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October 2012 Read This Stuff! : How do YOU inspire creativity?

October 2012 – Read This Stuff!

We are back this month with a personal challenge!

How do YOU inspire creativity in your life?

October is the start of the fourth quarter of the football game of your year. It’s time to push into the red zone and get the job done; go get the win!

We all get there in different ways and one way we get there at theviewfromhere is to find inspiration in the things around us. Like football and streetart. Yes, they are mutually exclusive but inspirational in and of themselves. This month’s book selection is less about reading than it is about being inspired by a movement and the imagery that movement creates.

Come join us and share in our inspiration!

 

Click here to watch our slideshow of Toronto streetart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you can check out the artist we feature in our video here!

Over to you: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

Over to you times two: Do you think streetart inspires people and contributes to the urban fabric of a city?

 

 

 

 

About this Author: Ralph Dopping (199 Posts)

A quirky sense-o-humour coupled with an indelible sense of stylish sarcasm makes it difficult to take the world too seriously doesn't it? My faves: fun, passion and hard work. I work here everyday: www.designdialog.ca


101 comments
Jeevanjacobjohn
Jeevanjacobjohn

I personally don't have any opinion regarding street art (well, I haven't seen any, maybe I have and wasn't consciously aware of it). I don't live in the city anyways (suburbs, you don't see much street art around my area).

 

But, since I took art appreciation last semester, I think street art is a great way to express yourself (of course, you don't want to misuse street art, as many people do). Take it as an art form and treat it like one (usually street art isn't seen as positive, is it? People associate street art with gangs and those kinds of things).

 

Thank you for the recommendation, Ralph. But, unfortunately I already have over 10 books on my waiting list now (I guess I could come back later :D).

Faryna
Faryna

I'm sick of the most common form of street art- grafitti. Because I live with it. It is often banal, low culture, and uninspired.

 

I live with this street art in a neighborhood of inspiring, early 20th century classical architecture. While I could appreciate the irony if I was just a tourist, I see the street art on my street as a lackluster and desperate cry resounding the street artist's lack of purpose, passion, vision, and connection.

 

 

Late_Bloomers
Late_Bloomers

Hi, Ralph, so sorry I missed the #TBJ, wonder how I could have missed out on all the traffic! Ah, blame it on the time difference.

 

I love street art, again there is a cultural difference between Europe and NA. My daughter was involved in it ten years ago (when hardly anybody knew how to spell Banksy) and when we travelled around she always pointed things out to me. I am grateful she kept the spraying to a minimum (as it is illegal in Switzerland) but she was part of an international group that put stickers up in all places. And Paris is big in street art (space invader).

 

Inspiration? I have the best ideas when I take a shower but by the time I get out of it they have evaporated! Inspiration comes via all senses but my best would be my olfactory sense: spices, blossoms, flavours of cooked food (you have just come back from the South of France, close your eyes and try to remember the special fragrance. YES, of course, the rosé)!

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lauraclick
lauraclick

I don't think we have much street art in Nashville. Yes, we have graffiti, but not the beautiful stuff in the your Flickr slideshow. I'll have to be on the look out though!

 

As for creativity? Most of my best ideas come while running or showering. I guess the more I run, the more I need to shower, so perhaps that logic works, right?! ;) Thanks @KDillabough for bringing me over here! :)

Vidya Sury
Vidya Sury

I love street art. The road in our area has beautiful murals at a particular stretch and I imagine all sorts of stories about the diverse art. I think it adds to the "urban fabric" - I always enjoy taking a walk down that road with someone - what great conversation starters!

How do I inspire creativity? I have the privilege of visiting my son's school everyday and enjoy being around the children. Right now - as we start the nine-day festival of Navratri, I am enjoying the lively celebrations everywhere.

I enjoy waking up every morning to a brand new day!

 

Love your Tshirt, Ralph! And your bookshelf. And those monkeys. And your voice.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @Faryna Finally, an opposing view.

 

You know, Stan, I have heard this a lot in Toronto. The on-line magazine, Blog TO, published a commentary on street art a year or so ago and there were some very, very strong opinions to the contrary. The discussion, as it often does in Toronto, turned political. Too bad. The ideals of the artists were undermined by people's political posturing.

 

I agree when streetart is nothing more than (gang) tagging. It was originally meant as a protest statement or an acknowledgement of the underprivileged so I understand the negative connotations. There are many forms of the arts that can show lack of vision, purpose and passion but connection is really what street art is all about. The connection of the sub-culture to its counterparts.

 

I do understand that defacing a beautiful piece of classic architecture is not acceptable but I suppose that I can't support streetart and agree with that statement in the same breath but I have to because I have a strong affinity for architecture. I suppose Toronto is filled with sensitive street artists that rarely tag our public treasures.

 

Thanks for your point of view Stan. It is appreciated. Cheers.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @Late_Bloomers Yeah, I saw some Space Invader stuff there. Funny, I pointed that out to my wife as we were in the back of a taxi driving into Paris. Very cool stuff and I love the name. It is just so street artist to do that!

 

You make me laugh. You have great inspiration in the shower but it evaporates after getting out. I suppose you need some way to record those ideas while you are showering. Ha! It is amazing how everyone draws inspiration and you are no different. I had hoped to hear more of that from the jokers that #TBJ's me here but alas I had to settle for fun instead. That's pretty inspiring too.

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KDillabough
KDillabough

 @lauraclick Thanks Laura, for heeding the call:) You are now officially part of #TeamBlogJack!

rdopping
rdopping moderator

Awwwww  @Vidya Sury  that's such a lovely sentiment. You enjoy waking up to a brand new day! How inspiring is that?

 

Fantastic that you are a fan of street art. Awesome attitude. There are a ton of North Americans who absolutely abhor the medium. Ahhh, what do they know.

 

I really appreciate your positivity. Thank you so much for the compliment. Have an awesome day.

 

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rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @ExtremelyAvg Love that! Sounds like it might make a good soup.

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Erin F.
Erin F.

 @rdopping  @Late_Bloomers I feel a little guilty about the havoc we wreaked, especially after reading Geoff Livingston's post yesterday. 

 

I usually have to be by myself in order to feel inspired. I don't spend a whole lot of time waiting for inspiration. I get to work, and inspiration sometimes visits.

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rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @KDillabough  @Erin F.  @Late_Bloomers  @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing  @lauraclick  @Vidya Sury  @ExtremelyAvg  @Adam | Customer Experience  @bdorman264  @3HatsComm  @http://joshuawilner.com/  @Faryna We do! I had no intention of complaining and if it came off that way I apologize. I love this community and the camaraderie! I can't say that enough. I was TRYING to be funny and it didn't work. So, again, sorry. As I mentioned, I will post some ideas for the TBJ logo for everyone to vote on tomorrow.

 

What else can I do to make this right?

KDillabough
KDillabough

 @rdopping  @Erin F.  @Late_Bloomers @Soulati | B2B Social Media Marketing @lauraclick @Vidya Sury @ExtremelyAvg @Adam | Customer Experience @bdorman264 @3HatsComm @http://joshuawilner.com/ @Faryna I think it's important that we get clarity on this:

 

First of all, thank you Erin for the apology: I was hurt, but I understand that you were supporting Ralph because he didn't feel anyone was responding "appropriately" to his post.

 

Ralph, you actually offered up your site for a #TeamBlogJack, so I rose to the challenge. It seems that you were disappointed or annoyed that the comments did not answer the questions you asked in your post, but not everyone does that anyway. Commenters should be free to comment as they see fit: not everyone answers what the blogger asks, nor is it our role to demand our commenters to comment in the way we WANT them to (bearing in mind that we do expect common courtesy, respect, and adherence to comment policy)To be clear: a #TeamBlogJack is actually a form of highest "luv" for someone whose place we want to shower with "social"...fun, frivolity, banter and exchange, NOT at the expense of the site/host, but in recognition of them. It's like a celebrity roast. If some choose to focus on commenting on the post, as Stan and Vidya did, bravo! If others' start a chain of banter, bravo that too!It takes a lot of time and energy to facilitate a blogjack...to keep energy and comments going, especially if the blogger is absent, as happened over at Brian's. As he will attest, he came to his blogsite with a pleasant surprise with the fun that had been going on in his absence.Anyone can certainly call a #TeamBlogJack at any time, but I want to underscore that, from its outset, it's all been about community and connection. I thought we had something good going here.

rdopping
rdopping moderator

 @KDillabough  @Erin F.  @Late_Bloomers Hold on a sec. No need to resign. Not everyone shares the same opinion and that's fine. Personally, I think the #TBJ is a great way to show support of you fellow bloggers. We are supportive of each other and it has just gotten started. The great thing is that anyone can contribute or choose not to.

 

BTW, the logo will be done tomorrow (or options for review). I will post them here for voting and tweet out a call to action on votes. 

 

You better stick around @KDillabough  You are one of the pieces of the puzzle and a puzzle with a missing piece is not a complete picture. Sad face if you go.

Erin F.
Erin F.

 @KDillabough  @rdopping  @Late_Bloomers Oh no! No, don't do that. I'm just working through some perspectives on comments and commenting practices. I should have kept my thoughts to myself. I didn't mean to undercut what you (and I) were doing at all. I'm so, so sorry. :(

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KDillabough
KDillabough

 @Erin F.  @rdopping  @Late_Bloomers Well, I will respectfully disagree. I think the entire purpose of a #TeamBlogJack is to a) add a comment on the post (which most of us did...perhaps not to your satisfaction, Ralph, but so be it) b) engage some new people to the post (which happened) c) to have a party/fun (isn't that what "social" is supposed to be about? Getting together with friends and enjoying good-natured fun and banter?) and d) a #TeamBlogJack is just that... a hijack for fun and frivolity, community engagement, bantering among friends.

It would be different if we were disrespectful, did this all the time (never sharing any comments on the actual post) or blogjacking the same places over and over. And since I don't believe in balance, I don't believe it needs to be "balanced". That defeats the entire purpose of a #TeamBlogJack.

 

If I sound snippy, I am. It takes a lot to be at someone else's site for almost an entire day to make sure that people keep coming, responding back to comments in case the host is unavailable (which happened over at Brian Meeks, and Ralph joined in here after we'd gotten the party going), continuing to tweet and trying to get others engaged.

I think I'm officially resigning.

KDillabough
KDillabough

 @Erin F.  @lauraclick  @rdopping You probably could Erin:) Ralph's cooking up some ideas for a #TeamBlogJack badge (oops...did I let the cat out of the bag on that Ralph?), and I'm putting some thought into it too. Then we can put it on a toque for you:)

rdopping
rdopping moderator

@KDillabough @lauraclick @Erin F. I could give it a go.

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KDillabough
KDillabough

 @rdopping  @lauraclick  @Erin F. ooooh, toques for sure! Who's in for helping design a #TeamBlogJack and/or #TBJ logo? I'm putting the call out to all who might be reading this!

KDillabough
KDillabough

 @lauraclick I'm figuring we need to create a #TeamBlogJack badge. Are you listening @Erin F. ? Between the Honourary Canadian badge that Erin and I have talked about (but haven't yet cooked up...and of course, #TeamBlogJack members would also automatically be Honourary Canadians:) and a #TeamBlogJack badge...I need to get working on this!I see #TeamBlogJack coffee mugs, badges,...oh my! And if we weren't already crossing paths in triberr, a #TeamBlogJack tribe would be in order too!

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