Q&A with September’s speaker, Susanna Ryan, who will be speaking on the topic MUSE.

How do you define creativity? How do you apply that in your work?
When I think specifically about creativity in regards to making comics, I see creativity as problem solving. It takes a certain skill set and amount of creative thinking to effectively solve the constant conundrum of how to convey big ideas in small spaces.  

Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
Usually about five miles in to a ten mile walk! In general, though, slowing down and tuning in to the environment that surrounds me never fails to inspire me, in life and in art.  

Who from Seattle would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
Seattle has an interesting, vibrant, diverse indie comics community and I would love to hear some voices from that world share more about their work and creative process.

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?I walk around Seattle and make comics about it.

What was the best advice you were ever given?It came straight from my mom: PICK YOUR BATTLES! In life, work, family, relationships, or whatever, figure out ahead of time what is negotiable and what isn’t. Stick by and thoughtfully defend the non-negotiable, and be willing to collaborate and be flexible on everything else. It will change your life!

If you could interview anyone living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why? As someone who loves zeroing in on mundane, overlooked things, I would really love to spend an afternoon with someone from the Seattle Department of Transportation sign shop, which makes all the street signs in the city. I have so many street sign questions and so few answers!

Q&A with June speaker—Jim Haven—who will be speaking on the topic WONDER.

1. How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
I think creativity is simply problem solving. However, the more unexpected or unique solutions are, the more overtly creative.  When I experience something truly creative it sort of makes my brain smile as it recognizes a clever solution. I find creativity to be intellectual and emotional at the same time.  

Pretty much everything I get involved with requires some form of creativity. I know that sounds a bit general but it’s been the center of my career.  I will say that more often than not it involves writing. For example, I’m often working in design yet I can’t physically design anything outside of my head with anything more than words. 

2. Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
The best inspiration for creativity is in mistakes or misinterpretations. In some ways I think that is what our brains are doing when we are being creative. Just making weird mistakes and free associations. But you have to get out in the world to feed your misinterpretations. Walking down the street, wondering about history or why something is the way it is. You have to be curious and observant. The more you do this the better you’ll be at inspiring your own randomness on cue. It’s this imbalance that puts things in motion because humans like to solve things in logical ways. I saw Frank De Ruwe of Natwerk in Amsterdam describe his work and this process with a remarkably refreshing illustration. According to Frank it’s when you have something “normal” and something “not” and you add them together to create something “not normal.”

3. What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Work hard and then relax.  It’s hard to solve a problem directly, you need a little indirect thinking. Go do something else that’s productive or anything that changes your focus. The moment you stop flexing your brain is when an idea will come. 

4. Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
At this very moment, Olafur Elliasion or Mark Ryden. They are both remarkable and ground breaking artists but entirely different in terms of style. Mark Ryden is essentially the father of Pop Surrealism. (A term coined right here in Seattle at Roq La Rue by Kirsten Anderson.) He has ridiculous craft and an insanely vivid mind that’s a joy to explore through his work. Olafur Elliason is a huge thinker that combines technology, architecture and the understanding of light to make stunningly ambitious experiences and strong personal statements. There is a distinctly clean Nordic sensibility to it as well. Tomorrow I might have a different answer. I just enjoy their thinking. As artists they communicate with voices I admire.  

5. What’s the most recent thing you learned (big or small)?
I just learned this tonight having a conversation with a couple ex pats here in Seattle. There used to be an ATM in Hoxton Square in East London called the Cockney Cash Point and I you could choose Cockney Rhyming Slang as a language. For example it asked you to enter your “Huckleberry Finn” which is your pin to get your “Bangers ‘n Mash” which is cash. 

6. What are you proudest of in your life?
My friendships. 

7. What music are you listening to these days?
I’m going back three steps before I go forward in terms of my old to new music ratio. There is so much to explore. I enjoy weird, obscure and unusual collaborations or experiments of the 60s and 70s. Guys like Lee Hazlewood will start you on a journey that is lot of fun. He’s like a weird cowboy songwriter from Oklahoma who moved to Sweden for a while and made some charmingly absurd music that gets stuck in your brain.  

I am just as interested in the context as I am the music.   For example, 1970’s Italian musician Adriano Celentano composed a song that is complete gibberish but made to sound like English songs did to native Italians speakers. It’s called Prisencolinensinainciusol. It also happens to be super catchy. Actually, better just watch it, here. The irony is I don’t really listen to lyrics, mostly just the sounds and rhythms.  

“The beauty in our world deserves to be cherished, sustained, and rediscovered. We share this life, and every day we have the opportunity to act as thoughtful participants in it.” May’s theme is #CMpreserve! It was chosen by CreativeMornings/Charleston and illustrated by Chris Nickels (chrisnickels.net). 

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Q&A with April speakers—Sage Quiamno and Aparna Rae—who will be speaking on the topic INCLUSIVE.


Sage Quiamno, Co-Founder of Future for Us

1. How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
Creativity means breaking boundaries, creating new rules and challenging the status quo. Creativity is adaptation.

2. Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
Art, music and culture. I lean on my ancestry and heritage to remind me of my values.

3. What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Seek inspiration outside of your sphere.

4. Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
Cristina Martinez, owner and artist of June and Mars

5. What fact about you would surprise people?
I’ve paddled with an outrigger canoe crew 36 miles from Newport beach to Catalina Island.

6. What music are you listening to these days?
Lauryn Hill MTV Unplugged performance album.

7. What was the best advice you were ever given?
The best advice I was given was to be your own best friend and give yourself grace.


Aparna Rae, Co-Founder of Future for Us

1. How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
Creativity is drawing outside the lines, pushing edges, and getting uncomfortable.  

2. Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
Lately, in moments when I’m away from screens. In the mountains, on the water, while cooking. Most days, I’m inundated with information, and in moments when my mind takes a break from ‘work’, things click and I find creative inspiration.

3. What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Build a routine and stay disciplined. It seems like the opposite of spontaneity, which we associate with creatives and creativity, but it’s a myth I’d like to set straight.

4. Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
Michaela Ayers, Nourish

5. What fact about you would surprise people?
I’m an introvert!

6. How does your life and career compare to what you envisioned for your future when you were a sixth grader?
I wanted to be an archaeologist and an artist, living in the South of France. Never envisioned a life as an entrepreneur.

7. What music are you listening to these days?
Coke Studio Pakistan

8. What was the best advice you were ever given?
Do your best and focus on building mastery today, stop obsessing about the future.

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Post talk notes from Melany Bell

Add organic Bone Broth and a variety of fermented foods to your diet daily.
Use the stool chart to monitor your digestive progress
Chris Kresser - chriskresser.com
Donna Gates - bodyecology.com
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride - gapsdiet.com
Dr. Emoto’s “Messages From Water‘ 
‘Your Body’s Many Cries For Water’ by F. Batmanghelidj
Dr. Bruce Lipton’s "The Biology of Belief”
And YouTube anything by Tom Campbell or Dr. Thomas Warren CampbellHere is a creative introduction to the Physics of the Mind/Body. Please view “What the Bleep Do We Know” short form first :What the Bleep Do We Know - Short form
http://youtu.be/ioONhpIJ-NY

What the Bleep! Down the Rabbit Hole - Quantum Edition, part 1
http://youtu.be/rdulFAR0-Aw
What the Bleep! Down the Rabbit Hole - Quantum Edition, part 2 http://youtu.be/k7fJ80o288wJohn Hagelin PhD, Harvard:
Consciousness, a Quantum Physics Perspectivehttp://youtu.be/RJ4Uv-5_3VM

Our Q&A with March speaker, Melany Bell who will be talking on the topic of Water

CreativeMornings Seattle - How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
Melany Bell - Creativity can be defined as a measurable amount of energy applied to mastering a concept; then applied and synthesised said concept into a new point of view or invention.  Flipping information. Taking new approaches that reduce entropy.

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(CMSEA) - Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
(MB) - My best source for inspiration is conceptualizing Infinite Intelligence. Attempts to understand the Infinite never get old. Physics and Human function have been a focal point. But I started as a performing Artist so Human behavior was always fascinating for me. In what ways are we eternal? How do I explain where a quark goes in my art? How can I get a bunch of people to think about the most important questions without pissing them off? How many people give themselves the time to think about Everything and share those ideas?

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(CMSEA) - What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
(MB) - Listen to the smartest people on the planet. From every culture, every religion, every race etc. Try to not get stuck with one Teacher or one idea of anything. Knowledge is an Infinite pool bumping into another pool of Itself all the time. Every person we meet has an eternity of experience to share with us.

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(CMSEA) - Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
(MB) -  I would like to hear Thomas Warren Campbell. One of my favorite physicists.

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(CMSEA) - What myths about creativity would you like to set straight?
(MB) -  It comes naturally.

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(CMSEA) - What was the best surprise you’ve experienced so far in life?
(MB) - I have a habit of wanting to know everything I can about myself. I come clean about everything I can. Identity empowerment is a huge thing. My eldest Sister Dione, did some research on our Family that strongly reincarnated the right to be a writer in me. I wrote several plays and books in a year.  There is so much about where we come from and knowing your purpose that supersedes so many barriers. Finding your purpose is why I contemplate the Infinite. Purpose directs our behavior and choices in life. Know thy self.

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