Creative Crushin'

In this series, Brit + Co's Founding Partner and Chief Creative Officer Anjelika Temple shares the inspiring stories of bold creatives, badass entrepreneurs, and brilliant go-getters. Prepare to swoon.

This Artist Is Hell-Bent on Bringing down the Patriarchy, One Illustration at a Time

“Creating things gives me a rush. It is both meditative and stimulating to put pen to paper and create something out of nothing. My north star is justice — it guides my work and is the intention behind everything that I create.”

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Jenna Rainey Is an Artist, Boss Babe, and Mama-To-Be on a Mission

"Don’t fear the fire! The hard stuff is bound to happen, but that’s what refines you and makes you BETTER! I’m so thankful for all the hiccups and mistakes that I’ve encountered in my business."

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Artist Meghan Shimek’s Larger-Than-Life Roving Creations Will Make You Want to Weave

"If you are ready, be ready to work, be ready to say yes, be ready to try everything and say yes to everything until you know what you need to say no to."

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How a Love of Trapper Keeper Collages Inspired Taylor Sterling to Start Glitter Guide

"When I start to feel overwhelmed, I get back to the roots of what I’m doing. Why do I love it? What do I want to convey? If I stay consistent and keep working hard, things will come my way!"

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This Photographer Got Her Start as a 25-Year-Old Photo Intern at Forever 21, Now She’s Insta-Famous

"I love how I’m able to document important moments for a lifetime to come in a beautiful way — sort of like putting rose-colored glasses on my memories."

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How Create & Cultivate’s Founder Made a Career Out of Helping Women Land Their Dream Job

"Take it upon yourself to go out and meet people, reach out to anyone who inspires you, and do whatever you have to do to build those long-standing connections."

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Inside the Swoon-Worthy Studio and Shop of SF Artist Jenny Lemons

"I love taking an idea, working through it, and making it exist. I’ve always thought of making art as a way of making magic — you can create something that has never been seen before and share it with the world."

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One Woman’s Mission to Help Women Everywhere Find Their Calling

"Women are the best damn thing on the planet. The more I get to cheerlead how freaking unstoppable we all are, the more I’m certain we’ll change this world for good."

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How Danielle Meder Sketched Her Way from a Log Cabin to the Front Row at Fashion Week

"To create art at any level, no matter how modest, is to have an essential human experience. If I can facilitate that for anyone, in any way, it is my greatest privilege!"

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How This Athlete Became a Lettering Artist Thanks to a Series of Serendipitous Events

"I believe that hand lettering is my way of communicating with the world, and my favorite part of my career is helping others find a spark inside themselves to create with their own two hands."

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This Couple Quit Their Jobs to Bring Back the Art of Handwritten Cards

"We’re go, go, go all the time, and creativity takes time. Sometimes it feels like a waste of time to slow down, but it never is. Those moments to breathe are when the best ideas arrive."

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Storq Founder Courtney Klein Is Saying YES to the Diversity of Motherhood by Saying NO to Retouched Photos

"It’s hard enough bringing kids into this world, we want to make looking and feeling good something anyone can achieve."

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Designer Jade Purple Brown Wants Her Work to Make You Feel Free

"I love that making art gives me the opportunity to slow down and really connect with myself. The purpose of my art is to encourage myself and possibly others to feel more optimistic and free."

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Katrina McHugh, the Designer Who Will Change the Way You Look at Pop Songs

"What did I love to do as a kid? What do I get giddy just thinking about? What did I almost feel guilty doing because I loved it so much? I wanted more of that in my life."

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How Cat Coquillette Quit Her Day Job and Became a Nomad

“One of the best perks about working online is that I have complete freedom over where I do my work. As long as I have a steady WiFi connection, I can pretty much do my job anywhere.”

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Insta DMs and Wine Inspired Liz Franco + Danielle Kelley to Launch a Creative Retreat

“We knew we wanted to create something exclusively for mothers — something that would be an intersection of both community + creativity."

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Meet Joy Cho, the Brilliant Designer and Blogger Behind Oh Joy!

“Just do your thing. I find when I focus on challenging myself and trying new things, then I feel satisfied with my work and I don’t worry about comparisons as much.”

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10 Reasons Why Ban.do’s Jen Gotch Is Our Creative Spirit Animal

“I find being alive to be pretty inspiring. The things I see, hear, smell, experience. Movies, the work of others, the stuff at the swap meet, the stuff in fancy department stores, museums, THE INTERNET… the list goes on.”

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Put a Tassel on It! Meet Amina Mucciolo of Studio Mucci

“Make what you like! Make what you want to see. I ALWAYS start there. There are bound to be many people that will share your interests and appreciate your creative perspective, so just be yourself.”

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The Oh-So-Colorful My Friend Court Will Make You Want to Paint On the Daily

"I have always been a color chaser, even having the nickname Skittles in high school. I love art and fashion and combine the two however and whenever I can."

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How Watercolor Artist Jenna Rainey Became Insta-Famous

“Art is more about the experience and journey than it is impressing others. Once it becomes more about impressing other people, you completely lose who you are as an individual and a creative.”

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Hello!Lucky Founder Eunice Moyle Went from Working in a Pet Store to Owning Her Own Company

"I love showing people how easy it is to be creative — if you just break things down into simple steps. It’s kind of like learning to walk before you run, skip, shimmy, and ultimately do the tango!"

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Expert Artist Stephanie Stone Has Painted the Nails of Miley, Taylor, Lorde and More

“Put the ego away. Find other artists who are willing to share their knowledge and tricks with you, and learn as much as you possibly can from them. The more you build each other up, the further everyone can go.”

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Meet Deeana Garcia, aka the Woman Who Is Bringing Back the Fanny Pack

“Absorb all you can from the experience of making and sharing what you create with the world. Even when you may run into something that’s hard to grasp or doesn’t come naturally, embrace it.“

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How Color-Obsessed Aja Frierson Turned Her Love of Nail Polish into a Company

“Beauty inspires me: beauty in art and nature, in people and in everyday objects. Bringing more beauty into the world of the everyday was a major part of my inspiration to create Habit.”

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Meet Allison House: Designer, Artist, Coder and Die-Hard Buffy Fangirl ;)

“I fell in love with the immediacy of interactive design as a pre-teen. When I built my first website, an ode to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to code a few lines and get a result.”

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Francesca Greggs of Lemonwood Imprints Thinks You’re Totally Spongeworthy

"You have to be fearless enough to find your own creative voice before anyone will listen to it. Any project is an opportunity to push a boundary and make a unique statement, and it’s okay to fail."

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