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Trailblazers: East Atlanta

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around East Atlanta that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Mary Yao

I handmade our thank you cards and did address calligraphy on the envelopes. I got such an amazing response from them that I decided to start a business. It took a few months to gain traction, but my business really started to boom at the beginning of this year. Read more>>

Natasha Vaughn-Tucker

I started out making candles, then returning to my passion of making jewelry and then adding soaps. All things I could use to provide income while pursuing living off grid and homeschooling. Eventually, it was the jewelry that took over. It began with beading which led to wire wrapping and weaving until my passion grew and landed me right into metalsmithing where I now work primarily with copper, sterling silver, gemstones. Read more>>

Dominique Farrar

Everyday, I took a bus to another school to study cosmetology. In my day “hair school”, it wasn’t an option, it was going to college and get a degree. So, I spent 3 1/2 years I college getting nowhere, when I realized what I should have been doing all along. Read more>>

Brooke Powell 

Realizing how much I enjoyed that project, helped me realize that I have the desire to create in multiple formats, not because I can’t make up my mind, but because I’ve found my artistic voice. I know my style because I know who I am. So, why not go after ideas now? Read more>>

Rutu Chaudhari

My advice to other women just starting on their journey is to seek that which makes you uncomfortable and walk towards your fear. Invest your time, resources and energy into cultivating your craft and being the best at what you do. Don’t settle for being good, be great! Read more>>

Jamie Kolodziej

I’ve always loved browsing through antique markets, thrift stores, and flea markets – mostly to find hidden gems to display in my home, or to give new life to discarded jewelry. I started a small collection of vintage bolo ties, but especially loved one of them – it was feminine, floral, and so different from my other bolos.  Read more>>

Kaitlyn Chipps

I went to college for a 2d design and illustration degree, not ever doing anything in ceramics or 3 dimensional arts. I had to take ceramics as part of the degree, which I waited until the very end thinking that it would be difficult and not enjoyable. I struggled at first, just like any beginner, but quickly learned how much I loved making pottery not only as an art but also as something functional and utilitarian. Read more>>

Krystol Hines

I moved to Atlanta in 2009 to attend Physical Therapy (PT) school at Emory University. I fell in love with the city and opportunities. I went into PT school knowing that I wanted to treat in Sports/Orthopaedics. I found myself in an orthopaedic setting focused on occupational medicine, aka worker’s compensation where I treat Industrial Athletes.  Read more>>

Emily F0ster

I am southern born and midwest raised. I was lucky enough to grow up in a very art and culture rich city- Minneapolis Minnesota. But, eventually the cold wore on me and I flew south. I graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah Ga. and began my love affair with photography. Read more>>

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