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forget about confidence

24 Jan

forget about confidenceWhat I really needed today was this article: ‘How to Create a Captivating Presentation’! Tomorrow I have a job interview and I was in the process of making my presentation when I came across this article.

The best one: Forget about confidence and focus on enthusiasm!

These tips were so helpful, I have made my own little card to keep with me at all times. I think these are not only helpfull for presentations but in lots of situations or as they put it;

These are the core skills of creative professionals.

Play & laugh

11 Jan

2013Last year I wrote my first To Do list. Wait… not my first To Do list… I have made thousands… My first New Year’s resolutions list. I really enjoyed doing that, just sit down for a moment and think of the things you want to work on, change or keep. I haven’t looked at the list till a few weeks ago. Turns out ost of the things on the list I achieved! For instance; make less lists, learn to chill the f*** out, face my fears, cross this river, create a save and peaceful home and read books.

Today I made a new one! ❤

One of the plans I added to my list today is joining the 100 days project. I got inspired after watching this TEDx talk by Emma Rogan. I signed up today and hopefully can start in April 2013.

Expand your view

6 Jan

These Retro inspired prints are by Jan Skácelík from the Czech Republic and you can find them on etsy. Jan is inspired by ‘mid century modern design’. This made me look into the names mentioned as inspiration. I had never heard of the name Catherineholm, but when I saw it I knew. I can’t really remember where and if I have ever seen it in real life, but it is so typical and it feels really familiar.

Jan has made a series of prints bringing an ode to these enamel kitchenware.

Grete Prytz Kittelsen is the queen bee of Norwegian design in the Scandinavian Design movement. Her designs were often inspired by American art, characterized by clear, plain colors and simple shapes. She completed several studies and received several awards and honors in the 1950s. What a strong woman this must have been, in that period of time.. The designs are so timeless, or is this a case of if-you-wait-long-enough… Another name that was referred to was Stig Lindberg. “Stig Lindberg´s artistic activities illustrate a highly successful collaboration between artist and industry. Collaboration between artists and manufacturers was something that developed strongly during the 20th century and that is now studied – and criticized from several aspects.” If the illustration was his I am not sure. In the article from the National Museum they say he collaborated with textile designer Astrid Sampe. Another name worth checking out! 

Like that

5 Jan

I was having a difficult start today. Another day at home and still not really able to grasp what is going on exactly, and maybe worse, not knowing what to do about it… So I tried to find some information on the web.

I came across this dutch documentary on Quarterlife crisis called “All We Ever Wanted”. It follows four young, creative, ambitious people who live a shiny, happy life, so it seems.

2010. The sky’s the limit. Anyone can be a star and beautiful and popular. So, why aren’t you? Our dreams are big, wild and infinite. In an environment of ‘more is better’, ‘enough’ no longer seems to exist.

Gradually it becomes apparent what it takes to keep all the balls in the air. What do they demand of themselves? How did they get to that standard? They do not want just too much? Slowly their doubts and fears come to light. The film offers a disturbing look behind the scenes, the greater the illusion of success the more bitter the lonely hours at home are.

The stories are very recognizable. Their backgrounds, their dreams, their fears, their panic, their insecurities… and so forth… Not really found a way to deal with this, but hey… what do you expect… Right, ‘too much’…

There was a link posted to one of the songs in the documentary which I loved.

Make less lists

4 Jan

On the website Share Some Candy I found these New Years Resolutions by Teresa Wozniak. Although this one works just fine for me too, except losing the 30 pounds and go to Ireland, I decided to use this one as inspiration to make my own… I don’t know if that was such a good idea, since now I can’t stop… I let go of the idea of designing it. I thought of doing it by hand, ’cause one of the things that should be on my list is drawing and writing by hand… When I got going I filled a page in about 15 minutes. I think I might just go on and try to finish it, even though I started to wonder if this is something I should do right now. But on the other hand it gives an idea of what my head looks like on the inside…!

So here is a preview of my list:

Dragon

21 Dec

Another picture from my digital stack of images… I love japanese/chinese or maybe better said oriental illustrations and stories. This one I like so much cause it brings together the traditional and the contemporary Japanese culture. I tried to trace back the illustrator, but unfortunately I can’t…

Yourself

20 Dec

I have this habit of saving stuff I find pretty, interesting, inspiring, fun, romantic or… well, any reason maybe. This was one of the reasons I am working on an extreme home makeover, you can imagine. This habit is also in action every time I visit this thing called the internet. The good thing about collecting stuff through internet is that you don’t have to stack it all in your home. I created a map on my computer called **inspiration where I throw pictures found on the internet. I have no clue of where most of them come from, cause it is just a big pile of images. This is one I picked from the pile…

I will be sharing more of these random images as well as a selection from the 1666 links I collected on my Delicious over the years…!

Old ladies disease

13 Dec

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This week there was an article in the Volkskrant magazine about young people with a burn-out. It said that one in ten employees between 15 – 25 are extremely tired, stressed and have panic attacks… Although I am not in my twenties anymore (34), I still fall into the categorie young. It has (only) been 3 months since I was forced to stop working and I am still figuring out what this ‘burnout’ is. Ofcourse I had heard about it and could picture what it would be like and people even warned me about it, but dealing with this is more difficult than I thought.

Coming to a screeching halt after having worked continuously since I went to artschool and not being able to do the littlest things, like reading an email or get grocheries, feels crazy to me. I totally feel like an old lady. But there are good things to that too!

Not being able to do nothing, I need to find little things to do. Turns out, they are fun eventhough they are (old) lady like… So, I will be filling my blog with these things that will bring me peace and inspiration to make my *new* day to day life beautiful and balanced!