Author: Deborah

Lecture at Pictoplasma Festival

Pictoplasma is my favorite Contemporary Arts Festival focused on Character Design. It was one of my dreams to be part of the festival and have the opportunity to talk about my work and my values in front of hundreds of people.

Childhood Development & the Importance of Play: An Interview with Tartaruga Feliz

They say “it takes a village to raise a child.” In keeping with our ongoing commitment to impact producing, while bringing to birth such a multifaceted ‘child’ as the Congo Tales project, we needed many allies, guides and support along the way. To uncover and develop native stories through the eyes of children deep in the rainforest, we needed a strong community of dedicated and skilled individuals. To insure the health of this child, we needed a “village.” Deborah, better known as “Tartaruga Feliz”, was a very important part of this village, playing a vital role in the development stage of our project. In the very early stages of this work’s inception, she journeyed to Congo to volunteer within and also to teach the teacher program with SPAC. By initiating creative storytelling workshops that focused on character design, she was able to tap into a remarkable reserve of creative potential within the children of Odzala. Using her advanced skills in early childhood development, the results were remarkable and became a big inspiration for the project and its creative progression. …

About me

My name is Deborah Rodrigues (aka Tartaruga Feliz). I work with Art and technology. With Glück Workshops and my explorations in these fields, I bring ideas for activities with children, inviting them to participate in this discovery process with me. I work with children in very different parts of the planet, passing on my values and exploring the intersection of learning, interaction and play as a path to strengthen creativity. I’m currently involved in a research program on Virtual Reality and childhood with the University of Sheffield in England. Before creating Glück Workshops, I worked as an illustrator for kids for more than 10 years. I participated in projects developing characters and illustrations for Disney Club Penguin and in exhibitions around the world. I use character design to alter my environment and reveal the silver lining inside every moment. Exploring art and technology, I’m focused on bringing more empathy and love to the world. Here’s my website!

About failure

It feels to me that it has become a cliché for people to say things like “failing is not a bad thing” or “there’s no such thing as failures”. But do you know why?