Thank You Andrea Lang for our wonderful Photos from our December event with Oliver Wesseloh. And thank you to everyone who joined to make our return to the Bühne worthwhile. We do this for YOU Hamburg! High fives and hugs to all!

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.

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. Whether we experience a surreal moment or dabble in processes like drawing without thinking or writing without self-editing, there’s something to be learned about ourselves and what lingers under the hood of our desires to keep life orderly and controlled. 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. Our Hamburg event will be on January 25! We cannot wait to see you in 2019!

December’s theme is 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. Our last 2018 global theme TRADITION was chosen Barranquilla chapter and Andrés M. Felfle illustrated the theme.

Hamburg will be discussing TRADITION with master Brewer Oliver Wesseloh on Dec. 7. Please join us: https://creativemornings.com/talks/oliver-wesseloh

November’s theme is RESTART and what a perfect theme to announce that we have restarted our chapter and will be hosting our first event December 7 @ 8:30am. SAVE THE DATE!

“Restarting is essential. It’s a way to digest experiences, reflect and cultivate self-awareness, and remind ourselves that life is to be enjoyed.”

Our global exploration of Restart was chosen by our Cologne chapter and illustrated by Marie Maerz. Thank you to Adobe for empowering the global creative community this month.

We’re looking for a new organizer in Hamburg!

In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg, also known as Swissmiss, started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone.

Today, attendees gather in 188 cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their volunteer team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate their city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. We call ourselves an engine of generosity and live by our manifesto

CreativeMornings Hamburg was founded in 2016 and since then the chapter has built a beautiful community. However, our previous host has since stepped down so we are now looking for a replacement. Could this be you?

Does this describe you?

• You’re passionate about your local creative community in Hamburg.
• You’re enthusiastic about leading a small volunteer team to put your own spin on CreativeMornings.
• You’re excited to participate in the global conversation among our 188 chapters (and growing!).
• You use the words “humble,” “driven,” “resourceful,” “generous,” and “connected” to describe yourself.

If so, we’d love to hear from you! If interested, complete our New Chapter Application and we’ll be in touch.

There will be follow-up interviews for the top candidates.

We look forward to receiving your application!

— CreativeMornings HQ

P.S. Insight into what it’s like to be a host. And more insight. Okay, last one

It’s every creative’s dream to have the freedom and opportunity to focus solely on their personal projects while also being supported fully to pursue their very best work. The Adobe Creative Residency is this kind of unique opportunity. Their residency program empowers talented individuals to spend a year focusing on a personal creative project, while sharing their experience and process with the creative community.

2017 Adobe Creative Residents are designer & visual data storyteller Jessica Bellamy, graphic designer & longboarder Chelsea Burton, graphic designer & letterer Rosa Kammermeier, photographer Aundre Larrow, user experience designer Natalie Lew, and photographer Julia Nimke. For the next year, Adobe will be providing these six Residents with access to the best creative tools and resources, along with guidance from advisors and a full salary package. This is a unique opportunity to be supported by a creative community with a space to talk about your process, tools, resources and mentors. All rooting for your success.

Dive into their portfolios & learn more about the program: 
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What could you do in a year if you were fully supported? Imagine pursuing any project you desire, a space to talk about your process, with full support. What project would you work on?

The Adobe Creative Residency empowers talented individuals to spend a year focusing on a personal creative project, while sharing their experience and process with the creative community. Adobe provides Residents with access to the best creative tools and resources, along with guidance from advisors and a full salary package.

Learn more about the program here: http://adobe.ly/1VXWfdv

Malin Schulz (Art Direktorin der ZEIT) beim März-CreativeMornings im Hamburger DesignXport.