In the midst of disruption, how do we come to know who we are? How do we create an identity for ourselves? With what groups do we identify? Are we defined by how we see ourselves or by the ways we are seen by others? These are the questions Zaire is asking us to consider through her recent 'art intervention,' "The Personal and Collective Experience of the Gaze."
Almost inevitably, when I meet someone new and we begin a discussion about art and creativity, there comes a moment when my new acquaintance asks the question; "Are you an artist?" With no intention of being evasive, or enacting idle Socratic exercises - although I do love intellectual gymnastics! - I feel the urge to answer their question with another question: "How do you define artist?"
Working as a film stylist has been a completely new and inspiring experience. I have always believed style is a visual language that conveys the essence of who we are and how we live our lives. In filmmaking, that language becomes an integral part of telling the story and making it come to life.
The Voynich Manuscript: "The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World"
Some time during the early Renaissance, somewhere -- probably in Europe -- someone created a codex; 270 gorgeously illustrated and written pages of vellum, and 500 years later no one knows who wrote it...or even what it says...
The first thing I noticed were his hands....he has seriously lovely hands and I am mesmerized by them: their shape; strong, lean, long, long fingers, well-worn, a little craggy, very expressive...and then he begins to talk about music...
If you visit Jason in his lair you will witness a creative...paroxysm. Every window, every door, every surface, mirror, and item of furniture have been either fabricated or re-worked from their original state into something else; something very beautiful.
Welcome beautiful, beach babe, Lori Roark bringin' it to Find Your Cool from her sunny studio by the beach in Cardiff....by the Sea. Lori and her equally gorgeous and groovy sister Denise began curling, twisting and sculpting wire into artful jewelry in early 2004 in our hometown of Fallbrook, California....
Even then, what impressed me the most was her design sense. Each time I saw her, she was would be wearing something a little risqué; cut to within centimeters of exposing her curvaceous figure and she always looked fantastic. Being in the fashion business, I always asked her; “Where did you find that wonderful thing?’ And she would tell me in her off-hand way, how she had bought it that afternoon at this or that boutique and removed the sleeve to add a strap, or changed the neckline, cut the hem or added an embellishment… And it always worked. She was fabulous.
The world is teeming with talented, skilled and creative designers, so why are we buying most of our design products from only a few? Habit? Inertia? Well, here are five great reasons to consider buying from original artists instead of purchasing branded products.