Mesa Designer Ashley Cooper: 100 Creatives

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Courtesy of Ashley Cooper.
Meet the designer.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 43. Ashley Cooper.

Late nights and early mornings are business as usual for Ashley Cooper.

The Mesa-based textile designer, illustrator, and blogger runs an eponymous design studio and is in the midst of launching a stationery line in addition to working on greeting cards, commissioned illustrations, web banners for companies like Brickyard Buffalo, and a "top secret project" she says she's excited about but can't provide details -- yet.

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Phoenix Photographer Abigail Lynch: 100 Creatives

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Josh Loeser
Meet the photographer.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 44. Abigail Lynch.

For photographer Abigail Lynch, a few extra hours in a day wouldn't hurt.

"Right now I'm working a lot," Lynch says, "five nine- to 10-hour days a week, but around it I usually manage to work in a decent meal, some excavation of the taverns of the Internet, website maintenance, picture making, and a cup of coffee periodically throughout the day."

The 23-year-old Phoenician is prepping for a solo show and in the beginning phases of developing a new group of work.

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Phoenix Poet Allyson Boggess: 100 Creatives

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Allyson Boggess
Meet the Phoenix-based poet.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 45. Allyson Boggess.

Allyson Boggess seeks balance.

The downtown Phoenix poet and educator has had poems published by Watershed Review, PANK, and The Collagist and teaches writing at both Arizona State University and the Harvard Extension School. "I'm still figuring out how to balance my teaching life and my writing life," Boggess says.

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James D. Porter of Arizona Curriculum Theater: 100 Creatives

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Meet James Porter.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 46. James D. Porter.

"Typically we go about our work quietly in classrooms and libraries across Arizona bringing education to life," James D. Porter says.

Porter, 45, is referring to his work with Arizona Curriculum Theater, a nonprofit troupe he founded in 2009 that travels to schools in the Phoenix area and connects the arts to in-class curriculum.

But once a year, Porter and Arizona Curriculum Theater step out of the classroom and onto the stage for their annual PoeFest. "PoeFest is ACT Inc.'s biggest event of the year and the only time the public gets to see what we do," Porter says.


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Phoenix Artist Constance McBride: 100 Creatives

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Suzie Barber
Meet the artist.
Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 47. Constance McBride.

Time inspires Constance McBride.

When the sculptor lived on the East Coast, she says, she had a tough time finding her voice and figuring out her aesthetic. "Now after being here 12 years," she says. "I've come to realize that this gorgeous Southwest desert I live in is another significant influence on the work and it seems to have really tied things together for me," McBride says. "The effects time has on our bodies and my evolving emotions concerning them are what drive the direction of my work."


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Tempe Filmmaker Cary Truelick: 100 Creatives

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Meet the filmmaker.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 48. Cary Truelick.

Like many creatives who venture to Phoenix, Cary Truelick wasn't planning on staying.

But after graduating from ASU in 1993, he consistently found film and TV work that kept him in the Valley. He got his start working as studio manager at Production Masters, which later became Great Scott Productions. Truelick went on to work as Great Scott's creative director, before branching out and co-founding post-production company Copper Post in 2001. In 2002, he founded production company True Story Films.

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Phoenix Artist Kyllan Maney: 100 Creatives

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Meet the artist.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 49. Kyllan Maney.

Looking for Kyllan Maney? You'll find her at the library.

Or, you'll find her work anyway. The artist and educator, who teaches painting and mixed media at New School for the Arts and Academics, is currently showing at "Expressively Frida" at Burton Barr Central Library.

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Xanthia Walker of Phoenix's Rising Youth Theatre: 100 Creatives

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Tim Trumble
Meet the performing artist.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 50. Xanthia Walker.

Xanthia Walker does it for the kids. But her work in youth theater goes beyond that.

Walker, who co-founded Rising Youth Theatre and teaches at Arizona School for the Arts, aims to build and connect communities. "We create socially relevant original plays through partnerships between communities, professional artists, and youth," Walker says of her work with Rising Youth, which has produced seven new works, recently wrapped up View From the Tracks: the Lightrail Plays (performances that took place with youth and adult performers on the Light Rail), and kicks off its fourth year as a company this September.

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Chandler Photographer David Miller: 100 Creatives

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Courtesy of David Miller
Meet the photographer.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 51. David Miller.

Whoever said, "Those who can't do, teach," never met David Miller.

While the Chandler-based photographer teaches adult photography, art classes, and workshops at the recreation departments of both the City of Chandler and the City of Tempe, Jerry's Artarama in Tempe, and Art Intersection in Gilbert, in addition to teen art classes at Mesa Arts Center, the 37-year-old also has a slew of his own creative projects in the works.


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Tempe Performing Artist Julie Rada: 100 Creatives

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Meet Julie Rada.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 52. Julie Rada.

"We all want to 'write ourselves' into the cultural history of our time," says Julie Rada. "It just seems like making visible the heroes of people who are generally rendered invisible might be a very powerful experiment."

The Tempe-based performing artist is setting out to do just that with Unsung: The Heroes Project.

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