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#017 – Lauren Phelps: On Creativity, Pursuing Dreams, and Motherhood

Lauren Phelps is an accomplished creative entrepreneur. I first knew Lauren as she achieved great success with her clothing line LEONA then as a client when I had the opportunity to photograph several seasonal lookbooks of her fashion designs.

“But for me the art is like my sacred place, and I don’t want it to ever not be because that’s when it becomes something I don’t want it to be in my life.”

~Lauren Phelps

She has continued her creative endeavors since then and now lives in New York where she continued her work in fashion then turned into an even deeper creative direction, which, of course, we talk about here.

And as always, we feature a Non-Profit Spotlight selected by our guest. Kick back and enjoy this conversation with Lauren Phelps.

 

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:02:20 Nashville Fashion Week “Nashville Fashion Forward Fund” award
  • 0:08:58 Where Lauren’s creativity comes from
  • 0:13:03 CEO as a title
  • 0:20:20 Closing LEONA
  • 0:23:14 Sweet home Alabama
  • 0:28:28 Alabama to Nashville to New York
  • 0:31:10 Why Paris
  • 0:31:34 COO of Brandon Maxwell
  • 0:34:37 Non-Profit Spotlight: Samual Waxman Cancer Research Foundation
  • 0:36:59 Lauren’s mother
  • 0:43:32 How motherhood has impacted Lauren’s work and world
  • 0:47:17 “Each baby brings its own loaf of bread”
  • 0:49:26 Motherhood and mothering without a mother
  • 0:54:16 Moving to visual arts
  • 0:58:21 Choosing materials for mixed media pieces
  • 0:59:40 Lauren’s creative process
  • 1:02:37 Monochromania
  • 1:05:37 My creative envy
  • 1:08:03 Conversation as an audio portrait
  • 1:11:03 “If you could have one more conversation with your Mom…”
  • 1:12:44 Closing remarks

GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about Lauren Phelps at these links
Official Website | Instagram | Facebook


RELATED INFO

Here’s a small sampling of pieces from Lauren’s clothing line LEONA, discussed in this episode from 0:02:20 – 0:23:14. Over a two-year period, Lauren created 350+ pieces.

 

 

 

Lauren Phelps photographed in her art studio. Photo courtesy of Lauren Phelps.

 

“Origin” mixed media by Lauren Phelps

 

“Interface” mixed media by Lauren Phelps

 

Finally, toward the end of our conversation (at 1:09:13), the topic turns to the give-and-take exchange that makes a good conversation as described in the give-and-take exchange of a photographic portrait session. Here are two film clips from Somewhere In Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. First clip below sets the scene…

…and this clip delivers the magic. Enjoy.


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

This episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight supports Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. The mission of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) is to eradicate cancer by funding collaborative cross-institutional research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer. This research is the basis for developing minimally toxic treatments for patients, which is particularly crucial for children and seniors battling cancer.

Learn more about Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation at www.waxmancancer.org.


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#005 – Tanya Willis: Dog Rescuer & Matchmaker

Tanya and I talk about a mutually favorite subject…DOGS! Beyond their puppy dog eyes and waggly tails, she shares how Agape Animal Rescue came to be, what it’s like to raid a dog fighting operation, and how inspiring it is when she’s able to find forever homes for rescues who simply want to be someone’s everything. What happened to dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey? What about Michael Vick? Did Gypsy find a home? All that and more.

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:01:32 Roadside epiphany
  • 0:07:01 Self-education and growth of Agape
  • 0:09:38 A family affair
  • 0:11:06 How a rescue agency works
  • 0:16:02 Growth rate
  • 0:19:00 Current adoptables
  • 21:33 How it works
  • 30:09 Rescue fatigue
  • 34:23 Hurricane Harvey dogs
  • 47:18 What is it about dogs?
  • 1:03:11 Non-Profit Spotlight
  • 1:04:00 Michael Vick
  • 1:08:30 Meet Your Next Running Buddy event

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GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about Agape Animal Rescue at these links and social media profiles
List of current adoptables | Official Website | Facebook | TwitterInstagram | YouTube


RELATED INFO

For a look at Agape Animal Rescue’s currently adoptable dogs, visit this adoptables page.

Meet Your Next Running Buddy with Nolensville Running Club

We mentioned several photographs in this episode. See below.

Tanya Willis, founder of Agape Animal Rescue, with Mack…the golden lab who inspired it all

Tanya Willis, founder of Agape Animal Rescue, with her three dogs…(L) Mack, the Golden Lab who started it all, (C) William Wallace, and (R) Robert The Bruce

Tanya Willis cutting chains off pit bull during an Animal Rescue Corp (ARC) raid of an illegal dog fighting operation.

Our first family photo with Sundae in front of Nashville Humane Association sign in 2001.

Portrait of Sundae Delaney, O.S.P., our first rescue dog.

The day I met our second rescue dog…Dar Lynn Clementine

Clementine relaxing in repose like the darlin’ that she is.

Agape rescue Gypsy with her new family Elizabeth & Bart at puppy school graduation.

How Clementine passed the time during my conversation with Tanya

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

This episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight is, naturally, Agape Animal Rescue. You’ve heard Tanya tell about stories about the organization in this episode, and here’s some further info about their mission.


RELATED PRODUCTS

Here’s a list of products mentioned in our conversation plus a few additional favorites Tanya and I highly recommend for fellow dog lovers. These are affiliate links from which Collected Clan receives a small commission at no additional cost to you that offsets costs of producing these episodes.

A Dog’s Purpose [Movie]
Finally Free: An Autobiography by Michael Vick [Book]

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale [Movie]
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel [Book]
One Good Dog: A Novel [Book]
The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs [Book]
The Dog Who Saved Me: A Novel [Book]
Where the Red Fern Grows [Book]
White Fang: 100th Anniversary Collection [Book]
The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog [Book]

 

#004 – Bethany Torino: Chocolatier, Entrepreneur, Risk Taker

Bethany is not in Kansas anymore, and she makes decadent chocolates that’ll stir your taste buds and soul like a tornado. In this conversation, we talk about growing in Dorothy’s hometown, how we were in the same building at the same time 25+ years ago without even knowing it, songwriting in Nashville, what grace is, the ups and downs of entreprenuership, and…chocolate!

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Learn more about The Cocoa Tree at these links and savor the decadent deliciousness
Official Website | TwitterInstagram


RELATED INFO

Photos of topics we discussed are shown here for your viewing pleasure. Be careful not to drool on your keyboard.

Artisan truffles from The Cocoa Tree in Franklin, TN

 

Scene from Chocolat movie from Miramax Pictures where Alfred Molina’s character experiences a massive epiphany from a small splattering of decadent chocolate. Yep, I get it. And I kinda want to do this when I see a big chocolate display.

Couture dress made with real chocolate she created for the New York City Chocolate Show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Bethany selected Blood:Water as this episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight.

Blood:Water partners with Africa’s hidden heroes to provide technical, financial, and organizational support to strengthen their reach and effectiveness to the communities they serve.

Through various technologies, the three areas of WASH – water, sanitation, and hygiene – work together to strengthen one another and maximize health impact at the community level by developing systems that deliver clean water for drinking, washing, and sanitation to communities without.

Another focus is on comprehensively and holistically support of HIV/AIDS-related needs. The entry point to this type of care takes place at the household or community level.

Blood:Water recognizes that local organizations in Africa are the true drivers of social change. They are the experts laboring to end the impact of the water and HIV/AIDS crises on their communities. However, they are often under-resourced, creating challenges in both organizational and programmatic operations.

This is why they focus efforts on building the capacity of our partners – because, ultimately, the communities need to be strong enough financially, technically, and internally to exist long after their partnership concludes.

Learn more here and get involved where you can use your creativity and passion to take an active role in fundraising, donating, and spreading awareness for Africa.


RELATED PRODUCTS

Here’s a list of products mentioned in our conversation. These are affiliate links from which Collected Clan receives a small commission at no additional cost to you that offsets costs of producing these episodes.

Chocolat [Movie]

 


#001 – Amber Williams: Model, Scientist, Dog Lover

Amber Williams talks about her experience as a model and wardrobe stylist, her professional career as a laboratory scientist, stem cell transplants, what it’s like to be single again in today’s modern world, plus our mutually favorite creatures…dogs.

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RELATED INFO

DNA Stylix: Decoding the DNA of Fashion

Amber and I met in 2007 during our first of several photo shoots together. Here are a few favorites from those shoots.

 


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Since 1949 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has been on the forefront of blood cancer advances such as chemotherapies and stem cell transplantation leading the way to the targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives today.

LLS is changing the landscape of cancer with more than 300 active research projects that explore different avenues of new and adventurous research; ones with promise and ones that will save lives not someday, but today.