She Makes Chicago covers women makers and entrepreneurs actively working in the Chicago area. Hosted by co-founders Kylee Alexander and Melody Bilbo, together they interview artists, makers, designers, entrepreneurs and small businesses to understand how they began, highs and lows of their endeavors, daily routines for success, and the best advice they can give to creating industry in the third coast.
Hand-lettering expert Chelsie Tamms of Lettering Works shares her experience in starting her own design studio. She discusses the art of turning passion projects into client relationships and how she prioritizes purpose in developing a clear vision for her business. Join She Makes Chicago, as we learn more about Chelsie's intentional perspective in both business and design.
To learn more about Chelsie Tamms and Lettering Works, please visit her at https://www.letteringworks.com/ and follow her on IG @letteringworks.
Interdisciplinary artist Cheryl Pope addresses topics such as race, gender, identity and the body through various mediums. Sitting down with She Makes Chicago, Cheryl Pope discusses the beginning of her career as an artist, social justice and gender inequity, and business basics of being an artist.
To view Cheryl Pope’s work, please visit https://www.cherylpope.net and view on Instagram @cherylpope.
0514 Design: Tahiti Spears
In this episode, She Makes Chicago gets to know Tahiti Spears, one of Chicago’s most diverse graphic designers. With clients ranging from the American Bar Association to the NAACP Image Awards, Tahiti works to develop iconic branding in line with her clients vision with a larger than life approach to design. Throughout the episode, Tahiti discusses the early stages of her career, her transition into her own practice, and the current works that allow her to expand.
To view Tahiti Spears work and current projects, visit her site here:
To read more from this interview and see photos of Tahiti at work visit our blog HERE.
CRUX, a Chicago based fashion magazine focuses on creating a network of designers, artists and makers across the editorials of its pages. Co-editors Isabella Gabriel and Lisa Gaedike explain their process, teamwork, and commitment to inclusion and diversity of perspectives that make Crux the definitive publication in Chicago fashion.
To read more from this interview and see photos of the duo at work visit our blog HERE.
Artist Adrianne Hawthorne of Ponnopozz discusses her departure with corporate America, the development of her painting practice and expansion into owning a studio and boutique in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Addressing conversations such as valuing oneself, elitism surrounding art and advocating for mental health, Adrianne explores the elements that influence the world of Ponnopozz.
To read more from this interview and see photos of the Ponnopozz shop visit our blog HERE.
Lovely by Lorna
Lorna Biljan is a personal chef specializing in home meal planning, workshops and experiences to her clients through her namesake company, Lovely by Lorna. With nearly two decades of experience, Lorna explores her history and experiences working in the restaurant and hospitality industries that helped cultivate her craft and lead her to enter entrepreneurship.
To read more from this interview and see photos of Lorna at work visit our blog HERE.