Category: Art

Sculpture of Women by Nnamdi
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Remarkable – Thai Restaurants, The Beetles and Nnamdi Sculptures

This week I visited a Thai restaurant. We go there now that I’ve discovered it has some wonderful chicken curry that tastes just like the kind of Thai curry my Mom made growing up. It brings back memories and helps build more.

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photo of a thai dancerAs we were waiting for our meal, the music changed from some authentic Indian music to one of the Beetles hits. It always strikes me as funny how “authentic”cuisine is often accompanied by non- related music. But, hey, who doesn’t like the Beetles?

Apparently the guy in the booth next to us forgot where he was and was swept away. He started humming and then singing. The restaurant wasn’t really full and so it was pretty clear where the noise was coming from.

Yet, it didn’t annoy. In fact, it inspired this post.

Haven’t we all experienced this spontaneous singing? I heard it in the theater at Mama Mia and just today I had my own concert taking place in the car to the Les Miserables CD. I couldn’t just listen. I had to actively participate.

But, this type of music isn’t a fad. The Beetles endure time. They inspire generations. 

They are remarkable.

Purple CowSeth Godin talks about the importance of being remarkable in his book – The Purple Cow. I make a point to re-read it every once in a while.

It reminds me to focus on adding value. It reminds me to work on products and services that will make a difference. It reminds me to follow my own path instead of trying to copy everyone else.

If you get a chance, read it. It is filled with stories, but at the same time a short read. It reminds us to create relationships, products and services that are worthy of remark (remark-able). Or, singing.

Day-to-day there is a bit of a social pressure, especially for small online businesses, to create daily posts, tweets, and status updates. There is pressure to market your site, your products, and your services. There is pressure, surprisingly, to do things just like everyone else – to follow the same processes, tools, and approaches.

Being REMARKABLE  isn’t going to happen that way.

It takes solitary time to create. It takes reflection. It requires thinking differently so that what you produce will be different, will be lasting and will be…remarkable.

The Sculpture

There are a lot of examples around us, but this week I got to experience REMARKABLE from a box that came in the mail. Months ago I contributed to a Kickstarter Campaign for my friend Nnamdi . He creates beautiful sculptures!

As part of the Kickstarter Campaign, contributors would receive a certain gift based upon their contributions. Nnamdi listed incredible gifts for contributors. Far beyond what I think was expected. That was REMARKABLE.

But, even more REMARKABLE was to receive the actual statue in the mail with an authenticity certificate.

The statue is unique. It is truly beautiful. It is bronze. It feels heavy. It has an authentic signature from the artist.

The statue makes me feel like I have real art in the house. It reminds me of past and present friends. It reminds me of my sisters and my mother. It reminds me of the artist. My man even thinks it is a great piece of art and was surprised at the heaviness, the texture, and the meaning the piece conveys.

I am once again inspired to be REMARKABLE.

Nnamdi sculpture

Graphic of multiple sketches by Jenika
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Villager Jenika – Sketcher

Welcome to Jenika!  

Website: none just yet. (-: a sketch of Jenika

Jenika is probably our youngest villager! Thank goodness! What is a community without a teenager! (-:

Jenika was the second place winner in the 2011 Mahatma Gandhi Art and Writing Contest from over 800 entries from middle schools and high schools all over the United States. The awards were given out at Princeton University. What an honor!

Jenika continues to pursue her sketching skills and is currently a participant in a nationwide “companions” sketchbook project. Or, is it worldwide? I don’t know.

I do know that Jenika is well on her way to creating more great sketches and gets lots of practice from all the requests she keeps getting from friends.

Perhaps she’ll get a website soon to share more of her art with us!

Welcome to Nudge Village Jenika!

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Graphic of multiple sketches by Jenika

 

Sketches by Jenika

Sketches of Jenika’s friends

Graphic of Bugagoo Halloween stuff
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Villagers Paula and Michelle – Creative Craft Site – Bugaboo Corner

Paula and Michelle   Picture of the Bugaboo sisters

Website: http://www.bugaboocorner.blogspot.com/

Etsy Store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Bugaboocrafts?ref=em

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/Bugaboocorner/

We’re excited to highlight two sisters who have come together to create a site that offers creative tips for their readers. Whether it is for a holiday, the kids going back to school, organizing the home or just celebrating life moments, they’ve found a way to infuse their creative talents and ideas into actual products.

Great creativity. Constant posting of new ideas. Focus on a particular target audience. Selling through an Etsy shop. Using Pinterest to get their ideas spreading. And, even a book club for those with the same interests as Paula and Michelle.

All creative ways to spread their message and hear back from their readers using some of the most popular ways to share crafty ideas in the year 2011!

Can’t wait until they start using YouTube to show us how to make these things in a video format! Hint! Hint!

Check out how they change their site banner to match the Halloween season! Smart move considering Halloween is one of the most popular holidays for purchasers in the last few years.

Graphic of Bugagoo Halloween stuff

Welcome to Nudge Village Paula and Michelle!

Photo of Jared
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Villager Jared – Artist

Website: http://www.jaredlindsayclark.com/ Photo of Jared

Jared is quite the artist! He has his own unique style and just had his first very own artshow in New York City which is quite the accomplishment in and of itself.

Take a look at his latest project – an interactive development effort between his mouth, pens and a piece of paper (or wall depending upon which video you watch). He calls these pieces of work the “Orbital” collection.

If you want creative ideas – take a look at Jared’s work. He looks at everyday objects differently than many of us and then turns them in to works of unique art.

Bleed From The Face from kenny riches on Vimeo.

Welcome to Nudge Village Jared!

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Feedback – on ImageKind.com

Feedback is what we all hope for and …are a bit afraid of, right?

We all want to improve, but it can be a bit embarrassing to find out details about our areas of weakness.

However, if you use companies that distribute your product directly to the customer without your interaction, it is REALLY important to find out from your customers if they are happy with the results.

With so many companies available to choose from, there is no reason for you to settle for less than the best.

We ordered a print from Villager Natalierecently and she asked us to provide feedback on the company the company that we ordered from – ImageKind.

Here’s her site at ImageKind – http://nataliecardon.imagekind.com/

And, here is our amateur feedback

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Villager Shirley – Swirleys on Etsy

Website:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Swirleys?ref=top_trail

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In our entry  a few weeks ago, we talked about using Etsy to display and sell product.

Shirley has a passion for crocheting and has turned that passion into an online business through Etsy.com.

She’s just starting out, but has a lot of products available and continues to grow the variety of products she offers.

We’ll follow Shirley as she applies different marketing strategies, figures out if Etsy is truly the place to offer her product and other lessons that she learns along the way.

In the meantime, if you’ve got kids or grandkids that need Christmas gifts, take a look at her store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Swirleys?ref=top_trail .