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April 23, 2019

Our Report from It Will Glow: Fool’s Paradise


It was our privilege to partner with It Will Glow for their second event: Fool’s Paradise, hosted by Depot, exploring fantastical lands, unwritten realms and improbable inspiration with the help of Animation Director Sophie Koko Gate, Filmmaker Duncan Cowles and Multi-disciplinary Creative Rachel Clancy; these amazing creators all sharing their experiences of world-building and it’s creative challenges.

The Speakers

Each speaker explored their process, the worlds they’d created and what drives them to make their work. Whilst each speaker worked in a different discipline, there were unifying themes throughout their talks. Focussing on what you want to do, following your instincts and finding your own path were all key components of success.  Above all, the most exciting stuff comes from people doing things they’re passionate about.

Sophie urged us all to follow our sense of wonder and to use this in our creative expression. It can take you to bizarre and far-out places, while Duncan championed an ability to roll with the punches. Rachel advised to not look at passion as a passive component of a creator, instead to actively use them. The message was clear; creativity should be for yourself, as an outlet for what you love, not as a tool for progression and gain.

The Crowd

It was great to see a mix of ages and groups show up for the event: there were lecturers, students, people from the design industry, hobbyists and those not involved in design at all. It was fantastic that such a diverse mix were all game to expand their minds and together we were able to put the brakes on a fast-moving industry, ease into the beginning of the long Easter weekend and ignite some creative sparks.

The Entertainment

Alongside the speakers, ‘80s-indebted IVERSEN brought their chic soundscapes to proceedings. Tiny Rebel provided us with their beautifully brewed beer, Mr Croquewich served up some sumptuous street food and Candy Kittens hooked up attendees with bags of vegan-friendly sweetnessAwesome Merch were also on-hand with some specially-made Glow gear, gifting punters with one-of-a-kind totes for the occasion.

The evening was capped off with a nod to the future as it was announced that Cardiff Design Festival will be making a return after a 6 year break this October! Cardiff’s creative scene keeps going from strength-to-strength and we’re stoked to see where this next event takes us!

Dan Sargent

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