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Creative Mornings – Meeting Stefanie Posavec

Back at Second Home for another Creative Mornings breakfast. The early start always pays off when you get speakers like Stefanie Posavec and a brilliant bunch of creatives getting together for some 8:30am coffee, porridge and happy Friday chats.

Through a year-long collaboration linking two sides of the Atlantic, Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi created an award-winning visual conversation that’s now also a wonderful book. (Which we got signed versions of pre-launch – yay!

 

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Each week, Stefanie in London and Giorgia in New York, would gather data based on their lives and create visual representations of that week’s chosen theme on a postcard-size piece of paper. Fifty-two themes over fifty-two weeks of unique hand-drawn representations of their daily activities, thoughts and habits.

The postcard would then make its way from a New York mailbox to a London postbox and vice-versa, bearing all the marks of its journey across the ocean. On the other side, deciphering the message through a detailed key on the back of the each postcard to help unlock the illustrations, Stefanie and Giorgia would read each others’ weekly adventures.

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Speaking to us that morning, Stefanie took us through the ups and downs of tracking and documenting your life for a year. From smiling to strangers – which in London means awkward stares and frowning faces – to tracking their grumpiness, noting down their husband’s/boyfriend’s affection and even the amount of swearing they did (and having to pause after each $*%! to note it down), they created what they now see as a ‘personal documentary’ of their lives that year.

We left feeling inspired (as usual) and Lucie and her long-distance writer friend Beth have now started her own copycat weekly writing project. You can check out Stefanie and Giorgia’s work here.