This January marked the first month of unified themes for 40+ CreativeMornings chapters around the world with over 5,000 attendees on six continents gathering to hear speakers address the topic of “Happiness”. CreativeMornings/Vancouver hosted origami master Joseph Wu.
Like many people, Joseph Wu encountered origami as a child, folding paper since the age of three. Unlike most people, he continued practising his craft, and began creating original designs at the age of eleven. Now globally renown for his skill, Joseph speaks on how his craft has helped him cope with his diagnosis with ADHD and bouts of depression. He talks about what it’s like to struggle with focus, described his relationship with paper, and how creativity has helped him find happiness.
At November’s CreativeMornings/Orlando, Anna Bond, founder of Rifle Paper Co., spoke on her stumblings and fumblings into the world of stationary and paper goods design and production. Despite economic downturn, Anna was able to be massively successful and shared these tips on how she and her husband/business partner did it:
Most people don’t know what they’re doing.
Most people are just faking it until they make it (and that’s totally fine!).
Be as professional as possible.
Only send out products that you’re happy with.
Keep you standards and keep them high.
Do whatever it takes to make it happen.
Never say no to an opportunity.
Big steps at a time.
Never say you’re not ready.
Always be flexible.
Don’t have a long term plan.
Rifle Paper Co. is a boutique stationery brand and design studio Anna created together with her husband Nathan. Their products feature Anna’s whimsical designs which often include hand-painted illustrations and lettering to compose a style that feels both nostalgic and timeless.
Find out more about the event here.
Vasco Mourao and his extraordinary team kicked off the first CreativeMornings event last week and it was a massive success. There’s a couple of them waving (Monica on the left, Vasco on right!).
Click through to see them making this super-sized logo!
The speaker at the July 2012 CreativeMornings/NewYork was the fantastic Kelli Anderson, an artist/designer and tinkerer who is always experimenting with new means of making images and experiences. She draws, photographs, cuts, prints, codes, and creates a variety of designed things for herself and others. From interactive paper to layered, experimental websites, everything begins and ends in her studio, which houses a 1919 letterpress and an assortment of other benevolent contraptions. She also teaches art history at Pratt every summer. In this talk, Kelli gives us some insight into the process behind her amazing work and showcases a few of her projects.
As always, a *huge* hug, high five, and, of course, hat tip to Ben Hallman for filming and editing the talk.