Troy Allen Coleman and Esther Loopstra

Forget the concept of magical ability and its evil twin phrase, “I’m just not good at that.” As a Designer turned Environmental Scientist turned Principal Designer, Troy is part design, part science. He knows a thing or two about changing course and acknowledging your own mad skills. After close to a decade of tromping through the wetlands of the Pacific Northwest, Troy joined Bungie Studios to brand “Halo 3″ and then produced “Taste Magazine” for PCC Community Markets. He now infuses PicMonkey’s creative team with fresh ideas, artistic inspiration, and bad dad jokes from time to time.

Esther is a full-time artist, illustrator, designer, and teacher whose work is an extension of her perpetual curiosity. Clients seek her out for her playful hand lettering and illustration style as well as her versatile skills in textiles and surface design. For the past thirteen years, she has created work for both large and small companies including Target, Google, Frito Lay, Seattle Chocolate, Capstone Publishing, Seattle University, and many others. She has been featured on the Adobe CC blog as well as in 3X3 and CMYK magazines. An explorer by nature, Esther is passionate about learning and creativity. She has been teaching illustration and design for six years and is currently an adjunct instructor at Cornish College of the Arts. For the past three years, she has been speaking to creative teams and facilitating workshops for businesses and individuals in Seattle. She developed “Finding your Creative Voice,” a workshop that encourages participants to explore and express the inspiration that resides inside of them. She also teaches hand lettering classes online. When she’s not making or teaching, you can find her cooking Indian food, doing yoga, or reading dystopian novels.

Play, Creativity, and Problem Solving

October 26, 2018 | 8:30 & 10:30 | 90 Minutes | Oxford Hotel, Skyview Lounge

As individuals, we approach the creative process in different ways. Is there an easy, fun, and productive way to solve problems that engage us as individuals? How can we build authentic creative confidence while opening ourselves up to expansive solutions?

In this workshop, we will engage in a series of short solo + group experiments to help shift our thinking from a default logical/linear perspective to a more fluid, expansive perspective. We will use play as a tool to embrace intuition, one of our most under utilized resources. We will give ourselves much needed time and space to explore, and in doing so, examine the unexpected results. Esther and Troy will teach from a holistic method of creative problem solving that can be applied to work or everyday life. Unlock a whole new world of creative thinking in this unique adventure.