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Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Installation, Sculpture, Videos | 1 comment

Playful Kinetic Sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski.

Playful Kinetic Sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski.

* Karina Smigla-Bobinski has created one of the coolest things that I have ever seen! I could spend hours playing with this kinetic sculpture. This video is great. I love seeing these grown-ups having such a wonderful time. * Kinetic sculpture by Karina Smigla-Bobinski on Vimeo. Music by Mohammad Reza Mortazavi. I invite you to view the complete documentation here. © Arnd Wesemann, Berlin,...

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2013 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Inspiration & Thoughts, News, Videos | 0 comments

OUT LOUD. A Creative Team on a Mission.

OUT LOUD. A Creative Team on a Mission.

  Today I want to tell you about a special couple formed by two super creative filmmakers: Jamie Fraser and Debs Anne from Super Mega Action Plus. Jamie is from the North of England, Debs is from the South of Wales. They now live in the centre of London. Jamie and Debs have made films together for 11 years. They have put all their time and energy intro producing other people’s films. But this time they are on a special mission: To produce their own film. I am sharing their story to spread the word and to support this project, because it is going to be great. About the film: OUT LOUD (that’s the name of the movie) asks the most visible human examples of living out loud – musicians, artists, photographers, scientists, writers and other creatively – focussed people – how they live a life they love, for a living. OUT LOUD explores the practice, philosophy and science of being vulnerable, honest, creative, independent and brave. Below are some...

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Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Blog, Inspiration & Thoughts, Mixed Media, Thoughts, Videos | 19 comments

Making Things Happen.

Making Things Happen.

* Dear friend, Yesterday was such an exciting day! Seeing the new blog and shop up and running made me feel a great sense of accomplishment. Now that I finished the work that started several months ago, it is the perfect time to share some ideas about productivity that you might find helpful. Let’s start with an e-mail that I got from a Facebook friend: “Dear Elsa, I always look at your fb, pinterest, blogs, etc.I wonder: how do you manage to have time for everything and besides make so much art? I need some advice…I find it hard sometimes to put my art life, wife life, all the lives women have, together. Love! G.” My answer to G. was a short email. But her question inspired me to write and illustrate this post. Here is how I do: 1. THINK The first thing that I do before I start anything, is think. This means to stop everything, sit down with a piece of paper, a pen, and think about  what I want to do...

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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Blog, Videos | 4 comments

My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech

My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech

  Zach Sobiech has a special place in my heart. If you don’t know who he is yet, I recommend these 2 videos. The first one is his story and the second is the song that he left for us before his departure. It is impossible not to cry while watching Zach’s videos, but his message is such an important one. I want to remember it every single day.  ...

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Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Videos | 6 comments

Alma. By Rodrigo Blaas

Alma. By Rodrigo Blaas

I’m excited to share this short film with you today. It is an excellent example of what it can be achieved when a team of creative people decide to join forces. Alma is Rodrigo Blaas’ first short film as a director. Originally from Spain, Rodrigo Blaas has worked in animation for more than ten years, in Spain and in the United States. Seizing the possibility of directing his first independent short film, Rodrigo Blaas asked some of the best artists in their field to take part in this independent project: French animator Bolhem Bouchiba, character designer Carlos Grangel and Sergio Pablos, ArtDirector Alfonso Blaas, music composer Mastretta and sound designer Tom Myers. Some young people wonder how they could make it into the film business as animators. Creating your own high quality animation is the perfect way. It’s hard work, but it is worth it. It worked for Alfonso Blass. He will be co-directing a feature film based on Alma with Guillermo del Toro....

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Blog, Videos | 1 comment

A Movie Called: I’m Fine, Thanks.

A Movie Called: I’m Fine, Thanks.

  I watched this movie a few months ago and it was so inspiring. I hope that you enjoy the trailer. Here is the website in case you feel like getting a copy of the DVD :  www.imfinethanksmovie.com     “We want I’m Fine, Thanks to give thousands of people inspiration to live their lives based on their own hopes and dreams – not someone elses vision or script for their life. We want to push people to take the first small action to reignite their passions.”   Adam Baker (Producer of the movie)...

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Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Blog, Music, Videos | 15 comments

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

* * The other day Diego experienced another small bullying incident. Nothing huge, but it still breaks my heart. I did all the right things, Diego did all the right things and life kept going. What amazes me is that every time Diego goes through a difficult experience, he becomes stronger. I think that growing and becoming stronger has a lot to do with overcoming difficulties. In this song Al Green asks: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? I believe that love is the answer. Love is the answer to everything. The kid that misbehaved has his own issues. I recognize that his heart is also broken, even though it is  for a different set of reasons. Instead of showing him negativism, I did the opposite. He was confused because he expected  me to be mad.  For a second he looked at me with his amazing beautiful eyes and I saw not a bully but someone who’s desperately in need of love. Image from www.fanpop.com I believe that...

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Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Blog, Videos | 15 comments

Fresh Start Gum

Fresh Start Gum

  Today I’m excited to share something special with you. It is a team project that we did for our course on creativity. This assignment was based on the principle of reframing problems. A great exercise for looking at things with a new set of eyes. The challenge was to work with chewing gum. We were asked to add value to chewing gum by doing something as creative as possible with it. Then we had to submit a short video (1 minute os less) with a presentation. Below is our submission. I hope that you enjoy it! *   Diego faces several challenges in his daily life, but there is something that makes of him one of the happiest children on planet Earth: his wild imagination and creativity. After lots of really hard work coming up with ideas (we had several good ones) our team decided to materialize Diego’s vision; a gum that becomes an eraser after you chew it. Our project is a statement, something to remember that people with special needs should also be...

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Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Blog, Videos | 7 comments

HOW DO YOU LOOK AT ART?

HOW DO YOU LOOK AT ART?

   ↑ Photos by  my husband Here is Diego during our latest visit to the MOMA in December of 2012. It was fun watching him interact with his favorite pieces. The fact that Diego’s brain is wired differently (due to Autism) allows him to experience art in such a pure way. He doesn’t care much about the meaning of art or about what the artist wanted to communicate (he will carefully listen if you explain these things to him though). But what I want to say is that he just enjoys what he enjoys without worrying about why.  For him it is as simple as a walk in nature where you find an interesting tree, or an animal or a rare flower. He doesn’t worry about what nature meant by making a tree or a bird, he just enjoys them for what they are. I believe that there are endless ways to interact with art, and they are all valid, but Diego’s style is one of my favorite. You might have noticed...

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Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Blog, Videos | 4 comments

What is the Google Art Project?

What is the Google Art Project?

  Google explains: “The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries. Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by our museum partners, we have created a unique online art experience. Users can explore a wide range of artworks at brushstroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum and even build their own collections to share. With a team of Googlers working across many product areas we are able to harness the best of Google to power the Art Project experience. Few people will ever be lucky enough to be able to visit every museum or see every work of art they’re interested in but now many more can enjoy over 30 000 works of art from sculpture to architecture and drawings and explore over 150 collections from 40 countries, all in one place. We’re also lucky at Google to have the technology to make this kind of project a...

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Blog, Found, Videos | 25 comments

Judith Scott

Judith Scott

      Ever since I discovered Judith Scott last year I have been fascinated by what she created with her hands. Judith Scott with one of her fiber sculptures, photographed by Leon A. Borensztein Born Columbus, OH, 1943 – 2005. “Judith Scott was a visual artist isolated from outside influences as a result of the impact of deafness and Down’s syndrome. She was independent and self-directed. In the eighteen years Judith made her work she never repeated a form or color scheme. Crafting armatures of bamboo slats and discarded materials, Judith diligently wrapped each work with lengths of knotted cloth or yarn.” Creative Growth. Image from: Ricco/Maresca Gallery Judith was an accidental artist. She spent 35 years institutionalized in her home state of Ohio with little or no creative outlet. It was only in the 1980’s when her twin sister Joyce regained custody of Judith and moved her to the San Francisco Bay Area that her creative life began to blossom. Judith was introduced to fiber art in 1987 by...

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