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Don't Waste Time On A Startup Business Plan -- Do These 5 Things Instead

Traditionally, startup businesses draft a business plan for three specific reasons: to articulate their vision for the business, to document how they plan to solve key challenges, and to pitch their business idea to potential investors.<p>But what if I told you that business plans for startup …

Entrepreneurship

Becoming a Brand: Here's How to Market Your Startup Well Before You Launch.

If you build it, they will (probably not) come. What you have to do well in advice, to market your entrepreneurial field of dreams.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You’ve awaited this moment for months, maybe years. You started with an idea for a highly useful product or …

Startups

Meet The Sustainable Fabrics That Will Kick-Start Your Capsule Wardrobe

As crowds revel in the glitz and glam of New York Fashion Week in downtown Manhattan, waves of lesser-known designers are crafting an entirely …

A New Theory Linking Sleep and Creativity

In 1920, the night before Easter Sunday, Otto Loewi woke up, seemingly possessed of an important idea. He wrote it down on a piece of paper and …

Creativity

Focus On Learning and Creating Rather Than Entertainment and Distraction

“Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning.” -Benjamin Hardy<p>Most people are distracted right now.<p>They’re …

Out of the Blue: The Story of Indigo

I’d venture to say there’s no color that conjures iconic clothing, honor, and emotion quite like blue — think blue jeans, true blue, and feeling blue. For centuries, the color has been significant to cultures around the world, and for most of that time there was only one way to produce rich, blue …

How are indigo shibori textiles made?

Finding new suppliers is definitely one of the most difficult parts of our job. Why? Because we’re picky. Really picky. Our motto is that we never …

The Internet Is Killing Creativity - And Analog Is About to Make a Comeback

The internet encourages us to be interested in all the wrong things.<p><i>What impact has the internet had on creativity? originally appeared on Quora -</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Jess Kimball Leslie, Author of I</b> …

This 10-Minute Routine Will Boost Clarity and Creativity

Get your subconscious working for you.<p>"Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep." -- Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests. It controls your heartbeat, blood circulation, digestion, and all the vital processes and functions of your body. It knows the …

A Fold Apart: Origamist Robert Lang's Incredible Paper Creations

5 Ways to Out-Think Ordinary

<b>“Curiosity is the spark behind the spark of every great idea. The future belongs to the curious.” —Author Unknown</b><p>The old saying that curiosity killed …

Creativity

Apparently, You Can Unlock Your Creative Potential in Just 7 Steps

Unlocking the secret to creativity isn't always easy—just ask any college student, artist, or writer who's hit that dreaded creative block at the …

This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Clarity And Creativity

<i>“Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.”</i> — Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests and is always on …

I spent years discovering the simple tactics gurus like Oprah, Einstein, and Buffett used to become successful—here they are

One question has fascinated me my entire adult life: what causes some people to become world-class leaders, performers, and change-makers, while most others plateau?<p>I’ve explored the answer to this question by reading thousands of biographies, academic studies, and books across dozens of …

Creativity

Stop Avoiding Your Creative Destiny… Get Started Now

If you keep resisting the “creative you,” then you’ve got work to do.<p>Creativity emerges the moment your imagination awakens and you feel joy doing …

Enhance Your Creative Thinking

How to maximize creativity with just 3 daily habits.<p>The human mind thrives on creativity. When you have a higher openness to cognitive flexibility …

7 Ways to Make the Most of Your Blank Moments

We’ve all been there: We’re on deadline, but our minds and bodies refuse to get going. These days go by many names, including writer’s block, …

Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours A Week On “Compound Time”

<b>Warren Buffett, Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey all do this one thing outside their to-do-lists everyday.</b><p>One question has fascinated me my entire …

Creative People Share What They Wish They’d Known at Every Age

When thinking about life and career, it's often easy to reflect back and think, “I wish I'd known then….” With age brings wisdom, as experience helps you navigate the ups and downs of a creative career, for as we all know, there's no better school than life.<p>So just what are the important lessons …

Marbled Silk Scarf

Project by Teresa Hays from Franklin, Tenn.<p>Teresa Hays was an art teacher before she decided to pursue her interest in marbling and the exploration …

How to Marble Fabric - A New Obsession - Bloom, Bake & Create

Well, I’m back playing with fabric, but this time it’s marbling. Marbling has never been one of my favorite surface designs until I saw Jo Fitsell …

The Art of Marbled Fabric

Choosing your project<p>For the beginner, it’s best to start with small pieces of fabric. As you will see, marbling large pieces requires a great deal …

Issey Miyake bakes fabric to pleat Spring Summer 2016 garments

Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake has created undulations across clothing in its Spring Summer 2016 collection by baking it in an oven (+ …

Carter Smith | Shibori | Art Couture Clothing Photography

Shibori Dyeing

I came to shibori through simple desire: I saw a throw pillow with a beautiful pattern, a grid with soft edges and occasional erratics, called …

Sewing

Techniques

shibori handwork<p>In traditional shibori crafts, artisans have long been known to devise ways in which the handwork finds the most efficient route to …

MIT Developed a Fabric That Can Fold Into Origami-Like Shapes When Inflated | Colossal

<p>MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group has created a system to fold materials into various origami shapes when inflated, turning specifically designed …

Experimenting with Shibori Dyeing

This past weekend I took a shibori dyeing class at Brooklyn Craft Company and it was so much fun! I've always wanted to try it out, but It seemed …

How to Marbleize Paper and Cards

Marbleizing, which involves using absorbent papers to pick up ink from a water bath, dates to the twelfth century, when it was practiced in Japan and possibly China. Today, you can make your own rich designs by marbleizing paper to use as stationery and cards.