The Wanderlusting: people with a strong desire, or impulse, to wander or travel and explore the world. This was created for anyone with a passion for more, who has appreciation for good design and believes not all who wander are lost.
My creative boner for those Daniels is stronger than ever. If you don’t remember, I posted about these boys a few years back after I had the pleasure of meeting them at the Vimeo awards. Their vision is so distinct and, I’ll admit, a bit strange but it’s SO good. You’ll never see anything like what they do. True creative geniuses.
Beyoncé is obviously not a new topic, but Mrs. Carter is one bad-ass lady who’s new album is really challenging the landscape of the music industry. In a land where record execs just want you to push the hottest single, Bey decided to make a whole VISUAL album. This amazing woman decided to create 17 music videos to accompany her new album and released them ALL. AT. ONCE. The amount of work that went into the planning of all of this blows my mind, and each song and video has such a 90s Madonna-meets-Missy Elliot vibe to it’s look that I can’t help but be giddy watching them all over and over and over…
Well done, Bey, well done. My feminist anthem of 2014: FLAWLESS… so. fucking. good.
I have two big things I’m passionate about: creating things yourself and making your own path. This lovely man not only runs his own woodworking company, passed on from his father, but helps displaced Juvie kids find a passion and a place of belonging.
Not everyone fits into a perfect mold in our society and we tend to disregard people’s strengths, especially in our education system, shoving square pegs into round holes. I one day hope that we will have an education system that tailors itself to individuals and their passions. Whether that be a kid who wants to be a woodworker – giving him applicable math and chemistry skills that pertain to that trade, or if a kid wants to be a chef, veterinarian or artist – focusing and honing in on a person’s passions makes the learning easier because it gives it context. Not everyone wants to be doctors, lawyers or engineers and how amazing would it be to live in a world where people were nurtured to follow their passions and strengths, rather than given a one-size-fits-all education? I think that would be pretty incredible.
This is the most recent Made By Hand film and it almost brought me to tears. This film follows Ezra Caldwell, a bike builder in Harlem. Although it explores his passions, this film takes a look into a life of a man battling cancer with ferocious optimism. Ezra began taking daily pictures of himself and his life once he was diagnosed and now sells them in weekly, hand-printed batches. Seriously puts things into perspective.
It takes craftsmanship and skill to execute beautiful paper products. This is a video on how Crane & Co. bevels and guilds their stationary… it’s all done by hand. Pretty incredible. So the next time you get upset about cost, think about the time and love that’s going into your product.
I feel like I saw the trailer for this two years ago and have been waiting forever to get to see this, and FINALLY Netflix has it available! I’ve already watched it 5 times in the past two months, and thought I’d share it with you in case you haven’t checked it out yet. Wayne White is an artist and creator who does a bit of everything and is responsible for my obsession with Pee Wee’s Playhouse and the famed “Tonight, Tonight” Smashing Pumpkins video. Most of the things that I grew up with, that I really found visually inspiring, were created by this handsome man. This documentary make me feel sane for getting my hands into everything creative and that there’s nothing wrong with being a Jack-of-all-trades.
Google launched Project Loon in June 2013 in New Zealand to test the ability to use balloons to transmit internet to the large chunk of the world that doesn’t have access. As they say on their site “Many of us think of the Internet as a global community. But two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.”
Technology is doing so many incredible things; having the ability to help women entrepreneurs in third-world countries, giving education and medical access to the developing world and ensuring that people affected by major disasters can access the internet. Blows my mind.
I found this incredible anti-drug video today on Fast Company’s site. Pretty amazing to watch how the design firm, The Colony, executed it in the behind-the-scenes video. Talented people creating great work.
My life has taken me on a lot of adventures and somehow brought me into the world of web design and start-ups. I have slowly begun the process of learning to develop, or “code”, sites in the past year because there aren’t very many people who do it well. I thought that this video is an inspiring look into some great minds who have pioneered the infancy of the internet. Check out code.org and also check out a great online coding site that I’m currently working with called, Skillcrush and start developing your first project today!
This incredible triple-decker poster was made by the ridiculously talented Isle of Printing out of Nashville, TN. I love the use of negative space and that the design evolves as you add layers, yet each could stand alone. I’ve always wanted a laser cutter, but this just confirms the need.
So my boyfriend works his butt off with these crazy fools. Tim Van Horn edited this really cute promo video for their upcoming show with their new singer and I couldn’t be more stoked for them! Check out Weird Children’s fun, rocky-pop music you won’t might regret it…
Recently, someone told me that I reminded them of Fiorucci’s. For some reason, with my obsession with pop art and New York’s hey days, I totally missed this huge chunk of pop culture history…
Fiorucci’s ads (above)
Debbie Harry, Madonna, Basquiat, Warhol, Truman Capote, Betsy Johnson, Marc Jacobs, Maripol…. Pretty much everyone I’ve ever obsessed over or idolized hung out here.
Dubbed the “daytime Studio 54,” Fiorucci was the place to be in the late 70s – early 80s. The East 59th Street store opened near Bloomingdale’s in 1976 and was filled with glitter, gold, lamé, and skin tight jeans. The store is credited for launching Madonna’s career (her brother worked there) as well as hosting the launch of Warhol’s Interview Magazine and exhibiting Keith Haring’s work. Fiorucci had avant garde, affordable fashions for everyone, waaayyyy before H&M or Forever 21 came into play. Unfortunately, mismanagement of the company led to bankruptcy in 1989. In 2001, the store tried to make a comeback in NYC, but it never would be like it was during Andy Warhol’s New York days. Fiorucci seemed like an amazing place and I wish I could have been a fly on the wall back in its hey day. ..
So during the epic Hurricane Sandy, I was down in North Carolina doing hair and makeup for the lovely, Lauren Zettler of I am Lightyear. We spent the weekend running through the forrest, lighting colored smoke bombs and sprinting in circles with sparklers. It was a really good time with some really great people. Last night the actual video for “Lose Myself”premiered at the Converse Rubber Tracks studio. So take a look at the trailer and see me in action.
Video directed by Habib Yazdi.
Behind the scenes video filmed and edited by Kristen Winter.
This video was created by SMvideoChan during Hurricane Sandy, right by my apartment in Brooklyn. It’s crazy to see the banks filling up with water. Luckily, we stayed pretty safe here in Williamsburg, but there are plenty of places not doing so well. If you’d like to help, please donate to the Red Cross or look up places doing food drives and clean up here.
So, in the dead of winter last year I helped my good friend, Gus, with the makeup for a music video he was doing for Nathan Xandar. It was a freezing day in some small town with a lot of great people. Here’s a result of all our hard work.
My crazy/sexy/cool/ultra-talented friend, Liz Gilmore, made this lovely and nostalgic video of our impromptu New York trip last February. This is the last push I needed to get my butt to NYC and I’m forever grateful for it!