#FreelanceLife True Stories

Nothing is organized and pristine in Benz Amataya Kuipers' studio loft in Chicago. On the floors, against every wall, in every corner, there are paint bottles with dried paint and half-screwed-on lids, paint brushes so worn that there are no bristles left...

I met Adam Vicarel last year at a week-long design session in Denver. From the onset, I could tell that I needed to get to know him. Besides his sick hand-lettering skills, he’s also extremely intelligent, makes time to travel the world, takes months off...

Roommates and illustrators, Alyssa Gonzalez and Julia Morris, in Kansas City, are recent art-school grads just starting out on their careers (they work at Hallmark and freelance on the side). Meeting up with them was so energizing—they have the cutest space...

As an art teacher and now full-time collage artist, Beth Holladay has dabbled in many ways of making and teaching art throughout her life. I met up with her on a recent trip to Baltimore to learn more about her journey to the #freelance-life....

A web developer by day and molecular painter by night, Angie Barker (@angietherose) is living the dream of all who are fine artists at heart. Her studio in the 205 Collaborative—an unsuspecting building in Greensboro, North Carolina—is full of color. ...

Nestled among rows of sinks and stacks of wood in the Globeville Riverfront Art Center (GRACe), a warehouse-turned-artist-community, is Emma Balder—the Denver, Colorado artist behind @balderthanyou....

Marlane Vaicius and Chris Rumage head up Studio Vertu, a local fine marble giftware company. They are best known for handmade Italian marble tiles and coasters, although they also make wall art, magnets, ornaments, wine stoppers and hooks....