Back in the summer of 2010, I took a photo of myself fake-levitating over a bed of thistles. I called it ‘We are all fragile at times‘. It remains one of my favourite photos to date. This past week, my friend, fellow graphic designer and incredibly talented illustrator, Stephanie Besselt O’Leary, gave me a wonderful gift. It was this illustration — inspired by my photograph. Wow.
On Saturday, October 20, GDC Manitoba presented Pencils Down: A BlueSky Workshop. Led by Mark Baskinger, associate professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh), and William Bardel, principal of Luminant Design (New York City), the workshop offered clear and concise ways to learn how hand-sketching techniques – with pencils and pens – are an effective means of recording, presenting and sharing ideas. A primer on sketching, it helped the attendees to become more confident and better visual communicators, while demonstrating simple ways of using drawing to enhance the process of collaborative design.
Last Thursday (June 21), I spent my night volunteering at Pecha Kucha, Volume 10 (I was one of the people wandering around with a camera). Mainly though, I spent the evening getting totally inspired… again. Pecha Kucha is a really interesting event to help plan, and an amazing event to attend. It’s definitely one of my favourite things to do in Winnipeg. Maybe one day I’ll attend a Pecha Kucha happening somewhere else in the world? That would make for a great vacation.
At a recent Winnipeg South Photo Club meeting, we watched a 1993 film called Baraka. I’m anxious to watch it again, as well as Ron Fricke’s 2011 follow-up called Samsara. Both are non-verbal films, filled with stunning, thought-provoking imagery and backed with music/sound. I feel as though I could watch over and over again, each time seeing something different.
In the ancient Sufi language, Baraka is a word that translates to ‘the thread that weaves life together’.
Originally shot in 25 countries on six continents, Baraka brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls “a guided mediation on humanity.” It was a shoot of unprecedented technical, logistical and bureaucratic scope that would take 30 months to complete, including 14 months on location, with a custom-built computerized 65mm camera.
“The goal of the ﬁlm,” says producer Mark Magidson, “was to reach past language. nationality, religion and politics and speak to the inner viewer.
This past Thursday, I was one of the lucky audience members chosen to attend the second TedXManitoba event held at MTC Warehouse. It was a day full of learning and inspiration, jam-packed with 15 speakers and an additional six TED Talk videos. After the day came to a close, I realized how hard it was to summarize the experience (there was just so MUCH), but I’m going to do my best here. Warning: this post is a long one.