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January 19, 2016

2015 / 2016 with Sarah Kennedy

If December is all about reflecting and setting new goals, then January would be the month to actually get to work: to push limits, change habits and work to reach those goals. In our 2015/2016 series, betahaus members share with you what they’ve learned in 2015, and what their goals are for 2016.

Sarah Kennedy

LESSONS

  1. Not backing up work I had a hard drive that suddenly died one Monday morning in July and I lost years of work. Luckily, nothing I was working on at the time was affected, but past work for my portfolio, useful templates, fonts and photos just vanished. A very sad week but it taught me a very important lesson: back up your backup! ...
  2. Trying to fit too much work into a working week I tried to please too many clients at the same time which lead to doing too much work and working long hours.. .....
  3. Saying yes to every project By the end of 2015, I realised that I had reached a stage in my design career where I shouldn't accept every project that comes my way. I need to be selective and choose the projects that are right for me and the right fit for my skills....

 

"I need to be selective and choose the projects that are right for me and the right fit for my skills.".

GOALS

  1. Less time designing on a computer and more time designing by hand I’m hoping to screen print more of my own work throughout the year and experiment more. Last year, for example, I started to screen print on wood. I wish to keep going with this and also start screen printing on ceramics… watch this space!.. ....
  2. More collaborations with co-workers My most successful projects last year were due to strong teamwork. We shared ideas and skills and produced great outcomes and had lots of fun along the way.... ...
"My most successful projects last year were due to strong teamwork"

 

Sarah is a freelance designer working on the 2nd floor at the Betahaus. Aside from her work as a designer, she also teaches some of the Betahaus workshops and courses including Screen Printing and Introduction to Photoshop.

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Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.

From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.

In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.


In our Photo & Video room you will find works from Collette Pomerleau and Ocean.Now.

Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.

Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!

In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.

Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.

Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.

We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.



Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.

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