Anna Kullgren and Optic Verve’s Blog!

The Creative Flux is my voice behind www.optic-verve.com . Optic Verve is a small design and general contracting firm in North Portland, Oregon. This blog used to be on the website, but since it is more fun to be interactive, I moved it out here. Topics will likely vary quite a bit, as my interests reach far beyond what my company does. Other than my obvious design posts, there will probably be quite a bit about gardening and plants (my number one obsession), cool new building materials, and – because I tend to get creative in the kitchen – maybe even a decent recipe here and there. In addition, I often marvel at the reckless abandon of my fellow humans. You are equally likely to find the occasional rant regarding dwindling natural resources, and periodic updates on the pet projects I’ve taken on in my side-kick “career” as a budding community activist. So, welcome to my blog. Let the comments fly!

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About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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