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Alex Triske

What’s your day job?
Currently, I am a student at IU School of Informatics for Programming and WebDevelopment. I had previously spent three years at Herron School of Art & Design studying Visual Communications. I love typography and design, and *aspire* to become a Front-End Web Developer upon my graduation in May 2017.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?
My favorite breakfast food is without a doubt the quiche at Taste Café &Marketplace in Broadripple. I order the bacon cheddar quiche with a salad on the side. It’s very light, fluffy and refreshing!

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in Indy?
On a free afternoon in Indy I’m inclined to stop at Quills Coffee or Thirsty Scholar. This semester I’ve got a heavy load at school, so I’m always looking for a quiet place to get some homework done in between classes. I enjoy the atmosphere and staff at both locations and encourage anyone who hasn’t visited to try them out!

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Lately one of the many things I’ve been inspired by are Henri Matisse’s The Cut Outs, and his minimal sketches (mostly portraits or figure) he created throughout his career. Emily Oberg, an editorial producer at Complex has also influenced me through her brand, Sporty and Rich. Oberg’s aesthetic embodies her distinctly minimalist look, love for sneakers, and Instagram feed full of artfully curated selfies. She encourages her followers that “Being Nice Is Cool,” and that being rich, doesn’t mean literally, but in quality, happiness, and wellness.

In the spirit of September’s theme Empathy, was there a time you really connected with a project or a person in the workplace?
A time I especially connected with September’s theme was when someone expressed empathy toward me. In between studying, I work as a server at a restaurant in Geist. After a long night of errors, rude customers, complaints, and my boss yelling at me- I wanted to cry and quit. Our head chef could tell I was very upset, and took me aside to talk to me. He told me that people are rude and insensitive, and to not take it to heart, then hugged me after. I was so grateful that someone would take the time to console and relate to me. I value those moments and do my best to use those as momentum to help others.

Connect with Alex!

Creative Mornings | Instagram 

Jingo de la Rosa

What’s your day job?
I’m a freelance illustrator and teaching artist.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?
I was born and raised in South East Asia, so anything with rice will pass as my favorite breakfast food!

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in Indy?
Calvin Fletcher’s. It’s a great place to sketch, brainstorm or read. Plus, their coffee is really tasty!

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
The “Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland” exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum on a recent trip to New York City. They had original manuscripts, illustrations and other artifacts from the “Alice” universe that were on public display for the first time. As a children’s illustrator, one of the things I try to do is to think like a child, so seeing Lewis Carroll’s imagination through his work up-close was a real treat.

In the spirit of August’s theme Action, was there a project you worked on recently that you had to take immediate action on?
As a personal project, I recently started doing Art Drops, where I leave a piece of original artwork somewhere and then post the clue on my Instagram so people would know where to find it. I’ve left artwork in Indy, to as far north as Toronto, and the response has been overwhelming so far. The idea behind it was to make a habit out of of giving, and to do it freely and joyfully. As much as I believe in artists getting paid for what we’re worth, I also believe in making art accessible for everyone, and I felt an urgency in me to put that into action through my Art Drops.

Connect with Jingo!

Personal Website |  Creative Mornings | Instagram | Twitter

A belated CM Indy Mugshot featuring Art Director Michael Norman Olson.

Michael Norman Olson

What’s your day job?
Presently, I employ myself as a creative collaborator through Art Direction and Design—consulting through advertising, branding, ideation, and UX/UI along with personal projects. Additionally, I pursue roles in education with a passionate engagement in process and divergent exploration. 

What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Fruit smoothies—they are mad science in the morning.

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in Indy?
I’m just happy if I can catch some sun on my face. Likely anywhere outdoors, but I’ll settle for obscenely large windows. We’re talking ginormous. If there’s a place where it is appropriate to curl up like a cat in a patch of sun—that’s the place you’ll find me in the afternoon.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Creative Mornings. I had heard about CM for months since returning to Indy, but had been too busy to attend or found out too late. Finally, a good friend was looking out and sent me a reminder of Sophie Faught’s talk. I was instantly nervous with excitement and inspiration from start to finish—running into fellow creatives, former students, waking up with iced coffee, delicious doughnuts, morningjazz, and a spirited, heartfelt presentation? That’s more than one thing—I failed this question.

In the spirit of June’s theme revolution, was there a time you created a personal revolution that ended up impacting your life greatly?
In the winter of 2012, I held a 30 day sale from my apartment. Posting photos to Instagram and Facebook, as well as inviting friends to visit and browse, I sold off nearly everything. Down to a backpack, a laptop, and a rucksack, I set out to travel with no clear end destination. After visiting good friends in various U.S. cities, I eventually found my way to Costa Rica. There I lived in a bamboo mansion on an organic farm among the foothills of Mt. Chirripo. While rewarding, the revolution was not the travel. It was in the dispossession from so many of my belongings and curated collections of things. The entirety of it was beyond liberating.

Connect with Michael!
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For this past month’s mugshot, we’re highlighting artist, educator, and jewelry maker, Myra Perrin.

Myra Perrin

What’s your day job?
Sculptor: wood and metal.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Greek yogurt, almonds and fresh fruit oh, and of course lots of coffee.

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in Indy?
Garden Center or a Hardware store.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Last week I visited the Columbus Ohio Cultural Art Center.  Their current exhibit is “Universal: Works from the Private Collections of Barbara R. Nicholson & Bettye J. Stull   A breath taking exhibition of  more than "50 2- and 3-D pieces of African-American, African and mid-20th Century Art, each piece a jewel. Carvings, paintings, multi-media collages, textiles, functional and non-functional.”  A beautiful exhibit, well worth the 3 hour drive.

In the spirit of June’s theme revolution, was there a time you created a personal revolution that ended up impacting your life greatly?
Enrolling at the Herron School of Art and Design when I was 44!

Connect with Myra!

Personal Website |  Creative Mornings

For our seventh event, CreativeMornings/Indianapolis had a wonderfully packed turn out. Here is just one of our awesome guests. Get your profiles in tip-top shape and you could be the next feature on our blog.

Today, we’re highlighting first timer attendee, Paul.

Paul Pelsue

What’s your day job?
By day I am the General Manager at Indy Aerospace Inc. which is a small business located near the airport that specializes in custom aircraft interiors.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?
A “gas house” which my dad introduced to me early in life.  Tear a hole in a piece of toast put an egg in the middle cook it on the skillet and then top with a bit of maple syrup.

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in Indy?
General Public Collective, all kinds of goodies in there. 

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Reading has been a new inspiration for me, specifically Vonnegut over the past year.  His writing invokes a lot of strange images to pop into my head. 

In the spirit of May’s theme robot, do you think a robot could do your job?
Well I don’t know about the managing but I also do cabinet building and we just got a robot to do that job from a company in southern Indiana, you can check them out at 

Connect with Paul!

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Inspired by our friends at CreativeMornings/Austin, we’re bringing you some new content on this here blog! We’re calling it CMugshot. 

Just five events in, CreativeMornings/Indianapolis already has a fantastically engaged community, so we decided to highlight one of your shining faces at our event every month. We’re dubbing it #CMugshots. So, get your profiles in tip-top shape and you could be the next feature on our blog.

To kick things off, we’re starting with our glowing volunteer, Lauren Fields. 

Lauren Fields

What’s your day job?
In-house design, marketing, and social media for a soy sauce company. Which works out well considering how much I love Asian food!

What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Toast. Lately it’s topped with almond butter, honey, apple slices, and cinnamon.

Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in Indy?
PRINTtEXT. Periodicals, a cozy couch, a pup, and great company. Plus it’s close to so much good food and is a refreshing bike-ride from downtown.

What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Travel. I feel inspired when I’m free to explore new places, meet new people, and gather new ideas.

In spirit of the March theme…What is the last project in which you used ink?
I recently started a daily sketch project. I try to keep it less than 30-minutes, and so far it’s everyday items found in my apartment.

Connect with Lauren!

Twitter  |  Instagram  |  CreativeMornings

Many thanks to photographers Anna Zimmerman and Mark McCullough for capturing our March Ink event at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. See all event photos here.

Watch Aaron Scamihorn’s talk “Contrast: How Screen Printing Saved My Life” in which Aaron speaks about keeping your creative mind in shape through contrasting disciplines.

CreativeMornings/Indianapolis was founded out of a desire to present an ongoing, accessible event for all creative people. 

Each month, we join together in connecting with people to be pushed out of our comfort zones to experience something new.

We are a forum for local creatives from all industries, backgrounds, and professions to express themselves. Creativity is expansive, and we’re proud of the diversity our attendees, speakers, partners, volunteers – and our Indianapolis home – represent.

See you in the morning!

Let’s get crafty, shall we? In preparation for Friday’s #cmindy talk, we want to see YOUR Ink creations. Here is ours. Tag your contributions with #cmindy.