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TEDxCincy - ClaireThompson - Why We Need Dreams to See

About Claire ThompsonClaire is an artist. She is also a designer, who was suddenly days away from losing her sight. After undergoing an intensive eye surgery to restore her vision, she then spent the majority of her recovery living in a small canal town in the south of France. Pursuing her passion for art, Claire created over 30 paintings that captured her emotions and experiences as she worked to regain her sight. Her determination to see again quickly landed her in a national competition for a major fashion magazine. After nearly 300 hours of hand-sewing a silk wedding gown in 4 weeks, Claire landed a spot on Good Morning America, a debut in Times Square and in the pages of Brides Magazine. Her focus, drive and passion to see and design again results in her powerful and burningconviction of embracing a dream and never letting go.Claire is a senior in the Design, Architecture, Art and Planning program at the University of Cincinnati. Though her background lies in fashion design, her interests span much more. Her diverse cooperative educational experience at DAAP has ranged from bridal design, childrenswear, foresight work, branding and identity, graphic and illustration design and design research.About TEDxCincyIt is movement that cannot be stopped. Rhythm that does not slow. It is your own will operating at its greatest force. On October 7, 2010 TEDxCincy uncovered PASSION, the energy behind life's most fearless pursuits.About TEDxIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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