Local Maker Spotlight

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I finally got to meet the woman behind Ersilia Designs at the Portsmouth Farmer’s Market today. Her name is Luca (pronounced Lootza) and she lives in Portsmouth. I think she said she is originally from Hungary. She hand knits face clothes, hand dyes and sews bento and produce bags, and knits adorable pixie hats for children. Follow her on Instagram and buy her stuff on Etsy.


Zane Ceramics ColorI also met ceramic artist Zane Tillinghast. I am so in love with his work. He makes mugs, plates, vases, toothbrush holders, and ceramic strainers for fruits and vegetables. He is a graduate of the Maine College of Art. On his website Zane says this about his work:

“My pots capture the essence of a good time. Through the use of form, I illustrate the irregular and sometimes pear-shaped reality of what it is to celebrate with other human beings, — The act of eating and drinking with this tableware and with the people you wish to spend time with, make the ceramic objects a backdrop for the performance of life to happen around.”

Pear-shaped reality. Love that! Follow Zane on Instagram and buy his stuff on Etsy.

There are 87 days until Christmas. Buy handmade and local! #sustainablestyle

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Creative Mornings PKX – Community

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I have been reading Tina Roth Eisenberg’s blog (SwissMiss) for years. I read along as she started the Creative Mornings lecture series. It was thrilling to learn that it spread to my own community as Creative Mornings PKX.  I’ve wanted to attend many talks over the years but unfortunately, I am always at work.

Late last year, one of the organizers (Noelle Grattan of Five Line Creative) invited me to speak. I was really hesitant but also interested in accepting the challenge. I teach computer classes but I don’t have any experience giving talks. I thought — I could really embarrass myself!  (nervous emoji here!)

How it works is — each speaker around the globe is speaking on one common topic at essentially the same time. When it came time for me to pick a month to speak (and in so doing pick a topic to speak about) I was in the midst of organizing Project Upcycle. One of the options that was presented to me was “COMMUNITY.” When I heard that it felt right so I went with it.
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Like I said, I didn’t have any experience presenting and I thought I could really embarrass myself so I decided to get professional help. (big smile emoji here). I reached out to Mike Teixeira at DECK Presentations for coaching. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. He gave me real concrete direction on how to improve my presentation and how to actually present it. The whole experience has opened my eyes to how helpful a coach can be. If you are struggling with something — get a coach!

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So without further ado, here is my Creative Mornings PKX talk. During my talk, I played a video about Project Upcycle. It is NOT spliced into the talk below.

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THANK YOU!
Thank you, Noelle Grattan, for inviting me to speak. I wouldn’t have done it without your encouragement. Thank you, Keith Tharp, for being patient with me for the photo shoot thing. Sorry I was late! 🙂 Thank you, Raya Al-Hashmi and Miles Woodworth. Your energy reminded me of that final scene in Captain Phillips when Tom Hanks is being cared for by a very capable nurse. Your positive energy really bolstered me that morning. I really needed it.  And thank you, Monte Bohanan. It is always nice to see a familiar and supportive face. And thank you to that tech guy ( I don’t know your name) who made sure the audio worked on my video. Thank you to the whole Creative Mornings PKX team. It was an incredibly positive experience!

xo jam

 

Random Link Pack – 8-23-18

We are hoping we can screen this Vivienne Westwood documentary next Spring before the 10th Annual Clothing Swap!!! Stay tuned and fingers crossed.

My bestie cousin, Sarah, introduced me to Yacht Rock. It’s lots of Steely Dan, George Benson, and Doobie Brothers type stuff and I’m totally obsessed.

Beware of this Instagram account. Once you see it you will want to get bangs. I did.

I’m curious about Port City. I want to buy this hat for my son for X-mas.

Do you follow Erin Little on Instagram? She was asked to photograph the home of a woman who was in her 90s. The woman passed away and her family wanted photos of the house before it was emptied and sold. Such a beautiful and precious place.

My friend posted this on Facebook — ” I just want an organic cotton tampon with a cardboard applicator wrapped in paper – I just don’t understand why this is so difficult to find! After 48 comments she got the answer !!!

Star Island is a great place to go for the day. My sister and I, and my two boys are going tomorrow. We are packing a lunch and planning to go for a swim.

TeePearls are necklaces made from upcycled t-shirts. Handmade in Somerville, MA. Cute.

Sometimes I daydream about moving to Rockland, Maine. I dream of working at the art museum or the library. I could live here.

Next month we have our first meeting to start planning the next Project Upcycle which will take place in March 2019. Designers, start working on your portfolios!

xo jam