Art Collab: Week 4

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are continuing our collaborative exploration together. Every week that we can, one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a…

Art Collab: Week 3

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are continuing our collaborative exploration together. Every week that we can, one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a…

Art Collab: Week 2

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are embarking on a collaborative exploration together. Every week one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a poem, a…

Art Collab: Week 1

The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are embarking on a collaborative exploration together. Every week one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a poem, a…

The Tiny

Perhaps because I spent many hours at the Minnesota State Fair yesterday, a wonderful 10 day event attended by a few million people that embodies excess (people, animals, food, toys, waste, you name it) the notion of ‘the tiny’ is on my mind today. Minimalism has been in on my mind for a while now…

Emerging Partnership

One of the best things that happened to me a few years ago was to be connected with like-minded academic colleagues who are doing work in the field of Partnership Studies and being invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies(IJPS).  For the 2015 Issue for which I was guest…

Discovery via the Arts of Japan

Sunday was another day of volunteering the at the Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Art) – it was my second time this weekend. On Saturday I led a tour with two other CIF (Collection In Focus) Guides on “Taste of Asia” focused on objects from Japan, Korea and China. The visiting group was about 45 students…

Fragmentation/Integration

Every once a while interests and passion, work and personal life converge and it is time to give thanks! Sometimes it is hard to remember that life is one, it is whole and integrated. Because our brains compartmentalize things into sections and parts – work and home, professional and personal, for example, and then in…

Project/Practice, Both/And

As I try to move my work forward with many competing interests (equity and diversity, sustainable and regenerative design, design thinking, creativity, systems change, writing, drawing, speaking, art making, parenting, home care and gardening, to name a few)  within limited or finite time (twenty four hours in a day, seven days in a week), I…