Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Austin: SXSW - StyleX

So much has happened since my last post. Amazing restaurants, shops, people, projects, and events! Friday afternoon Quintan and I made a spur of the moment decision to hit the road to Austin to catch the last of SXSW and it's new event, StyleX.

If you're not familiar with SXSW it's pretty much a month of craziness full of the newest in music, film, interactive, and now style. In the music section alone this year there were 36,000 attendees with badges and wristbands and 2,400 official bands. Groundbreaking interactive projects were announced at the interactive part and brilliant indie films were premiered all over the city during the film weeks.

We arrived just in time to experience some of the music extravaganza and the new StyleX shows and products. I loved Print Row at StyleX which featured great graphic work and, my personal favorite, Sanctuary Printshop which screen printed shirts on the spot out of the back of their infamous El Camino which is rigged with 4 different screen presses. It was awesome. The runway shows were great and so were the products at each booth. Quintan and I couldn't resist purchasing a couple of TIKKR watches and meeting the awesome Cory Stout and his new iPad2. (Me = jealous) The nightlife in Austin is insane always, but during SXSW, the city never sleeps. And it's such a cool city to stay out all night in. I'm a vegetarian and Austin caters to vegetarians and vegans. I was so hungry at like 2am and actually got a veggie burger at the vegetarian only stand. Ya, a stand! Like a hotdog stand, but vegetarian. It was awesome. They also have vegan only stands and restaurants, but that will be in another post.

I'm so glad that SXSW is incorporating style to the list now. It's such a HUGE part of what the event is about anyways that I think it's about time to embrace it. For me, style is my love. It helps me to express who I am and relate to the world in my own special way. That's probably why design is such a huge part of my life. Anyways, below are a few photos from StyleX. I'll probably post some from SXSW in a separate post. One magnificent thing at a time my friends. :)

Oh, and I'm actually in the audience in the last photo that someone took from in the crowd. A free print of one of my designs to the first person to identify the back of my head. One guess per person. Put it as a comment to this post.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Jason deCaires Taylor

Jason deCaires Taylor's underwater installations are hauntingly beautiful and explore the relationship between art and environment. There are so many changes involved when you place an object underwater and even more when they remain there over time. The way the light hits underwater objects is unlike any other, especially in the ocean. Colors are altered and so is scale. Over time, sea life inhabit the objects and they soon become a part of the environment. Taylor embraces all of these elements to create these amazing living works of art.

The waters of the Caribbean off the coast of Mexico are some of my favorite. They're so clear and warm and brilliantly blue. When you're there, you are truly in paradise. The statues above are those in Taylor's installation 'The Silent Evolution' and they live in those waters. I didn't get a chance to see them while snorkeling there, but I can only imagine coming across these statues while exploring the ocean floor. Incredible.

Below are some photos of his different installations including his latest 'The Silent Evolution.'

Related Links:
Jason deCaires Taylor - Official Site

Monday, March 7, 2011

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