In art, there is no ‘try’
Wondering out loud.
I recently found myself playing with the idea of crystalline shapes. After a page in my sketchbook of relatively ordinary crystal shapes, I began to wonder what would happen if I broke a few rules.
Creativity and ego
The world does not need you, and
the world desperately needs what you have to give.
Personal project: Thank you card
Here are some in-process photos of a card I recently created for a friend.
Curiosity as a Superpower
Humans are always creative, no matter what their circumstances. The nature of their creativity is shaped by their circumstances, and I’ve been wondering today if that shape ranges from playfulness at one end of an imaginary scale to resourcefulness at the other end.
Originality (and staying relevant)
How many people have told you that you’re one in a million? that there’s no one like you in the whole world?
You’re probably pretty sure it’s true. Most of the time.
Trace a creative path
Teen art workshop: posterboard masks
Earlier this year, in response to a self portrait assignment in my photography class, I spent some time exploring “other selves” using posterboard and sharpies. The project was so much fun, I’ve been wanting to do it with more people. This weekend, I’ll get that chance at a workshop for teens…
Continuing to explore surface design for built space…
Ongoing photography project: Community Story Lab
I’m taking an incredible documentary photography class.
Emotion and Design, and Empathy
This post contains a few “supplemental notes” to my article about the topic on Webdesigner Depot.
In writing the article, I was most excited about the extraordinary role played by empathy—that time and space where you allow yourself to be moved by someone else’s feelings.
Art of the Bag: Penina’s Top Ten
As I write this post, a personal Pinterest board I’ve titled, “Art of the Bag” has 136 pins. That’s less than I feared, but still quite a lot of information to process in pursuit of functional beauty. I considered starting a new board (which would bring the total to […]
Design: the power of novelty, the pitfalls of fashion
Discerning between the positive potential of novelty and the dangerous traps of fashion is tricky. There’s no formula for maintaining the necessary vigilance.
You are not your brain
Your brain can do some pretty amazing stuff (as well as some incredibly aggravating things). You are actually way cooler than your brain, which is simply a very fantastic thinking tool.
As we mature, we have the opportunity to get to know what our unique brains can and cannot do. It never ends.
Illustration: Night Owl
I’m really happy with this illustration I did for the ongoing story project, I am not actually a butterfly.
Here’s a look at how its parts and pieces came together.
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