Episode 69 - Amy Kinslow - Southern Fried Design Barn on Working with Wholesale Reps, Selling at Craft & Barn Markets, & Building a Product Line

Episode 69 - Amy Kinslow - Southern Fried Design Barn on Working with Wholesale Reps, Selling at Craft & Barn Markets, & Building a Product Line

On today's episode, Amy Kinslow walks us through her journey of transitioning her side hustle to a full time career. She shares why being slow and steady has been so important to her growth as an entrepreneur. Amy also gives us some great tips for selling at a craft and barn market and the difference between a showroom booth and her craft booth. She goes over how she's decided what products to develop and what made her decide to go beyond stationery. This is a jam packed interview loaded with great takeaways.

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Episode 68 - Jess Franks, Fine Artist on Layering Acrylic, Working with Minted, & Colorful Collections

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Today on the podcast I am joined by fine artist Jess Franks. We talked about her creative childhood, the winding journey she took to becoming an artist and why she is drawn to her current artistic style. Jess also shares the power of layers and changing subjects as well as her personal opinion about painting with acrylic vs. oil.

 

About Jess Franks:

Jess Franks is known for vibrant acrylic paintings that dance the line between real and abstract. As a magazine graphic designer by trade (including work for Greenville Magazine, South Carolina Magazine, and Mechanical Engineering Magazine), she has spent countless hours on her computer poring over photography. A few years ago she discovered that painting not only allows her to delve back into a more tactile world, but also to create scenes in radical colors that no photo could capture. She uses the familiar structures of the natural world around her to explore new palettes, resulting in paintings that are at once both unexpected yet accessible.

In between paintings, Jess has spent much of her time researching how social media and online commerce can create communities and sustain artists through untraditional avenues. She has found an incredibly interactive art-collecting community on Instagram and uses that platform as her primary location for studio updates and shop news. Her prints are sold at Minted, Anthropologie, WestElm, and MaineCottage. Jess has placed in multiple contests on Minted, including first and second place wins in the Minted X West Elm contests, and a third place win in the Minted X Domino contest.

She lives with her husband and brood of children in New England.

Photo credit: Jessica Franks

Photo credit: Jessica Franks

Links:

Fredericks Canvas

Minted

 

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About The Positively Creative Podcast:

The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields.

To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!

Episode 67 - Kimberly Zukley, Fine Artist, on Expanding Upon Your Niche, Exploring Mediums, & Growing Organically

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On today's podcast, Kimberly Zukley and I dive deep into how we are inspired to use new mediums and resources we use to learn new techniques. Kimberly also shares her journey to become a full-time artist and her creative life as a mom and artist.


Kimberly Zukley, Fine Artist from Mobile, Alabama on the Positively Creative Podcast.

Kimberly Zukley, Fine Artist from Mobile, Alabama on the Positively Creative Podcast.

 

About Kimberly:

Kimberly is a fine artist based in Mobile, Alabama, where she creates collections of animal hide and reptile skin motifs using various mediums and processes. Her work showcases bold colors and refreshing marks in an abstract yet slightly representational manner.  

Kimberly earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The University of Mississippi where she studied traditional art and graphic design.

Kimberly Zukley, fine artist and fashionista (EVEN IN THE STUDIO!), painting away! Listen to her story on the Positively Creative Podcast

Kimberly Zukley, fine artist and fashionista (EVEN IN THE STUDIO!), painting away! Listen to her story on the Positively Creative Podcast

 

Connect with Kimberly:
Website | Instagram | Pinterest

 

To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook!

 

About The Positively Creative Podcast:

The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields.

To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!






Episode 66 - Kristin Malone, Artist & Shop Owner of Home Malone on Brick & Mortar, Expanding Locations, & Customer Communication

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Kristin Malone is on the show today and we chat about her creative journey from hobby, to brick and mortar, and to expanding locations. Her shop Home Malone is located in New Orleans and features local and southern artists. We also chat about the importance of customer communication and why finding your unique perspective as an artist is important.

 

About Kristin:

Home Malone began in 2011 as a need to get back to creativity. It grew from refinishing furniture at night and during the weekends in a carport and slowly graduated to selling rustic wood signs with hand painted creole tomatoes. oysters and other New Orleans influenced items. As demand and passion grew for the small business, Kristin quit her near decade long industrial sales career in Jan 2014 to pursue Home Malone full time. Her wholesale and customer base grew as she participated in countless outdoor art markets and painted custom house caricatures for locals. In 2015, she added paint parties to her portfolio as she worked together with local businesses to help bring customers in after hours. In July 2016, she hosted a paint party at a charming clothing store that was in a New Orleans home on the streetcar line. Many customer requested for another event, and upon following up, it was then she found out the current store was relocating to another part of town. The idea of owning a retail store came to life and the lease was signed in September. While working side by side with artist for years, she has a passion for handmade products and the space was curated with goods that weren't just designed in the Deep South, but were also being produced. Home Malone retail opened its doors November 19th, 2016 with the idea of a studio/workshop space that was supplemented with some retail. But the response from locals was resounding and retail became the main focus.

6 weeks after opening, Kristin was exhausted! But only to find out she was pregnant with her first child. 2017 was a year of learning and growth on both family and business levels as she welcomed her son while learning to step back from work and allow others to take the lead on her "first baby" Home Malone. As she hit her stride with utilizing social media, launching the retail online store, and hiring more, 2018 opened many more doors for opportunity. The staff grew from 2 to 8, nearly 60 additional artists were added to the curation, the Mid City store expanded to it's upstairs space, her consignment space on the Northshore expanded to carry more items to ease the demand nearly 60 miles away, she launched over 20 new items to her wholesale catalog and and signed a lease for a second location on New Orleans' prime shopping area on Magazine Street.

As Home Malone grows, so does the support for locals. There's been a shift of attention to quality over quantity and consumers wanting to know where  and how their merchandise is being made. While running a small business with steady growth may seem daunting, working with the best customers and makers in the world makes it's less of work and more of a dream. A dream Kristin hopes to not wake up from for some time.

Home Malone in New Orleans, Louisiana on Magazine Street

Home Malone in New Orleans, Louisiana on Magazine Street

 

Connect with Kristin:
Website | Instagram | Facebook

 

To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook!

 

About The Positively Creative Podcast:

The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields.

To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!



Episode 65 - Arrow at Overton, a One-Roof Creative District in the Heart of Memphis with CoFounders Abby Phillips & Dorothy Collier

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I am so excited to bring this episode to you! For a year and a half, I have been working along with my cofounder Abby Phillips of Memphis Fashion Design Network, on Arrow at Overton which is a one-roof creative district in the heart of Memphis. This has truly been a labor of love that started with seeing a need in our community. In this episode, Abby and I discuss the catalyst for starting this project and our vision for the space and community. We cannot wait to bring this project to life! You can find out more about it at arrowcreative.org.

 

Links
Arrow at Overton

017 - Abby Phillips of Memphis Fashion Design Network on Creating Memphis Fashion Week, Building a Collaborative Design Studio, & Education Courses for Designers

Rising Tide Society Memphis

 

To get 50% off your first year with Honeybook, go to positivelycreative.net/honeybook!

 

About The Positively Creative Podcast:

The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how they make it in their respective fields.

To learn more about The Positively Creative Podcast, visit our website or head over to our Patreon page! You can also find Dorothy on Instagram at @positivelycreativepodcast and @dorothyart!