Next Washington, DC speaker
Announcing our #CMSymmetry speaker: Tracie Ching!
Living and working in Washington, DC, Tracie Ching is a self-taught digital artist specializing in complex, graphic portraiture. Her work often involves a limited palette – a tendency-turned-style after years of working in the medium of silkscreen prints.
While commissioned for a wide range of projects including commercial athletic apparel, editorial illustration, and gallery work, Tracie Ching is best known for her alternative movie posters.
Mark your calendar now! Registration for #CMSymmetry with Tracie Ching opens on February 18th at 10:30am.
February’s theme is SYMMETRY
What do a planet, an attractive face, and a snowflake have in a common? Symmetry.
Symmetry is prevalent throughout life. You can fold a sunflower in half, stories have an arc, and the human body can bend and create mesmerizing shapes. There are also irregularities that enhances life; it adds beauty and complexity. If there’s symmetry in nature, then there must be a kind of symmetry in the way we lead our lives. Symmetry cannot be possible without asymmetry, the same way sadness magnifies joy. Alan Lightman wrote in The Accidental Universe, “I would claim that symmetry represents order, and we crave order in this strange universe we find ourselves in.” But chaos will happen whether we like it or not, it’s how we respond to it that either creates order or more chaos. When in chaos, create your symmetry. Our Saint Petersburg chapter chose this month’s exploration of Symmetry, Anna Fadeeva illustrated the theme, and Mailchimp is the presenting partner.Join CreativeMornings/DC for #CMSymmetry on Friday, February 22nd! Tickets are available starting at 10:30AM on Monday, February 18th.
In January, we explored the surreal. First, mentalist Alain Nu tested our perception of reality and artist Matt Sesow spoke about his life and how his surreal work is an exploration of the real world. Check out our photos from the event here!
January’s Theme is Surreal
When you look at the artwork of Frida Kahlo or Salvador Dalí, there’s an element of surprise. Why does it feel familiar yet also otherworldly? Surrealists sought to break free from the shackles of the rational mind and dive into the deep end of the unconscious. The canvas, then, became a mirror for what emerged out of that process. This movement was inspired by events in the 1920s on the heels of the first world war and continues to influence artists, writers, photographers, and filmmakers. This cultural and artistic movement ushered in new techniques that helped humans expand their minds. Today, we recognize a sense of the surreal in unexpected moments in daily life. Art exhibits like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room are becoming readily available, encouraging people to immerse themselves in experiences that break reality. A ballet performance or a silent meditation retreat can be a dreamlike experience. Happy New Year! Our Brussels chapter chose this month’s exploration of Surreal and Charlotte Dumortier illustrated the theme. SURREAL is presented globally this month by WordPress.com.Join CreativeMornings/DC for #CMSurreal at Sixth & I on Friday, January 25th! Tickets are available starting at 10:30AM on Monday, January 21st.
Last year, we took time to appreciate #Tradition as we moved swiftly through the holiday season and into a new year. The morning was kicked off with a performance by Orfeia followed by Angela Davis who spoke to us about the importance of recognizing a connection with the past and present through different types of traditions. Were you there with us? Find yourself or take a look at what you missed in our photos from the event!
This December, we’re thinking about TRADITION!
Traditions are sacred because they cultivate consistency and a sense of belonging. It’s the bread and butter for fostering connection and community. We’re in a time where traditions are being challenged and remixed. We question how they came to be and the context in how (or if) they fit into the future. “This is just the way it is” is a statement of fear, not possibility. It undermines the human capacity to adapt and create change. Traditions are made by us, for us, so therefore they can be reinvented with intention and imagination. You may not start the next national holiday, but you can bring to the table your generosity, your kindness, your vision and heart to create a more welcoming future. Join CreativeMornings/DC on Wednesday, December 19th with Angela Davis for #CMTradition at Studio Theatre! Sign up for the event Thursday, December 13th at 10:30am!
Announcing 30 Second Pitches—an opportunity for you to take the stage at a CreativeMornings/DC event to pitch your idea to our awesome, talented audience. Pitch us on your idea and, if selected, you’ll have 30 seconds and one slide to explain it, why it’s valuable and how people can support it—provide feedback, participate or collaborate.
Send a brief, fewer-than-100-words write-up describing the idea, value and need to DC[at]CreativeMornings.com and you could be on stage at our next event! We can’t wait to hear what you have to say!
Check out the photos and video from the November CreativeMornings/DC talk on ‘Chance’ with Lulu Miller at Luce Foundation Center!
A CreativeMornings/DC illustration series first—a profanity! :) A wonderful illustration of a wonderful insight on audio storytelling by the amazing Lulu Miller courtesy of the talented Carolyn Sewell! The quote was from our November 2014 event and will be available in postcard form in January!
A great illustration for a great insight! The next illustration in our series from CreativeMornings/DC speakers courtesy of the talented Carolyn Sewell! The quote was from our jazz-fueled October event with Sunny Sumter and Giovanni Russonello! Get your postcard this Friday!