Photograph by Raydene Salinas

Photograph by Raydene Salinas

 

Editor-In-Chief  
Raydene Salinas
@raydenesalinas

Letter From The Editor

What is my purpose? I ask myself this question everyday. Truly. The days I'm feeling down or less creative or when I feel like I'm not doing "enough" are the hardest. We're only here for this one life and I wonder why I'm not doing more with it and think that I'm still searching for my concrete purpose. The days when I'm moving and connecting and sharing, I remember that I'm here for exactly those things. I remind myself that small things, added up, become a big thing. That if I can live my life in truth, doing the best that I can in that moment, then I'm fulfilling my purpose. And, in a more fluid space, each of us has the unique purpose to be ourselves, offering who we are and what we do to the world as a whole. The collaborative effort of each of us fulfills the greater purpose for all of us.

This becomes apparent as you read through July's issue of Made Of presented by Lady Guns Global, which focuses on purpose. Our first cover lady, interviewed by Jennifer Picht, is Sophia Richards who, at 20 years old, is breathing life into womankind with her magazine, Mythos. She was a gem to photograph, looking confident in her movements, while remaining vulnerable enough to share her insecurities and past experiences in front of the camera. Photographer Seher Sikander generously shared her most recent project with us: a book she created filled with portraits of and words by badass women who discuss what it means to find their Seat At The Table, as a gift for Solange. Yes, that Solange. And we got to speak with a few of those ladies to hear even more about them. Because we can never get enough art in our lives we wanted to bring in Gallery Gurls founder, Jasmin Hernandez, whose Instagram feed and website are exactly the kind of daily inspiration every woman needs. Writer, Chandra Johnson interviewed her insanely talented coworker Tannis Spencer, who has apparently found the key to non-stop idea flow. This filmmaker, photographer, DJ, writer, overall creative is constantly hustling. Jennifer also sat down with the owner of the newly opened, perfectly neon nail salon and spa Wild Oleander, Sandra Hatton, who had much to share on starting her first business. Plus I got to enjoy the thoroughly Instagrammable space while I photographed the tropical interior and the patio. And finally Natalie Fairchild, with her perfect mix of Brooklyn energy and midwest vibes, let us in on some lessons she learned from her life coach about how we can better cultivate, or perhaps just recognize, our purpose, in a short and simple list. 

 

Made Of: Purpose

In This Issue

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An Afternoon In Williamsburg With 

 

20-Year-Old, Multi-Hyphenate Sophia Richards

Written by Jennifer Picht | Photography by Raydene Salinas

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Tannis Spencer Muses On Filmmaking And What Makes Her Heart Happy

Written by Chandra Johnson | Photography by Raydene Salinas

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Inspiration to Find Your Seat At The Table From Women Who Have

Written by The Women At The Table | Photography by Seher

Introducing: Wild Oleander, Bushwick's Newest, Neon-est 

Nail Salon And Spa 

 

Written by Jennifer Picht | Photography by Raydene Salinas

Lady Gun Profile: Gallery Gurls Founder, Jasmin Hernandez

Written by Raydene Salinas | Photography by David Sarmiento

 

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10 Steps To Finding Your Purpose -- What My Life Coach Taught Me

Written by Natalie Fairchild

 

 

Contributors + Thanks

We were lucky to have some incredible talent willing to spend their days wandering the streets of New York City for photo shoots, pitching insatiable women to write about, and sharing their stellar content with us to help launch our first issue. There is support you see here and those who played behind-the-scenes roles. Big thanks to this month's writers and photographer -- seen to the right -- and the unseen, uber-supporter Emily Mason, who made the introduction to Dr. Nimmi Ramanujam and her team of engineers making a big impact in women's health.

This issue quite literally could not have been made without you. Forever grateful.

Jennifer Picht | Writer @mylifeinpichtures Jennifer lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where she enjoys sipping a frozen Piña Colada at The Commodore or that coffee thing at Rock-A-Rolla. If you ever want a tarot card reading, to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes or hit a ’90s or Fleetwood Mac-themed dance party, she’s game. When Jennifer isn’t writing, editing or working on creative projects with her incredibly talented friends (collaboration over competition...always), she enjoys attending meetings and events hosted by The Camaraderie—an empowering women’s group for young females in NYC.

Jennifer Picht | Writer
@mylifeinpichtures

Jennifer lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where she enjoys sipping a frozen Piña Colada at The Commodore or that coffee thing at Rock-A-Rolla. If you ever want a tarot card reading, to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes or hit a ’90s or Fleetwood Mac-themed dance party, she’s game.

When Jennifer isn’t writing, editing or working on creative projects with her incredibly talented friends (collaboration over competition...always), she enjoys attending meetings and events hosted by The Camaraderie—an empowering women’s group for young females in NYC.

Chandra Johnson | Writer @chandraliz Chandra is a moon maiden by name, but she's a taco lover and wannabe vampire slayer who spends most of her time scouring vintage finds for her Instagram shop twooneseven and interviewing bands. Connecting and making people laugh (she randomly breakdances!) is something she strives to do on a daily basis, and she's inspired endlessly by early 90s film stars and daydreams about being Cher Horowitz and Buffy Summers. 

Chandra Johnson | Writer
@chandraliz

Chandra is a moon maiden by name, but she's a taco lover and wannabe vampire slayer who spends most of her time scouring vintage finds for her Instagram shop twooneseven and interviewing bands. Connecting and making people laugh (she randomly breakdances!) is something she strives to do on a daily basis, and she's inspired endlessly by early 90s film stars and daydreams about being Cher Horowitz and Buffy Summers. 

Seher Sikander | Photographer @rehes Seher is a Bay Area-born, child of Pakistani immigrants. She was raised between the east and west coasts. She has increasingly explored the intersection between media, the arts, community building, personal healing, and social progress — particularly in relation to women and people of color, settling into an expanded self view as an idea generator, strategic problem solver, storyteller, and facilitator. Seher is presently cultivating a mélange of multidisciplinary projects and partnerships for social impact.  

Seher Sikander | Photographer
@rehes

Seher is a Bay Area-born, child of Pakistani immigrants. She was raised between the east and west coasts. She has increasingly explored the intersection between media, the arts, community building, personal healing, and social progress — particularly in relation to women and people of color, settling into an expanded self view as an idea generator, strategic problem solver, storyteller, and facilitator. Seher is presently cultivating a mélange of multidisciplinary projects and partnerships for social impact.