In/Visible Talks 2018: Connection

In addition to lining up the TED-style talks for the first-ever In/Visible Talks, held on January 11, 2018, we intentionally scheduled breaks throughout the day for our attendees, speakers and partners to get connected. Basically, between The Talks, we made time for more talking. We hoped to take advantage of the energy, experiences, and enthusiasm of the wide range of designers, artists, and creative thinkers who had come together.

There were opportunities while stretching and snacking, while waiting in line for the lunch, and during the Lunch + Learn.

Attendees reported back that there was a good balance of listening and participating, of being part of the crowd and chatting one-on-one. As one person said, “It was large enough where there were plenty of people to chat with, but at the same time, it still felt intimate.”

Here are some highlights.

Photo by G9 Event Photography

“Great crowd!” said one attendee, and many others told us how much they appreciated the diversity of careers and experiences.

We saw lots of networking happen throughout the day. “I made at least five connections that I’m following up with that will help with my job,” one person told us.

We were thrilled to hear that some loved the “un-stuffiness” and “un-fussyness” of the day. More feedback included notes from attendees who felt they were in “a room of friends.”

Photo by G9 Event Photography

The sun came out just in time for lunch, and we caught some breathtaking views from the rooftop garden. While some enjoyed the fresh air and good company, some participated in the Lunch + Learn, where six professionals moderated roundtable discussions on different topics related to the creative process.

In partnership with Google, we crafted our very first student program resulting in an academic attendance grant. After an application process, six students were invited to attend the In/Visible Talks 2018 free of charge. The night before the conference the grant recipients also attended an exclusive pre-conference event where they met one-on-one with Googlers to learn more about design at Google.

Afterwards, the students went out to grab drinks, then spent the day with each other at the conference. It was such a joy to see them make such strong connections with each other.

We hope you’ll continue to be part of our conversations on the creative process. For information about upcoming Salons, Workshops, and other special events, visit the In/Visible Project website.

Join us for the 1st Annual Bay Area Creative Studios Spring Cleaning Art Materials Drive

Have you heard of Creativity Explored? They are a non-profit art center and gallery in San Francisco where artists with developmental disabilities have been creating, exhibiting, and selling their art for 35 years. At stARTup Art Fair SF April 27-29 we will be collecting art supplies to donate to Creativity Explored’s dynamic program and we need your help!

Donated materials will be used for an art show happening during SF Design Week. If you would like to make a monetary donation please do so here, with “In/Visible Talks Materials Drive” in the notes section.

stARTup Art Fair Hours at Hotel Del Sol
Press Preview (invitation only): Friday April 27, 2pm
Guided Room Tour: Friday April 27, 3pm
Opening Night Celebration: Friday April 27, 7–10pm
Public Hours:
Friday April 27, 2-6pm
Saturday April 28, 12-9pm
Sunday April 29, 12-7pm

Check out Creativity Explored’s wishlist below to see if you could donate something that would have a big impact, and please note that they are unable to accept oil based paints, toxic products, and magazines.

Quality archival paper (brand name)
Watercolor paper
Drawing paper
Butcher paper (long rolls)
Drawing pads

Quality acrylic paints

Paint markers
Colored pencils
Oil pastels

Copy stands
High resolution Wacom tablets
Color printer that prints sizes 17 x 22
Archival inks for large format printing
Mac computers
iPads (newer)

LLC Lab Sieve
Gleco Trap
Container with lid (wheel based)
Texturing brush
Wax resist quart
Duncan French Dimensions glazes
Mayco stroke & coat paint
Plaster (pottery plaster)
Iron Oxide Black and Red Ferro Frit
Lid Repair (Kast-o-Lite)
Peeps (skuttle ceramic – not soft brick)
Rubbing Bricks with handle

Table easels
Quality fabrics + fabric paints
Yarn and thread
Large and small, readymade canvas

“One Tool, Infinite Results” Salon at Mullowney Printing

Attendees at our recent Salon were treated to an exceptional panel discussion on design and printmaking. Co-hosted by stARTup Art Fair and Mullowney Printing in San Francisco’s Mission district, the talk featured In/Visible Project Co-Founder Arianna Orland moderating for Artists Carrie Ann Plank and Eric Rewitzer and Master Printer Paul Mullowney. A letterpress workshop followed.

The theme of “One Tool, Infinite Results” referred to the awareness that even using the same tools—paint brushes, ink, paint, paper—artists create vastly different works that reflect their influences, upbringings, visions, skills, and techniques. With some of their artwork on the wall behind them, the panelists answered questions from Arianna and audience members, including What drew you to the practice of printmaking? Do you consider yourself an artist, printer, designer, or none of the above? And How do you set yourself apart as an artist?

Their responses and subsequent discussions touched upon appreciating the beauty of imperfection, experimenting and trusting the creative process, engaging with the community, and finding a balance between professional work and personal studio work.

A video of the “One Tool, Infinite Results” panel discussion is now available online here. Tune in and join members of the San Francisco Bay Area art community for inspiration and motivation to step up your own creative endeavors.