TED Talks on Creativity

TED Talks on Creativity

Creativity can be hard to find and even harder to inspire in others. The popular media company, TED (short for Technology, Entertainment and Design), strives to do just that, inspire and spread ideas that ignite change and innovation. Their motivational talks have been viewed millions of times across the globe. Lecturers range from artists to icons, from models to engineers, and the topics they explore are equally as diverse.

Whether looking for the inspiration to bring an idea alive or simply looking to pass the time, listen to these 15 talks sure to spark your creativity curated by the editorial team at Invaluable. Each talk featured below was chosen from the plethora in existence for their passion and correlation to the art community. They are each concisely summarized to help narrow your area of interest.

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Taylor Poppmeier

Taylor Poppmeier

Editor, Invaluable

Taylor enjoys reading about the arts and history as well as keeping up to date on pop culture trends. You can usually find her at trendy pop up art shows attempting to blend in.

Street Art Inspiration

Street Art Inspiration

Top 3 Ways to Keep Your New Year Intentions on Track

Top 3 Ways to Keep Your New Year Intentions on Track

Setting your intentions is the easy part. Taking action towards them can be tough, so, here are three great ways to help you stay on track with your new year intentions.

 

1. Create a Goal Card

This one is super simple and won’t take you much time at all if you already know what you would like to achieve during the year.

First of all, choose some thick fancy handmade paper or a card with a nice inspirational quote on the front. (Hint: There are some beautiful downloads right here)

Next, list out each goal that you would like to achieve on the back of the card or paper then put in it somewhere that you will see it every day.

It has to be somewhere that you will see it, otherwise it will go by the wayside and we don’t want that, do we?!

If you are a planner kind of girl like me you can keep your goal card in the front of your planner (See mine below)

 

2. Keep track of your big wins

One of my personal favourite ways to keep myself motivated is to get myself a beautiful notebook and sit down in a quiet place and celebrate all of the amazing things that happened during the week. Even if they are small things, I celebrate each and every thing, after all they all contribute my bigger goals.

Celebrating the wins in this way, makes me feel really good about where I am and the progress I have made on my goals which in turn keeps me focussed on the journey to that end goal.

 

3. Stay inspired with Desktop Backgrounds

Another way I keep myself on track and motivated to keep on pushing through is a little extra inspiration that sits on my desktop. It is the first thing I see when I switched my computer on every morning and it gets me excited for the day I have planned ahead.

I make a point of changing my background at least once a week and aim to align it with whatever I want myself to remember throughout the week. For example, as it is the first week of January as I write this, my background is a lovely reminder that I can do whatever I set my mind to – This year is going to be pretty spectacular and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Be sure to check out the collection of Desktop Backgrounds that we offer here and enter the competition below.

 

4. Bonus Tip – Willpower

Willpower has a massive impact on whether we complete our goals – If we truly want them, we will take them. If we don’t then we will be a little less focussed on the journey to that goal.

Ask yourself if the intentions you are setting yourself are truly aligned with who you are and how you want to live your life.

Are you setting intentions for the sole aim of pleasing someone else?

If so, stop and find the path that you want to take. Life is about creating happiness for yourself as well as others so aim to please your souls journey and the rest will follow.

 

Extras:

  1. Enter the Giveaway below.
  2. Download our gorgeous Goal Card to keep you inspired. (See below)

 

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Inspirational Quotes for Creatives

Inspirational Quotes for Creatives

Whether you are a painter,  a photographer or a crafter these quotes should spark you with a reason to carry on and remember why you should never let anyone walk on your creativity with dirty shoes!

“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity” ~ Charles Mingus

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” ~ Thomas Merton

“Every artist was first an amateur” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Art is anything that you can get away with” ~ Andy Warhol

“Great art picks up where nature ends” ~ Marc Chagall

“Being creative is not a hobby; it is a way of life” ~ Unknown

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser” ~ John W. Gardner

“Creativity takes courage” ~ Henri Matisse

“Art is the most intense form of individualism that the world has known” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” ~ Pablo Picasso

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one” ~ Stella Adler

“Play always, as if in the presence of a master” ~ Robert Schumann

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life” ~ William Faulkner

“Life is a work of art. If you don’t like what you see paint over it” ~ Unknown

“An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision” ~ James Whistler

“Anyone who says you can’t see a thought simply doesn’t know art” ~ Wynetka Ann Reynolds

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep” ~ Scott Adams

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one” ~ Charles Horton Cooley

 

And… last but not least, here are some of my favourite quotes. If you want to share these awesome quotes on social media feel free to download them.

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Etsy Holiday Gift Guide for Designer Makers

Etsy Holiday Gift Guide for Designer Makers

 

Welcome to my 2015 Etsy Holiday Gift Guide especially for Designer Makers!

Buying a gift for a designer-maker is tough as they may tend to look for the quirkiest items that they can find when shopping and for the most part they will try their hardest not to go mainstream and buy mass produced items. Now it’s your turn to follow in their footsteps, but don’t worry it is not as hard as you think as Etsy is on hand to bring us handcrafted gifts from creative sellers all over the world, and I have handpicked some of my favourites for you.

 

Gifts for the Studio

Personalised Leather Camera Strap by EchoSix

Personalised Leather Camera Strap by EchoSix

'There is a Good Chance There is Paint in Here' Coffee Mug by theMugHermit

‘There is a Good Chance There is Paint in Here’ Coffee Mug by theMugHermit

Black and Grey 'Maker' Art Print by rosieoneilldesign

Black and Grey ‘Maker’ Art Print by rosieoneilldesign

Gifts for the Home

Time Flies - Wooden Wall Clockby JennyWalshDesign

Time Flies – Wooden Wall Clockby JennyWalshDesign

OOAK Three Robins in flight Lampshade by LilCritterDesigns

OOAK Three Robins in flight Lampshade by LilCritterDesigns

Set of 3 Laser cut Rolling pins by RollingWoods

Set of 3 Laser cut Rolling pins by RollingWoods

Gifts for her

Anything Can Happen Art print by FleurtPrintables

Anything Can Happen Art print by FleurtPrintables

Bridget and Mia Notebook Set by ElleJaneDesigns

Bridget and Mia Notebook Set by ElleJaneDesigns

Seaglass acrylic solid wood bangle by OMGoshShop

Seaglass acrylic solid wood bangle
by OMGoshShop

Gifts for him

Personalised Travel Mug by mariaallenboutique

Personalised Travel Mug by mariaallenboutique

Personalised Leather Notebook by MedievalJourney

Personalised Leather Notebook by MedievalJourney

Screenprinted Stag Illustration T Shirt by A Place for Intention

Screenprinted Stag Illustration T Shirt by A Place for Intention

More ideas

I have spent days scouring Etsy for the most designer makery gifts I could find and I have to say that it was tough as Etsy is packed with amazing talent so I decided to create some treasuries of my top gift ideas for 2015.

Gift for her

Gift for him

Gifts for Children

 

Gifts for the Home

Christmas Cards

For more gift inspiration be sure to check out the Etsy Holiday Hub HERE.

Items mentioned:

Personalised Leather Camera Strap by EchoSix – Shop Now

‘There is a Good Chance There is Paint in Here’ Coffee Mug by theMugHermit – Shop Now

Black and Grey ‘Maker’ Art Print by rosieoneilldesi – Shop Now

Time Flies – Wooden Wall Clock by JennyWalshDesign 
- Shop Now

OOAK Three Robins in flight Lampshade by LilCritterDesigns – Shop Now

Set of 3 Laser cut Rolling pins by RollingWoods – Shop Now

Anything Can Happen Art print by FleurtPrintables – Shop Now

Bridget and Mia Notebook Set by ElleJaneDesigns – Shop Now

Seaglass acrylic solid wood bangle
by OMGoshShop – Shop Now

Personalised Travel Mug by mariaallenboutique – Shop Now

Personalised Leather Notebook by MedievalJourney – Shop Now

Screenprinted Stag Illustration T-Shirt by StudioAinsworth – Shop Now

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