Monday, August 26, 2013

Am I creative?

On Saturday afternoon, I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural talk of the Cafe D Series called "How has Hong Kong Changed you Creatively?" It is part of a new talk series aimed at bringing together some of Hong Kong's creative minds to share stories and is hosted by JJ Acuna of The Wanderlister.  It was located at the chic new Hong Kong hotspot, Duddell's, which I'd seen all over blogs this summer and was super eager to visit.

 On the panel were some Hong Kong designers: Roger Ouk of Thyvane (a menswear brand launching this week), Michelle Lai of Mischa and my new friends Paola Sinisterra and Ignacio Garcia of Tangram.  They were discussing how they got their start here and what Hong Kong has done to nurture their creativity and help grow their brand.

I loved, loved listening to what they had to say.  It was refreshing.  Hong Kong is filled with people working conventional jobs for long hours (jobs in finance, law, business, etc).  It's often credited as the New York of Asia, but without the creative flair, the galleries, the designers and artists who are trying to make it.   Only recently, since I've been invited to some of these blogger type events and have been exposed to more of these creative types, have I discovered this whole other artsy side of Hong Kong.  

It's exciting to say the least.  In the last few months, I've really come to appreciate meeting people who are risking it all to make a go of it as they follow their artistic passions.  And, like NYC, Hong Kong is not an easy place to make a go of it.  Rent is high, business is fast paced and I think people here are more mainstream in their taste.  But, as I heard my friend Paola comment in Saturday's talk, China seems to be the new ground for artistic talent to blossom.  Gone is the notion that if you create something here, your idea will be copied and pirated.  Now, if you wish to see what is cutting edge about art and design, more and more, you should look to the East.  And, Hong Kong is remarkably small despite how many people live here.  People want to help each other.  We make connections.

How do I fit in?  I don't know.  JJ asked if the talk had inspired some creative ideas and certainly I was inspired.  I just don't know what I can create.  Is this blog and my expression of what I find beautiful enough?  I have ideas cooking...just not enough time to really see them through at the moment.  Right now, I'm struggling to post three times a week (and I think I was averaging four before the summer).  How did I do it? I don't know, but I know I want to make this little blog bigger.

So, I guess I'm inspired to find a way to do just that.

Outfit details:  Vintage dress from vicandlily on Etsy (interview coming up), shoes from Hardly Worn it Facebook group, thrifted head ribbon/scarf


Putri said...

love your lippie! love you

Marlen said...

What an interesting blogger event- i'd love to listen to a panel discussing such a topic! That's really surprising that Hing Kong isn't that creative- from what i heard of it it's supposed to be really innovative and crazy (in a good way). But i guess it's different living there!

xo marlen
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anna said...

i love your dress!!
the answer is, yes! you are creative.

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