Kiffanie Stahle is a photographer, creative business owner, and lawyer living in Oakland, Calif. And she’s on a mission to teach creative entrepreneurs there can be ease in the legalese of running a business. In 2014, she founded the artist’s J.D., a place for creatives to become empowered about the law. Kiffanie’s intuitive approach balances the law with the practicalities of running a creative business. And she cuts out the legalese whenever possible. When she’s not chatting law, she’s probably in her garden, her kitchen, or if it is summertime catching a Giants baseball game.
At Midwest Craft Con 2017, Kiffanie is teaching a session on intellectual property called Defeating Copycats.
How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less?
Intensely curious and always carrying a camera, notebook, pen and book.
What is your earliest crafty memory?
As a kid, my sister and I had a plastic Crayola crayon case with 70 or so crayons in it. I found it so beautiful that I spent hours and hours organizing and reorganizing the crayons. They got organized according to the color wheel, in alphabetical order or the dozens of other variations I came up with. It’s when I first started to learn color theory, although I didn’t realize it at the time. (And yes, we colored with them, too!)
What is your favorite thing about the Midwest?
Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve come to love and adore many people who were raised in the Midwest. So I guess the California Midwest transplants!
What would you be if you weren’t an artist/creative?
A lawyer 😉 But if I couldn’t be that, I’d run a bakery.
What three things would you recommend to makers?
- Everything and anything created by Todd Henry
- Art Inc. by Lisa Congdon
- Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
What are your personal resolutions for 2017?
My word for 2017 is accept. I’m going to try to be better at accepting help, accepting invitations, accepting the situation when there’s nothing I can change about it, and whatever other ways the universe teaches me acceptance this year.
What are your 2017 resolutions for your business/professional life?
Accept is going to spill over here as well. I’ve needed help in my business for a while, so I’m going to accept help from professionals who can do parts of my business quicker and better than I can. I’m also focused on building and strengthening my membership community, the artist’s Courtyard, this year. My goal is to make it “the place” for creative business owners to build a legally sound, thriving business.