Blogger and fiber artist Donna Kallner discusses a new wood-burning stove in her new house and the lessons she learned about creativity while learning how to successfully light the stove and enjoy the fire’s glow.
“I need the fire to catch quickly and burn clean. I need heat without drama.
As I was laying a fire the other day, it struck me how similar the process is to what I do in the studio when I need to start something new: Lay kindling, open the back door, strike a match, build some heat and coals, then feed the fire.”
This edition of the Firefly News Flash e-newsletter, produced by Brian Remer’s Firefly Group, focuses on conversation starter pin-back buttons produced by experiential educator Jennifer Stanchfield, and activities for instigating creativity and conversations using buttons, postcards, bumper stickers or other brief random thought expressions.
Paul Sloan explains why he uses improv techniques in his creativity workshops. He asserts learning to improvise is important because it runs counter to our nature and conditioning: “Our natural instinct is to repel the outsider, to reject unorthodoxy and to repulse unexpected ideas. Improv challenges all of this. It teaches us to welcome the unknown and to turn it to our advantage.”
Gail Mooney, a still photographer and filmmaker, writes about working on projects close to her heart (“Passion Projects”) and the use of Kickstarter, a crowdfunding site that leverages social media to help fund worthy projects.
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