“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead
Throughout the process of my passion project and the travels of the creative residency there are lessons to be learned, knowledge to be shared, and wisdom to be gained–and hopefully an interesting experience to entertain.
ALWAYS LEARN AT LEAST ONE THING. This past week my travels took me back out west and little south, landing for my first time in Los Angeles where I would attend the Yellow Conference. The Yellow Conference “empowers women to be agents of good.” And to be honest, it was a gathering that weighed heavily on the heart. The majority of speakers shared stories of milestone moments of sacrifice in their life–nation wide protests and moving to Guatamala or Nepal. While I applaud these women for their bravery and strength, I felt disconnected from the avenue for world change they were pursuing. It wasn’t really the conference I was expecting. It was more a collection of life stories than a tool for education on how the audience may do their part–either by contributing to these preestablished causes or common ethical ways of thinking to apply to one’s own business.
Naturally, my favorite speakers were the ones who offered takeaways of encouragement, reminders, and even personal homework.
GLORIZ LUCINA, of Soulpancake, stressed idea the idea of real person connection and vulnerability. One striking statement that came from one of the company’s projects was, “happiness is not a limited resource.” (Sit on that one for a bit.)
HOLLEY MURCHINSON, author of Tell Me About Yourself, actually walked us through a brief exercise to stretch our thinking of how we verbally present ourselves. Murchinson states that, “self actualization is the pathway to communal actualization.”
They even held a panel discussion covering mental health and how other creatives handle their anxiety and depression.
MAKING FRIENDS. The best part of those two days were the wonderful ladies I had the honor of befriending (who were also extra amazing to help document my design project–see below).
GOODIE BAG GRAPHIC. If you follow my Instagram feed, you are already aware that I had the opportunity to have a hand in the artwork that decorated this year’s Yellow Conference totebag–thanks to my residency with Adobe and my rad supervisor. Read more about the process of this design project and see evolution this graphic took on in less than a week, all on my Behance page.
LA ARTS DISTRICT.
Saturday I took to the coastline exploring Venice and Manhattan Beach.
VENICE BEACH was everything you have ever been told–surfers, skaters, countlessly cheap souvenir shops, and graffiti galore.
MANHATTAN BEACH was recommended to me by the locals, and was by far my favorite. Only a half hour further south and that collective gathering of cultural grudge was transformed into beautiful beachhouse architecture lining the lightly sanded boardwalk.
ACE HOTEL ROOFTOP BAR. Drinks with a view.
Good Eats, Smooth Drinks