Episode 005 – Zoë Pawlak

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005: Zoë Pawlak — On the internal struggles of entrepreneurship, personal growth, sobriety, faith, and spirituality.
by Steve Rio
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Show Notes

Steve sits down with Zoë Pawlak. Zoë is a mother, wife, and an artist and industrial designer, who has built an impressive brand and career as a painter and home products designer. Zoe found out she was pregnant at 24, just after she completed her art degree. She went on to build a successful career while raising two kids. Through that journey, her deep faith and spirituality was an important touchstone that helped her weather the inevitable ups and downs as an artist and entrepreneur.

In the past two years, Zoë has found sobriety after recognizing she had an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. In this rich conversation, we cover all of this and more, ending up in a fascinating exchange about spirituality, god, and the hunger that people are feeling for faith, connection, and community.

Links and References

Zoe Pawlak Website
“This side up a look at sober life”
Hip Sobriety – Holly Whitaker
Summit Events
Loaded Bow
Esther Perel – The secret to desire in a long-term relationship
Esther Perel – Rethinking infidelity… a talk for anyone who has ever loved
Krista Tippett x Jonathan Rowson: Integrating our souls, systems & society
Untethered soul – Michael A. Singer
“Debunking starving artist” – Jenna Herbut & Zoe Pawlak
“Sobriety” by Zoe Pawlak

Zoë Pawlak’s Bio

Contemporary artist and designer Zoë Pawlak is known for her confident, ever-evolving practice.

Rooted in painting, her catalog includes figurative, landscapes and, most recently, a study of vessels. Pawlak’s practice has expanded to include industrial design, including mirror and rug collections. The through-line in her work is an evocative, intuitive command of colour, material use, and composition.

Born and based in Vancouver, Pawlak received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, followed by an exchange at Universidad de las Américas Puebla. She was the artist-in-residence at the Summit Mountain Series in February 2018.

Zoë’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Interior Design, The Globe and MailandMartha Stewart Living. She’s presented select works at ICFF, WestEdge, AD Design Show and IDS West. Pawlak’s paintings are in the private collections of the Government of Canada, Cristina and Trevor Linden, Cobie Smulders and Club Monaco.

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