Today’s inspiration comes from my side of the gender fence: women with a message, and messages that cross a variety of media.
Reaching out to at-risk kids with art
North Carolina State University College of Design student Shelley Smith has been on a two year mission. She teamed up with a community organization called Haven House to introduce art to at-risk kids ranging in age from 10 to 17 years of age.
â€śI wanted them to know that art is possible for anyone. â€śIt can be a way to express yourself, to escape. And it can also be a career and educational path.â€ť
The workshops have grown from just a couple of participants in a shelter to an impressive offering of workshops with a strong group of volunteer leaders. Read the full story here.
Speculative fiction, environment, creativity and community
Writer Margaret Atwood is known for stretchingâ€”and breakingâ€”boundaries. This time she’s redefined the book tour. To promote her novel Year of the Flood, she toured the United States, Canada and Europe.
Atwood used public transit to reduce the tour’s carbon footprint, but that’s not what made the tour remarkable. She worked with local singers and actors to createÂ an unforgettable experience for her audience, complete with music and performance.Â Filmmaker Ron Mann followed the tour in his documentary In the Wake of the Flood.
A passionate environmentalist, Atwood is co-President with husband Graeme Gibson of BirdLifeâ€™s Rare Bird Club. Bird Life International has published a story about In the Wake of the Flood, complete with a teaser of Mann’s film. You can read more about the film and the book tour here.
War meets sculptureâ€”fearsome machines on a human scale
Sculptor Bella Feldman’s website says she “makes extraordinary objectsâ€”objects that rivet your attention by their physical appearance.”
You can take those words to the bank.
Feldman describes most of her work as “anxious objects… made in anxious times.” Her War Toys series is filled with strange and beautiful machines that make unsettling references to much larger objects as well as issues. She talks about her work and what inspired it in a video you can watch here (normally I’d include the video in the post, but the statement that accompanies it is also well worth reading, so I’m sending you directly to Bella Feldman’s website).
Words to live by
This came to me on Twitter via graphic designer Cindy Vriend. The author is unknown.Â You might want to print this out and put it on your fridge (with apologies to the boys):
Be the kind of woman that, when your feet hit the floor every morning, the devil says, “Oh, crap. She’s up.”
Happy Monday, and Happy Holidays. I’ll see you all again in January.