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Janet Echelman

Sculptor, Studio Director, Studio Echelman


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Creative vision -- how do you develop and hold onto it, especially when obstacles appear in your path?

Artist Janet Echelman overcame rejection and doubts to develop her methods of building voluptuous sculptures the size of buildings out of simple materials like fishnet. In this live conversation, ask questions and share your own experiences with Janet about the path to creative endeavor.

This Live conversation will open on Feb. 13th, 2012, 2 pm EST.

If you couldn't make to this Live Conversation, the discussion with Janet Echelman continues on her TEDTalk page: http://www.ted.com/talks/janet_echelman.html


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  • Feb 13 2012: I have always been amazed at what the creative being can do... sometimes the impossible! How do you convince people that this driving creative spirit is REAL?
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      Feb 13 2012: For me, I have to believe it myself first. I find that if I really truly believe in something, and have conquered my own ambivalence first, then I can communicate my enthusiasm and belief to others.
      • Feb 13 2012: Janet, thank You for all your wise words. I don't know how about Mary but for me it sounds SO true. But ..do you have some special ways of doing this? Is it about self talk only? What works for me is to write down a lot in my notebook to convince myself. Do you have some other better ways? :)
        I would be so happy to hear from you about it more!
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      Feb 13 2012: Mary, does that sound useful? Is there some ambivalence within yourself that is preventing you from convincing others?
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      Feb 13 2012: I'd really be interested to hear from you on this forum again, to let us know how things are going.

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