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Issue 06

creative room 4 talk An international magazine for creativity

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Zorana Vukomanović zorana@creativeroom4talk.com CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ljiljana Kužet ljiljana@creativeroom4talk.com creativeroom4talk.com @4creativeroom www.facebook.com/acreativeroom4talk

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Dear Creatives, What makes a leader great? Not an OK one, not a good one but a great one? Is it one specific attribute or a set of personality traits? Are these skills given by birth or can they be taught and learned? If you think about it, you could probably pretty easily tell at least five names of great leaders without much reflection. Now, ask yourself if you could, as quickly, name five moments in your own life where you truly did act and felt like a leader? Not that easy. Depending on the perspectives, anything in life can be perceived as something of value, or something demeaning any form of valuable insight. You don’t see your own great daily efforts in articles, marketing campaigns and talks on YouTube – you live it, and being in the middle of an experience is far from the same as observing it from outside. The strength lies in each creative mind to lead their way despite others’ opinions and negative input. This month’s articles give a broad view on a set of different important questions and thoughts – touching on everything from the importance of social media and connecting online with offline life, to gaining confidence in your own creativity and unique set of producing new ideas as well as creating new combinations of already present ideas. We’ve also got 22 interviews with awesome creatives from all over the world sharing their ideas, thoughts and stories with all of us. This is how we look at leadership – to make way for leaders with the most varied backgrounds, with stories that have inspired them and paths (or trees as you will see in one of our articles) that they have created through their choices in life. Creating a place where they can express what creativity is to them. In every city of the world, in every profession and at every age, there are people with great creative ideas and they need to be heard. With this comes great communication responsibility. Quality, such as described above, simply deserves to be presented on a quality platform. We’re convinced that positive energy is better when shared, and that it grows exponentially as creative people are invited to conversation. Thanks to several awesome social media platforms even real-time talks are possible, creating some really great communities for creative minds all over the world. But in order to be creative, you have to take plenty of time to relax and take care of yourself. For this reason, we’ve prepared a huge section of quotes from our 51 first interviewees on what they do to spoil themselves and created a massive resource of useful ideas. If anyone knows how to really relax and enjoy the moment, it is a creative individual who works hard and has to take a quality break from time to time, doing something fun and giving (and not work). Resisting to invest in simply taking some days off, or even just for one evening, often makes creatives so completely overloaded so as no new ideas happen. Find inspiration in how to unplug yourself, enjoy not working for a while in order to get back there afterwards and kick some serious creative you-know-what.

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Articles Understanding cultures through creativity Dance baby, dance – Physical interaction is great for you! Creativity and research – you don’t need studies to make projects happen 5 attributes to encourage in creative people The interesting phenomenon when observing your own work/work performance The Quote of Things – Inventions and knowledge Social media and uniting the creatives Optimization as a natural consequence of a creative mindset

Community: Mixing Online & IRL life for the better: Learning Complexity before simplicity – how creatives function The power of silhouettes in the use of fabrics The Quote of Things – Creativity and Talent 3 reasons why Creatives are the most talented actors in the world

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Community: Mixing Online & IRL life for the better: Health & Medicine

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Finding the road to creativity – But what if it’s a tree?

You have the right to remain creative. Anything you say or do can and will be held in your favour Why being YOU is far much better than pretending things to be true You can use a thousand models – why stick to only one? 5 things you’ve waited so long to hear – we’re here to let you know Why we love cross-creativity Community: Mixing Online & IRL life for the better: Teaching One reason for why teachers are the most important influencers in children’s lives 1R2L – Reflecting, Learning, Living Allow yourself to feel really good The Statementators – How positive creatives can successfully deal with not-too-positive surroundings 3 questions to ask any creative you know – and why

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Lazar Džamić 31

Anna Nasibyan 55 Allan Torp 95

Jose Higuera 81

Rita Burgett-Martell 67

Eyal Policar 9

Trevor Wayne Erica Southey Howard 15 41 Ingrid H Lee 109

Ritaban Das Luis Acosta 221 129 Daniel Trindade Scheer Jovana Ružičić 155 191 Jim Taylor, Ph.D. 143 Ana Cvijanović 319 Nuno Cruz 205

Jason Martineau 265 Jennifer Angers Daerendinger 253 Keitaro Suzuki 297

Dr. Kimberly McLeod 311

Montanut Husarungsee Turnbull 281

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Interview:

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Name: Eyal Policar – (ep) Doctorate candidate in Business Administration DBA Horizons University in Paris. Where do you live: Half way between the Red and Dead Sea... Better red than dead. It’s called Moshav Zofar in the Arava desert valley in Southern Israel. Known for: Being the first senior farmer in this community to go for a DBA. Currently working as: a. Farmer (grow dates) b. Lecturer-Agro-entrepreneurship in AICAT (Arava International Centre for Agricultural Training) c. Student d. Entrepreneur When did you realize that you were going to work with this? Always been a bit on the crazy side, but 5 years ago I decided to get those dead brain cells working again. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? Where I am. How would you describe your creativity? Paradoxical – Humorous. I have trained myself to hold opposing views in my head until one idea finally shines. A recommendation for those who think 10

about starting and running a creative business? Figure out why you want to do it, make sure it serves a real purpose (do people really want/need this?), How will it make YOU and your TEAM special, understand that there will be failures, learn from the failures. Always have the instincts to expand, sell out, or move on but never, never rest on yesterday’s success. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? Optimism, Creative spirit, Honest team work, HUMOR and Professionalism. What is your favourite film? Usually the last one I saw: right now a 3.30 minute YouTube of Marina Abramovic and Ulay.. Watch it and if you are human prepare to shed a tear. Last week a French movie called “Les savours du Palais”, last month “The Imitation Game”. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? My long passed away ancestors, parents, grandparents, great grandparents...etc. How do you like to spoil yourself? Go to places I have never seen, meet new people, and eat something new. What is luxury for you? The 25th hour, the 367th day, the years I will never be in....


What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? My students last week in closing ceremony gave me a hand drawn picture they did of me. Many hugs, a shed of tears and kisses... And these are students that come from cultures of respect and distance (Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Nepal).

guys) A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? The Bible.

What do you fear most? Immobility to move, think, and do. What is a happy life to you? RWIA – right where I am. Tell us about your dream project. Social Agriculture - I would like to see a farmer from Israel (me), make a company with a farmer from Serbia, Italy, England, Canada, Vietnam, etc... The idea is that we would all invest in each other’s farm, share the costs and of course the profits. This means spreading the risk over the geography without being a mega corporation. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? Prof. C.Christensen (disruptive Innovation), K. Lewin (model of change), Which is the one thing you can’t live without? Nature and The people I loved, love and will love. What inspires you? Young energetic go-getters.. (Like you 11


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There are so many cultures out there, so many different creative minds that have shaped customs, trends, traditions and behaviors specifically related to and influenced by each other during a very long period of time. All over the place. Through generations, exchange and interactions have been the main causes of or reasons for cultural development and this hasn’t been highlighted enough so let’s start from the very basics.


Every culture is creative – it is the very base for its own existence. What this means is that the very moment that a culture loses its inspiration and thus also creativity, will be left to that specific moment and looked at as a closed chapter. This happens either through peaceful endings or the more common which is a result from conflicts. In any way, creativity is an absolutely central aspect of the outcome of any given culture. As most national cultures of today are constantly evolving and changing, there is an openness towards influence from different fields as well as other cultures. This openness is resulting in attributes fusing into a whole new dimension of cultural evolution, and makes people with unique competencies come together and participate in the process in defining what is to be labeled as a custom or tradition labeled as national.

cultures, maybe left our own influence and maybe allowed to be influenced ourselves. Does this remind you of something? Maybe it seems to present the same mindset and underlying perspectives as for any form of creativity, but on a larger scale? Maybe it describes the many dimensions and subjects from which one creative mind is influenced, yet this time only speaking of a group of people? Maybe, in order to understand cultures, you have to look inside yourself first and understand your own creativity? Do you find creativity as a good way of understanding different cultures?

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Name: Erica Southey

poem and takes longer to pen it down.

Where do you live: Gauteng, South Africa. I’m a born Capetonian (Western Cape, South Africa).

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? Poetry was more for relaxation until I found a local poetry class presented by an ex Professor of Literature - Ian Raper. His teachings and also speaking to him - inspired me to write good material to be published in my own book. This is still a work in progress. He suggested I get acquainted with the poet Theodore Roethke that further sparked my creativity. I was challenged to write in Afrikaans (one of South Africa’s official languages) as well. I’ve started to do this and hope to publish both a book in English and Afrikaans.

Known for: Amateur poetry and some opinion articles in printed and online media. Currently actual with: Writing amateur material and a beginner painter (art). When did you realize that you were going to work with this? Writing has mostly been part of my life and I pursued it more in a freelance environment. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? At the foot of Mt Etna volcano in Catania area, Italy. I love volcanoes and also the connection to some history related to ancient Rome. It also connects me to the other Italian volcanoes: Stromboli, Vesuvius and Campi Flegrei. How would you describe your creativity? Creativity for me sometimes is sparked by looking at stars or planets. Sometimes it is triggered by a simple occurrence which will then translate into a poem. I recently started painting as well and I combined a vision that translated into a poem and a painting. Profound Transition is such an example. I often find that my analytical and creative sides clash which sometimes hijacks a good 18

What do you do at the moment? Project Manager in IT Industry. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? It is important to get the financials right, do good market research and also see what you can bring to the table that sets you above your competitors. Tell us how it all started. Writing always played a part in my life and I was usually the one who wrote others’ essays for them. I even pursued drama which at the time of my growing up was not seen as an actual career. :) What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?


Allowing for each individual’s creativity and thoughts to flow and drawing on the strengths to make the end result the best. What is your favorite film? Pompeii. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? If he was alive - Theodore Roethke to find out more about what inspired him to write the poems he did. How do you like to spoil yourself? It ranges from a hot stone massage to visiting a volcano. The latter when time and resources allow for it. What is luxury for you? Luxury to me are items we take for granted such as flowing water, electricity and free time. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? My friend and ex-colleague - Johan Snyman who said that my poetry should be shared as it inspires him and others. He and other friends urged me to put my poems on Facebook. What do you fear most? Not living my full purpose and potential. What is a happy life to you? Spending time with like-minded individuals and loved ones discussing interesting topics or doing something simple that makes a dif-

ference in another’s life. There is nothing as rewarding as the genuine smile and thanks from someone who appreciates what you did for them. What does a regular day look like for you? Fast-paced that ranges from and early morning meeting to dealing with clients. Penning the odd poem during lunch or heading to art class after work. Tell us about your dream project. To start a school for local non-native English students so that when they enter tertiary institutions and the workplace they are on par with others. Sadly there are brilliant candidates out there, but due to them not being well versed in English; they struggle to pass tertiary educational programs or fail to get the top job that should clearly have been awarded to them. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? Prof. Ian Raper for his capacity to communicate at all levels and encouraging his students to do the best they can. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? My work style is a life-style. I encourage individuals to bring their opinions and ideas to the table. They get recognition and I love thinking outside the box. Integrity is key in every endeavor. Which is the one thing you can’t live with-

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out? I think humans are so resilient and can do without even the basic item they thought they could never go without. However, for me it would be hard to let go of my journal. What inspires you? People who despite their circumstances rise above their challenges and then go on to inspire others. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? The Bible.

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Dance baby,, dance Physical interaction is great for you! Whether dancing all by yourself or with someone, the biggest lesson learned is the one of communication and expression.

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Name: Lazar Džamić Where do you live: London, UK. Known for: Digital marketing, writing, Alan Ford, drum teaching... Currently working with: Working at Google. When did you realize that you were going to work with this? Still wondering and trying to realize... If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? My children’s heads: the most creative place in the world. How would you describe your creativity? A mix of wild insecurity, steely determination and calm resignation. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? Not sure what ‘this’ is, but I’ve always been fascinated by the intersection of technology, society and psychology, as the three are inseparable. Always have been. What do you do at the moment? Head of Brand planning at Google’s ZOO unit, helping world’s biggest clients be creative on Google’s platform by turning light into heat: Google data into emotional stories one can build brands with. Plus, writing a new book. 32

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? Tricky as hell, but there are so many out there, so why not you as well? Find your story and your way of telling it, probably the most important thing. People forget ads and products, but always remember if someone made them smile, cry or think. That’s what creativity is all about, anyway... Tell us how it all started. Too complicated, as I was always doing a few parallel carriers, journalism AND drums AND marketing consulting. It started in my home town’s radio, then moving to Belgrade during the biggest hyperinflation ever recorded until Zimbabwe. Going out one morning to teach at a business school and finding the park in front of the building littered with discarded money... Who was I kidding?! Then running to London a few days before the NATO bombing of Serbia and starting a new life from scratch as an asylum seeker. Then, somehow, miracles started happening. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? People, by far. Particularly those better than me, as they hurt and heal at the same time. And always make me grow. What is your favorite film? Amadeus by Milos Forman. A complete historical falsification, but one of the best films ever.


Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? Mathew Taylor from RSA, Evgeny Morozov and Vinnie Colaiuta. So we can talk about society, tech and drums. How do you like to spoil yourself? Oh, to write and have a glass of wine with my wife, after playing with our children and putting them to bed. Exercising and playing drums. What is luxury for you? Time. Without hesitation. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? After I’ve done a marketing training in how to sell eggs at a green market for Serbian war refugees from Krajina. One of them said ‘You’ve put a price on my chest again’ which was the best thing anyone outside of my family ever said to me. What do you fear most? My fears, war, poverty and losing my family. What is a happy life to you? Time to write and read, time with my family. What does a regular day look like for you? Meetings, meetings, panic document writing, meetings, panic research, meetings, glancing various talk videos, hangouts and video conferences, panic writing of emails... Then walk to the station, going home and seeing my wife and kids. On Sat-

urdays, sitting in the Trinity College of Music’s library and writing while my daughters are having lessons. Tell us about your dream project. A bucket list of books I still have to write. So, not one project, but many. Also, being able to educate enough people in Serbia, in the future, about modern thinking. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? Actually, my ex-bosses, Marc Nohr and Richard Madden. They taught me so much about sharp thinking and argument creation. But, my real role models are people who manage to match cutting edge thinking and ethical engagement. Also, Jugaad innovators all over the world. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? My work style is erratic: one day I’m the smartest guy in the room, the other the dumbest. Whatever I feel that day, because of whatever trigger... However, that’s the way to grow, being uncomfortable. Also, maniacal analysis interrupted with bursts of fancy flights. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? My wife and children, by a long mile. And reading. And writing. What inspires you? Really unusual conjectures of thought, or

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deeply felt and pondered expositions of the human condition. People who are showing that not everything is lost yet, that there is hope. People who are lifting the veil from our biology and mind, or from the nature around us. Smart ordinary people, too, as they remind me of how important it is to be humble and never disappear up my own arse, as any of them deserves to be in my position (whatever that is...). A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? Impossible. There are just too many. I would never be able to take one book to a desert island. Hundreds of them, carefully timed, from Le Miserables, to Kahneman... I am a palimpsest of concepts, philosophies, theories, behaviours and convictions.

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Creativity and research you don’t need studies to make projects happen

Along the way, you make adjustments, gain knowledge and use your energy to get to the ϔinish line – with a ready product/service/any thing and done project. Many, many creatives have heard that being creative most often means that there’s no structure, no or very little capacity to follow schedules and outlined plans, and no real interest at all in these types of processes. They hear that there’s this thing called project management and that’s for people managing projects, sitting around all day long and overlooking a schedule, making changes in that schedule and telling every38


one about it. Yaaay, fun times. This is what happens when people try to overthink their own subject, their own professional field. This doesn’t mean that the field of project management isn’t important, or indeed requires knowledge, but that goes for any given field created on this planet. So, to all creatives who have thought about that diffuse thing called project management and who have maybe been reluctant to find out more about it because of the earlier mentioned comments (and maybe because of the slightly boring sound of the subject), here’s what it actually is: Simple. First you get an idea for something interesting to do. Then you start to write all of it down – what is it, why you want to do it and what you hope to accomplish. After that, you figure out what resources you need in order to make this happen, and what timeframe you have at your disposal. Now, moving on to the operative management part, you define in which sequence things must be done, if some of them might be parallel or if there are some who absolutely must come after another. So you know all of this and get to work. Along the way, you make adjustments, gain knowledge and use your energy to get to the finish line – with a ready product/service/anything and done project. Do you by any chance recognize this process?

For larger, more complex projects it’s definitely a great idea to seek knowledge in how to enlarge the structure of the outlined process, how to create a framework in which all parts are clearly defined, especially the risk and finance section. Also, as the project is initiated, learning in which (already defined) ways to control, observe and manage it is also a good idea. There are several quite simple systems and models available, which consider a broad range of subsections and detailed work patterns, integrating phases and goals with operative work and deadlines. Project management is what creatives already do, it’s a very natural process of anything they do and they can absolutely do it very well indeed. They didn’t spend five years in academia to learn about it (although, some of them did that too), but they spent their whole lives creating, project by project. Learning by experience. If anyone can run a project without even knowing it, it is a creative mind. Do you actually think about using all parts of the project management field in your projects?

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Name: Trevor Wayne Howard Where do you live: Thousand Oaks, CA – not too far from Los Angeles. Known for: I compose music for film and television and have even had an opportunity to create some music for a couple of apps. Currently working with: I am currently an independent contractor, which affords me to be able to work on several different projects at one time. My company, SIC Music, focuses on providing unique, cutting edge music that can successfully help realize a filmmakers creative vision. When did you realize that you were going to work with this? Not soon after graduating high school did I take an interest to playing music with progressive rock bands and writing electronic instrumental music. After a couple of stints recording in local studios I, and several of my musician friends noticed that my music sounded very similar to what you would hear in movies. Since then, my focus has remained on composing music to motion pictures. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? I have to say that I really enjoy living in Southern California. There is so much to do and see here and you really can’t beat the weather. There are many places I would 42

love to visit, but I can’t see living anywhere else at this point in my life. How would you describe your creativity? I have been lucky enough to sustain a career in doing what I love to do. One of the key components in this is being able to tap in to various types of inspirations in order to get the job done in time. I really don’t have the luxury of waiting for my muse to check in. Most of the time I start with a simple idea in mind and simply start playing some notes on the piano or guitar. I always try and figure out where I want a piece of music to end up, though. Then it is a matter of creating textures, rhythms and melodies. It’s not always easy but, if I stick with it, something will come of it. At that point it becomes magical. I can’t remember how many times I finished a piece and wonder where it even came from. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? I believe it was late summer of 1998 when I got a call to work with the extraordinarily talented songwriter Peter Himmelman. He had just picked up a job composing for the series, Judging Amy, and he was looking for an assistant to help with some of the technical tasks that accompany this kind of job. After working with him for about a year, I started to help out with the composing process for some of his other series he had been working on. Soon after, I was brought on to help score Judging Amy. At this point,


it was without a doubt that this was exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. What do you do at the moment? A couple of my latest endeavors include composing movie trailer music for the world renown production music company, Megatrax, as well as scoring original music for the hit TV series Drop Dead Diva for Lifetime. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? This is a tricky situation. On one side, you have your creative aspiration. However, if you want to make this your business and be able to sustain a career with it, you have to be able to be flexible. Which means that you might need to put your own ideas on hold in order to fulfill your client’s vision. The number-one best thing you will need to do is establish rock-solid relationships with all sorts of people who may directly or indirectly be key in helping you get the next job. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? For me, I like to have a workspace that I enjoy walking into every day. I like to keep things neat and clutter free. It should be a place where I can close out the day-to-day distractions which really helps me focus. What is your favorite film? I am not sure I have just one favorite film. However, I really enjoy the James Bond franchise. From the very first one, Dr. No,

released back in 1962 to the most recent, Skyfall. I really love the score for these films and who wouldn’t want to be a secret agent? :) Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? It would be great to have Steven Spielberg to dinner – talk about someone who has turned a creative passion into a super-successful business enterprise. I can’t imagine the stories! How do you like to spoil yourself? Nothing too extravagant here – I really enjoy spending time with my family. Other than that, maybe going out for a nice dinner once in a while. What is luxury for you? Being able to take a real break and not thinking about the work side-of-life... Just for a little while, anyway. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? I played some of my orchestral pieces for a composer friend not too long ago - I had been his assistant many years ago. He was absolutely thrilled on how great the music sounded and gave me a few names of people who might be looking for this kind of music. In a few short months after that, one of these people bought several of the pieces. What do you fear most?

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One of my fears is, of course, not getting any new opportunities to compose. On the flip side, I also have a sub-conscious fear of getting work but not being able to satisfy the creative needs of my client. It’s that whole fear of failing thing I guess. What is a happy life to you? Being able to provide for my family makes me happy. But I also aspire to being able continue to grow creatively and share my specific skills and talents with others. What does a regular day look like for you? Every day starts the same – get up early and spend a little time with my son before school. After that, there is no set routine. It all depends on what’s more pressing. Some days I will spend countless hours composing new music. Other days I am on the phone, sending emails, taking meetings and doing the networking stuff. I enjoy both scenarios. I usually stop for some dinner and to spend time with the family, but will go back to work in the evening for a few hours. Tell us about your dream project. I can’t wait to get on a big feature film that will need a creative live-orchestral score. I have had some experience with working with medium-sized string orchestras, but it would be out of this world to work with a large 80 to 100-piece orchestra. There is nothing like it! Who is your professional role model/inspiration? 44

Not too long ago I saw the composer Christopher Lennertz do a talk on a composer panel. He talked about how he had risen through the ranks to becoming a successful composer. It was very inspiring to hear how much he invested in his skills and his business. He is a talented composer and a really stand-up in the film music business. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? Family, friends and music. What inspires you? Technology. It is truly amazing to witness the ever-changing advancements in technology. Whether it is in medicine, education or the entertainment industry, I am constantly fascinated with new concepts and ideas that are constantly being developed. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? The most I read is from trade magazines and product manuals. One of these days I need to get myself on a program.


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People are amazing and each and every one of them has a unique personality. This uniqueness includes a set of skills, habits, needs, preferences, perspectives, dreams, goals and ideas which interact in such a way in which they create one person. And one person only. In this complex interaction there is constant development, where new external influence mix up with already pro-


cessed knowledge, further building up on that person’s thoughts and behavior. Now, attributes are a big part of who someone is and there are some which come naturally to some people, and others which are acquired later on in life. Below is a list of five attributes which we find most important to encourage and support in creative people: 1. Flexibility. 2. Curiosity. 3. Freedom from ego. 4. Open-mindedness. 5. Positivity. Flexibility is absolutely essential when faced with issues that can’t be solved as planned. This means that although they have to be solved, the means need to change and as simple as it seems, maintaining success whilst implementing change isn’t always that easy. It takes the ability of adjusting thoughts and processes in real-time, which is why flexibility is so important in any field of work. Curiosity is the key of innovation, that’s a simple one. It needs to be encouraged and appreciated because it is the one attribute making amazingly talented innovation happen. Then there’s freedom from ego. Encouraging that is what will make creativity flourish, because there is suddenly plenty of new

sources of inspiration. When removing the perspective of being the center of the universe, other great ideas and influences can be seen, and this directly affects the structure and outcome of every single creative project. Ego shortens the sight, it drives people away and it discourages any sort of giving communication. Having an open mind means making the most out of every moment in life. New experience is gained, and old habits can become fantastic if the perspectives through which they are seen change. Being able to meet a new situation with an open mind, sharing and listening to stories and doing things which you have never tried before, can create completely new viewpoints, add new dimensions to your current state of mind. Finally, positivity. Encouraging this is to make people’s lives better. Or, more accurately, to show them how great life really is. Every reaction and action is a choice, and realizing this is what can change an otherwise boring and indifferent lifestyle into one where happiness, smiles, constructive ideas and doing fun things is common. Actively choosing positive perspectives makes this happen. Do you find these five attributes the most important ones to encourage in creatives?

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“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.� Marcel Pagnol

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Have you experienced moments where you are so completely focused on something, that you forget about everything that isn’t directly related to that one thing which you are doing? And when you finally take a break, you realize that you’ve spent 8 hours in a row just focusing intensely on one single thing. You forgot to eat, drink, answer calls or preparing for a meeting. If it’s one of those really intense days, you might even have forgotten to attend to a meeting or pick something really important up from the post office. You might have missed an interesting interview on TV or responding to


g phenomenon when an important invitation. This happens at times and it’s absolutely not unique or wrong, it simply requires a little bit of thought and reflection. Being intensely involved in something is great, often resulting in absolutely amazing outcome. It means that you let yourself sink into an interesting process fully and completely, so as to clearly see the different parts and phase of that process, in real time and until you’re completely done with it. It also means that you develop a strong motivation and need to create something fantastic, and this in turn boosts your confidence. Indirectly though, because confidence isn’t at all what you are thinking about in that during that period in time. Having moments like these is normal, but sometimes forcing yourself to step back and reflect on the situation could be a good idea. If this way of working has been a part of your working process for a long time, and it just keeps getting more and

more intense, then it’s probably a good idea to cut it down a notch. If you’re spending your whole life just working and never go out to meet people, or never do that besides work, this is a problem. Luckily, it’s easily solved and all it takes is a little determination. Make sure to get off work at a certain point in time, regardless of what you do. Stop and go hang out with friends, or read a book, workout, cook or do anything else which you find fun and relaxing (besides work). Sometimes a little distance from what you do is absolutely necessary to be able to continue to function normally, including both work and private life.You are you first, and your work second, and we all do need to get reminded of that sometimes. Especially if creativity is somehow involved in the process. Do you take a moment sometimes, to reflect on your work, work performance and pattern? 53


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Anna Nasibyan

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Name: Anna Nasibyan Where do you live: Yerevan, Armenia. Known for: Creator for children. Currently working with: Creations for children signed AN hobby. When did you realize that you were going to work with this? In fact, very early, at the age of 5-6 years. I always loved creating, was involved in handicraft and I in particular presented my works to my relatives and closed ones. I think that a handmade gift is the most precious one, because the creator puts in it his soul, his love and his time. I was pleasantly surprised to know that my Grandma had preciously kept all my greeting cards up to the end. Now I’m very happy that my handmade cards are spread worldwide and each of them finds its receiver. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? I’m from Armenia. I live in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. I am happy to live in such a warm and sunny city the colors and people of which inspire me. I would like to leave everything unchanged, yet with one exception, if I could find my soul-mate to share my world and my creative ideas and with whom I would be happy in any part of the globe. How would you describe your creativity? My creations are colorful, sincere and na56

ive. They touch both young and old people, still keeping the spirit of a childhood. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? More than 10 years ago I made the birth cards of my niece. Getting excited about the result I created the Christmas greeting cards later. A high evaluation from the people encouraged and inspired me. As a result, new ideas and new works were born. I love my every single work. While creating, I talk to them, I caress them, and I always miss them when separated. What do you do at the moment? Right now I’m preparing 2 exhibitions on the occasion of the International children’s day. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? A creative mind can’t help creating. Sooner or later, there comes the need to create. My advice for beginners is not be discouraged and not be afraid to realize their own ideas, even the craziest one. The most important thing is to do your work and create with love. Tell us how it all started. It all started in Yerevan in 2004. Being inspired by my niece’s birth, I had the passion to create postcards, and I have created everything concerning children. What is the most important thing in a work-


place/studio for you? Inspiration, good mood and nice music. What is your favorite film? “Mamma Mia” musical comedy based on the songs of the pop group “ABBA”, with participation of famous actors. Especially, I am totally impressed by warm colours and amazing views of a Greek island called Kalokairi. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? I would like to invite all my friends, who live in other countries for different reasons, for a dinner . How do you like to spoil yourself? By traveling and exploring new places. What is luxury for you? Luxury has no sense for me. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? The cutest stand and the most beautiful creator :) (visitor of the exhibition). What do you fear most? Cockroaches and earthquakes. What is a happy life to you? Happy life is to do what you love. To me it’s to create. What does a regular day look like for you? My days are very diverse. But every single day, a part of the day is given to creative

activities. Tell us about your dream project. I don’t know if this can be considered a dream… But rather a big realizable wish. I wish I had my studio where I could work and expose at once. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? As an animator in a kids’ art center, I have a huge working experience with children. As I create for children, any contact with them, is a new source of inspiration. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? My style is childish, designed for children aged from 0 to 100 years :) Which is the one thing you can’t live without? I can’t live without my family and my best friends. What inspires you? Everything can inspire me: a good weather, a new person, a nice compliment, an interesting offer… A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? “Anna Karenina”, but I would like to change the ending, because “La vie est belle”.

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scious and active decisions to do so, so be interested and to try finding new ways of connecting the dots at your disposal. This is the very basis of innovation.

Every single day, information is being presented to creatives from all over the world. Sometimes it is structured in articles, awesomely amazing interviews, music, movies, photos, books, YouTube videos or any other means for sharing information. This continuous input from all over the place isn’t just something temporarily experienced and then forgotten, but stored and processed in the brain. Think about it, reading an informative book takes quite an effort and after one such session, sleep is a great idea.

In this innovating process, there are many different parts besides the tremendously intense knowledge-producing one. They include processing subconscious states which enforce certain emotions to your consciousness, making doing anything quite difficult before these issues have been solved. This can be happening due to stress or a feeling of not doing enough, not quite investing all time that is needed into this process and here’s what to do – get rid of that. Go through the emotions and identify why they are happening, bring those subconscious reasons up to the level of consciousness and have a look – do any of them seem to be of even the slightest relevance? If yes, deal with them and if no, then they have no place in your existence at all – off they go.

This constant exposure to all of the information loads the creative mind and keeps it busy basically all the time. When already working on a project, this outside-of-theproject-frames input will definitely influence the mind, the project process and also the outcome because whether information was processed by intention or not, its influence has been made the very moment of exposure. Processing it and turning it into knowledge, is something else. It takes con-

Intensely working on yourself, whilst also working on what interests you and the things you would like to improve, is tough. It takes time, it means that you can’t be everywhere at once, it means that you’ll have to say no and maybe skip some old traditions of entertainment in that same quantity. It also means that the people you had close to you might not wish to stay there anymore, because they feel excluded from your life and choices. Here’s yet

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another issue that you have to deal with in this process – where is it reasonable for you to draw the line? There’s only one right answer here and that’s the one you yourself decide to go with and implement. People in your life will come and go and it is up to you to find your own balance – nobody knows it except you, and if you don’t – go figure it out. Processing all of this, day after day, weeks, months and years ahead does create a unique network of ideas and thoughts, of pictures and movement, sounds and flavors, interaction and experience, gains and losses. For some people, this process is quite difficult because although you’re not aware of each step of it, you do indeed feel that there’s something going on. Your mind is fully and completely active, and regardless how much you would like it to speed up and produce something amazing, it will more likely take as much time as required. During this time, other things will be less important, and external situations (read: some relationships) will be given minimum attention. Because creating anything is a process and a process requires resources. Investing in your ideas and in realizing your dreams takes a lot of work and effort, all of which require choices to be made and they can be tough at times. If that truly is what you want to do, and you make the decision to go for it – then go for it! 65


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Name: Rita Burgett-Martell Where do you live: USA – Sausalito, California part of the year and Nashville, Tennessee part of the year. Known for: I am an expert in helping individuals and organizations manage change. Currently working with: I’ve owned my own consulting firm since 2001. Prior to starting my firm, I was a Managing Director of Organizational Change at KPMG Consulting Inc., and Oracle Corporation from 1996 to 2001. From 1984 to 1996 I founded and managed a transition center for women in Nashville, Tennessee called A Woman’s Place Inc., consulted with organizations who were restructuring and provided outplacement career counseling for individuals who were displaced. When did you realize that you were going to work with this? After I made significant changes in my own life and encountered lots of resistance and little support, I knew there were others who had similar experiences. I wanted to be able to provide support to individuals who desired a better life or had experienced an unexpected change that left them questioning if they have a future. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? Where I currently live in Sausalito. It is paradise. I live on the bay with panoramic views 68

of San Francisco, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. How would you describe your creativity? I’m very resourceful. I love creating something that hasn’t existed before. I focus on possibilities instead of limits. I think every problem has a solution, you just may not have found it yet. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? When I started college as an older student with two daughters and a husband, who wasn’t supportive of the changes I wanted to make, I had to figure out a way to make it happen. I experienced similar challenges when starting my own business after graduating from college, but the confidence I gained by overcoming the challenges to go back to school made it easier for me to overcome obstacles to founding and operating a successful business. I had to rely on my resourcefulness a few years later when presented with an opportunity to expand my business to California, where I knew no one. It seemed like an unobtainable goal, but because I remained focused on the outcome I wanted to create instead of the obstacles I would have to overcome, I achieved my goal. What do you do at the moment? I’m currently leading a change initiative for a client in Washington DC and teaching online Business Transformation courses for Cambridge Corporate University. I’ve


recently published my second book, Defining Moments: Seizing Second Chances to Create the Life You Want. My first book, Change Ready! How to Transform Change Resistance to Change Readiness, was published in 2012. Also, I’ve been asked to be the keynote speaker at the Transform Pakistan Summit in Karachi at the end of May.

up capital to pay two month’s rent on office space in an upscale shopping center. The location had a lot of visibility so I didn’t have to spend as much money on advertising. The location was an important factor in my success. After operating the business successfully for a year, I was able to get a bank loan to expand. It’s very difficult for a new business to borrow money.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? Keep in mind that it is a business. You will either have to spend your time taking care of the non-creative and mundane aspects of operating a business or pay someone to do them for you. I believe the people who are the most successfully are the ones who focus on their talents and pay someone else to take care of the details of business operation.

To get publicity, I contacted the local newspaper and radio and TV talk shows. I was invited to be a guest to discuss issues facing women and the challenges of change. I became a regular guest on both the radio and TV shows and was soon seen as an “expert” on women’s issues and on change. I wrote a few articles and was asked to write a regular column called “The Nashville Woman” for the local paper. My business was unique and I was different. I looked feminine and led a very traditional life as wife and mother. But, the message I communicated and my philosophy was considered to be that of a radical feminist. This dichotomy made me more interesting to the media, and taught me the value of being authentic.

Tell us how it all started. My first business was A Woman’s Place Inc., in Nashville. We offered workshops for women who wanted to make positive changes. The center also included a small book store where we sold books on self-improvement and women’s issues. I couldn’t get a business loan so I sold my car to raise the startup capital and leased a car. I believed my business would produce enough revenue to pay the monthly lease payment. Because my car was paid for, I saw it as an asset I could turn into cash. I used most of my start-

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Organizations were just beginning to offer leadership classes to their female employees. Because I had become known as an “expert” on women’s issues in Nashville, I was asked by Nissan to do a series of women’s leadership sessions. I didn’t know a lot about the topic of leadership but thought I could do my research and come up with a workshop, so of course I said yes. Other corporations followed Nissan’s lead and that opened the door for me to add corporate training as another revenue stream. I would always say “yes” if asked to do something I had never done before. I soon developed an organizational training and consulting business in addition to the women’s center and bookstore. The speaking and training business led to opportunities outside of Nashville. My first trip to San Francisco was in 1990. I immediately had the feeling that San Francisco was where I was supposed to be. I couldn’t imagine how I could make it happen, but knew that somehow I would. I got a mailbox and voicemail so I could have a west coast presence and started talking about my west coast office, which of course didn’t exist. In 1992 I was offered a 3 month consulting contract and the rest is history. My move to California, just like returning to college as an adult student, totally changed my life. Since then, I’ve been around the world twice and worked with senior executives, of the world’s largest corporations in multiple countries and across a wide variety 70

of industries, to lead global change initiatives affecting thousands of employees. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? I need to be surrounded by beauty. I must have a window or be able to be outdoors. I always write while sitting on my balcony, unless weather doesn’t permit, and then I choose to be in front of the fireplace. My environment is very important to me. What is your favorite film? Educating Rita. I believe it came out in the late 80’s and was so similar to my story and the main character even had my name. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? Oprah Winfrey. We are both from the south and have overcome so many obstacles to be where we are today. She has made such a difference in the world. Also, Hillary Clinton. We would have so much to talk about. A dinner with both of them could go on forever and would be so exhilarating. How do you like to spoil yourself? A massage and/or day at a Spa. What is luxury for you? Flying first class. Drinking great Champagne. Having a hot stone massage while listening to beautiful music. Driving up or down the California Coast in my Jag convertible with the top down and music playing. What is the nicest compliment you’ve re-


ceived for your creative work, and from whom? A woman at one of my speaking engagements told me that she liked me because I made her feel better about herself. Another younger woman said she wanted to be me when she got older. Another one said that my story motivated her to return to college. She later graduated from law school. Someone just told me that they carry my new book with them on their Kindle and read highlighted passages every day. That sent chills down my spine. What do you fear most? Delaying what I want to do next until it becomes too late to do it. What is a happy life to you? Always having something new to experience – new people, places, projects etc. Having interesting people to spend time with. Maintaining a balance between work and play and between family and work. Spending time with my two daughters and granddaughter. They are amazing women. What does a regular day look like for you? It’s a combination of writing, working with my client, teaching a class and enjoying wine and cheese at sunset with my husband – either on our balcony in Sausalito or from our deck on the lake at our home in Nashville. Tell us about your dream project. Opening and operating a retreat center in

Hawaii for individuals who are at a crossroad and need support in deciding what’s next. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? Oprah Winfrey. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? I like to make work fun because I believe that stimulates creativity, but I’m also very disciplined and have no problem focusing on what needs to be done. I also like to have the flexibility to work when I want to and avoid a rigid 9 to 5 schedule when possible. I can start writing or giving a speech and totally lose track of time. If I’m alone and writing, I always have music playing in the background. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? Living in a place where I am surrounded by beauty. What inspires you? Hearing stories about individuals who accomplished something they once thought impossible. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. After I read that book, I realized that where I came from didn’t limit how far I could go. My only limits were my

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Isn’t it absolutely fantastic to live on this planet today? With all of these possibilities to make this world a better place for all people, as well as the many efforts to do so, with all of the new means of communication and rapidly growing new sources of information and knowledge? We think that it is. Being able to create networks completely free from borders, and sharing ideas and knowledge 24/7, is something unique for our time. Never before has anything like this been possible and never before have all creative people had so many opportunities as they do have today. The idea of having access to so much knowledge, and to so many intelligent people leaves nothing but inspiration to actively search for more, to


connect with more individuals and together seek out ways in which to develop creativity. Although not consciously searching for that specifically, it is what is in fact happening this very moment.

tive things social media has given you specifically? And your community?

Each time that you decide to connect with someone, access their portfolio and ideas, you are evolving yours as well. It is much more comfortable to get out of your comfort zone and explore creative fields which you wouldn’t if it wasn’t for social media. You would probably never have given so many compliments to other people around the world, if it wasn’t for social media. You probably wouldn’t have had the chance to gain knowledge about many things, if it wasn’t for social media. Maybe it was social media that helped you to solve a big problem or create a whole new concept for problem-solving? But now you do all of that, you can do all of that. And that’s an absolutely great thing. It lays a platform for future cooperation, for creating a whole new dimension of creativity and how it can be used for good things, for helping people, telling their story and making them part of this amazing, creative and constructive movement. So many opportunities and positivity from all over the world can be seen with the help of social media, and all of it can also be managed and directed towards real life and real people in other places. Have you thought about how much posi-

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Jose Higuera

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Name: Jose Higuera Where do you live: I live in Cantabria, in the north of Spain. Known for: I’m a Spanish realist painter. Currently working with: Oil on canvas art. I believe that oil painting, in its purest form, is the material that offers me the best chances; its textures, its drying forms, its capacity to illuminate the canvas and much more. It all makes of this material the preferred tool by far – aging is generous to oil and time gives it a special glow that makes the artwork mature in beauty. When did you realize that you were going to work with this? At the age of sixteen I realized that this hobby was going to absorb the best part of my life. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? A warm place, perhaps southern Spain. How would you describe your creativity? I’m a realistic painter and I try to capture the beauty of the real things that surround me, I like a wonderful landscape, the tender scene of a child playing with his pet or the natural beauty of a young woman, as a part of my works and not only a mere photographic representation. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? 82

The total backing of my family from the very beginnings contributed undoubtedly that my hobby as youngster turned into a profession, a life style and a passion. My first exhibitions were received with high interest by the critics and the public and it is not long before I start selling my works with the resulting enthusiasm that encourages me to continue on the not-always-easy road of the art of painting as a profession. What do you do at the moment? I’ve just finished a solo exhibition in Madrid, I’m working on several orders and promote my work in several galleries in USA. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? The loyalty to yourself, to your own beliefs is also something you have to defend fiercely; it is very important to have a clear idea of what your aim is although there must always be an open door for improvisation – to be like a selective sponge allowing to receive everything and then selecting what can be added to the direction that you already had. Important is also to be brave when making decisions both professionally and personally. Tell us how it all started. I began with painting as a child – the presents that I received were all related to painting. I took summer lessons from a local


artist but I should be regarded as a selfmade artist – I visited many exhibitions, read art books – all this, added to daily painting during the hours of natural light throughout many years, is what gave me the capacity to face the challenges that I put myself through later. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? I think you need a comfortable place and your inspiration. What is your favorite film? I couldn’t say, it depends on my mood – action films, Westerns.... I love French comedies. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? My old friend Jesus Otero Oreña (sculptor), who passed away. Talking about quotidian life and have a good conversation over a coffee again. How do you like to spoil yourself? Walking in the forest with my children....... My models. What is luxury for you? The region where I live is the cradle of great landscape painters of the nineteenth century, and in my opinion, Spain has the best painters through history. Both of those things have awaken my interest in painting ever since childhood. What is the nicest compliment you’ve re-

ceived for your creative work, and from whom? Jesus Oreña wrote beautiful words about my art work and he taught me lots of things when I was starting to work. What do you fear most? Of course my children’s lives and not being able to paint everyday. What is a happy life to you? Continuing to work daily in what has given me the most pleasures in my life: to paint…….. Simply to paint! What does a regular day look like for you? My working place is a small studio that I built myself in the garden behind my house. It is made of wood which makes it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I go to work every day when I want and I finish work when I think it is enough. I don’t have a schedule. Later I try to spend time with my family. Tell us about your dream project. My series of works named “Crecen” based in the human figure tries to capture behaviors and feelings that I was discovering as my children José and Miguel were growing and getting to know themselves. It may be the fact that they are my own children that made me more aware of these behaviors and encouraged me to record them. Who is your professional role model/inspira83


tion? Throughout my career I have had several people as mentors on both the personal and the professional field. I could not describe one as more important than any other because each period of my life has made me learn professionally and personally from different people. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? Certainly self-taught. Books and information are universally available but I do not consider it always necessary to attend Art College unless one wants to take the teaching profession. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? My friends, my family and my brushes. What inspires you? I believe that it is the process of artistic creation is what gives the real sense to my life. It is not easy but when one is alone in the room with the art work, there is total abstraction of the being and nothing else in this world matters nor makes sense – no problems nor memories. It is in these moments when I feel being fully myself. In every instance the artistic creation starts with an initial idea that one wants to transmit; in general that initial idea evolves and becomes what one wants to achieve. To clearly transmit a message or a feeling 84

through an image is not easy. The inspiration is something complex to explain – it is a moment of imaginative clarity linked to a state of mind that should be appropriate not only for the work itself but also to the specific art work one is creating. If all these conditions are met and the idea is good, the artistic ability will do the rest. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? Novels of Jules Verne.


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Thus, optimizing seems to co creativity as a tool for figurin Have you seen how some people change something in their life, and the outcome is much worse than expected? And then they change it once again, and this time it is also worse than expected? And then they keep doing this until they find a method that is adding value to whatever it is in their life that was in need of just that? The big thing to learn here – there was never any fear present throughout these trials and errors. Optimization in general means finding ways in which to get most out of given situations, emotional states, life in general or any other given aspect. Being content is great, but when you’re not and you know that there are ways in which things can be better, then figuring them out and implementing them is what you need to do. Of course, there are times when shit will indeed hap-

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ome naturally to creative people, or people who use ng things out. pen, but this will only lead to insights on bad and/or inappropriate choices and lead you away from making more such ones. Creatives tend to have a balance between their thinking and practical action-taking – this is the basis for having an optimizing mindset. They divide those two into sections in which it is allowed to explore only-thinking or only-acting approaches, then fusing the best ones together and trying them out. They rely on experience as well as rational thinking, and the two complement each other in each creative project. If stuck on ideas, action happens and new information is obtained – if stuck on actions, reasoning what could possibly be done in order to move forward is what will make just that happen. BAAM, it’s simple.

ly to creative people, or people who use creativity as a tool for figuring things out. If they work with entrepreneurship, they will seek out and try out new methods enabling them to ease up on the work load, for planning and executing more effectively and for creating a larger customer and client base. If they work within medicine, they will seek to optimize medications, patient-doctor relations, schedules and procedures. If they work within the arts, they will use creativity as the driving force of basically any creative product and/or service, etc. Do you find yourself optimizing everything in your life naturally?

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Name: Allan Torp Where do you live: Copenhagen, Denmark. Known for: Founder and blogger at Bungalow5. Currently working with: Together with my roommate and a Copenhagen based food blogger I have created Feast, a sort of pop-up restaurant, a shared food experience in the middle of Copenhagen. At the moment we are planning for the autumn openings. I am also working on a furniture collection with a major European brand, another pop-up thing (not restaurant) and many other creative things to keep me going on full speed. When did you realize that you were going to work with this? I ended my full-time job 2.5 years ago, after a few months I was sure I wanted to work on the blog full-time. I have worked hard ever since and never looked back. I know I am very good at coming up with new cool creative ideas and projects. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? Based on the very creative scene happening right now, I would take the first flight out to sunny L.A. How would you describe your creativity? Unstructured. Impulsive. I mean, I can get an idea anywhere really, and I am on it the next day. I always want to try out my ideas. 96

I never think about them too much, I just make it work. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? I have been blogging for more than 5 years, half of the time has been full-time. However, after only 4 months I knew this was something I wanted to pursue, so more or less the entire time blogging has been very serious. What do you do at the moment? I recently got home from 3 weeks in L.A. So inspiring. I met a lot of very cool people and saw a lot of great designs. I have had a lot of new projects this summer, one of them is that I am starting up a new project with the world known site Houzz.com. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? Be patient. When people say it takes blood, sweat and tears, they are not joking. It takes a lot of time and a lot of sacrifices to get to run a creative and successful business. Tell us how it all started. For most of my career I have worked in the Danish fashion industry with PR and communications for a wide range of Danish and international brands. As inspiration from the fashion industry ended, I sought refuge in my other great passion in the furniture and design industry. Here I quickly discovered that Danish blogs were limited to recre-


ational projects with lots of do-it-yourself projects and not with inspiration from the endless traditions that Danish design features. Therefore I started Bungalow5 in January 10th, 2010, and the vision was to create a platform for the simple, bright and Scandinavian look, which is known throughout the world. Today, I dedicate all my time to the blog and also work freelance with a range of Danish design brands and magazines. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? I can pretty much work from anywhere in the world, as long as I have my laptop, phone and of course WiFi. That’s what I love most about what I do. I can travel the world, and still maintain the blog and my business. What is your favorite film? I recently saw the new Mad Max: Fury Road. I tend to do like the Sci-Fi/action movies the best. This one I really enjoyed a lot and I haven’t walked home from the cinema all high on special effects since I saw The Matrix I think. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? I would love to invite Rosa and Rich, the editors and founders of Cereal Magazine. A magazine I really enjoy. And I admire their amazing eye for detail and how they have conquered the world so fast.

How do you like to spoil yourself? Upgrades on flights abroad. What is luxury for you? Being able to see the world with the people you love. Oh…and good health. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? I always get amazed when receiving mails from readers or stepping into a shop somewhere on my travels, telling me that they know and love what I do and have done with my blog. What do you fear most? Not being able to inspire anymore. What is a happy life to you? One that makes me laugh and smile all day, every day. What does a regular day look like for you? I usually spend my mornings with work. I always plan my meetings for mornings before lunch if possible, that way I have the afternoon off for blogging and press meetings. I also try to hit the gym at least once a day for a proper workout. I have been doing Crossfit for about 4 years now and still enjoy it very much. Tell us about your dream project. I would really, as in big-time really, like to write a book! Who is your professional role model/inspira97


tion? I really enjoy some of the other male bloggers, who are doing very well these days. Guys like William (Bright Bazaar) and Igor (Happy Interior) are so clever and creative about their overall take on blogging. I am very impressed with their never-ending drive. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? I am a “getting the initial idea, make it work” kind of guy. I am very good at getting my ideas out in the open and getting them set into motion. I am not very good a finishing down to the very last detail. I am very quickly bored with my projects; I like coming up with new instead. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? WiFi and either my iPhone or MacBook – without them I am lost. What inspires you? Traveling is my main source of inspiration. I get to meet people and see places that I don’t see everyday. When I don’t travel, Instagram also helps my creative mind going. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? Honestly I am not a very big book reader. I find it hard to get any more reading done after my long days. I spent plenty of time reading online everyday. Some of my very 98

first interior books, which started my affection for interior design, was books by Terence Conran.


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Mixing Online & IRL life for the better:

Learning

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Learning is a process and whether people consciously think about that process in itself or not, that’s what’s happening every day – every time we do something, we learn to do it better, we practice.

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We all go through our lives learning things, either by initiative or accident (when that IKEA bookshelf falls apart after you’ve placed all your books there, that kind of thing). We also sometimes seek out specific information about things, events or phenomena which we don’t know that much about yet, and do so in order to gain knowledge and hopefully some insights as well. Learning is a process and whether people consciously think about that process in itself or not, that’s what’s happening every day – every time we do something, we learn to do it better, we practice. When meeting up with good friends, talking to them and asking them questions is a learning process, both in terms of gaining more knowledge about these people, but also learning to ask the right questions, how the wrong questions are approached and in what way the person being asked the questions is answering by not answering. Thus, it is a driving force within itself, to do things and move forward. People of all ages, all occupations, interests and hobbies probably actively seek to enhance this driving force, fueling it by information and trial/error scenarios on a continuous basis. In fact, now, everyone who has any kind of need for learning anything can turn to people who already know a lot more about it, and ask them for guidance and help directly. There are basically online communities covering every little field of interest,


where people from all over the world are very welcome to join the discussion and learn together. Since the IRL communities, associations of all sorts, groups, get-together initiatives etc., are pretty much already in full action in many cities all around the world, connecting them with those emerging online will make a bunch of things much more interesting. First, people will get to know each other’s ways of doing things in real life, and they will get the chance to try out other groups’ ideas within their own group. Also, this sharing and learning process will likely lead to actual friendships emerging, which could lead to even greater opportunities for learning, besides the obvious gain of simply getting to know other people better.

very moment, at a quite fast pace. People who want to thrive may do so, they are free to choose however many fields of interest they wish. Also, using online communities (as learning platforms) to learn more about something which is of importance to any of your real-life community/ies can lead to fantastic opportunities when you share your knowledge there. If you haven’t found your IRL community yet, online communities may very well inspire to go start such an initiative of your choice. Like, right now.

Actively seeking out to constructive environments for learning leads to so many more benefits beyond the learning experience itself. If choosing to learn through a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), not only is there a huge knowledge base ready for you, but also thousands of people specifically interested in gaining knowledge and sharing their views and ideas in forums related to those courses. There are hundreds of them available, and this is where learning truly is headed – information distributed online and available for all people, regardless of professional background, where they live, age, gender or anything else. The evolution of learning takes place this

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Name: Ingrid H Lee (B.Education, Honours – Research, M.Education Research) Where do you live: Melbourne, Australia. Known for: International artist who paints and teaches contemporary styles on porcelain, canvas and mixed media. I travel internationally for exhibitions, art projects, creativity consulting, master classes and inspiration for art works, I blog and write books. I am a highly productive artist and creative entrepreneur. Currently working with: I work for my own company Ingrid Lee Enterprises Pty Ltd. I’m an Art Education consultant and trainer, blogger and writer for online and print media publications and author of art books and art and creativity education books. When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area? I have always been very creative, sewing embroidery, drawing, painting, researching fashion and recreating clothing to wear as a teenager; I entered local art competitions as a child too. I made a decision at 16 that I wanted to be an artist rather than a musician. I was studying flute and singing for a few years, I performed, and over time came to the realisation that I practiced art with ease, and music with a timetable. I was musical, but not a musician, and realised where my passion really came from thanks also to my uncle who was a profes110

sional musician. However, in saying that I still write and think through music, and use it as a muse for my art work. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? I would still choose to live in Australia because of the huge sense of freedom I have here, there are so many different natural environments to be inspired by across this vast country. How would you describe your creativity? I would describe my creativity as always in flow, it is iterate and flexible, a big adventure, it feels luscious and free. I am always creating what is possible. I truly believe that I am the gift to myself as an artist and those who I share my creativity with – it is realising that relationship early on which has formed the way I work and build my business too. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? I started to work as a professional artist at 18 when I opened my first business, and operated a private studio teaching fine and decorative arts, commissioned artwork, designing wholesale art work and gift ware for retail and corporate industries. I worked as a freelance art teacher to adult community groups while I attended university. I then got a job teaching art in a school, and after that opened my first company and retail gallery and teaching centre. I managed and trained 6 staff for teaching fine and decorative art, producing retail gift-


ware, retail art supplies and commissioned artwork. After that I wanted to further my studies into creativity and pursued a Masters in Education, researching effective ways to develop creative teaching and learning practices. At this time I was lecturing in Education and developing creative curriculum practices and worked as an Education consultant and HR trainer to education institutions and private industry. Once I started a family, I stopped painting and doing many other works, and trained to work as a marketing strategist, web designer, copywriter for online retail and private industries so that I could be at home with small children. Little did I think I would turn those skills within a short time, to establishing my company now. What do you do at the moment? Currently I am working on a number of projects and art works: The Nature of Truth and Subject matter. I started thinking about how to linking flowers to personal truth – transparency, intensity, relationship of space, searching and aspect, is an absolute luxury of nature. My question at the moment is: “What can I learn from the nature, existence, and life force of flowers? The Nature of truth?” During my art trip to Sweden and St Petersburg in May 2014, I began researching my ideas in relation to space and freedom. Earlier in 2014, I was inspired by this

quote: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom” by Viktor E. Frankl. The true understanding of this quote was sparked for me during my masterclasses in Sweden (May 2104) and the fact that it has taken time to connect all the ideas and emotions and start to synthesize the understandings. I love this process of being creative and painting...and it sometimes takes a little longer than you want. Then, while in St Petersburg (May 2014), I undertook two personal study trips at The Hermitage to collate ideas from various art works which would inspire the concepts of transparency, intensity....relationship of space. I’m also working on a government art project between Thailand and my company, a mentorship program between Australian and Thai artists to produce an exhibition of luxury interiors and collectible art. I’m always forward planning, so I have other invitations in Asia and Europe for art collaborations and exhibitions which I’m in the process of completing applications for in the next few years, nothing is ever immediate. Also, I’m developing my Art and Creativity Education programs which are online and in-person. The focus for all of my courses and webinars, is to develop the artist’s creative potential, focusing on how to unlock creativity; break the rules; change colour 111


habits; venture into the unknown and most importantly connect with themselves their own truth and artistic expression. I focus on technical practice founded on art theory and my own unique applications, and creating new theories for creativity. In the Creativity Collaboration with Jina Allen, we share ways to consciously create change and possibility across the whole wellness spectrum. Our business is about being the invitation to change for people who want more out of their lives. We focus on creativity and choice and stopping all the self-judging that keeps us from being where we want to be in any aspect of our reality through courses which are online and in-person retreats. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? I have been in business from the first sale of my art work at 16! And then, as I have discussed, I pursued many different business ventures, always growing and learning. My best advice for those wanting to be in a creative business is to understand your product and how to target your niche market. Develop accounting skills and business management skills and understand how to create your own brand online. All of these skills take time to develop, and it’s important to surround yourself with like-minded people in business – not only arts, but with people who have successful businesses. 112

Understand and practice the value of a marketing and business plan. Tell us how it all started. My current company, Ingrid Lee Enterprises started its first steps as a blog site. In 2010 Ingrid Creates began as a simple blog sharing everyday creativity online, from my home studio in Melbourne, Australia. I shared all of the creative pursuits and interests I had or was exploring at that time, while I was at home with two small children: baking, decorating, embroidery, painting, my garden, flowers, porcelain painting, how to inspire creativity (based on my Masters Degree Research), music, nail art. In the beginning, I really didn’t know exactly where this would all go – I really didn’t have concise marketing and business plans like I do now, but what I did know was that my readers and fans would help create how it would all work. While I wasn’t new to marketing or business in the online world, it was still a big learning curve as I was doing this for myself, not clients. So, I kept blogging, figuring out Facebook and started interviewing friends from my online networks who were also creative, and sharing their stories and passions with my readers. I set up my YouTube channel and other social networks to share my creative world as much as I could. Almost a year later I started writing for my art blog Ingrid Lee Art, among other publications. I learned that


life became more fulfilling and focused the more I shared, trusted in myself, and made big choices. By 2012 I started a new company, Ingrid Lee Enterprises, figured out what I was doing. continued painting with more passion, exploring my truth, thinking and started to travel overseas to exhibit and teach art with a new direction and create my career which keeps growing. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? The most important thing in my studio is to have a tidy, organised workspace – I cannot create in clutter. I only work in a few mediums to make my practices cost effective. I have a set colour palette, and brushes I use, and I try to purchase in bulk where possible to reduce overhead costs. And lots of natural light is important! What is your favorite film? I have many favourites, but these two come to mind now: La Belle et la Bête, 1946 directed by Jean Cocteau and The Women,1936 by George Cukor. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? I would love to invite all my closest artist and creative friends from around the world to a dinner party, they make me feel at home everywhere I go, and I would love to reciprocate that generous spirit and share my home and Australia with them too. How do you like to spoil yourself?

I like to spoil myself with glamorous high heel shoes, very dark bitter chocolate, French pastries. What is luxury for you? Luxury for me is having a beautiful soft large bed, with crisp white sheets, and not having to wake up to make breakfast and attend my home duties – just to relax, be in timely moment and someone else prepare my breakfast. This is what I experience when I travel for my work, so I am very lucky! What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? The nicest compliments I receive about my work is that it inspires someone to feel something deep within themselves, or think about something differently, or that they are inspired to create something for themselves – then I know my work is done! What do you fear most? I’m not sure if it’s a fear, but I often think I will not have enough time or good health to create everything I want. What is a happy life to you? I do not think about life being happy or not, it is purely a point of view for that moment. I am in my deepest happiness when I’m vulnerable to my heart and creativity and living in the moment. This for me is the ultimate freedom, and that brings about happiness, at that moment. What does a regular day look like for you?

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I have an organised day because I have family and business to operate. Typically my day starts at 6.30, I cook breakfast and get my family ready to start their day, take the kids to school. Check all of my social media and emails and attend to other administrative duties. I have a weekly planner to complete tasks and appointments. During the week I will work on an art work, and juggle my other projects. I make out of office (home studio/office) appointments once per week. I have to finish my work day, pick up my kids from school, prepare them food, take them to their after school activities, work on their homework, I fit in another hour or so of my work, then prepare dinner. I try to balance my work, creativity and my family’s creative pursuits and work by being organised. Tell us about your dream project. My projects do not usually stay as dreams, I make them happen. I am always looking for new adventures and artists to create with, places to travel and be inspired by, so I focus on what I want and implement the strategies to make it come to life – that can take time, and for the most part they happen. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? I am inspired by the following people, whose memoirs, writings or biography have influenced me: Helena Rubenstein, Coco Chanel, Raine Maria Rilke, Vige le Brun, 114

Kandinsky, Jane Sutherland, Chagall. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? I can’t live without the ability to create, even observing the play of light on water or a flower is powerfully inspiring and tells a story. What inspires you? I am inspired by many things, I think it would be more fair to say that I keep away from people who are not so inspirational and who hold negative points of view or are emotional vampires. I try not to get caught up in distractions or drama, so I don’t watch TV or read newspapers etc. I like to keep focused so that I can find many things inspiring. I would also say my children are very inspiring to me. It is a wonderful experience to watch and relearn creativity with them. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? A book which has inspired my creative journey is Vigee-LeBrun, Elisabeth Louise in Strachey, Lionel (trans) 1903. Memoirs of Madame Vigee-Lebrun, Illustrated Edition, Dodo Press, UK. Madame Vigee-Lebrun, a beautiful portrait painter and woman. I started reading her book just prior to my first art trip to St Petersburg Russia. Her journey as an artist breathed an air of familiarity to my own life and inspired me greatly. I was particularly enthused by her chapter on her initial jour-


ney and seven year stay in St Petersburg – a total surprise to me, as I initially wanted to read her memoirs to get a greater feel for the rococo time from a female artist’s perspective. Reading these memoirs was wonderful in that much of what Madame Vigee-Lebrun experienced upon her journey to SPb and her stay there, paralleled many of my own experiences some 300 years later – it was a feeling I cannot convey through words, but I hope to express in my collection or paintings inspired by that visit. I described on my blog, about visiting Catherine’s Palace in the same rooms as Catherine II (similarly described by VigeeLeBrun), but now to know that I have walked in both of these women’s footsteps is a feeling beyond words.

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Complexity before simplicity – how creatives function Whether you encourage circus artistry in the kitchen or not, at some point it will happen. Have you seen a creative person trying to do the simplest things in life? Especially if they know that this particular thing in need of being done is so beyond boring, that they can’t even express it? Yet they do so very well with their eyes and body language, making everyone around them realize the exact level of boring that these creatives are experiencing.

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Observing them gives a report like this - they get unbelievably bored from doing fairly simple things, yet when messed into something crazily complex, they’re just fine. Now, creatives wouldn’t be creative unless they could turn any simple situation into something very complex and interesting and this is something that anyone has seen at least once in their lives. An example; the dishes need to be washed, they really do and that’s something that is happening each and every single day. The process is the same, as is the result from it and nothing exciting could possibly happen during these several times of the day. Well, yes they can. A creative would after a couple of times in the boredom mode, suddenly come up with new fantastic ideas. They would turn up the music really loud and dance while working, or sing loudly, or learn a new language, or build a piece of art with the newly washed items. They would probably try to compete with themselves on how quickly the job could

be done, as well as trying out their mighty missed circus talents to see if they are still useful (after all, they do work well when juggling with pillows and other soft, unbreakable items). What can be learned here? Whether you encourage circus artistry in the kitchen or not, at some point it will happen. These amazing minds don’t see why it wouldn’t, why it would be wrong to turn something boring and so unbelievably simple into something more fun and a little bit more challenging. Why would that be wrong in any aspect, ever? If something is boring/ simple/always-the-same, and you know that you will have to do this over and over and over again, why not find ways in which to make it fun? We should all learn from these geniuses and make life the fun of things. Are you like this as well, or do you know any creatives out there who do these things?

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“When my son, James, was doing homework for school, he would have five or six windows open on his computer, Instant Messenger was flashing continuously, his cell phone was constantly ringing, and he was downloading music and watching the TV over his shoulder. I don’t know if he was doing any homework, but he was running an empire as far as I could see, so I didn’t really care.” Sir Ken Robinson

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“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.� Zig Ziglar

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The power of silhouettes

in the use of fabrics

When referring to an exceptionally beautiful and appealing dress, is the color really what makes it beautiful? Or the person wearing it?

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Have you ever looked at something made out of any kind of fabric, and thought that it was beautiful? When asked why, maybe you couldn’t explain it and so referred to a color, someone using it, the usefulness or the “feeling” it produced in you. When referring to an exceptionally beautiful and appealing dress, is the color really what makes it beautiful? Or the person wearing it? Or the material itself? How it feels and looks? Or could it be something else which includes all of those aspects even before this dress has been created? Planning is key in any sort of project, and in making anything with fabrics, one thing is the absolutely guaranteed determinant for whether it will be a success or not – the silhouette. The sketch for this dress could be beautiful and seem like a fantastic project. The structure behind it could be absolutely amazing and detailed and thought about, and the chosen fabrics could be ridiculously soft and beautiful. Yet, if the finished work


has an non-appealing silhouette, isn’t in line with the body upon which it is supposed to be shown, and without having created a balance in the potential of the fabric with its capacity, then the outcome will be notgreat. Silhouettes for a creative person working with clothing is everything. In fact, people working with fabrics in general and regardless of what they are making, are preoccupied with this important aspect. If the silhouette is great, the fabrics must have a certain level of quality, and the design must be a clean and thought-out design. Likewise, if it isn’t, no expensive high-quality fabric in the world and no design concept could save it from failing, only dampen the fall a bit. What is much more common though, is when neither quality nor thoughts have been implemented in the process, instead simply trying to copy what already exists but without acknowledging the massive effort behind that particular product.

way in which the fabric shapes a line, those sometimes very small details, is what it’s about. What’s even better, you can find silhouettes anywhere and everywhere around you, good ones and less good ones. Do you have access to any sort of glass? Well then, have a look at it, on it, through it – filled with water up to half, or not, any other sort of liquid or solid matter and see the difference. A concrete structure, a book, a pen, a coffee mug, a nail polish box? A building, city, mountain, tree? There are thousands of them, yet some are exceptional and the rest aren’t. It’s in the silhouettes. Do you think of silhouettes when you see fabrics? Or any other material? Are you aware of the important role they play in beauty?

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Name: Luis Acosta Where do you live: Utrecht, the Netherlands. Known for: Textile and paper jewellery designer. Currently working with: I am creating a new series of paper necklaces and bracelets. When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area? With paper jewellery in 1996. With textile since 1979. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? Today I’ll choose Mar del Plata in Argentina. It is a nice and modern seaside resort with beautiful architecture and long promenade sidewalks and beaches. How would you describe your creativity? As a designer I’m particularly interested in forms. Once I discover a form, I enlarge or repeat it. Then I concentrate on exploring the possibilities as a basis for developing a design. It is important to work with both shapes and colors. The first gives dimension to the design while the second provides warmth. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? After my graduation at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 1988. In that year I graduated as a textile designer and in 1996 I also started with designing paper jewellery. What do you do at the moment? Apart from working on a new series of pa130

per jewellery I’m thinking of possibilities in new cities where it can teach my workshops. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? The most important and in the first place: you must be honest to yourself. Then, you must be persistent, do not give up, time will pass anyway, pass it doing something you like or work toward your dream. Do not compare yourself with others, each person takes a unique journey. Tell us how it all started. In 1974, when I moved from Córdoba to Buenos Aires (Argentina) I worked from 7:00 am till 11:00 pm in a bank and at the Town Hall simultaneously. On Saturdays I studied designing and weaving tapestries and woven fabrics. In 1983 I joined the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) where I graduated in 1988 at the textile department. Since then and until now I work with textiles and paper jewellery. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? Order, cleanliness, tranquility and classical music. What is your favorite film? I prefer (all) comedies. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? Vivienne Westwood. I admire her designs. Her work fascinates me. It has always been consequential. Her work truly resonates with me. How do you like to spoil yourself?


To sit down and eat different pastries, mmmmm. Delicious! What is luxury for you? To have the freedom to choose and do what I love to do, have the freedom to organize my time. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? I can happily say that every day I receive beautiful compliments on my Facebook. All are unrequested and honest comments. They make me feel good. What do you fear most? The loss of the use of my hands and my way of thinking. What is a happy life to you? Positive relationships, good health, being recognized for my art, sell more, and doing what I love and being able to make a living from it. What does a regular day look like for you? Wake up at 7:00 am, have breakfast and play with my two cats – Maylén (she) and Tupac (he). Then I take a shower. Checking e-mails and Facebook. At 12:00 it’s lunch time. Then, till 17:30 pm I work with my paper jewelry or preparing information for a workshop. At 6:00 pm it’s time for dinner. Afterwards I will have a one hour evening walk along a large canal with my partner. Very few times I watch TV. Bed time by 11:00 pm.

Also, I would like to work with metal. I always see each of my pieces as small sculptures. While I can see them made of metal, I will not learn and use the required technique. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? I do not have one. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? Regarding the technique which I use for my jewelry.. I haven’t learned this from another person. I used the knowledge and experiences of the past and started experimenting and developed my own style and technique. The result is very colorful. The textile element is the most important basis in my formation, slowly, gradually it gave direction since 1996 to the realization of paper jewelry. When I make jewelry, more of less unconsciously I keep in mind the textile weft. Without this education and experience I would not be able to make the works I am making nowadays. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? My sewing machine and daily classical music. What inspires you? I do not seek for inspiration. The forms are everywhere. You have to see them and discover how to develop them to a design.

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The Quote of Things – Creativity and Talent “Creative thinking - in terms of idea creativity - is not a mystical talent. It is a skill that can be practiced and nurtured.” – Edward de Bono There are thousands and thousands of skills that are absolutely amazing, highly attractive, at times very useful and sometimes mostly fun. For the last part there, showing off really bad skills is probably the best way of creating a lot of smiles. Which is a great ability and takes a lot of skills in itself. Likewise, being able to do anything good, well and exceptional is based on the capacity of thinking creatively – which in itself demands a set of skills to be developed. All over the world, throughout our existence, creative thinking is what has made the human kind move forward. It has enabled societies to thrive and it keeps doing so today, interactively so today. In practice, this means that there is an interconnected international platform on which creative minds with different skills can connect with other creative minds, and together explore new perspectives from which great ideas can grow. Up until recently, being able to connect with other creatives was a unique privilege and it required many specific circumstances in order to be realized. And that was just to get to the initial phase of creativity and innovation. Talent, on the other hand, is what happens 140

when you put your mind to it, and go all in into making your dreams come true. In practice, this means that if you are interested in making the world’s best sustainable car, you would have to sit down and learn everything about cars and sustainability. Everything. Ask people who work with cars to be your mentors and ask them a thousand questions. Then, connect with people who can tell you about sustainability, read online, ask them for advice on how to proceed. Get yourself a car and open it up, understand every little part of it and of what it is made. Then research the cars on the market that are said to be sustainable and figure out what exactly it is about them that is sustainable. Note that down. Contact businesses who provide the materials that you need to create a prototype. Tell them what your ambitions are and ask for a meeting (or Skype if you are far away from each other). Let them know that you are serious and how much material you would need for your sustainable car. Do that with all of the businesses providing what you need – it can be 50, 70 or 200 businesses. So do that. Then go figure out what you need to get funded, and off you go with your plans and dreams. What decides the level of success is creative thinking, including all of the skills needed to accomplish and realize your specific ideas. Realizing that creative thinking is a skill, or a set of skills, is probably the most important thing to do today in order to grow, in order to produce great ideas and in order to realize dreams and wishes. It is the one sole factor which determines where each creative mind’s career will turn, how many goals they will be able to accomplish and


how much talent they will be able to create. Knowledge, open-mindedness, curiosity and positivity to mention a few, are attributes and skills that must actively be nurtured in order to make great things happen. Those skills required to create a talent mentality, are what all creative people can achieve if they make the decision to do so. In a highly interconnected world and with so much access to knowledge, choosing to do just that seems like a fairly easy thing to do. And that’s when the fun starts.

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Name: Jim Taylor, Ph.D. Where do you live: Mill Valley, CA (just north of San Francisco) Known for: My expertise in the psychology of sport and parenting. Currently working on: An app and a new textbook, as well as creating group learning opportunities that enable me to scale my work. When did you realize that you were going to work with this? I was an internationally ranked ski racer as a youth and sport psychology enabled me to take a huge step up in my performances and rankings. Then, as a freshman at Middlebury College, I took a psych course and felt a deep connection to psychology. I had found my “thing” and it has pulled me (in a good way) down this path ever since.

clients who bring a fresh and different perspective to the table. Oddly, I don’t read other people’s work in my field because I want my ideas to be, well, my ideas, not a repackaging of someone else’s. I think that gives me a uniqueness that separates me from others in my field. Aside from the emotional experience of being with my wife and daughters, there is nothing more moving to me than coming up with what I think is a great idea. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? Shortly after graduate school. I began writing maniacally and haven’t stopped. What do you do at the moment? I consult with individuals and organizations, give talks, and write.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? The Colorado Mountains. I love the peace and quiet and connection with nature. I also enjoy running and biking in the mountains. There is an openness and freedom that allows my creativity to emerge organically. I really like the idea of raising my kids in a “free range” environment.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? I actually discourage it for most people because it is a very difficult road to take, with far more chances for failure than success. I just don’t think that many people are cut out for a creative life. Make sure you’re driven by passion, have a high tolerance for risk and uncertainty, have patience and perseverance, and are, in fact, creative.

How would you describe your creativity? Intuitive, powerful, never-ending, inspiring (to me, at least), energizing, uncontrollable. My ideas come to me when I least expect it, often while I’m running, taking a shower, or trying to sleep (I always keep a notepad near my bed because if I don’t write my ideas down, I forget them by morning). I also get many ideas from my work with

Tell us how it all started. Right out of graduate school, I began writing and consulting and speaking. I didn’t have a clear career path; I just followed my passions and opportunities. Though I never considered myself a risk taker, I had confidence in myself and a fundamental faith that things would work out. Though I’ve experienced plenty of challenges and

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it sounds really dumb, but I get immense pleasure from drinking a cream soda.

What is your favorite film? Don’t have one. I watch quite a few movies with my wife, but don’t remember them the next day (too much stuff going on in my brain). I’m very internally focused and don’t need a lot of external stimulation, so media (e.g., movies, TV) isn’t important to me.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? From young clients who say that I’m ‘cool’ (I’m definitely not cool in the usual sense). People don’t always like me because I’m opinionated and outspoken, but my young clients have always ‘gotten me’ I think because I am honest, unpretentious, and they sense that I’m on their side. And young people have very sensitive BS meters, so when I pass their ‘test’, that is a big thumbsup for me.

What is luxury for you? Again, as something of an ascetic, I’m not into luxury in the tradition sense. Time is a What is the most important thing in a workluxury for me and something that I covet place/studio for you? like a starving man covets food. Having the I don’t have any particular requirements time to do the things I love and be with the for a workplace. All I need is my computer and I can be creative. I’ve done great work people I love is what I value. I also like nice in airports, on airplanes, lots of noisy and dis- sports equipment, such as bikes and skis, tracting places. But, if I had an ideal setting, because they enhance the quality of my athletic experiences. Fancy houses, expenit would be in my office, without distracsive cars, nice clothes mean nothing to me. tions, with my dog lying next to my desk.

Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? My close friends who are highly intelligent and passionate and opinionated. There are many brilliant people with whom I would enjoy a meal and stimulating conversation, but I’m a realist and would rather focus on whom I could actually have a meal with and talk to. How do you like to spoil yourself? I’m a bit of an ascetic in which I take pride in my self-discipline and lack of need for, again, external stimulation. I have been accused of having no vices (I don’t drink alcohol or coffee, take drugs, nor am I a foodie or have much of a sweet tooth). My one consistent indulgence is that I “treat” myself to a cream soda once a week. I know,

What do you fear most? Losing my wife and children. What a crazy thing having children is because it places parents one step away from crushing pain. Also, wasting time because it is a nonrenewable resource. Everything else doesn’t matter because when I die, I’m dead. It’s all about how I spend my time while I’m alive. What is a happy life to you? My family, freedom, travel, my work, being active and outdoors. I’m a simple guy 145


without any real hobbies. No matter what happens, I tend to be a pretty happy guy (though I can get down and cranky when I’m tired). What does a regular day look like for you? Take my daughters to school (my wife works part time), see a few clients (mostly by Skype), write, exercise, be with my family. Tell us about your dream project. Develop a mental/social/emotional program to help disadvantaged kids thrive. I would like to bring together super intelligent people from many fields and create a program that can have a lasting impact on a segment of the population that is likely doomed just because they were born into the wrong demographic. Totally unfair! Who is your professional role model/inspiration? Didn’t have any. I’ve always just focused on myself and my own work. I’ve had great mentors to support and challenge me. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? Rigorous, yet accessible; intuitive and spontaneous; deep and broad. I like variety (probably why I wasn’t a very good academic) and I love writing about topics that I care deeply about and for which I have an opinion. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? My family (bonus: exercise). What inspires you? I do. I’m pretty self-contained and find my inspiration from within. I’ve never needed 146

external inspiration to lead my life. I can get pretty fired up by underdog stories, but the inspiration wears off quickly. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? Can’t think of any. Again, I look inward for inspiration and impact.


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Do you find it easy to communicate with other people? And not just briefly, but truly connect with them and catch their attention by simply observing and acting on the knowledge gained from that observation? If you do, then you’re probably a very creative person, and that’s absolutely great. Creatives have a set of skills which enables them to be creative in the first place. Some of these skills are common for most creatives, such as being curious and open-minded, and then there are those more specific-oriented skills gained from experience in their work fields. These can be creating great desserts, making amazing music, sing, dance, manage, lead, code, count, structure or anything else connected to their professional fields. One interesting thing about many creatives though, is that they find it simple to understand the basic pattern of other people’s thoughts through three main attributes, enabling them to communicate and successfully connect with basically anyone they meet. It’s not mind-reading or magic, but simply focusing on three things from which they can then act:

1. Being observant. 2. Being responsive. 3. Being quick. Using these three attributes when meeting someone new allows people to communicate on a much deeper level, through understanding and realizing subtle signals from that other person or people involved. These insights come pretty quickly and responding with this knowledge in mind is what makes the communication successful. Their blueprint, role and lines are unfolding right in front of them and in choosing to act immediately, people around notice and appreciate the wonderful, oftentimes called people-skills that you show to have. This is the real-life acting and it means to use the three attributes actively and naturally. Everyone can learn to use them, and it quickly becomes a natural way of communicating, not to mention all of the other great benefits such an acting session leads to, both to the actor and the other parties in the conversation. Do you find yourself, or creatives around you, to be good actors? 153


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Where do you live: Neptunia, Canelones, Oriental republic of Uruguay.

The emerging of new technology, such as software programs for design caught my attention. After acquiring basic knowledge I timidly began to experiment with them. I discovered a very powerful tool, with many creative possibilities and so decided to seriously start producing digital work. At the same time, I opened an internet page on which to publish my digital work. Two years after this ferment beginning, the page is a chronological witness of this creative process in the digital world.

Known for: Several studies, teaching, exhibitions and my art. Currently working with: I’m working with Gustavo C. Posadas, a member of the International Committee for International Selection of the ninth International Biennial of Florence. When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area? When I was 19 years old I studied what was then called “commercial art”, and at that same time, I remember that one of the subjects really got my attention – “color”! Those exercises that sought an approach to chromatic universe awakened a passion in me, which transformed to this adventure of art. I began to develop and work with digital art around six years ago.

What do you do at the moment? I currently work with expanding and intensely developing my digital work. I think that the possibilities are endless and that attracts me a lot to continue with this process. At the same time, I constantly attempt to disclose, sharing the work with people through various social media networks – and absolutely fantastic medium which we all have at our disposal.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? I would choose the place where I lived for almost 20 years – Neptunia. Here, I found peace and everything that was necessary for creating.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? A defined goal, work and more work, with a very open mind.

How would you describe your creativity? Creativity is almost an obsession, central to everything I do in my work, a constant challenge and an essential component.

Tell us how it all started. In my case, as a visual artist I only needed a motive seducing my creative-expressive appetite and a medium which allows me to channel it, nothing else.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? My artistic activity has developed for over more than 30 years – painting, sculpture, ceramics, teaching and currently digital

What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? To have everything that I need for my work, comfort, time and music.

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What is your favorite film? Film is another of my weaknesses, to cite one I will mention Akira Kurosawa´s Dreams. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? I would very much enjoy to share a barbecue and wine with Jose “Pepe” Mujica, out of respect, affection and admiration. How do you like to spoil yourself? Gardening, cooking and music are three of my many passions. What is luxury for you? Today, as I am 52 years old, luxury is not a word I consider in my life. I’m interested in and trying to take the steps necessary to develop the life I have chosen. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? In this time we live, internet and social networking has made communication rich and smooth. Opinions, comments, there are so many – selecting only one in particular is something complex since they all bring something unique… Not long ago, Tony Palmer sent me this comment on LinkedIn: “I love your work! I’m a former ‘Brush & Paint artist’, digital art goes far above my head, but your appreciation, I identify with it, there is a human element, I see a search and find. Well done!” What do you fear most? That time will not be sufficient. What is a happy life to you? It makes me happy to do what I love, art. What does a regular day look like for you?

Now, creating occupies most of my days. Tell us about your dream project. My project is my work, sharing it by all possible means to people, one destiny, with the hope of bringing something that will make a contribution in to their lives. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? So far in my life, I have not been a person who follows models. If I see people who I find valuable and enriching for various reasons, I consider them as “references”. Perhaps, in my creative desire following a model is inconsistent and contradictory to the desired uniqueness. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? We all have a beginning, one way or another in which we gain knowledge from others, and because of this it is clear that there is an undeniable level of influence either by training or by affinity. Now, the ultimate goal with that acquired baggage is to transform it into a personal style. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? Today, my art is essential. What inspires you? “When inspiration strikes, you will find me working.” ―Pablo Picasso Inspiration is a mysterious subject, which in my case arises in the development of the work itself or in the reason that causes the work. I consider myself to be visceral in both situations. Feelings, ideas, thoughts that oc157


cupy my mind deeply often act as triggers. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? First of all I must admit that I am a lousy reader, it is one of my greatest liabilities… I will name one that I always remember fondly, “Las Confesiones De Fray Calabaza” by Jose Mauro.

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“I’ve exhibited at San Diego’s Comic Con for the last five years. Each day before the doors open to the thousands of visitors, I enjoy walking the exhibit floor, visiting with fellow artists and enjoying a quiet viewing of all the fantastic work.” – Chet Phillips, Illustrator

“To drink 100 grams of good brandy.” –Pronchenko Leonid Evgenievich, Painter/Artist

“Have a bath each evening after a long day. A simple pleasure that rejuvenates me. Also lately, buying my own designs I have created on the Print All Over Me site. I want to eventually wear my own designs on a consistent basis!” –Leisa Rich, Mixed Media Sculptural Artist

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“In exploring new places and walking in the mountains.” – Angelika Tschofen, Textile artist

“Traveling by foot” – Johan Jansen, Designer

“A day off from everything!” – Karen Grenfell, Mixed Media/Textile artist

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“Massages, good food and a cool pair of shoes!” – Zac Scy, Creative Coach

“By doing nothing for hours, just procrastinating and relaxing – especially when I have gazillion things to do!” – Vladimir Stanković, Illustrator

“I’m not really the spoiling type. Until I had my family, I mostly worked lots of low-paying and soul-sapping jobs. Being able to work on creative projects, is how I’m spoiled now.” –Juliane Gorman, Hat Artist/Designer

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“I love going to live music. I was 18 in 1977 so you can guess I was into punk and the injection of energy it brought to 70s music. So my current treat is going to a 3 day festival in Brighton called The Great Escape. Lots of great music, different styles (I love pretty much anything, even country and western), from bands you have never heard of. Highly recommended.” – Lawrence Haddad, Researcher, International Food Policy Research Institute

“I love candy and junk food! So for me that is it! When it comes to spoiling myself, watch a movie and eat a lot of junk food.” – Carlos Dattoli, Illustrator

“I adore spending time in libraries, looking for old books on any subjects, even if Fantasy remains my best ever.” – Deborah Hope Allen, Textile Artist

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“How don’t I? Frequent breaks on the back deck, meditation room, delicious something to eat or drink, walk in nature, Jacuzzi or shower, sleep, massage, being with friends in person or electronically, reading at night, building a fire, long or short drives, buying flowers for Lalita, loving the cats, feeding the local critters, sending love to somebody, great movies, learning.” – Bill Harvey, Media Innovator and Writer

“It depends on the mood. But it goes from buying good design books, taking a random day off and enjoying the sun, or spending the day driving to Malibu or the desert to get out of the city. It’s not easy because working on my own requires me to be flexible on the weekends, but I do it whenever I can. I also really like traveling.” –Ana Gómez Bernaus

“By scuba diving.” – Sander Mirck, Architect

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“With traveling to some exotic place.” – Halil Salčin, Painter

“Simple things like buying myself flowers – yellow tulips and pink lilies are my favourites, going to the cinema alone, going to the Arabic baths.” – Jenny Morbey, Designer/Illustrator

“Spend a couple of weeks without any technology – no Internet, no phones or tablets. I know that’s ironic, considering that my work revolves around technology.” – Daniel Obodovski, Author, Speaker, Consultant, Business owner

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“I love to travel. So make a trip during the holidays is the best way. But also I like good books, good food, fine clothing and pets at home.” – Hannie Croonen-Braam, DIY Kit Designer

“Sitting at the balcony facing the Old Town, reading very early in the morning, when the sky is still almost dark-blue, when the whole city is asleep, when everything is dead silent is what spoils me the most. Also chocolate!” – Ece Kazan, Ceramics Artist

“I love to watch a great movie.” – Ilona Fekete, Painter

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“Cooking very special fare for a crowd of family and friends, having time to relish every moment.” – Aurora Dokken, Glass blowing artist and Art Performance teacher

“Workout, spa and shop.” – Dr. Tracey Wilen, Global speaker, Author, Media Contributor

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“Usually spending money with other creators at shows or going to see a live performance. I love experimental theatre and music and there’s a trend with social networking to set up smaller parlor concerts that are always interesting to see and talk to people.” – Monica L Knighton, Illustrator, Jewelry Desginer

“I love to visit the latest exhibitions in Paris.” – Inessa Besset, Mosaic Artist

“A good movie.” – Regolino Bizzi, Artist

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“Well it’s pretty well known I am addicted to two marques of automobiles so it’s no secret that I own 8 Ferrari’s and 3 Rolls-Royces. Since I was a young boy I had always had an incredible passion for cars and grew up dreaming of someday owning a Ferrari, which essentially is in my blood and runs through my veins. Also Rolls-Royce is simply the definition of the “Best of The Best” and is the greatest road going vehicle ever built and has a simply magnificent history of greatness. Also I have collected a “few” watches over the years that people have told me is quite a collection.” – Mr. Louis D. Spagnuolo, Chairman, CEO, Expert in building, scaling and exiting companies

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“More every day.” – Sergio Mora, Painter and illustrator

“I like to spoil myself by watching sports. I love sport especially Rugby and Football.” – Gordon Tredgold, Leadership expert and writer

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“I spoil myself by travelling or eating out with my friends or family. My husband and I make a point of dining out frequently. I still have memories of a trip to Italy I made with my mom and daughter that left me wanting more of Europe.” – Terry Cervantes, Artist/Potter

“By buying brand clothing.” – Arild Karlsen, Business owner

“I would like to spoil myself by relaxing on a terrace every morning, somewhere close to the sea. The early sun is starting to warm up the air, and I’m drinking juice and reading the newspapers along with having breakfast, before I walk down to my workshop with big doors.” – Miodrag Djordjević, Lamp Designer 181


“I sit close to the chimney-corner with a cup of my favorite Turkish blend coffee.” – Ágnes Herczeg, Lace Artist

“A spa pedicure!” – Donna Carol Voss, Writer, blogger and speaker

“I do not think I’m so good to spoil myself. But it would probably be something like eat in town with a good friend, watch a movie in the cinema or read a good book. It could also be a long ride a beautiful place without companionship.” – Heidi Marie Johansen, Artist/Painter 182


“Months abroad in an apartment as I have done just recently… I take long sabbaticals.” – Simon Thompson, blogger

“Watch movies, play some Playstation FIFA, and coffee to that.” – Paskhalis Dinto Kefie, Photographer

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“Give me time to read or listen to music without anyone around me. That’s all I need.” – Roy Povarchik, Content Marketer and Growth Hacker

“Chocolate and binge watching some TV series on Netflix.” – Kelly Stevens, Illustrator

“I enjoy simple things. Buying myself a new sketchbook or pencil will do the trick. If I want to stretch the budget a little bit, I treat myself with a concert.” – Tamara Domuzin, Illustrator

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“When I have the opportunity I try to fulfill some of my childhood dreams. I believe many of them made me the way I am today. Some of the things I’ve done because of this: I went to NASA Space Center in Houston, saw dinosaurs at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, went to an NBA game, saw Manchester United win a game at Old Trafford, saw the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and witnessed Usain Bolt take the Gold Medal, drove some amazing cars at the race tracks, went to some amazing concerts, saw Serbia win the Davis Cup, met some of my sports heroes, and many other things.” – Ivan Minić, Online community genius and entrepreneur

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“Time alone in the woods soaking naked in the hot springs under the full moon (especially during blizzards).” – Pamela Wible, Medical doctor

“I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I recently started going to the gym and I’m trying to have a healthy eating, but I have to admit that it’s been real hard to let soda go.” – Julio César, Illustrator

“Holiday on the Baltic Sea.” – Olaf Ulbricht, Naïve painter

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“A few (too many) times a month, I’ll spend an afternoon to myself shopping for things I don’t need. I find it therapeutic, my bank account thinks otherwise!” – Myrline Delva, Design blogger

“With a good 3-hour walk in my favorite forest together with my husband.” – Tija Viksna, Crochet wearable arts artist and designer

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You’ve probably come across the many, MANY, quotes and ideas on finding your own road? Or path? Walking the walk? Choosing your own road and/or choosing to walk the uneasy road, the road to which the majority of people won’t even look? Or maybe leading your way to this and that, finding a way to do X or get better at Y, creating your own path and walk up first on the road you are about to create together with your team? The wisdom is there, but so are the roads, paths, highways, sidewalks and all other forms of infrastructure aimed at moving you from one point to another. And that’s great. It can be useful when feeling that you’re in need of inspiration or literally standing on a sidewalk and now trying to figure out which way to go in order to, well, have another sidewalk on which to walk. The thing is that sometimes your “road” isn’t a road. You’re not in need of finding out the way to do anything, but how that something is actually done – at least in terms of wisdom and personal development. The road isn’t important when you just keep walking on it, or even running, driving, bicycling or jumping – you’re still on that road and you will continue to be on that road, because that’s what you wanted – someone to tell you which road to take. How about, instead of thinking of that, starting to think of what you want to do and why? What amazing thing would you like to create and why is that thing important to you? Because this is what it’s really about.

which components you need, after which you will seek them out. The moment you start looking for a way to walk on, is the moment in which this great idea will be put aside, for you to find your way. People who have created their lives and done the things (and keep doing them) that they really wanted to do, whenever they speak of it, they tell you how an idea unfolds. How, then, this idea is further developed. How external circumstances did have some input, sometimes more, other times less. How they reasoned, and how nobody ever thought about which sidewalk to choose because that didn’t matter. Finding a road/path/sidewalk is not a primary occupation of anyone wanting to achieve the things of things. Being passionate about that one thing, having a meaning for why to achieve it, a vision for it and seeing it that as the only thing important to do – is what will make you make it happen. The path? That’s just a detail and will figure itself out around the thing itself. You have dots, things you want to do, and then you connect them. People connect with each other, neurons connect with each other, ideas meet other ideas and create new ones etc. The connections are there, but the dots is what’s important finding yours and the other ones which you need to make your idea/s happen. Have you ditched the roads and found your dots?

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Jovana Ružičić

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Name: Jovana Ružičić Where do you live: Belgrade, Serbia Known for: I am mostly known as a founder of Center for moms, a non-profit organization advocating for moms’ rights and fighting discrimination that moms face in their daily lives. Also, I am known as a founder of informal group called Repats Serbia, which I founded 5.5 years ago when I returned to Serbia after living abroad (USA and India) for 11.5 years that now gathers over 1200 highly educated Serbian repatriates. Currently working with: Center for moms. When did you realize that you were going to work with this? I always knew that I wanted to do something related to women’s rights and something that will in some way improve things in Serbia. Center for moms ties those two things perfectly, because I truly believe that by advancing mothers and women’s rights, we are advancing the whole country. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? It would be Belgrade, where I live now, because it’s “my city” a little bit more than the others. I lived abroad for over 11 years and have visited nearly 60 countries… But even though I feel at home almost everywhere, Belgrade is the only place that changes my heart rate every time I return to it. How would you describe your creativity? For a long time I didn’t consider myself creative, because even though I appreciate all forms of art very much, it’s not something 192

that I am good at. It took me a while to be creative with the definition of creativity, and now I would say that I am creative in finding alternative ways to solve problems. Also, I am creative in finding ways to further Center for moms’ mission, without funding, because we are still 100% volunteer organization. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? About 4 years ago I decided that I should not make compromises with my career and that I should focus on following my ideas and dreams. What do you do at the moment? There are several things I am working on these days – we are wrapping up campaign Right for moms in which we organized 250 moms to speak to 250 parliament members and lobby one on one for the change of one of the Serbian law – we are right now members of the working group for changing that law at the Ministry of Labor; for 3 years now we have been providing free legal advice to moms, and that is something that I will continue working on; we support mom entrepreneurs by organizing mom entrepreneur bazaars, so some of my time will go on planning the next one, as well as starting a Mom Entrepreneur Club in the Fall; we are planning to make all maternity wards in Serbia to be mother friendly, so a lot of my time will be dedicated to that in the future. Finally, we have idea to create two social enterprises in the near future, which will help us grow as an organization, so I will focus on that as well. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative busi-


ness? Make sure you are doing something you are passionate about because it takes many years to make “an overnight success”. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? Good and collegial atmosphere. What is your favorite film? There are many great movies out there, so it’s difficult for me just to choose one. My favorite movies for a long time were Scent of a Woman, North Country and Life of David Gale. The recent movies that I saw that made an impression on me were Pride and Citizenfour. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? I would like to have dinner with Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden to thank them for all they have done. How do you like to spoil yourself? I spoil myself by finding the time to do things I enjoy doing the most – spending time with people I care about, reading and attending thought provoking events. These three things give me energy to carry on. What is luxury for you? Luxury for me is being able to do what you are passionate about, in a way you think it’s right. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? Every time moms write to us to tell us how much it means to them to have an orga-

nization like Center for moms around, it makes me very, very, very happy. It’s the best compliment one can get, I think. What do you fear most? I don’t have fears regarding my life, as I live in line with my values every day. What is a happy life to you? Living according to your values and priorities, with the people that you love. And, having enough time for reading good books, of course :) What does a regular day look like for you? I try to tie in all my meetings in 1-2 days/ week and those days are just for meetings. The non-meeting days are spent in my home office, planning activities, answering e mails and calls and coordinating activities with my team. I am not a morning person and I usually start around 9:30 and I do my best to end things by 7 pm. After 7 pm, I plan activities with people I care about and I try to fit in some kind of fitness as well, because even though working out is not my favorite thing in the world to do (I would rather read a book), I am aware of the importance of being in a good shape. Tell us about your dream project. I am happy to say I am working on my dream project – Center for Moms. Center for Moms is an independent, non-profit organization established to support mothers and advocate for their rights. Our Mission is celebrating motherhood, connecting and supporting moms for the benefit of the whole of society. Our Vision is Serbia in which moms are not discriminated against; in which everyone recognizes their significance to the community and society at 193


large; Serbia in which every mom has the possibility to achieve her full potential. Our work focuses on several issues: Labor rights for moms and fighting against workforce discrimination moms face; connecting mothers; promoting and supporting mom entrepreneurs; advocating for human rights during childbirth and promoting healthy and active lifestyle. At the moment, we are organizing activities only in Serbia, but in the future I see Center for moms as a global organization. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? My professional inspiration is every woman who manages to excel at whatever is important to her – career, family, both…. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? I would describe my working style as focused, at least most of the time. I am huge fan of to do lists and other ways to keep track of my own productivity. When I was younger, I tried to multitask all the time. Now, I am older and wiser and know that multitasking is not possible – even though throughout every day I change many hats and do many different things, I try to do only one thing at the time. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? I am sad to admit this, but it’s my computer – it gives me access to the information and of course, my friends from around the world. What inspires you? People who don’t gamble with their ide194

als and their personal integrity and people who are not afraid of failures. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? That would have to be Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing by Alexander Sutherland Neill, which I read at the end of my primary school/beginning of my high school. The book’s ideas are still revolutionary, but when I read it at such young age, it left me in awe and it showed me that the different world is possible. I still believe that the different world is possible!


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Mixing Online & IRL life for the better: Health & Medicine

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Making sure to interact with people, both online and in real life is so important because the interaction itself plays a huge role in health and wellbeing.

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Health and medicine are really huge subjects, both requiring tons of scientific research in order to be discussed and debated. It takes a whole lot of trial and error sessions to figure anything out, present hypotheses and then we’re all over the clinical phase, until approval after approval is needed to actually put a medication on the market, or to be able to use certain surgical methodologies and tools. This takes years and costs a lot and can only guarantee that a certain medical method, tool or medication, is somewhat safe – or even better, that it is not that dangerous compared with not using/consuming/performing it. Likewise, when we speak of the health aspects, there are thousands and again thousands of online groups discussing healthy lifestyles with all that this includes – what to eat, when, how, how much exercise to do each day, what kind of exercise, where, how, with or without weights, and the list goes on. People with educational background in nutrition and fitness are involved, but also many who simply try to listen to their own body and mind in search for a healthy life. There are those who are positive to structuring up some sort of healthy plan or goals, and there are those who absolutely wouldn’t do that, ever. People of all ages, sizes and genders are involved in these online forums, each day writing and linking to new scientific research backing up or dismissing current ideas. This is a thriving environment in which arguments and ideas mix up with personal experience and practical learning. Critique is a huge part of these discussions and at times the people involved can be pretty


intensely so, in trying to make a point. The important part is that they are all actively involved and continuously contributing to those forums and online communities. This shows that there are many initiatives taken to learn more about our own health and how we can improve it, that this is a question which people all over the world find interesting and important. Through an open mindset and never-ending curiosity, tens of thousands of interesting topics related to health are covered and many individuals learn new things about themselves and their own physical and mental health.

circumstances, although this is not a field that should be played around with. Here, instead of figuring things out together in your community, try to figure out questions that all of you would like to see answered and then go for a medical expert hunting session. Find experts with different standpoints on your questions and ask them for advice, suggestions on reports to read and how they came to their own conclusions. Doing this by dividing the tasks around in your group will make it a fairly simple and not that time consuming one, enabling you to access a lot of information fairly quickly.

Now, how can these amazing online communities, and your activity there, be connected with real life and real people in your neighborhood? Well, how about starting an initiative to come to discussions on health, to come to a common conclusion on how to make your neighborhood the healthiest one in your city. Decide an approach to use in order to choose healthy alternatives in that group of people and get yourselves activated to reach your goals of a healthier lifestyle. Create an Instagram profile for your group and seek out some serious amount of support. Write down the progress, call interesting podcast-people and newspapers and make sure to get noticed for your amazing efforts. This might very well spread and become a movement throughout the city where you live or maybe even other places.

Making sure to interact with people, both online and in real life is so important because the interaction itself plays a huge role in health and wellbeing. All human beings have a need for communication and they very much enjoy such that involves quality and not only small-talking. Add some action to that and you got yourself a pretty amazing platform for expanding your healthy habits together, in finding a personalized lifestyle which takes into account what you like to do, eat, feel and experience.

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Name: Nuno Cruz Where do you live: Luzern, Switzerland Known for: I’m mostly known for writing music for visual media. Currently actual with: I’m currently working on several visual media projects, including music licensing and video games. When did you realize that you were going to work with this? I’ve always wanted to work in the entertainment industry. I’ve been surrounded by music, movies and video games for as long as I can remember. To me it was like magic, and I wanted to create some of that magic myself. If you could choose only one place to live, where would that be and why? I guess I’d choose Switzerland. It’s a beautiful country, and it can be a very relaxing place. How would you describe your creativity? It’s a pretty technical process actually. Creativity is a by-product of research and preparation. The more knowledgeable you are, more resources you’ll have to come up with good ideas, sometimes innovative ones. That’s why it’s important to keep an open mind and find knowledge and ideas on fields of expertise other than your own. Lots of research is my path to the creative process. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? I wouldn’t say “in a serious manner” but over the last nine years, I’ve been working 206

in a more structured manner. I’ve been working in the entertainment business for a long time, either by writing, teaching, producing or touring. After a few years I’ve decided to work exclusively with visual media. I’ve put together a demo reel and started to approach filmmaker. Eventually I’ve landed my first film scoring job. What do you do at the moment? At the moment I’m working on several music licensing projects and on a video game. Also, I’ve recently released a cinematic orchestral album called “Ensemble of War”, and a classic rock EP called “Gear of Mayhem”. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? Be prepared to work harder than anyone else, and don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a business is based or moved solely on doing creative work. Learn the difference between doing what you want to do, and what you must do. Even on a creative level. Tell us how it all started. I’ve been drawn to music since an early age but, it wasn’t until I was ten that I started to take music more seriously. I’ve started by playing with several rock projects as a guitar player, but I wasn’t very happy with the direction the recording industry was taking. Eventually I discovered film music and I’ve decided to focus my efforts on writing to picture. It’s been an exciting journey so far. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? It’s important to keep an organized and


practical workplace but, above all it’s important to be in a relaxed environment. One thing I find almost indispensable and stimulating is to have abundant sunlight, which is something not usually found in recording and post production facilities. What is your favorite film? “Back to the future” is my all-time favorite. When I first got the tape for that movie, in the late 80’s, I’ve watch it three times in the same night. I still love watching it today. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? I’m a big fan of all things science-related, especially when it comes to the mysteries of the universe. Having Dr. Michio Kaku over for dinner would be very exciting. How do you like to spoil yourself? Taking a day off, and visit new places. Sometimes enjoying a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop is enough. What is luxury for you? Doing whatever I want, whenever I want, without having to give it too much thought. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? There was this video game project where the developers ask one of the cues to be in an orchestral/cinematic style. When I finished the first pass the developers said: “this sounds as good as anything we hear in a big blockbuster movie”. It felt good! What do you fear most? Not being able to do in life what I love to

do, is probably one of my main concerns. That’s why I work very hard - to keep doing it, and I never take it for granted. What is a happy life to you? Doing what I love in life and being among friends. What does a regular day look like for you? It depends on what type of project I’m working on but, it’s not uncommon to get up at noon (which is pretty normal considering I go to bed around 5 or 6 am), have something to eat and exercise for an hour, work from 3 pm to 8 pm, have dinner for an hour and resume work until 3 am. The next two or three hours are spent doing research. Tell us about your dream project. My dream project would be the one where I could write a piece that incorporates different genres of music – orchestral, jazz, rock, ambient, techno, and world music from different cultures. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? There’s a great number of people that I admire and respect, but I guess it all comes down to my influences. A British band called Queen had a big impact on my decision to pursue a career in music. They’re still a big reference to me, not only creatively, but on a business level as well. Frank Zappa is also one of my references. Not only a highly skilled musician but also a business man, which is a rare combination in the music community. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or 207


something entirely different)? Nowadays everything moves in trends and one has to be aware of it so, my work is probably under the “fashion” category, but there’s definitely an academic value to it. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? It’s very frustrating for me to spend long periods of time without working. At this point in my life, work is very important. What inspires you? I really don’t believe in inspiration, but rather in a set of stimuli that will motivate you considerably. For me it can be a sunny day, a book, traveling, and other artists. Anything that can sparkle an urge to create something. Mainly, the more I work the more “inspired” and creative I become. Again, it all comes down to knowledge and hard work. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? Most of the books I read are technical books. I’ve recently started to read the work of Jules Verne, and I find very compelling the amount of detail present in his work.

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to remain creative. the current situation in your life. If choosing to be creative, then you have to accept that this resistance and suspiciousness from other people probably will manifest itself as a immediate response. People will be negative, and some may try to stop you, regardless of which kind of development you’re trying to change for the better, and some may even share that stance with you directly, face to face. The good part is that this will be a consequence only during the initial steps which, although unnecessary, will fade away as people around you (or those directly involved in the change) will start to see the positive side effects of implementing your idea. If you’re pursuing to make a creative change involving personal development, you might experience that some of your friends will distance themselves from you, only to be back again after that change

has happened. Most of them. The ones who don’t were the ones who didn’t want you to do good things for yourself anyways, most likely because of their own inability to go against negative people and pursue their dreams and ideas. In any way, demanding to be yourself is a process which initially ignites all sorts of negative emotions in your closest surrounding. Eventually though, they will all accept the very fact that you made a choice to do what you believe in and it worked out just as great as you planned it to be. You’re happy and that’s what really matters, to you. If you want to be creative, it is your right to do so.

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Ritaban Das

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Name: My name is Ritaban Das. Where do you live: I live in Mumbai, India. Known for: I’m an illustrator/character designer/storyboard artist working in Animation industry for over 6 years. Currently working as: As a senior character designer and storyboard artist in an animation studio called Hopmotion. Oh, and I’m working on an awesome web graphic novel called Chimera, with my friend and writer Soumali Chakraborty. When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area? Well I have always loved to draw and have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I remember spending most of my time with a box of chalk and slate which was gifted to me by my father. Like every other child, I also loved to sketch my favourite cartoons. I usually sketched these animated characters on the back pages of all my notebooks and also my classmates’ notebooks. In fact, I was well-known among my seniors for my sketches. I was mediocre at studies but very good at art. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? Ohh man! There are so many places ... ummm Probably France? Yeah French people are uber talented and they got the craziest brain ever. Also I would like to stay and work in Japan. Japanese people are dope! How would you describe your creativity? I’m a very imaginative guy. I always try to keep all my creative juices going through 222

my designs and illustrations. As a kid I was fascinated by movies, animation, comics and music so I found I could exude my feelings by my drawings. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? After my school I did a diploma course in 2D Animation of one year and after completing it I started working in an animation studio as an intern. That time they are working on an animated telefilm for Cartoon Network and that was my first real project I worked on. It was a huge learning thing for me. What do you do at the moment? I am currently working on an animated TV series as a character designer and storyboard artist but unfortunately I can’t tell you about the project. Beside this I have several illustration projects lined up. I don’t know how I’m gonna do it, they are SO manyyyy!!! -_A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? Do what you love to do. If you want to work on this, don’t chase your dreams. Always listen to the most experienced, learn from your mistakes and never surrender. Stay focus and creative. Tell us how it all started. After completing my Animation course I sat back to my home for 2 months and prepared my portfolio. Then I shifted to Mumbai and applied for jobs in several studios. That time was really tough for me. Got rejected with so many studios and most of them are looking for an experienced one!


But fortunately there’s a studio called Animagic who’s looking for artists (intern and experienced, both!) for one of their projects and I joined there as an intern. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? I think it’s nice to have good equipment, a proper place and to have creative and cool people around you that you can trust. What is your favorite film? There are plenty! I can’t tell you any particular one. But one film I can watch over and over again would definitely be “Into the wild”. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? To all my close friends, most definitely yeah! I do it quite often actually. How do you like to spoil yourself? With good movies, music, travelling.. Yup! What is luxury for you? Luxury means freedom to me, yeah! Doing what you want to do and what you love without having someone telling you what and how to do it, and making a living out of it. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? I don’t remember, but I always get really happy when some artist who I admire likes or compliments something I did. What do you fear most? Spiders! I effing HATE that creature. :P What is a happy life to you? To live a life with no big worries.

Tell us about your dream project. Ohh man, it would be so awesome to work with Disney or Dreamworks or even in any animated show of Nickelodeon. Also I am a huge fan of European animation, so that too would be cool. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? Umm..I don’t think I have any role model. There are millions of kickass artists out there who make me awestruck everyday and I kind of devour almost everything that they make. Sometimes I like someone’s style of work and then bump into someone and it keeps changing. Although I DO have couple of artists who I follow but that list is kind of toohuge to put in here. Also you’ll never know from where you can get creative vibes or ideas which makes you inspired. It can be an object or nature or music or anything. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? Well after creating thousands of bad drawings (even still I’m creating those everyday) I’m not quite sure whether I’ve achieved to create my own style or not. But mostly my artwork/illustrations are kind of character based and very much graphical. I like to play with various shapes and silhouettes and usually keep things simple. Lately I’ve been following some designs where various polygonal/geometric shapes have used and I find it really cool. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? Sketchbook, Photoshop, music! Sorry I wrote three. 223


What inspires you? I think the most inspiration I draw for my work is from the place I live and Mumbai helps me with that. The people, the super-crowded local trains, the sea, food, the culture, old houses (I absolutely LOVE the old houses and mansions in the town side. Wish I could live there at least once!) – these are some flavors which have been inspiring me since the beginning. Also, great working environments lead to good work and I’ve been part of this environment for awhile now. Most of the people I worked with are so damn talented. What I noticed and realized is that, if you stay in this artistic environment, you’ll eventually start producing quality works. Also this city’s got so many options and connections happen very fast here. If you do good, people notice you. There are so many events happening: Comic Con, various animation and art festivals where you can meet with so many good artists and build connections. These are some of the elements which really helps me a lot. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? Code name: God

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What’s interesting to note though, is that different models within the same field, analyzing the same things, do emphasize different aspects of that same thing. Thus, maybe using two or three models, or parts of those, might be a better idea in order to get a better picture of any current situation and how to improve it. This does indeed mean that the time frame will have to be extended a bit, but if wanting to maximize benefits from doing something then doing that thing really well is the only thing guaranteeing such results. Half-ass attitudes don’t.

The main argument to use only one model is usually that it is easier to follow through with what is already clearly defined, rather than keeping track of several of them at one. But, then you assume that the point with using a model really is to keep track of the defined phases, rather than learning something useful in the process. Besides, we’re not suggesting that you take the whole universe of models and spend your existence on them, but to hustle the best parts, and bake your own super-model.

Also, choosing three or four different models at once enables the processes of each to be placed in a parallel structure, which in itself gives you much more information and automatically saves time. Regardless of choosing to mix models or not, time will be spent and knowledge will be gained. The quality of the latter and the depth of it depends solely on your choices and how

Do you choose to structure important things by including several different models’ phases in your project process?

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Name: Anibal Marin Where do you live: New York Known for: Entrepreneur / Designer / Founder / Inventor Currently working with: I have recently launched the world’s first interchangeable button system via the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform. It is an innovative and easy-to-use system that allows you to update your outfit with the push of a button, and enables you to enhance your daily wear to evening wear, create unique combinations for added details. When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area? I had always worked as a fashion designer creating many collections and knew about designing all particular areas including buttons. 2 years ago, I had no idea that I would be working on a new innovative button concept! The idea came to me in a few instances where I felt that if I could change my garment buttons constantly, I would have a new look all the time. Thus I started an extensive research process only to discover that nothing like it exists. That is when I knew that I would be working on creating and launching the world’s first interchangeable button system. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? As of now I still feel New York is where I want to be. Despite the fact that it’s my hometown, New York harnesses many creative environments in close proximity to one another. The city’s pace and work ethic is second to none with inspiration lurking everywhere. New York is certainly part of who 238

I am and can’t see myself living anywhere else permanently as of yet. How would you describe your creativity? I would like to describe it as a new way of seeing things brought upon by inspiration (consciously and subconsciously) that eventually culminates into a process. It’s really hard to pin point the many facets of my creativity to just one process. Many times I let an idea simmer and if it keeps coming back, then it’s time to explore. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? I have always worked in a professional manner but it wasn’t until I really learned the business side of things that I felt seriously empowered. When I learned not only to be a great conceptual designer but also to execute by merchandising and manufacturing a concept to life. What do you do at the moment? The Auxilry Interchangeable Button System. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? In the beginning try to do as much as you can yourself. Not only to save costs, but so you can learn every aspect of your business well. In the event that your company becomes a successful business you will have prior knowledge of every aspect and know how to manage or at least make key decisions. What is the most important things in a workplace/studio for you? A great atmosphere that embraces creativity, positive communication, a contemporary decor and bottle of whiskey for winding


The greatest compliments I received that turned into a nice friendship was What is your favorite film? from Jackie Jackson of the Jackson 5 in Wow so many for different reasons: Snatch / which he referred to me as “his artist”. Matrix / Limitless / Dark City / Sucker Punch He really enjoyed my work and we be/ Entourage came friends leading to multiple projects. Another great compliment was from JoWho would you like to invite for a dinner seph Abboud who really liked my work for and why? his licensed brand. From a creative artist perspective I would like to have dinner with Trent Reznor from What do you fear most? Nine Inch Nails (a musical genius who is a Leading an unfulfilled life and not leaving a one man band) and from a business percontribution to mankind. Not exploring and spective Lori Greiner from The Shark Tank. experiencing as much as I could. Trent Reznor’s execution of music has alWhat is a happy life to you? ways been ahead of its time. Mixing art A happy life for me would be freedom to and music in completely contemporary enjoy the little things and moments in life. ways not common for that type of music. The ability to enjoy time with my family and His technical prowess and the ability to be friends, and retire to a creative only lifestyle. a one man band has always inspired me. Lori Greiner on the other hand inspires me What does a regular day look like for you? on her ability to be a simple but very powerful woman. Her approach to business and I am usually at my computer from 9-7 in the creativity is a break away from what’s con- evening with exercise breaks in between. I sidered the traditional corporate world. Her am not a big fan of routine, so I usually try to switch my timing on daily tasks and I alpassion and work/life balance is an inspiraways make sure to spend time with my wife tion to follow for all. and 2 children. How do you like to spoil yourself? Tell us about your dream project. One of my personal spoils is to dress well. My current dream project is to make the I certainly like to spoil myself with unique items whether it be garments, shoes, watch- Auxilry Interchangeable Button System worldwide. To create a brand of acceses, jewelry. Dressing is a form of self-exsories that are timeless and become a pression and it certainly feels good to spoil well-recognized name. yourself in confidence. down on the weeks end.

What is luxury for you? A luxury for me would be traveling with my family to unique places.

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I would describe my visual work style as heavily inspired by all things contemporary, high end and minimalist. I appreciate all design that creates new visually eye-pleasing aesthetics and I try to translate that into my work wherever possible. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? Besides my wife and kids – Music! Music is a big part of my life and fuels much of my creativity. What inspires you? Modern design and architecture usually inspires me. It represents moving forward, above status quo and the creation of something that hasn’t been done before, stimulating my creative senses. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? “Patent It Yourself” by Nolo Publishing. It’s a book that helped me learn and overcome a process that many inventors/designers fear to attempt themselves. It’s a book that can save you thousands while protecting your creation. I highly recommend it!

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What do you do at the moment? I’m always looking for emerging artists to show at ROAM Gallery. I also work with numerous companies on Social Media.

Known for: Owner/Founder ROAM Gallery When did you realize that you were going to work with this? December, 2013. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? I could live anywhere as long as I was close to water and had a view. How would you describe your creativity? I think that I have always expressed my own creativity in how I dress and present myself, which has evolved into my own forays into fine art and my business of supporting artists. I find a lot of my creativity can be expressed through the marketing and collation of shows at my gallery. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? After holding a charity art show in 2013 things began to fall into place and the full concept of ROAM was created. I really didn’t know the logistics of how it was going to work – but somehow the business evolved and I realized that I was able to fill a niche market that was basically untapped in Vancouver – giving a presence to those up and coming artists who might not get a chance to hold their own public show. This timing was perfect for me as I had a strong desire to be my own boss and to work with art and artists. Through a great deal of hard work and determination and a bit of kismet I believe I have created something unique and valuable to the Vancou254

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? Be patient with the process. Respect the artists. Act with integrity. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? A sense of community. What is your favorite film? I could never choose just one. Anything Jane Austen inspired or full of action. I like to be entertained. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? Tom Ford, Picasso, Coco Chanel and Pierre Trudeau would make for an entertaining dinner party. All of these people have incredible talent and style – each one has affected my life in a different way – from the appreciation of beautiful things, to the iconic style of Chanel that is such an incredible part of my personal history. Trudeau was so stylish in his own right – even in the 70’s, and he helped to shape a country that I am so proud to be a part of. Each of these people represent a creative and intelligent force that I am drawn to. How do you like to spoil yourself? Turning off the computer and hanging out with friends. What is luxury for you?


A day off. And Tom Ford lipstick. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? A very talented and accomplished Vancouver artist was at my home and out of all the amazing artwork I own he pointed to the first artwork I created and said “I like this one”. This only goes to prove how subjective artwork is. What do you fear most? Failure. What is a happy life to you? Being my own boss and a great mom to my son. What does a regular day look like for you? Wake up around 7:00 am. Make coffee, feed the cats, turn on the computer and start working. Tell us about your dream project. My dream project would be to fill Vancouver with art. Murals on buildings, sculptures on street corners, art everywhere for everyone to enjoy. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? In the past I have worked for some interesting women. I draw from these experiences and try to act in a humble respectful manner towards clients and artists. Having said that I love to laugh so can be a bit cheeky.

and colours done in wearable fashion – which is great because my work day may consist of lugging around giant works of art and climbing ladders, to meeting with artists and attending events. I don’t have time to change multiple times during the day – so I like to work with a basic style that can be “embellished” with accessories to make a transition from day to night. My personal style and my work style are very similar – there’s always more going on that you perceive at first glance. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? Space and light – my own private oasis where I can relax and reenergize for the next challenge. What inspires you? Creativity in all forms – whether as an artistic presentation or a beautiful meal – I love being surrounded by things and people that inspire me to think outside the box and look at the world differently. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? I love the classics, getting lost in a story and visualizing the tale as it progresses. I am not a book snob – I love to be entertained, and sometimes that is a little chic lit to make me laugh, while other times I hope to read something that will inspire me and teach me something new.

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Being creative is fulfilling in so many ways, it reaches out to our most basic instincts of curiosity and drives us to move forward in every aspect of life. Struggles and obstacles become things to overcome and move beyond, resulting in active choices to make good things happen. In life, creative people make many such good choices whereas those who are not very creative tend to go for the negative, often long road (no, no, not the tree) to pretty much anything. Anyone can learn to think creatively and use creativity as a method for problem-solving. It takes a little time, practice and a lot of will and open-mindedness, and pretty soon on, creativity will become a part of everyday life. This is a choice though, and that means that being passive will not make anything creative happen. The misunderstanding in this aspect specifically, is that passive behavior isn’t just refusing to do things at all, but having the mindset that any other person who does something well is just lucky, or any other excuse. Choosing to go through life passively creates quite narrow frames in which this person is able to move. Add a couple of years with that mindset and you have got a full-blown negative, anti-creative stance. Thus, passivity, as it is also called, is an ac-

tive choice. Making the decision to change direction and become actively creative will lead to those negatives slowly disappearing, but again – only if truly, actively choosing to do just that. Suddenly, creative people will appear to be everywhere and their knowledge will be noted all over the place. Inspiration is to be found in any artistic work, any business work, any natural sciences work – it really is everywhere. Reaching out to photographers and admiring their work while also reading up on micro-nutrients and watching an action movie could suddenly create a basis for a new dimension in architectural work, or cooking, or dancing, or building an enterprise. Staying open-minded and joining forces with people who have had years and years in developing their creativity will connect the inspiration, turning it to ideas and clarifying them in order to be able to realize them. The only limit to creativity, creative inspiration and creative possibilities are the ones in your own mind. Let them go and you will step into a whole new world of creative opportunities. Do you find cross-creativity important in your life? 263


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Name: Jason Martineau Where do you live: San Francisco, California, USA Known for: I’m known as a pianist, composer, instructor, author, developer, and artist. Currently working with: All of these things, though music-related activities make up more than half of my time. When did you realize that you were going to work with this? I’ve been playing piano since the age of 5, but it was not clear to me that I’d make a career out of that (or any of the creative things I was doing) until I was 19. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? Where I am. Having lived in many cities around the US, the San Francisco Bay Area is truly ideal for my temperament, both in climate and culture. How would you describe your creativity? It comes in two forms – applied, and flowbased. Sometimes it’s just about meeting deadlines, or getting something started – other times, when I have more time, I give myself over to the process and allow ideas to come naturally on their own. In this process, I have to “get out of the way”, so to speak, while helping to nurture the ideas, by becoming, in a sense, their instrument, or means for coming into being. In this fashion, it is much more like a meditation. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? I’ve been self-employed as a creative since 1995. 266

What do you do at the moment? I teach music composition, theory, and scoring at Bay Area graduate arts institutions, teach piano privately, write a regular column on the subject of love for a print fashion magazine, perform piano at concerts and private events, direct recording sessions at local studios, work with numerous singers, and in my free time I paint and promote my work. Beyond all of that, I am periodically involved in design projects, creating apps for the iOS platform, and photography. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? It’s very important to know if whatever you are doing is indeed your passion, because you must give yourself to it completely, and be willing to deal with whatever comes along as you grow and develop. There will be tests, and you will be tested. You may even have moments of doubt – and that is a good sign, if you still feel the passion, to keep at it. Tell us how it all started. I was naturally doing almost all of these things as a child, so basically, I never stopped. So the solution for me, was, as an adult, to figure out how to turn all of these interests and skills I had developed into ways of earning a living. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? The piano would probably be first, followed by the computer. What is your favorite film? A difficult question, there are many, but if I


had to choose just one, it would probably be a film called “Somewhere in Time”. It was a very early film for Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, and overall not very well known, however its conception, implementation, as well as the story, are quite beautiful. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? I think the American philosopher Ken Wilber would be my first choice. His books and theories have had a great influence upon me during the last 15 years or so, and I’d love to sit with him and see where a few hours of conversation would take us. He covers a lot of ground, and for me, the more the better. How do you like to spoil yourself? Taking a retreat into nature with my partner and a creative project is ideal for me. What is luxury for you? Free time. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? I do not have a precise occasion to report, but generally when I hear thoughtful and positive words of appreciation from other industry professionals who are more experienced or advanced than myself, that tends to inspire me the most. What do you fear most? Not an easy question to answer since by selecting something to be fearful of, I might inadvertently cause a condition in which I am always thinking about it…so maybe that’s my answer. I fear fearing. What is a happy life to you?

A life filled with love, learning, inner and outer exploration and growth, and time to create each day. What does a regular day look like for you? Up at 10, coffee, breakfast, emails and news, then working throughout the day either in the studio or out and about, usually with other people. Then later, after dinner, some time for my own creative projects, and then quality time with my beloved. Tell us about your dream project. I’ve not given that much thought but I would suppose it would be something in which I could draw upon all of my different interests and skills and unify them into one massive project. An opera would come close to this, but probably it would be a multimedia production, perhaps a movie. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? I don’t have a specific person in mind, but anyone who works in different creative fields simultaneously and successfully, such as the visual and narrative arts, tends to inspire me. For me, it’s all rather the same. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? I tend to be rather organized, not chaotic or messy, but because I am switching between multiple projects at the same time on any given day, and using different parts of my mind in the process, I tend to flip between them after reaching some degree of fatigue. This allows me to keep them all going without getting exhausted overall. Which is the one thing you can’t live without?

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As we are all surrounded by information and seeking out knowledge of some sort each day, how that knowledge is presented is highly important to us and contributes to what it is exactly that we understand. It is what we don’t focus on that much that is actually directly affecting the outcome of our information processing. Just remember when you were a child and went to school, having to listen to a boring teacher vs. when you had the opportunity to listen to an awesome teacher – wasn’t it much more fun to listen to the awesome teacher and didn’t the information reach you much more easily? Even more accurate, today kids still experience that differentiation between great and really bad teachers, affecting their will to learn anything if having to deal with the latter kind. On the positive side though, many of them do have access to internet and online learning platforms from which they can learn what these teachers missed to deliver. This is, thanks to online platforms and better education, becoming better and better, in many cases directly competing with the relevance of schools as they look and function today. Teachers, lecturers, professors, business people, artists, consultants and experts – you all do one primary thing and that is to share your knowledge with all of those people who would like to learn more about it. Luckily, today, there are hundreds of different platforms for teaching, creating course material and structuring the written information that is to be presented so as to be interesting and easy to use. There are also tools for following up people’s work

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and their accomplishments, which enables an overlook in which part of the knowledge transfer process might be having some room for improvement. As professionals need constant education and all sorts of certifications to build up on their competencies, the tools which are available for teaching are many, and their developers do seek to create platforms which are easily used. Not only that, but today the online course learning software system available (used in MOOCs) introduces everyone interested in learning, to an online interactive experience. There is a combination of tools for reading, researching, listening, watching and writing right there throughout each course that aims at really bringing knowledge to the table.

thing in making people choose to learn from you. As teachers, if their knowledge transfer methodology is good, then the children will be receptive and encouraged to learn. Likewise, with adults being immensely bored during a one-day “educative session”, compared with using MOOCs in making them happy and far more receptive to new information. We’ve got some pretty nice online teaching systems happening this very moment, and so using them is just a great way of reaching out to that great teacher and learn in that happy, creative way regardless of the given subject. The opportunities are endless - let›s embrace them all.

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Name: Montanut Husarungsee Turnbull. Known As Mona Turnbull. Where do you live: Oxford, UK Known for: Award-winning Body Painting Artist Currently working with: I am a freelancer. I have been recently honoured to be one of the ‘Rockers’ for Rock the Cotswolds. I will also be teaching at the Iver Academy in Pinewood Studios (UK) from Sept 2015. When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area? I body painted for the first time on my sister in 2012 and I knew that I found my passion. In 2013 I entered a body painting competition at the Paintopia Body Art Festival in Norwich UK, and I was honoured with the prize for “the Illusion Magazine Inspirational Artist of the year 2013”. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? A tropical island in Thailand where I could beach combing, collecting washed up corals and seashells, and run a creative art school. How would you describe your creativity? Out there, delicate, in detailed, creative, highly unusual and I would like to hope that my work is unique. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? I was invited to be one of the guest speaker at the Kryolan Marathon Master class at the Royal Opera House in 2013, and was invited to paint at their makeup stage at the IMATS 282

in London (International Make-Up Artists Trade Show). That was when I entered the professional arena. What do you do at the moment? I am planning an art book so I am doing lots of soul searching in terms of concepts, ideas, locations. I also have a couple of competitions coming up. I have one charity shoot coming up for a childhood cancer. I am honoured to be one of the volunteer artists at Supershoes painting canvas shoes for terminally ill children in the UK. I’ve painted 13 pairs so far. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? Work hard, network, work harder, never stop thinking, and always look for inspiration. Credit where credits are due and never copy! Tell us how it all started. In 2010, I started to do face painting for fun for children at my eldest’s school event, I knew right away then I had a knack of this. I started to research, learning all the technique, attending workshop and classes. Going to get-together events, networking with other artists, entering competitions and started building a face painting business. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? This is a hard question, as I need quite a lot to create even one image, handmade props sometimes down to eyelashes and nails (!), makeup, brushes, lighting, location. But if I had to choose one thing it would have to be my models! Without them I would not be able to create my art.


What is your favorite film? Ghost Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? My husband because it has been a long time since we had done so. How do you like to spoil yourself? I treat myself with a massage now and again. What is luxury for you? Having an assistant or two to come along when working. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? From Illusion Magazine for running a three page feature about me, and from Kryolan Make-up for inviting me to be one of the guest speakers at one of their Marathon Masterclasses. It is such an honour. What do you fear most? A creative block. What is a happy life to you? Plenty of time with children and husband and freedom to create art. What does a regular day look like for you? Being freelance is financially tough, some days especially winter months are quiet but I see it as a bonus to spend time with my family and have time to do other creative things such as sewing, prep work for future fun shoots, creating props, headdresses, and painting. However, when on set or working, it is always an early start and won’t finish until late in the evening. Nonstop.

Tell us about your dream project. A creative water shoot, something involving several models. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? Hard to choose only one but it has to be Alexander McQueen. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion, style, or both, or something entirely different)? I am always partial to impressionism but I am also interested in cubism. I would like to think that my work is different as I always add something different to my work every time I paint. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? My children. What inspires you? Everything! I look at everything around me. I particularly love flowers, leaves, patterns, all things shiny and sparkly even human emotions – my emotions do spark my creativity. I look at composition, colour combination in nature everywhere and anywhere I go. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? “Great Expectations” by Dickens.

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There are so many teachers out there, who invest their lives and knowledge into making learning interesting and fun for kids. They are highly aware of how children learn new things, environments which encourage learning, learning patterns and what they can do in order to nurture the curiosity children possess when met with new information. Teachers understand that they themselves are never done with learning and they aren’t afraid to change their views on education if science knocks on the door with new insights. They inspire and act as role models for understanding the world. If they can present a subject in an interesting way – then kids get intrigued and want to find out more about it. So they start looking for information themselves, doing mini-researches, asking their parents, maybe even reading books on the subject. When adults join the research

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process it makes children understand that nobody knows everything, but if you would like to learn about anything – the information is out there and all it takes is a little action and determination. Bad teachers do the opposite – they can turn any subject into the most uninteresting and unappreciated one. Without passion in their presentations, kids won’t see the big deal about anything, they will lose interest and turn to other things that they find more fun. These people turn any interesting ideas and information into strict subjects with absolutely no room for fun or creative learning. They often don’t appreciate questions outside of that specific subject during class, and if they don’t like you – you’re pretty much scre…d for as long as this teacher is head of the class. And those little ones are very smart. They

demand everything to be fun, and somewhere on the way of becoming an adult, that demand gets placed in a box to, in many cases, never ever see the sunlight again. Because of those bad teachers. But it should – kids are absolutely right when falling asleep during a boring presentation, when not wanting to eat foods that don’t taste good, or doing boring things in general. They should have the right to protest if a teacher doesn’t seem to like them, and their voice should be heard if something is wrong. Adults have a lot to learn here in terms of quality of life and self-respect and fortunately, there are so many good teachers out there showing children the creative, fun and interesting side of learning. Do you appreciate your kids’ teachers/ teachers in general? How do you make sure that they know this? 291


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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.� Mahatma Gandhi

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“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.� Tony Robbins

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This is the day of reve revealing ealing the most basic mankind model mankin d has encountered – 1R2L. name It is one day old and its nam e is highly revealing ealing – you need one one reflection to learn wheneverr anyand live. In any y situation, wheneve happens, thing ha ppens, there are two o choices to be ignoring made – either ignorin g everything about choice, it or facing it. If ignorance is the cho oice, then the consequences will be b negative and become destructive as well well. a d over time becom Ignoring input, whether w it’s external or from within is iignoring gnoring yourself, and that is never ever ev er a good idea. This model rright here explains that other choice, when deciding to face what is choic going on and simply deal with it. Whatever the information delivered to you might be, collecting it and reflecting upon it is what has to be done in order to figure out what is actually happening, why and what can be done about it. Often, one such reflection is enough to gain knowledge on how that type of event usually enfolds, which means that you will be well-prepared for future interactions with issues sharing the same pattern.

experienced vided that the iincident ncident being exper rienced ected is reflecte ed upon and learned d from. If not, incidents over in cidents like that will k keep happening ove nothing change and over and n othing will ever chan them, Knowing the about the em, or about you. Kn importance im portance of time spent spe on reflecting information from experienced situaaround informat knowing how to maximize your own, tions is kn personal knowledge production and thus pe increase in tailor-made knowledge. Moving on to living then becomes a process in which you find yourself much more balanced in meetings with other people, situations and your own thoughts. Everyone experiences stress at times and dealing with this is also done through reflecting on the components of that emotional state for you personally, and what you can learn from it. This little newborn model can be applied to circumstances over time, as new knowledge will be figured out continuously – it’s a process. Do you take your time to reflect and learn from those insights in order to change the things in your life that could be improved?

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Name: Keitaro Suzuki Where do you live: Tokyo, Japan

was offered various design works from several clients and worked as a freelancer.

What do you do at the moment? Known for: Art Director/Designer, Awwwards I’m working with various clients at the same Jury (2013-Present), CSS Design Awards Jury time. Now, I’m making a mobile website (2014-Present) which can control 360°videos using Gyro sensor. Currently working with: Working as Art Director/Designer at SHIFTBRAIN Inc. When did you realize that you were going to work with this/in this area? I was in my Junior year in a university when I got interested in design from a “branding” class that I took. Since then, I started learning graphic design from an art school and later realized that I enjoy designing, and thought of making a living out of it. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? I’ve visited a lot of places around the world, and I always thought that living there is a good idea. However, if I have to select one place, it has to be Japan. Mainly because it’s my home country and it’s where my family and friends live. How would you describe your creativity? My creativity changes from time to time. Focusing on branding, I try to express the client’s personality or image, and address the problem by mixing creative ideas, design, and technology. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? I began working in the design industry when I was in my senior year in university after I finished attending art school. I continued to create private works in web and graphic designing and also movies. Fortunately, I 298

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? I suggest they try to see as many great works as possible, and try to familiarize the feeling you get when you see those works. I think those impressions help you develop originality to your work. Tell us how it all started. My grandfather is a painter and I often draw pictures with him when I was a child. I really like to draw, but I’ve never thought of becoming a designer because I thought being a designer is the same as being an artist. However, when I was in the University, I realized that I liked designing and solving problems through a creative idea. That’s where it all started. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? Although, the Interior design is one of the important things, the location for me is the most vital. I need to feel natural so I can stimulate an idea from the environment itself. What is your favorite film? Trainspotting and Star wars. Trainspotting’s message was “Choose your future, choose life”, and it has changed my way of life since. On the other hand, I have loved Star wars back when I was a child until now. The


film excites people of all ages. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? Ooki Sato. He is a famous Product Designer at Nendo, and he designs everything. He creates all sorts of things and always have the greatest ideas. Now that I’m most interested in Product Design, I would like to talk to Sato-san and hopefully learn from the way he thinks about design. Mamoru Kano too. He is an Art Director at WOW. Wow is a visual design studio, which is mostly known for Installation, Motion Graphics, and Development. He is knowledgeable both in designing and programming, which he combines in creating his works. I am also interested in creative coding, so I would want to learn the techniques of combining design and programming from Kano-san. Joichi Ito. He is named as Director of MIT Media Lab. I like the way he talks and thinks about Innovation, and so I want to ask him about the next innovation of Humans and Technology. George Lucas, Cublic Stanley and David Lynch. I like their movies, and so I want to know how they created such great works. How do you like to spoil yourself? Watching movies and reading books while drinking. What is luxury for you? Spending time in the beach all day! What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom?

I can’t choose one specific compliment, but I’m always glad to hear compliments from our clients. What do you fear most? I fear deadline :( What is a happy life to you? I want to live happily with my family and friends, while having a good work-life balance. I also want to travel the world. What does a regular day look like for you? I get up at 8:30 am, say “Good Morning” to my family, and have breakfast. After which, I check my Social Media Accounts mainly Twitter, Instagram, and Feedly. I also study English and read a book in the train on my way to the office. It takes around 20-30 minutes. I work from 10:00 am to around 9:00 pm. Everyday, I design, go to meetings, and present my Ideas to our clients and bosses. I eat my dinner at around 10:00 pm, and then I watch TV or movies, read books, and study. I go to bed at around 1:00 pm. Tell us about your dream project. In the future, I want to make digital products which people can use in the real world. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? I don’t specifically have a role model. Although, I always get inspiration from different designers and artists. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or 299


something entirely different)? When I have a project, I start by deciding a simple design concept to clarify the role and purpose of the content, while considering the brand image and target. After formulating the design concept, I start collecting the visual elements based on the concept through different instruments like Mood boards. These concepts and elements are then shared among the other designers, developers, and creative members, and we create the website. Then, I formulate a wireframe considering the design concept and what UI would work best with it. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? The one thing I’m passionate about. What inspires you? Everything I feel. I get many creative sources in Feedly from something that inspires me. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? I read “Today’s Art” written by Taro Okamoto when I was in the University. It does not only talk about Art, but also about attitude towards creation. After reading the book, I was inspired to create something by myself. It has given me the courage to take a step away from my ambivalence.

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Allow yourself to feel really good Enjoying yourself is a right, and it should be prioritized over any energy-consuming semithought of decision.

Why is taking time to do something really important so simple, while taking time for yourself is often very hard and very often avoided? What makes people almost not want to admit that there are things that they would like to do sometimes, because it makes them feel great and they like to feel great? Since it isn’t forbidden to feel well and want to do good things, why is it that many people choose not to invest their time in their own happiness? Luxury is a word which is used today to describe things people like to experience, and it can mean practically anything ranging from time and emotional states, to financial and materialistic ones. And although people do most often agree on time as being one of those luxurious assets, there’s a huge variation in defining those other ones. Personal preference, perspectives, ideas, current states of mind and circumstances all influence that choice, and today luxury might not be defined as it will be in two weeks.

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Reading a good book, enjoying time with family and friends, creating something, traveling and exploring things can all mean luxury to people whose time is occupied with something else. Enjoying those moments fully is what everyone knows how to do well, but then priorities come along and here’s where the negative part comes in – choosing to feel good is not what many people do, over choosing to do things which they perceive as necessary. Those things might include working overtime like there’s no tomorrow, or adding project after project to an already busy schedule. Here’s where everyone needs to stop and think one more time. Is all of that really necessary? And at what cost? At not having fun and being happy, that’s what. Is it worth it and does it really lead to anything good? Enjoying yourself is a right, and it should be prioritized over any energy-consuming semi-thought of decision. Are you allowing yourself to feel really good sometimes? What do you do to make that happen?

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Dr. Kimberly McLeod

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Name: Dr. Kimberly McLeod Where do you live: Houston, Texas, USA Known for: Expert in Cultural Responsiveness When did you realize that you were going to work with this? I’ve always been a writer, I didn’t develop the skill with intentionality, until I was forced to because of my career as a professor. At that point, I had a choice, “publish or perish” and I choice to publish.

and developed a craft for writing later in life. Whenever a person commits to creating a space where a dream and reality share the same space and time, it takes a serious, if not a bit bizarre of a mindset. What do you do at the moment? Currently, I’m working on completing a few books, and shopping a few presses for publishing venues and I’m developing a literacy based software solution for public school systems as my major priorities.

If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? I am not sure, I’d have to do some more traveling to truly understand what the answer to that question would look like. However, I carry a sense of peace wherever I go.

A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? My recommendation for those that would like to start and run a creative business: 1. Allow your dreams to soar above the atmosphere.

How would you describe your creativity? I am an extremist when it comes to creativity. As a result, I’m able to create innovation in a variety of endeavors - across many different fields. Which can be a challenge, because creativity is a tipping point in so many ways in which a person may appear to be really good at quite a few things, however discovering the arena in which you are exceptional is a an exciting discovery. Those that are extremists in the area of creativity never settle with good outcomes because it leaves an empty space. Exceptionality is always the goal.

2. Be smart and unrealistic. Reality can be a stumbling block. Expect to stumble, expect to fail and use that failure as a strength building exercise to get to the next level.

How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? Most work projects I’ve embraced, I’ve started the work in a serious manner. Every ambitious endeavor starts with a dream. I’ve been an entrepreneur since childhood 312

3. Don’t be try to be the expert in everything, let the experts be experts and consult with them to guide you in the smart direction. 4. Every good idea is not a good use of your time. Protect your time and don’t waste it. Filter what you decide to take on, and who and how you share your space. 5. Never give up. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? Quietness. I need to hear and see my thoughts without distraction. What is your favorite film?


Tombstone and As Good as it Gets. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? Harriet Tubman. Her story is one of brilliance, courage, strength, survival and success against the every odd. I’d just like feel that energy. How do you like to spoil yourself? Simply allowing my mind the opportunity to relax and not have to think about anything. What is luxury for you? Successful completion of a project. There is no greater feeling. What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? A participant in a workshop said the most reflective compliment regarding my work I have ever received. She said, “You took your beautiful hands, grabbed our hearts right out of our chests and held the heart right in front of our eyes and said, now look at it”. That was my exact intention, to give the audience the platform and the room they needed to examine and reflect on self. I was thankful she shared that statement with me. What do you fear most? Procrastination and bugs :) What is a happy life to you? I prefer peace. Happiness comes and goes and with a centered and balanced sense of peace happiness can be created even in darkness. What does a regular day look like for you? Ideally, I try to exercise in the morning, get

my children off to school, go to my full time job. When I get home from work, I help with homework, dinner and putting the boys to bed and then work on entrepreneurial efforts until about 1:00 - 2:00am and repeat the cycle. I don’t have a lot of spare time and rarely fill it up with television or telephone conversations. However, there are times when my mind and body needs a break and I’ll watch a bit of television, and enjoy the moment of having to do nothing and be mildly entertained, but I don’t watch a lot of TV. Tell us about your dream project. I’m working on a dream project now, a documentary on education and cultural responsiveness. My dream project would be to transition my words into film. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? Every successful biography I read inspires me. I draw from the lives and experiences from so many people. I don’t know if one person is enough to model my behavior or draw my inspiration from. I find that even reading quotes serves as an inspiration. However, I have been very blessed in encountering many mentors that have invested time in supportive guidance in many different roles. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? I would describe my work style as an entrepreneur in academic regalia. I believe in professionalism, to a very high degree and don’t do well with excuses from anyone, including myself. 313


Which is the one thing you can’t live without? Hmmmmm. That’s a tough question. I’d have to say hope. I don’t think I could live without hope. What inspires you? The underdog inspires me. I love cheering for, advocating for and learning from those individuals and teams that overcome insurmountable odds. It shows what the human spirit can break free from the captivity of the reality of the mind. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? I would have to say years ago, I set a goal of reading the entire Bible and it did leave quite an impression on my life.

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How positive crea not-too-positive s Since they can turn anything around them into the most negative thing that earth has experienced so far. They are called the Statementators.

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Opinions to your left, opinions to your right – you’re trying to move quickly as to not touch on each and every one of them, but still, you feel them because they are everywhere. So what can you do in order to successfully deal with all of those negative elements around you? First, identify who they are. Yes, who. Often, these people tend to be heard quite a lot, at any given moment where there might even be a slight chance to speak. They will run long monologues on how bad the coffee is, how rain is the worst possible weather, how Fall in general is the worst time of the year, how the cornflakes don’t taste the same as they did fifteen years ago etc. The list could be long enough to cover one whole magazine issue and if something, those individuals are pretty creative. Since they can turn anything around them into the most negative thing that earth has experienced so far.


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atives can successfully deal with surroundings They are called the Statementators. It’s the Statementator (no, not the Terminator, this is the newest kind of –ator, we just invented it). It is that person (or plural) who has an opinion and would more than likely want to share the same one with you, elaborating until infinity. Negatively, always negatively. Usually, comments and ideas are great topics for conversation. But when they are presented with a negative tone in order to lecture you on something with which you are quite familiar and these people know it – it’s not that productive anymore. Suddenly the statements hit you like punches in the face and you stay immobile to say anything. Because, what could possibly stop this from continuing, right?

lead to that person intensely searching for not-negative words to use in your presence and think carefully before approaching you again. After a certain point some limits need to be drawn as to not let anyone drag you into a negative atmosphere. Luckily, as we have described, it’s pretty simple to do so. How do you deal with the Statementators around you?

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Name: Ana Cvijanović Where do you live: Belgrade, Serbia Known for: Honesty (sometimes I appear rude or cold because of that) When did you realize that you were going to work with this? About a year ago when I was at the end of my studies, I began to think about how to employ the knowledge I gained in 4 years of studying. I wanted to start with something small, just to get the feel if I was going in the right direction. That is how I decided to start with hand-painting silk scarves. It was important to me (and still is) that every client gets a unique looking handmade accessories. If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why? Hmm, not sure, but definitely somwhere near the sea. How would you describe your creativity? Various things inspire me, so I cannot say that my creativity comes from a specific place that is easy to define. If you look at my current work, you will see that I use various motifs, from nature to culture. How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner? I’m still struggling with that, because it’s hard to break the ice in the market of handmade goods. Because of that I need to work extra hard and my work needs to be, not just good, but exceptional. What do you do at the moment? At the moment I’m looking to expand my work, by offering clothing, not just accesso320

ries. Also I’m working on finishing my Master study for textile design. A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business? Iron nerves, and a lot of them. You need to research your market, and to be prepared to meet every client’s request. Nothing happens overnight, you need to invest time in whatever you do. It’s a 24/7 job. Tell us how it all started. It all started with a small loan from my parents (I still owe them some ;) ). I decided to invest my efforts in a foreign market, because people there appreciate handmade goods more than they do in my country. What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you? Colors! I need to have a wide selection of silk dyes, because that is when I’m most inspired to work. What is your favorite film? I can’t say I have a favorite… I do like to watch Anime movies, and I love the work of Miyazaki. Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why? I would like to invite Marina Abramovic, because I’m curious to hear her talk about art from a woman’s perspective. How do you like to spoil yourself? Like most women I like to buy clothes, especially when they are on sale. What is luxury for you? Having free time, when I can just sit back, relax, and let my mind wander free.


What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your creative work, and from whom? I just love when I get a 5 star review from a client. It gives me additional boost to work even harder each time. It also gives me great pleasure to hear my colleagues commenting on my work. What do you fear most? Giving up on my work, and getting a “regular” job :D Don’t get me wrong, getting a regular paycheck would be great, but getting a regular job and in the same time working on art or design, is basically impossible. What is a happy life to you? Happy life for me would be a happy, healthy family life. And of course, I need to have time for my art. What does a regular day look like for you? Right now, I don’t have regular days. Sometimes I go to my art studio to work for days. In that period I’m cut out from the outside of the world. And when I have to deal with my everyday commitments I usually find a little time for them as well. Aside from that I have obligations to work on my Master’s degree, so I also spend a lot of time on my college.

all. How would you describe your work style (academic field or fashion style, or both, or something entirely different)? I am still searching for my specific style, but I believe that everything that comes from within, already has a personal and unique feel. Which is the one thing you can’t live without? All the basics: water, food, air and some love. ;) What inspires you? Textile art, tapestries, African tribal art, Chinese fashion, Japanese prints, materials and soft glow of silk, which is my main material for now. A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life? I can’t say I have a specific book that has made a lasting impression on me. I’m more a poetry and music lover. I love the work of Vladislav Petkovic Dis, a Serbian poet, and bolder.

Tell us about your dream project: I would really like to continue working on the design for my unique, handmade things. Also I would like to open my own design studio. Who is your professional role model/inspiration? I can’t say I have one. I have a healthy dose of respect for some artists, but that’s

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Most people, when encountered with questions, take them really seriously and answer them after taking some time to think. They do so to be able to produce the most honest and real answer to those questions, and the search for words and formulations is apparent when speaking face-to-face. If the person asking these questions has good intentions is something which can pretty much be evaluated in real time, and if there are sneaky intentions – the answers will be short and shallow. In asking anyone anything, preparing the questions so as to actually leave room for the answers to create a good sense of what a person is like. Depending on the outlines in general and what circumstances we are talking about, the questioned asked sometimes have to follow a certain structure. When meeting interesting creative people, there is no such structure and it is totally up to you to choose what to ask. Here are our three suggestions on questions to use in such a conversation: 1. If money was no obstacle, how would you spend your days? 2. What do you do after finishing a project, how do you celebrate? 3. Which experience in your life has made the most impression on you?

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All of them are big, big questions allowing for long elaborations from which much interesting new knowledge can be gained. The first one is focused on freedom and seeks to understand whether this person is actually in a position to do what makes him/her happy. The second emphasizes happiness and the choice to enjoy life, and


Communication is key to understanding each other, and intelligent questions open up a space where this understanding can be reached on a mutual level. take the time to do just that regularly. The third one is seeking to understand what given moments and/or situations in life affected the rest of these people’s ideas and choices. There are many more questions to ask interesting and creative people, and many other specific subjects of interest to touch. The three ones mentioned above is a great starting point, especially if you are at an early stage in your relationship. Communication is key to understanding each other, and intelligent questions open up a space where this understanding can be reached on a mutual level. Have you ever asked creatives around you any of these three questions? Did the answers inspire you? 333


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