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Hello, inspiration! Learn how the world's coolest artists and innovators push boundaries to turn a creative spark into something incredible.

MEET THE TALENT
Kirsten Potenza in black sweatshirt with Ripstix in front of workout studio mirror 2 Min Read
POUND has been described as "the world's first cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums." So you might be surprised to learn that its co-creator and CEO, Kirsten Potenza, is a self-described introvert who grew up on farm. We caught up with her to learn how she makes it all fit together.
by Elaine Lipson
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Most of us will never see a whale up close — but Robert Wyland's monumental murals of marine life may be the next best thing. Through his art and the work of his nonprofit, Wyland Foundation, he's on a mission to share his passion for the planet. We talked with the artist to learn more about his creative adventures above and below the surface of the sea.
by Elaine Lipson
Botanical artist Tiffanie Turner holding large paper flower standing at work table with flower petals 2 Min Read
Paper flowers are big. REALLY big, if you're talking with Tiffanie Turner. The artist, author and workshop instructor has captured the attention of museums and galleries, and the hearts of thousands of Instagram fans, with her extraordinary larger-than-life paper blooms. We took a few minutes to learn more about the mind behind those perfect (and sometimes not-so-perfect) petals.
by Elaine Lipson
Chainsaw artist Griffon Ramsey sitting with chainsaw and uncut wood pieces 3 Min Read
Her Instagram feed is a wall of wood, tattoos, carvings and the occasional bloody finger. Her Twitter bio reads: Chainsaw artist seeking a life of travel, freedom and inspiration. When she's not working in the workshop, professional chainsaw artist Griffon Ramsey is a big-time influencer who shakes up assumptions about women artists and the world of wood-carving. Her art is definitely not about happy wooden bears lingering at tourist traps — though she does have a magical story about a roadside attraction.
Photographer Brooke Shaden standing in field with hills behind her, twigs in each hand, arms outstretched 2 Min Read
You could say that fine art photographer Brooke Shaden is living the dream, literally. Her images — often self-portraits — have a dreamlike quality that's gorgeous, moving and sometimes a little unsettling. We connected with the artist to learn where all that passion comes from.
by Elaine Lipson
Stephen "tWitch" Boss in blue shirt, jeans, black shoes and black hat, outside in front of brick wall and plants 2 Min Read
It's a good thing Stephen "tWitch" Boss has limitless energy. The dancer, choreographer and entertainer is everywhere, sharing his contagious passion for all things movement and music. We got him to pause long enough to answer a few questions about dance, healing, and living the dream.
by Elaine Lipson
Yogi Jessamyn Stanley standing in front of pink flowers 2 Min Read
Even if you aren't one of @mynameisjessamyn's throngs of IG followers, you've probably heard of her book Every Body Yoga (Workman, 2017), or seen her featured in the seemingly-everywhere Kotex campaign, or picked up on the buzz she's garnered everywhere from Yoga Journal to CNN.
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Calling Simon Doonan a window dresser is like calling Beyonce is a "singer" — and understatement is definitely not this multi-talented artist's thing. He goes big, lending his flair to everything from the legendary Barney's New York window displays to the Obama holiday White House. This July, you'll see him as a judge for NBC's new creative competition show, Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.
by Elaine Lipson
Artist Hueman in denim shirt standing in front of her mural painted with pink, purple, green, turquoise and yellow 3 Min Read
Combine eye-popping color with larger-than-life scale, and you've got the art of Allison Tinati. The artist (who signs her paintings Hueman) has rocked the walls of buildings from the US to Sweden to Haiti. We caught up with her to find out what colors her world.
by Elaine Lipson
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"It's creating a strong fabric with a single loop," says crochet artist Olek of her chosen medium. "But you cut one loop, everything falls apart." With her massive public crochet installations, Olek turns this simple idea into something much, much bigger. Her work has transformed buildings and cities around the world, and for each project, she invites friends and strangers alike to join in the work and stitch with her. In this way, the artist literally weaves stronger community around a dramatic social statement. Crochet is her medium, but people, as much as yarn, are her material.
Adrian Younge in his studio with analog recording equipment 3 Min Read
Producer Adrian Younge lives his passion every hour of the day, and if it were up to him, you would too. The man behind this season's Luke Cage score (with Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest) brings the kind of confidence most of us can only dream of. We caught up with him by phone to find out how.
by Elaine Lipson
Fashion designer Anita Dongre with rack of green, coral, and pink dresses in dress shop 2 Min Read
Sew
If a trip to India isn't in your future, a spin through fashion designer Anita Dongre's website might be the next best thing. From embroidered summer dresses to exquisite bridal saris, Dongre's designs blend traditional craft with modern style, irresistibly. We caught up with her to learn about the inspiration behind all that gorgeousness.
by Elaine Lipson
Rolled and stacked hand-lettered art 3 Min Read
“Stop the Machines,” “The Time Has Come,” “City-Wide Stickball Champs” — browse through Jon Contino’s portfolio and these are the sayings that jump out of his award-winning art. He pairs these bold words with gritty hand-lettering and genius illustration to create a graphic style that’s straight out of his New York City roots. And the big guns have taken note: Clothing, corporate logos, movie posters, book covers, and branding now all bear his signature look. We caught up with the artist on the eve of his upcoming book release Brand by Hand (Abrams Books, October 2018).
Multiple embroideries in on a wall 2 Min Read
At a moment when embroidery is most definitely having a moment, Sarah K. Benning is at the top of her game. Her dense, incredibly detailed pieces, which layer threads the way a painter might layer oils, have made her one of today’s most popular and successful contemporary embroidery artists. We caught up with Sarah for a peek inside her extraordinary world of teeny, tiny stitches.
Edible Gardens L.A. founder Lauri Kranz in her garden in blue denim jacket 2 Min Read
Black thumb? Think again. Edible landscape designer Lauri Kranz believes you can and should plant a veggie garden, stat. An educator and author (watch for her book, A Garden Can Be Anywhere, in the spring of 2019), Kranz knows that growing your own food is way more than a hobby. We chatted with her to learn why now is the best possible time to get your hands dirty.
by Elaine Lipson
DIVE DEEPER
Robert Wyland 7:15
Robert Wyland refuses to follow the crowd.
Kirsten Potenza 6:26
Kirsten Potenza marches to the beat of her own drum.
Lauri Kranz 6:26
When a passion becomes an obsession and grows into a profession. Tastemaker Lauri Kranz creates new art forms out of edible landscapes.
Brooke Shaden 8:05
Compelled to take a closer look, Brooke Shaden uses her camera to explore places only her imagination can take her.
Jessamyn Stanley 7:10
Once labeled "too big" for yoga, Jessamyn Stanley is now a world-renowned authority both on and off the mat.
Griffon Ramsey 6:49
Chainsaw artist and wood sculptor Griffon Ramsey is a master of her craft. And, in an industry mostly dominated by men, she's not afraid to show it.
Tiffanie Turner 6:11
A former architect, Tiffanie Turner uses her background to sculpt larger-than-life flowers out of paper.
Stephen "tWitch" Boss 5:54
It's a good thing Stephen "tWitch" Boss has limitless energy. The dancer, choreographer and entertainer is everywhere, sharing his contagious passion for all things movement and music.
Simon Doonan 7:21
Calling Simon Doonan a window dresser is like calling Beyonce is a "singer" — and understatement is definitely not this multi-talented artist's thing. He goes big, lending his flair to everything from the legendary Barney's New York window displays to the Obama holiday White House.
Hueman 7:20
Combine eye-popping color with larger-than-life scale, and you've got the art of Allison Tinati. The artist (who signs her paintings Hueman) has rocked the walls of buildings from the US to Sweden to Haiti.
Olek 7:32
"It's creating a strong fabric with a single loop," says crochet artist Olek of her chosen medium. "But you cut one loop, everything falls apart." With her massive public crochet installations, Olek turns this simple idea into something much, much bigger.
Adrian Younge 6:38
Producer Adrian Younge lives his passion every hour of the day, and if it were up to him, you would too. The man behind this season's Luke Cage score (with Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest), brings the kind of confidence most of us can only dream of.
Anita Dongre 7:03
Sew
If a trip to India isn't in your future, a spin through fashion designer Anita Dongre's website might be the next best thing. From embroidered summer dresses to exquisite bridal saris, Dongre's designs blend traditional craft with modern style, irresistibly.
Jon Contino 6:16
“Stop the Machines,” “The Time Has Come,” “City-Wide Stickball Champs” — browse through Jon Contino’s portfolio and these are the sayings that jump out of his award-winning art. He pairs these bold words with gritty hand-lettering and genius illustration to create a graphic style that’s straight out of his New York City roots. And the big guns have taken note: Clothing, corporate logos, movie posters, book covers, and branding now all bear his signature look.
Sarah K. Benning 5:45
At a moment when embroidery is most definitely having a moment, Sarah K. Benning is at the top of her game. Her dense, incredibly detailed pieces, which layer threads the way a painter might layer oils, have made her one of today’s most popular and successful contemporary embroidery artists.
Starting a project or finishing? Bright colors or neutrals? Running man or the cabbage patch??? Find out the answers to these burning questions and get to know the artists of Spark a little bit better.
Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Simon Doonan
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