Leigh Patterson, Writer & Creative Director

Leigh Patterson, Writer & Creative Director

Writer and creative director Leigh Patterson’s distinctive sensibility has created campaigns for clients ranging from F. Miller Skincare and COS, to The Line Hotel. Leigh is the founder and director of Lucca Studio, a “studio for words, images and ideas,” and author of the soon-to-be-released online interview series turned book, Moon Lists, which to be released by Penguin Random House. Her curiosity and ability to frame ideas visually, as well as her obvious love for what is simple and true quietly remind me that there is no such thing as the mundane, if you pay attention. “I just work. I am grateful to have the flexibility and freedom my job and life allow — so I show up every damn day, both for others and for my own growth and vulnerability.”

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Jane Claire Hervey, Artist & Founder of #BBATX

Jane Claire Hervey, Artist & Founder of #BBATX

"I’m one of those people who feels responsible for being alive, so I feel beholden to productivity." says multidisciplinary creative, Jane Claire Hervey. Jane balances making music with running her own creative production studio, and executive directing #BBATX, the nonprofit she founded in 2015. Her drive and discipline with nurturing so many different creative fields is an inspiring reminder that, "you’ve got to really find success and fulfillment in the act of making and creating itself, or you will lose your fucking mind trying to please people and read into your future." I also particularly appreciate how she discusses the importance of being “responsive to my creative moods,” a welcome reminder that emotional/physical/mental wellbeing can both alleviate and dictate creative flow.

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Olivia Pepper, Mystic & Artist

Olivia Pepper, Mystic & Artist

An almost mythic figure in the Austin art & music scene, mystic artist Olivia Pepper has served as both a support, key artist and community leader for years. A tarot teacher, astrologer, herbalist, mystic, artist & poet, Olivia’s warmth and abundant curiosity shine forth here. From angel channeling to discussing detaching identity from work, Olivia’s insistence on maintaining autonomy and kindness for oneself is a beautiful reminder, as she joyfully states here: “i strive to keep a good name, not speak ill of others, hang evil eye charms on everything in my house and try to get right with god.”

Ed note: While I typically edit interviews for clarity, capitalization etc. I felt that doing so would change the quality of her writing— so I left as is.

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Jess Williamson, Musician

Jess Williamson, Musician

With an enviably dedicated routine, Jess Williamson makes making a living as a musician look effortless. With three records and several international tours under her belt, Jess’s confidence in her power and creativity shines through: “If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, no one else will. But mostly it’s because this is all I’ve ever wanted to do! I feel grateful and excited to show the world what I’ve been working on,” she says. This palpable delight seeps through her work, particularly in the video “I See The White,” where she dances with four other versions of herself on the beach. In this interview, she beautifully discusses the “spark of inner knowing” when putting work out— a reminder that the answers to most of our anxieties are within us, and simply need to be acknowledged in order to be overcome.

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