Are you a Maker? You might be!
|Photo Credit: SGL Media Blue Door Beads Sign Made from Embroidery Floss and Nails|
On January 9th in Las Vegas at the International CES Variety Breakthrough of the Year Awards, two speeches resonated with SGL Media. Our mission is to bring our SmartyGirl and SmartyFella readers hilarious and enheartening tutorials to improve the home and widen a sphere of influence. Note: None of these businesses paid SGL Media to mention their products or services.
|Photo Credit: SGL Media Editor Erica Tyler Actor Will Forte at Variety Breakthrough of the Year Awards|
|Photo Credit: SGL Media Editor Erica Tyler Musician Janelle Monae at CES 2014|
Speech #1: Comedian/Actor Will Forte
His award speech acknowledged how fortunate he feels to be receiving a breakthrough award for his creative projects as he just turned 42. His movie, “Nebraska” launched Fall 2013. He referenced his age because he spent 8 years at SNL and before that he was behind the camera as a writer. Will Forte said that he felt so lucky to still be taking creative risks, at an Hollywood age, where it is unexpected after one’s 20s. As New Media journalists and early adopters, our Editors felt a kinship with this idea of taking creative risks. His presenters were two of his lifelong creative accomplices who remember writer Will being willing to perform an avante garde Abe Lincoln.
Speech #2: Musician Janelle Monae
The same Electric Lady who seasons her Afro-funk lyrics with science fiction gems from Philip K. Dick and Aldous Huxley honors space-pioneer Sally ride and space-opera crewmember Nichelle Nichols as her forerunners. Janelle Monae’s eloquence as an artist and exuberance as a performer make me feel blessed to witness this newest iteration of awesome!
So what if you are not a comedy writer, song-writer or actor? Both speakers encouraged the audience to create, not waiting for permission or altering who you are for reward.
Here are 3 Creative Spots I found in the Piedmont Ave. neighborhood of Oakland, CA:
1. Fenton’s Creamery
|Photo Credit: SGL Media Editor-in-Chief Renee Marchol at Fenton’s Creamery in Oakland, CA|
A CEO-friend and skateboard specialist likes to meet here for business lunches. Considering Fenton’s added to the sweetness of Pixar’s “Up”, won’t Fenton’s Mint Cookie add agile thinking?
|Photo Credit: Neil Gaiman The Wolves in the Walls Dave McKean’s Pig Puppet via Pinterest|
Yarn-cozy for a 16 oz. paper cup of your favorite coffee? Meh. One that looks like the pig puppet from Neil Gaiman’s The Wolves in the Walls? Must learn to make! Instructions are available for purchase at the brick-and-mortar store or online.
|Photo Credit: Etsy Feline Fibers|
Come in to feel a skein of Feline Fibers. Yes, it’s cat hair woven into the craft supply. That’s transforming a cat hair nuisance into a lovely novelty. Right?
|Photo Credit: SGL Media Blue Door Bead Enterpreneurs|
Equally interested in hammering nails as you are decorating manicures? The colorful Make + Create sign inside this beadery and workshop is made with nails wound with embroidery floss. The co-owners encourage DIY of their customers and sponsor 6 resident artists.
|Photo Credit: SGL Media Blue Door Beads DIY in-store tray|
How does it work for a beginner to jewelry-making? First, take a wooden tray. Next, select your beads and carry them in the tray to the counter. Or, stay and use the workshop tools to make your accessory right there in the shop! The staff is there to answer questions and you might be able to buy scraps of leather for dangling earrings if an artist-in-resident would like to share materials.
Respect your creative self and be a producer of art not only a consumer! Comment below to share your project before it hits Etsy or Instructables. Join our community on SGL Facebook for creative camaraderie!