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Finding a Daily Creative Practice with @elleluna and #the100dayproject

To see more of Elle Luna’s paintings of her dreams, follow @elleluna on Instagram. To discover more about the 100-Day Project, check out #the100dayproject.

For 100 consecutive days between April and July, @elleluna painted her dreams. Simultaneously, @kingcholo drew faces of Texan strangers on the insides of matchbooks. @katrinamchugh layered song lyrics over natural science diagrams, while @thejellyologist mixed up daily flavor experiments like coconut water and lavender into exquisite little jelly molds. What connects them all, and the more than 270,000 images posted to the hashtag #the100dayproject, is the challenge to participate in 100 days of making, initiated by San Francisco–based author and artist Elle Luna. Inspired by an assignment given to design students at the Yale School of Art, “the 100-Day Project is not about fetishizing finished products,” says Elle. “It’s about celebrating the process.” Elle believes the great gift of the practice comes through surrender: “You show up day after day, even when you’re tired or sick or on vacation,” she says. True to the spirit of creating versus finalizing, the 100-Day Project didn’t exactly end on July 14, the original date Elle set for completion. “What’s amazing is that there are people who are just now discovering the project and beginning their own journey, while others have decided to continue their projects beyond Day 100,” says Elle. In the words of one inspired participant, “These 100 days have been like rocket fuel and I am ready to launch.”

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VIDEO: 29 Ways to Stay Creative

I recently took a Mass Communication course and we had to watch this particular video as part of an assignment.

Technologists control the world we live in — and artists are worried

In May, the New York-based art nonprofit Rhizome paired seven technologists with seven artists to create something over a 24-hour period. The artists get paid. The technologists do not. Rhizome said this reflects “the economics of art” but to an outsider, it seems to reflect the idea that technologists are not partners to the artists so much as beneficiaries of their wisdom.

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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
—  Franklin Roosevelt (via Smile, Sugar.)

Belle + Taco Bell = Taco Belle, fast food princess and puntastically awesome cosplay by master costumer Olivia Mears, aka Avant-Geek.

It all began in 2012 when Mears went to Taco Bell dressed as Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast:

Then she made a stunning dress out of Taco Bell taco wrappers last year:

Now she’s combined the two in a stunning satin ballgown. The tacos are made of hand-painted card stock, tissue paper, and felt. The flowers and ruffles are made from Taco Bell wrappers.

To check out more of her gorgeous costumes visit Olivia Mears’ DeviantArt portfolio or Facebook page.

[via Neatorama]

I met these ultra talented cosplayers at #Otakon and simply loved their creations! They are the first cosplay group I’ve seen as @hannah_alexander24’s Art Nouveau Disney Princesses, and their lovely friend in her own armor design of Princess Zelda! I’m happy for the chance to see their costumes up close and appreciate the efforts put in. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch them at #Dragoncon and can get your own photo with them!! #cosplay #creativity #craftsmanship #Disney #Zelda #ArtNouveau #HannahAlexander #YayaHan