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My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.

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Creative Mornings- Portland

I am proudly born and raised and currently reside in the ever rainy Portland, Oregon. (it's the state right on top of California) :)  I have lived here all my life- and I think I know this little city pretty well.  I always think Portland as a little city because I remember when we got our first Target.. when we got our first Walmart.. our first Krispe Creme Donut (the line was a nightmare for months just to get your hands on one of those dreamy glazed donuts..  Starting this last Friday- we had our first Creative Mornings.  Creative Mornings is a once a month free lecture series- featuring creative types.  They have these talks all over the world, and I feel lucky enough to attend the first Portland one.
Kate Bingaman Burt was the first speaker and she was completely inspirational.  She is a graphic design professor at PSU and an illustrator whom has done work with client like VH1.. and Target- just to name a few. I think what I enjoyed most about her lecture is that she talked a lot about her process for making work and the process of her "art projects".   I think one of the hardest things about being an artist is having to focus on the marketing and networking.. and sometimes those things time wise.. over take the making things time.  I have gone to quite a few lectures.. conferences.. artist talks- that don't necessarily talk about the work.. they talk about exposure.. and marketing.. and networking.. and all of the business ends of things.. which is great but isn't it about making the work?  She talked about doing what you love- but work really hard at it. :)
Go make some work :) Have you been to a creative morning?

17 comments

tinajo said...

Sounds like fun!

Haven´t been that creative so far this day - but I got up in the morning which is always a struggle on a Monday. Do I get some points for that?! :-D

YeamieWaffles said...

Portland sounds like a really cool place to live, asides from the forever rainy part, haha. Nice post as usual.

debbiecutieface said...

sounds like a great speech!

Mandy Crandell said...

This sounds great! This morning is filled with work, but I'm hoping for a creative evening.

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The Dainty Doll's House said...

Sounds awesome, a less creative day is a day wasted for me!! Hope you have a great day flower! xx

little t said...

Sounds cool- I'd love to go to one of these!

Alexa said...

Need to find my inner creativity. Ha. Hopefully sometime today! xo

red-handed said...

We both have posts about similar ideas today!

Huckleberry Creative said...

Creative Mornings! That's such an awesome idea! :)

Jamie said...

What a great series - I had one of those days with no creativity - what a drag.

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

That is really cool! If we had something like it here, I'd definitely go:D

Iloshka Glittering said...

Nice post, and a very interesting and captivating blog you have!!! Good luck with that! Would like to visit you more!

Rose said...

Awesome way to start your week! so inspiring.

Monica said...

wonderful to have these talks to go to, must be inspirational or at least motivating.

i do get put off whenever anything remotely businessy creeps into my art-making world. but it has to be part of it if we want to eat as well. :) i'll deal with etsy soon....

Cindy said...

sounds totally great, love kate's work!

Nikki said...

I wanted to go to that! I think it happened while I was in Europe, did you love it?

kristina@beancakes ★ said...

hi erika! i would've loved to have attended this event ~ you said that hold these on a monthly basis? so cool!!
xx ~ kristina

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