Brighton Creatives was started in May 2012 by Emilie Lashmar and Jen Bentley.
Brighton can often feel like a small town. Emilie and Jen knew of each other through mutual friends but it wasn’t until a drunken night out that they had their first proper chat about what they were doing and more importantly what they wanted to do with their lives.
Both keen creative people dabbling in design, illustration and painting, they discovered they had a mutual love of Brighton and it’s talented inhabitants. Wishing to help and promote these talents, the idea of starting a blog was brought up and the name Brighton Creatives seemed perfect.
They decided to meet up for a sobering coffee a few days later and the rest as they say, is history.
Jen was working and training as a junior web developer for a local agency at the time having graduated from Brighton University with a BA in Interior Architecture. Emilie had just moved back to Brighton after some time spent in the US working as a freelance web designer, graduating 2 years previous with a BA in Illustration from UAL.
Jen and Emilie wanted to use the skills they had, to help promote creative people further by providing them with branding and more importantly an online presence. Championing just how important showcasing your work online would, and inevitably continues to be.
Brighton Creatives, the design agency started alongside the blog, and in January of 2013, (7 months after meeting each other) Jen and Emilie took an opportunity to move into a small office above Audio (now Patterns) and leave their jobs to focus full time on their passion.
“This is our passion project and the reason we started it all and we will continue to advocate young and creative output from all disciplines.”