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March 6, 8:30am • SFU Woodward's — Goldcorp Centre for the Arts • part of a series on Identity

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Watch our video teaser with a stripteaser!

Don’t forget that registration for next week’s talk with burlesque performer Lola Frost opens Monday, March 24 at 11am.

As Vancouver’s Rock ’N’ Roll Flapper, Lola Frost is best known for combining her anachronistic styles of vintage and modern — a true 1920s starlet with a kiss of Ramones grit.

A passionate stripteaser since 2006, her pieces are a sensorial experience to behold, an elegant blend of dance, theatre and fervent striptease.

Performer, teacher and mentor, Lola is co-director of the Vancouver Burlesque Centre and integral member of Sweet Soul Burlesque. She has been internationally recognized at festivals such as Teaseo-Ramma, the Colorado Burlesque Festival, the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and The Burlesque Hall of Fame, where she was awarded second runner up in the Miss Exotic World competition 2013.

A published and noted writer she has been featured in 21st Century Burlesque Magazine and in Berlesker: Handcrafted Literary Journal along with keeping her own blog with a steadily growing following.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
Creativity is pulse that runs throughout your veins. The essential ingredient to taking thought into acton, the unique way you solve problems or make your projects come to life. In my art form, creativity is applied to expression and presence, to allowing yourself to be seen on all levels in an interesting, artistic, passionate and sexual way.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
In the moment. In nature. In the gritty. In the real. In the beautiful and breathless moments you can’t inhale. In observing your environment for the nuances that whisper to you when you least expect it.

What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Trust yourself, you already have the answers. You are worthy of showing your creative expression, whatever that might be.

Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
Sandra O’Connell: storyteller, writer, lover, visionary.

What was the best advice you were ever given?
Let them love you. Your audience doesn’t want you to fail; don’t hold back, don’t shy away, be bold, be vulnerable, be generous - let them love you.

What did you learn from your most memorable creative failure?
That some ideas and projects, while amazing and meaningful, might be best explored through an alternate medium. I learned you should always try, explore and push, but in the end it might not work. The processes is always valuable despite the outcome.

Photo by David Denofreo.

Vancouver photojournalist Wendell Phillips is the Vancouver speaker for the month of March.

Wendell has three decades of experience in editorial and human development photography and is the recipient of 30 Picture-of-the-Year awards from North American news organizations and of two National Magazine Awards for his work on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. He was voted Canada’s News Photographer of the Year in 1988 and nominated for Canadian Photojournalist of the Year in 2007 and 2009. The Photographic Society of America honoured Wendell with the International Understanding through Photography Award recognizing his socially engaged documentaries and public lectures with a humanitarian perspective. Phillips has documented the diversity of the human condition on 5 continents. A few of those stories include include Palestinian Territories, Afghanistan, Haiti, Greenland Narwhal hunters, refugee camps on the Syrian/Iraq border, World Cup Surfing to the Olympic Games.

His work has been exhibited at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California and the United Nations in New York City. His images have been featured with the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, BBC World News, South China Morning Post, and The Atlantic.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your career?
Photographing humanitarian narratives requires creativity but aestheticizing tragedy has raised questions of intention, subject’s dignity and the public value of social documentaries. As a self-described “conscientious” photojournalist, it’s my objective to make authentic images in ethical ways while paying close attention to visualization of space and articulation of light.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
Studying genres of art that express social narratives and influences

What’s the one creative advice or tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Don’t surrender individuality by imitating.

Who would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
Wade Davis: anthropologist, ethnobotanist , writer.
Rumana Monzur: former assistant professor of Dhaka University, Fulbright scholar now pursing Law degree at University of British Columbia

What are you reading these days?
The Race for What’s Left: The global scramble for the world’s last resources by Michael T. Klare
Half the Sky: Turing oppression into opportunity for women worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

What has been one of your biggest Aha! moments in life?
Not sure this qualifies but facing the question of obligation and responsibility to vulnerable and marginalized people in the world while working my first overseas assignment in Peru (1982)

Check out our video teaser with this month’s CreativeMornings/Vancouver speaker, illustrator Carson Ting.

In this video, Elaine Carol discusses her creative avenue of helping youth at risk.

As the “benevolent drill sergeant” of Miscellaneous Productions, Elaine has directed, produced and co-wrote numerous ground breaking and innovative community-engaged productions in Vancouver and area with multi-barriered and mainstream youth, women, GLBTIQ youth, GLBTIQ migrants and Indigenous adults, refugees, immigrants and Indigenous adults, culturally and socially diverse inner-city youth and children.

Carson Ting was originally born and raised in Toronto, but has called Vancouver home for the last 6 years. He loves it here more than any other person from Toronto ever has.

After graduating with a Bachelors in Design from OCAD, Carson entered the world of advertising as an art director and has since developed award-winning campaigns for everything from cars, to TV’s, to basketball shoes, to burgers (even though he doesn’t eat meat).

He currently holds the title of Creative Director and Illustrator at Chairman Ting Industries, an experimental creative studio he co-founded with his super fun wife, Denise. Since opening their studio, they have worked for the likes of adidas originals, The Cartoon Network, Microsoft, Kidrobot, IdN magazine, The Canadian Tourism Commission and more.

Carson has been named as one of the top 200 illustrators in the world by Luerzer’s Archive magazine, and voted as one of the top five most creative people in Canada by Marketing Magazine. He is also really, really nice.

In his off time (which he rarely has), he enjoys running, biking, playing with his pet bunny, and laughing loudly at things only he finds funny.

He is currently working in a tech startup based in both Vancouver and Hong Kong, running his creative studio and freelance art direction.