Win $5,000 grants, exclusive monthly prizes, and more.

CreativelyMade is now even bigger, with $5,000 grants and exclusive prizes each month from incredible partners!

The Creative Ladder—a nonprofit cofounded by Ryan Reynolds, Dionna Dorsey Calloway, and David Griner that supports accessibility to creative careers for rising talent from traditionally underrepresented communities—is teaming up with Creatively to offer mentorship and professional development to CreativelyMade grant winners. The leadership training will cover everything from how to create a career path to first-time management skills to navigating microaggressions. 

CreativelyMade also will give out a variety of exclusive prizes and special benefits to winners this year, including:

  • Free access to professional design tools from Canva
  • Free online classes from Skillshare
  • NFTs and an artist-in-residency program from HUG
  • Exclusive early access to the new KidSuper x Creatively production studio in Brooklyn
  • An exclusive collaboration with alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet

All this, plus a chance to win $5,000 each month in cash grants from Creatively. So, what are you waiting for? Post a project today to your portfolio, get votes, and watch your work rise on the weekly leaderboard. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each time you upload a new creative work (each, a “Project Submission”) to the Creatively online platform (the “Platform”) during the Contest Period (as defined below), you will be entered into the Contest.
  2. Each week during the Contest Period, Platform users, including certain members of Creatively’s team will be able to vote for their favorite Project Submissions that were uploaded to the Platform during that week by “voting” for Project Submissions. Creatively may give specific user’s “votes” more influence than other user “votes” at Creatively’s sole discretion. The top three Project Submissions that receive the most votes each week (the “Weekly Finalist”) will be entered into a pool (each a “Pool”).
  3. Each month, Creatively will select one Prize Winner from the Pool of twelve (12) Weekly Finalists from the prior four weeks.

View the full CreativelyMade rules below, as well as the FAQ’s here.

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CreativelyMade Contest Rules

​​OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES

Sponsored by Creatively

BY ENTERING INTO THE PROMOTION YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT: (I) YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS; (II) YOUR ENTRY AND THE PERSONAL INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THIS PROMOTION WILL BE SHARED WITH CREATIVELY; (III) CREATIVELY’S USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO THE CREATIVELY’S PRIVACY POLICY AT THE LINK PROVIDED IN SECTION 17 BELOW; AND (IV) YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THAT SECTION 14 BELOW CONTAINS A BINDING CLASS ACTION WAIVER AND SECTION 16 BELOW CONTAINS A BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE, WHICH AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS. 

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

1.Sponsor. 

The sponsor of the CreativelyMadeTM contest (the “Contest”) is Creatively, Inc., located at 450 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014 (“Creatively”). 

2. Acknowledgement.

As a condition of participating in the Contest, each entrant (“you”) agree: (i) to be fully and irrevocably bound by these Contest Official Rules (the “Rules”); (ii) that the Rules will be interpreted and applied by Creatively at its discretion; (iii) that all decisions made by Creatively are final and binding on you and all other participants; and (iv) that Creatively may change the Rules at any time and from time to time in its sole discretion without notice to you. Your eligibility to win a prize is conditioned on your full compliance with the Rules fulfilling all other requirements set forth in the Rules and by Creatively. 

3. Eligibility.

No purchase is necessary. The Contest is open only to individual legal residents of United States and the District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years old at the time they submit an entry. The following parties are not eligible to enter: (i) Creatively and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, and representatives (the “Creatively Entities”); (ii) Creatively Entities’ employees and members of their immediate families (spouse, parents, siblings, and children); and (iii) individuals living in the same household as Creatively Entities’ employees. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

4. Contest Period.

The Contest begins on July 11, 2022 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and Winners will be chosen on a monthly basis until such time that Creatively concludes the Contest, in Creatively’s sole discretion (the “Contest Period”). Project Submissions that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will not be accepted or eligible for a Prize.

5. How to Enter. 

Each time you upload a new creative work (each, a “Project Submission”) to the Creatively online platform (the “Platform”) during the Contest Period, you will be entered into the Contest. Project Submissions can be from any creative discipline listed on the Platform, including but not limited to photography, film, animation, digital art, 3D art, illustration, and live productions. For more information about submission requirements, please visit https://creatively.life/terms. Please note that each entry must be wholly original. BY SUBMITTING PROJECT SUBMISSION, YOU REPRESENT AND WARRANT THAT: (A) YOUR SUBMISSION IS WHOLLY ORIGINAL AND DOES NOT INFRINGE UPON OR MISAPPROPRIATE OR OTHERWISE VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF ANY THIRD PARTY, AND (B) YOU MEET ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN SECTION 3 HEREIN AND ALL OTHER REQUIREMENTS IN THESE RULES. 

6. Number of Submissions. 

You may submit multiple different Project Submissions during the Contest Period. 

7. Selection of Winners. 

Each week during the Contest Period, Platform users and certain members of Creatively’s team will be invited to vote for their favorite Project Submissions that were uploaded to the Platform during that week by “voting” for such Project Submissions. Creatively may give specific user’s “votes” more influence than other user “votes” at Creatively’s sole discretion. Voting each week begins Monday 9:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time and ends the following Sunday 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The top three Project Submissions that receive the most votes each week (the “Weekly Finalist”) will be entered into a pool (each a “Pool”). Each month (the “Monthly Entry Period”) our Creatively will select one winning Project Submission (each, the “Winning Project Submission”) from a Pool of the twelve (12) Weekly Finalists from the prior four weeks. Creatively will evaluate the Project Submissions based on their artistic merit and originality. 

The Winner will be the individual that is listed as the “Project Publisher” for the Winning Project Submission as of the date the Winning Project Submission was uploaded to the Platform. Creatively will not provide any Prize to and will not be liable to any other party that worked on any Winning Project Submission.

We expect the Winner will be selected promptly following the end of each Monthly Entry Period. The selection of the Winners will be conducted by Creatively, whose decisions on all matters relating to the Contest shall be final and binding. 

8. Prizes and Odds.

The Winners of the Contest will win a prize of up to $5,000 (the “Prize”). Odds of winning during any month depend on the number of eligible entries received during that Monthly Entry Period. In no event shall Creatively be obligated to award more Prizes than the number of Prizes stated in these Rules. Each Prize is nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No substitutions or transfer of the Prize are permitted, except at the sole discretion of Creatively, which reserves the right to substitute the Prize (or a portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. All taxes on the Prize are the sole responsibility of each Winner. Once a Winner has been successfully determined pursuant to the procedures identified above, the Prize will be sent to the Winner via the Winner’s Creatively.Pay account. 

9. Ownership of Submissions. 

You shall retain ownership of your Project Submissions. Creatively and its affiliates and service providers and each of their respective licensees, successors, and assigns shall have the royalty free, worldwide right in perpetuity to use, reproduce, modify, perform, distribute, and display your submission on its website, Platform and apps and in connection with the operation, marketing and other exploitation thereof and its business generally. 

10. Notification of Winners. 

Winners will be notified by email sent to the email address associated with their profile on Creatively.life from which their Project Submission was made. Each Winner is required to complete, electronically sign and submit a Declaration of Compliance within 3 days of the date the e-mail notification is sent in order to claim their Prize. Each Winner must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in the Rules or otherwise set forth by Creatively.

11. Disqualification and Forfeiture.

At the sole discretion of Creatively, disqualification, forfeiture and the selection of alternate Winners may result from any of the following: (a) a Winner’s failure to respond to email notification within three (3) days after its transmission; (b) the return of an email notification as undeliverable after three (3) attempts; (c) a Winner’s failure to provide Creatively with the Declaration of Compliance and satisfactory proof age, identity and residency; or (d) a Winner’s non-compliance with the Rules. In the event of a Prize forfeiture, Creatively may, in its sole discretion, award or not award the forfeited Prize to an alternative Winner. 

12. Publicity. 

As a condition of entry into the Contest, except where prohibited by law, each Winner, by accepting a Prize, hereby grants to Creatively a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free license and right, to publicize, broadcast, display and/or otherwise use each Winner’s name, city, state and biographical material (collectively, “Licensed Rights”) in any media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional review, compensation, permission or approval of the Winner.

13. General Conditions.

Creatively Entities are not responsible for: (a) failed, returned or misdirected notifications based upon inaccurate information provided by Winner; (b) any electronic miscommunication or failure, technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit your ability to participate in the Contest or your ability to claim your Prize; or (c) any technical malfunctions of the telephone network, computer on-line system, computer equipment, software, program malfunctions or other failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest. Participation in the Contest is at your own risk. In its sole discretion, Creatively reserves its right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Contest for any reason. If the operation, security, or administration of the Contest is impaired in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, event of force majeure or other event or circumstance out of the control of Creatively, including, but not limited to, those caused by or related to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19 (and all related strains and sequences) or other pandemic, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by Creatively in its sole discretion, Creatively may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Rules, (b) terminate the Contest and award one or more Prizes in its sole discretion, or (c) terminate the Contest without awarding Prizes. Creatively reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the Creatively website or Platform or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Creatively reserves the right to seek damages (including attorneys’ fees) and any other remedies to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by Creatively to enforce any provision of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision or any other rights of Creatively. Creatively Entities are not responsible for claims, injuries, losses or damages of any kind resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the awarding, delivery, acceptance, use, misuse, possession, loss or misdirection of the Prize. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Rules in any way or at any time.

14. Class Action Waiver.

Except where prohibited, YOU agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action.

15. Release; Limitations of Liability; Indemnification.

Your entry into this Contest constitutes your agreement to release and hold harmless the Creatively Entities and Creatively’s advertising and promotion agencies, and other companies associated with the Contest, and each of their respective officers, directors, managers, partners, employees, equity holders, representatives, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest, the Prize, and/or the Winner’s use or enjoyment of the Prize, including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Contest, including lost, interrupted or unavailable Internet Service Provider (ISP), network, server, wireless service provider, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone, cellular tower or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Contest; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d) application downloads, (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Contest, the announcement of the winner, the processing of entries or in any Contest-related materials; (f) entries and responses to Winner notifications which are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, misdirected, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient in whole or in part or for computer or technical error of any kind; (g) any Winner accepting, possessing, using, or misusing of any awarded Prize or any portion thereof; or (h) injury, death, losses or damages of any kind, to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from any entrant’s participation in the Contest. Under no circumstances shall the Released Parties, be responsible or liable for the Winner’s expenses, including, without limitation, tax obligations, or any other obligation of the Winner.  

Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL ANY OF THE RELEASED PARTIES, BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR THE WINNER’S EXPENSES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, TAX OBLIGATIONS, OR ANY OTHER OBLIGATION OF THE WINNER.  UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR ANY PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY’S FEES. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES’ TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY AND ALL CLAIMS ARISING OUT OF, RELATED TO, OR AS A RESULT OF THE PROMOTION EXCEED $100. YOU WAIVE ALL RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR INCREASED.

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Released Parties and their successors, and assigns from and against all claims arising from: (a) your breach of these Rules; (b) your Project Submission infringing upon or misappropriating or violating the rights of any third-party, including the right of publicity of any party; and (c) the acts and omissions of any entrant and/or Winner.

16. Disputes

IN THE EVENT OF A DISPUTE ARISING UNDER OR RELATING TO THIS CONTEST, EITHER PARTY SHALL FINALLY AND EXCLUSIVELY RESOLVE THE DISPUTE BY BINDING ARBITRATION GOVERNED BY THE FEDERAL ARBITRATION ACT (“FAA”).  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Creatively in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than New York.

17. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

You understand and agree that information collected from you is subject to Creatively’s privacy policy located at https://creatively.life/privacy-policy, and your use of the Platform is subject to Creatively’s Terms of Use located at https://creatively.life/terms (the “Terms of Use”).

18. Winner’s List. 

To request any legally required winners’ list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope (unless otherwise prohibited by local law) to Creatively, Inc., 450 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014, Attn: CreativelyMade™ Contest Winners’ List. All such requests must be received within three (3) months after the end of the Contest.

19. Questions. 

If you have any questions regarding the Contest, send an e-mail to feedback@creatively.life with the subject line “CreativelyMade™ Contest.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):

Which projects are eligible for CreativelyMade?

CreativelyMade is open to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years old at the time they submit an entry (i.e. publish a project). Employees of Creatively, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Can I opt out of being a part of the weekly leaderboard?

At present, all projects submitted each week are automatically eligible to be featured on the CreativelyMade weekly leaderboard. If you have a concern about one of your projects being featured, please reach out to us at feedback@creatively.life.

How are the weekly winning projects chosen?

Each week’s CreativelyMade contest closes on Sunday 11:59pm ET, at which point the top three projects on the CreativelyMade leaderboard are automatically the weekly winners, unless any project is disqualified from consideration based on Creatively’s community guidelines and terms. Every “vote” your project receives helps elevate it to the top of the weekly leaderboard! 

How are the monthly grant winners chosen?

At the end of each month, all eligible weekly winning work from the previous month will be eligible for a cash grant up to $5,000, to be awarded at Creatively’s discretion. Project Submissions can be from any creative discipline listed on the Platform, including but not limited to photography, film, animation, digital art, 3D art, illustration, and live productions—provided they are wholly original. For more on submission requirements, see the Contest Rules.

Do I still own my CreativelyMade submissions?

Of course! We believe creatives should retain the rights to their own work, and you have sole ownership and copyright to any work you upload on Creatively. 

How can I help my project rise up the CreativelyMade leaderboard?

Every “vote” helps your project rise in the rankings, so share a link to our project with others or give it a boost on social media to encourage your friends and colleagues to give your project more votes on Creatively.

What happens if I’m in a different time zone and I post a project on Sunday after the period ends?

Each week’s CreativelyMade contest closes on Sunday 11:59pm ET, so if you post a new project after that time, you will be automatically entered into the following (current) week’s contest.

How can I tell where my project ranks?

If you navigate to your project page, you’ll see a CreativelyMade banner at the top of the page if the project is in contention for this week. In the banner, you’ll see whether your project is currently ranked within the top projects, and if you tap the “Share” icon, you’ll also be able to see how many votes you’ll need to rise to the first position on the weekly leaderboard. If your project is currently ranked in the top projects, you’ll also be able to see it on the CreativelyMade leaderboard!

How many projects can I submit to CreativelyMade each week?

As many as you’d like! Just add a new project to your Creatively portfolio, and that project will be entered into contention for that week’s CreativelyMade.

Can I resubmit the same CreativelyMade project another week if I don’t win?

Only new projects published to Creatively each week are eligible for CreativelyMade, so you’re not able to re-submit an existing project for consideration. That said, if you’ve updated one of your projects to the extent that it’s now fundamentally different, we encourage you to publish a new project featuring that new work! 

What if I collaborated with another creative and/or brand on a project that’s currently in contention for CreativelyMade?

Collaboration and giving credit for creative work is at the heart of Creatively, and we encourage you to ensure all collaborators and brands are given proper credit for their work on any creative projects on our platform. In spotlighting and celebrating our weekly winners, we will strive to credit any collaborators where possible. Should you be selected as a CreativelyMade grant winner, any money awarded is yours to keep or share with collaborators as you choose. For more on CreativelyMade submissions and eligibility, please refer to the CreativelyMade Contest Rules.

How will I get paid if I’m selected to receive a grant?

CreativelyMade grants will be awarded using CreativelyPay, the fastest way to get paid for creative work. Sign up for free here! 

Brianna Alysse, a Pisces, falls under the zodiac’s most artistic sign, and her portfolio is enough evidence of astrology.

The self-taught photographer, artist, and creative director is deeply entrenched in the Los Angeles creative scene, but Brianna stands out with her authentic, small-town roots. Raised in Murrieta, CA, Brianna aims to make everyone behind her lens feel comfortable and confident in their skin through her visual artistry. In her decade-plus career, her passion has led her to express a compelling portfolio rich with color, emotion, and her muses’ true essence.

Brianna has captured a range of creative work, from editorial and campaign shoots to album and single artwork covers. She has worked with talents such as Kehlani, Camila Cabello, YG, Teyana Taylor, and Post Malone, as well as clients such as Savage x Fenty, Grailed, and Playboy.

You can check out more of Brianna’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet photographer, Brianna Alysse

What is the first creative project you remember?

My first memorable creative project would definitely be picking up a camera and asking my best friend to let me shoot her at a railroad track. It reminds me of how far I’ve come since then. I had no clue what photography came with. I didn’t know about camera settings, editing programs, or what it took to make my vision come to life. All I knew was that I wanted to take photos. So that will always be my first creative project that I’ll never forget.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Timeless, authentic, moody.

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What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

Kehlani, Blue Water Road Trip. I will never forget it! It was a week of non-stop taking photos while also traveling and being in nature along the coast of California. A Pisces dream, haha. This collaboration made me fall in love with photography all over again in a different way. I was pushed out of my comfort zone, picked up a film camera for the first time, and learned that simplicity truly is a powerful tool. You really don’t need much. I’ve always been a fan of natural lighting, but using the natural elements of the earth was a whole new level of intriguing and beautiful to me.

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Do you think creativity is something you’re born with or something you’re taught?

I think creativity is intuitively a part of human beings. However, I feel because society puts a lot of pressure on “you can’t make money through art,” most humans tend to suppress their creativity. But everyone has their niche; we all just gotta tap in. Any creative ideas you might have, at least give it a try. You’ll naturally teach yourself how to be better at it for the simple fact of just loving it. So I feel that it might be a bit of both.

What do you know now that you wish you knew at the start of your career?

There are no rules to the photography game. Experiment and have fun. Also, it’s okay not to accept projects that don’t align with my vision.

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How do you cultivate strong relationships with clients?

I like to have fun when I’m shooting. I consider myself a pretty light-hearted and goofy person, but I feel that it’s really important to always be kind and always be myself with my clients. It’s important to me that my clients feel their best confident selves and know how beautiful they are.

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One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

Truthfully, I’m not sure what I would want them to write about my work, but I would hope that they always see the beauty in it.

Follow @brialysse on Creatively.

Creatively is more than a platform—we’re a creative collective.

Questions or feedback? Email us at feedback@creatively.life

Boys Like Flowers Too.™ For NYC-based photographer and filmmaker Kat Pageher latest photo series challenges traditional paradigms of masculinity in contrast with delicate nature. For Page, provocative photo series are just one way to impact a collective. Across her portfolio, you will find a consistent pattern of intimate human stories that challenge the status quo in the entertainment and beauty industries.

Equal parts photographer and filmmaker, Page applies both disciplines across most of her projects, valuing their nuances and ability to tell stories in different ways. Page has created videos and stills for editorial outlets such as InStyle Magazine, Teen Vogue, and 1883 Magazine, and commercial clients including Amazon, Walgreens, Rodial Beauty, and Cotton On.

No stranger to photographing A-list talent, in 2019, Page produced and directed the CFDA Fashion Awards’ backstage interviews, featuring Bella Hadid, Hasan Minhaj, and Jason Wu. She also photographed winners, including Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, at the 2020 SAG Awards.

You can check out more of Kat Page’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet photographer, Kat Page

What is the first creative project you remember?

When I was in college, I had an advertising professor who was also a commercial photographer. I asked if I could assist him in exchange for time in his studio, and he said yes! I reached out to local model agencies, and did test shoots weekly with amazing makeup artists and stylists. It was my first taste of creative collaboration and conceptualizing an editorial story from start to finish. My first paid project was concert photography at the arena I interned at. My boss—an amazing woman and friend still to this day—saw I loved photography and needed photos for Facebook (the new marketing tool at the time). She said they would pay me $50 per show and give me creative freedom and full access to the front and backstage. I was able to photograph artists like Wiz Khalifa, Drake, and Mac Miller.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Humanistic, playful, sincere.

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Jamaica, 2022

What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

I have a lot thankfully, but a few that are top of mind. Recently, I got to travel to Jamaica. Not only was it a career marker for me, as I was directing my first branded short film, but the client and team I worked with were just amazing and so talented. The best feeling on a project is when the client trusts you 100% and it is pure collaboration.

What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

Over the years, I have learned that I am not a fashion photographer, as hard as I tried. Even though I can admire the beauty of fashion and the art of it, I just want to see the truth of the person wearing it. I want the fashion to enhance the human spirit. I could not care less if the human is able to enhance the fashion they are wearing. This frustrates stylists as I tend to not focus on the clothes. (Sorry!) But I want anyone who steps in front of my lens to feel seen and beautiful. If that is my only superpower, I’ll use it at every chance I get.

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Mahogany Wade on film

Do you think creativity is something you’re born with or something you’re taught?

Born with it, 100%. Creativity is about wanting to make something from your point of view for the world to see. I believe we all have that as kids. Think about how you wanted to show your parents every time you made something, from a painting to a custom living room Hot Wheels track. What makes one believe they are creative as an adult is having someone who sees their talent more than they do and told them so, permitting them to be creative out loud. So, if you are reading this, just know you are so gorgeously creative, and I can’t wait to see what you make!

What do you know now that you wish you knew at the start of your career?

I didn’t go to art school, so I went into the industry with a business mindset and the need to prove myself to clients and peers. I wish I had known the value of surrounding myself with photographers and other creatives. I’ve learned it is crucial to have peers and mentors to bounce ideas off of, to play out ideas with, to vent when needed, and to ask for advice.

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Boys Like Flowers Too.™

How do you cultivate strong relationships with clients?

By being honest, kind, and transparent about needs and expectations, from first conversations to post-production. It makes everybody’s job easier if we can trust each other to take feedback, pivot when needed, and make the vision come to life. I have been on the client side, and it’s best if you can all align, speak openly, and have fun!

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Brad Pitt, SAG Awards 2020

One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

An artist who captures the true essence of a person at that moment in their life. It may not always be trendy or chic, but it is always honest.

Follow @katpage on Creatively.

Creatively is more than a platform—we’re a creative collective.

Questions or feedback? Email us at feedback@creatively.life

Made to order, by hand, with love—a promise that comes with every piece of Lorraine West Jewelry.

The Brooklyn-based artisan stirs a soulful touch into her elevated accessories, merging her Caribbean roots with bold and minimalist design sensibilities. Working with her hands comes naturally, thanks to her mother, a baker and her father, a carpenter. Inspired by geometric shapes and symbology in reference to self-expression and liberation, Lorraine West Jewelry is equal parts fine art and high fashion.

West’s craftsmanship broke into pop culture in 1999, when her leather cuff bracelets caught the attention of Andre 3000, Erykah Badu, and Common. Since then, West’s designs have continued to adorn countless everyday people and icons such as Zendaya, Lizzo, and Beyoncé in “Black Is King,” donning West’s signature oversized palette earrings. Recently, West launched a fine jewelry capsule collection at Greenwich Street Jewelry and received a virtual retrospective of her work at New York City Jewelry Week.

Kicking off 2023, in collaboration with RAD x De Beers Group’s #BlackIsBrilliant, West’s ethically and sustainably sourced natural diamonds from Botswana were worn by Keke Palmer at the 2023 New York Film Critics Circle Awards earlier this week! In support of Keke’s advocacy of Black creative talent, a $25,000 donation will be made to a charity of her choice.

You can check out more of West’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

Meet jewelry designer, Lorraine West

What is the first creative project you remember?

My first creative project I remember was in the 2nd grade for a local poster contest in my elementary school; titled Never Swim Alone. I won 2nd place and that was when I knew I wanted to be a professional artist as my career choice.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Elegant, Powerful, Timeless

What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

Currently my latest collaboration with RAD x De Beers; #BlackisBrilliant

What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

25 years worth of jewelry design projects is too robust to choose from. Every project generates more lessons, knowledge, and mastery.

Do you think creativity is something you’re born with or something you’re taught?

I believe every human is born with creativity. It’s up to us to recognize it and cultivate it.

What’s the last dream you had?

Dreaming while awake — traveling to London for the opening of Sotheby’s, Brilliant and Black II Exhibition 2022. It was the first time I saw my work overseas IRL. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

100 years from now I want people to feel the power and beauty of my jewelry and keep their pieces as part of their family heirlooms.

Follow @lorrainewest on Creatively.

Creatively is more than a platform—we’re a creative collective.

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What better way to wrap up 2022 than with the visionary behind the Spotify Wrapped sharing trend?

Jewel Ham is rife with revolutionary ideas, including her viral contribution to Spotify’s year-end phenomenon. During her internship in 2019, Ham proposed layering social media sharing into the experience, and her idea has since become a key component in the annual campaign’s continued success.

A bonafide storyteller, the multidisciplinary visual artist, curator, and educator is dedicated to using her practice as a means of reparation. A Summa Cum Laude Fine Arts graduate of Howard University, Ham visualizes the mosaic of everyday Black life and its emotional realities through narrative portraiture.

Ham has had four solo exhibitions to date, all taking place in historical spaces within the Black community, including “i said what i said” held at Stony Island Arts Bank, an archival library and museum reimagined by Theaster Gates; and “keep it cute” held at Cierra Britton Gallery, the first all womxn of color gallery in New York City. Earlier this month, her work was exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach as part of Jeffrey Deitch’s “Goddesses” group exhibition.

You can check out more of Ham’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet multidisciplinary artist, Jewel Ham

What is the first creative project you remember?

I’m truly a Taurus to the core. We were snowed in once, and I created an entire spread of a paper feast, complete with custom fine china.

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Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Chaotic, seductive, Black. (Although, “sh*t-talking Taurus” just about covers it, as well.)

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What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

It’s happening right now! My personal marijuana strain, jewelOG (officially dropping 4/20) is a collaboration with GorillaRX Wellness, the first (and only) all-Black women owned dispensary in Los Angeles. Though we brought out a few specialty pre-rolls for a soft launch during Art Basel Miami, we’ll also be curating a collaborative immersive exhibition opening in Los Angeles on April 20th, 2023. Book your tickets now and tap in with both of these powerhouses in the meantime!

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What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

I think some of my greatest lessons have come from creative projects I had absolutely no business taking on, so I won’t deal in specifics. But, something fundamental I’ve learned—and am still learning, sometimes the hard way—is that I can only take on projects that wholly sit right with my spirit.

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Do you think creativity is something you’re born with or something you’re taught?

Born with, but we’ve all got at least a little. I think the environments and experiences we find ourselves in either cultivate or cramp that energy, but the ability to access energy is ever-present.

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What’s the last dream you had?

That I was on time to submit for this Q&A deadline. (Clearly still dreaming!)

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One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

First, I hope my people are the ones writing. Then, I hope they’ll say “I felt that.”

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Stop by John Derian‘s Manhattan shop and be transported to 18th-century Florence.

Based in New York City, John Derian is an American decoupage artist. Inspired by an early obsession with printed matter, Derian dove into decoupage, the art of cutting and pasting paper. Since 1989, he and a small studio of artisans have been creating glass plates, trays, bowls, and other decorative home items with an ever-expanding portfolio of 18th and 19th-century prints. Outside of decoupage, Derian expanded into ephemera such as postcards, gift tags, and tote bags, to complement his decoupage line. In 2016, Derian published “The John Derian Picture Book,” a compilation of over 300 beloved 18th and 19th-century images from his archive. Featuring a foreword by Anna Wintour, the book quickly became a New York Times Best Seller.

Derian’s iconic imagery adorns multiple collaborations, such as the Designers Guild’s textile collection, Todd Synder’s summer apparel line, Cisco Brothers’ elegant, sustainable furniture, and Astier de Villatte ceramics. His work has also received attention from Elle Decor, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and more. Derian’s ephemera, ceramic, and furniture collaborations, as well as an assortment of vintage and antique imports, bed and table linens, stationery, plate ware, lightning, and original artwork by Hugo Guinness, are all available at his Manhattan retail shops and online.

You can check out more of Derian’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet decoupage artist, John Derian

What is the first creative project you remember?

Drawing a tree, cutting it out, turning it into a stencil, then stipple painting the image on a mirror.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Old world charm. 😉

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What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

I love my continued collaboration with Astier de Villatte in Paris. Putting my imagery on their white ceramics has been rewarding in many ways.

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Do you think creativity is something you’re born with or something you’re taught?

Born with. We are all creative in different ways. School can help direct it.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to aspiring creatives?

Believe in what you do.

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What’s the last dream you had?

Stephen, my boyfriend, was making traditional Armenian sweet bread but adding too much mahlab.

One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

That it was “joyous.”

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At the intersection of music and the metaverse lies photographer Inari Briana Washington.

Based out of Atlanta, Georgia, the commercial and editorial photographer launched her freelance journey as a freshman at Georgia State University. Nine years later, Washington has carved herself a corner in Atlanta’s music scene, whether taking portraits of R&B singers like Khalid or being the key photographer on set for a Cadillac commercial featuring rapper and activist Killer Mike.

But Washington’s commercial work expands far beyond Atlanta—or even this universe. This past summer, Washington partnered with Meta as the key photographer on the set of the online series “Are We There Yet?” starring Nope actress Keke Palmer. Other notable photo campaigns include Savage X Fenty’s Breast Cancer Awareness Collection and popular underwear brand Ethika’s collaboration with rapper OMB Peezy.

You can check out more of Washington’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet photographer, Inari Briana Washington

What is the first creative project you remember?

The first creative project I remember is a collaboration I did with a couple of friends back in 2014/2015. I had them dressed in all white, posing effortlessly at this creek that a lot of people swim at. Their hair was massive—large afros and beautiful crochet styles. The project went viral on Tumblr and Pinterest (and still does numbers to this day)! It was two black girls, and it was probably the first time I got to hone in on my creativity the way I wanted to. Most people don’t even know it was my photo set.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Colorful, classic, and warm. Honorable mention: cinematic.

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What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

The most fulfilling collaboration I’ve had thus far would have to be working with Meta on the new show “Are We There Yet?” starring Keke Palmer. I shot the promotional and cover photos for the project. It was an eye-opening experience because it helped me solidify the type of photography I wanted to pursue. I enjoy any moment to tell a story. I like that when people see the covers of these shows, they gain a core memory from them, and I can be proud to say I helped with that.

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What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

When I went to LA in March of 2021, the scope of last-minute projects we achieved in just one week taught me the most. From the flight to the location where we lodged and even cancellations on paid projects, it taught me that I work very well under pressure. With the right team, anything is and can be possible. We were able to revamp our portfolios from the ground up by working with notable people. Ever since that week, everyone on the team has been accomplishing major opportunities, myself included.

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Do you think creativity is something you’re born with or something you’re taught?

I feel as though you are born with creativity to an extent. However, opening your mind to exploring new things does not stop you from becoming an innovative spirit. Creativity comes in all different forms and can come from many different avenues.

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What’s the last dream you had?

I can’t remember the last dream I had. I am usually so good at documenting my dreams and interpreting them to get a better understanding of what I may be dealing with in my life. This time, however, I’m at a blank. I haven’t dreamed in a while.

One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

That is a very good question. When people talk about my work a hundred years from now, I want them to remember it like they remember their favorite television show. I want it to feel like a core memory. I want people to identify and resonate with it, whether it’s in a magazine or even in a museum. Who knows? The possibilities are endless.

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Asmiet “AZ” Nega‘s job description? “I make great things happen.”

As a program director and creative producer based in Chicago, Nega amplifies the visions of both global brands and small businesses alike through her unique approach to campaign conceptualization, production, direction, photo shoots, and even styling.

For five years, Nega was an integral part of the renowned store and creative hub Fat Tiger Works, as the project and e-commerce manager. With several successful projects and collaborations under her belt, she carved out a space for herself to exist beyond the brick-and-mortar shop, upon its closure in 2022. Nega continues to work closely with Fat Tiger founders Joe Freshgoods and contemporary artist RELLO to bring their independent projects to fruition in Chicago and worldwide.

Nega’s passion for helping others bring their ideas to life has propelled her into diverse creative work across various industries. Some of her recent notable contributions have been to projects such as Joe Freshgoods x New Balance’s “Conversations Amongst Us” and “Performance Art” campaigns, the opening of Cherry Mountain Arts, and the success of social impact projects like EAT THE RICH.

You can check out more of Nega’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet program director and creative producer, Asmiet “AZ” Nega

What is the first creative project you remember?

The first creative project I remember working on was a school project I did with my dad in elementary school. My dad is very competitive, and he passed that competitiveness down to me, so we always wanted my project to be the best in the class. Every time we had the chance to create, we went above and beyond to craft these masterpieces. That project was very simple; we had to create a moment from a book we were reading and bring it to life. I forget the book title, but we went all out and thought of creative ways to bring this scene to life. We went to Home Depot and got all these tools and sand to create an area that we could put real water in to make it look like a beach. We also built a mini house out of wood. My dad wasn’t one of those parents that would do all the work for you. His biggest thing was, “I will teach you so you know how to do it yourself one day.” So many things that he taught me have helped me get to where I am now.

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Describe your aesthetic in three words.

I can give you 2 words. A clusterf*ck! I hate putting myself in a box. I always like to spice things up. So, depending on how I’m feeling, I give different vibes.

What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

That’s hard because all of the collaborations I work on are very fulfilling. I work with a small team, so we sometimes wear different hats. I am always learning how to do new things or how to do things better. With each project, we strive to come up with innovative ideas and ways to impact history, so I am consistently stepping into new territory—from set design, styling, directing, script writing, curating, and even building computers. Each project introduces a new element and experience to my life, and that alone keeps me fulfilled.

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What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

Teaming up with the Fat Tiger team is the creative project that really taught me that there are no limits to what I am capable of doing and that teamwork really gets shit done. Most importantly, I was put on this earth to help others. In a world where being a boss and doing everything on your own is glamorized, there aren’t a lot of people who really highlight the major role their team plays. I was blessed to work with a group of people who aren’t afraid to share the spotlight, give flowers to their team, and show the important roles they play—especially when it comes to highlighting black women and women of color in a field where we are usually overshadowed. Shout out to all the amazing women that I am honored to work with and learn from. I am a true believer that we are put on this earth to help others, and that being kind goes a long way. That thinking has opened many doors for me. My hard work has allowed me to exist in a lot of different rooms, meet a lot of different people and experience a lot of dope shit.

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Do you think creativity is something you’re born with, or something you’re taught?

Both. I think creativity is definitely something you are born with, but through time you can either lose it or build on it. I believe that there are things you can learn or do that can help you sharpen your creativity. I think like anything, if you keep working on it, it gets better, and if you don’t you lose the ability to perform at a high level. I’ve learned so much from the people I work with. They help me keep my creativity flowing, and I think that is super important. I think you should keep people around you in the creative field that are older and younger than you so you can learn from each other. I also think traveling the world and putting yourself out there to experience new things is a big way to feed your creativity.

What’s the last dream you had?

The last dream I had was dabbling in the fragrance world. I’ve always been intrigued, but I’ve never had the time to take a deep dive into it. In the dream, I took some time away from working with others and focused on learning more about the fragrance industry. I had created my own line to sell everything from candles to unisex perfume and home fragrances. I even remember the concept I came up with in the dream. I can totally see myself getting into it in the next few years, but we shall see what the world has in store for me.

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One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

I hope my work inspires people, especially the youth, to work hard, fight for their dreams, and to be kinder to one another. I hope they use my life and work as a blueprint so people interested in taking this path can be better versions of me, learning from my mistakes and building on my strengths.

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From Miles Morales: Spider-Man to Moon Knight, illustrator Ron Ackins has had his hand in a few fan-favorite Marvel comics. The freelance illustrator and graphic designer has been active since 2005, operating out of Philadelphia, PA. After studying graphic design, Ackins carved out a clientele niche of streetwear/lifestyle brands, with commissioned work for Nike, The Brooklyn Circus, Salem Sportswear, and Undrcrwn, as well as multimedia companies like Sony & Roc Nation. Throughout his 17-year career, he has created everything ranging from caricatures and typography to album art, book covers, and character designs.

With his attention to detail, Ackins broke into the ever-competitive comics industry in 2013 with a short story featuring his own character, Lancaster Bleu. By 2014, Ackins penciled his first full issue of Marvel Comics’ Uncanny X-Men Special #1. Since then, he has illustrated for Moon Knight, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Prophet, and its finale, Prophet Earth War. He has penciled for more comic imprints, including Image Comics and various independent publishers.

You can check out more of Ackins’ work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet illustrator/graphic designer, Ron Ackins

What is the first creative project you remember?

When I was nine years old, I planned an art sale. All week I drew on the back of old homework. On that Saturday, I set up a table in front of our garage for about three or four hours.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

Meticulous, sublime, Black.

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What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

In 2008, musical artist and style god Taz Arnold commissioned artwork for a music project he was working on. He gave me what he was looking for conceptually, but he just let me do my thing. My clients around that time were mainly interested in my skill, but Taz was the first client to commission my art.

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What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

I’ve been illustrating and designing an NFT for the past year with a colleague. I’ve always been aware of how nuanced my artwork can be, but this year-long course has really cemented how intricate my approach is.

Do you think creativity is something you’re born with or something you’re taught?

I think we are all born creative. I just don’t think creativity is nurtured in most kids after a certain age. I think some of us are born with a creative curiosity that drives repetition and experimentation. You get good [at creativity] if you spend a lot of time experimenting.

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What’s the last dream you had?

I don’t remember my dreams that often anymore. But, years ago I used to have recurring dreams where I was always being chased by multiple Terminators. I could be on a date or at home in my dream, and these jokers would just hop out and chase me.

One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

I hope they note that I tried to inspire and represent my people well through the stories and visuals I created.

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This Native American Heritage Day, we’re spotlighting 4KINSHIP, an Indigenous-owned sustainable artwear brand, boutique, community, and creative agency founded by Amy Denet Deal. The Diné (Navajo) designer created the brand as a way of honoring her ancestral lands of New Mexico. Founded in 2015, 4KINSHIP was the product of Denet Deal’s nearly four decades of experience in the fashion industry and a personal journey into reconnecting with her Indigenous roots. Within 4KINSHIP’s brick-and-mortar storefront in Santa Fe’s Canyon Road, the space hosts Denet Deal’s upcycled garments, vintage clothing, and curated goods from over 10 Indigenous artisans and designers.

But 4KINSHIP goes beyond business: Denet Deal weaves in community support in any way she can. In 2019, Denet Deal moved to New Mexico to reintegrate with her tribe right before the pandemic struck, and spent 2020 providing mutual aid relief for relatives on Navajo Nation. 4KINSHIP’s most recent fundraising effort is for Diné Skate Garden Project, a skatepark built for Diné youth within the remote Two Grey Hills community on Navajo Nation. Sponsored by DC Shoes, Vans, and The Skatepark Project (formerly the Tony Hawk Foundation), the Diné Skate Garden Project reached its fundraising goal in partnership with singer/songwriter Jewel and the Inspiring Children Foundation. 4KINSHIP previously collaborated with Jewel, a long-time supporter of the brand, on limited edition hand-dyed sweatsuits for her brand, Songlines by Jewel.

Whether it is by stocking Native history books within the store, hosting live events, or designing eclectic fashion, 4KINSHIP is a transformative hub to explore Indigenous history and celebrate Native culture.

You can check out more of 4KINSHIP’s work here on Creatively and @hellocreatively on Instagram.

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Meet designer and activist, Amy Denet Deal of 4KINSHIP

What is the first creative project you remember?

Creating a custom wardrobe for my dolls when I was little, made from flowers.

Describe your aesthetic in three words.

JOYFUL. ECLECTIC. UTILITARIAN.

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What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?

Working with my daughter Lily. We started this brand together when she was a teenager, and she will always be the heart behind the brand. I wanted to create a business model that not only honored her future on this planet but reconnected us to our indigeneity.

What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?

Diné Skate Garden Project. I started this project to provide Navajo youth with health and wellness tools by helping the community build a skate park. But as the project progressed, I realized it was also a way for me to heal and honor my birth mom and come to terms with the trauma she and many relatives experienced in boarding school.

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Do you think creativity is something you’re born with, or something you’re taught?

Creativity is in each of us in unique ways. We all start off with joyful play as children, which often fades. It takes focus to keep this joyfulness in our days by doing what you are truly passionate about. I can’t wait to wake up every day to create.

What’s the last dream you had?

In the last dream I had, I was a shepherd with sheep that could fly.

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One hundred years from now, what do you hope people write about your work?

That our company was not just built on sustainable processes in fashion but was also a platform to create sustainable solutions for future generations.

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“Your creativity is special. Dive into it!”

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In this class, you’ll discover how to use the Canva editor and find all the graphics, videos, and elements you need to design in one place. You’ll also get expert tips and insights to start designing your social content, presentations, videos, and more with Canva.

Tanyka has worked as a health and fitness journalist, Playboy model, former pro-athlete, author, and pilot, as well as the founder of D2B Holistic, a holistic nutritional service designed to create balance from the inside out. Most recently, she traveled to more than 100 countries aiming to create space for people to heal through teaching others about self-love in a “true to self” lifestyle. 

“When I tell you it’s easy, it’s easy.”

— Tanyka Renee, Pilot, Explorer, and Content Maven

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