That’s Deb. She’s awesome.
It is a pleasure to introduce you to her as the next key collaborator in the Flutter Lyon journey.
Deb runs a creative agency – Create or Die – that works closely with artists of many mediums to produce talks, dinners, exhibitions and special projects. She is passionate about bringing ideas to life, great people together and cultivating rich creative community. I recently held a personal Pressing Session with Deb and when I asked her about some of the things she’d like to achieve by the end of her life, she replied “I would love to have made someone’s dream come true.” That one sentence says so much about her. Yeah, she’s pretty cool.
Over the past few months, Deb and I have hosted a public workshop and an intimate Pressing Session dinner and I was a guest on one of the panels at her Sydney Fringe creative talks event.
We first connected earlier in 2013, simply because we both had multi-disciplinary creative practices and thought there might a way we could do something together.
We had no way of knowing (for sure) how successfully we’d work together – as in, we’d never worked together before and we both have high standards, directions and styles. For creative people to collaborate on beautiful and successful projects, there needs to be some sort of alignment of personal and professional values, future visions, aesthetics and skills.
It’s the risk of collaboration – sometimes you just don’t know how it’s going to go until you take the risk and jump in together. It’s a joy when it sparks and it’s a real bugger when it doesn’t.
Turns out, Deb and I spark as collaborators. In fact, it’s a lovely teaming of skill sets and objectives and the projects we’ve worked on together so far have been easy, fun and beautifully successful. Now. We’re. Talking.
In 2014, when I move back to Sydney, we’ll be launching a new workshop series together that focuses on professional and creative development (which probably results in some pretty cool personal development too.) We’re working on the syllabus right now, developing activities and lectures, pulling together the experience and research we’ve gathered over our respective careers.
I’d say we’ll also do a talk series, put on an exhibition, hosts some dinners…who knows what else. But I know that whatever form the projects take, they will be all about community connection and skills development and they’ll be fun, sophisticated, shiny happenings – useful, unique and real.
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I’m so excited to be joining forces with Deb because I’ve really reached the peak of what I can do alone with Flutter Lyon. I’ve spent a full year living in the quiet, open space of the country, developing my ideas, art and stories and I’ve gone as deep and as personal as I needed to go to find the most honest and stimulating future direction I could. Our compass is pointed toward the launch of a world tour with the Flutter Space, Sessions, Ink-Pressings and workshops. It’s a connection driven project that is going to both derive and respond to the energy of a team – a few more heads, a few more hearts and a bit more motion. But it’s got to be the right heads, the rights hearts and the right motion.
I’ll sign-off today with this message – sometimes we can only go so far alone. We can research, we can think, we can plan. But, the really magical stuff starts to happen when you join forces with like-minded people – whether it’s making friends or actually working together – people who are passionate, dedicated and self-aware. Other creatives who love the marriage of creativity and commerce – because if there’s no finance, there’s no future. Other humans who can use the words ‘strategy’ and ‘story’ in the same breath with ease. Because those connection points – the ones between the ideas and the doing – they’re vital. You can have all the intention and hope in the world but if you don’t have the right team with the right vibe and a good plan, then you won’t have half as much fun and you simply won’t go as far.
Connect, converse, clarify, create culture.