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The year’s premiere creative shindig, Semi-Permanent, is fast approaching, coming at us like confetti being shot from an extra large and magically benevolent cannon. One particularly inspirational clump to be found within that confetti is Cleo Wade, an innovative New York-based artist and poet, who aims to empower, inspire and celebrate femininity with her eclectic mixed-media works. 

Guided by a belief that art is for all people, Cleo creates large scale public art pieces. Her latest project: Respect, is an emotive love letter to her native New Orleans, affixed on a giant billboard at the entrance of the city’s French quarter. Her follow up piece to Respect, entitled “She,” was created in collaboration with graffiti artist Brandon Odums, and is permanently installed on the side of a 50-foot warehouse building in New Orleans Bywater neighbourhood. 

In 2016, she’s set to publish a book of modern love poetry, and additionally launch a line of sustainable stationary with her all-female arts collective, Chez Conversations. 

Cleo will be appearing as part of the Semi-Permanent Auckland programme. Check out the full speaker lineup and their programme overflowing with side events at https://beta.semipermanent.com/events/semi-permanent-auckland-2016

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.

CreativeMornings with Sew Love
Friday 29 July, 8.00-9.30am
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“Love would be two animals,” said the author Cheryl Strayed in Tiny Beautiful Things, “a hummingbird and a snake. Both are perfectly untrainable.”

Whether it’s love for another person, love for our work, or a simple love like watching the sunrise or going for a walk, it is an emotion that is the lifeblood of our being. It can confuse and hurts us, but equally true, it can lift us up into a place where meaning and fulfillment pulsates like a heart.

Love is simple, but naturally as human beings, we make it complex.

Sarah Lancaster knows all about how complex love can be. As the founder of Sew Love, a social enterprise providing pop-up fun spaces and resources for people to be creative, learn new skills, and get to know their neighbours, Sarah is on a mission to bring more love into this world - love for one another, love for our earth, and love for ourselves & our abilities.

In a world where price and fast paced convenience comes first all too often, Sarah has been championing the fun that can be found at the heart of conscious consumerism and empowered ethical choices for years. Armed with her trusty sewing kit and a platoon of sewing machines, Sarah has taken her blog and big dreams from teaching sustainable sewing in workshops and pop ups around Auckland City, to engaging the local community in guerilla crafting activities and eco-warrior cheer-leadership.

Sarah is currently on her next big adventure, touring the country in Cecil, a solar powered sewing campervan, in which she is able to share the love as far afield as possible. Of course the road’s been windy, with all the hot spots, and roadblocks that you could imagine – and she’s just halfway there.

Join us on Friday 29 July to hear Sarah talk about doing it all for the love of it, going hungry for it, risking her life for it. About trying to figure out how to ‘do what you love and love what you do’ and if that makes it all worth it in the end.

Sign ups start here from 11am on Monday 25 July.

This year’s Semi-Permanent NZ event is coming up fast, and it’s looking pretty flash! It’s designed to activate our vibrant creative community and evoke change in practice.

20 international speakers over 2 days, plus film screenings, workshops and much more! 

Check out the full schedule and grab a ticket here 

Save the Date! Our next CreativeMornings is happening on the 29th of July. 

Get that in your calendars! More soon…

July is Love

“Love would be two animals,” said the author Cheryl Strayed in Tiny Beautiful Things, “a hummingbird and a snake. Both are perfectly untrainable.”

Whether it’s love for another person, love for our work, or a simple love like watching the sunrise or going for a walk, it is an emotion that is the lifeblood of our being. It can confuse and hurts us, but equally true, it can lift us up into a place where meaning and fulfillment pulsates like a heart. Love is simple, but naturally as human beings, we make it complex.

The theme was chosen by our Ljubljana chapter and illustrated by Lucy Engelman. This theme is presented globally by Wix. This month, 148 cities will participate in advancing our understanding of love by tapping into the richness of diversity in worldviews within our community. Maybe to relearn how to love and be loved, we need to hear new stories that are different from ours, and to weave those revelations into ourselves.

Introducing our new Official Global Partner, Wix

Starting July, Wix will join the CreativeMornings family as an Official Global Partner for web publishing. Wix is a strong supporter of community, creativity and self expression and are excited about what we are building at CreativeMornings. Their support will allow us to keep growing this incredible family, and we’re thrilled to bring them on board.Wix has everything you need to create your own stunning website for free. No creative limits, no coding - just the freedom to express yourself and manage your business online. Wix was founded on the belief that everyone should be able to develop, create and contribute online. Join the 87 million users around the world who choose to create stunning websites with Wix.

For June’s CreativeMornings we gathered at Studio One Toi Tū where we got to talk about Broken systems with Anna Dean.

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 The Collective and our dedicated team of volunteers!

And thanks to Jess Holdaway for capturing the day.

Check out the full photo set here

CreativeMornings with Anna Dean
Friday 24th June, 8.00-9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

Gaze and eye contact are simple acts, but when our attention transforms into vigilance, we begin to notice things that weren’t immediately obvious. We might notice an extra space in a paragraph or details within the texture of the page that weren’t appreciated. When we turn our eyes to the government, healthcare, traditional education or public transportation, we realize how broken everything is; it makes you wonder how the world stays intact. The difference between those who make change and those who don’t is the difference between pointing at something and saying it’s broken versus pointing at it and saying, “I am going to fix this.”

Our speaker this month is just that type of person. Two years ago Anna Dean changed the name of a capital city. No small feat but Anna knew a major play was needed to make New Zealand wake up to the mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. David Farrier described her as a ‘marketing genius’ for her work on this campaign and in 2015 Anna became the first New Zealander to be selected for the prestigious Power to the Pixel programme. She attended this lab in Scotland with 30 other digital story-tellers from around the world.

She is the film industry’s go-to for digital strategy and promotion and her ability to make the right noise with the right people is highly regarded in marketing and branding circles. Most recently she was the Digital Strategist and Sponsorship Manager on Hunt for the Wilderpeople, now New Zealand’s number one box office holder.

At the end of 2015 she formed Double Denim, a lean, new-school agency, hacking the big agency model with marketing maestro Angela Meyer.

Anna is going to be exploring this month’s theme of ‘Broken’ by taking a look at the systems around us which appear to be past their use-by date. She’ll talk on the personal experience of being completely and utterly broken (as opposed to ‘failing’), what caused this, and how she’s doing her bit to make positive change. Her talk will touch on the concept of ‘Pale, Male, Stale’ and the power of women in the economy thanks to social media, connectiveness and what this all really means.

It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.

Join us on Friday 24th June for a fired up call to arms from one of our most innovative minds. Registrations open Monday 20th at 11am sharp and spots are limited, so get in quick!

Save the Date! Our next CreativeMornings will be happening on June 24th. Keep an eye out for more details soon…

For May’s CreativeMornings we gathered at AUT, where we got to talk about Reality with Anna Jackson.

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 The Collective and our dedicated team of volunteers!

And thanks to Jess Holdaway and Juanita Madden for capturing the day.

Check out the full photo set here

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