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Raining Colour for Lanvin

Lanvin, Paris 2012 lanvin,jul17-2013

IMAGES: here  // here

Check out more from these displays here // here // here .

Theme: Adventurousness

So, today I have this feeling… this feeling that I’m gonna do something stupid just because I’m feeling adventurous. (But nothing THAT stupid, or that actually matters. (e.g. Cut all of my hair off and donate it to cancer.  “OMG! How could you do that! It’ll take, like, a year to grow back!”  FRESH NEWS: Hair grows back, and your odds are a big 50/50 that the short hair won’t look bad.  Those are good odds, so take a chill pill. ANOTHER EXAMPLE: Do/plan an art installation.  Money – blow it on something random that you love, that has no definite guarantee of turning out! Who needs it! Time – beh! It might be ‘evident’ in the piece that you spent months planning this!  => ADVENTURE-ing)

For normal people, I think when they need that exciting adventurous feeling they will do normal-er, more obvious adventure-things, like go explore a deserted building, or an area of town, or try a break dancing club, or go to a casino. (I had a friend who would always say, “Let’s go on an adventure!”, and I used to be like, “Yeah! Is this guy for real?! Awesome! I’m a person who loves adventures!” Turns out, I’m not.  I only like or itch for an adventure in art.  That sounds like Public Service announcement conclusion, but it is true.)  For me, all of my real risk-taking adventuring or crazy-things happens in art.  Otherwise, honestly, I think I’m kind of a more boring/safe person.  I could be wrong, but I think so. I am literally hungry for it.  I never understood what people meant when they said that about stuff other than food or love, but I AM.  I think art makes me a better person – at least, a cooler version of myself.

When you are knee-deep in a hat/head-piece made of forks and knives, you know that if someone came in partway through, they wouldn’t just think that you were cray cray.  They would think, “WTF?!”  Or, when you have some ridiculous plan about doing an art installation in the middle of the street, when someone drives by midway through the installing process, its another, “WTF?!”  Or when you are painting or staple-gunning plates to a 6″ radius tube to use as one of the turrets for St. Basil’s Cathedral of Moscow, obviously, a “WTF?!” comes.  The moments of “WTF” before “Genius!” – those are the adventures-in-process moments.  When you smile and say, “They are totally right, I am so crazy” to yourself.  A “this can go either way, let’s hope for the best and try really hard” moment.

What are you hungry for?  How do you guys act adventurous?  Is it in food, or while working the stock market?  Do people look at you like you are a crazy person, too?  Let me know in the comments.

Here is some adventurous stuff.


Okay, even though I have already talked about him a kajillion times on this blog, I cannot have the theme be Adventurousness and not talk about Stefan, with regards to adventurous graphic design.  He transcends the genre and incorporates it into the physical, kinetic, tactile, as well as the digital.  He makes pop up inflatable art installations.  He does projects that seem crazy – take a year off work to explore new ideas, even though business is FINALLY going well (Maybe my clients will just leave me?! Maybe I’ll have nothing to go back to!) – and that are not about money.  He talks about ideas and issues that stand in the way of his own personal development.  Obviously ‘WTF’ adventurous.

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IMAGES: here // here

Another person I wanted to talk about in Part 1, is the graphic designer and art director, Eiko Ishioka.  She is another incredibly adventurous, creative designer.  As I mentioned, she began as a graphic designer and worked for a long time in Japan doing graphic design, art direction and advertising work, and eventually established her own design firm.  Then, around the year 2000, she decided to apply her background to costume and clothing design.  Obviously she was amazing at it, and was recently nomintated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design for the film “Mirror Mirror“.  I watched that film exclusively to check out the costumes and was not disappointed in the least.


IMAGES: here // here  (via NewYorkTimes online; Great article and obit about Eiko here )

Eiko is an amazing graphic designer and costume designer who did not let her career or her background label or limit her.  She took on new and conceivably ‘unrealistic’ projects, and delved into a field in a way that might have seemed crazy to others.  And she rocked at it. Boom boom pow.


The first film I want to talk about is “The Artist“.  I really want to give my thoughts about the entire film here, but I will live it for the ‘MM (Movie Madness)’ page.  To come out with a silent film in this day and age, and have it win an Oscar for Best Picture is astounding to me.  Not to say that silent films can’t be great movies, but it is very difficult, I think, for a silent film to mass-reach a modern audience, who most likely hasn’t had very much connection with the medium possibly at all.  (AND also, there hasn’t been so much major development with silent films as a medium in the last long while. Therefore, further room for exploration.)  It really shows how well the film is made, and how much they used ‘being different’ and taking a chance to their advantage.  Not only did the film win 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, but it was nominated for a total of 10 Academy Awards.  And was the first silent film to win an Oscar since 1927.  I’m pretty sure that a lot of people that Michel Hazanavicius went to get money from for this film thought “WTF?!  This guy is crazy trying to make a major silent film.”  And it might stayed looking crazy until the ticket sales started to pour in and the awards committees came a-knockin.  Hazanavicius is someone who may not be traditionally adventurous in life, but is sure as all hell adventurous in art.

IMAGES: here // here

Say Anything“, which I have also mentioned on the blog in the past, also really embraces taking chances and doing something crazy (which isn’t actually crazy, but is still pretty crazy).  The film shows a really interesting social perspective; a perspective that embraces doing things because you want to do them, and not because you are supposed to (or not supposed to) do them.  For example, the main plot line of the film (spoiler) is that Lloyd, the main character, asks out Diane Court, a girl in his high school who does not hang out with his friends and whom he does not know very well.  This might seem obvious or normal to a mid-20-something year old, but I can say honestly, even as a young-20-something this is still so unusual!  In the film, Lloyd doesn’t even go against social convention, but just kind of ignores it even exists altogether.  I used to fantasize about this happening in my high school!  Not really about getting asked out by someone not in my group of friends (although that too), but just about ignoring pointless, stupid social conventions that we all follow for no reason.  Lloyd is a cool guy and Diane is a cool girl – why shouldn’t they go out?!??  Yet, at the start of the film people ask the couple how/why this came to happen over and over again! Because it is still so shocking!  Anyway, here is a great quote from the film that demonstrates my point.

Mike Cameron: I don’t know you very well, you know, but I wanted to ask you – how’d you get Diane Court to go out with you?
Lloyd Dobler: I called her up.
Mike Cameron: But how come it worked? I mean, like, what are you?
Lloyd Dobler: I’m Lloyd Dobler.
Mike Cameron: This is great. This gives me hope. Thanks.
(Quote from here)

And it does give hope.  And acts as an example of how we should all act.


IMAGE: here

When Mary Katrantzou entered the fashion scene in Spring/Summer 2009, she was a recent grad and an instant hit.  She has become so popular and such a sensation since then, with all of her lines afterward, if not recieving rave reviews (by the likes of Anna Dello Rosso), receiving generally positive ones, which is rare for any designer.  With a focus on textile and pattern design in school, a theme throughout her work is the screen printing of images of often very lush, rich items on very simple, clean, architectural dress shapes.  Not only did this technique make her commercially appealing when companies wanted to copy her work, or when she wanted to do more affordable versions of her clothing (i.e.: her collaboration with Topshop), but also applied an idea that Mies Van Der Rohe (famous modernist architect) was famous for in a fresh way.  She applied the idea of lush riches in a 2-dimensional, clean way to her simple structure, and used her expertise as a 2-D designer to direct her 3-D designs.  She tried something that could have looked cheap and tacky, and jumped into a field that she did not know or specialize in (fashion), to ridiculously great avail.  To have a textile designer jump to startdom in the fashion world is not only rare, but totally unheard of.  She was adventurous in art, and it payed off.



IMAGE: here

My mom recently told me this awesome story about the Brooklyn Bridge and its history.

In 1870 John Roebling, a civil engineer, had the idea of a way to creatively construct what we now know to be the Brooklyn Bridge.  Bridge building experts of the time could not understand or see his vision, and thought his ideas were, of course, impossible.  But after working with and explaining the concept to his son, Washington Roebling, also an engineer, his son was convinced that the bridge could be built.  Somehow the two were eventually able to find investors who believed in their project as well, and the project was commissioned.  Then, a few weeks into the construction, an on-site accident tragically killed John Roebling and severly injured Washington.  In the hospital bed, Washington found that he was able only to move one finger and, since he was the only other person who understood and believed in his father’s design, the structure could not be built without instructions from him.  He eventually developed a code with his wife, Emily Roebling, by tapping his finger and over the next 13 years tapped out the instructions to her on how the bridge should be built.  The bridge was successfully completed in 1883, and is still standing today, as symbol of New York.  Both John and Washington were adventurous in their art, civil engineering and architecture, and because of it they built one of the most iconic and used bridges, and one of the oldest suspension bridges, in American history.

Here, I could also talk about the engineers and architects who were the trailblazers and harbingers of changing styles, etc., but for today, I’m just going to say the point, and save those people for another day: be the one who does something so dumb and different that it seems crazy to people. That is how all of these people got started.  Just get used to the ‘WTF’, cause it probs means you are doing something right.

These Aint No Dancin Shoes

Ever get in a blog rut?  I definitely got into a big one with this post! I wanted to show you guys some amazing larger-than-life shoes, and somehow….. BLOG PHOTOSHOP RUT. Anyway, these definitely aint no dancin shoes – these shoes are made for walkin.  To and from fashion week.

I obviously love over-the-top shoe design. Shoes are such an awesome combination of art, industrial design, fashion and architecture, and I always love looking for each one of those components in a high-fashion shoe.  These are some designs from one of my favorite shoe brand, United Nude.

I hope these give you some eye nourishment.


IMAGES: 1. here // 3. here // 4. here // 2. here

Want some more?  Here are some amazing shoes from Prada, Jeffery Campbell and Givenchy.

shoes4-mar3-2013IMAGES: 5. here // 6. here // 7. here // 8. here 

Art: Fashion As Art (Duh)

Everyone knows fashion is art. Duh! So, here is some incredible art-y fashion pieces that I love.

Fendi Fall 2012 here

Always remember when you wake up in the morning that fashion is art.  How you look is not hot or not-hot, it is only like-yourself or less-like yourself.

Comme Des Garçons Fall/Winter 1990/91 here / Colleen Atwood, costume for Snow White and the Huntsman here

Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 here / Balmain Spring/Summer 2013 here ( / Alexander McQueen collar here

Also, remember :  It is okay. Be romantic if you want. You can do it. It is lame, but whatever. If you do it in your own way, usually not so bad.

Links Round Up!

Woah! Hey guys! I am sorry I have been so out for so long! (Like 3 weeks long!) That exam was indeed killer, but we will see how it goes.. Anyway, I am back to school! And although there are so many inspiring and fun things here (sometimes I wake up and just think, “Is this my life? This is so awesome!?”), I need to STAY FOCUSED. That line under my blog name says that I am going from engineering to industrial design, and DAMN STRAIGHT I AM GOING TO DO IT. I am going to do it even if it kills me. (That is so intense! I did not mean to be that intense, but maybe like %87 of the intenseness. Wait, yes I did mean it to be that intense! I’m getting in, dammit!)

On an unrelated note, now that I’m back to school I made an observation about engineering classes:
It is so weird how for years and years, throughout high school and my general life I would not feel at all sheepish to wear the ‘flamboyant’ clothes that I did. White, slouchy, 80’s leather boots – I wore them in high school. Lacy pirate blouse – yep, own it.

Anyway, as a future artist/designer, that totally makes sense. BUT, these past few years, I kept asking myself “Why do I slowly end up dressing more boring in school?” And coming back after a summer of doing art, it is more obvious than ever! I’ve realized the reason of why I feel just can’t wear as crazy clothes in engineering classes: It just doesn’t ‘fit’/make sense to wear outfits that are high maintenance in those situations.

It is not because I’m not confident enough or because I feel I would be looked down on, or because my classmates wouldn’t understand it… (although they wouldn’t..) ..  It really is because it would just be so out of place, wearing something bothersome or unnecessary+bothersome in an engineering class. Therefore, crazy blouses – still wear them. Hair wax and tinted lip baum – yep. High heels (even wedges, comfortable heels, etc.) – can’t wear! Too high maintenance. Fussy clothes – I never feel comfortable wearing them in class.

NOTE: Engineering girls out there! This is just me! If you can wear fussy things to eng classes, DO IT!! Being young and wearing crazy clothes is so fun. OWN those heels. Also, this obviously does not pertain to working engineering girls. Boys wear shirts and ties. We can wear fussy outfits and wedges to work if we damn well please.

Anyway, since it is Monday, I will do the link round up that I would’ve posted on Friday! I hope you all enjoy!

1. John Steinbeck on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter. “If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”  Here, Brainpickings.

2. The Sartorialist did some work for the new coach line, and trust me, I would be the last to say this (Coach generally isn’t my style), but these bags are all pretty damn beautiful. With their natural colors and their worn-leather potential, and classic styles, and unisex-ish aesthetic, I actually am really loving them. AND they got smart and hired The Sartorialist, who obviously did an awesome job (watch the video!).  photo here.

3. Marchesa’s Spring 2013 line. Not usually a huge Marchesa fan (they do crazy beautiful stuff, but I feel like they are not really artists. They always have the exact same aesthetic, and although its very marketable, I feel like they are never actually doing something new) BUT, this line is actually kinda cool.  It was inspired by 1960’s and Indian fashion and colors, both of which I approve of! Beautiful colors/flowy fabric + anything 1960’s  —> I am there. (@honestlywtf) photo here.

4. In general, I LOVE Bri’s advice page. I feel like she is telling me secrets, that I really shouldn’t tell anyone cause they are too good.

5. I know everyone’s been talking about this book, but it looks really fascinating.  It Will Be Exhilarating was written by the guys who made Glif, the famous ipod/iphone tripod attachments.  They’ve launched two successful Kickstarter projects, being a part of the new era of independent hardware manufacturing.
“This book was written to offer guidance and inspiration for those charting a similar path, and covers topics such as running a small business, creating hardware products independently, launching a Kickstarter project, and tips for promoting your products. Everything is told through the lens of our own experience.” (@swissmiss)  photo here.

6. Been reading Girl Crush Magazine again, and man!, these girls are awesome! Check out Ariele Alasko who is a furniture designer in Brooklyn.  Coming from being a girl in mechanical engineering, RESPECT. Also, coming from a girl who loves well-made furniture… (umm, Industrial design much?)  Here‘s her blog!

7. DIY – sliced shades! here.

8. Kelli Anderson is one of my top personal and professional role models.  Here’s her TEDxPhoenix talk.

9. Cool colorful print called Coda, found here.

Fall Look

Roots World Famous Crew, here.
Patterned pants from JCrew. here and here.
Minimarket platform boots, image from here, bought here.
Blundstone #500 boots found here.
Yellow necklace by Natalia Brilli, here.
Edgy red/black necklace by Isadora Paris, here, here.

Hope your week is above-par. :)

Links Round Up!

1. Floral print, here.
2. Such beautiful stuff of Lee Klabin’s on . Everything they do is pretty incredible.. structural, romantic, very aware of materials..
3. I want to make this so bad for my new camera!! here.
4. Amazing art installation/portrait, done with a projector and a table setting… a “food portrait” by golpeavisa found here.
5. Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012. here.

6. Awesome famous blog that I just found out about – Seth Godin’s blog – is filled with marketing and life advice. I have really been liking it…
7. Street photography Do’s and Don’ts on youtube.. oh man, this ones pretty funny AND informative…

8. Wow, I am in love with this personal website. The design, the cool flash stuff, the content, ahhrghhh. So good. Its Kelli Anderson.
9. Such a good article on Managing You Email Realistically! by Matt Gemmell.
10.This Got a Girl Crush Magazine is actually really good! When I started checking it out, I was like, Oh whatever…, but the ladies featured are actually girls with whom I do have an internet crush on! E.g.: Jessica Hische (need I say more), but also the girl from who has her own furniture company (and knows how to use a skill saw! holla), and many more cool ladies)

Links Round Up!

1. DIY inspiration for fixing up destroyed jeans. here.
2. Men’s shoes from the fall 2012 collection from Salvatore Ferragamo this year. I love that red going to patent black… It makes me think of Alexander McQueen’s gluttonous collection of Fall 2009.
3. Embroidered portrait by Daniel Kornrumpfs, called Stitched Reality.
4.CLASS Roberto Cavalli gown, found at The Outnet.
5. Maggi Hambling, Wave painting.
6. New idea for hanging up pictures! And also, 5 non-permanent ways to personalize a space without paint. (Especially good for renters….)

7. Made this recipe this week for Peanut Butter Banana Bread this week, and it turned out really good! AND its lower in fat.. If you’re into that…
8. I like this new font Bariol, and they have a pay-what-you-want system, which I’ve always thought is really kind of sweet.
9. 50 things every creative should know.
10. This Guys With Pencil’s podcast episode.  (HOLLA! Torontonians!) They interview the guys behind Super Meat Boy, an indie game, and even if you don’t know what Super Meat Boy is (i.e.: me, but not anymore, cause I found out my little bro plays that game) or aren’t into gaming, the podcast is really funny and fascinating about how to start new projects and being honest with your work. GEM, it is a gem.
11. This is so brilliant. Eating well on the road = One-Pot Meals and the Magic of the Rice Cooker !
12. I’m pretty sure everyone has seen this already, but still really good:Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action.

Have a great weekend. :)

Link Round Up

Here’s my weekly mostly-design related inspiration this week!

1. Clay Shirky describes five student projects that he thinks are pushing the creative boundaries – from interface design to how people cluster to build new work. Here.

2. Ideas of the deep south and diehard football players and cow-people (politically correct cowboys) in the United States have totally been inspiring me lately. I have been watching too much Friday Night Lights!

3. Sebastian Deterding: What your designs say about you – talking about what I’m aspiring to. TED talk: What Your Designs Say About You

4. If you haven’t heard of creative mornings, its amazing and such a resource of information on the creative industry.  Thank you Tina Roth Eisenburg. Basically, it is a monthly breakfast lecture series by distinguished creative professionals, which takes place in cities all over the world.  And are video recorded and uploaded online. Have fun.

5. Wear it now! Don’t wait or put off wearing your awesome clothes! Here. Have that crazy miumiu suit? Wear it. Have a meat dress? Go for it!

6. People have been raving about this book so much, I kinda really want to read it.

7. Love this phoot camp revival photo series! I really want to go to this one day! The photos are just so great and fun and creative.

Have a great weekend!

Links Round Up

So, these are some mostly-design related stuff that are inspiring me this week! I hope you all enjoy!

1. So, every year in the Fall, the Met in New York City has an amazing-looking, crazy-buzzed-about fashion exhibit with a theme.

“The Costume Institute houses a collection of more than thirty-five thousand costumes and accessories, representing five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the fifteenth century to the present. … Due to the sensitive nature of textiles, the collection of The Costume Institute is not on permanent public view, but the department organizes special exhibitions each year.”

(I never even knew this existed until, like, two years ago!)
Anyway, last years theme was ‘Savage Beauty’, included pieces throughout the illustrious Alexander McQueen‘s career. (I would have KILLED to see that.) This year the ‘theme’ is “Impossible Pairs: Musing on Schiaparelli and Prada in the Met’s Collection” and here is the online pictures and audio and visual of the exhibit. So fascinating and Prada is one of my absolute favorite designers! Constantly re-considering, approaching with fresh eyes, and yet, still able to have fun with fashion.

2. MoMA‘s library is now online.

3. So fun! Write a letter to yourself in the future. With the internet, you don’t even need to steal Dwight’s stationary… (The Office reference..)

4. Have a joint dinner party and talk about how you are going to better the world at 7 p.m. on October 5th, 2012! I’m totally doing it! And donating to this Kickstarter page!

5. Dude, if I HAD a gentleman caller, this quiz would be so necessary. (Hobby Compatibility Quiz & Creative Dating Guide)

6. I want to read this book. Looks fascinating, so useful and a little unnerving, hopefully in a good way.

7. This soup (Julia Child’s Vichyssoise) is amazing! My mum has been making it forever and it always turns out how I imagine in my mind that a potato leek soup should taste… Not too rich, but just enough, creamy and thick.. Now I really want potato leek soup. :)

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