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Our second December speaker is Joanna Riquett, founder and Editor in Chief of Hayo, an award-winning travel magazine for visionaries, makers and wanderers.

Hayo explores travel, arts, culture and curiosities, offering inspiration and new perspectives shared by creatives from all over the world. Joanna also hosts Creative Immersion journey; trips to key cities to explore their art and design culture via full immersion into their creative aspects.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

Creativity is what takes me from 0 to a 100 to bring ideas into reality; it’s the adrenaline I feel when I’m working on a new project and all the possibilities are open; it’s the way I look at challenges and find solutions for them. It’s in everything that I do.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

When I travel and meet people passionate about what they do, it motivates me to bring the same level of energy and focus into my work.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

Don’t chase every shiny object along the way, it’ll just distract you from your final destination (still trying to remember this advice).

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

Artist Alberto Giacometti. Since seeing his sculptures in Vienna last year, the perfection on how he captured the soul of his subjects is something I’m deeply shaken by.

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?

I design experiences, online or offline, for people to connect, share and hopefully create things together.

What music are you listening to these days?

A whole lot of Latin house, psychedelic cumbia, electro tropical and modern electronic latin beats.

Our first December speaker is Western Living and Vancouver magazine executive editor and award winning writer, Stacey McLachlan

Outside of work, find Stacey performing sketch and improv throughout Vancouver and as part of farther-flung events like the Montreal Sketch Festival and New York’s Del Close Improv Marathon.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

Creativity is experimentation: not just doing something the way it’s been done because that’s the way it’s been done. At work, that means thinking of new formats for storytelling or tearing up an editorial package and starting from scratch; in life, that means trying new things, meeting new people and rearranging your living room furniture as often as possible.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

In conversation, bouncing ideas around without worrying about the realities of budgets or logistics. But also on a long walk home, or when you wake up in the middle of the night and fall back into a weird half-sleep—quiet transitional times where multi-tasking is not an option.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

The only person stopping you from making things is you.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

David Sedaris. He’s so talented at scavenging things from his life and turning them into something new and thoughtful and funny.

What myths about creativity would you like to set straight?

People believe conditions have to be perfect in order to create. They think they have to quit their job to finally start that novel or have studio space to start painting, but I think it’s like a having a baby: you’re never really ever going to be 100-percent ready, so just do what you can with the here and now, or you may never have the stars align.

Where was the last place you travelled?

Lisbon in October. It was very delicious and I’m still having egg tart withdrawls.

So happy to announce our stellar December event “Audience Takes the Stage” triple bill!

Joanna Riquett is a writer originally from Colombia and the founder and editor of Hayo, an award-winning magazine for visionaries, makers and wanderers.

Peter Ciuffa is a writer, actor, teacher, entrepreneur and a pasta connoisseur — he’s the world’s only Professional Pasta Making Actor!

Stacey McLachlan is the executive editor at Western Living and Vancouver magazine by day and has fun as an amateur sketch and improv comedian by night!

Ticket lottery is open!

Creative Mornings Vancouver: Call for Audience Submissions

December 2017’s theme is “CONTEXT”, and it’s your time to show us what you’re made of!

We’re looking for three speakers from our talented and creative audience to take the stage at our event on Friday, December 1st, 8:30 am to 10am. Each speaker will prepare and present an 8 minute talk (with slides).

Don’t be shy! We want to hear from you. Know of someone in the creative industry who would be great for this? Pass this on and peer pressure them into it.

Submission Details: Nominate yourself by filling out the form here: no later than Friday November 17th at noon. Selected speakers will be notified by email on Sunday November 19th, 2017.

We’re very grateful for the support from Decembers’s presenting partner POWERSHiFTER. Go check out the amazing digital work they’ve been producing lately at!

Our November speaker, designer and retailer John Fluevog will be talking on the topic of Creativity and Death.

John Fluevog is an independent designer and retailer of forward-thinking footwear and accessories. Since 1970, he has been steadfast in creating unique soles for unique souls that have been seen everywhere from the feet of Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Jack White to the runways of high fashion. Recently, John was recognized by The Two/Ten Foundation of Canada as The Canadian Footwear Industry’s Shoe Person of the Year and John Fluevog Shoes was recently named one of the world’s most innovative companies in the fashion industry by creative business experts FastCompany. When you wear a pair of Fluevogs, you’re wearing decades of traditionally made, untraditional design.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

By opening my heart and soul to it. I then take care to listen to it —respect it— and have the boldness to do it. In short I just start.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

First answer would be everywhere… next in reflection of what was said or what I saw. I rarely get things from the outside inspiration. It comes from inside. Its a subconscious thing that pops up at odd times. I know when I really should do something when images keeps re-accruing and popping up in my brain.

What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

Watch and listen. Realize that its your created self and not your ego thats at work. Step aside and listen and trust. Make quiet time and solitude a discipline

Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?

Beethoven…he heard things when he was blind and took the energy and boldness to write them down. He heard and saw and it had to come out.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

Open up my Chicago store when I was out of money and close to bankruptcy. Then when I was trying to do it all hell broke loose including the end of my marriage.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

I was told that my shoes and ideas were good enough to be and international brand.

When you get stuck creatively, what is the first thing you do to get unstuck

Don’t worry about it .. I find that having a blank piece of paper or blank mind helps. If I try too hard it only stresses me out which is really not good I go to a quiet place and wait and if that does not work I just carry on and hope that someone else has some god ideas.

What is the one question we haven’t asked that you want to answer?

The most important thing we need as creatives is to have a strong moral compass. By nature we are experiments and explorers and in that roll its easy to be self destructive to ourselves and others.

Considering this month’s theme is “pioneer”, this page in “New Aging” by Hollwich & Mau caught our attention:
“The older we get, the more we approach unknown territory. However, we should replace the word “old” with the term “pioneer”. We are the Vanguard, pushing the depth of human experience to the next threshold. We’ve earned the freedom to explore the rest of our life without limits and hesitations. We can do things we never dreamed before. (at Vancouver, British Columbia)

Chuffed to be a support partner of @UrbanariumVan and #VanPlayTalks! (at UBC Robson Square)

Our October speaker fashion historian, Ivan Sayers will be talking on the topic of Creativity and Pioneer.

Ivan Sayers is a fashion historian who specializes in the study of women’s, men’s, and children’s fashions from 1700 to the present. He has collected period costumes for over 50 years and now has one of the largest and most comprehensive private collections of historical clothing in Canada.

As well as collecting and curating, Ivan presents illustrated lectures in the form of a historical fashion show. He usually covers women’s fashions of the 19th and 20th centuries in whole or in part, but also does thematic programs. He now produces Historical Fashion shows and Museum exhibitions across western and central North America, and lectures at several local universities and colleges. He is currently the Honorary Curator of the Society for the Museum of Original Costume whose mandate it is to establish a museum of clothing and textiles in the lower mainland.

Ivan has received awards from the Western Canadian Designers and Fashion Association, the Vancouver Historical Society and was given a distinguished service award by the British Columbia Museum Association in October 2010.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?

I am re-creative. I try and recreate a display in fashion that explains the time and place in history that it was happening.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration?

Students inspire me to keep on top of my research. So that it is accruate and thought provoking. I want others to learn the aspects of history in costume.

What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

Today with so many collectors it’s best to specialize in one aspect rather than try to collect a lot. I would have done so sooner.

Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?

I would like to hear Jeff Wall speak. Why he does his photography and what it means to him.

How does your life and career compare to what you envisioned for your future when you were a sixth grader?

I am far more better off that I thought I would be with my carreer choice as a fashion historian. My career choice has been validated by my friends, my students and my audiences. I receive letters from people saying how I inspired them to take a greater interest in costume and in history.

Where was the last place you travelled?

I went to Vienna in the early part of the summer to see the costume exhibition ‘Kauft-Bei-Juden’ at the Jewish Museum in Vienna.

Our September speaker paper artist, Tara Galuska will be talking on the topic of Creativity and Compassion.

When Tara Galuska was five she wanted to be either an artist or a unicorn. The unicorn plan didn’t come to pass but her dream of being an artist did! Tara is a paper artist whose delicate and intricate miniature paper plant artworks explore interior spaces and the plant owners themselves.

Born in Zimbabwe in 1984, Tara spent her early childhood in Zambia before moving to Australia. She now lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and two cats (and many plants).

Over the last two years Tara has built a thriving art practice and business and creates artworks for clients from all over the world. In addition, she works with select brands to create custom work for their projects including Urban Outfitters, The Land of Nod and last year she lent her paper engineering skills to a commercial for Tide. Tara also works with THRIVE Art Studio a place that creates community and support for female artists. She facilitates groups, hosts events and mentors women in achieving their art and business goals.

Tara would still like to be a unicorn.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

Creativity is such a gift in my life as having it on my side means that anything can be figured out.

One of the first things that comes to mind when defining what creativity means to me is problem solving. Maybe this has something to do with a background in studying design or maybe it’s because the first creative people I knew, my parents, were excellent creative problems solvers. I don’t see problems as a negative but rather as an opportunity to really flex my creative muscles

In my artwork right now I am really diving deep into asking myself why I do what I do. This means my work now is filled with opportunities for creative problem solving and for the most part I am loving looking at everything from the visuals to the core of who I am and what is important to me.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

I think my best creative inspiration and energy finds me but I have to be ready and receptive. When I focus, listen and pay attention all the creative ideas, information, and resources I need are right there in front of me as a source to tap into.  Being consistently in this ideal state can be hard for me sometimes as a Type A personality who loves goal setting and doing all of the things but that’s what makes life interesting!

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

I wish I had known about self compassion! Surely I must have heard about the concept along the way, I mean I watched a lot of Oprah. But somehow it wasn’t until I was 26 and having a very hard time that I heard what it was and my mind was b-l-o-w-n. It changed not only my creative life but everything in between. I heard what I need to hear about self compassion at the right time but super young Tara really could have used it too!

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

There are so many amazing artists here in Vancouver I’d love to hear speak! I know you’ve already had our THRIVE Mastermind members Danielle Krysa and Ola Volo speak at CreativeMornings but we’ve got a whole lot more who I know would be amazing. Sandeep Johal, Aimée Henny Brown, Nomi Chi… the list goes on and on!

What did you learn from your most memorable creative failure?

No one else cares about what I do as deeply as I do. They don’t even care half as much as I do! It was so freeing to realize this and really helped me understand what people meant when they said there is no such thing as failure. I now push myself to fail fast, fail often and use it to learn and grow.

What’s your one guilty creative indulgence?

I am not into guilt. I don’t see feeding or exploring my creativity as something to feel guilty about so I am guilt free. I feel the same way about chocolate cake too!

How does your life and career compare to what you envisioned for your future when you were a sixth grader?

She’d be so excited and blown away! I honestly didn’t have a clear or even slightly hazy vision for my future as a sixth grader or even young adult. I didn’t see example of the kind of life I live now so would not have known to dream it. My main strategy was just to try do the next thing that felt right and it’s lead me right where I need to be.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Do the work! We say it to each other here all the time at THRIVE but honestly it is almost the answer to everything.