About Eyes Aflame & Bridget Benton
I love to make things. I love to explore and feed my curiosity. I love to see patterns and make connections. And I love to help other people make things, explore, and make connections.
I love that moment when someone's eyes light up because of an insight or an inspiration. And I love helping someone apply that inspiration or insight to craft an innovative solution or express a deep truth. I finally realized that creativity is the skill that ties all these loves together and makes them possible.
So I decided to study creativity in more depth. In 2007, I earned my Master of Science degree in Creativity and Change Leadership from the International Center for Studies in Creativity
at the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo State College campus.
I've been doing creative work since 1988,
with my first real job as a pre-press assistant. I've been a camp
counselor; an art teacher; a professional batik and silkscreen artist;
a market research project manager; a slam poet; a freelance marketing,
communications and administrative assistant; a credit union audit
assistant; a consultant working on quality assurance and risk
management assessments; and always an entrepreneur. My success in each of these jobs - even those that seem highly analytical - relied on my ability to be creative. And trust me, my clients and my employers noticed. In a good way.
Now, I not only get to use my creative skills, but I get to combine them with my almost 20 years of hands-on experience in marketing, research, and business processes in various industries to help people develop their creative thinking and problem solving skills and apply them effectively. And I still get to make things.
I love what I do.