Founder and Director of Soul Safari: SYDNEY, Vanessa Holden shares the story of her creative life, the power of making and the path to creating transformative work by traveling outside yourself. Vanessa believes in a creatively-fueled future. Her mission is to celebrate, elevate and enable the artful and handmade. She connects people to real things made by real people all over the world, and shares their stories and work. Hear her speak to the reasons we choose handmade, how to live with it, and the massive impact we can have when we do.
Formerly the SVP, Creative Director of US retailer west elm, Editor-In-Chief of Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, and Creative Director of Real Simple and Donna Hay Magazine, Vanessa has focused on the art of visual storytelling throughout her diverse career in publishing and design. She is known for her optimistic, inclusive visual signature and editorial voice. A graduate of the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Vanessa lives in New York City with her husband and their two children.