“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
– Jack Canfield
Over dinner last week Jessica Hische convinced me to try her concept of Admin Mondays. Read her entire post on email efficiency.
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I always pay attention when the super talented folks over at Format launch something new. In this case it’s Kredo, a brand-new free iPad Portfolio app for creative professionals. What I love best: users of Kredo can share their retina-quality, high resolution portfolios online by email, social media, or within the in-app Discover Network.
In July of 2008 I started a co-working space here in DUMBO that over the years has grown from a 4 people space into a 50+ creative force called Studiomates. With our office building going condo, this beautiful chapter is coming to an end.
Over the past 7 years I have learned so much about what it takes and most of all, what defines a thriving co-working space. I believe in keeping the community small and carefully curated. I believe in balancing out the trades and skills of that the community members bring to the table. To me, a co-working space is about community, about being surrounded by folks that are talented at what they do, passionate, kind and low in ego. Being around my studiomates elevates my game. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the support of my studiomates. They made me feel safe and gave me confidence in moments of doubt. They pushed me when I needed to be pushed. And they were able to connect me with accountants, lawyers, printers, you name it when I needed it. The value of a likeminded community like Studiomates is hard to put into words.
I gave the next chapter of Studiomates a lot of thought and am thrilled to announce that 17 of us are moving to a new space in Boerum Hill in beginning of April. We are taking a floor in The Invisible Dog in Boerum Hill, joining the impressive artist community Lucien Zayan has so masterfully curated over the last 5 years.
The new space will have a lounge, a full kitchen, phone booths, a conference room. We are going to feel so grown up! Yay! Construction is starting mid February and move in date is end of March. Doors will officially open on April 1st.
We are currently taking applications for the remaining desks. (If you’re interested, apply quickly, the desks are almost all gone. Psst… Developers are high on our wish list!)
At this point we are Studiomates, starting April, we will be FRIENDS.
Are you someone that uses sketchbooks? Don’t you ever wish you could flip through other artists’ sketchbooks, or that yours could be seen by other people? That’s exactly what the Sketchbook project makes possible; it’s a massive, global, collaborative art project. It’s a crowd-sourced library that features 31,703 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries. (<-----!!!!!)
Brooklyn Art Library is their storefront exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY where The Sketchbook Project collection is on view to the public. Or, you can browse a selection of their books online.
How fantastic is this? Totally going to check out the library with my kids this weekend.
“Hakanaï is the union of two Japanese characters—one meaning “man” and the other “dream”—used to define the ephemeral and the fragile. In this dreamlike environment, a single dancer moves within a cube, interacting with the images projected on its walls, tracing arcing parabolas and sine waves with hands, arms, and feet.”
Coming to BAM in Brooklyn on March 20-22.
Tattly recently started a new campaign called “Tattly Does Good”. They connect artists with not-for-profit organizations to create a Tattly which then will raise awareness and funds. In this case Tattly connected charity: water with artist Sean Tulgetske and the result is this design, called The Craziest Thing.
80% of the proceeds will go directly towards clean and safe drinking water in developing nations. You can do nothing, or you can wear this Tattly and feel great about it.
In this TED Talk Philosopher Ruth Chang speaks on how we we go about big hard choices the wrong way. Anyone who ever had a hard time making a difficult decision will enjoy this talk.
While his wife was out shopping, YouTube prankster Roman Atwood filled the entire bottom floor of their house with plastic balls. I love this.
I just stumbled upon Michael Sydney Moore‘s work. It’s breathtaking. Michael is a 23 year old oil painter working out of his studio in London. His most recent work is centered around high-realism in portraiture. Can you believe the above portrait is a painting?
His work is so labor intensive that he only gets to produce 8-10 pieces a year. I admire Michael’s ability to focus and his endurance.
I would have been totally ok with Maroon 5 crashing my wedding. Also, I admit, this made me cry.
I am so happy to see that James Victore and Holstee teamed up and created these beautiful letterpress prints.
“There is the dumb silence of slumber or apathy… the fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul… the silence of peaceful accord with other persons or communion with the cosmos.”
– Paul Goodman
Paul Goodman on the Nine Kinds of Silence