September 2018: What We’re Watching, Reading & Listening To
We are always on the hunt for news, ideas and inspiration to share with you. This is the first in our new monthly series about what we are Watching, Reading…
TARRA is a global network of women who are innovating, transforming, creating, designing, writing, fabricating, building, and thinking outside the box. Through community, networking, and education, we are cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders.
– By Michelle Johnson
Jenna Walker’s résumé is made up of a motley of endeavors. She’s worked for the U.S. Olympic Committee, Ford Motor Company, and the Pepsi Center; opened her own professional photography business; founded photo-goods powerhouse Artifact Uprising; and most recently, became general manager of the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, a mentorship-driven program that helps tech startups grow.
“I feel like I reinvent myself every 5-7 years in life,” says the Hastings, Minnesota, native who relocated to Denver in her early 20s.
Anna Karlin works across all media, and when she says all, she means it. Her studio practice encompasses everything from digital and print to interiors and set design. All her life, Anna has been drawn to the creation of objects.
“Just making stuff, decorating stuff, I always just loved it,” says Anna, who’s lived in New York for the past six years. “It’s having the energy to bounce from thing to thing and make each thing happen. It’s more about what I want to be working on, and that could be many things at one time or just one piece at a time.”
Sustainability is paramount to craft distiller Connie Baker. Baker and her husband founded Marble Distilling Company in Carbondale, Colorado on a foundation of social consciousness. The company’s spirits—vodka, rye whiskey, and other specialty flavored spirits—are handcrafted using local grains and pristine water from the Crystal River, which is filtered through 99.5% calcite Yule marble.
Because distilleries use a lot of water and energy to heat water. Connie and her husband were determined to design a way to recapture that water and energy in their distillery and reuse it.
Lindsay Linton Buk, a fifth-generation Wyoming native, discovered photography while on hiatus from her professional dance career. She has spent the last several years perfecting the art of portrait.
Her college thesis project “Been Here for Generations” gained local and statewide recognition for her portrayal of seven generational farming families in her hometown of Powell, Wyoming. After graduation, an internship with famed photographer Peter Hurley, catapulted her onto the world stage.
I don’t know about you, but I want live in a world where TARRA doesn’t need to exist anymore.
– TARRA Founder, Kate Bailey
Last year I promised to build an organization for you, and we have spent the last 12 months asking women across a variety of disciplines and industries:
We discovered that there were three key things women are looking for: education about business, mentoring and being a mentor, and meaningful networking experiences to connect with like-minded women across a variety of disciplines.
Click through for a highlight of the programs we are starting to develop to help make your dreams a reality.
When asked about her entry into the world of woodworking, Greta de Parry describes her experience as “less of a moment, more of a natural evolution”.
For de Parry, the process of becoming an esteemed woodworker was a delicate balance between learning the craft and gaining confidence in her abilities. Armed with an MFA in Sculpture and Designed Objects from The Art Institute of Chicago, and a passion for artfully designed furniture, de Parry dove headfirst into the world of woodworking for the practical, everyday life.
When asked to describe the moment she decided to become a designer, Andrea Beecher of M3LD responded with a knowing nod to a ubiquitous theme: “It’s always been in me.”
Armed with keen ambition and playful boldness, Beecher has crafted a multi-faceted design career characterized by both curiosity and focus. Her aesthetic is fearless and dynamic, often pulling from brutalist modern motifs and employing varied elements in intriguing and unexpected combinations. Across numerous creative industries, she has rolled up her (likely pattern-laden) sleeves and plunged in.