Take a peek into the workspace of Kathleen Shannon, of the super inspring Braid Creative. I met Kathleen at a design retreat last year and learned so much from talking with her. Check it out!
Tell us about yourself as a creative
I co-own Braid Creative & Consulting with my sister Tara. We do branding and business visioning for other creative entrepreneurs like photographers, designers, makers, artists, consultants and coaches. My background is in graphic design but these days I spend most of my time writing, blogging, and planning things like ECourses and Workshops, and one-on-one consulting. I’m also now doing life coaching for creatives. Blogging about food, travel and life over at my personal blog is probably my favorite creative outlet.
Describe your creative journey
I grew up learning to juggle, acting in plays, playing French horn in band, and always doing art. I also loved science and considered going to college for pre-med – but I chose fine art. I thought I would major in screen printing or painting but found myself a seat in the very competitive graphic design program. After graduation I worked my way up to senior art director in a small advertising agency. It was a fantastic job but after 5 years and lots of personal growth I found that traditional advertising was a sinking ship and didn’t quite align with my values. So I quit to be a freelancer. I found my passion not only in doing branding work for other solopreneurs but in sharing my own creative process, struggles, and victories on my personal blog. A year after freelancing my sister quit her job as a VP creative director to join forces with me – that’s when we started Braid Creative.
Share a little about your space
My sister and I, along with our designer Kristin (and two feisty cats), work out of my historical 1928 brick tudor home near downtown OKC. We work at a long wooden table with loads of natural light pouring in through the windows. We listen to Spotify all day… It’s pretty much a dream.
Favorite thing about my space
We have a chalkboard wall that we track our clients and projects on. But it’s kind of magical. Every quarter we erase the board to start fresh with lots of empty blanks – it’s our way of magically manifesting new clients. I know it sounds a little woo-woo but it totally works. It’s fun to see the board fill up towards the end of the quarter as a reminder of how much we’ve accomplished.
One thing every creative needs in their space
Music, natural light, a cup of tea, and incense.