Inspired by trash, real tomatoes, and the Foo Fighters.

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Happy Friday everyone!

We’re back with some good inspiration and gourmet food for thought. This week, we explore street art on a rainy day, during a bike ride, as we’re looking at portraits with trash shoes on, eating real tomatoes from a garden and singing “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters.

True passion inspires me. I admire dedicated people, who let their beliefs guide them into doing meaningful and altruistic things.  Photographer (and my husband) Scott Lowden learned about The Frazier Center's important work for the local community of people with various levels of disability, and decided to help tell their story. Regardless of how busy he is, he still found time to contribute to something he believed was important. Through a series of powerful portraits, he captured the spirit of a wonderful community of people who support and care for each other.

“True passion inspires me. I admire dedicated people, who let their beliefs guide them into doing meaningful and altruistic things. Photographer (and my husband) Scott Lowden learned about The Frazer Center’s important work for the local community of people with various levels of disability, and decided to help tell their story. Regardless of how busy he is, he still found time to contribute to something he believed was important. Through a series of powerful portraits, he captured the spirit of a wonderful community of people who support and care for each other.” -Wendy
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The unexpected always inspires me, and the artwork created by Rainworks in Seattle is just that—unexpected in the best possible way. Imagine walking down the rainy streets of Seattle, only to see a message appear before you. Using an environmentally friendly, non-toxic and temporary hydrophobic spray, these messages are invisible when it is dry, only to appear when the day is gloomy and ready to brighten any day.

“The unexpected always inspires me, and the artwork created by Rainworks in Seattle is just that—unexpected in the best possible way. Imagine walking down the rainy streets of Seattle, only to see a message appear before you. Using an environmentally friendly, non-toxic and temporary hydrophobic spray, these messages are invisible when it is dry, only to appear when the day is gloomy and ready to brighten any day.” -Lisa

Summer is a great time to take advantage of local and seasonal foods. While I'm personally a big fan of Farmer's Markets (especially the Grant Park Farmer's Market),  there's also nothing like fruit and veggies from your own garden. Once you've tasted a fresh tomato, you'll never want grocery store veggies again! For further salivation, check out this link for some summer inspiration in your kitchen!

“Summer is a great time to take advantage of local and seasonal foods. While I’m personally a big fan of Farmer’s Markets (especially the Grant Park Farmer’s Market), there’s also nothing like fruit and veggies from your own garden. Once you’ve tasted a fresh tomato, you’ll never want grocery store veggies again! For further salivation, check out this link for some summer inspiration in your kitchen!” -Lamar

Today's inspiration: Trash Adidas produced their new kicks from recycled plastic ocean waste. Also, Cyrus Kabiru, a Nairobi, Kenya artist is turning e-waste into wearables and art. Being responsible is becoming more and more of an artistic venture, and I feel like that is a positive shift in attitude that our generation can be credited with. Us and the Pope finally admitting to global warming (yaaay, go Pope!)

“Today’s inspiration: Trash
Adidas produced their new kicks from recycled plastic ocean waste.
Also, Cyrus Kabiru, a Nairobi, Kenya artist is turning e-waste into wearables and art.
Being responsible is becoming more and more of an artistic venture, and I feel like that is a positive shift in attitude that our generation can be credited with. Us and the Pope finally admitting to global warming (yaaay, go Pope!)” -Ana

My recent vacation reunited me with my bicycle after a bit of a hiatus. Bikes are a great way to explore a place with no separation from sights and smells and they can take you places a car just cannot go. I love all of the strange and wonderful things I see when I slow down and take the time to look around.

“My recent vacation reunited me with my bicycle after a bit of a hiatus. Bikes are a great way to explore a place with no separation from sights and smells and they can take you places a car just cannot go. I love all of the strange and wonderful things I see when I slow down and take the time to look around.” -Scott

“With a frontman as badass as Dave Grohl (see: falling off stage, breaking foot, continuing to play), it’s no doubt that the Foo Fighter’s fans are equally as dedicated. Coordinating a band of 5 to play this song must be hard enough, but getting 1000 different musicians to get it together? The result is nothing short of inspirational!” -Rachel

Inspired by ancient trees, nostalgic tunes & sports!

This week has been a busy one here at HoC, but we think it’s important that you always find the time to contemplate. Even if it just means looking at the stars. How else could you encourage the creative juices to keep flowing?

 

“From the oddest of objects, NY artist Daniel Rosin creates installations and sculptures that interact with the viewer.
Recently, he has explored a series of interactive mirrors, built from complex arrays of moving objects.

 

My favorite is made from 450 penguins:

But I also like the one he made from fur pompoms:

And this one he made from plastic spokes:

-Ana

"Everyone who knows me, knows that I'm not much into sports. BUT I must admit the colors on these courts may make me feel differently!" - Wendy

“Everyone who knows me, knows that I’m not much into sports. BUT I must admit the colors on these courts may make me feel differently!” – Wendy
Photography by Ward Roberts

 

 

 

"These illustrative photographs of some of Africa's oldest trees are truly breathtaking." - Scott

“These illustrative photographs by Beth Moon are of some of Africa’s oldest trees are truly breathtaking.” – Scott
Check out the rest of the images here.

 

"I'm always searching for new music - either new artists or artists and songs I've forgotten about. Enter The Nostalgia Machine. #HappyJamming" - Rachel

“I’m always searching for new music – either new artists or artists and songs I’ve forgotten about. Enter The Nostalgia Machine. #HappyJamming” – Rachel

"It doesn’t happen often, but I absolutely love when I see an ad campaign that I wish House of Current did. This campaign for Café Pele is so smart, simple and well executed, it inspires me to encourage our own clients to take some (smart) risks with their own branding. You must watch the video….#MustSee" - Lisa

“It doesn’t happen often, but I absolutely love when I see an ad campaign that I wish House of Current did. This campaign for Café Pele is so smart, simple and well executed, it inspires me to encourage our own clients to take some (smart) risks with their own branding. You must watch the video….#MustSee” – Lisa

"While toying with the idea of learning calligraphy recently, I realized how many different styles of calligraphy exist. Handwriting is such an expression of oneself.  An article from the Smithsonian describes handwriting as “ distinctive, expressive of the artist’s individuality—an art form in and of itself.” The museum launched an exhibit examining the handwriting of more than 40 artists.   Other sources claim handwriting is a vivid profile of your personality. The very manner in which a “t” is crossed can indicate the level of your self esteem.   No matter the case, let’s celebrate individuality this week as we express/ inspire ourselves through the art of our own handwriting." - Lamar

“While toying with the idea of learning calligraphy recently, I realized how many different styles of calligraphy exist. Handwriting is such an expression of oneself. An article from the Smithsonian describes handwriting as “ distinctive, expressive of the artist’s individuality—an art form in and of itself.” The museum launched an exhibit examining the handwriting of more than 40 artists. Other sources claim handwriting is a vivid profile of your personality. The very manner in which a “t” is crossed can indicate the level of your self esteem. No matter the case, let’s celebrate individuality this week as we express/ inspire ourselves through the art of our own handwriting.” – Lamar

 

 

Inspired by skater girls, murals, and nature.

All that we generally refer to as “the world” is full of wonders that never cease to amaze us. To some of us it’s the humanity in people, to others it’s the concept of beauty itself.
Enjoy this week’s collection of inspiration curated by House of Current.

I was touched by the fact that women in Afganistan, who are currently prohibited from riding bikes, are starting to feel more and more empowered by skateboarding. Find some candid shots of them here: http://www.featureshoot.com/2015/04/photos-document-the-empowerment-of-afghan-girls-through-skateboarding/

“This week’s inspiration comes to me from UK photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson’s series of portraits called Skate Girls of Kabul, currently on display at the Saatchi Gallery.   I was touched by the fact that women in Afghanistan, who are currently prohibited from riding bikes, are starting to feel more and more empowered by skateboarding. Find some candid shots of them here.” Ana

 

 

Whenever I want my breath to get shortened by unparalleled views that make me break out the #nofilter hashtag, I head out to the Marsh Observation Tower on Skidaway Island. I just sit there and take it all in as the wind rustles through the trees. Much like the deep salty water around, that I can smell with my mind now, as I am typing this, I too become tranquil, relaxed and meditatively inspired.

“Whenever I want my breath to get shortened by unparalleled views that make me break out the #nofilter hashtag, I head out to the Marsh Observation Tower on Skidaway Island. I just sit there and take it all in as the wind rustles through the trees. Much like the deep salty water around, that I can smell with my mind now, as I am typing this, I too become tranquil, relaxed and meditatively inspired.” Lamar

A Baltimore street artist, David Cogdill (who is called “Nanook”), went to Liberia to paint beautiful murals on schools that have recently opened and are now “ebola free” after being used as holding centers during the peak of the 2014 outbreak. These colorful, optimistic images are a collaboration between him and a 14 year old boy named Abel Dassin and are designed to encourage kids to come back to school. Turning a horrific situation into something so beautiful and positive is both touching and inspiring to me.

“A Baltimore street artist, David Cogdill (who is called “Nanook”), went to Liberia to paint beautiful murals on schools that have recently opened and are now “ebola free” after being used as holding centers during the peak of the 2014 outbreak. These colorful, optimistic images are a collaboration between him and a 14 year old boy named Abel Dassin and are designed to encourage kids to come back to school. Turning a horrific situation into something so beautiful and positive is both touching and inspiring to me.” Lisa

Having spent the past week reliving my childhood glory days at Disney World, I have re-entered the real world feeling a little more magical pep in my step! Walt Disney was a true creative, and is still inspiring people daily!

“Having spent the past week reliving my childhood glory days at Disney World, I have re-entered the real world feeling a little more magical pep in my step! Walt Disney was a true creative, and is still inspiring people daily!” Rachel

I've been fascinated with complex patterns since my brother and I shared a Spirograph kit when we were kids. It's easy to get lost in artist Andy Gilmore's vibrant creations.

“I’ve been fascinated with complex patterns since my brother and I shared a Spirograph kit when we were kids. It’s easy to get lost in artist Andy Gilmore’s vibrant creations.” Scott

I love how perspective changes everything. At a quick glance, this is just pretty cubes of color. But as you look closer you'll see that it's actually a display of 98 perfectly symmetrical 2.5x2.5x2.5cm cubes of kiwi, salmon, dragon fruit and a myriad of other fruits and vegetables created by Dutch Artists Lernet and Sander. It's amazing, and can't stop looking at it! And now I'm also hungry.

“I love how perspective changes everything. At a quick glance, this is just pretty cubes of color. But as you look closer you’ll see that it’s actually a display of 98 perfectly symmetrical 2.5×2.5×2.5cm cubes of kiwi, salmon, dragon fruit and a myriad of other fruits and vegetables created by Dutch Artists Lernet and Sander. It’s amazing, and can’t stop looking at it! And now I’m also hungry.” Wendy

My inspiration for this week is my best friend, Sarah, who is currently in the Dominican Republic working for a nonprofit. This is her fourth trip to the DR, and last time she met a woman with whom she became very close. While she was away, the woman became pregnant, and asked Sarah if she would be the godmother. So this past week, while she was back in the DR, Sarah finally met her godson! Very happy for her, and inspired by her drive to give and help others.

“My inspiration for this week is my best friend, Sarah, who is currently in the Dominican Republic working for a nonprofit. This is her fourth trip to the DR, and last time she met a woman with whom she became very close. While she was away, the woman became pregnant, and asked Sarah if she would be the godmother. So this past week, while she was back in the DR, Sarah finally met her godson! Very happy for her, and inspired by her drive to give and help others.” Amel