Howling at the moon, Lady Wolf Birthday!

I went up to Boston for my birthday, I have never has large birthday celebrations but spending this birthday with this particular group of people has definitely been one of my favorites.

We went out and shared specialty drinks and comfort food, we laughed and screamed at each other, we made pictures and words out of sparkling light, and made memories that I will cherish forever.

Thank you, you are all immensely special <3

 

Yasutaké Kosaka and I

My favorite people in the world

Let loose the drums and dance free

I dream of wolves and glitter, of sparkly eye priestesses, and of everlasting friendship.

Inspiration: Joseph Gordon Levitt

Why I find Joseph Gordon Levitt inspirational is not that he is a actor but the caliber of his character. In every interview I read with him he is always so humble and thankful to just be able to do what he is doing. 

In one of his most recent interviews he mentioned how he, like most young people, use to be cynical and unhappy. He use to think that he was "smarter than everyone and that the world was stupid" but now that hes older his attitude is "what does it really gain me or anyone to be cynical? We're here, we might as well make the best of it right?"Someone who can fully admit to feeling that way and explain why he was wrong has my total respect. 


I love Joe's perspective, he really understands "artists and art are everywhere" not just contained within the hollywood hills or the city of New York.

We are taught by educators and peers to believe that when we accomplish anything to be celebrated as our biggest achievement. That once we learn or "master something" that we will be able to preform that action perfectly and on command every time... but that isn't true. 

As creators we are groomed to have a protective nature over what we deem to be "ours." Projects that once would have had great room for collaboration now now are dictated by those with "sole creative control" Why? In a way I think Artists have lost their sense of community. Ironic, with all the various communities created to keep us so connected that we know when and where all of our 300 "friends" are and what they are doing. But are we really connected? No. The main use for those sites are to inform and showcase. "Here is my work, what do you think?" "This brand is having a sale this week!" "Just published an editorial in a magazine!"

We are also lead to believe, whether we own up to it or not, that if we are an artists that we are special. That we are somehow smarter than everyone else.... but that isn't true either. Anyone can do what we do. Anyone can be a photographer, actor, model, musician, painter, novelist, ect. These are not abilities that are necessarily unique to us, but that doesn't make it unimportant. It is our drive at creating and bringing into the world what is inside us, not our titles or what is assumed about us because we are "creatives."

Five years ago Joe created a website called hitRECordjoe.org it allows artists to upload their work, download work from others, and remix. If you are inspired by someone's song you can download it, remix it and re upload it for them to view. In a word you can COLLABORATE! 

So thank you Joe for being an inspirational person, an inspirational artist, and an innovator.






June 14th Inspiration

Here are a few things that inspire me both in life and art.

1. My Boyfriend Jesse who constantly pushes to go further, think about things differently, and push myself.....even when I don't want to. 

2. Sandy Poirier/ The Shag Army; I fell in love with these people and this place the first time I stepped inside. You will not find nicer people or cooler haircuts anywhere. Go try, I DARE YOU.

3. Doubt; Meryl Streep is such an amazing actress and this movie only further showcases it. The way the director creates mood and drama is simply masterful.

4. Joan Jett ; Her look, her attitude, her drive, her music. I think I LOVE everything about Joan Jett. Her "make it on my own terms" attitude keeps me motivated to push through and get myself where I want to be. And I would definitely have her babies, I'm just sayin'

5. The Kills; I'm torn as to whether it is Alison Mosshart's drop dead sexy voice or their bare bones song structure that make me utterly love the Kills. I adore her in the Dead Weather too but The Kills just makes me want to shout from the roof!

6. Kristen Stewart; Even if your not down with the twilight scene you have to notice there is something about Kristen Stewart. She is uncontrollably awkward, curious and innocent; I think she actually might be the only person in existence as awkward in social situations as me. For good or bad what I admire about her is her realness, she shows her emotions and that should be applauded. 

7. Z!nk Magazine; This magazine is one of the publications that keeps me focused, makes me remember where I want my work to live.

8. Peanut butter and blueberry smoothies + Pavement = iced coffee; These are pretty much my daily rations. If I am being honest I have now worked up to 2-3 iced coffee's per day, the people at pavement probably think I am crazy. Definitely one of, if not the best, cups of coffee in town.

9. Film; yes yes I know I have always preached being a digital girl but right now I'm really feelin' the analog love. Watch out for the film shoots coming your way!


-Jackie

Designer Spotlight: Maya Luz

I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with one of the most talented emerging designers. Maya Luz  has a unique style and attitude that is transparent in her clothing. While being conceptual and sculptural they are still extremely wearable. I absolutely adore her line of purses that she created, they reminded me of the bombs that Natasha always had in rocky and Bullwinkle!


I Met Maya when were were both still in school and were partnered to shoot her graduation collection Fashcism. Since then she has had a tremendous amount of well deserved press and can be seen on this up coming season of Project Runway (season 7) as well as a feature in Surface Magazine.


While I am completely inspired and in love with her creations the real gem is Maya herself. We were able to meet up with her once again in London while she was on her internship and I was shooting for British Airways and It was so rejuvenating to hear her thoughts on the industry and personal growth, I really admire her and I know she will do fantastic things.




(Photos of Maya's Work)


Update: Check out my photos of Maya's Designs on Surface Magazines Webstie!