Crisp December Dreams

08 December in Uncategorized

Aah we have arrived to December! I personally give a warm crisp welcome out for this month! For me this is a time for clarity! I do enjoy making time to reflect and bathe in all that has been this year, appreciate all the aspects that I am proud of. This certainly includes dear friends and family that I am blessed to have in all areas of my life! Wow, how we are all growing, learning and making huge shifts moving forward! I have experienced 2013 as moving FAST. What about you? How have you experienced 2013? Just as I sit down to write this, I am reflecting on events this year! Such an honor to be with all participants at Atelier Molenpad; It is a magical journey to witness the continual descovery process with yearly renewals and it is equally fun welcoming new creative exprorers into the discovery of intuitive art expression. This...

Investing in Art Connects Every Aspect of Your Business

19 August in On-Line Journal

Financial corporations, banks and insurance firms often have a long history of art collecting. Often, the founder had a personal passion for art and established an in-house art collecting tradition. Now these serious collectors have departments that specialize in the purchase, maintenance and rotation of their art. Collections often have a particular theme. For example, buying from local artists, emerging artists, modern art, landscapes, geometric and figurative art, to name a few....

Invest in Your Business Art Collection

12 August in On-Line Journal

Businesses typically have in-house art collections. This is not only for aesthetic, decorative values, but also for investment purposes. Art pieces may increase in value over time. Though knowing exactly which pieces will increase is risky. There may be a certain buzz about the artist that created the work and the particular piece in question. It is a win-win situation for businesses to hang up inspirational work while, at the same time, seeing the value of a piece increase. Buying art, or investing in art projects, can be seen as expressions of corporate cultural responsibility. Art projects bring people together, forming a basic understanding of social empowerment. It means investing in all of the employees and customers associated with the business. It encourages viewers to think creatively. The resulting artwork is often displayed in areas where the public easily connect with it....

Your Business is a Work of Art

05 August in On-Line Journal

Your business can be seen as an art. The term art implies a certain craftsmanship in the way of doing business. Think of your profession. Now think of the passion that you put into it. Think about your methods, the process you use to complete your work. This might be how you conduct business internally, or communicate information with your customers. Perhaps you go to trade association meetings and passionately discuss updates happening in your field. There is a certain system that you probably use when working with others. Now, if you have been in your trade for some time, there is also most likely a rhythm of working. Perhaps, over time, you have found your own distinct style of working. Your own personal understanding of your field. Your personality can come out and further enhance what it is you do. A synergy starts to form between you and your...

Art Provides Employee Satisfaction

29 July in Articles, On-Line Journal

The act of creating art allows the release of personal expression by hands-on action and doing. Employees get satisfaction from completing a project. This is especially vital when employees are working on long-term projects. Such was the case in projects that I worked on in my corporate days. We worked on projects five years in advance. There is a high degree of satisfaction when we can see immediate results. Creating art gives us this immediate satisfaction alongside having the destiny of your project in your hands. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="422"] Art in the Etsy offices, Creative Commons, Charles & Hudson.[/caption] The act of looking at art, even if we just have it in our lobby or office, speaks to us on a subconscious level. It can inspire us to embrace the changes around us and trust that we will continuously discover new solutions. I love the quote from the book Who Moved...

Art Creates Stronger Teams

22 July in On-Line Journal

Working with art creates a stronger team of empowered, happy and self-confident individuals. Teams thrive when they create projects together. When we work creatively, we activate our right hemisphere. An effect of activating our right hemisphere is an enhanced sense of community. People get in the mode of “we’re into this together”. When we work exclusively in our left hemisphere, we tend to be more focused on individual work and achievements. This is an antiquated way of working. It is that age-old silo idea: ‘this is my project and this is yours’. When people are in contact with their own creativity, they are in contact with themselves. This connection allows for a heightened sense of who they are as an individual, and at the same time how everyone is connected to each other as team members with the same goal. Creativity encourages the entrepreneurial mindset by empowering individuals to activate the creative...

Art is a Metaphor for Innovation (2 of 2)

15 July in On-Line Journal

At one time I was employed by Lucent technologies, a company focused on creating innovative technology. It was our job in the industrial design team to innovate new products. The distinction between invention and innovation was clear to us. We were constantly inventing new technologies; working at least five years ahead of current technology. Innovation was different, however. To be innovative was not so much to create a technology that did not exist, rather to shift the usage of an existing technology: to see it function in a new way. This is where the process of creating art came into play. Art breaks though boundaries. Art is usually not about the technology, but rather about creatively applying technology. Art provides us with insights into our sensory worlds. It helps us visually connect to our vision, perspective and emotion, and to each other within a team. This enhances our intuitive visioning...

Art is a Metaphor for Innovation (Part 1 of 2)

08 July in On-Line Journal

Art is a metaphor for innovation. Since art is not restricted by materials or functionality, it is a potent ingredient for change. When I worked as an industrial designer, I was inspired by observing colors, lines and forms from nature. I was particularly drawn to insects, especially their bright colors and funky patterns. I am still surprised by the effect of these wild combinations! Then there are the natural forms of shells, fossils, skeletal structures, plant geometry and so forth. I noticed a certain geometrical law in these, known as the golden rectangle. It is a law that is repeated in nature over and over again. I started applying this law to my designs. Applying this geometry made the designs feel right. This was quite a magical discovery for me! This formula offered a foolproof formula for creating proportions and aspect ratios. I especially appreciated how timeless the designs became....

The Art of Your Business Tribe

01 July in Articles, On-Line Journal

In the present day, your business may also be viewed as a tribe. Art puts you in touch with the soul of your company and helps you communicate this soul to your clients. Art is a tool for envisioning new products or services, depicting products, creating a new marketing or business plan, and much more. It creates a whole new visual language for your business and aligns the visions of all your employees. Much like the tribal medicine man, art can create your own business’s medicine....