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The Fabricant Way Archives • Candelita

What the flexible designer learns from clients

August 28, 2016 | By | No Comments">No Comments

During my Fabricant Way interview with Matt Dilling of Lite Brite Neon Studio, he said something that struck me as truly profound. He described his clients as “teachers who…help change our view on the medium, change our view on our technique, and change our view of the world around us.”

Do you see your clients as teachers? Do you listen to what they tell you about their unique project and then see how it applies to other situations?

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How 6 Brooklyn entrepreneurs brought their business ideas to life

What do the owners of a boutique lingerie shop, a recycler of reclaimed vinyl, a lending library visionary, a real-life Willy Wonka, and a neon artist have in common?

More than you might think, and the common threads that ran through our interviews with the modern-era fabricants can teach creatives valuable lessons on bringing ideas to life.

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Welcome spring with an inspired side project

During wintertime, the color drains out of the landscape. We hunker down in our familiar studios and apartments to avoid the bitter cold, effectively cutting ourselves off from novel sights and sounds. It’s dark and drab and a bit depressing.

It’s not uncommon for creatives to hibernate during the winter. Even if we don’t choose to hibernate, we may feel as if somehow our creative energies are diminished, as fleeting and unsatisfying as the few hours of sunshine we experience.

We might panic, feeling as though we’ve lost our creative drive forever. Or attempt feverishly to stoke some sort of inspired pursuit that just doesn’t seem to thrive in the stark, freezing weather.

And that’s ok. It’s ok to use the winter to rest. Creativity takes effort and energy. It can be exhausting. And winter offers respite. An excuse to stay tucked into bed reading or watching old films under a blanket on the sofa.

But spring is peeking out from under the dark debris of winter now in the form of hardy yellow daffodils. It’s waving its cherry blossom pompons in celebration. It’s spilling out onto the sidewalks where street vendors are displaying their braided bracelets and gemstone rings.

You’ve probably felt it stirring your imagination. New ideas are bubbling to the surface. Fresh excitement over artistic possibilities. In short, if winter is the perfect time to give your creativity a break, spring is the ideal season for exploring new creative side projects. Read More

What I learned filming The Fabricant Way

We’ve all been there: endless list of things we should do to grow our businesses and presence online.  I did it, and it was exhausting.  I also didn’t feel like myself for some time and my business became a strange entity that I could barely recognized anymore.

What do you do when you find yourself in a maze of “shoulds”?

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