January 23, 2012

WIDE OPEN SPACES

I take a lot of pride in Michigan. I was born and raised there, and I have a deep love for all things MI. Everyone always asks me about Detroit. They see images on the news or the internet, and I always make a point to tell them someone positive that is happening. Has anyone seen Urban Roots?

Urban Roots is the next documentary from Tree Media. Produced by Leila Conners (The 11th Hour) and Mathew Schmid and directed by Mark MacInnis, the film follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. Urban Roots is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future. (Check out the trailer at the bottom.)

“I created this poster for the documentary Urban Roots. It’s a great film and I know from working with these same folks on the 11th Hour that they are great grassroots activists. A portion of the proceeds from this poster go to Urban Roots Action.”  -Shepard Fairey

EYEBOMBING

I can't help but smile when I see these! "Humanizing the world, one googly eye at a time." Wanna go eyebombing with me this weekend?




JUST MY TYPE: CHANDELIER

I've been obsessing over this beautiful chandelier. Don't get me wrong, I love this one I bought on Ebay. But I do adore this oak chandelier by Dizajn Nudrvetu that consists of 258 separate pieces that create a series of block shadows on the walls. (via Design Milk)




OBSESSED: NAMA ROCOCO WALLPAPER

Please check out her website to see the full collection of wallpaper and single sheets.


KNOCK ON WOOD

Are you superstitious? If so, you should carry one of these in your wallet.

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January 17, 2012

ICE CUBE + EAMES

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Did you know that 
Ice Cube studied architectural drafting? Check out the fantastic video below about his appreciation for Charles and Ray Eames.

"They were doing mashups before mashups even existed."

If you missed the PBS screening of Eames: The Architect and the Painter you can now watch the entire film online here. Check out the trailer below. 


RUDE BOY

I am obsessed with this Rihanna video directed by Melina Matsoukas. All the graphics, the colors, and the stuffed lion and zebra. Amazing.





January 16, 2012

DONNY MILLER

I tend to cut things out of magazines and newspapers and file them away for "later". (Does the period go before or after the quotation?) I was going through a box of old stuff last night and I came across some clippings of Donny Miller's work. I love these poppy images.
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January 11, 2012

MR. BRAINWASH ART SHOW

I went to the Mr. Brainwash Art Show 2011 last week. When I arrived from the Westside there was a velvet rope and a line around the block. I almost went home, but I am glad I stayed. There were over four levels of visually stimulating images in a warehouse off La Brea. After watching Exit Through the Gift Shop I think many people question Thierry Guetta and his authenticity. Personally, I appreciate his artistic expression and found it inspiring. Hell, I even saw a Jonas brother there too, so maybe it was worth the wait. (all photos by moi)







January 6, 2012

January 4, 2012

CHECK. CHECK.

One of my New Year's resolutions was to TACKLE NAGGING TASKS. Every single day I go to use my Jonathan Adler sunglass case (top) but it frustrates me because my sunnies barely fit. It's adorable and I really love it, but it drives me nuts. So... I took it upon myself to make a new one (bottom). Another resolution was to CREATE MORE. My mother is an extremely talented lady. When I was home for the holidays she taught me some new needlepoint techniques and soon enough I had a brand new sunglass case that fits my sunnies perfectly. 


January 2, 2012

GRACE COBB + ELENA RENDINA

These photos of Charlotte Free by Elena Rendina (styled by Grace Cobb) for Wonderland Magazine had me at hot pink. Ever since Gwen Stefani dyed her hair pink I've had dreams about doing the same. 





December 13, 2011

HO HEY!


I heard this song on Hart of Dixie the other night and I can't get it out of my head. I am looking forward to their album coming out in 2012. Enjoy!

December 12, 2011

TALK TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT ART

My dear friend (Hunter Langston) forwarded me this ad campaign for his school, College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Love it!






December 2, 2011

LOVE IS A DANGEROUS ANGEL


When I noticed that my favorite magazine (Paper) did an article on my favorite author (Francesca Lia Block) my heart skipped a beat. And then I saw these amazing photographs by Autumn De Wilde and styled by Shirley Kurata, I was blown away. My favorite book growing up was Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books. I still have the same torn and tattered copy on my nightstand. I have read it hundreds of times. This book is one of the reasons I moved to Los Angeles. The way Block describes the city had my heart before I even arrived. Check out the inspiring photos and some quotes below. 

“Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground. Birthday candles. Baby teeth.”  

"Stories are like genies. They can carry us into and through our sorrows. Sometimes they burn, sometimes they dance, sometimes they weep, sometimes they sing. Like genies, everyone has one. Like genies, sometimes we forget that we do." 

“Do you know when they say soul-mates? Everybody uses it in personal ads. "Soul-mate wanted". It doesn't mean too much now. But soul mates-think about it. When your soul-whatever that is anyway-something so alive when you make music or love and so mysteriously hidden most of the rest of the time, so colorful and big but without color or shape-when your soul finds another soul it can recognize even before the rest of you knows about it. The rest of you just feels sweaty and jumpy at first. And your souls get married without even meaning to-even if you can't be together for some reason in real life, your souls just go ahead and make the wedding plans. A soul's wedding must be too beautiful to even look at. It must be blinding. It must be like all the weddings in the world-gondolas with canopies of doves, champagne glasses shattering, wings of veils, drums beating, flutes and trumpets, showers of roses. And after that happens-that's it, this is it. But sometimes you have to let that person go. When you are little, people, movies and fairy tales all tell you that one day you're going to meet this person. So you keep waiting and it's a lot harder than they make it sound. Then you meet and you think, okay, now we can just get on with it but you find out that sometimes your soul brother partner lover has other ideas about that. They want to go to New York and write their own songs or whatever. They feel like you don't really love them but the idea of them, the dream you've had since you were a kid about a panther boy to carry you out of the forest of your fear or an angel to make love and celestial music with in the clouds or a genie twin to sleep with you inside a lamp. Which doesn't mean they're not the one. It just means you've got to do whatever you have to do for you alone. You've got to believe in your magic and face right up to the mean nasty part of yourself that wants to keep the one you love locked up in a place in you where no one else can touch them or even see them. Just the way when someone you love dies you don't stop loving them but you don't lock up their souls inside you. You turn that love into something else, give it to somebody else. And sometimes in a weird way when you do that you get closer than ever to the person who died or the one your soul married."

November 30, 2011

BOOKMARK: MERCURY RETROGRADE

Thanks to swiss miss, when I am wondering if Mercury is in Retrograde I can go straight to www.ismercuryinretrograde.com. This week has been nuts. It makes perfect sense.