5 Creatives // 5 Stories

NY Creative Interns is excited to present you with our 5 Creatives // 5 Stories event series.

Each night will feature five high-energy, five-to-ten-minute presentations from a diverse selection of creative professionals. Sharing stories about their topic of choice, speakers will cover everything from obstacles they encountered while pursuing their passions and the lessons they learned to interesting projects on which they’re working and advice that can apply to creatives at any stage in their career.

Join these professionals and others in creative fields for an evening of inspiration and conversation. You will leave feeling prepared to tackle your next endeavor, whether it’s finding a job or internship, transitioning to a new field, the start of the school year, or developing your own business.

Meeting new people (including mentors!) and finding professional opportunities should be fun, and 5 Creatives // 5 Stories offers the perfect environment for this.


Thursday, September 13, 7:00pm
Openhouse Gallery, 379 Broome Street
Dress: Business Casual
Light refreshments will be served


Justin Gignac
Artist & Entrepreneur

While a student in School of Visual Arts, he put his newfound marketing skills to work packaging and selling New York City garbage. What began as an experiment in package design quickly turned into a thriving side project. With prices growing from $10 a cube to as much as $100, his sculptures are now in the hands of over 1,300 garbage collectors in 30 countries.

After graduation, he spent the next five years in advertising creating notable work for IBM, Virgin Mobile and the viral phenomenon, Elf Yourself, for OfficeMax. Seeking more balance and the time to pursue his own projects he left full time advertising in 2007.

This freedom and abundance of spare time enabled Gignac to expand on his own brand of nonsense. He created Wants for Sale with his wife, Christine. A project where they fulfill real world wants by painting things they desire and sell the painting for the price of the actual item. They’ve sold everything from “A Slice of Pizza” to an entire Las Vegas vacation. The site’s success led them to create Needs for Sale, which is based on the same structure except all proceeds go to charity.


Megan Mair
Megan Mair
Executive Creative Director at JEREMYVILLE

Megan is a designer, photographer and Creative Director of Jeremyville. Originally from Sydney, Australia and now based in New York running her studio in downtown Soho.

Megan has created and developed a broad range of art driven projects across multiple mediums throughout the world including; a range of sneakers for Converse, Kid Robot toys, fashion graphics for Evisu, 55DSL, 2K of Japan and live artwork events for MTV Italy, Swatch and 55 DSL & Colette of Paris.

Megan’s most recent project is a collection of accessories designed exclusively for Le Sportsac, selling at leading boutiques and stores worldwide.

In addition, she also co-produced and designed two premier design books, ‘Vinyl Will Kill !’ (the first book in the world on designer toys) and the latest title, ‘Jeremyville Sessions’ which celebrates the ‘collaboration design movement’. Both international best sellers and sought after titles around the world.

Her projects have been featured in magazines such as Swindle, Vapors, xlr8r, Wallpaper, Dazed and Confused, Nylon, Fused UK, IdN, Territory, Juxtapoz, The Drama, Beautiful Decay and published in design books by IdN, Die Gestalten Verlag, Magma Books & Kidrobot.


Rich Tu
Rich Tu

Rich Tu is an award winning artist based in the New York area. He won the Art Director Club’s Young Guns 8 and was nominated for the Swatch Young Illustrators Award. He was an overall winner in the Altpick Awards and has been included in the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration annuals.

His clients and collaborators include The New Yorker, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Village Voice, Time Out, The Institutional Investor, Tokion, Hyphen, Death + Taxes, SWINDLE Quarterly, SLAM, KICKS, The Believer, Alfa Romeo, Bombay Sapphire Gin, National Public Radio, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition among others.

Michael Radparvar
Co-Founder of Holstee

Michael Radparvar is a co-founder of Holstee a lifestyle goods company committed to design with a conscience. At Holstee Michael is the chief storyteller, sharing the story of Holstee and their innovative approach to materials, design and production with the world. Mike’s nonconforming approaches to press, marketing and outreach led to Holstee’s creation of the Agent99, the Lifecycle Film, and social spreading of the Holstee Manifesto.

Prior to Holstee, Michael worked in organizational development helping fortune 500’s with leadership development, sales consulting and customer service training.

Jessi Arrington
Co-Founder of WORKSHOP

Jessi is a founder and owner of WORKSHOP, a design company in Brooklyn. Her favorite color is rainbow and her default answer is YES. She’s a board member of AIGA/NY and a member of the co-working space Studiomates. She makes a point of wearing nothing new, and she blogs about that, color and designing life at LuckySoAndSo.com


Special Thanks to our venue, Openhouse Gallery, a New York pop-up space in Nolita.

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