Posted by: Liz Massey | November 11, 2010

Surf’s Up, Condensed: Top Creativity Links for November 11, 2010

Photo Courtesy of SXC.

Why Drowning Yourself In Art Supplies Doesn’t Make You An Artist
Creativity coach Dan Goodwin addresses the temptation to amass art supplies rather than create, and how to get past it. Very good!

HOW Design – Designers Tell How Music Influences Creativity
Jenny Wohlfarth reports on how design firms use music to enhance their work, acting as everything from “sonic caffeine” to a “creativity endorphin.”

From Trash to Treasure: Turning Discarded Books Into Art | The Atlantic
Brian Dettmer has a solution to the uncertain future of printed books: make art out of the discards. Part artist and part surgeon, Dettmer uses knives, blades, tweezers, pliers, and custom-mixed adhesive to painstakingly carve three-dimensional sculptures out of old reference books and textbooks. The result is a set of literary monuments that embody the complexity of knowledge and language through the purposeful manipulation of printed texts.

Investing Creative Capital | Buon Viaggio
Barbara Winter discusses the importance of good ideas (vs. money) and creativity in launching a business.Sample quote: “The creative business is more like an artist’s studio than a factory production line. It’s a model we can happily adopt.”

Arts and Healing Podcast: Leah Piken Kolidas
The Arts and Healing Network interviews Kolidas, who blogs about creativity and art at, where she also leads Art Every Day Month (every November) and the year-long Creative Every Day Challenge.

SoulPancake | Is there ever art that goes too far?
Interesting discussion (starting in the post and continuing the the comments section) about religion-inspired satire (aka blasphemy), obscenity, porn and whether limits (of good taste or sanctity) are ever needed when it comes to art.


  1. Hey Liz – Just a quick note of thanks for these great “surf’s up” links – I always find several things of great interest here and I appreciate that you’ve compiled them all right here for us to enjoy.

    Thanks so much!

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