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

Sonia Yoon’s and Erika Dufour’s Collaborative Drawings

Sonia Yoon’s and Erika Dufour’s Collaborative Drawings

“We meet weekly, alternating between each other’s studio spaces, and spend about five hours—drawing continuously.” Read more.

Anica Wu’s and Emily Kinskey’s “So Close to the Sky”

Anica Wu’s and Emily Kinskey’s “So Close to the Sky”

“Our side project isn’t just a side project—it’s who we want to be, it’s our investment into the legacy of our filmmaking career.” Read more.

Carol Neiger’s GivingQuilts

Carol Neiger’s GivingQuilts

“GivingQuilts redefines an American tradition by combining new technology with handcrafting.” Read more.

Skot Waldron’s Locurean

Skot Waldron’s Locurean

“Finding businesses and organizations dedicated to the production, use, and support of local food and drink.” Read more.

Brandon Keelean’s Together+

Brandon Keelean’s Together+

“I’m in the middle of creating a children’s book addressing the stigma of HIV in communities throughout South Africa titled ‘Growing Together.’” Read more.

Mr. Walters’ Nerfect

Mr. Walters’ Nerfect

“I see a side project as an equal avenue to explore ideas.” Read more.

Sophia Richter’s Hello New York

Sophia Richter’s Hello New York

“New York fascinates me for many reasons, but largely because it is all at once so many things to so many people.” Read more.

Bethany Betzler’s Artifact Makers Society

Bethany Betzler’s Artifact Makers Society

“‘Local’ means provenance, a sense of place, and an authentic connection between object and city.” Read more.

Marielle Schmidt’s ParentsWork

Marielle Schmidt’s ParentsWork

“I firmly believe in the economic value of caring labor—that parenthood is just as valuable a job as any other.” Read more.

Amy Marquez’s improvisational comedy

Amy Marquez’s improvisational comedy

“I love theater, I love performing.” Read more.

Melissa Delzio’s Our Portland Story

Melissa Delzio’s Our Portland Story

“A community project called Our Portland Story that celebrates our city and its people through story and design.” Read more.

Elizabeth Baddeley’s Curious Kansas City

Elizabeth Baddeley’s Curious Kansas City

“You learn so much about a place while you are sitting in one location drawing for an hour or more.” Read more.

Shauna Panczyszyn’s Three Word Stories

Shauna Panczyszyn’s Three Word Stories

“I try to find about an hour in the mornings to create a new three-word story.” Read more.

Margot Harrington’s Sunday Sauce Brands Workshop

Margot Harrington’s Sunday Sauce Brands Workshop

“We want to take this workshop to young start-ups and non-profits.” Read more.

Ben Derico’s Bikes 4 Books and Documentaries

Ben Derico’s Bikes 4 Books and Documentaries

“As a documentarian at heart, getting to have access to how creative people approach their work and get it done, is exactly the type of material I strive to document.” Read more.

Jena Buckwell’s Volunteer Staunton and Studio Jewelry

Jena Buckwell’s Volunteer Staunton and Studio Jewelry

“Projects that I can make entirely my own, that I also feel passionate about, on a content level.” Read more.

Dan Granata’s Acting and Writing

Dan Granata’s Acting and Writing

“I’ve been an actor and writer for most of my life, and I can’t think of a period where I wasn’t working on at least one writing project, in rehearsals, performing in a show.” Read more.

Len Kendall’s adventure-game Cartegram

Len Kendall’s adventure-game Cartegram

“Cartegram is a side project I dreamed up in the early summer during a session of ‘Product Dev Friday,’ a weekly tradition that involves stepping away from the day-to-day work.” Read more.

Knoed Creative’s jewelry line RFRM and handwriting service Handiemail

Knoed Creative’s jewelry line RFRM and handwriting service Handiemail

“It’s a nice retreat from the 9-to-5, and gives something to think about and look forward to.” Read more.

Nathalie Williams’ Knitting

Nathalie Williams’ Knitting

“Knitting is a productive activity, and I enjoy the sense of accomplishment when I finish a piece.” Read more.

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“As a knitter, I’m usually working on my winter wardrobe and gifts for family members…”
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