T H I S W E E K
I've been feeling this mix of lighter poppy-er colors paired with subtle muted tones. For someone who owns little to no pink in their wardrobe/life, I've been really drawn to it in my mood imagery lately. I like the mix of togetherness and solitude in this board because that's also a reflection of how I am; I'm an only child so I definitely like alone time but I've been pushing myself and doing more group meetings/hangouts and really enjoying it. I live in Portland and on Tuesdays twice a month I go to The Rising Tide Society get togethers where we do worksheets relating to small business aspects, this week it was goal setting, and it's been a great way for me to meet other small businesses owners- and on top of that, it's usually female small business owners which is really helpful and inspiring.
This week I started reading The Birth of Venus which is a historical novel taking place in Florence Italy during the early 1500's. I'm only a few chapters in but so far it's grabbed my interest. The prologue left off on a crazy weird cliff hanger and I'm now just getting into the story of 15 year old Alessandra and the young artist who has just moved in with her family so her can paint their portraits for the next few years. I was lucky enough to live and study in Florence in the summer of 2012 when I took courses at Alchima the Contemporary Jewellery School. My last two weeks I was the only student in whole building which was simultaneously cool and overwhelming. I'd only done about 3 jewelry courses while in college at that time so I was thrown into the deep end of having an open studio education that summer. I didn't have a thesis or focus so the program really had me try to figure out what I was drawn to in jewelry and design. But I digress haha, so far I'm into this book and hope to get more time to read it this coming week.
Yoooooo, the movie Predestination is INSANE. It's like if Looper and Inception had a baby, and then that baby, had a baby with itself. The sets and costumes are great and the Spierig Brothers did a fantastic job directing it. I definitely did not hear about this movie when it came out in 2014 and I don't know why- it's really cool and really well done. There were two "oh f*ck, really?!" moments that had the slow start pay off. By the end I was like, "Okay. Okay? Okay!?!?!?". So all in all, one awesome mind trip of a movie.
Inferno by Cyril Hahn was played incessantly in my studio this week. I love the hype vibe with the repeating "okay" and then the female vocals work well with the song. I feel like I want to be driving through the forest and/or running on a foggy beach while listening to this. Cyril Hahn is one of my favorite artists for his remixes (like Say My Name) and it's easy for me to listen to his work while I do my work since it's atmospheric.
I had the awesome opportunity to creative direct, style and produce the newest lookbook for Portland based jewelry design company Dea Dia. I've been moving into doing more creative directing in 2016 (portfolio of that work here) so this was a great way to kick off the new year. My studio this week was filled with moodboards, hair + makeup ideas, wardrobe prep and prop sourcing- basically a fantastic week.