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Innovative artists in the creative fields.

  • Millennials: Myth Versus Reality October 29, 2017

    panel of four millennial creatives with interviewer at bookstore

    What are real-life millennials like?

    If you don’t know anyone who came of age in the new millennium, common stereotypes might have you thinking things like, “tech-savvy”, “narcissistic”, “lazy”,  and “entitled”.

    The reality is vastly different.

    Hannah Shafiroff, Amanda Lechner, Ellie Liebermand and Conor Walsh behind a table with the banner for the show

    Millennial creative entrepreneurs (l-r:) Hannah Shafiroff, Amanda K. Lechner, Ellie Lieberman and Conor Walsh.

    We had the opportunity, on Saturday, to talk with four millennial creatives in a discussion-panel format.  The setting: Pipe & Thimble Publishing & Bookstore, which is Southern California’s first bookstore to carry independent authors, exclusively.

    Common threads emerged.   The panelists, ranging in age from eighteen to twenty-six, were all making things happen in their creative fields.

    Four perspectives on creativity

    Hannah Shafiroff published and illustrated her first children’s book, The Unexpected Rainy Day, earlier this year.   Currently, she’s studying art in college, with the goal of combining her love of creating art with working in a creative career field.   (And her second book is in the works!)

    Author Conor Walsh displays his book Little Glass Menin the center of Pipe & Thimble Bookstore

    Conor Walsh has written a number of short stories.  Earlier this year, he published his first book: the historic novel Little Glass Men.  Not only is he at work on his next book now–he has considerable talent for marketing his creative work.

    Ellie Lieberman is co-owner of Pipe & Thimble Publishing and Bookstore, as well as a published author (two young-adult novels, Society’s Foundlings and Solving for X, plus numerous short stories).  But Ellie was a creative entrepreneur long before the opening of Pipe & Thimble, in May 2017.   She crafts fairy doors, houses and other fairy-world miniatures.  From the start of her original small business, Acorn Tops, she’s steadily challenged herself with more and more intricate original designs.

    Amanda K. Lechner is a freelance filmmaker.  Her talents include screenwriting, cinematography and directing.  Amanda has created a number of short films on Vimeo, and is currently at work on several freelance projects.

    During our “Millennial Mythbusting” panel, these real-life millennials presented their perspectives.  Work, creativity, common stereotypes and the future all came up as topics.

    Far from fitting any of the negative stereotypes, Hannah, Ellie, Conor and Amanda all knew where they wanted to go, in life, and how they planned to get there.

    And what they had to say may very well inspire you in your creative and innovative journey!

  • “3Dvarius”: Classical Beauty January 20, 2017

    Who would have guessed that a 3D-printed violin could produce concert-quality sound?

    That was Laurent Bernadac’s vision, five years ago.  Today, he’s made it a reality, with his invention: the “3Dvarius”.

    Laurent, who is both a mechanical engineer and a professional violinist, has created the world’s first fully 3D-printed electric concert violin.  He conceived the idea in 2012. according to his website.   After first trying to create a violin in aluminum, he turned to 3D printing.  The result?

    His “3Dvarius”, designed to play classical music as beautifully as a standard concert violin.

    In early January, Laurent exhibited his  innovation at CES® 2017’s Eureka Park™ Marketplace, in Las Vegas.   He also allowed fellow violinists a chance to play his new instrument–and the sound was incredible!

    Laurent talked about the process of designing, testing and marketing the “3Dvarius”.

    In this edition of Over Coffee® you’ll hear:
    • How Laurent came to choose 3D printing for his new violin;
    • Some of the challenges involved in creating it;
    • Laurent’s experiences testing and showcasing his new instrument;
    • His advice to fellow makers and innovators;
    • Where to see and hear the “3Dvarius” and meet Laurent!
    (Will you be at the National Association of Music Merchants trade show, in Anaheim, January 19th-22, 2017 in Anaheim?  Laurent will be there throughout the show, playing and giving a presentation on his new “3Dvarius” electric concert violin!
    Can’t make it to NAMM?  Here’s the link to Laurent’s YouTube channel, where you can see him play his 3Dvarius violin and check out the sound for yourself!)
  • A Creative Countdown January 1, 2017
    by Dot Cannon


    The 2017 Rose Parade® would happen in just over three days–and counting.

    Each completed float would contain more flowers than one florist uses in five years.

    And decorators were hard at work on Thursday afternoon in Pasadena.

    One of the main “Decorating Places” viewing areas was Phoenix Decorating Company’s Rosemont pavilion.

     

    While the roses wouldn’t go on until later, volunteers and staff were busily attaching dried materials.

    According to their website, Phoenix Decorating Company is supplying eighteen of the forty-three floats scheduled for the 2017 Rose Parade®.

    The Rotary International float’s theme is “Rotary: Doing Good in the World”.

    A friendly gold-pink-and-purple dragon wears a “100” medallion to commemorate Rotary International’s hundred years of service.  The dragon will blink its eyes and breathe smoke along the parade route, according to the Tournament of Roses®’ press information.  It will also be wearing a Rotary International medallion, dangling from its twenty-foot tail!

    Nearby was the Union Bank float, themed “Keep the Beat Alive”.  Union Bank and the American Heart Association are jointly presenting this one.

    Riding on this float on New Year’s Day will be a CPR survivor: actress/recording artist Ilisa Juried.  She’ll be in the DJ booth at the float’s center, playing both an original song she co-wrote and other songs at 100 beats per minute.  A “CPR Dance Team” will perform to the music, doing a CPR-inspired dance she choreographed, Tournament of Roses® officials say.

    Why 100 beats per minute?  That’ss the recommended compression rate for CPR!  And the float was pretty impressive…

    …even before they tested the red-white-and-blue LED lights.

    The average Rose Parade® float takes between four and six months to build, Phoenix Decorating company officials say.  Then, decorating it with fresh materials takes between four and five days.

    The day we visited, we saw mostly the dry-decoration stage.

    However, one decorator was attaching yellow chrysanthemums to the giraffe on the Kiwanis float.

    Themed, “Children’s Dreams, the World’s Potential”, this one depicts the toys and books a child might enjoy while dreaming of the future.   Those dreams, of course, would lead to future success, in keeping with the 2017 parade’s “Echoes of Success” theme.

    “Is that cotton?” we asked a decorator.  “Yes,” he replied, “and the lamb’s face is made with strawberries.”

    More viewing opportunities awaited, just a short walk away.

    Vehicles for the Rose Parade® dignitaries had not yet been decorated with flowers.  (The temperature remained in the eighties on Thursday.)  But visitors could see the cars in an outdoor pavilion.

    This year, the Rose Parade® will have three Grand Marshals.  Each will travel in a separate vehicle.

    This 1911 Pierce Arrow will be Janet Evans’ ride on Monday morning.

    In the Brookside Pavilion, decorators were working on additional floats.

    The Ragu® Pasta Sauce float’s theme is “Simmered in Tradition”.   According to Phoenix Decorating Company’s press materials, the Ragu® company wanted “the reddest float in the parade”.  The fifty tomatoes, hanging over the arch, are made with more than 25,000 carnations.

    And this is the Cal Poly Universities’ float, themed “A New Leaf”.  Cal Poly Universities are one of only six independent float builders, or “self-builts”, in the Rose Parade®.

    The Cal Poly Universities float is unique, in that it’s the only student-built float in the parade.  It’s also the only float built in two different places!  Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly Pomona each build half of the float on their respective campuses.  Then, in October, the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students bring their half south, and students join the two halves together.

    And those are just a few of the floats we’ll see tomorrow morning, as the Tournament of Roses® Parade wows crowds for the 128th time with its “Echoes of Success”!  Have a safe and happy New Year, and we’ll see you on the parade route.

    The 128th annual Rose Parade® starts Monday, January 2, 2017 at 8:00 am, Pacific time, at Colorado and Orange Grove Boulevards.  Here’s the link for the parade route.    Following the parade, the “Post Parade Float Viewing Showcase” opens at 1:00 pm at Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards.  Hours are 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on January 2nd, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on January 3rd.  Here’s the link for information.
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