Tag: Storyteller

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  Who: Deb Trombley, Blogger/Designer/Decorator at the Nomadic Decorator Where: Chicago, USA, and Chennai, India Story of what you do/your journey:  I decorate, do DIYs, and design on two continents! I’m the one packing strange things in suitcases on vacation: plumbing supplies, paints, cordless drills and sewing machines. We currently live in the northwest Chicago suburbs, and…

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Welcome to Day 2 of the Storyteller series! Is being creative something to do with just the arts? Is calling someone a creative identifying them as an artist, musician, poet or sculptor? Or is it a way of thinking, of being, of practicing? Or even better, as Mary Lou Cook said, “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing,…

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  Welcome to the first in the series of interviews and stories where I asked people from different walks of life what they thought of creativity. Did they think of themselves as creative? What helped the process? What didn’t? What’s the one takeaway lesson? My goal with this direction is to see if there are…

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Hello! You maybe familiar with the India-based jewelry label Aaraa By Avantika. If you aren’t yet, it is my great pleasure to share with you the work of jewelry designer and maker Avantika Kumar. (This post has been months in the making, but I am a firm believer that everything has a way of coming…

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  One of the privileges of running Collectivitea is being able to share stories of people doing wonderful things around the world. Today’s storyteller is Nikita Vyas, a trained psychologist, who is based in Chennai, India. She has set up an online, and a small physical space called The Dreamscape Studio as a way to offer counseling,…

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Hello Monday! Our Storyteller series is gathering steam, and I am excited to share with you the creative journey of Mumbai, India based architect, Dipa Desai. There are many advantages to the internet such as  ready access to news and information. But the views and information presented is often one-dimensional. For example, we all love…

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  Hello! Hope your weekend is going well! I am here to share with you the last in my short series on shared lessons in creativity. While the terms creativity, being a creative or creative living are mentioned often in connection with the arts, it isn’t restricted to the arts alone. The dictionary defines creativity as…

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Hello Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome to another new week on Collectivitea! This week, in addition to regular posts, I want to invite you to join me on a 5 day (Tue-Sat) journey through creativity. How does it work? Well, everyday, for the next 5 days, I will post some lessons in creativity…

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  Today on Collectivitea, I want to share with you an interview that I’d done in 2015 with San Francisco-based artist Nidhi Chanani; it first appeared in the ouatt magazine. You are probably already familiar with her art that captures ordinary moments from our daily lives, and portrays them as the magical, and colorful time…

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My goal for Collectivitea is to widen the focus to the people behind a brand, studio or organization- their journey, why they do what they do- essentially, their story. I have also come to believe that to explore creativity at any level is to come face to face with divinity. Bringing the two together- stories of…

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I’ve been running Collectivitea for a little over a year now, and if there’s been one big lesson I’ve learned, it’s that running a business quickly becomes a way of life. It’s like adding a new member to your family- you love and worry about it passionately and you work to create a bright future for it.  You…

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Welcome to Part 2 of our conversation with Tania Chatterjee of Drishti Photography! (Part 1 is here) As mentioned in my earlier post, Tania works as a HIV counselor in addition to running her photography business. Here she talks about integrating the two seemingly disparate parts of her work.. “….My academic life has been a very…

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My goal for Collectivitea is to widen the focus to the people behind a brand, studio or organization- their journey, why they do what they do- essentially, their story. Today, I want to introduce you to Tania Chatterjee. I first came across her on Instagram. She is a photographer, and runs Drishti Photography that offers…

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Our first pop-up event features potter and artist, Anita Clemetson.  Read Anita’s story below… “After taking a three-dimensional art class in high school, I knew I wanted to pursue additional formal training in art, particularly in clay.  I received a Bachelor’s degree in Art from San Jose State University, and established my studio in Sunnyvale, California.  Besides…