Positively Creative Series

Introducing our new Positively Creative series! The series – in partnership with Positively Creative Podcast and Rising Tide Memphis – offers several workshops designed especially with local creatives in mind.

Spring 2019 Positively Creative Series 

Samilia Colar, TexStyle – Biz Wiz: Business Planning for Creatives

April 13-14, 1-5pm

Set yourself up for success and take steps towards becoming a Biz Wiz! In this course with Samilia Colar of Texstyle Bags, you will build and clarify the structure for your creative company through business planning, explore various strategies for growth and retention, and gain access to resources that help you navigate the ins & outs of your creative business.

Drawing from her Nigerian roots, Samilia has been creating beautifully hand-crafted bags and fashion accessories for women, men & kids since 2007 through her company, Texstyle. The collection is filled with everything from dramatic West African prints to leathers to stylish solids with rich color combinations. Texstyle’s mission is to provide products that are attractively unique and smart, with a strong identity. For more information, visit Tex Style Bags.

Andy Torres, Mobius TheorySquarespace 1: Website Hosting & Design

April 23 & April 25, 6-8pm

This course introduces necessary fundamentals to understand how a website functions, what the various options are for hosting a website, with a strong focus on the Squarespace platform. Topics cover website hosting, pros and cons of Squarespace, how to choose a template, how to make your Squarespace SEO and social media-ready, how to customize your Squarespace, and more.

Andy Torres, Mobius Theory – Squarespace 2: Creating & Customizing your Website

May 7 & May 9, 6-8pm

This course focuses on intermediate to advanced* customization options for Squarespace websites. Topis cover CSS, customizing Squarespace, source code, third-party plugins and scripts, how to maximize the Squarespace community, and more.
* Prerequisites for this workshop:
You have completed the Positively Creative Series workshop: “Website Hosting and Design with Squarespace” (5532) or have already completed at least one live, in-production Squarespace site for yourself or a client, have experience with multiple Squarespace templates, and have some experience with basic website concepts such as domains, web hosting, and search engines. HTML familiarity is a plus, but not required.

Andy Torres has over 20 years of experience in private and public sector technology support and has worked in a wide range of situations from small businesses to large corporations and universities. His success has come from his ability to assess individual needs, along with a no-nonsense approach to explanations and a patience for working with both human and machine.

Andy has used Squarespace for his own business sites since 2012 and has designed many client websites on this platform. He is also a Member of the Squarespace Authorized Trainer program and a Squarespace Circle Member.

Branding Your Business with Cheers Creative

April 27, 9am-4pm

Take a deep dive into your brand and product and emerge with new energy and a decisive plan of action to grow your business. In this one-day workshop Dana Mwangi and Eso Tolson of Cheers Creative will take you through the Brand Journal experience to clarify your business goals, purpose, values and offerings, and help push you through to greater success.

Dana James Mwangi Eso Tolson About Cheers Creative Dana James Mwangi and Eso Tolson are Partners at Cheers Creative, an award-winning agency that helps industry leaders, creative professionals, and business owners generate impact through strategy-driven brand visuals and websites.

Kat Gordon, Muddy’s Bake Shop – Visioning Workshop

January 30, February 6, and February 13, 6-8pm

Join Kat Gordon for a three-session adventure in visioning and start your new year off right! Kat developed a 2-hour visioning workshop for her own staff and teaches it internally at Muddy’s because she finds it such a valuable tool for both individual fulfillment and team success. For this special series, she’s put together an expanded offering to help guide students from learning how to write a vision all the way through redrafts, planning, and next steps.

Kat Gordon is the founder, owner, and chief cake taster of Muddy’s Bake Shop. She adores Memphis and all the incredible stories, projects, and individuals who make this place so special; she also adores cake, pie, cookies, and cupcakes… hence the bakery. Lately, her favorite part of her job is helping develop leaders both within and outside of Muddy’s and exploring ways that a small, independent business with limited resources can still contribute at a high level and make a truly meaningful impact in its community…it’s exciting stuff!

Carmeon Hamilton, Nubi Interiors – Instagram: From Followers to Dollars

February 9, 9am – 1pm

Join Instagram icon Carmeon Hamilton of Nubi Interiors for this informative workshop and learn how to maximize your business by maximizing your social following.

Carmeon Hamilton is a buyer and environmental designer for a Furniture Today Top 100 retailer, and an interior designer, heading her own company, Nubi Interiors. In both, she utilizes her education and 10 years of experience in design to discover the beauty in all things and helping others find that beauty in the things that surround them every day.

Amanda Torres, The Curious Coconut – Blogging for the Creative Entrepreneur

February 21, February 28, and March 7, 6-8pm

Join Amanda Torres (professional blogger at The Curious Coconut) for this 3-part introductory series about blogging for creative entrepreneurs. In part one you will learn what a blog is and why it is critically important for your business, how to set it up, and how to find your voice and theme. In part 2 you will learn exactly how to craft engaging, valuable content that is SEO-friendly. And in part 3 you will learn how to create new streams of income for your business through your blog, how to integrate blogging with social media and your newsletter, and networking with other bloggers.

Amanda Torres is the founder of the popular Paleo food and health blog The Curious Coconut and is the best-selling author of the cookbook Latin American Paleo Cooking. Before blogging Amanda worked in research as a neuroscientist, and her blog gave her the opportunity to leave that profession and pursue her passion of helping others live their best and healthiest lives full-time with her website. As a veteran blogger, she loves paying it forward by coaching others, especially other creatives, to get their blogs going or help existing blogs get better traction.

Funlola Coker, Funlola’s Workshop – Craft Fairs: Seller Tips & Tricks

February 24, noon – 2pm

Join Funlola Coker of Funlola’s Workshop and learn to sell your work and get insider tips about craft fairs. We’ll discuss how your brand should be reflected in your applications and booth set up. We’ll also cover everything from drafting a cohesive application for fairs to elevating your booth display, including tips on what to take with you for a full day of selling.

Funlola Coker is a metalsmith and polymer clay artist. In 2011 she graduated with a BFA from Memphis College of Art. Since then she has been selling her work at farmer’s markets and craft fairs. After a few years of dabbling in the craft fair scene and juggling full time jobs, she decided to focus more on her own work. Currently, she works in her home studio with her two cats where she makes her tiny and shiny creations. You can find her work online (Etsy) and locally at Five in One Social Club and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens.

Kris Keys, By Kris Keys – Visual Branding: Using Color Stories

March 23 & March 30, 10am – 12:30pm

In this workshop, fashion designer and illustrator Kris Keys will discuss color theories, the psychology of color, and how to create compelling color stories for marketing a brand. She’s created interactive activities to help you find your brand’s persona as it relates to color. This is helpful for anyone who is starting a brand or even working freelance. This exciting workshop will help determine your brand’s point of view, mood, and overall value through color.

Kris Keys is a womenswear fashion designer and illustrator specializing in print. She is known for her vibrant watercolor fashion illustrations, which led her to work with fashion and beauty brands throughout the world. Trained at the prestigious London College of Fashion, Kris then launched a line of travel wear printed garments and textiles. Kris credits her style of painting to the cities she has called home over the past several years: Memphis, Tennessee, New York City, and London, England. She has been commissioned to work with brands such as The Peninsula Hotel Tokyo, NARS Cosmetics UK, Highline Park New York, Spectrum Cosmetics, Harlems Fashion Row, and WGSN to name a few.


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