Describing herself as an “artist of the invisible” Elisabeth mused on the need to connect your passion to your ideas, and challenge the conventional.
You can watch the talk here or over at our global library creativemornings.com.
The path of the rebel is never a smooth one. To challenge the status quo, butt heads with mainstream opinion, and reshape society you have to be willing expose yourself and take a few hits. You have to be ready to become an outcast.
But when you look back in time, the rebels are the ones history remembers, for better or worse. They push the boundaries, catalyse change, question the things others blindly accept. They forge new ways of thinking and change the world.
We couldn’t think of anyone who fits that description better then Richie Hardcore. A former Muay Thai Boxing Champion, turned personal trainer, coach and manager, his day job has him working for the Ministry of Heath on a national project aimed at reducing drug and alcohol harm in at risk communities, with his particular focus being on University students and the GLBTI community.
On the side he hosts his own show on independent Auckland radio station 95bfm (repping punk and hardcore), makes frequent appearances on NewstalkZB’s mental health focused talkback show, “The Nutters’ Club,” and was a regular contributor on TVNZ’s sadly disbanded youth channel ULive, promoting “PMA(Positive Mental Attitude) All day”. He even squeezes in a spot of modeling every now and then.
A prominent presence across mainstream and social media, he’s never been one to shy away from strong opinions or difficult topics. Rebelling against the local drinking culture, he became apart of the straight edge movement as a teenager, choosing to live a life free from intoxicants.
In his words, “Being a rebel isn’t smoking and drinking and dying your hair, it’s being brave, meaningfully rejecting what society tells us is normal, challenging it and living our better, higher values, because the personal is political.”
Join us for a stimulating look at what it means to rebel in a modern context from one of Auckland’s local legends.
In August 2013 Photographer, Activist, and Urbanist Patrick Reynolds treated our earlybirds to a passionate talk about “Unf**king Auckland”, and the transport revolution the city is currently experiencing.
We are excited to present the second theme for 2014, “Rebel" brought to you by Shutterstock. The theme was chosen by our Portland organizer Tsilli Pines and her team, and we were thrilled to have Adam Garcia as the month’s illustrator.
CM’s Official Partner for Visual Inspiration, Shutterstock, is a creative marketplace with over 30 million images, enabling photographers, illustrators and videographers to earn money by licensing their work to customers (over $150 million in royalties to artists to date!).
As a company that thrives on art, Shutterstock celebrates rebels who push the status quo, who support creative communities, and who raise the levels of beauty and happiness in the world. Speakers this month will look at what it means to be a rebel at the front of the line or even in your own day to day life.
In Shutterstock’s words: “Rebels think creatively. Rebels are fearless. Rebels force art and tech to advance forward. Rebels make the world a better place.”
As always, free tickets are available starting the Monday before the talk.
Dressed in some spiffy Kermit the frog trousers Illustrator and Graphic Designer Richard Kuoch a.k.a. Podgy Panda with us his learnings from his career, his travels and his love of cartoons, speaking on the theme of Childhood.
The morning was hosted by the team at Movers & Shakers, in their colour-changing inflatable braincell, and proudly brought to you by Curative and Little Lot, with coffee and water generously provided by Coffee Supreme and Antipodes. Thanks peeps!! Our love for you is bigger then a really big tree that would be perfect for climbing.
And thanks to Aria Taylor and Kaan Hiini for taking the photos - Check out the full set here: CreativeMornings /AKL with Podgy Panda »
CreativeMornings/Auckland with Richard Kuoch a.k.a Podgy Panda
Friday 31 January, 8:00am - 9:30am
Movers & Shakers
Don’t you love summer holidays? Fish and chips on the beach, ice creams melting faster then you can eat them, long days filled with nothing but blue skies and the potential for adventure. For many of us its a bit like revisiting our childhood, away from the routine and duties of our daily lives and quite often spending exorbitant amounts of time with family. So we think January’s global theme of childhood fits perfectly.
And to speak to that theme we’re stoked to have Podgy Panda onboard. PodgyPanda (Richard Kuoch) is an artist, illustrator, animator and graphic designer based in Auckland. His characters exude that playful innocence we so often associate with childhood.
Utilising his background in animation and graphic design, he follows his motto “Blink, Smile, Share” by creating characters and illustrations that show his fun and unique take on life through art.
Over the past seven years, he has been busy creating and working on a diverse array of projects. His projects range from commercial design such as logos and character creations, through to apparel and mural designs, with up and coming apparel and vinyl toy projects in the pipeline.
Fresh from a stint in London, he is currently working on an upcoming solo exhibition and group shows around the world, where he hopes to expand the world his characters reside in.
Start the year off the bright and early way and come and join us for coffee and creative chats!
Get your tickets from 11am Tuesday 28 January.
We are excited to kick off 2014 with the theme of “Childhood” brought to you by Squarespace. The theme was chosen by our Milan chapter and we were thrilled to have Ed Nacional create this month’s theme illustration.
The theme is presented by Squarespace, one of our Official Partners, who supports us and helps us keep CreativeMornings free and accessible to creative professionals in over sixty cities around the world. Thanks, Squarespace!
As always, free tickets are available starting the Tuesday before the talk.