks “great”. I got my inspi­ra­tion from dif­fer­ent web­sites and from a friend who is an amaz­ing web designer. The col­ors and the shapes com­ing together to make a mas­ter­piece is worth all of the hard work. I see it also as an oppor­tu­nity to have this as one of my skills that I could eas­ily turn too if I get tired of being a technician.

My main cre­ative focus is web/dev the rea­son I chose it was due in part to my inter­est in the web, css and xhtml. After using twit­ter I real­ized that I’ve made the right deci­sion in choos­ing web/dev as my main cre­ative  focus. With all of the infor­ma­tion that I am reciev­ing I am see­ing that there is room for improve­ments. The web/dev world is so inter­est­ing and there is always some­thing new to try out, espe­cially with all of the new plat­forms and devel­oper tools that are avail­able  to exper­i­ment with.


gracesmithGrace Smith | @gracesmithhttp://www.gracesmith.co.uk

Since a young age I have always been in touch with my cre­ative side. I spent hours draw­ing, sketch­ing and colour­ing in, I even used to sell my draw­ings when I was in Pri­mary School. A young entre­pre­neur even then I guess!

As I matured I realised that my pas­sion lay within the com­bi­na­tion of tech­nol­ogy and art (my two favourite sub­jects) and so study­ing Mul­ti­me­dia Design at Uni­ver­sity was a great way to have the best of both worlds, which ulti­mately led me into start­ing my own small studio.

Using your tal­ent and skills to cre­ate some­thing beau­ti­ful and unique is one of the most sat­is­fy­ing things for me per­son­ally. In a cre­ative career there is com­plete room to expand your hori­zons and con­stantly learn and develop, it’s within this cre­ative space that i tend to thrive in and enjoy.

My main focus is web based though as I worked within a Print­ing Co. for over two years i do love the print based side of design. I work with Word­press to cre­ate cus­tom blog designs and also enjoy work­ing on User Inter­faces for appli­ca­tions. More recently i have begun to focus on my own projects, as it’s impor­tant for me to put some of my cre­ative energy into other projects besides client work. This allows me to exper­i­ment in ways I wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily be able to on work for clients of Postscript5.


cherub_rock123Nicole Alexan­der | @cherub_rock123http://iamni.com

I have stud­ied every­thing BUT Graphic Design in school until about a year ago when I landed my career job at thinkWEBSTORE.com.  I have always been into the arts, how­ever, since I was a child.  I grew up with a father who owned a coin-op amuse­ment busi­ness.  Every­day after school, I would sit in his ware­house and play video games until it was time to leave, and to my father, that was LATE.  Ever since I learned the key­board in com­puter class at the age of 9, I’ve been on the Inter­net. I have always loved the inter­webs and tech­nol­ogy. I have played the sax­o­phone, steel drums, and gui­tar in high­school and col­lege. I still play gui­tar to this day, for it is my sec­ond pas­sion in life.  I basi­cally real­ized one day, that I need to do what makes me happy in life.  With this real­iza­tion, I decided to go back to school and study Graphic Design. I feel, as long as you do what you are pas­sion­ate about and what you love, you will suc­ceed no mat­ter what.

I chose Graphic Design for the sim­ple fact that I never get bored with this field.  The Inter­net, busi­ness, tech­nol­ogy, peo­ple, social media, and web­sites are always chang­ing and evolv­ing. I want to be a part of it and con­tribute in some way, as well as keep up with the lat­est trends that are out there.  Graphic Design is what I’m most pas­sion­ate about.


mistygirlphMisty Belardo | @mistygirlphhttp://digigirlmisty.blogspot.com

Ever since I was small watch­ing and see­ing ads all around me and won­dered how they were made has led me to pur­sue a career in adver­tis­ing arts.  And when I was at school it was there that I dis­cov­ered the many pos­si­bil­i­ties and medi­ums to express my thought and feel­ings. I have always made it a point to study dif­fer­ent forms of medi­ums and see where I can excel at.  It is a pas­sion that I intend to pur­sue and cul­ti­vate both pro­fes­sion­ally and personally.

For now its the web and print.  But I’m still devel­op­ing my skills, as my field is really devel­op­ing con­cepts for events and video pro­duc­tion.  But ever since my trans­fer to dig­i­tal I am enjoy­ing the new things I can do with it.

Right now I am con­cen­trat­ing on my hand drawn art.  The avatars and car­toon illus­tra­tions are what I am focus­ing on.  I believe there are still a lot of ways I can push myself to come up with cre­ative works of art in the dig­i­tal arena. I really want to con­tribute to the growth, devel­op­ment and appre­ci­a­tion of design and designers.


alydesignsAlyssa Mead­ows | @alydesignshttp://www.creativeshake.com/agmdesigns

I guess I took the back way into being a designer. I actu­ally started out want­ing to be a journalist/writer. In high school I worked for the school paper as a writer, but ended up doing the page lay­out and design as well. Then in col­lege while major­ing in Eng­lish, I landed a job doing lay­out and ad design for a local news­pa­per and the rest is his­tory. :) I received most of my train­ing “on the job” and through online tuto­ri­als and basi­cally just learn­ing the pro­grams myself. I hope to one day go back  to school for a for­mal degree in graphic design. Right now I work as a full-time free­lancer in Plano, TX and I’m hop­ing to open a cre­ative agency in the next year.

I con­sider print design to be my main cre­ative focus. I love all things print! Noth­ing com­pares to the feel­ing of hold­ing the final printed prod­uct of an idea, design or con­cept you helped to conceive.


fleurdeleighLeigh Carac­ci­oli | @fleurdeleighhttp://www.fleurdeleighphotography.com

Com­mon Denom­i­na­tors
Cre­ativ­ity for me began as a pig­tailed, over­all wear­ing youth on a exploratory jour­ney of expres­sion.  At first, I was a sto­ry­teller (maybe it was called “lying”) cre­at­ing lav­ish tales of  what I found around me.  Which leads me to share what I find com­mon denom­i­na­tors of the cre­atives that I admire.

Power of observation.

In my col­lege years, I stud­ied Jour­nal­ism and Lan­guage Arts and went on to pur­sue a Master’s in Cre­ative Writ­ing.  Like count­less oth­ers, I intend to write a poignant novel, when I get around to it.  When I held that first dig­i­tal cam­era in my hand a few years back, a Nikon D50, that cre­ativ­ity burst to the sur­face.  I played, prac­ticed, self-taught, read, explored with that cam­era all hours of the day.  Then, as is now, my whole inten­tion is to rep­re­sent the beauty of what I see in the world and peo­ple from behind the lens. I want to illu­mi­nate my mind’s eye.  I still need so much prac­tice to give the images their due. But pas­sion moves me for­ward. Cre­ativ­ity fuels me. You deserve the vision. I want to share it with you.

Desire to share a vision.

My pin­na­cle cre­ative moment occurred a year back when I stopped seek­ing to emu­late oth­ers, please oth­ers, blend in. A men­tor rec­og­nized my style of pho­tog­ra­phy when review­ing the images being con­sid­ered for my port­fo­lio. She told me. “Lis­ten to your gut.   Look for that IT fac­tor. Trust your­self.”  Con­se­quently, I dis­cov­ered what dif­fer­en­ti­ates my pho­tog­ra­phy from oth­ers and I am still run­ning with it. I have been in busi­ness for nearly a year now.  My clients amaze me.  And keep me busy.

Know your­self. Trust your­self. Dis­tin­guish yourself.

Now I am a writer, pho­tog­ra­pher, mother, blog­ger, social net­worker, speaker all of which employs my cre­ativ­ity in bustling over­lap­ping fash­ion of a busy inter­state.  I write about pho­tog­ra­phers, take pic­tures at every oppor­tu­nity, speak/blog for social media.  I am lucky to have found cre­ative fusion.  And feel grate­ful for that luck and priv­i­lege every day!

Appre­ci­ate. And give back.


idesignstudiosSelene Bowlby | @idesignstudioshttp://www.idesignstudios.com

As early as I can remem­ber, I’ve always known that I wanted to do some­thing with art and design, in some form or another… It was always just a mat­ter of exactly WHAT part of design I wanted to focus on.

Grow­ing up, I can remem­ber want­ing to be any­thing from an art teacher, land­scape artist, stu­dio artist, fash­ion designer and inte­rior designer. When I first headed off to col­lege I had print / graphic design in my head, but by the time I grad­u­ated I knew 100%, with­out any doubt, that I wanted to focus on web design.

My main cre­ative focus is both web design and front-end web devel­op­ment. There is a spe­cial pull that design­ing for the screen holds for me, that print design (or the other cre­ative fields) do not.

I think it is the com­bi­na­tion of being able to cre­ate some­thing that is not only beau­ti­ful, but is also func­tional. Add to that the con­stantly evolv­ing tech­nol­ogy that is the nature of the inter­net…. the fact that there is always some­thing new to learn, and so many ways to improve upon your skills is what has drawn me to web design for the past 10 years.


So what about me? Like a cou­ple of other ladies have also said, I have had the cre­ative bug since I was very young. Instead of a mil­lion toys, I was sup­plied with end­less mark­ers, col­ored pen­cils, paints, and any­thing else of that nature. I also grew up in a great woodsy area which had end­less inspi­ra­tion. All I had to do was walk out­side and I could find things to draw. Through­out school, I refined that into pho­tog­ra­phy, illus­tra­tion, graphic design, video pro­duc­tion, col­lage, etc. I’ve had a lot of fan­tas­tic teach­ers who I really thank for push­ing me in so many dif­fer­ent cre­ative directions.

As for a par­tic­u­lar field, I always thought I wanted to focus on the web. How­ever, I hap­pened upon my cur­rent job as a print designer and have fallen in love with it. I get to exper­i­ment with so many dif­fer­ent media that it gives me tons of vari­ety and it’s never some­thing I get bored with. I agree that the appeal of get­ting a final prod­uct that you can hold in your hand is very pow­er­ful, and it gives me such a sense of accomplishment.

Thanks to all the ladies for tak­ing the time to help me out with this arti­cle. I’d love to do a sequel; I never get tired of hear­ing how other peo­ple get inspired. If you’d like to par­tic­i­pate in the next round, leave a com­ment or catch me on Twit­ter!

*UPDATED: Eight more cre­ative ladies to find out about!*

12 Responses to “Seven Creative Ladies”

  1. Madeline says:

    Great post Sarah! More fab­u­lous ladies to fol­low, learn from and be inspired by :) Thanks for sharing.

    Madeline’s last blog post..Bet­ter in Pink– #19 Hot Female Web Design­ers Part 2.

  2. @curiouslt Check out the first one here: http://bit.ly/pZvn2 can I email @ the address I already have or do you want to DM another?

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  3. @kimberlybeaven The orig­i­nal arti­cle is here: http://bit.ly/pZvn2 can I send more details to the email I have?

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  4. Call­ing all cre­ative ladies! Writ­ing part 2 of my series http://bit.ly/pZvn2, DM me if you’d like to be featured!

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  5. Call­ing all cre­ative ladies! Writ­ing part 2 of my series http://bit.ly/pZvn2, DM me if you’d like to be featured!

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  6. Love, love, love this! I feel priv­i­leged and hon­ored that Sarah asked if I would like to be a part of, in my words
    what women who cre­ate bring into this impor­tant place we share, or planet.” I believe because we are women we have a very unique abil­ity to cre­ate and com­mu­ni­cate cre­ativ­ity not bet­ter than men but surely dif­fer­ent. Cre­ativ­ity is cre­ativ­ity, the expres­sion is what sets you apart! What a lovely arti­cle about lovely women.
    .-= Robin Pernice´s last blog ..makini­trite: @mistygirlph #Fol­lowFri­day super­cool, artist, designer, blog­ger, an @bitrebels team mem­ber! Check her out! =-.

  7. ahmednaguib says:

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  8. @merttol Check out http://bit.ly/pZvn2 to see @fleurdeleigh and @gracesmith, and I’ll make sure to fea­ture @ronicadesign next time!

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  9. gracesmith says:

    Seven Cre­ative Ladies http://bit.ly/pZvn2 via @MadysonDesigns

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  10. ronicadesign says:

    Even More cre­ative ladies…Seven Cre­ative Ladies http://bit.ly/pZvn2 By: @@MadysonDesigns *Good fol­lows here!

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  11. fleurdeleigh says:

    {TY, Ms. Awe­some!} Via @MadysonDesigns: check out http://bit.ly/pZvn2 2 see @gracesmith & I’ll make sure to fea­ture @ronicadesign next time!

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