T H I S W E E K
I'm definitely surprised to have a light toned inspiration board again this week, but it's what I've been drawn to. This week was filled with learning of unexpected trip opportunities happening in the next three months... and with that I also had one of them fall through and am now in limbo land with trying to get a flight refunded. This board picked up on my emotions of lust + frustration with traveling, and also has some etherial elements to it that leave me feeling hopeful.
I received a super sweet belated birthday gift from a friend this week, the book Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers. Wabi-Sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of imperfection. Author Leonard Koren writes, "(Wabi-Sabi) occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West. Wabi-Sabi can its fullest expression be a way of life. At the very least, a particular type of beauty". I studied Japanese while in high school and was lucky enough to teach English there during my Junior and Senior year spring breaks. I wasn't familiar with Wabi-Sabi when I visited but looking back now I can see its influence most while at the mountain nature camp where we taught the elementary school students. There was a beauty in the raw landscape, small homes, and acceptance in the rough elegance of nature surrounding the town. This concept allows for the organic elements of the design process to be appreciated and accepted. It's so freeing as an artist to realize there's perfection in the imperfect.
This week I remembered I never had the chance to see Only Lovers Left Alive when it came out in 2013 and it was high time I watch it. I loved the wardrobe, set design and story. It's not your average vampires-in-love movie; it's dark, different, interesting, and in a way, humanistic. Our two main characters, Adam and Eve, need blood to survive, but in the current world most humans blood is contaminated; so they rely on getting "the good stuff" from doctors. Their existence is nearly the same as a drug addict so it's interesting to have such a human condition put on these undead beings. For any Requiem for a Dream nod in the film, the story line stands on its own away from the dependency to blood, and makes this movie its own.
Phantogram is a band I found totally randomly a few years ago after looking up who was playing at a nearby venue. My favorite song of theirs is Mouthful of Diamonds and I was reminded of it this week while looking at a behind the scenes video edit of the Dea Dia lookbook shoot I Creative Directed last week. It had the right moody yet sweet tone to it that fits the visuals from that shoot.
One of the mentioned travel opportunities coming up is a trip to sell some of my work at a particular event in California so I've been sourcing items I want to use on my display table. I figured I might as well get to have the lovely design elements, like dyed blue amethyst specimens under bell jars, out in my studio until I need to pack them up in March. I styled this little dude on top of my inspiration magazine stack next to a pair of really cool asymmetrical antlers I got from Digs (you can see the little antler in the mirror's reflection).