Franky Boateng is the creator and founder of Amsterdam-based leather goods brand Flybird. This is his story:
“I came from humble beginnings. My mother raised me as a single mom to the best of her abilities and I admired her for that even from a young age. One of the biggest inspirations I have, therefore, is her. The determination and motivation she showed everyday without wanting to be praised for it was unbelievable and I knew that I wanted to show the same kind of determination and motivation for what I love as well.
When I was younger I used to watch a lot of western movies. I loved the story of the Lone Ranger, cowboys and indians and bounty hunters catching criminals. Many years later, those Westerns would inspire me to craft many of my pieces. During my teenage years, I lived the rebellious life, always thinking that I knew best, never looking back at who I was affecting with my lifestyle. Fascinated by weapons thanks to the Western movies I used to watch as a kid, I collected old vintage weapons. I do have to address that I didn’t use them. But still, it got me into prison where I realized that I finally had to man up and become the man I always wanted to be.
I learned my craft from an inmate who was sentenced to life in prison. I realized that I didn’t want to end up the same way and so I worked on my skill everyday to improve, so that it would benefit me when I would be released. This way, I turned a negative experience into a good one. After I discovered my passion in prison, I turned it into my life goal. I attended fashion school to become more knowledgeable and come at par with my passion and motivation. I started Flybird and the rest is history.”
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Making Progress (Dutch Trailer) | A Documentary by 31Volts | Premiers 12 September 2013
Innovation is a concept that is often misconstrued. Commonly affiliated with the latest technological advancements, the innovative process far exceeds the invention of consumer products. As a matter of fact, innovation, by definition, can also be achieved through the development of systems, services and paradigms across a myriad of sectors that have a great impact on society as a whole.
In order to better understand the secrets of innovation, Dutch service design agency 31Volts embarked on their first ever feature film Making Progress. Premiering in Utrecht on 12 September 2013 , this unique documentary puts a spotlight on the unsung heroes of innovation –from food technologists and game developers to modern-day explorers– and their extraordinary efforts in building a brighter future. The culmination of their expertise and shared experiences are genuinely aimed at making progress a reality. ✌
Marcel Zwiers, creative director of 31Volts tells us more:
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Collecting is considered both an art form and an adventure. For artist and collector Pet van de Luijtgaarden, it is a unique opportunity to explore on the acquisitive nature of man and to have fun with the ever-growing pile of stuff he has collected.
At the 5th edition of CreativeMornings Utrecht (20 July 2012), Pet shares his thoughts on his latest exhibition, Gullivers Verzamilingen (Gulliver’s Collections) and what it is like to be a collector of collections. ✌
♫ Listen to Pet van de Luijtgaarden’s exclusive interview with phillipgangan ♪
✍ The 5th edition of CreativeMornings Utrecht was featured on the phillipqgangan website and can be viewed here: Obsessive Collective | The Gulliver of Collections
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