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CreativeMornings with Morven McAuley
28 October, 8:00am – 9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

We are a species that flourishes when we’re seen, when our work matters, and when we connect with and understand one another. What makes all of this possible is the posture of transparency—the willingness to be seen, knowing that transparency may not always be reciprocated or appreciated.

A boss sharing her vision with the team, looking your friend in the eye and telling the truth, or owning your mistakes—none of this is possible without transparency. These experiences are refreshing, and they change us because we’re used to having our shields up all of the time.

Strange then that our speaker this month is someone who called her business Tradecraft because the word represents going undercover, being covert and not being seen. The basis of Morven McAuley’s decision to use this word to describe the work she does, comes from a feeling that the only way to really grow a brand was ensure it was the brand that was in the spotlight.

Tradecraft is designed predominantly to nurture the boutique wine industry. Having come from winemaker parents - who became winemakers in their late 50’s after ditching their day jobs and planting all their savings in the ground - Morven has always had a natural inclination towards handcrafted wine (and risk taking). Her career path, though, has been winding and unpredictable. From training as a Goldsmith and Diamond Grader, to marketing NZ wines and water on a global stage, one common theme has emerged: transparency and clarity is vital when measuring quality.

Join us on Friday 28th of October to hear how Morven has come to experience the real meaning of transparency and why that has ultimately led her to choose a moniker that opposes it.

 Register here from 11am Tuesday 25th October.

CreativeMornings events are free to attend with advanced registration. You’ll need a CreativeMornings profile in order to register. Don’t have a profile yet? Create one here. (Creating a profile takes a few minutes. Be sure to allow yourself enough time so that when sign-up time comes around, you’ll be ready!)

For August’s CreativeMornings we gathered at Studio One Toi Tū, where we got Weird with Emily Miller-Sharma from Ruby. Massive thanks to our awesome speaker, our generous venue host, our supporting partners Curative & 3rdeye Recruitment, our breakfast partners Coffee Supreme, Antipodes Water Company, Forage + Bloom and our dedicated team of volunteers! And thanks to Anna Star for capturing the day.

Check out the the full photoset over on Flickr

Morning Person - Emily Miller-Sharma

This month we’re excited to welcome the wonderful Emily Miller-Sharma to the CreativeMornings stage, to tackle the global theme of weird. She’s a super rad lady and we can’t wait for you to meet her. So we thought we’d give you a sneak peek in to what makes Emily tick…

Who are you?
Emily Miller-Sharma – RUBY General Manager and Liam Designer

What are you excited about right now?
The days getting longer

What are 5 words that describe what you do?
Make clothes, help others (ends)

What is your spirit animal?
Dolphin

Who is one person you’d love to have over for dinner?
Kim Hill

How do you get the creative juices flowing?
Walking, running, dancing, reading, drinking, talking

What’s your favourite word?
Yup

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I reckon being born must be pretty weird

What is your weird superpower? 
I’m pretty clumsy so i’m sure there’s a superpower in there

Being weird is…  fine

CreativeMornings with Emily Miller-Sharma
Friday 26 August, 8.00-9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

Whether it’s butter in coffee, bacon on donuts, fashion in the 80’s making a return, or the culture of an organization, weirdness reveals that there are no rules or right answers. Weirdness widens the edges of the status quo, and if we allow it, it adds beauty to our lives because it introduces us to a multitude of complexities that we may be ignoring.

Someone who knows all about the wonder to be found in the weird is Fashion Designer Emily Miller-Sharma. From humble beginnings lying on lengths of fabric, tracing out dress shapes in Vivid, Emily honed her skills at Wellington’s Massey University. After a stint in a small Auckland workroom, Emily traversed Europe with Wellington band So So Modern, driving their tour van and sewing their costumes on the road. After hanging up the keys, Emily returned to Auckland in 2008 to join RUBY, where she is now the General Manager and designer for the company’s Liam brand.

Dressing is part of daily life, so Emily approaches clothing design with a personal and emotional attachment. She believes that as designers, you talk to each person who interacts with your creations – even if you are not necessarily in the room with them – and the onus is on the designer to ensure that you are enhancing the user’s experience. It’s this kind of cool anonymity that has seen the Liam brand soar in popularity under her direction, being named in Metro Magazine’s Best Women’s Clothing Label List in 2015.

Join us on Friday 26 August to hear Emily talk about how, as general manager of design-led & retail-focused fashion house RUBY, Emily walks the tightrope between creativity and business on a daily basis, managing over seventy staff and running ten retail stores.

Register here from 11am Monday 22nd August

CreativeMornings events are free to attend with advanced registration. You’ll need a CreativeMornings profile in order to register. Don’t have a profile yet? Create one here. (Creating a profile takes a few minutes. Be sure to allow yourself enough time so that when sign-up time comes around, you’ll be ready!)

It’s Semi-Permanent week and it looks like it’ll be one you don’t want to miss! 

Things will be kicking off this Friday, with the line up including Architectural Foodsmiths Bompas & Par, who give people incredible experiences, often on the end of a fork. 

Projects range from founding the British Museum of Food to cooking with lava and realising Alcoholic Architecture (as seen in the video above), a bar featuring a breathable cloud of gin and tonic that intoxicates through the lungs and eyeballs.  Sign us up!

Bompas & Par will be speaking AND creating a unique installation for SPAKL-ers, channeling the instinctual power that comes from the gut, the creative strut that sits at the core of the creative and inspirational process. It sure to be an unforgettable experience. 

Don’t forget, the Semi-P team have given the CreativeMornings community a sweet discount, just head to their ticketmaster page here, click find tickets and enter the offer code loveu1610 to grab that discount.

Chur!

August is all about #CMweird at CreativeMornings!

Whether it’s butter in coffee, bacon on donuts, fashion in the 80’s making a return, or the culture of an organization, weirdness reveals that there are no rules or right answers. Weirdness widens the edges of the status quo, and if we allow it, it adds beauty to our lives because it introduces us to a multitude of complexities that we may be ignoring.

This theme was chosen by our Austin chapter and illustrated by Will Bryant. This month, 150+ cities will get weird and play with weirdness. Rather than flinching at the unfamiliar, perhaps this is a time to embrace the strange, the new, and to explore our boundaries.

Sponsored globally by our friends at MailChimp, Mailchimp will also be taking over the CreativeMornings newsletter for the month! Stay tuned for some weird emails coming your way throughout August. Find a local event —> https://creativemornings.com/themes/weird

For July’s CreativeMornings we gathered at GridAKL, where we got to talk about Love with Sarah Lancaster from Sew Love.Massive thanks to our awesome speaker, our generous venue host, our supporting partners Curative & 3rdeye Recruitment, our breakfast partners Coffee Supreme, Antipodes Water Company, Forage + Bloom and our dedicated team of volunteers!And thanks to Jess Holdaway & Juanita Madden for capturing the day.

Check out the full set over on Flickr.

Morning Person: Alain Brideson

Semi-Permanent is back, returning to Auckland on 12-13 August 2016 at the Aotea Centre. As ever there is a packed line-up of speakers, but alongside the main event will be interactive and inspiring workshops, film screenings and for the first time this year, panel discussions on the Future of Business and the Future of Content and much more. This is one gathering you don’t want to miss!

To get us in the swing of things we had a quick chat with one of the programmes speakers, Alain Brideson, to to find out what makes him tick. A regular CreativeMornings attendee and active member of the Auckland creative community, Alain is a kiwi industrial designer who has recently returned from 8 years immersing himself in the European design scene. 

For the last 3 years he has been contracting for various companies in Europe and Asia; getting involved in projects ranging from ski-grips to show-cars. Most recently he was based in Northern Italy with a stint in Amsterdam. Before that, Alain spent 6 years in Germany and Switzerland delving deep into the field of transportation design. While studying his Masters degree at Pforzheim University in Germany he picked up vital skills which he now credits as shaping his current creative design process. 

Upon graduating, he teamed up with a couple of engineers at Rinspped, a start-up in Switzerland for the design and prototype of electric vehicles. Since being back home, Alain continues to design vehicles and products from his studio in Auckland, while also teaching design at AUT. Above all he is thoroughly enjoying being back in NZ and is excited to be involved within the creative community. 


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Who are you?
Alain Brideson

What gets you up in the morning?
Breakfast

Explain what you do in five words or less…
Industrial designer who draws heaps

What’s a surprising fact about you?
I was a karate kid

Best piece of advice you’ve received?
Don’t compare yourself to others, compare yourself to yourself one year ago

Who would you love to hear speak, alive or dead?
Nikola Tesla

When you get stuck creatively, what is the first thing you do to get unstuck? 
Go for a leisurely stroll and soak up my surroundings

What’s your Secret Superpower?
Synaesthesia

What’s the most recent thing you learned?
How to prune a fruit tree

Love is….
When you don’t have to think, you just know


We’re really excited to hear more from Alain at Semi-Permanent in August, and will be keeping an eye on what he does in the future. 

Check out the full speaker lineup and their programme overflowing with side events at https://beta.semipermanent.com/events/semi-permanent-auckland-2016

Our mates at Semi-Permanent are offering the CreativeMornings community a 10% discount off tickets! Ka mau te wehi!! Just head over to their ticketmaster page and enter the special offer code loveu1610 to grab the discount.

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