A freelance graphic designer, I come from a wonderful background of fine, graphic, and textile arts. My father—a painter and graphic artist—encouraged my love of typography and photography. My mother taught me the joy of working with fabric. There will come a day when I merge the two.
From my father, the artist, some sage advice: "Wake up early, be on time, work hard, plan for the future. Be a fool." I learned far too late just how right he was.
Food truck making grilled cheese sandwiches and fine desserts.
Old movie trivia. Typefaces. Design legends.
I would teach the importance of taking your work, turning it upside-down, and looking at it from a completely different perspective. It's amazing how much this can reveal.
Martha’s CreativeMornings activity
Your energy is currency, spend it well, invest it wisely.
After hitting a sort of creative wall in my life, I had to break through it and realize that I needed to self-assign. I'm responsible for my creative life. I'm responsible for the stories I tell. And I can't depend on other people to hand those to me.
Does anyone have a close personal memory of Aquanet? It’s Satan; it’s Satan on earth for women’s hair – as if cramps weren’t enough.
I have to first of all notice that I'm not doing it, that I'm continuing to apply pressure, then I have to decide what I want to do. Do I want to keep putting the pressure on or do I want to move in and see their point of view—and lead. Because when you do that, you become a leader.
It's about changing ME. That's where the power is. Because when I change, everything changes. The dance changes.
We give people an opportunity to reflect on their thinking. And if this isn't about compassion, I don't know what is. Not only for them, but for yourself.
The more we fight, the more energy gets added to the conflict...we think we only have 2 choices. Think of Aikido as the third choice: step in.
First principle is don't be there, get out of the way. Second principle is embrace the energy.
Falling is not losing in Aikido. Falling is an option that we take, because if you resist, it's going to hurt. We learn to fall...and we learn through that process that it's about getting up.
Conflict is a lifelong practice.
Michael Ventura Take Chances to Embrace Serendipity