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#GoingBold :: Esther Loopstra Art & Illustration

Bold & Pop :: #Going Bold Feature with Esther Loopstra Art & Illustration

Esther Loopstra Art & Illustration

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

I went to school for illustration and began my career by interning at Target headquarters, illustrating my first published children's book, and illustrating for local magazines while still in school. I've always loved hand lettering, patterns, travel and drawing! Since then my work has been used for print ads, editorials, books, stationery products, & textiles. 

I also have a passion for teaching. Helping others find and express the creativity that resides inside of them is at the core of what brings me joy. I began teaching when I left my first job out of school and fell in love with it. I teach workshops and speak about creativity at events and online and I have been teaching college illustration and design courses for 8 years. Currently I am an instructor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Bold & Pop :: #Going Bold Feature with Esther Loopstra Art & Illustration
 
Bold & Pop :: #Going Bold Feature with Esther Loopstra Art & Illustration
 

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

  • Getting my first job out of college - I was hired for my dream job...creating fun patterns and illustrations for Target products

  • Getting some of my first freelance illustration jobs - getting paid to do what I love for large companies like Frito Lay and the Denver Post...what a dream!

  • Teaching my first class and beginning other workshops - I realized that teaching is a natural gift of mine! I love it and I'm damn good at it!

  • Discovering my Creative Voice through intuitive painting - I started going down the rabbit hole of how to teach the creative process

  • Creating packaging for Seattle Chocolates - a terrific company to have a relationship with... woman owned and local!

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the #GoingBold community?: 

I love to encourage everyone to follow their curiosity and find their own unique Creative Voice! I believe everyone has a unique way that they can share their creativity with the world and that we can get in touch with our intuition which is very powerful!

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched the free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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#GoingBold :: Author Kate Fann

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Author Kate Fann
Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Author Kate Fann

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Above all, I am an author. I have been working on creating stories for over ten years, but have yet to publish my work yet. I jumped head-first into creating my author brand online a little less than a year ago. I was finally ready to take the plunge and make my dream happen! I had been working a full-time job at home but the hours started to become too demanding. I was also a full-time work at home mom. It was all too much. I decided to quit my job and become a freelancer. I did this last September and since then I have been taking jobs as a ghostwriter and content writer. That's how I make my income for now until I become published and start selling my work. Now, I run my author business where I blog about my journey and provide tips to my readers. I also promote my freelance work. 

What most inspired me to really take the plunge into becoming published was my son. He was born in November 2017 and I want to set a great example for him. I want him to know that if he has a dream, he should strive for that, whatever it is. I need to live by this in my own life! So, that's why I got started!

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

 I created my own website by myself. I am not technically savvy in that sense. I was intimidated about creating my own website. I didn't have the funds to hire someone. Plus, I wanted to make it into something authentic to me. So, I created it! I did use some great tools and watched quite a few YouTube tutorials. In the end, I created a website I am so proud of. I look at it and can't believe I did that myself.

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Author Kate Fann

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the #GoingBold community?: 

Don't let anyone hold you back from pursuing your goals. There will be people that bring negativity to your ideas. You don't need those people. You don't need to listen to them. We should never deviate from our dreams because of other people. Find people who will support your dreams. We can literally do anything we set our minds to. So go out there and do it! You'll only regret it if you don't try.

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched the free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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#BoldBossTribe :: Stefanie Johnson of SwapIt

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe feature with Stefanie Johnson of SwapIt
Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe feature with Stefanie Johnson of SwapIt

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

I have always wanted to start a business - it's in my family’s blood. But nothing ever inspired me to take the plunge until I struggled with my clothing and simultaneously learned about the growing problem of textiles in landfills. I was growing in my career--becoming a more prominent staff member who had to look put together, being photographed more, and just wanting to look my new part--but I wasn’t able to put together a wardrobe that was accomplishing my goals. It felt like my clothing was holding me back, instead of propelling me forward. 

During that same time I was in a greening fellowship program learning about everything environmental. The big thing that stood out to me was trash and landfills. It felt like such an easy problem to fix. So I combined the two main problems that had been weighing on me: trash and style. I decided I wanted to stop textiles, especially clothing, from ending up in landfills. 

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe feature with Stefanie Johnson of SwapIt
Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe feature with Stefanie Johnson of SwapIt

Traditional shopping does not work anymore. It does not solve the problem of what to wear; instead it just adds more clutter to your closet and makes you spend additional time figuring out how to match up your new items with the clothing you already own. 

Second-hand shopping is even harder for people. Thrift stores are overcrowded and hard to look through. They are all about the thrill of the hunt or finding a designer item that you could never afford first-hand. Unless someone enjoys that type of shopping, they aren’t going to do it. And there is no other way to purchase second-hand clothing. 

So I created one.

SwapIt offers a full service solution to “what do I wear?”, offering full outfits, style tips, and personalized attention, but through the use of second-hand clothing and a personal stylist. We are creating a circular clothing economy that not only helps the average woman get better use out of her existing wardrobe, but also helps save the environment by keeping clothing out of landfills.

Not only does SwapIt take the guesswork out of thrift store shopping, but we add an upscale feel to our store through decor, the space itself, and personal styling services. We are creating a second-hand shopping experience that appeals to a wider range of people, thus encouraging women to help the environment while getting help shopping smarter all while gaining more confidence through the process.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

SwapIt started as an in home service, but I wanted to test the idea of a store. I found a place to hold a pop up. I put one post on a facebook group for moms and we sold out in 3 days with just one post. Granted it was only 8 tickets, but they were all sold to people I had never met before. After that I knew I had something and opened a store front just 2 months later and we are still going one year later.

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What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

Keeping pushing the limit.

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched the free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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