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This month, we’re featuring Sarah Kim as our Creative Mornings MugShot! Sarah is a creator, designer, experience partaker, and french fry connoisseur who also does UX/UI Design. She loves meeting new people from every, any, and all walks of life, so say hi if you see her out & about!

What are you inspired by?

It’s been amazing to see our generation really use their voice. And with the advancements in technology and the platforms we have now, people will use them however they please, but I think it’s been a great source of positivity.

I think in past generations it was about surviving and making it, and now we have more opportunity to thrive and use our voice. I’m loving the movement of people standing up and trying to make the world a better place. I think as artists and designers, we’re trying to let our voice be heard, whether it’s your client’s voice or your voice or your vision. It’s something that makes me proud and hopeful for the future.

What makes you “weird” and how does that inspire you?

I think most of my friends will say is that I ask a lot of questions. I’m very curious and inquisitive and I don’t really have an ego so I don’t care about sounding stupid — I’d rather ask the questions to learn and know more. I like to ask a million questions and I don’t have a filter so I’ll dig really deep. People don’t have to answer them. That’s one of my quirky things. Being vulnerable.

Where do you go to get inspired?

I go to meditation a lot. Earlier this year I took a vipassana course. It’s a 10-day intensive meditation course. There’s no interaction with the outside world, no writing, no speaking, no reading and 11 hours per day of meditation in a very specific technique. It quiets your mind but it also stirs up a lot of things in you — good and bad — but I think a lot of times when you’re looking for inspiration and your trying too hard to find it, there’s kind of a sense of anxiety because you’re looking for it, so there’s a little bit of resistance. I’ve found out that sometimes when you completely surrender yourself and let go, that’s when the best ideas come to you. When I was completely silent for 10 days and had no idea what was going on in the outside world, that’s when I had all of these amazing ideas. Meditation has been this great opportunity for stress relief and inspiration. When I got out of the retreat, colors got so much brighter. Everything was enhanced. I was able to let go of some wounds.

Our global theme for September is MUSE. 

It was chosen by our Dubai chapter and illustrated by Shahul Hameed. It is presented around the world by our Global Partner, Mailchimp.

Whether you’re a mathematician tinkering with complex equations or a musician pairing discordant notes together, searching for inspiration can often send you in circles. The longer you sit and wait for an epiphany to strike, the harder it gets to make progress.

What if you could get unstuck by turning to your muse?

Your muse comes from the deepest parts of your imagination and guides you to new ideas. It invites you to bring your dreams to life using the raw materials found in your daily life. Beloved artist Frida Kahlo once famously said, “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

The next time you want to draw out your muse, stimulate your imagination in a different context. Leave your desk, take a walk outside, read something different, observe the ordinary, or try your hand at a new recipe.

Chances are your muse will come out to play.

LET’S GO ON A FIELD TRIP!
We’ve got three great FieldTrips planned for you this Friday, 9/6.

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ESTATE PLANNING

If, like the rest of us, you’ve been putting off creating a will, join us at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody. Attorney John Conner will take us through creating our very own estate planning checklists. RSVP

PAINTING IN CREATIVE COLLABORATION

Join us at Brico Craft Studio, where Christiane Michaelis, founder of The Dirty Easel will lead us in a group painting experience sure to spark our collective creative energy. RSVP

USING DESIGN TO DESTROY IMPOSTER SYNDROME

Kylee Barnard, creator of Silk Diaries, turned her passion into a profession as she overcame imposter syndrome. She’ll teach us the soothing art of natural bundle dying silk bandanas, at Atmosphere CoworkingRSVP

This FieldTrip with Kylee Barnard was made possible through a partnership with AIGA Austin. It’s the third of four events we’re co-producing in 2019. We’re excited to bring our fellow creatives from both communities together to learn new skills.

Big thanks to our #CMfieldtrips coffee partner: Chameleon Cold Brew.


WANT TO HOST A FIELDTRIP? APPLY HERE.

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“HEY, WHAT A MINUTE, WHAT ARE FIELDTRIPS?”

#CMfieldtrips are a monthly series of small group discussions, tours, or workshops held to spread the creative magic happening around Austin. Space is limited to facilitate open conversation and new connections, so you must RSVP via our site to attend. Most of our FieldTrips are free, but we may ask for a suggested donation to cover materials for some of them.

(Each month, we give folks who were on the waitlist of our most recent talk a two-hour head start to register. And then they open up to the rest of our #CMATX community.)

August’s global theme JUSTICE will be discussed by Chas Moore, the founder of Austin Justice Coalition.

Hosted at The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center on Congress Avenue on Friday, 8/30. Details here.

Use these hashtags to share the love: #CMjustice & #CMATX

Special thanks to this month’s beverage partners: Cuvée Coffee and Big Swig Sparkling Water

WE NEED A PARTNER TO HELP COVER THE COSTS OF THIS MONTH'S EVENT.

Does your business want to feel the love of our creative community? If you’d like to help support CreativeMornings/Austin financially or in kind, please email us at Austin(at)CreativeMornings(dot)com.

What is CreativeMornings/Austin? 

We’re a free, monthly speaker series for Austin’s creative community. 

On a Friday morning once a month, our volunteers provide coffee, breakfast, live music, and a 20-minute talk for an average audience size of 150. Registration fills within minutes with hundreds more signing up for the waitlist.

Together. we’ve built a community of the most supportive and creative people in Austin. And we want you to join us. 

Because our motto is: Everyone is creative. Everyone is welcome. 

You can find out about our next event by signing up for our newsletter - just click the sign up button on the upper right side of this page. 

Need help convincing your boss why attending CreativeMornings is good for business? All the benefits you need to make your case are listed here

We’re part of global engine of generosity and positivity.

CreativeMornings has over 200 chapters from Aarhus to Zurich, each providing an open space to foster and celebrate their local creative talent and energy. 

By bringing together people who are driven by passion and purpose, we inspire one another and inspire change in cities around the world.

All these monthly events are free to attend and are organized by volunteers, so every chapter relies on local partners to help make the magic happen. 

If you’re interested in supporting our Austin chapter, please read this. 🧡 

Our global theme for August is JUSTICE. It was chosen by our Bratislava chapter and illustrated by Simona Čechová

Use the hashtag #CMjustice to explore what the intersection of justice and creativity means to over 200 CreativeMornings chapters around the world. 

Justice can be a path to healing in fractured times.

When we envision moments related to justice, we often think of suits, a gavel hitting the surface of a desk, or people marching in the streets. Change happens when enough people raise their hand to work together.

Author Omid Safi wrote, “Justice is love, embodied. We cannot speak of love without linking it to justice, nor of justice unless it is permeated by love.” Justice is restorative when empathetic and innovative solutions are brought to the forefront.

Through generous listening, we all hold the ability to form moments where people can feel safe, strong, and at ease.

Kipaya Kapiga is this month’s Creative Mornings MugShot! Kipaya is an Austin-based UX designer, storyteller, swing dancer, hot sauce collector, aspiring occultist, and occasional raffle contest winner. When he’s not designing and writing, you can usually find him dancing, reading, or playing board games.


What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?

I went to the Design Jam in May hosted by Social Good.us and the topic was Solving for Homelessness, specifically, developing temporary storage solutions for the homeless. We were split up into five groups and went around with stickies and markers generating ideas in areas like cost, ownership, physical features, etc. The facilitators really pushed us to think about how our ideas could meet real needs and help our users. It was great to get together and be with other designer and design-curious people. 

Something that stood out to me was that some people who were writing and putting up as many ideas as they could think of and then there were people who were much more deliberative and have longer conversations, and despite the different approaches, you could see how they came to some really interesting conclusions. When I went into it, I didn’t realize what a big deal it was for people experiencing homelessness to have a place for their stuff, but it affects how you can move around and what you can do like applying for jobs or keeping documents safe.  

What’s one way you feel like you’re weird and how does that inspire you?

I would wager that I’m the only Kipaya in Texas and I’ve gone through phases where I’m happy to have an uncommon name and appreciate the interest other people show in it and me. But there have also been times when I just go by Kip to make it easier and avoid that conversation completely. It gets really tiring keep hearing “where are you from?” and “what does it mean?” and “how do you pronounce it?” But I’m feeling pretty good about it these days. I’ve found a way to have some fun with it because now I tell people who are worried about mispronouncing it to just think of a papaya. I like to riff on it and say it sounds similar to papaya and, you know, it has a good mouthfeel and is equally refreshing. I think I’m inspired by it because it’s taught me that you can always find common ground when explaining something and have a little fun with it. 


Where do you go to get inspired?

It might be kind of cliche, but I watch movies. I really enjoy stories and in a lot of ways, UX design is about stories. Stories that organizations and companies tell themselves and others about the good they’re doing and what they offer the world and the people who come to them and what they need. For any organization, there’s always some story arc of someone needing help with a certain area of his life and then this company helps him and, in the end, he’s better educated and better off than he was before. Besides the storytelling, movies are really interesting visually from their lighting choices to their costume choices to their title credits. I really like horror movies, but those might be more inspiration of what not to do. But that’s what makes them so great at defying conventions and surprising audiences.

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LET’S GO ON A FIELD TRIP!
We’ve got a great FieldTrip planned for you this Friday, 7/19.

TRASH TO TREASURE: Designing Something Beautiful Even When Your Raw Materials are Garbage
As the saying goes, play the cards you are dealt. Jess Moss with projekt202 will lead us through how to find solutions to UX problems, even without traditional user research. Please RSVP here

Thanks to Lazarus Brewing Co. for hosting us.

This FieldTrip was made possible through a partnership with AIGA Austin. It’s the second of four events we’re co-producing in 2019. We’re excited to bring our fellow creatives from both communities together to learn new skills.

Want to host or share your talents on a FieldTrip?
Just fill out this form to apply and we’ll be in touch. 

Want to be one of the first to find out about next month’s FieldTrips?
You should subscribe to our local newsletter. (Look for the signup button on the right hand side of the page.)

“HEY, WHAT A MINUTE, WHAT ARE FIELDTRIPS?”
#CMfieldtrips are a monthly series of small group discussions, tours, or workshops held to spread the creative magic happening around Austin. Space is limited to facilitate open conversation and new connections, so you must RSVP via our site to attend. Most of our FieldTrips are free, but we may ask for a suggested donation to cover materials for some of them. 

(Each month, we give folks who were on the waitlist for our most recent talk a two-hour head start to register. And then registration opens up to the rest of our #CMATX community.)

July’s global theme END will be discussed by Michael Manning.

Hosted at ZACH Theatre on Friday, 7/12. Details here.

Say thanks to our partners this month: High Note!

And extra cheers to this month’s beverage partners: Cuvée Coffee and Big Swig Water!

Use these hashtags at the end of all your social media posts:  #CMend & #CMATX 

Does your business want to feel the love of our creative community? If you’d like to help support CreativeMornings/Austin financially or in kind, please email us at austin (at) creative mornings (dot) (com).

Our global theme for July is END. It was chosen by our Rio de Janeiro chapter and illustrated by Isadora Zeferino. 

Ends are unique opportunities in disguise. They allow us to make meaning out of our past relationships, experiences, projects, and seasons in life.

On the other hand, beginnings are romanticized and energize us to envision all the impressive things we will do. Headlines celebrate the latest rising startup or ‘it’ destinations travelers must see.

But reaching the end of something can also carry meaningful joy. Author Wes Moore once talked about the difference between our jobs and our work. Moore said, “Your goal should never be to start something. Your goal should be to end things.”

When we truly fulfill an ending, it reflects growth and real change. We can create projects to end loneliness, walk away from empty relationships, change habits, or choose a different career trajectory.

The secret about ‘the end’ is that it actually contains countless possibilities.

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