I honestly can't shut up about how amazing the DC creative community is. Seriously- to anyone who will listen. When I tell people from outside of the District where I live, and I get the usual "DC= politics, blah blah blah" speech, I immediately dive into totally non-humble bragging about how supportive and vibrant the creative and maker's scene is here in DC. Given that today is both National Women's Day and A Day Without Women, it felt right to dedicate this post to some bad-ass female movers, shakers and makers, right here in the District.
1. Carolyn Misterek - Matine Studio : @matinestudio
Carolyn is the design mastermind behind Matine Studio- a local leather bag and accessory company. Her studio (pronounced: Instagram heaven) is located right in my neighborhood in Captiol Hill, and every time I walk in, I find myself in awe. The light. The big leafy plant. The exposed bulb, rope lamp. It's minimalist perfection; much like Carolyn's designs. Not only does she make gorgeous leather goods, Carolyn hosts a monthly series called Creating Conversations, where she allows folks into her studio for conversations on a variety of topics! Make sure to check out her website, and her Instagram, and try your best not to covet everything on her new Spring line (good luck).
3. Karen Bate - KP Concepts p.r. & Awesome Women Entrepreneurs: @Beawesomewomen
Not all of my favorite makers actually make tangible items. Some of them are responsible for making connections and creating community. Karen Bate is a perfect example of that! Karen, with over 25 years of experience in non-profit and corporate communications and the founder of KB Concepts P.R., is also the founder of AWE (Awesome Women Entrepreneurs). AWE is a Northern Virginia based networking and community group, specifically for female business owners and entrepreneurs. Karen has created a space for women to gather and talk about the issues that specifically effect women in business settings and provides a supportive and encouraging community where it's members are able to fully believe in themselves and confidently work towards their goals.
* Side Note: A DC Chapter of AWE will be coming soon! Keep on the look out for more information on that!
2. Sarah Kaplan- Designs by s.e.K : @designsbysek
Sarah Kaplan, the designer and maker behind local jewelry company, Designs by s.e.K, is a true gem (pun totally intended). I've had the pleasure of working with Sarah on an upcoming project (more on that soon!) and I can say whole heartedly she is one of the most open and friendly people I've met in D.C. Her jewelry is incredibly unique and she takes influence from her childhood, her love and appreciation for fine art and the landscape of her home state of North Carolina to create these one of a kind pieces.
Designs by s.e.K is about to drop their spring line so make sure to keep your eye open for that, and check back on the blog for a recap of our work together!
4. Hannah Marsh - Piccadilly Creative : @piccadillycreative
Hannah is the essence of fun. Her personality shines through every bit of her business, and if you've ever been to one of her events, you know what I'm talking about. I was first introduced to Hannah's work when I attended a holiday party she was a part of last year, and immediately fell in love with her aesthetic. When I reached out to her (shout out to friends made over IG), she was so willing and happy to meet over coffee, I could hardly believe it. We chatted over lattes about all kinds of things and I walked away thinking, "Yup, that's what the DC creative scene is all about". Not only does Hannah and her team plan amazingly fun and sparkly parties, her Instagram account (check above) is a never-ending supply of inspiration, all things pink, and straight up magic.
5. Jai Williams - Photographer & Writer : @iamjaithephotog
THIS LADY. This community is full of some of the most kind and supportive folks I've ever met, and this lady is no exception at all. From the first time I met her, she was welcoming, warm and encouraging. When I launched my website, she provided such honest, heart-felt congratulations and support; something that one photog doesn't always expect from another. On top of her wonderful energy, her travel photos are dream-worthy, her food photos are drool-worthy and her Instagram feed is a all of that rolled into one.
6. Elizabeth Carberry - Creative consultant : @egcarberry
Elizabeth and I met working on a collaborative event last Spring, and once we took the time to grab coffee and reconnect, I realized how special this lady really is. A long time member of the creative community (from her company ArtSee to her work as a creative consultant for a variety of DC businesses), she brings an energy and perspective unlike any other. Having had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth more closely starting in the second half of last year (check out our awesome Holiday Girl Brunch) and continuing to collaborate this year, I'm so happy to call her my friend. Whether planning an amazing event, coordinating a digital media campaign or directing a styled shoot, she is a creative jane of all trades and a true asset to the DC creative community.
7. Morgan Fykes - DC Funemployment : @dcfunemployment / @asithappensco
What to say about this unicorn (there really is no better word to describe her)... This woman is one of my favorite humans in the District and definitely a powerhouse in the creative community. She thrives on bringing people together and shedding light on the amazingness happening throughout the city. Whether on As It Happens, where she chronicles exciting events happening around the city (this gal is literally everywhere at all times) or highlighting fabulous and inspiring women on DCFunemployed, where she shares the stories of women doing what they love- this maven is seriously in the know. Check out her interviews on DCFunemployed for serious lady-boss inspo, and As It Happens for all the happenings, including gorgeous art shows, mouth-watering restaurant openings, and swanky, red carpet events!