February’s Theme is Invest

Every day we give our time, resources, and energy to the world through our decisions. We might read certain books, join a new community, or pick up a hobby. And whether we acknowledge it or not, every choice we make is an investment either for or against ourselves.Wise investing requires patience and awareness. It’s an art that combines our knowledge from past experiences with future aspirations to inform where we’ll put our energy and our heart. To live a sustainable creative life requires us to say ‘yes’ to the choices that bring richness into our lives, even when it seems risky.In the Investment Theory of Creativity psychologist Robert J. Sternberg discovered: “The greatest obstacle to creativity […] is not exactly strictures from others, but rather the limitations one places on one’s own thinking.”Our Hong Kong chapter chose this month’s exploration of Invest and Bao Ho illustrated the theme.

Welcome to our event at DIGS February 28, 08.30-10.00

Registere here for a ticket: https://creativemornings.com/talks/marie-lauvas-jacobsen

January’s Theme is RootsA tree is made up of not only its colorful leaves, but also its bark, branches, and most of all — its roots. The roots exist to provide sustenance and a strong foundation for the rest of its body.Examine your own ‘roots.’ When you retrace them, what do you find?In his CreativeMornings talk, James Victore shares, ‘The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today. But only if you put it in your work.’ Identify the things that ground you and what you’ve carried with you over time. How have your roots shaped who you are today?The start of a brand-new decade gives you the perfect excuse to dig up the old and to nourish the elements that sustain you. Courageous, creative work begins below the ground.Our Québec chapter chose this month’s exploration of Roots and Félix Girard illustrated the theme.

Our next event will be at Habitat, January 24 - Tickets are limited and will be released Monday 20. Set your alarms!

“Your muse comes from the deepest parts of your imagination and guides you to new ideas.”

Septembers tema er #CMmuse og presenting partner denne måneden er Mailchimp. Det ble valgt av CreativeMornings/Dubai og illustrert av Shahul art.

Velkommen til høstens arrangement, fredag 13. september 08.30-10.00.
Vertskap: HK Reklamebyrå, Dronningens gate 10.

Billetter slippes mandagen før, 9. september:

Riktig godt nytt år og hei til SURREAL. Månedens tema er valgt av CreativeMornings/Brussels, illustrert av Charlotte Dumortier, og presenteres i samarbeid med WordPress.com.

Surrealismen var en kunstform inspirert av det ubevisste. Retningen hevdet at de sanneste forutsetninger for å skape kunst lå i underbevisste og instinktive opplevelser.

Det vestlige teater har sin opprinnelse i Athen, men de første kjente dramatiske framføringer begynte i nordlige Afrika for så mye som 5000 år siden.
Hva er det med historiefortelling og drømmenes verden som har fascinert oss siden tidenes morgen? Kan vi lære noe av å bryte fri fra det rasjonelle sinnets sjakler?

Månedens gjest, Trøndelag Teaters nye teatersjef Elisabeth Egseth Hansen, kan kanskje gi oss noen svar på akkurat det.

Fredag 25. januar kl 08.30-10.00 Røst Teaterbistro

Billettene slippes som vanlig kl 08.00 mandagen før, 21. januar! 

Endelig er november her, og vi er stolte av å presentere vårt nye format: En samtaleserie med og for den kreative bransjen i Trondheim. Siste fredag i måneden inviterer vi en aktuell gjest til en prat om månedens globale tema. Vertskap denne måneden er EGGS Design Trondheim, og programledere er Cathrine Vik og Pia Biermann.

Månedens tema RESTART, presenteres i samarbeid med Adobe. Første gjest er en som virkelig vet hva det vil si å restarte livet og karrieren sin, Stian Ward Bugten. Etter en 8 års turné fra Trondheim til New York, New York til Zurich, har Stian nå kommet tilbake til Trondheim som kreativ leder og partner i ANTITrondheim.

Arrangementet er gratis, og billettene slippes mandag 26. november:https://creativemornings.com/talks/stian-ward-bugten

Hvis du vil ha varsel når billettene slippes, kan du legge til mailadressen din her. Vi sender kun ut to mail pr måned, én når vi slipper billettene og én med recap etter eventet: http://eepurl.com/c7LiMj

Foto: Gerhardsen & Karlsen

August’s theme is COMMUNITY! 

A community is a reflection of what we crave: belonging.

Belonging is the heart of human connection. Our hardwiring is to be social creatures, to need one another. We cannot become our best selves without feeling like we belong to a tribe that sees us, respects us, and lifts us up.

A sense of belonging can be fostered in many ways: food, music, volunteering, a cause. You can scan a room and see a diversity of backgrounds, ages, and skill sets—yet the common thread is shared desires and aspirations. It’s magnificently profound how simple this connection is, how deeply we all crave it, and how it changes the trajectory of our lives.

The work of community is when a person walks into a room with fear and self-doubt, only to leave with a new narrative and a feeling of possibility and hope.

We can give that experience to one another. It’s the work of being human.

This month’s global exploration of Community was chosen by our Philadelphia chapter and illustrated by James Olstein.

This month we are giving back to our Trondheim Community. Stay tuned! 

Thank you to our global partners MailChimp, Adobe, and WordPress.com for their ongoing support of the CreativeMornings community.

Creatives of Trondheim #002 - Bendik Kristiansen

We love our community and we love highlighting individuals doing awesome things! Creatives of Trondheim is our series of random questions* that dig a little deeper into the minds of people working in the creative industry in Trondheim.

Next up is Bendik Kristiansen – Trondheim based graphic designer and student. You can follow him on Instagram: @kristiansendesign and view his portfolio here.

What is your favorite virtue?

I would say justice. Whoever knows me would probably answer the same thing about me, since justice and equality is something I really care about and work for.

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

For me, this has a lot to do with procrastination. One thing I do way too often is watching YouTube videos. While I’ve got plenty of design related videos queued in my Watch Later list, I still use so much time watching so-called gaming videos. I don’t play games, I just watch others do.

What phrase do you find yourself repeating all too often?

“Absolutely”. Phrases come and go with me, but recently “absolutely” has been the one I’ve used too much.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Happiness is a choice is a saying that YouTuber Shay Carl Butler used to say to his viewers. He said that whenever something bad happens to you, and you react with a bad attitude, you will be more irritable the rest of the day. But if you choose to react with a positive attitude, you’ll probably have a better day. The thought of that has helped me a lot in situations where you’re not in control. To be conscious about your happiness, and actively remind yourself that it is your choice to react in one way or another, really makes life easier.

What is your current state of mind?

At this very moment, I would describe my state of mind as anxious or restless. Since I’ve just finished my bachelor’s degree in graphic design, I don’t really know what the fall will bring. Am I working, studying, freelancing? Where am I going to live? I’ve got so many questions about the near future, but it’s really hard to predict how it’s going to turn out.

Who or what inspires you?

Change. Something that really gets my attention and inspires me is when I see something I’ve never seen before. I love designers that try to do something different.  

How do you stay grounded? 

To listen to a podcast while on the slow buses in Trondheim works for me. Currently, I live 20 minutes from Midtbyen, and the bus is the only place where it’s easy for me to take a break from life. If not, a shower is like meditation for me.

Who are your favorite designers?

That’s such a tough question. I feel really inspired by David Carson, Barbara Kruger, and Paula Scher, to name a few designers. Still, at this very moment, I would have to say Sagmeister & Walsh. They really give a spark to the design world, and I find Stefan very interesting. His conceptual approach to design inspires me a lot.  

Biggest pet peeve?

When people don’t put down the toilet lid before flushing.

What do you find magical?

Colors. I find colors magical because you can tell so much to a person by just using colors. It’s like music, which I also find very magical.

How would you define June’s global theme Craft?

It’s such a broad field, but one that truly inspires me with his crafts is Adam Savage. He’s really creative, and have worked on so many cool projects. I want to bring him up because he’s not just working with one craft, but he’s working on so many different crafts; prop design, costume design, woodworking, redesign, and so on. I see craft as something you do with your hands, and that often requires a skill. Savage knows his crafts.

*Our random questions is inspired by The Proust Questionnaire – a questionnaire about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust.

Photo by Gerhardsen & Karlsen