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“The creator lives for his work. He needs no other men. His primary goal is within himself. The parasite lives second-hand. He needs others. Others become his prime motive. The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever. It demands total independence in function and in motive. To a creator, all relations with men are secondary.”

– Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

I’ve been getting to know some fellow creators recently and I am immensely excited about the epic things to come!

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My internship started yesterday, and I love it! Will post all the details soon, busy life of an intern and all 😉 But I have time to say that Hello World is an incredible, innovative and inspiring agency. I feel incredibly blessed, and I’m learning truck loads!

I stumbled upon this quote on from an advertising legend while doing some research:

“Merely to let your imagination run riot, to dream unrelated dreams, to indulge in graphic acrobatics and verbal gymnastics is not being creative. The creative person has harnessed his imagination. He has disciplined it so that every thought, every idea, every line he draws, every light and shadow in every photograph he takes, makes more vivid, more believable, more persuasive the original theme or product advantage he has decided he must convey.”

Bill Bernbach, found on an excellent branding resource site Brand Strategy Insider.

My university is hosting an event this summer that invites various disciplines to take part.

What is the CULTure of (IN)difference?

“Our dream is to allow artists, musicians, thespians, poets, scholars, and others to engage with and learn from one another.

The nature of the event is in the hands of the participants. We imagine an eclectic coming together of all the Arts in an explosion of creativity and a synergy of ideas.
The event is scheduled for 30th September and 1st October 2011 in the Visual Arts building on Main Campus. We welcome participants and attendance from all disciplines.
Are the Arts simply governed by a trendy elite; a “Cult of In?” Or are the Arts in South Africa meant to articulate political understandings in our “Culture of Difference?” Are South Africans “indifferent” to the Arts for any particular reason, if they are at all?

These and other questions were the motivation behind the title. However, we welcome all interpretations of the event since the organisers were few, and the participants will be many. This is a postgraduate initiative; we aim to give postgraduate students who touch on the arts a space in which to express themselves. However, this by no means excludes everybody else.”

– Extract from the oh so pretty CULT/ure of IN/diffference website, you can interact with users, students and participants by registering online.

I strongly agree with the creative philosophy of Helen Dardik, and her work shows the benefits of her beliefs. Being creative is as necessary to a happy existence as sunshine. Her illustrations and patterns are vibrant, bright and stylish. She has a huge portfolio of work, she authors an innovative blog (orange you lucky!) and she even designs toys!

My attempt at food photography, I took these with my Samsung ST600, and I think they came out quite well? Critique welcome.

I think these are great toys for exercising creativity or just playing! They are completely customizable and there are galleries available of the various designs submitted by owners.

This first toy is available at an excellent Designer toy store, myplasticheart.

The second, and my favorite can be bought at PlushForm, the website offers tutorials and an entire community where you can view different designs.


There is a bona-fide goldmine of knowledge and wisdom, and to reach it all you have to do is simply search TED talks on Youtube. Whether you are interested in science; design; art; music; architecture; technology or religion, you WILL learn something! TED talks is an event sponsored by BMW that shares ideas worth spreading. Speakers range from Richard Dawkins to Tony Robins and Jamie Oliver.

This specific talk by Vik Muniz is on creativity and its inspirational value is off the charts! My favorite quote is: “creativity is how we cope with creation.” Wow.

“I’m writing this in the morning now. I’m writing this on the edge of that blade that’s consciousness on one side and dream on another, that thin silver horizon where you hover right before falling asleep, and right before completely waking. Neil Gaiman lives here all the damn time. He scribbles his stories and sends them out from the thin silver horizon whose bridge the rest of us traverse just twice a day.”

-Steve Erickson, in the introduction of The Sandman, Dream Country.

I read a fellow blogger’s article,Ten Reasons Why Rejection Won’t Kill You, and it meant a lot to me personally. I am very critical of my own work, so it only adds fuel to my own insecurities if someone simply frowns at a picture of mine.

I don’t think it’s wise to be dependent on anyone else’s approval, but it sure is motivational when someone LOVES your work. I feel great disappointment in my own ideas if other people disapprove of them. Of course I know it’s silly to feel that way, but it’s a sneaky and tricky emotion to control.

The blog article I’m sharing explains so well that your identity and your work are separate, whether you write, design or sculpt. And when you do have to face rejection it is not the end of the world, it’s not even the end of your career and more importantly it’s not an account of your actual personal worth.

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