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Last week Ignite Baltimore held their 15th round of lightning talks and as usual it was a fun mix of local perspectives and ideas.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of a lightning talk, speakers have 5 minutes and 20 slides that advance automatically to share their stories and make a point. There are, to my knowledge, no limits (other than time and slide quantity) to what speakers may cover so these evenings of about 15 speakers are generally pretty interesting.

Here are a few of the speakers from last week. Check out the rest on Ignite Baltimore’s YouTube Channel.


Courage to Code by Brigitte Warner


Radical Redemption: Prison Hospice by Kristin Metzger, R.N.

Last week I had the chance to enjoy the thirteenth installment of Ignite Baltimore, an ongoing lightning talk series. In case you missed the event, here are a few of the more memorable talks from the evening:

Paul Mathews‘ look at Baltimore’s historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood was a great crash course for newcomers and longtime Baltimore lovers alike:

Trevor Villet’s talk on Detroit and Baltimore:

Adam Ruben took a look at the public perception of science:

Possibly the most vigorously applauded of the evening was Catharine Robertson‘s talk about discovering details around her birth mother:

Another clever and well received talk was Brad Wray‘s look at how people choose to win benefits through cooperation or competition:

Tronster did a nice job of closing out the evening:

You can check out the full list of speakers on Ignite Baltimore’s website and watch videos of all of the speakers on their YouTube channel.

Baltimore screenprinters and letterpress junkies rejoice!
This Sunday, Baltimore Print Studios will celebrate their grand opening!
BPS Grand Opening

Open for the first time to the public, Sunday’s event will feature letterpress and screenprinting demonstrations and light refreshments; all for FREE. Come one, come all–Sunday October 17th, from 3-7 PM at 18 W. North Ave.(between Maryland Ave. and Charles St.) in the Station North Arts District.

This weekend the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will play host to the Contemporary Print Fair. Visitors to the event can enjoy and purchase prints from fourteen major contemporary art dealers, galleries and presses. The two day event will also feature guided tours, artist lectures and a panel discussion.

Consult the event Web site for a full list of scheduled events and participants

The Baltimore Fair for Contemporary Prints & New Editions
Saturday and Sunday, 27-28 March 2010 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
at The Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Drive Baltimore, MD 21218

Looking for something to do this sunny weekend, Charm City and D.C. metro readers? Then why not check out the Highlandtown Spring Artfest this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Held at Magnolia Designs Gallery in the Skylofts, the Artfest promises to be a fun way to welcome the new season and support local artists and craftspeople.

Artists at Saturday’s event will include: Adornments by Atelier Beads, Elisa Shere Jewelry, Joe Dennison, Lana Bella, Robert Funk, Tigerlilyshop and many others.

Saturday 20 March 2010, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Skylofts 3701 Bank Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, check it out

The videos of last week’s Ignite Baltimore 5 are all available on YouTube; life is good.

The event itself was great; bigger and even better than IB4.

Here are a few of the more memorable presentations:

transcript of Brian Sacawa’s talk
Part of what I liked about this talk was the belief in Baltimore he expressed– that we are not simply, “Brooklyn’s farm team.” His tongue-in-cheek humor didn’t hurt either.


Wolverine AND Teddy Roosevelt in the same presentation?! Yes, please. Why do I have a feeling Tom has a master’s thesis worth of notes on this topic lurking in his sketchbooks.


A great, smart young woman who is working hard to change the world around her.


To me, this was the most important talk of the night–a brand strategist talking about the power of storytelling and the values of theatre being applied in business.

Living in the Balto/D.C. metro area and looking for something to do this weekend? Well then head down to D.C. this Saturday (19 Dec) for the fourth annual Holiday Booty Market! Featuring the work of twenty regional artists and crafters, the market is a great chance to find last-minute holiday treasures for your loved ones all while browsing among the beautiful furniture available at Design Within Reach. A few of the vendors featured Saturday include:

60 bugs

60 bugs

de*nada

de*nada

Mary Ellen Doran

Mary Ellen Doran

Goshdarnknit

Goshdarnknit

Red Prairie

Red Prairie

Jaime Zollars

Jaime Zollars

The event will be held in Washington D.C. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Adams Morgan Design Within Reach showroom. Checkout the event Web site for more details.
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Images: 60 bugs, De*Nada Design, Mary Ellen Doran, Goshdarnknit, Red Prairie Press, Jaime Zollars

TEDx

04/11/2009 — 1 Comment

October was such a busy month that it’s hard to believe that we’re already four days into November; but here we are, the day before Guy Fawkes Day the TEDxMidAtlantic conference.
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I’m excited to see what tomorrow’s conference holds and hope to have plenty to share in the days following the event. In the meantime, if you haven’t already read it, there is a thoughtful article about the conference in today’s Baltimore Sun.

And if you were not lucky enough to obtain registry for tomorrow’s event, beginning tomorrow (5 Nov 09) there shall be a live feed of the event available here.

Image: Me

Last weekend, I ventured down to the water for the Fells Point Fun Festival; it was the first time I had been down that way in almost five years. In all of the years I’ve been away, parts of the City have truly grown and revitalized in a way I was not fully prepared for.

So it was a bit of a shock to see the once cracked and fractured corners of Fells Point completely rebuilt into new homes, condos, cafes and businesses. Whole buildings I’d grown to love were gone, and while I was delighted to see the community dancing in the streets under a summery sun, it was sad to see fleeting pieces of our history gone.

While tidying earlier this evening, though, I realized I still have a few pieces of those buildings we lost in old photographs:

brickwall

fells

fellsbldg

fellspeel

fellsdoor

What do you think? Are there buildings or monuments from Baltimore’s past that you miss? Are there architectural disasters you’re glad are gone?
Images: Me

For the 34th year in a row, the American Craft Council (ACC) will hold its annual San Francisco show this weekend at the Fort Mason Center!

If you have never been to an ACC show, boy have you been missing out! This year’s San Francisco show will feature 250 national artists who have traveled to the Bay area to show and sell their latest and greatest– furniture, clothing, jewelry, decor (a list of exhibitors is available on the show page organized by medium).

Over the years, I have been to many of the ACC shows in Baltimore and seen an AMAZING range of work and art. By attending these shows, I have met artists whose work has enriched my life, enlivened my home and even inspired my own work.

    Details:

  • The American Craft Council Show in San Francisco
  • at the Fort Mason Center (vague directions available here— but if you’ve never been there, it’s a pretty walk along the water past Fisherman’s Wharf– the view from the hill above is gorgeous!)
  • Friday, August 14; 10am – 8pm
    Saturday, August 15; 10am – 6 pm
    Sunday, August 16; 10 am – 5 pm
  • Tickets are $12/person or $18 for a two-day pass. And since they’ve extended the Friday evening hours to 8pm, tickets for Friday night only are $5 after 5pm; a SCREAMING deal, if you ask me. OR if you know you’re going and want to save a few bucks, why not buy your tickets ahead of time at a slight discount here.

Not a Bay area resident? Fear not, faithful reader. There are other ACC shows around the nation throughout the year.

For the rest of the 2009 year the ACC shows are as follows:
San Francisco, CA Aug. 14-16, 2009
Charlotte, NC Nov. 6-8, 2009
Sarasota, FL Dec. 4-6, 2009

For 2010, the ACC shows are as follows:
Baltimore, MD Feb. 25-28, 2010
Atlanta, GA Mar. 12-14, 2010
St. Paul, MN Apr. 16-18 , 2010
San Francisco, CA Aug. 6-8, 2010

Hopefully, you can check at least one of the ACC shows in the next year!

Nevermore

29/06/2009 — Leave a comment

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe


Growing up in Baltimore, exposure to Edgar Allen Poe was inevitable; you might say Baltimorians or Baltimorons (if you prefer) are well versed in Poe-etry. While some argue the author’s association with Baltimore, the city continues to dote on its departed darling of the macabre.

This past January (the 19th to be exact) was the bicentennial of his birth, and since then the city of Baltimore has been celebrating the milestone with ongoing events and exhibits throughout the year. The programming for Nevermore 2009 includes a range of events from theatrical performances to gallery exhibitions and walking tours.

The September 25 performance of Berenice at the National Museum of Dentistry should prove to be interesting and I can only imagine what his funeral service on October 10 shall be like with a number of notable “dignitaries” in attendance. Of all the happenings around this milestone though, I hope most to visit the Art of Darkness: Inspired by Poe exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art on display from October 2009 through January 2010. Autumn is, quite arguably, one of the best times of the year to visit Baltimore– the light is golden, the leaves are turning and there are always tons of great cafes and galleries to discover and enjoy. If you’ve never been, there’s nothing like a long October weekend getaway in Charm City, check out the City’s visitor’s bureau Web site for travel ideas, or ask a local, ask me!

Images: WikiMedia Commons’ file of C.T. Tatman’s 1904 photograph copy of an 1848 daguerreotype (LOC Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-10610).

Nomads

04/05/2007 — Leave a comment

Looks like Future Design Days is going nomadic… what are the chances of meetings outside of Sweden, I wonder.. Italy and Asia seem like likely possibilities, but we’ll just see i guess..

Have been spending a lot of time lately with Nick Bantock’s work – which has triggered two things in me – wanderlust and a desire to spend exorbitant amounts of time making art instead of my day job…