Pip is a total powerhouse. Tech entrepreneur and founder/CEO of creative network The Dots, her brilliant work championing diversity, creativity and women in technology has been recognised by her being included in Creative Review’s Top 50 Leaders in the UK, The Sunday Times Top 100 Disruptive Entrepreneurs and one of the 2018 Campaign trailblazers for change. Anyone who has met her will know how much energy she radiates and you can pick up some of that via her Instagram. Follow her for inspiring quotes, to find out about all the cool talks and events she’s doing and for general positive vibes.
If you want to change something, you have to take matters into your own hands and that’s exactly what Liv is doing. While studying politics and sociology at Bristol Uni in 2015, Liv was frustrated by the lack of diversity on offer in mainstream media and so she decide to create her own platform - gal-dem, a magazine written by women and non-binary people of colour. Now four years later, gal-dem is totally smashing it: organising amazing events (their V&A Friday late takeover was the biggest ever!), taking over the Guardian Weekend magazine and continuing to change the media landscape with thought-provoking and engaging content. As well as running all this, Liv is also a curator, audio producer, filmmaker, model and total creative inspiration. Follow her to see all the cool stuff she’s up to at gal-dem and elsewhere.
Holly thinks big when it comes to small businesses. Not only is she the founder of the incredibly successful shopping platform Notonthehighstreet.com, she’s also the UK Ambassador to Creative Small Business and has set up the brilliant Holly & Co Workshop, a fab hub championing small creative businesses. She’s a total inspiration for anyone wanting to get their own idea off the ground and is creating a real community of makers and creatives. Follow her for motivating quotes and her latest discoveries and endeavours.
Ok so following Matilda’s Insta might make you feel a tad lazy but that’s because Matilda is a pretty much superhuman. Alongside being a full-time writer and creative and an avid runner (she’s completed ten half marathons, five 10ks, two marathons, an ultra marathon, a Tough Mudder, and the Ride London 100 mile bike ride! Phew), she’s also set up Fly Girl Collective, a movement and community to inspire and support BAME women to get into fitness. She organises runs, class meet ups, events and occasional brunches and is a fountain of inspiration and motivation. So next time you’re feeling like you might skip that run, just go to her page and you’ll be pulling on your trainers in no time.
If you want to inject some eye-candy into your feed, Camille Walala is the one to watch. The playful London-based French artist and designer has created colourful and vibrant designs for buildings, homes, workspaces and furniture around the world. Once you know her signature style of clashing geometric patterns and shapes with bold block colours, you’ll see her work (and its influence) everywhere. A scroll through her feed is a well-needed blast of sunshine, architectural delights and her latest wonderful work.
Written by Sonya Barber, author of 'East London: an Opinionated Guide' by Hoxton Mini Press, former News & Events editor at Time Out London and general woman about town.