So when I went to Alt Summit, the final keynote speaker was this fantastic aritst, named Katie Sokoler and she epitomizes color and youthful innocence and happiness in her art and in the way she lives. She gave a great talk about her work and about how she went to college and her professors hated her ideas because she just wanted to make pretty, happy things and the art professors always want something dark and troubled (I talked last week about my similar experience here). Anyway, at the end of her talk she surprised us all with balloons that were under our chairs and asked that we blow them up and start throwing them around like crazy – a balloon party! She said the convention hall was too boring with it’s beige walls and formal chairs – we needed to inject some life in to the space. It was so fun!
Cut to a few days ago when I’m browsing Design Mom as usual and see myself planted directly next to Gabrielle Blair, only the founder of Alt Summit and the amazing woman behind the blog Time Magazine named a top 50 website in 2010. No big deal. I do wish I was actually turned around and looking gleeful like Gabrielle…instead I think I had just turned around to reload my balloon supplies for throwing. Ah well!