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Live with Passion and Turn everything you Love in your Daily Work, ...

That way you will Never Feel Tired !

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A MAKER · A TRUE RENAISSANCE ARTIST

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About FrancisCostavolcano

"From the beginning, my wife and I set out to always do only what we love, in the process, all those things have each become a new company ..."

 

  FrancisCostavolcano 🕈

Artist · Photographer · Architect · Entrepreneur · Musician

🌱 Druid by Birth

🍀 Celtic Galician

🛂 Western Citizen

 

🧭 Lives in 3 Continents

 

🌎 Worked in 22 Countries

 

💡 Founder of Costavolcano Group

🎲 Loves to Create Playing Cards & Board Games
 

 🗽 #NormalizeEquality

· A Renacentist that from his very beginning loves to Learn, Study,

Imagine, and Create in many areas of human knowledge ·

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"I have lived on both sides of the Iron Curtain, and in many different forms of Capitalism (Countries), so I have a pretty broad vision about life and what we are capable of achieving as a society and the mistakes we can make.

For this reason, I have dedicated my life, in addition to my family and entrepreneurship, to helping other people improve their living conditions, or their employability, and to create projects that help take care of our environment..."

A Coruña, Galicia, Spain   ·   Manhattan, New York, USA   ·   Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Chile

A CORUÑA · VIÑA DEL MAR · NEW YORK · MILANO · СОФИЯ · BARCELONA · BERLIN · AMSTERDAM · ПЛОВДИВ · VALPARAISO · CONSTITUCION · OPORTO · SYDNEY · TALCA · ZÜRICH · WIEN · MIAMI · SANTIAGO · L.A. · MADRID · MONTEVIDEO · BUENOS. AIRES · SAN FRANCISCO · LIMA ·

A CORUÑA · VIÑA DEL MAR · NEW YORK · MILANO · СОФИЯ · BARCELONA · BERLIN · AMSTERDAM · ПЛОВДИВ · VALPARAISO · PRAHA · OPORTO · SYDNEY · TALCA · ZÜRICH · WIEN · MIAMI · SANTIAGO · L.A. · MADRID · BUENOS. AIRES · MONTEVIDEO · SAN FRANCISCO · LIMA ·

A True Renaissance Man:

. Artist . Architect . Designer . Musician . Singer . Songwriter . Photographer . Entrepreneur . Lecturer . Broadcasting & Media Developer . Illustrator . Board Game Designer . Sustaible & Environmentally Friendly Developer . 

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Everything I have set out to do in life I have made it come true... How?

1 · DAYDREAM:

From birth, EVERY DAY, before going to sleep, I spend 1 to 3 hours daydreaming, imagining anything, something nice or a problem, be it something that I want to create or want to do or that I have to solve, ... from the global idea to the constructive solution in detail. So the next day or in the future, I already have the solution or the complete idea, it is only a matter of time to make it happen.

2 · LEARN FROM OTHERS:

Since I was a child I spend a lot of time talking and learning from every person that I meet: teachers, friends, my workers, other creative people & artists, businessmen, and especially my wife (Civil Biochemical Engineer, Artist & Entrepreneur), my mother (Linguist, Teacher, Entrepreneur, Photographer, and Druid / Healer by birth), my father (Ph.D. in History & Philosophy, Professor, Master in Education, and a Political Analyst), and my grandparents (Entrepreneurs, Businessmen/women, Makers, and a Druid / Healer).

 · STUDY & RESEARCH:

I have studied all the postgraduate courses that I could take, from a Diploma in International Business to Urban Planning, Cultural Heritage, Heritage Cities, among others ...

I got my first two undergraduate Diplomas when I was in middle school: Screenwriting and Puppet Theater.

While I was in high school and then at the university, I took all the extra classes that I could take, as Painting, Leadership, Graphic Design, Photography, ...

Until these days I never stop studying, while I illustrate or design I listen to video lectures

 · CONSCIOUS ATTENTION:
I practice and train every day my "Conscious Attention" (it is Like Conscious Observation), to understand how things are (nature, music, mechanisms, buildings, everything), how things work, how people act and feel, and how everything interacts.

A few years ago I create a MasterClass about this, and how using Conscious Attention you can Develop your creativity.

I have given my MasterClass "DEVELOPMENT OF CREATIVE SKILLS FOR INNOVATION" in different universities, NPOs, and Large International Corporations, as part of their Entrepreneurship Programs

If you want to hire my MasterClass for your University, NPO (Non-Profit Org.), Local Government, or Company, Contact Me!

 · NO FEAR, JUST DO IT

Many people say cliches like "NO FEAR OF FAILURE", but there are never failures! all you do is a learning journey, if you live under the pressure of SUCCESS and FAILURE, you will never understand that this is all about JOY and Self-Realization instead of Money and Competitiveness ... But don't worry, MONEY and SUCCESS always come when you do what you love with a professional attitude.

I've spent tons of hours doing things and then criticizing them, finding what I can do better next time. We have launched many projects that were not well formulated to continue and others we have simply let go even though they have been very very profitable, but emotionally we have not liked them to continue with them ... And we still here, stronger than ever!

I started my first venture when I was 5-6 years old selling homemade popsicles on the pier in my small tourist town (we made them under the supervision of my mom hahaha). The following summer I created a Tomatomobile, adapting my Go-Kart from wooden boxes, selling and delivering organic vegetables from our farm in the country to my neighbors in the small town.

 

 · EXPLORE:

Don't be afraid to look for new inspiration. Take the time to explore what you really want to do, start a new endeavor, project, or collection and try something else later if you are satisfied, there is no need to be stuck in a style or concepts, explore if you want, even if you find something that you like, you may not want to do it any longer, so feel free and explore again as many times as you want, do like Picasso and reinvent yourself every so often.

 

Before I was 8 years old, I already knew how to draw, carve wood, cook, screenprint, ride horses, shoot, sow and harvest, digital design & illustration ('80s PCs :o), and spoke 3 and a half languages... while practiced swimming, kayaking, horse racing, climbing, biking, and taking piano lessons.

I was able to do all of this because I always dared to explore and because I was always a very focused child, that when I start something I practice and research until I master it ... and thanks to my incredible parents! Hahaha

My wife and I take exploration very seriously, hahaha, so we took a few sabbaticals before the pandemic and another sabbatical before starting work in New York in 2012. We can do this because the efforts of previous years have always paid off because we always do what we love to do. And taking breaks from our job as managers is something we love to do to find more inspiration. (Today you can manage a company from anywhere using zoom and WhatsApp hahaha)

 · SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Teaching others is the best way to remember things.

At the University I took extra courses, outside of the architecture curriculum, while I was UTA (Undergraduate Teacher Assistant) for 5 different courses, ... I was also President of the Student Government for 3 years, DJ, and had a Funk-Rock Band... crazy times, hahaha

Throughout my life I have created many courses, one of my most significant achievements was having created the new Discrete Mathematics Study Program, transforming the content of the course from a theoretical class to an applied one, with real-life exercises for 2nd year (sophomores) students of architecture in 2002.

From 2010 to 2015, thinking about how I could better help others, I dedicated myself to creating and teaching courses to poor women and entrepreneurs, as a Brand Coach and as an Architect. And every time I grow in Ideas and as a Professional, because I always research more and create new content, but above all because we discuss new ideas and projects in class with the students.

 

 · LEARN ABOUT OTHER CULTURES:

Travel if you can, and talk to everyone from the taxi driver to the Prime Minister if you get the chance, hahaha ...

Or learn from home, doing research on your computer. Learn the history and local culture, about its architecture or whatever you want, but, from the locals and other foreign people who have been there, do not stay only with what someone from your country says, seek to know the greatest number of Cultural Contrasts as possible.

 

 · PUT ANXIETY ASIDE:

The best moment to launch a new Project or Collection is when it's ready...

But sometimes if you want to create a cultural milestone, maybe you must work a little bit faster, hahaha, because if there are other releases before yours, tomorrow you will be old news ... but it always depends on the area of your work, in fashion or the toy industry being the first is a main objective, but in other areas, you may be the second or the number 1,000, because for example there are millions of songs about love, hahaha so take your time ...

But don't take too long! Hahaha. It is not necessary to have everything finished in detail when you launch a Kickstarter campaign, you just have to have everything you need to present the idea and get people involved.

 · NO NEED TO BE "THE BEST OF THE BEST":

You don't have to be THE BEST for others, just be the best for you. There is no need to compete with others when you are the Best hahaha

Forget the "Competition" (but always put an eye on what's happening out there)

YOU are what makes YOU Unique!

 

Living in a constant Race against others it's not a good lifestyle, it's the Cold War Logic. In a constant Race, you lose too many ideas and stop worrying about the details, because the focus is on the idea that "You have to Win" instead of focusing on being Creative.

The details, the way you do things, are the most personal expression that your work can offer to the world, ironically they are (the details) what will make you stand out from others, do not leave them aside for "winning".

In everything that I have participated in, I never felt the obsessive need to be the best above everyone else (as the movies told you). I have always had the confidence to be the best in everything I want to Do or Learn hahaha I'm just in a race against myself trying to advance as fast as possible towards what I want to achieve and know.
... But there is something in all human beings that gives us satisfaction to compete and gain an advantage over others, hahaha that is something we must work on in order to grow hahaha

When we launched our first Artwear Collection (Fashion Accessories) made with Alpaca Fiber and Silver, we were not the first company or designers to have worked with fibers or yarns, but, we were the first ones to do it The Way We Do! hahaha. It was really successful. We create the entire collection, from the iconic avant-garde accessories to the basic items of the collection using one basic shape as the design unit to create the entire collection.

It was a very thick moldable cylindrical stick of alpaca fiber wound very meticulously with a custom silver piece at each end, these details and the way we designed with those thick and very soft sticks, make the difference, we innovate in the way we use the materials, and uses or objects that we had created: Wireless iPhone headsets, sony headphones, bride corsets, and basics like our crazy long "water rings" necklace attract all the attention that we want. 

So my wife and I were invited as designers to participate in fashion runways and art exhibitions everywhere, in America, Europe, and South America ... just because we were doing our thing in our way. hahaha

 

A few years later we move to another project and start our own laboratory to investigate medicinal herbs, superfoods, and health supplements as a way to help people with no access to good healthcare, that was another tremendous personal success for us!. 

 · SUCCESS OR SELF-FULFILMENT?: 

Try to find out what your true goals are in life, how you want to live, what you want to do, and what you want to feel ... 

 

Something very important that you should consider is that life is the path we travel to reach our goals, so make sure that THE WAY YOU LIVE THE ROAD MAKES YOU HAPPY TOO hahaha...

Success is not a real goal, it is just a consequence or state of many different things. Think about what you want to have around you or the feelings that all those things and people or environment make you feel. That way you will work for what you really want instead of what the media, the advertisements, or the masses want ...

 

Success for you could be closer than you think.

 

Almost all musicians and singers hate singing their hit songs all the time for 40 years, hahaha but that's what their fans want, ...

 

What do you want?

 · LIVE AWAKE:

Since High School, I stopped Drinking, Smoking, and all Recreational Substance use, hahaha

Because I am the party! No need for additives, hahaha 

This is not a moral stand, it is just the way I found to have more productive hours in my week.

Having a clear mind always works best for me, even when I'm composing a new song or illustrating, etc. I work fast with a clear mind and usually get more complex and interrelated results.

I have the problem that when I am doing something I have more ideas than I can do with my hands or those that I manage to sketch/write down in my sketchbook, that is why I always worry about being in my 100% attention, so as not to lose anything during the process. I just try to keep everything in mind until I have time to write it down.