Please Welcome Melanie Biehle: The 2017 CYOP Artist Resident!

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Please Welcome Melanie Biehle: The 2017 CYOP Artist Resident!

The day has arrived! It's finally time for me to announce the first ever CYOP Artist Resident! Please join me in welcoming artist and designer Melanie Biehle to the CYOP family. She is a self-professed listener of the show and, to be completely transparent, I have been following her work for several years.

That, however, isn't what landed her this collaboration. With so many talented souls sending in applications, it was hard to decide who might be a good fit for this season. Most of the applicants are listeners of the show and I had already been following the work of many of those who were kind enough to share their stories and interests with me (have I mentioned how much I love this community?).

Architectural by Melanie Biehle

Architectural by Melanie Biehle

It was Melanie's abstract leanings and her desire to explore how her work could be combined with the written word in various applications—from podcasts to corporate communications to advertising—that truly piqued my interest for CYOP Season 4. It's clear from her work that she doesn't shy away from using art to communicate and I'm thrilled to have her on board for the show's fourth season.

Lost in Translation by Melanie Biehle

Lost in Translation by Melanie Biehle

Surf's Up by Melanie Biehle

Surf's Up by Melanie Biehle

GET TO KNOW MELANIE:

Melanie Biehle is an artist and a surface pattern and textile print designer based in Seattle. She's inspired by the architecture and energy of cities, the adventure of travel, the fluidity, movement and the meditative qualities of oceans and lakes, and the mood boards in her mind based on 60s rom-coms, mid-century modern textiles from the 50s, and California surf culture. 

Melanie at work!

You'll be getting a more in-depth introduction via the podcast very soon, but in the mean time, be sure to check out Melanie's work and go say hello over on Instagram!

I'm truly looking forward to this collaboration and all of the fun elements I know Melanie will bring to the show. Stay tuned for more, my friends!


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Applications Are Now Open for the CYOP Artist Residency Program!

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Applications Are Now Open for the CYOP Artist Residency Program!

CYOP Artist Residency Program // jenniferesnyder.com

I'm SO excited to announce that the application window is finally open for the first ever CYOP Artist Residency! You can find information about the residency, along with the official application, by clicking the button below.

And please remember, this residency is funded in part by the sale of items in the shop. I wouldn't be able to offer a paid residency without the support of those interested in seeing programs like this succeed! 


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100 Days of Discussion Books Are Now Available!

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100 Days of Discussion Books Are Now Available!

I meant to publish a post about this yesterday, but I didn't. That's because yesterday was quite a day for this little corner of the internet and it had me surrounded by piles of books and boxes and packing materials.

The books officially went on sale and as I began rolling out the shop launch announcements yesterday morning, orders immediately started coming through. It. Was. Awesome.

And, yes, it was awesome to know that so many people wanted to bring more discussion into their lives and the lives of others, but it was also awesome because as every book order notification came through, I found myself celebrating the fact that 5% of proceeds would be going right back into the CYOP Artist Residency.

The first day's sales were strong for a tiny operation like this one — nearly 50 of the 150 books printed are spoken for — and I know this is just the beginning. I'll be spending the weekend packing up more books so I can send them off to their new homes, finalizing the residency application (the application window opens on Wednesday!), and pausing long enough to soak up all of the goodness being shared in our community.

It's easy to focus on everything going wrong in our world today, but it's so important to amplify to good. Here's to doing even more of that in the weeks to come, my friends. 

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Introducing the CYOP Artist Residency Program

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Introducing the CYOP Artist Residency Program

Artist Residency Program // Creating Your Own Path

I'm happy to finally share more details about the first ever CYOP Artist Residency! If you're a regular subscriber to the Creative Digest or are signed up for the 100 Days of Discussion book waitlist, you know how important this residency program is to me.

In short, the program will allow for an artist to work collaboratively with me on the Creating Your Own Path podcast to share their story, create beautiful portfolio pieces, and gain experience while also providing me an opportunity to showcase, pay (!!!), and support different emerging artists each year.

I'm SO excited for you all to check it out. To learn more about the program and the application process, click that button below!


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My Word for 2017: Open

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My Word for 2017: Open

My Word for 2017: Open // jenniferesnyder.com

It feels a bit surreal to be scooting right past middle of January already, but over the holiday break I set some time aside to focus on the year ahead and I'm so glad I did. Just as I've done over the last two years, I'm choosing a word for the year instead of making a bunch of personal and business resolutions. 

My word for 2017 is OPEN.

I have a lot of hopes about how this word will manifest in my life. I hope it will inspire me to continue trying new things and to be open to new adventures. I also hope it will remind me that in order to open the door to something wonderful, oftentimes other doors need to close.

My biggest hope, however, is to simply be more open with how I carry myself, how I communicate, and how I approach the world around me. It may not always be easy, but I know committing to the word "open" this year will be worthwhile.

Tell me friends: have you picked your word for the year?

p.s. Here's a little inspiration from the gal who got this whole "one little word" thing started.



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