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Pride, work and necessity of creative efforts—on the side:

Sad Asian Girls

Sad Asian Girls

“Side projects are an outlet to transform our greatest concerns or interests into form in a productive way.” Read more.

The Take A Stand Project

The Take A Stand Project

“Side projects reveal who we are, what we stand for and who we care about.” Read more.

Bright Night collaboration by Leigh-Anne and Ross Drakes

Bright Night collaboration by Leigh-Anne and Ross Drakes

“A simple wine-fueled idea to have an art exhibition in the dark.” Read more.

Advent Activism by Meghan Arnold

Advent Activism by Meghan Arnold

“It does make me feel a lot better to shine a light on underrepresented voices.” Read more.

Emily Wisser’s “Oui, Sir” prints and Maker Mornings collaboration

Emily Wisser’s “Oui, Sir” prints and Maker Mornings collaboration

“Having a side project that energizes and excites you can be a great way to de-stress.” Read more.

Brake-rotor lamps and more by Erik Lutz

Brake-rotor lamps and more by Erik Lutz

“My main focus has been taking items that are deemed useless and repurposing them into functional art.” Read more.

Kate Hamilton, Founder & Publisher of LoganSquarist

Kate Hamilton, Founder & Publisher of LoganSquarist

“LoganSquarist is a hyperlocal neighborhood website.” Read more.

LaShun Tines, Leader for Diversity

LaShun Tines, Leader for Diversity

“Committed to increasing awareness for greater diversity and inclusion in the fields of graphic design and advertising.” Read more.

Danyelle Sage’s Participation to Her Local Creative Community

Danyelle Sage’s Participation to Her Local Creative Community

“I am extremely passionate about community outreach.” Read more.

Erma Tijerina’s laser cutting, sewing and more

Erma Tijerina’s laser cutting, sewing and more

“Having side projects enable experimentation…” Read more.

Melanie Richards’ honoring of creative women, a pattern library, weaving and more

Melanie Richards’ honoring of creative women, a pattern library, weaving and more

“My side projects are inspired by something I want or need—if it doesn’t exist yet, I’ll do it myself.” Read more.

Lara Stein Pardo’s Mapping Arts Project

Lara Stein Pardo’s Mapping Arts Project

“Mapping cultural arts histories of cities through places where artists have lived and worked.” Read more.

Tiffany Tseng’s endeavors Tasty Snacking and Eater’s Digest

Tiffany Tseng’s endeavors Tasty Snacking and Eater’s Digest

“I’m fanatic about discovering new culinary experiences.” Read more.

Jodi Mack’s Rock-Climbing App

Jodi Mack’s Rock-Climbing App

“My side project is a digital guidebook for a rock climbing crag near Seattle.” Read more.

Nicole Zhu’s Reading, Writing and Chronicling—at a Proactive Pace

Nicole Zhu’s Reading, Writing and Chronicling—at a Proactive Pace

“My longest-running side project is reading 52 books in 52 weeks.” Read more.

Shannon Downey’s Seriously Badass Women and Badass Cross Stitch

Shannon Downey’s Seriously Badass Women and Badass Cross Stitch

“All of the things that I do are simply to make sure that I live a life that is fun, weird and beneficial.” Read more.

Independent Designer Coleen Baik’s Storylines and Illustrations

Independent Designer Coleen Baik’s Storylines and Illustrations

“Making things worth sharing doesn’t have to be arduous. ” Read more.

Event series Creative Women’s Conversations by Ari Krzyzek

Event series Creative Women’s Conversations by Ari Krzyzek

“The mission of Creative Women’s Conversations is to create an inspiring and collaborative community for women entrepreneurs.” Read more.

Tracy Osborn’s Writing and Teaching on How to Build A Web App

Tracy Osborn’s Writing and Teaching on How to Build A Web App

“I’ve been able to help thousands of people so far learn how to build web apps.” Read more.

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