BasicLee’s Unique Balls

In 2016, Lee Chipman, a Massachusetts mother of six, opened up her Etsy shop, “It’s Basic Lee Designs”, after encouragement from friends and family. Lee was known in her town for her festive, homemade felt garlands and unique decorations, and eventually selling them to friends and neighbors by request. Lee has totaled 114 sales, most of […]

Art from the Garage

1Man1Garage is an Etsy shop run by Marcus Williams, which creates intricate woodworking art and projects.  Started in 2013, Williams and co-owner Sj Stone accumulated the tools they wanted to complete their designs and from Williams’s garage as a space to develop their designs before creating their Etsy shop. Now in 2017, Williams and Stone […]

The Outside Inventor

“The outsider has nothing to lose” (Wu, 20). It is just this mentality that Tim Wu maintains throughout most of his book, The Master Switch, describing the world’s most innovative tech inventors. Wu argues that these creators, the so-called “outside inventors,” function at a distance from business regulations, monetary pressures, and other conditions that affect […]

Creativity & The Arts

Perhaps one of the greatest pitfalls in contemporary society is the absence of the arts and creative thinking in our psyche. To that end, Ken Robinson’s TedTalk really resonated with me, as did Austin Kleon’s presentation. I think the way the arts are presented to people is completely misconstrued. Math and the sciences are important, […]

“She’s not sick, she’s a dancer.”

So, I am going to get anecdotal for a second because this quote has been kind of this guiding light since I heard it a few years ago. From the time I was a little girl, I wanted to dance. I knew from the moment I saw Tchaikovsky’s, The Nutcracker that Ballet was the only […]

“This is a stickup! Give us all your inspiration!”

“Good artists copy; great artists steal,” goes the maxim of Pablo Picasso. Many would see an irony in these words, given the cubist master’s reputation for generating a wholly unique style. But Picasso might find more common ground with Austin Kleon, a writer and artist who argues (in “How to Steal Like an Artist (And […]

Channeling Your Inner Creator

Do you remember that feeling as a child of being fearless to doing just about anything in life? That feeling that allowed you to use your imagination to play make believe by yourself or wear whatever insanely mismatched outfit you wanted? I sure do and it’s something I rarely get to feel nowadays. The way […]