Lately I’ve been trying to embrace instagram as a inspiration tool. Food recipes! Floral arrangements! DIY’s! Artists!
Last night while laying in bed with a bit of insomnia I stumbled across @lolagil and was completely taken into her world. Head on my pillow, I went back to her very first picture and imagined myself in her creepy yet ethereal world of animals and sad but beautiful girls. Not only does her vintage style really hit me, but the scale.
Steven Harrington is serious. He’s not a serious dude but he’s the type of person who always is acting in earnest, the type of person who has such an intense passion for the task at hand that you can’t ever question his integrity. He’s not lying: he’s a serious dude.
This provides some context for his latest Case Studyo collaboration, a little pot they are calling Sincerely Yours. It’s a curvy functional sculpture marked with wavy yin yangs, all of which is to express our need for balance. It’s like a neon tabletop zen garden, one made from colored craft sand and a rock shaped bouncy ball: they are objects serious about their intentions but are presented to you in a language removed from said intention. It is an effort steeped in both a meditative, yogic calm and contemporary, loving relaxedness.
Sincerely Yours is also a good looking riff on classic ideas. Again: it’s serious about being not seriously serious. This is because Harrington is a serious person. If you dig this, you can grab the one-of-a-kind good here.
"I was wondering if I could have a photo with you…?"
"Oh: yes! Of course! Why not!"
"Should we stand right here?"
They move away from the group, a distant doorframe behind them.
"I think this is great."
"You smell good."
"Thanks," she says, tugging the lemon scented Little Tree tied to her necklace.
"Can you—You know.—do something? Like, maybe something with the tongue?"
"But I have gum in my mouth."
"I don’t care! Do something like that, still. That’s so you of you to say that about the gum."
"That is very funny, yes. You are just such a talent aren’t you?"
"From a child actor to a singer to whatever you are doing now: it’s really very impressive. I sincerely mean that."
She nods and half smiles, “Are we doing this?”
"Ah!" he laughs, stepping forward and placing a hand on a photographer’s shoulder. "Can we do a photo?" he motions to the two of them. The photographer nods and raises the camera—but he interrupts.
"Wait, wait," he turns to her. "Aren’t you going to do it? The tongue?"
She rolls her eyes.
"You said you were going to! I think it really—" he steps back, pointing at her jewelry. "It brings out your ephemera."
She adjusts the necklaces, “Look, I have no idea what this shit is. I basically gave Jeremy a bunch of candy necklaces, things I bought at a gas station, and some pony beads my assistant ordered from Oriental Trading Company and that’s it.”
He blushes: “I would, you know, happily show this at gallery.”
"You’re cute," she wraps her arm around his shoulder. "You’re a funny little dude."
Maker City LA is a Downtown hub of creativity, for you to be the one making or to have experiences with those who make. It’s a great place! They also have tons of rad programming and one upcoming event of note: they are hosting Academy Award nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis in conversation with Costume Cafe Podcast host Colleen Monroe. The event is being held in conjunction with the new Academy/V&A show Hollywood Costume. You can catch the talk on September 16!
Believing in your own vision takes a lot of courage. The task of rising above the fear of failure is something that stops many, so when we have a friend or collaborator that is able to push through that and put their heart and soul into a piece of work, we get excited. Jody Wilson, who directed this video for Uh Huh Her, and this video for Bright Light Bright Light, has written her first feature film and is using Kickstarter to raise funds to make it a reality. Watch the video, read the story and if you feel compelled to be a part of Indigo, donate here.
• I devoted many moments of silence to the memory of Joan Rivers. She lives on in my heart in the company of fellow tragic, gone-too-soon diers Amy Winehouse, Brittany Murphy, Anna Nicole Smith, and Aaliyah.
• I did not watch that Brittany Murphy movie. I am very upset and very unhappy about this.
• If you are a pop star and say that Aaliyah is “one of your biggest inspirations,” you have now become a very shitty post-aughts millennial cliche. Aaliyah only made three albums and you probably only saw Queen Of The Damned once.
• I needed a haircut. So, after work I decided to try out that barber shop people keep talking about within the Original Farmer’s Market at The Grove. My hair wasn’t *that* long but I told the barber that I wanted my hair short. “Short like that guy?” he asked, pointing at a man next to me whose hair was being shaped down to a loose High And Tight. “You could even go shorter than that,” I told him. “But, hey, do whatever you want: you have creative control.” He shaved my head and it cost me sixty dollars.
• In case anyone was wondering, the finale of the first season of America’s Next Top Model takes place at New York Fashion Week 2003. From what the show portrays, ten years ago was embarrassing for fashion.
• At a Club Monaco, I purchased a pair of leopard printed short pants for less than thirty dollars. I wore them out on Tuesday and several people complimented me on them.
• The only watches I wear—or want to wear—are ones that strictly tell the time, I realized.
• Unexpectedly, Dascha Polanco is the only person to have effectively pulled off pastel gray hair.
• Again, the notion that Brad Goreski has evolved from a crying co-star to a bizarre hunk entered my mind. Is he attractive or isn’t he? He has great arms.
• “Remember that one time you interviewed to be Rachel Zoe’s (on-air) assistant and the meeting took place in a broom closet?” - Me, to me, after thinking about Brad on several occasions.
• I read two chapters of Less Than Zero.
• I wore a pair of very expensive Julian Zigerli shorts that I purchased a little over a year ago for the first time in roughly seven months. The shorts are made from silk and, every time I wear them, they rip in the crotch. Why? Zigerli is a Swiss designer and he makes for Swiss men. I am a Puerto Rican male with an ass and Swiss people have no asses and—even though I ordered two sizes up on the shorts and have had the crotch reinforced—I risked wearing them to work and realized at 8:30PM, at the end of my day, that the shorts did rip in the crotch and I had not noticed.
• I found out that, yes, Jared Leto got a big, old, “Let me see dat." donkey dick.
• Wait: it’s still Fashion Week?
Hot off the heels of her 512 Hours performance in London, Marina Abramović is partnering with Mana Contemporary to bring her Marina Abramović Institute (MAI) method to the U.S. for the first time. Open to the public, the workshop will continue for 72 consecutive hours and will include her famed exercises designed to explore the boundaries of the body and mind by removing oneself from everyday distractions and completing simple yet long durational tasks in an immersive environment. The event runs just outside of New York City from October 16-19, 2014 and tickets are sold in 12 hour blocks. Participants are asked to stay for a minimum of 6.
All photos, courtesy of Marina Abramović Facebook
To read further details and purchase tickets, visit the website here.
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