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Uncommon Cartography Influencers

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Hello Influencer!

I’m Esther of Uncommon Cartography as well as recently launched The Uncommon Union. I love helping influencers and brands take their businesses to the next level??  

In 2016 I have focused on connecting with influencers and engineering collaborations between brands and influencers, coaching and mentoring individuals as well as building a rich creative community. 

Influencers I have collaborated with include @cooknamedmatt, @meganmlittle, @danny.owens, @styleandcheek and more! Some of the exciting brands I am currently running influencer outreach campaigns for are Shannon Koszyk (luxury jewelry), Tame The Beast (men’s grooming), MOO - YOUNG (premium leather), Brunswick and Hunt (restaurant) and others :)

I am now inviting influencers to sign up to receive VIP and exclusive invitations to upcoming events, product giveaways and more.  If you would be interested in receiving information about upcoming influencer campaigns, please sign up here to receive more information: http://eepurl.com/cmTlS5

Also, if you are ever in Seattle please shoot me a message I would love to connect over coffee ☕️

- Esther Maria Swaty

Photo By: Josiah Michael Photography

 

Uncommon Dinner at Brunswick and Hunt

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I had the privilege of hosting a fantastic dinner at Brunswick and Hunt last week. I would say hosting this type of event is one of the highlights of my job. Bringing together a variety of influencers, from different industries and then seeing the synergy that happens always inspires me. The guests at this dinner were Jaime White, Olivia (@grubbinseattle), Charles (@CharlesKoh_) and Nelson (@nelson_yong). Each of us have a passion for food, but a variety of other interests which include Fashion, PR, Technology, and more!

Our menu included delicious house crafted cocktails, charcuterie and cheese, "grapes, grapes, grapes" salad, veggies, an entree of choice and shared dessert to top it all off.

Photo By: Nelson Yong
Photo By: Nelson Yong
Photo By: Nelson Yong
Photo By: Nelson Yong

Charcuterie & Cheese House Ham, Rillette Beef Tongue, Terrine (all made in house) Pate L’Explorateur, Wonderland, Moule Des Bergers, Cascadian Frechette, Bleu D’Auvergne

Photo By: Nelson Yong
Photo By: Nelson Yong

Grapes, Grapes, Grapes Concorde, Red, & Green Walnut, Celery

Photo By: Nelson Yong
Photo By: Nelson Yong

Petite Sirloin & Frites Wild Mushroom Butter, Demi

Photo By: Charles Koh, @charleskoh_
Photo By: Charles Koh, @charleskoh_

Conversation hit upon a flurry of tips about social media and photography tools such as:

  • iBlazr a "flash designed for smartphones also comes in handy when taking photos with tablets or DSLR cameras, lighting analogue photography, brightening nighttime video calls, or simply functioning as a small but powerful flashlight". The above photo was taken with the iBlazr under the bottle.
  • People Map an amazing platform to created targeted lists, manage campaigns and grow your Instagram following.
  • Iconosquare a tool to grow on Instagram with "easy-to-use analytics and time-saving features".
  • Planoly a way to visually map and plan out your Instagram feed.

As well as some exciting and unexpected restaurant recommendations Phorale Seattle, Terra Vista at Snoqualmie Casino for their“SRF Kobe” Tomahawk steak, and Billy Beach for sushi.

Overall the food was delicious and the conversation flowed freely. I am looking forward to the next Uncommon Dinner!

Check out Brunswick and Hunt's 2016 Thanksgiving menu here.

RSVP for Thanksgiving at Brunswick and Hunt via phone at (206) 946-1574.

The Artist Uprising Putting Seattle On The Map

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“There’s no protectiveness or competitiveness. We’re all really open with our resources, vendors, press contacts. There’s real camaraderie. The attitude is, ‘let’s get us all on the map.’ We’re all in this together.” - Devin Montgomery 

So much has happened in the last month, that I almost don’t know where to begin! I had the privilege of meeting with Eric Anderson, Chef at Brunswick and Hunt, which was the first of many times that it came to my attention that some Seattle publications are really not giving the type of love they should be to the talented creatives in our region. If you know me, then you know this just won’t do. I am determined to contribute to what I believe is a new artist uprising that is putting Seattle on the map. Just as I believe every industry is open for disruption, I also believe the narrow idea that Seattle is rain, coffee, grunge and technology, is no longer enough to characterize this region. It’s time for businesses to pay attention to what is brewing in their own backyard, and to stop outsourcing what creatives and entrepreneurs in Seattle can do brilliantly.

“The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers - creative and holistic right brain thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.” - Daniel Pink

When I first met Aaron Hicks, clothing designer for YaJoe, he gave me the greatest compliment ever “If I ever design a womenswear line you would me my muse”, little did he know that a couple months later I would ask him to collaborate with me to create my dream of a modern artist smock. I love fashion but for quite some time I have contemplated Gertrude Stein’s quote “You can either buy clothes or pictures”. Your clothing and jewelry are a part of your armor for stepping into the world feeling empowered, as though you could seriously kick ass! I mean have you seen Shannon Koszyk's Audaces Fortuna Invat (Fortune Favors The Bold) ring?! Every day I want to be able to costume myself in a way that feels like I am imbued with a magical superpower. This past week I had the privilege of collaborating with Aaron to develop the first uncommon artist smock. I am BUBBLING OVER WITH EXCITEMENT to be wearing the uncommon artist smock in today’s photo shoot which I have produced in collaboration with some brilliant local creatives for The Ruins. Please follow @uncommoncartography and @the_ruins for a sneak peek.

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline and effort and being able to truly care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in a myriad of petty little unsexy ways every day.”  - David Foster Wallace

A final note, many of you may have noticed the series of uncommon collaborations I have been producing. The collaborations are an outflow of my desire to take artists and industries to the next level. These artists have been sharing their talents to help each other fill in their gaps and reach the brands they most desire to work with (because none of us can do it all). The collaborators have been developing some serious social capital and momentum. It has taken a couple of months, but we have begun to see new doors opening and paid projects being locked in as a result of our collaborations. If you would be interested in being featured in a future collaboration, please email me at esther@uncommoncartography.com.  

Let's Do This!

Esther

Ps: As part of our brand refresh for The Ruins in Seattle, I am coordinating a series of events (popups, artist showcases, industry events). If you are interested in participating in a pop-up, showcase, etc. or you know an entrepreneur or creative trying to get to the next level in their career, please email me at esther@theruins.net.