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

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.

Charleston Travel Guide written, designed, illustrated by Lauren Beltramo

Charleston Travel Guide written, designed, illustrated by Lauren Beltramo

“I put together Charleston Travel Guide to pay homage to this wonderful city.” Read more.

Architect Laura Thomas’ Watercolors

Architect Laura Thomas’ Watercolors

“Travel and critical observation are an important part of my growth as an architect.” Read more.

Chelsea Lee’s Photography of The Home Aesthetic

Chelsea Lee’s Photography of The Home Aesthetic

“When I see a house that is just so delightful, I literally jump for joy, and then pull out my camera.” Read more.

James T. Green’s Podcasting, Radoing, Writing, more

James T. Green’s Podcasting, Radoing, Writing, more

“To amplify the voices of those that are usually lost in the radio world.” Read more.

Veronica Wong’s Cake Toppers

Veronica Wong’s Cake Toppers

“I run a business called Honey & Crisp where I turn my hand-lettered designs into wedding cake toppers.” Read more.

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya on Uniting Neuroscience and Design

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya on Uniting Neuroscience and Design

“My major side project is The Leading Strand to leverage the power of design to celebrate basic scientific research.” Read more.

Jason Schwartz’s Avondale Type Co.

Jason Schwartz’s Avondale Type Co.

“Keeps us all on our typography game.” Read more.

Drawing, Knitting, Writing, more by Yen Ha

Drawing, Knitting, Writing, more by Yen Ha

“Having many side projects keeps my mind nimble.” Read more.

Kelly, Julie, Lisa, Kelly of Forth

Kelly, Julie, Lisa, Kelly of Forth

“We started Forth to host quarterly salons designed to provide Chicago’s creative women of influence the time and space to talk.” Read more.

Olivia Trimble of The Quilt Square Project

Olivia Trimble of The Quilt Square Project

“Side projects are an incredible way to stay inspired and involved in your community.” Read more.

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