You know that saying about doing one thing really well? Like Hall & Oates, Hollie Stutzman can’t settle for that. Since she was very young, the San Diego-based creative was encouraged by her parents to explore every medium of art she could. And while she’s not into labels, she does consider herself to be a creator and thinker contributing to her community.
Through her photography, music and design, Hollie finds purpose in drawing attention to the need for safer creative spaces in San Diego. “Art to me is about connecting with your environment and community, using what you do to create something resourceful, positive, or informative for people,” she says. “It’s important for me to use my voice to fight systematic oppression and create safe spaces for youth.”
Hollie admits to having been a heavy smoker for five years before quitting cold turkey at the beginning of last year. “I decided I wanted to support evil corporations as little as possible and not kill myself because of a habit I started to feel cool when I was 16,” she explains. “I needed to salvage what stamina I had left in my lungs to continue singing and I am happy to say my body (and soul) have recovered from that torture.”
Hollie supports Commune because its outreach demonstrates some of the alternatives people have to tobacco. “I like that it rewards people who want to use their finances on bettering themselves and their community instead of tobacco,” she adds.
If she hasn’t already, this maker / photographer / musician / actress / activist will become your #wcw once you check out more of her work. Be sure to give her a follow on Instagram and get some daily creative inspiration.