Life by Design: The Art of Creativity

Creating art is such an intimate, spiritual activity. When you tap into your inner soul, creativity, innovation and imagination emerge from the act or process of self-expression. Whether you live in a robust, fast-paced city, remote town or somewhere in-between, there’s living art all around you. You may find inspiration under a wispy tree, a crowded subway or Marta train. However, you shouldn’t wait for your muse to hit. The process of creativity is unlimited and continuously flowing even if you physically don’t feel like creating.

You may go through a slump period but you shouldn’t allow your emotions to dictate your productivity. Sometimes, the best time to create is when you’re emotionally-charged. You may feel sad, angry, stressed or frustrated however you can extract a beautiful piece of art from the deepest, darkest places from your being.

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The voice of your work speaks to your audience whether you’re a chef, musician, artist, designer or writer. Participating in varied activities and life experiences expand your perspective and vantage point. The opportunity to explore and discover new people, places, and things nurture creativity. Museums, concerts or even different types of restaurants provides a palette of flavor and diversity.

Take into account what motivates you. It can be the simplest thing such as a colorful painting on a white wall, clean lines at an art gallery or the organized chaos at a coffee shop.

At the center of all creation, begins and ends with the heart. It connects to the human experience no matter how obscure or abstract. When you are true to your nature by silencing your ego and allowing yourself the freedom to be, you’re creating in your divine essence. By letting go of low expectations, fear, false or distorted self-images, doubts, and procrastination, you release the negative mindsets created by the outside world. It’s an oxymoron. Through opposition, you can find balance. Opposites attract.

The gift of creativity is actively participating in a vivid, colorful life while transforming every intricate part of your personal thoughts, ideas, feelings, and experiences into a mosaic landscape of self-expression.

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Don’t let the distractions of life blind or detour your path. Let your internal GPS system lead the way. Keep going in the direction of your visual kaleidoscope of ideas. Let the world be your canvas. There is beauty in the details. Imperfections, mistakes, and failures, at times, creates relatable forms of work that others will appreciate and enjoy.

Five Basic Ways to Reinvent Your Inner Artist

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As a creator, you may be challenged, at times, to constantly think of new ideas and act on them. It can be daunting when the creative process doesn’t flow as you imagined. 

With so much competition, you feel pressure to perform and wonder how your work will stand out from the millions of talented artist in the same space.

There are a few things that you can do to re-invent your inner artist.

1.      Hone your voice

You must know who you are and listen to the inner voice inside of you. Do not doubt or underestimate your true value.  Listen to your gut. Do not be afraid to be unique. There are a million clones out there, but you’re a designer’s original, so showcase your talent. Choose venues that will be highly profitable and will highlight your work.

2.      Get out of your comfort zone


    You can easily get into a rut or feel stuck. Art is constantly evolving. Whether you’re a designer, artist, writer, chef, actor or musician, you must continue to learn more about your craft. It also helps to be around like-minded people that can motivate you. By sharing with others, you gain a new perspective. 

    You may need to attend a local event, conference or workshop to surround yourself with new people and gain new information, resources, and insight. It also helps to revisit the past and learn about old influences that have changed art culture.  The merging of two opposing sources may just spark a ground-breaking concept.

3.      Stop procrastinating

Nothing’s worse than wasting time or money. Make sure you’re making sound decisions when it comes to your trade. It’s time to get out of your head and activate your thoughts with producing tangible results.  

Take small, measurable steps to accomplish your overall goals. Don’t allow your mood or emotions to dictate your vision. Get off the couch, cell or computer and start creating! Just like a fine wine, you only get better with time.

4.      Stop comparing yourself to other artists

It’s great to admire other people’s work. It often inspires creativity; but when you start comparing your work to others, it’s a recipe for disaster.  Be the best you. Don’t envy other’s abilities. You have your own distinctive skills that you bring to the table.  When you begin to acknowledge and appreciate your own talent, the more exceptional you’ll become.

5.      Produce Quality Materials

You may need to invest in quality tools and supplies to enhance the appearance of your work. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but you should have materials that will ease the creative process.

It’s best to start out small. Whether you decide on a low or fixed budget, as you gain experience, you can always treat yourself to better materials that will ultimately attract your target audience.

As you continue to develop and grow, your work will eventually transform with time.  The inner artist is an expression of life and everything that flows from it. So dig deep and find the treasures that are hidden inside. You may be surprised what you will find.

A Deeper Look into the World of Basic Design Elements of Tradeshow Construction

                                           Roof trusses from AnsherinaDelMundo

When people think of architecture, they think of large monumental structures, beautiful aesthetics and sculptured landscapes. The structure harmonizes with its environment and community much like a string instrument ensemble. There is a purpose behind the design elements that speaks to the world around it.

Very few people take notice of tradeshow design. Much like constructing a floor plan for a house, an exhibition has a specific layout design for the needs and demands of the space.
The designated space must be carefully orchestrated for promotional use. The importance of presentation is priority. The design must relate to the purpose and blend within the backdrop to showcase the desired product displays.
It must also engage the consumer and communicate a sense of excitement and awe. The movement of space and lighting evokes the overall ambiance and mood.  A mixture of natural sunlight and artificial lighting adds a strong component to the overall design. It draws energy into the space and enhances the quality of the personal experience.
Tradeshow design should entail a contemporary feel and sleek appearance. Curved spaces, soft, clean edges and high elevations are incorporated into the design.
Each entrance should flow smoothly from one showroom to another with a massive vantage point with an extended landscape for observation. Having a seamlessly endless open space, brings life and vitality. 

International pavilions gain marketing exposure and benefits for every organization participating in the event. Business development, product promotion and brand building opens doors of opportunities and generates global business leads. 

If a showroom meets these basic objectives, expectations and goals, this is the beginning of a practical and functional space.

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Showspace is based in San Diego, Los Angeles and the Pacific Region of: Korea, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Malaysia, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Shanghai, China. They have over 35 years of experience in the exposition, theatrical, and trade show exhibit building industries. Their clients include both Fortune 1,000 Global Corporations and major national corporations. 
They work closely with clients to build structures that represent the client’s needs.

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Nine Ways to Overcome Creative Blocks

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“Creativity is the essence of the imagination.” Yolanda Berry

If you are struggling with developing new ideas or strategies for your creative project, you may need to step away from the activity and completely reboot your internal creative drive. Here are nine sure ways to defeat creative blocks and unleash your imagination.

1.  Listen to music. Music soothes the soul. It’s hard to be creative under stress or pressure. When you unwind, you will notice that creativity easily flows like water. Your mind and soul must be at a peaceful place. At times, you may be working and listening to music at the same time. However, when you are working, your attention is not 100% focused on the music. Allow yourself to concentrate directly on the voice, melody and harmonies. Even close your eyes and drift away. You will find that you will get a burst of new revelation.

2.  Go for a walk. Nature has a way of silencing your thoughts. The stillness of nature provides a fresh environment where creativity flourish. Trees, river, oceans, beaches, rocks and even the sound of animals such as birds, rejuvenates your conscious mind and allows you to see the project you was struggling with in a new light.
3.  Talk to a friend. Taking your mind completely off the project to engage in conversation and laughter can source renewed energy so you can express all those thoughts that are bottled up on the inside that seem stuck.
4.  Do Nothing. Sometimes we push ourselves so much that we simply are overloading the whole thought process. Keeping up with tight schedules and deadlines, social media, family, work and other activities may garble our vision. Mediation or even taking a nap can provide a sense of escape and recharge those productive batteries.
5.  Stop Comparing Your Work to Others. A sure way to kill creativity is to covet the talent of others. It may be tempting to search for fresh concepts and ideas to help spark your own, but this may slow down the progress or even put up a roadblock. You cannot shine in the shadow of others. Self-discovery and self-analysis opens opportunities for originality. You can’t soul search when you’re focused on others.
6.  Eliminate Fear. Confront fear and doubts that may be holding you back from achieving the ultimate goal. Embrace change and step out of your comfort zone.
7.  Don’t watch the clock. Meetings a deadline can cause panic and allow your creative GPS to steer you in the wrong direction: A thought to nowhere. Don’t allow time constraints squeeze your creative juices. Be mindful of deadlines, but don’t let it to steal your inspiration.
8. Follow Your Instincts. Sometimes we may disregard that voice we hear inside our heads. We may doubt or second guess ourselves. This small error may lead us down the wrong direction because we didn’t trust that sixth sense. Often, ideas come in a glimpse. You must move quickly to capture it. Listen to yourself and then follow through without hesitation. Action supplies numerous options. Don’t discount any idea.
9.  Keep a “creative toolbox.” Write your ideas down on paper, fold and store it in a shoe box or canister. Similar to a cookie jar, you will return to a sweet idea that can be activated just when you need it. Related ideas in the treasure box can also become building blocks or bridges to a solution down the road. You can also store a journal or notepad by the bed.