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Madeline Trait

This week at CreativeLive: 

I was able attend one of the live classes as a student.  The class is paper crafts with Robert Mahar. By taking Robert's class I realized that learning new making skills is such a great creative outlet. Learning new techniques, meeting new people and learning how someone else approaches these projects just makes me wants to do this over and over again. Robert is so knowledgeable about all the techniques he presented. Not only does he present each project in clear way but knows the history of each technique which in turn motivates me dig deeper and learn more of the history of all the projects that I tackle. I also find it fascinating that Robert scours over vintage craft books which I had not thought about before but is such a smart way to approach DIY as all of these techniques have been around much longer than I have, we are just looking at them with fresh eyes. See this great class for yourself and you can also see my interview on Day 2 Pre-Show where I talk about the progress of my project at CreativeLive. 

Below are all the images I took throughout the two days in Robert's class showing some of the projects we tackled. 

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CreativeLive - The Project Continues

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Last week was another productive week over at CreativeLive. I have been watching a lot of different classes and the ideas, tips and tricks are just flooding my brain. I decided to try and focus mainly on the marketing and the business classes for the week. I found that with the business and marketing classes they all have similar messages but talk about it from different perspectives and thus different methods on how to tackle it. This can be overwhelming but it is also a good way to find out what marketing strategy resonates with you the most and will therefore help make your marketing efforts easier to tackle and something that speaks to more of who you and what your business is all about. I have a lot of homework to do but I feel as though I have a good start to strengthening my marketing as well as my business's foundation.  

To be specific, I really found a lot of nuggets of wisdom and good practical tips from Duct Tape Marketing with John Jantsch. This class was more of a general overview of how to approach your marketing and different ways in which to implement it as well as some websites to help you along the way.   

The Project

My interpretation of Milieu has continued to develop and evolve. I have decided that I am going to make 30 wood houses that represent individual interests, communities and virtual communities. Each one will be different and some will have a modern minimalist twist (image above) while others will be bright and bold,  just like any diverse community. 

On top of that I have had the long desire to experiment with textiles. So, I have decided that I need to just jump in and experiment. The hardest part for me is figuring out the best way to produce these designs. There are so many methods and considerations it makes my head spin and ends up holding me back. However, I have decided on a method and that is screenprinting. This will allow me to print small batches myself but if I decided to produce more there are larger screen printers out there who can print large runs for me when I have a pattern that is in high demand. Or at least that is the thought for now. The designs of the prints are coming along and the ideas are brewing, we will just see which ones make it to the top of the list and then on to some fabric. 

Stay tuned. 

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CreativeLive Week 2

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Week 2 was the first week that I was able to start working at the CreativeLive offices in San Francisco. The office is a good environment to see the inner workings of all these great creative classes. The studios and the staff are top notch which makes me even more excited to be able to be part of this project. 

Last week I was able to watch "Build a Successful Creative Blog" with April Bowes. April has really good tips on getting your blog started, how to target your specific market and good goals and tips on figuring out what to write about. This is definitely one that I will need to go back to again as there is so much information to absorb and it is all useful so that I can bring content that is relevant and interesting to my audience. 


The project continues. I created several sketches last week developing my idea further of how to bring virtual and non-virtual communities into a visual form. Continuing with the idea of houses, I have started to create a list of communities however please add any you think of in the comments. I would love to hear about what communities are important to you. In the sketch to the right I have created a house for the mathematician, outdoor lovers, techie, bicyclist, and the minimalist. The sketches on the left are also ideas for posters, houses and possibly a wall hanging all addressing the idea of milieu. Some of the concepts behind the illustrations are tech and nature merging, The Cloud and my interpretation of "It's a Small World." It's all progressing and we will see where it goes this week. 



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