These past few days have been out of control. I feel like maybe I say that a lot….but wow. We have had some sick family members and that combined with some very early morning work hours, plus Woolgather orders, have made me one busy lady. On the plus side, I had the WONDERFUL opportunity this past weekend to go see a family friend dance in the Nutcracker. She played the role of Clara and it took everything in me to keep those tears in my eyes during the production. I am absolutely obsessed with the ballet and it was such a treat to see a girl so dear to my family dance that role. I hope everyone has been celebrating this Christmas season with the appropriate yuletide activities. I am down for the count and will be spending the remainder of my night watching a few Christmas Classics.
Well, hello there. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I recently started a new job, my sister had a baby, and I participated in a pop-up shop for Woolgather! It’s been crazy around here, but in all of the good ways. In my down time I’ve been gawking over the new Parc Boutique lookbook. Isn’t it amazing? I have such an admiration for PB and everything they release is so carefully thought out and designed. Not to mention, they team up on some pretty incredible artist collaborations. I’m thinking one of these days I am going to need to trek up to Minneapolis because that place is just thriving with creativity.
I was browsing through Pinterest the other day and happened across some photos that completely blew my mind, and upon further investigation was able to discover the genius behind the work.These portraits are from the Mono/Ha photo series by HART + LESHKINA, a New York based image making team. Seriously, every single photo concept is incredible and impresses me equally as much as the one before it. Go check them out.
I’ve been arguing with myself steadily over the past few months on what it is to be an artist and why I do it. It’s difficult for me to grasp certain ideas and customs in the industry I am in because I don’t want to be another person out there pushing a product on you that you most definitely don’t need but maybe want. Consumer culture is what it is and it’s got me feeling all types of ways, and none of them are really all that great. When it comes down to it we really don’t need much to survive, the rest is what makes us up one by one, culture by culture. I create because it’s what I love to do, it makes my heart beat faster and my face shine a little brighter. We don’t need music, art, or design….but we enjoy it, struggle with it, and it’s what we use to find meaning and definition. So there it is. Don’t buy my art. You can if you want, but only if it makes your face shine a little brighter and your heart beat a little faster.
Here are some (not so great quality) photos I took on my phone last night from a show I went to in Dallas. If you haven’t heard of Noah Gundersen, you should go change that. The entire night was magic.
STORIES is a new series to document moments of life, as well as works of fiction, by myself and fellow contributors. I believe that words in themselves are works of art and can move a person in ways that other mediums cannot. I don’t claim to be a profound writer, but I want to share these stories, and so here they are.
It was who-knows-what-time at night and I woke up from my frozen slumber to shouts of “SOMEBODY HELP ME, PLEASE, HELP ME!” No one else in my tent woke up, it was just me and my racing heart. I waited a few minutes thinking maybe I had dreamt it, because let’s be honest, I did watch 127 Hours before heading into the middle of nowhere Utah with some friends for the week. A few minutes passed by and there it was again, “PLEASE! SOMEBODY! HELP ME! HELP ME! OH MY GOSH HELP ME!” I heard shuffling in the tent next to ours, racing feet, flashlights flailing, and finally a mans voice “HELLO? HELLO! IS ANYBODY THERE? ARE YOU OKAY?” There was no reply. I poked my head out of my tent, intending to join the search, but suddenly realized the full extent of where I was and how unprepared I was to go wandering off into the dark to search for someone. I waited a few minutes, and then slowly heard a trickle of laughter emerge from across the way. I closed my eyes in a mix of fear, worry, and anger. The next morning I walked around our campsite to see if anyone else had heard the same horrible screams from the night before. The group of guys in the campsite next to ours told me a tale of how they had heard something in the night, but that their tent had also collapsed around 2 a.m and they spent a better portion of the night wrapped up in tarp. Another man I questioned turned out to be the one who ran for help, confessing that after a few minutes he heard the same laughter that I did from a camp across the way, almost certain that it was a group of teenagers pulling a cruel, cruel joke. We drove away from Zion the next day, my mind forever marked with the sick memory of false cries.
I was completely awe struck when I first saw this installation and after a little research found out that it was created by the art collective Numen/For Use. This particular installation “Tape” was created with support by the fashion brand COS, and is one of many installations that collectively make up the group exhibition titled “Inside”, which finds it’s home in Parisian Palais de Tokyo until January 2015. “The curatorial concept delves into the murky territory of both physical and psychological interiority thematising immersion, introspection and probing of the depths of self. The main idea was to transform the whole building into a convulsive mind/body organism whose slippery inner limits a motivated explorer has yet to trace and confront.”
I survived my camping weekend. There were most definitely some unplanned moments, but the weekend was filled with good friends, beer, and a very small campfire. It was about escaping for a while, and that’s just what we did.
Sun Xin, Hangzhou based designer, created a range of concrete planters to compliment her ANNA mirror collection. While I have admired concrete planters and the like, these things are something else. I am heading out for a three day camping trip tomorrow morning, so I hope the rest of you have a beautiful weekend.
MAN, OH, MAN. Life has been crazy. In the not so crazy quiet moments I have been watching American Horror Story. Anyone else into that show? Did you watch the new season? I just finished Murder House and am on Asylum now, so I don’t have much to compare the newest season to. But I’m into it. I also figured I would throw a little Tuesday inspiration board out there for you on this fine evening. I’ve been enjoying some of these “faceless” photos, which causes the viewer to steal a second glance and determine what exactly it is about the photo that draws you to it. We so commonly navigate in on a photo because of the face or model, but these force you to do so differently.