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March 31, 8:30am • Tinker imagineers • part of a series on Taboo

This February is Moments with drones and Jelte Keur.Jelte studied at the University of Arts and worked seven years as an actor on stage, before his hobby and interest in film and photography was going to change his life. 
When the first drone options came on the market, he extended his hobby and soon visualized a certain video that he was going to make.  

One morning, he looked out his window and knew it was going to happen. The drone video of the Dom tower went viral and Jelte started to get a lot of offers. 
Today he is working fulltime as a drone pilot in his own company and has already worked in several countries around the globe.  

This February’s global theme is Moments. The theme was chosen by the CreativeMornings Montréal chapter and illustrated by Patrick Seymour

We’re excited to welcome Jelte Keur on Friday, February 24.
Love to see you there!

Last Friday we revealed our mystery speaker.
We had a most amazing and inspiring morning with Lightartist Titia Ex.Titia Ex works with light, movement and spatial perception. The work is always in a dialogue with its physical surroundings and is incomplete without it. The history of a site or the current use of the space plays a significant part in the interpretation of the art works. Works have been commissioned for many public spaces and exhibited around the world. Through light installations she intervenes in the time, space and energy of the environment. She received several awards like the best landscape art award 2013 for The Waiting from Coda WorX USA and the Urban and Landscape Lighting Lamp Award 2015 in Barcelona and The People Choice City Light Award 2016 in Seoul both for Dolmen Light.

This month’s theme is SOUND

To our highly creative brains, a sound is never a sound. These vibrations that pervade our lives contain layers of meaning—a range of questions, intentions, and purposes.

Even the absence of sound contains a world of uncertainty and curiosities, sometimes peace.

The theme was chosen by our Dublin chapter, presented globally by Wix, and illustrated by Derry Dillon.

In an era where authenticity is the new trend, Joël Vegt stands out with his claim for cherishing the make-believe and the pretended.

As a freelance photographer, real life game designer and interactive theatre maker, he will take you out to some of his projects in photography and interactive experience design where he created an enriching experience for his clients. He will also pretend to have done some projects that actually exist purely in his imagination. Why? Because for him, the question “Is it real?” is not as relevant as to design an enhanced dimension where people temporarily could replace the boredom or the stress of daily life existence. Welcome to our november’s theme: fantasy!

Theme 47: Transparency
We are a species that flourishes when we’re seen, when our work matters, and when we connect with and understand one another. What makes all of this possible is the posture of transparency—the willingness to be seen, knowing that transparency may not always be reciprocated or appreciated.

A boss sharing her vision with the team, looking your friend in the eye and telling the truth, or owning your mistakes—none of this is possible without transparency. These experiences are refreshing, and they change us because we’re used to having our shields up all of the time. It’s true it won’t always be joyful—transparency can lead to pain because truths are told and realities are flipped, but that doesn’t give merit to avoid it. Life is enormously better when we’re real with each other, and it makes us wonder why we can’t always assume this posture. Transparency merely invites us to do the hard work of building meaningful relationships the right way.

The was chosen by our Cincinnati chapter and illustrated by James Billiter.

Seize your moments is an international social art project by Janne Willems (1982), who collects beautiful moments from all over the world in order to discover what happiness looks like across the globe. The Netherlands-based trailblazer walks up to strangers and asks everyday people to draw a beautiful moment from last week. They cheer up after such a question and start talking to each other. Since 2010 this world traveler collected nearly 8000 beautiful moments in 30 countries. In order to do this over 500 people helped her.

Janne will talk about her latest adventures in the USA. A country split up by racial problems and the turmoil of upcoming elections that result in a lot of impressive stories.

Frank Paats - Communication Designer

August 26, 8:30am - 10:00am CEST. Hosted at In de Ruimte


What does Frank Zappa music have in common with the ‘shopping butlers’ at Hoog Catherijne shopping mall? It’s the ‘positive disorder’ they bring that wakes people up and lifts them out of their daily routine. It’s the unexpected that stands out.

Frank Paats is fascinated by positive disorder. He shows that in order to be creative you just need to learn to see things in a different way. You need to dare to stand out and surprise people. Frank first tested his ‘escape actions’ growing up as the mayor’s son in a tiny village surrounded by tomato-farmers. He will take you on a roller coaster ride of funny and embarrassing stories, in which sultan swords and stuffed monkeys play a roll.

Frank Paats is Communication Designer and helps entrepreneurs to make contact with their clients in a creative way.

The Publisher is a platform for creative work and stories made by refugees. Its development was started by six graduate students of the school of the Arts in Utrecht (HKU) and the website launched in January.
The team includes Sacha Schemkes, Welmoed Terpstra, Mirthe Vos, Jöran Zeeuw, Sophie Dochterom and Sophie Roumans. All studying different disciplines; art and economics, fashion design, spatial design and product design.

Sophie Roumans: “In the summer of 2015 the ‘refugee-crisis’ was all over the news. We had the feeling that we had to do something… We didn’t know each other back then, but a school project about re-defining society brought us together, all having the same frustrations about the topic.
We started to research the situation and visited many talks and meet-ups to learn more about initiatives. One in particular was very important for our thought process, “De vluchtroute” in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. Here we found our leading goal; changing the tone of the debate. To provide another sound in the pool of negativity.

But how? We learnt that a lot of initiatives aren’t exactly what refugees are looking for. So we tried to set aside ourselves and our opinions of what we think is good and started listening to their stories and needs. When we heard what they wanted, our story began.”

At Creative Mornings we will talk about our creative learning process, what we have encountered and the challenges we are facing while taking this platform to its next level. We would like to brainstorm about how we can grow and discuss our future goals.

photo: Aad van Vliet