Fall Creative Founders Conference Speaker Erin Kendrick

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This month, we’re going to be sharing about each of our Speakers individually and share more about what each of them will be speaking on for our Fall Creative Founders Conference.

We are continuing this series today with the powerful Erin Kendrick of Erin is Creative!

Erin joined us for the first time as an attendee at our 2016 Conference, and it has been absolutely incredible to see how much she has transformed in the last two years since joining us for the first time.

Erin is a visual artist from Jacksonville, Florida who’s color rich, acrylic ink-stained works of art seek to inspire a dialogue about contemporary spectatorship and the power of language as it relates to perceptions of and about black women. She has exhibited work in museums, galleries and alternative spaces throughout the southeastern United States. 

Erin has completely come into her own, distinctive, entirely unique element as an artist, and she is someone I am thrilled will be with us at the Conference this fall.

She has a solo Art Show that will be debuting at Yellow House in Jacksonville, Florida beginning on July 14th, and if you'll be traveling to Jacksonville anytime soon, she also currently has work on display at the Jacksonville International Airport.  She maintains a studio at CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville, and is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of North Florida. She has been teaching in the field of Art since 2002, has such a tremendous wealth of knowledge. Her artistry is unmistakably unique, and her point of view is instantly recognizable.

Art by Erin Kendrick of Erin is Creative
Art by Erin Kendrick of Erin is Creative
Art by Erin Kendrick of Erin is Creative
Shown above are three of the large-scale acrylic paintings that Erin will have on display at the "Her own Things" Art Show in Jacksonville beginning on July 14th. Each of these paintings measure 24"x36" or 36"x48", and are painted directly onto boards.  Photography by Madison Gross

One of the things that Erin has an incredible strength with is helping people to visualize who you are personally as an artist, a maker, and a designer.   And this is where we are truly blessed that she will be joining us, because Erin will be leading two sessions at our Conference this fall.

Erin Kendrick of Erin is Creative

Erin will be starting us off on Friday morning, with a session on Finding your Voice as an Artist, Maker, and a Designer. 

In this session we will discuss the differences and similarities between makers, artists, and designers. We will discuss "pretty things" and why it's necessary to stand out and stay in your lane. We will do a few hands-on exercises to help attendees discover their mark, in addition to opening a dialogue centered around the idea of being willing to lose in order to win.

The key takeaways you will receive by the end of this session will be determining how to make your mark in the world, having a discussion about being acceptable to losing to win, and on finding your tribe who will support you as your business grows in the years ahead.

The second session Erin will be leading will be how working backwards can actually help you to excel at your creativity.

For this session Erin will give practical steps for starting with the end in mind, using creativity as a way of problem solving. Artists see the end at the beginning. They know what the finished piece should look like, where it should be installed, how it will interact with the viewer, etc. We have to work backwards to achieve success, choosing the right approach, materials, etc. This session cover those steps and help you to build a solid plan on how to determine how to work backwards in order to become even more creative.

Empower who you already are. Inspiring words by Erin Kendrick of Erin is Creative, Fall 2018 Creative Founders Conference Speaker

We wanted to follow up today with a little bit more about Erin, in her own words:

How long have you been a business owner, and what do you love the most about being an entrepreneur?

I've been a business owner since 2009 (9 years). Although my business has changed a lot over the years, my tagline has always been the same, "let me be your creative side". Whether creating original artwork or designing something for a client, using creativity as a way to express an idea has always been essential.

Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because I do it authentically. Whether creating something fun for a client or painting an image about "black girl joy" I try to let my voice shine through. I believe that your voice is your power and that you should honor that. Always.

If you could offer any advice to a Creative Entrepreneur, wherever they may be in their journey, what would it be?

Sometimes the phrase, "Find Your Voice", doesn't mean to go out looking for inspiration. It means open your eyes and pay attention to things, patterns, colors, designs, etc., that you've already surrounded yourself with. Grow into who you want to be by empowering who you already are.


Learn more about Erin here:  Website | Facebook | Instagram , and read more about Erin's recent interview about her Art Show in Folio Weekly HERE.

Registration is currently open for our Creative Founders Conference, taking place on the beautiful beaches of Pensacola, Florida, this October. Will you be joining us? For all of the details, visit our Conference Details page here!

We’ll see you back here soon when we share more details about our next speaker!