I love flea markets…but not necessarily for the reason you would think.

This morning at the flea market in Sandwich, Mass I stopped at a table and started visiting with Dennis. Here’s Dennis. I scored some cool jewelry, some butter knives, a beautiful serving spoon and silver salad tongs from his goods. The serving pieces he actually gifted me after such a great early morning conversation. Not a bad way to start a Wednesday.

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We talked about kids, art, art school, traveling, creative minds, how creative minds work, selling Cadillacs, GOT JUNK (Dennis is a GOT JUNK Franchise owner in Rhode Island). My kids know that I love that business so much that the guys are referred to as “my GOT JUNK boyfriends” when they take a load from my home or studio. It was a great conversation and I learned that one of Dennis’ sons is a sculptor in Los Angeles. So I of course, needed to know more about his Rhode Island School of Design son working as a sculptor in LA. As an artist and a mother who is taking her son to art school (MIAD Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) in a few weeks, it’s inspiring to hear a story of how a young creative life was constructed.

Here are links to Brian’s work. I really like the Snow White and the Seven Dwarves sculptures. His vision makes them seem so much more complex and multi-dimensional. I encourage you to go the distance if you learn about something that interests you. It’s so easy to follow-up with someone and let them know how you found out about their work, idea, situation etc. This is one of the best reasons for the internet in my estimation.

http://www.brianrochefort.net/About-1
http://www.brianrochefort.net/SnowWhite_SevenDwarves
http://instagram.com/energygloop
http://www.brianrochefort.net/Cups

portfolio pieces/final art school applications

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My son, Ellis Govoni wants to be an industrial designer. He finished up his final applications this morning–good timing for a snow day. Here are a few of the pieces he submitted. The messenger bag is a design he sketched. The “James Joyce” linoleum print was done as a school project. If any of you have helped a child manage their time and efforts in getting their college applications, writing supplements and portfolios done on deadline I applaud you. It’s a surprisingly difficult process. I think he’s officially done now…until one more school comes into his scope at least.

Portfolio Review/Strategy

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Yesterday a remarkable strategy discussion took place at my studio. My friend, Maggie Pace-artist/designer and knitter extraordinare http://www.pickupsticksonline.com/ helped my son get his projects organized for his portfolio deadlines rapidly approaching for his art school application. He has no shortage of ideas, in fact reigning it all in is more the challenge for him and Maggie managed it beautifully.

Now he has a plan and his artist/designer Mom can back off and let Maggie coach him through the process. Actually, I think in most cases Moms can’t manage or coach their 17 year olds. I am not a natural teacher. I work fast and so does my strategic brain. Maggie told me to kindly shut up with a smile on her face while Ellis shared his ideas, sketches, paintings and what stage projects were in currently. Maggie helped him figure out how they could be further developed to fit portfolio requirements and will set a calendar of deadlines for him to hit.

Again, I’ve been writing about this topic a lot lately. The best thing we can possibly do is know where our skills end and build the team that can develop our projects further. Whatever you struggle with, try find the people that are good at your weaknesses. I think we live in such a do-it-yourself culture that we discount our time when considering the whole process of a project. Often you can trade services or goods in exchange for some consulting.

Good luck team building whatever your project or challenges are!