Dave Kloc’s journey as an illustrator and screenprinter is creative in it’s own right. He’s never had a plan and didn’t even set out to be an artist, but was ushered into his career because of his go with the flow approach to life after he volunteered to create weekly show posters for the wildly successful comedy show, The Meltdown in Hollywood. As an illustrator his approach is similar; it's a stream of consciousness on paper resulting in posters that project a surrealist, dreamlike absurdity. Despite his laid back approach, he’s a perfectionist and always wants to put out work he can be proud of believing that learning occurs in the process, but not in the product.
Did you know there are still things to be mapped? As a cartographer for National Geographic, Rosemary Wardley combines science and art to diffuse geographic knowledge to the masses. Working in a field that precedes the ancient Greeks and Romans requires that she be a servant to the past, while continually using modern technology to design maps that are engaging, enjoyable, educational for the end user.
Emily Biondo is a passionate, process-conscious artist and graphic designer based in Washington D.C. who’s work ranges from large-scale interactive art installations to intricate hand-drawn lettering. In her personal, paid, and pro-bono work she combines digital and physical mediums to create art that pops from a distance, draws you in, and begs for a closer, interactive look. We talked about her process, about working with clients, and why creating “the perfect work” would be a major bummer.
New York City portrait photographer, Alan Winslow, approach to his craft is rooted in minimalism and tradition. Rather than take thousands of shots digitally, in hopes of capturing the perfect picture, Alan prefers to shoot on film, giving him more time to set up the frame and get to know his subject. His creative process is finally completed in the darkroom where he perfects the color balance, the composition of the photograph, and creates a physical print.
What's the common ground between cancer treatment and beer? As a successful oncologist, Orion Howard approaches each patient with honesty, compassion, and empathy, providing them with a dignified quality of life. His ability to listen and authentically connect with people has been one of the driving forces throughout his medical career and carried over into his new career as co-founder of Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, Massachusetts. Like oncology, brewing is a science that requires careful attention to the appropriate mixture of components in order to achieve success while never losing sight of the needs of the patient or the patron.
Elahe Izadi is a journalist for the Washington Post who uses curiosity to fuel her creativity and fear to catalyze her growth as a writer. Covering pop culture, she writes in an entertaining fashion continuously seeking to explore and reflect the attitudes of society within the greater context of the world.
How did you turn failure into success? Brooklyn artist, Claudia Santiso’s willingness to fail, combined with a love of experimenting with those failures, has been the foundation for her burgeoning art career. Her creative evolution as an artist and distinct, if not somewhat improbable style of painting, is a testament to her non-conformist attitude, curiosity, and years of stubborn exploration.
CIA trained chef, Tony DiSalvo's approach to cooking has been an evolution in creativity. During his twenty-six years in the industry he's grown to appreciate the simplicity of ingredients, the exploration of world cuisines, and inspiration provided by nature.
Like most people working in the current Renaissance of tech Andy Lawton's story as a developer started with his involvement in the "Tupac Mp3 Chat Forum", quickly rose to NASA, and now the dating app Tinder. Listen to how his failures in life created a chip on his shoulder that pushed him towards the perfection of his craft.
Katy Haas acts as a filter for which people, events, perspective, research and history pass through to produce relatable human stories that evoke something grander about the experiences of a time, place, and the human condition.
"Persistence and believing in yourself are the things that you have to keep going back to because if you believe in yourself other people are much more likely to believe in you too."
Brandon Wardell is a stand-up comedian who happens to also be very funny on social media. While he cringes at the term "social media personality", Brandon has triumphantly used Twitter as a lunch pad to success in Hollywood. His Comedy Central Snapchat show Hot Takes blends stand up, pop culture, and social media into one cohesive art form, but will he be on social media forever?
Camden Unglesbee isn't your "typical" stylist. Looking at him you might think he just destroyed a hotel room after a sweaty concert in a basement, but in reality he probably performed a delicate cut and color with a gentle shampoo. As fringe culture has seeped into the mainstream creatives like Camden help push us all to be a little more rock n' roll and embrace the coolest version of ourselves.