Collaborate at Creative Mornings

Creative Mornings is this Friday at Copper and Kings! This month’s theme is Collaborate, and the featured speaker is Lou Lenzi, the Design Director at GE Appliances.

Last month we spoke with a few CM attendees about their work, life, and style. Destiny Gowdy talked to us about working from home, and vintage clothes:

What type of work do you do?

“I work at Humana. I develop creative content for videos and I’m working on an upcoming ad they are doing.”


Tell us about your outfit today.

“I just got this dress from Unique Thrift Store for like $7! I wore it because I biked here, and its long enough to bike in.”

“I’m a heavy thrifter, but I’m a fabric snob. New fabric feels so light and cheap. I look for older things, at the right length and the right fabric, because I know it’s gonna last. I love stuff from the 1970’s, anything mid-length.”

Getting dressed is a creative process that we repeat every day. Where do you start?

I work from home, so I start with anything. But, if I go in to work I start with whatever will make me feel comfortable in an environment that I’m pretty new to. I’m new to the corporate environment, having previously worked in film, so I focus on feeling good. From there, I worry less about what I’m supposed to wear.

What brought you to Creative Mornings?

I moved here from Seattle, but grew up in Louisville. This looks awesome, I’m excited to be back in town, and that these things are happening.


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Memorial for Zephra Mae-Miller at the Smoketown Arts Festival this weekend. Photos by Josh Mauser

Zephra, who passed away in 2004, was known in Louisville as “the Bag Lady.” She was a talented folk artist whose hats, purses, dresses and works of art were made of ordinary plastic bags, beautifully woven into delicate patterns. She was lived in Smoketown, and was a stranger to few.

According to her son, among other hobbies, Zephra “threw hatchets, knives, and rode motorcycles”. She drove around town in one of two cars—a 1965 Chevrolet Impala convertible and a white Lincoln stretch limousine, one that apparently did double duty at the funeral home owned by her family.

Read more about Zephra here. She sounds like quite the lady!

The Pretty Gritty @ Creative Mornings

We’re regular attendees of Creative Mornings Louisville, in part because we’re just plain interested, and also because Kertis Creative is a very proud sponsor (and help create the wrap videos). If you haven’t been to a Creative Mornings, get yourself to the next one!

This month’s talk was held at ReSurfaced, a creative pop up plaza in downtown Louisville. Better experienced than explained, it’s a project that looks at how to use space in unique ways, and features events, food, and general community culture.

Creative Mornings events are a fantastic place to see unique street style, and we’ll be featuring a few each month.

This morning we ran into Shirer Burkett, from Somerset, KY, who runs her own Very Tiny Uber Petite Seriously Small Super Fab Design Shop & Studio.

What brought you to Creative Mornings/ReSurfaced today?

“I’m in town for AIGA’s Design Week, and I knew Kentucky for Kentucky was speaking. I had seen their Kentucky Kicks Ass project when I was a Creative Director in England, and I loved it. I was hoping to meet them, so I was definitely coming to this.”

Tell us about your outfit today.

“Well, it’s hot so I wanted to wear something that would be comfortable. Normally I wear heels, but I walked from my hotel, so I’m glad I didn’t.”

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What does style/personal style mean to you?

“I like beautiful things. I’ve worked for so long trying to make everything functional, and I’m at a point where I’m not so into that anymore. I just like to surround myself with things that I think are pretty. I’ve actually never really been a pattern person, but now I’m really embracing Arts and Crafts, and William Morris in particular. Now I want pattern everywhere (so don’t come visit my house because it will be a mess). I’m leaning that way towards fashion even, so I need to reign myself in. I had bright yellow boots that I was going to wear today, and even I thought, yeah, that might be too much.

Getting dressed is a creative process that we repeat every day. Where do you start?

“It depends on what I feel like and where I am. In Somerset for instance, I’m probably more conservative than I would be in Louisville. And I’m probably more conservative in Louisville than I would be in NYC. And in London, I could just walk around naked and it would be fine.”

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Why is personal style important to you?

“You have so little control over what happens in your every day life, you have so few ways to just express yourself. It’s a way of self expression that no one can take away from you. I like that, I like that it says a little about the person that you are. Sometimes I feel like a punk rocker, so I dress like one.”

Impression of Creative Mornings/ReSurfaced?

“I love the space, and that there are so many people here. There’s just a buzz, its fantastic. I need to bring this so Somerset KY, for all ten of us who live there.”