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Goodluck Judith

Judith Brieger from white-space.studio has been through a long journey with us here at BoxJelly (since November 2015)! She’s now ready to move into a new geographic location to reach new clients.

Judith and Marlon are the co-founders of 50/50, amprsand, and white-space studio. I want to start off with a big mahalo to them, because they’re the team responsible for our website. Simply put, they run a branding and design agency. The business has been through multiple rebrandings and changes over the years. They have been through the trenches and they have tested & studied the market already.

 

“WHITESPACE STUDIO SOLVES SMALL BUSINESSES PROBLEMS IN A VISUAL WAY”

I had the opportunity to interview Judith before she moved to Las Vegas. Let’s go back to how it all started. Judith originally sparked her passion during her corporate career. She wasn’t fully satisfied with the cubicle life and she has always felt like she was on the wrong side of the meetings.

What first started off as a passion and hobby grew into a successful small business that offers website design, branding development, social media marketing, and much more. Judith said that by strengthening her network and connections with clients she was able to finally make the jump, because there was a market for the services that they offered.

 

Their specialty is website design and development. They incorporate UI design, strategic UX design, back-end integration, & API for both websites & apps. They also deal with a lot of branding and illustrations such as logos and mascots. Judith says that when creating a logo design it’s not about what you like, but it’s all about what the target market likes. However, it still needs to mirror the businesses style and voice.

 

“WE PAY ATTENTION TO OUR CLIENTS ON A PERSONAL LEVEL NO MATTER THE SIZE”

White-space studio has affected small businesses in many ways. Their conversion rates increase, the businesses expand, donation percentages shoot up, and strong branding is established from the very beginning. If you’re interested in benefitting from this, then feel free to email them for a free consultation at [email protected]. You can also reach out to them on Instagram @white_space.studio. You NEED to check out their Instagram feed, because I mean look at this theme.

 

 

“WE’RE A WHITESPACE FOR BUSINESSES TO SOLVE THEIR CHALLENGES”

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SXSW Meet ‘n’ Greet Event

 

 

 

 

 

This event was featured in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. The world’s largest and most prestigious Interactive, Music and Film Conference and Festivals, South by Southwest (SXSW), is holding a set of five interisland “SXSW Meet ‘n’ Greet Events” with the purpose of attracting Hawaiian creative talent to its 31st event to be held in Austin TX March 9-18, 2018.

Here are the Meet ‘n’ Greet dates:
Honolulu – Monday August 76-8pm at Box Jelly  307a Kamani St, Kaka’ako.

Kahului Maui – Monday August 145:30-8pm at Kupa’a Building Room 104 on the UH Maui Campus – just off Ka’ahumanu Ave. -co-sponsored by Music Studies at UHMC.

Hilo – Wednesday August 166-8pm at Naniloa Grand Hotel-93 Banyan Dr.

Kona – Monday August 216-8pm at the Ulu Lounge in the Sheraton Keahou Kona Resort & Spa on Ehukai Street within Ray’s On The Bay restaurant.

Lihue – Thursday August 246-8pm at the Kauai Beach Resort – 4331 Kauai Beach Drive.

 

Reservations are required. RSVP by email to [email protected], online at fb.com/sxsw.hawaii or call (512) 669-3321. Find out more about South by Southwest at sxsw.com.

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Chantal & Her Creativity Journey

Chantal Monté has been all over from foreign countries like Bali to Sante Fe and San Francisco. She loves to tap into her creativity through all forms of artwork. She speaks about her exotic paintings, seductive quotes, and deep poems with so much passion. With her background in iyengar yoga and meditation, she’s able to get into the zone to let that artistic ability flow.

Chantal says that, “Sante Fe is a very special for artists and healers.” This is where she got a good taste of the art industry, but Bali is where she was “recreated.” During her repeated trips to Bali she was able to train and work on her gifts. She knew it was time to move on and break free from her past. She’s now pursuing her passion and fire through mediums such as poetry, music and teaching.

Her new album SYRUP was just released. SYRUP has the viscosity of honey mixed with the taste of pleasure and intimacy. You can listen to the teaser here.

“When we are able to experience love and sorrow, ecstasy and pain, equally and without resistance, then we are able to fall in love with our entire life. Everything is welcomed. Nothing is left out. Love is all inclusive.”

 

She’s expanded and reached out to offer classes such as a global online event called Meditation for Lovers and offers private coaching for couples wanting to explore their relationship as a creative union. And by meditation, she means meeting in the bedroom naked, shutting the door to the outside world and wrapping legs around hips as a way to connect and feel into each other. She’s able to work in-person and online. She will help guide you through every step of the way. If we want to feel turned-on with our lives, we must slow down.

 

“Slowing down is the key.”

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Artists in Residence, in Conversation: A Recap

 

 

 

 

Last Wednesday, in collaboration with Fishcake, the BoxJelly kicked off a fun evening of raffle prizes and info-packed conversation with its inaugural artist in residence, Amelia Samara and Laurie Sumiye, our second artist in residence and newly appointed coordinator of the program. Through this presentation- style conversation, audience members learned more about this unique opportunity and what it takes to become our next artist in residence.

 

The two artists started by introducing themselves: Amelia grew up in many places, a factor which she attributes to shaping her work and interests. She remarked that while in school, there was perhaps a disproportionate amount of emphasis on the conceptual aspect of art while very little to no attention on the business side.  After graduating with BFA in Fiber Arts from University of Hawai’i, she tried to grapple with how to actually make a living as an artist coming from a background where “making beautiful art for the sake of just making beautiful art is not encouraged.”

 

Born and raised in Mililani, Laurie Sumiye took an 18 year hiatus from the islands until returning to the Big Island where she began a documentary focused on an endangered native Hawai’ian bird called the Palila. During her time away from Oahu, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Art and Communication, worked in web design and advertising, and then earned a filmmaking degree at Hunter College.

 


 

 

 

 

Both artists agreed that this residency provides the unique opportunity to understand the professional side of your career as an artist. With a very supportive network of people from both the BoxJelly and Fishcake, you will have people to talk to and bounce ideas off of. The program provides a chance to explore and develop your practice, but also works within a mindset that reassures you that it is okay to create something to sell. Amelia commented that it was a pretty intuitive process, which she entered without knowing exactly what she wanted to do, although artists are required to submit a proposal as part of the application process. While Laurie noted that the program helped keep her on track, by setting deadlines (now 3 months, instead of 6) it also helped her engage with an audience, and connect what she is interested in with a local audience. She now feels that she is at a point where where her art making is a sustainable career, and left the audience with a statement: “It’s possible to live in Hawai’i, to make a living doing what you love *and living in Hawai’i*. You don’t have to go somewhere else, and there’s support for what you do [here], that was my biggest revelation.”

 

Applications are due June 15 at midnight. More information about the program can be found here.

 

The event was live streamed on Facebook, watch now:  link: https://www.facebook.com/fishcake.hawaii/videos/10155274611678632/

 

Below is an outline that highlights the types of questions asked in the conversation and by the audience along with it’s corresponding times in the live stream recording:

 

14:40 — What was the process like of having an exhibition at the BoxJelly and the selling work at Fishcake?

 

18:30 — The most surprising thing?

 

22:40 — What’d you do after the residency and how did it help you move forward in your practice?

 

24:50 — Did you find that in being in this space, in this community, affected your art at all?

 

28:24 — Tension between commercial aspect of selling vs. conceptual, conversation-sparking art. Is there one?

 

29:39 —How Laurie chose birds as her subject.

 

36:39 —What would be useful to know for applying if you had not done this before? Whats required of the artists?

 

43:00 — Lessons learned as program alumnae. If you could do things differently knowing what you do now, what would you do differently?

 

48:09—Pricing work?

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Artist in Residence Program

CALL FOR BOXJELLY+FISHCAKE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

We are now accepting proposals for BoxJelly+Fishcake Artist in Residence (AiR), a 3-month opportunity to create new work for a solo exhibition in Honolulu, Hawaii in the heart of Kaka’ako, an urban neighborhood with proximity to the beach, shops, restaurants, bars and local events.

We’re looking for bright, enterprising creatives who work in contemporary art practices and forms with big ideas and the ambition to execute them. 

The Summer Residency is 3 months July 1st to September 30th.

The residency includes:

  • A workspace (a clean studio space suitable for artists and designers working in digital arts, video, photography, illustration, fiber arts and textile design).
  • A solo exhibition at The BoxJelly, the premier co-working space for urban creatives in Hawaii! We will provide press, marketing and hosting costs of the opening reception. All sales from the exhibition go directly to the artist.
  • BoxJelly Dedicated Studio membership (a $1500 value).
  • Creative mentoring with BoxJelly Arts Coordinator Laurie Sumiye.
  • A one-on-one portfolio review with Fishcake Art Curator Keiko Hatano.
  • Consultation with Fishcake Co-Founder and Chief Creative Maura Fujihira and Fishcake Showroom Manager Cassie Louie on selling artwork and design products.
  • An opportunity to earn a spot on Fishcake’s roster of local and international artists and designers.  Fishcake sells artists’ work in two retail locations, as well as direct to homeowners and businesses through their interior design studio, Fishcake Works.

The residency does not include exhibition costs, artist stipend, transportation or housing. We cannot offer a visa for international applicants.

Submissions must include:

  • The application form
  • Project proposal: 1-2 pages in length, outlining a plan to create a body of work to enhance BoxJelly’s space. Include a detailed list of techniques and materials, outlining project logistics, supply and labor needs, and budget
  • Artist’s CV
  • Digital zip file containing 5-10 samples of your most recent work with an inventory sheet
  • Artist Statement
  • Other Supportive Material (optional)

Please email your application and materials to [email protected]

FINAL DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT HST, JUNE 15th 2017

DEADLINE EXTENED: MIDNIGHT HST, JUNE 16th 2017.

 

To arrange a space visit and for all questions, please contact:

Laurie Sumiye
Arts Coordinator, BoxJelly
[email protected]

 

FAQs

How do I apply for the Artist in Residence program?

Jump over here and submit an application by June 15th!

Can we apply to the next seasons AiR Program? 

Yes, we will be accepting Fall ’17 and Spring ’18 applications in a couple of months.

Who will be deciding on the submissions?

A panel of creative folks the artist will be working with from Fishcake and BoxJelly.

Is there a fee to apply?

No!

Is there an artist’s stipend?

Nope, sorry, just a space.

How big is the space?

About ~150 sq ft or so.

What do you mean by “clean studio space”?

It does not refer how neat you are! The larger space is shared with designers and folks who work on computers. This means no painting, wet media, or materials that give off toxic fumes.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is FREE at the Ward Warehouse parking structure located one block from the BoxJelly on the corner of Ward Ave & Auahi St (across from StarBucks). There is also a drop off loading zone right in front of the BoxJelly.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Give us a call M-F 8am – 8pm (808)769-6921 or email us [email protected]

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Hogan Entrepreneurship Program

The Hogan Entrepreneurship Program is designed to equip students to hit the ground running when they leave Chaminade University. Participating students are taught new skills, provided extensive connections and trained with the mind set to start new things where their careers may lead them. On Wednesday October 5th, the Hogan Entrepreneurship Program will be coming to BoxJelly for their annual event with Rechung Fuijihira, owner and founder of BoxJelly, as a key panelist to discuss his experience as a leader in the program and and as an experienced entrepreneur.
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New to the Neighborhood

“To get something you never had, you need to do something you never did.” Simple but true, trying new things will only expand your opportunities for success. With Kaka’ako’s current growth trends, it is becoming easier than ever to try something new everyday. SALT our Kaka’ako has done a five star job of bringing together community over our favorite indulgences: coffee, food, and drink. We’ve put together a little something on each of these new hot spots to give you a better idea. READ MORE

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Solo Exhibition by Artist in Resident Amelia Samari

Same Same But Different

Amelia Samari

September 15 – March 10

 

 

“Same Same But Different” is a body of work completed over a six month Artist in Residence by fiber artist, Amelia Samari. Commonly used to trick consumers into buying counterfeits, the phrase “Same Same But Different” means something is functionally or aesthetically the same as something else but differs in methods of implementation or minor details. As this concept applies to the body of work, the figures displayed bear a strong resemblance to the bags and baskets that Samari makes and sells yet they do not serve as functional vessels. By removing the original functionality from the vessels while maintaining a similar aesthetic, utility takes second to form, thus forcing the viewer to decide what what the objects represent.READ MORE

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