We’ve invited Sophia Iannicelli, the Festival Director of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival to bring us her talk on April 11, “Erotic Energy as a Creative Force”Sophia has centered her life around the arts as a creator, muse, collaborator, curator and event producer for the last 14 years and is sure to bring us a fresh and unexpected talk to CreativeMornings/Seattle. 

CMSEA: How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
SI: I put my creativity into two camps: reactive and generative. The Generative Creative is the person who says, “Hey, I have an idea!” A Reactive Creative is the person who hears an idea and says “And then we could to tweak it and turn it into this other completely different thing!” It helps me to be more productive when I can focus on my energies toward one end of the spectrum or the other. As the Director of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, I have to come up with an overarching feel and theme of the event and then I need to help other people make their ideas a reality. It takes a lot of creativity to take someone’s fantasy and implement the core essence of it in reality.

CMSEA: Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
SI: In order: Interacting with other people. Visual Art. Music.

CMSEA: What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
SI: Making art isn’t magic and it isn’t reserved for the blessed few with innate brilliant skill. Everyone makes bad art and when you are first starting out, more of it is bad than good. Get over it. Learn from it. Make the next thing.

CMSEA: Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
SI: Painter Crystal Barbre (NSFW). I heard her speak once on the mechanics of her choosing her topic and the actual painting. I would love to hear more about idea generation and her creative process.

CMSEA: What books made a difference in your life and why?
SI: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. The idea that gods and goddesses can only live so long as people believe in them was mind blowing.

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