12.04.2017

We've Chosen our Recipients for 2018's First Fruits February!



First off, thank you to everyone who submitted their non-profit for consideration for CurlyRed's 2018 First Fruits February! 

We had several great choices, and two extra-special organizations to stood out to us. We couldn’t choose between them, so we’ve decided on TWO non-profit recipients, one in Baltimore, MD and one in Garrett County, MD. 



Congratulations to Simple Sacrifice (visit Simple Sacrifice's website here) and I Can Swim (visit I Can Swim's website here), as our 2018 First Fruits February recipients! We’ll be sharing more of what each of these very worth organizations are up to in the coming months. 

Thanks again and we hope you have a wonderful week!

11.29.2017

One week left! Join us at our End of an Era party!



Have you gotten your ticket yet? Next Wednesday night is going to be an epic time!
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SHOW US YOUR MASK & CELEBRATE OUR HISTORY
DEC 6TH, 7PM AT THE ELEPHANT

At the end of this year B'More Creatives will be closing as a networking group for women in the creative profession in Baltimore. Join us for a private celebration on the 2nd floor of The Elephant in Mt Vernon as we celebrate the end of an era.

True to form, we want you to get creative with us. Come wearing a masquerade-style mask of your choice. Of course feathers and glitter are always welcome.

OUR HISTORY:
B'More Creatives was started in 2004 and came into the Baltimore scene at a time when there wasn't a lot of activity for creative professionals. We've hosted networking events, learning seminars, round table discussions, fostered a mentor program, and more. It's been an amazing journey. Now Baltimore's creative scene is more than thriving and our time is coming to a close. We are ready to go out in style and hope you'll join us.

WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH YOUR TICKET
- Chicken Sates with Plum Sauce
- Zucchini Fritters
- Signature Bacon Straws
- Shrimp Toast
- Mushroom Caps with Ricotta and Spinach
- Baked Brie in Filo Cups with Raspberry Chutney
- 1 Official B'More Creatives Cocktail (or first drink of your choice)

TICKETS: $40 - https://bmorecreativeslegacy.splashthat.com/


11.28.2017

Happy Giving Tuesday! We're still accepting nominations!

#givingtuesday is a wonderful day of giving back to organizations that desperately need it! Our favorite global non-profit is Compassion International, where you can sponsor a child in need and change his or her life!
 

This upcoming February of 2018, we'd like to donate the full 10% to one Maryland-based non-profit, suggested by you. We've heard back from a few of you, but there's still time to nominate your organization!

So if you are a part of a worthy non-profit, and you’d like to be considered, please email us with the following information:

• Your name
• Your email
• The name of the non-profit you'd like to nominate
• Why your non-profit deserves to be chosen

Please submit your nomination by THIS FRIDAY, December 1st, 2017 to be considered.
We look forward to hearing from you!

11.20.2017

It's the end of an era! Hope you'll join us!

We've had the pleasure of being part of am amazing (and free) networking group called B'More Creatives, since the very beginning. M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed, was also had the honor of serving on the board of directors for the past 5 or 6 years. But Kendall, along with fellow leader Jessica Watson of Points North Studio, had come to the difficult decision to close this group at the end of the year.

Jessica wrote a beautiful note about our decision behind closing this group:

“[B'More Creatives was] established at a time when other creative groups were not very active. Professionals and students in our industry were hungry for ways to connect. Over the years we’ve hosted countless networking events, seminars, educational panels, a mentor program and more. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some very dedicated board members and advisors who helped bring these ideas into fruition.

But, by being involved for this long, I’ve also seen the way the tides are changing. For example, we started losing sponsor funding in 2013 and never fully recovered. We could’ve closed then, but instead we wrangled new ways to keep us running. Also, other professional groups in the creative space have become remarkably active over time. We’re all vying for the same audience. Lastly, we’ve lost good board members over the years (this is normal as members complete their terms) and were unable to secure a strong plan for the future of the group.

The decision to close was not an easy one; we had several conversations internally before announcing this to the public. But, I do not view closing as a bad thing. I think it’s a strong indicator of the pulse and vitality of the creative community in Baltimore, that many individuals and groups are thriving. We have forever left a mark on this city and we don’t discount the value we’ve had in helping each other grow.

We are working on a contingency plan for those who want to continue the conversation and stay connected beyond Dec. 31st.

B’More Creatives is not a group that fizzles and fades away. You won’t wonder “whatever happened to....?” We will go out with as much passion and intention as when we started, and we hope you’ll celebrate our legacy with us.”





Jessica and I (along with our board) have decided to throw a huge, Masquerade-style celebration at The Elephant in Mt. Vernon to celebrate this incredible group and what it's meant to the design community in Baltimore. I hope you can all make it on Dec. 6th at 7pm.

Tickets at $40 and here's what's included:

• Chicken Sates with Plum Sauce
• Zucchini Fritters
• Signature Bacon Straws
• Shrimp Toast
• Mushroom Caps with Ricotta and Spinach
• Baked Brie in Filo Cups with Raspberry Chutney
• 1 Official B'More Creatives Cocktail (or first drink of your choice)

Buy your tickets here: https://bmorecreativeslegacy.splashthat.com/

11.15.2017

CurlyRed President Interviewed This Week on "Birds in a Tree" Podcast!


Our dear friend, Bridget Manley, created the Birds in a Tree podcast about parenting. The good, the bad, the hard and the glorious, all from the perspective of different parents each episode.


From left: Mark Ludwig, vice-president, CurlyRed;
daughter Juliette; daughter Margot;
M. Kendall Ludwig, president, CurlyRed

She asked M. Kendall Ludwig, president and principal designer of CurlyRed, to be her guest, and Kendall (of course), said YES! Kendall's episode aired this week, and here's the summary of the interview (as written by Bridget):
Kendall is the mother of two girls, and is one of the bravest boss women I know. Before becoming a mother, Kendall decided that instead of working for a company, she wanted to start her own graphic design business.  So she took business classes, got mentors, networked, and taught herself how to become an entrepreneur. Ten years later, she and her husband run an incredibly successful graphic design company.  Kendall admits that after the birth of her second daughter, she had a lot of mommy guilt about not being able to do it all, and after the sale of their house in Baltimore, made another drastic change for the health and well being of the family.

And because I am unashamed of plugging of my friends and their endeavors, if you need some graphic design work done, visit their website at http://www.curlyred.com/

You can listen to this fantastic episode here: https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/5944859/tdest_id/546093

Thanks again Bridget, it was an honor to be part of what you're doing in podcast-land!

11.08.2017

We've Chosen our Recipients for 2018's First Fruits February!


First off, thank you to everyone who submitted their non-profit for consideration for CurlyRed's 2018 First Fruits February! 

We had several great choices, and two extra-special organizations to stood out to us. We couldn’t choose between them, so we’ve decided on TWO non-profit recipients, one in Baltimore, MD and one in Garrett County, MD. 



Congratulations to Simple Sacrifice (visit Simple Sacrifice's website here) and I Can Swim (visit I Can Swim's website here), as our 2018 First Fruits February recipients! We’ll be sharing more of what each of these very worth organizations are up to in the coming months. Thanks again and we hope you have a wonderful week!


10.11.2017

Featured Client: The Slippery Mermaid




From the moment we learned about The Slippery Mermaid Sushi Barserving colorful, unexpected and funky sushi rolls in Navarre, Florida and Sewickley, Pennsylvania—we KNEW we could design something really special for them. Our CurlyRed team set out to create a fully custom and responsive Wordpress website that would showcase the sushi rolls and fun eating environments. 

From the website: "The Slippery Mermaid Sushi Bar offers an inspired mix of creative sushi for purists and adventurers alike, offering value and variety without sacrificing quality or experience. “The Slipp” offers a dining experience full of creative flavor, combined with a casual, relaxed atmosphere. A large menu offers something for everyone, even land lovers!"

We proceeded to pair the beautiful, vibrant photography with a "tiki" style typeface and messy, rough borders in a color palette of teals and salmon. The end result is a bold, fun website that's also easy to navigate.


Working with Chad and Karen at The Slippery Mermaid to bring their vision to fruition was also a joy. Apparently, the feeling’s mutual:

“Kendall and the team at CurlyRed are nothing short of prompt and professional, keeping us in the loop through every step of the process and not resting until our website was to our exact specifications. We can’t thank them enough!”
—Chad Lawson, Manager of The Slippery Mermaid (and wonderful photographer!)

Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind website for YOUR business or organization? If so, please don't hesitate to contact us.



 
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