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The Positively Creative Podcast was created by Dorothy Collier, artist of Dorothy Art, for creative entrepreneurs. When Dorothy started having a positive outlook on every aspect of her life, including her art career, the creativity and opportunities started overflowing! Join her as she chats with other small business owners, discussing the ins and outs of how to run a creative business and how her creative friends are making it in their respective fields.
 
A podcast all about celebrating small, independent businesses who are doing wonderful, creative things in the most difficult of circumstances. Join me as we go behind the scenes of inspiring businesses and shops you love, hearing their stories about how they started, how they continue to evolve and why they believe in their local high street. We look forward to having you along!
 
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Now feels like a good time to gain a little perspective and think about what’s happening in retail and on our high streets in more depth; help us understand why we are where we are, what our high streets could look like in the future and what trends we can expect to emerge. And who better to do this with than Dr Sarah Montano, Senior Lecturer in Ma…
 
Today, I’m delighted to be joined by Annie Marrs, Lead Officer at UNESCO City of Design Dundee. In recent years, Dundee has undergone a huge amount of change, driven by design - from new public realm and waterfront development to the opening of a world-class facility with V&A Dundee, dedicated to celebrating innovative approaches to design. But how…
 
In all this talk about numbers of job losses on the high street right now, it’s very easy to forget that these are people’s livelihoods, careers and pay packets we’re talking about. The situation is made all the crueller when people won’t be able to say goodbye to their stores that they may have worked at for years, or share one last tea break with…
 
Today I’m very pleased to be joined by Sarah from Pencil Me In - a stationery shop based in Elgin. Passionate about showcasing work from the finest UK designers, illustrators and makers, we chat to Sarah about how she curates her offer, her reflections on the UK high street and why she was inspired to start #MyShopLife back in 2017 - an Instagram c…
 
Today I’m delighted to be joined by Kate Maxwell, from Curate. Glasgow. Curate. Glasgow is an online platform to discover new independent makers, creatives and retailers. Born out of Kate’s love for independent retail, as a way to celebrate Glasgow’s creatives and their work - the website acts as a directory of cool and interesting businesses offer…
 
This week we are continuing our series from the Positively Creative Summit with our Keynote speaker Thomas “Detour” Evans. Detour shares his journey to discovering art and how he developed his unique style. From there, he takes us through how he set up his business as an artist. During his presentation, he shares videos and images of his work. Be s…
 
Have you ever felt alone as a creative entrepreneur? On this episode, we bring you another presentation from the Positively Creative Summit back in September. Founders Shelda and Allie share about the Hive Collective and why community is important and can help you grow your business. They also share the ins and outs of the Hive Collective and why y…
 
Today our guest is Scott MacKay, Project Manager of Midsteeple Quarter. A Community Benefit Society set up and run by the people of Dumfries, Midsteeple Quarter has a bold vision to shape a new future for their town centre - by bringing 8 underused buildings in and around their high street back into community control. It’s a fascinating project tha…
 
This week, in our final full episode of the series, to add a touch of joy -I give you the second of our Christmas episodes, as we speak to Style Your Spaces. Style Your Spaces is a creative floristry and styling company - who specialise in installations for retail, styling for photo shoots, weddings and events. However, like so many others working …
 
In a festive special, I’m delighted to be joined this week by Rory Mellis from Mellis Cheesemongers. Mellis has a special place in so many foodie's hearts across Scotland, particularly at this time of year, when joining the queue outside one of their branches to choose what cheese will finish off the Christmas meal, has become, for many, synonymous…
 
This week we return to St Stephen Street, to stop by number 17 - and to Space at Seventeen. We speak to founder, Jess about bringing an idea to life, the role of pop up spaces on our local high streets and why they’re so proud to play a part in other people’s small business stories. Jess has such an inspiring approach, with a charming story of how …
 
In today’s episode, we continue our St Stephen Street Series with Lovecrumbs, or Mini Lovecrumbs as their shop at number 22 is known. Mini Lovecrumbs offers a cosy nook on the street to escape into a large slice of cake and a cracking cup of coffee. We chat to founder Hollie, about their story so far, the importance of coffee shops in a community, …
 
In this week’s episode of our St Stephen Street Series, we welcome Golden Hare Books, who reside at number 68 - an independent bookshop established in 2012. I talked to bookseller David about how the shop has evolved since the business began, how independent bookshops are bucking the trend when it comes to retail, and how they have seen the effects…
 
As we continue our St Stephen Street Series, I’m delighted to be joined by vegan fashion retailer, Treen. We talk to owner, Cat about her incredible approach to this extraordinary year, her drive for the business and why she loves to go above and beyond for her customers. Cat has an infectious energy and passion for her business, and talks with suc…
 
In the first of our St Stephen Street Series, we welcome Bon Tot. Established in 2014, Bon Tot is a modern kids store. Whilst primarily known as a childrensware shop, they stock a growing range of sustainable lifestyle products and have this year upped their eco credentials even further by launching a buy back scheme, Bon Voyage. We talked to the s…
 
Hello and welcome to Independent Thinking, the podcast exploring a new era for the high street. In today’s episode, I’m delighted to be joined by Jamila and Natasha from The Good Store, a plastic free groceries store in the leafy neighbourhood of Inverleith, Edinburgh. With a background in Nutrition and a passion for sustainability between them, th…
 
A bonus episode especially for those in the midst of Sober October, and something a little different to our usual episodes about shops and shop-fronts, as we talk to Nuisance Drinks about starting a business during lockdown and what it takes to break into the world of soft drinks. Hugo, founder of Nuisance, decided to leave his job working in the c…
 
Today I'm delighted to be joined by Holly, from Holly Grows. Established during deepest lockdown, Holly Grows is a plant and interiors business which promises to liven up your home with a beautiful range of houseplants. For those who have no idea where to start, they have an interiors service to help you decide what plants are right for you, and wh…
 
Welcome to Independent Thinking, the podcast exploring a new era for the high street. We’ll be celebrating those who are doing wonderful, creative things in the most difficult of circumstances. It’s about going behind the scenes of businesses and shops you love, that you look forward to visiting, that add joy to your high street. Before we begin th…
 
Today I'm delighted to be joined by Lesley, from The Pastry Section in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Nestled in the heart of Stockbridge, Edinburgh, lives The Pastry Section, a bakery for anyone with a sweet tooth. Established in 2017, it is a contemporary bakery that you won’t find baking sausage rolls or offering sandwiches anytime soon - for this plac…
 
The UK High Street has been on a difficult journey. For a number of reasons. Some large retailers had got lazy, not responding to their customers, doing the same old, same old, not thinking about the context in which they sit in their customer’s lives - what their concerns will be, what impact events will have on their pockets. And that, yes a lot …
 
This week we are continuing our series from the Positively Creative Summit. What does fiddling have to do with photography? This is an awesome and inspiring talk from Rachael Boer. She started her creative journey as a musician and soon found herself holding a camera instead of a violin. Rachael shares how she learned the difference between pricing…
 
We had the amazing privilege of hearing from Sara Trail of the Social Justice Sewing Academy at the Positively Creative Summit. This is an amazing talk on the power of creating to spark conversations that need to happen. She also shares why it’s important to question and put in the work to identify your place within your creative practice. This is …
 
Meg Sutton of Belle & Union Co. is on the podcast today! Meg started her business by jumping into wholesale at the National Stationery Show. She shares her journey and what led her to pursue that path into the product world. Meg also shares the decision to open a brick & mortar and the challenges and triumphs she’s experienced since opening her sto…
 
I discovered Dionne Woods while planning my baby’s nursery! Dionne shares how she started her business in furniture artistry, how she discovered DIY paint and how they helped her business evolve. She also talks about how she learned to overcome her fears of doing Facebook lives and how by sharing on social media, she discovered her love for teachin…
 
In today's episode, I'm chatting with Kate Waldo. We met by chance and connected in an Uber on our way to Alt Summit. Kate is an organizer for influencers, bloggers and creatives. She shares how to get started creating systems, why CRMs are so valuable and what some of her favorite tools are for streamlining. Kate also tells us why going paperless …
 
Today we are talking about live painting! Jennie sat down with me to share her process for live painting and the types of events she paints for. We also talk about how she schedules these events, what travel looks like and which supplies are her go to's for live painting. If you've ever thought about live painting or wondered what it's like, this i…
 
Today I'm in the studio with Whitney Winkler. We talk about how motherhood was the catalyst for starting her painting journey. Whitney shares what inspired her early designs and why partnerships are important. She also shares how she's developed and shared a diverse product line. From Whitney Winkler: Hey! I'm Whitney Winkler. I hail from the heart…
 
Do you ever think about what kind of experience you’re providing to your customers? Today on the podcast, I'm chatting with Kimberly Sundt on how to add value to your customers. We talk about the feeling we want our customers to have and how important it is to share your story as an online shop owner. We even chat about vision boards and how helpfu…
 
On today's episode, I'm sharing a very special recording of a panel we did at Tuesdays Together for Memphis’ Rising Tide Society. Our topic was mentorships and mastermind groups and it was such a great conversation, I knew I had to share it with you. You can find out more information about all the panelists below! About Linda Steele: I help cities …
 
Welcome back to Season 3 of the Positively Creative Podcast! I'm so excited to be kicking off this season with Kat Popova. Kat is a painter, founder of Create Magazine, and the host of the Art & Cocktails Podcast. In today's episode, we chat about what it's like being a multi-passionate creative and the projects we are currently working on. I loved…
 
On today's episode, Amy Kinslow walks us through her journey of transitioning her side hustle to a full time career. She shares why being slow and steady has been so important to her growth as an entrepreneur. Amy also gives us some great tips for selling at a craft and barn market and the difference between a showroom booth and her craft booth. Sh…
 
Today on the podcast I am joined by fine artist Jess Franks. We talked about her creative childhood, the winding journey she took to becoming an artist and why she is drawn to her current artistic style. Jess also shares the power of layers and changing subjects as well as her personal opinion about painting with acrylic vs. oil. About Jess Franks:…
 
On today's podcast, Kimberly Zukley and I dive deep into how we are inspired to use new mediums and resources we use to learn new techniques. Kimberly also shares her journey to become a full-time artist and her creative life as a mom and artist. Links: Skillshare Jerry’s Artarama Instagram Donald Robertson’s Instagram Steve Waterval’s Instagram Ab…
 
Kristin Malone is on the show today and we chat about her creative journey from hobby, to brick and mortar, and to expanding locations. Her shop Home Malone is located in New Orleans and features local and southern artists. We also chat about the importance of customer communication and why finding your unique perspective as an artist is important.…
 
I am so excited to bring this episode to you! For a year and a half, I have been working along with my cofounder Abby Phillips of Memphis Fashion Design Network, on Arrow at Overton which is a one-roof creative district in the heart of Memphis. This has truly been a labor of love that started with seeing a need in our community. In this episode, Ab…
 
Amy Smith of the Joy Junkie and I have such an insightful conversation on today's show. We chat about how Amy started the Joy Junkie and her new e-book: Stand Up for Yourself without Being a Dick. We dive into how to stand up for yourself, why you should take stock of how you talk to yourself and how to change your self-talk from negative to positi…
 
Sarah Hartley the Creator and Editor in Chief of Holl & Lane Magazine is on the show today. We chat about how she created this amazing magazine and community from the desire to share the stories no one was telling. We also dive into being vulnerable and sharing your story, to how she manages as a work from home mama of two! Grab your free mini issu…
 
We were so lucky to have Elizabeth Heiskell of The Debutante Farmer as our keynote at the Positively Creative Summit. In this episode, we hear Elizabeth's story, her ups, and downs and how she got to where she is today. We laughed and cried during her speech so I hope you enjoy it! You can find the Positively Creative Series here: http://mca.edu/co…
 
If you love color, you will love Kris Keys! She came to the Positively Creative Summit to share her story of having a genetic blood disorder and how it has affected her art. She also shared how dreaming and travel inspired her to become a designer. You can find the Positively Creative Series here: http://mca.edu/community/community-education/positi…
 
If you aren't following Nubi Interiors on Instagram, you should be! Carmeon Hamilton came to the Positively Creative Summit and shared her journey into interior design and using Instagram. She shares some of her best Instagram tips and how Instagram has helped her biz. You can find the Positively Creative Series here: http://mca.edu/community/commu…
 
It is 2019 and I am so excited to start a new year with the podcast! As I started to think about 2019, I turned to some wisdom from my friend Kat Gordon of Muddy's Bake Shop. Last fall, I had the awesome privilege of hosting the Positively Creative Summit. Kat shared a bit of her story and the power of visioning at the Summit and I'm excited to sha…
 
Today is a recording of a panel discussion for Rising Tide Society on systems, automations, and workflows.. Thanks to HIllary Butler, Holly Whitfield, Gina Davis, & Rising Tide Society for making this episode possible! I hope this panel helps you create some systems and workflows that work for you! Special thanks to ARCH’d for the cover photo. Link…
 
Blayne Macauley of Blayne Art is on the show today. I loved our conversation about how she paints her dreams and the way clients interpret her paintings. We also chat about working from home, hiring help and what it's like to work with galleries. About Blayne: My artwork explores the idea of the human soul. As a soul travels through life it changes…
 
Today is a recording of a panel discussion for Rising Tide Society on craft fairs. Thanks to Epicenter, Memphis Slim Collaboratory, IV, Riverside 1844, ARCHd, & Rising Tide Society for making this episode possible! I hope this panel helps you gain some insight as you start participating in art and craft shows! Links: Moo Print Social Episode 20 - P…
 
Rylie Caldwell is on the podcast today sharing her journey as an architect and fine artist. We talk about juggling family life and our art and we dive into Rylie's process working on large scale abstracts and how she uses color palates and inspiration to make color choices. Rylie also shares how the 100 day project helped her find her style. Links:…
 
Kellee Wynne and I have such a great conversation on the podcast today! We talk about the struggle as artists to create for our jobs vs. creating things we love and how to shift our mindset about abundance. We also talk about her program True Colors and her life as an artist and mom. Links: Kellee Wynne’s In-Person Workshops Website: https://www.ke…
 
Crystal Moody is on the podcast today sharing how she started her journey of creating art for 365 days and that led her to establishing creative habits. We also chat about creating for the sake of creating and different ways we share our work. I hope this episode inspires you to start creating everyday! Links: 2019 Alt Summit Creative Conference in…
 
Gabrielle Blair, cofounder of the Alt Summit is on the show today. I'm so excited to share this episode with you where Gabrielle gives us an inside scoop on the 2019 Creative Conference in Palm Springs. Best part? You can use the code positivelycreative to get $50 off your ticket. Conferences are a great way to connect with other creatives, learn a…
 
Have you ever thought about licensing your artwork? Well, today I'm talking with Bari J all about how she got started as a surface pattern designer and how she put herself out there to get her first fabric company to license. We chat about how to educate yourself about pattern design, her favorite products she's created, and all about her new book.…
 
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