Positively Creative Series

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

Positively Creative Summit (completed0

When: September 8th from 8:30-11:30am in Callicott Auditorium in Rust Hall at MCA

What: This inaugural creative summit, put together by Memphis College of Art, Positively Creative Podcast, and the Memphis chapter of the Rising Tide society, invites all local creatives to attend. Founder of the Debutante Farmer and TODAY show correspondent, Elizabeth Heiskell, will be the keynote speaker. The morning begins with “Community over Competition” talks by well-known creatives, including Kat Gordon of Muddy’s Bake Shop, Fashion Designer and Illustrator Kris Keys, and Carmeon Hamilton of Nubi Interiors. Participants will then attend roundtable discussions by creative affinity groups for a smaller and more individualized opportunity to network and ask questions. Breakfast snacks will be provided.

Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Heiskell,”Tales from the Debutante Farmer”

Elizabeth Heiskell was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, where she grew a passion for combining her love of food and the history of the rich agricultural area she was raised in. Under the brand name the Debutante Farmer, she sells homegrown gourmet pickles, jellies, jams, salsas, and her popular Bloody Mary mix. She started her food journey with courses at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. As Lead Culinary Instructor at the Viking Cooking School in Greenwood, world headquarters of the Viking Range Corporation, she has represented Viking on exclusive SilverSea cruises in Europe and the Pacific. In 2011 Elizabeth moved from the flatland to the hills of Oxford, Mississippi. There, she and her husband, Luke, run Woodson Ridge Farm with a little help from their three girls. Elizabeth is a TODAY show food contributor, and she’s also appeared on Food Network’s The Kitchen, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, Pickler & Ben, FOX & Friends, and Chopped. Find her on Instagram (@elizabethheiskellofficial).

“Community over Competition” Speakers

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 brandsthroughout 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.

 

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 graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Interior Design. She started her career in health care design and was later pulled into the world of residential. But, it wasn’t until she discovered retail and environmental design that she was really able to explore her true passion for interior design and decor and apply her analytical thinking to such vast arrays of spaces. She is currently the buyer and environmental designer for a Furniture Today Top 100 retailer, sourcing home décor products to bring to consumers throughout the mid-south. She is also the founder and principle designer of her own design company, Nubi Interiors. For both, she seeks to discover the beauty in all things and help others find that beauty in the things that surround them every day.

Carmeon has been voted one of the Top 15 Interior Designers in Memphis by Builders Direct. She is often sought after to share her opinions by way of interview or guest panelist with major industry associations. She has been asked to share her expertise in design with art professionals and patrons on teaching platforms, like workshops for Young Collectors Contemporary.

Positively Creative Series 

Visioning Series with Kat Gordon – October 27, November 3, November 10, 10am-noon

Join Kat Gordon (Muddy’s Bake Shop) for a three-session adventure in visioning. 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. Facebook Event

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!

 

Website Hosting & Design with Squarespace: An Introduction – October 13, 9am-1pm

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. The course provides an introduction to Squarespace and its functions, templates, and customization options. Facebook Event

Creating and Customizing your Squarespace Website: An Intermediate Guide November 17, 9am-1pm

This course focuses on intermediate to advanced customization options for Squarespace websites. This course provides deeper understanding of CSS customization, third-party plug-ins, maximizing Squarespace and its community, and more. Facebook Event

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 – December 1, 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. Facebook Event

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.

Click here for a printable pdf of the fall series.

Spring workshops will open on Oct 1 and include the following presenters and workshop topics (full details TBD):
Carmeon Hamilton, Nubi Interiors – Growing your business with Instagram
Kris Keys, By Kris Keys – Visual Branding: Using color to tell your brand’s story
Samilia Colar, TexStyle – Biz Wiz: Business Planning for Creatives
Amanda Torres, The Curious Coconut – Blogging for Creative Entrepreneurs
Funlola Coker, Funlola’s Workshop – selling at pop ups, craft fairs, and festivals

 

          

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