Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Chapter One
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost …. I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

Chapter Two
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter Three
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit … but, my eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter Four
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter Five
I walk down another street.

Autobiography in Five Short Chapters, by Portia Nelson
(via swissmiss)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Swiss Cottage Designs

Swiss Cottage Designs is a custom design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. Every piece they create is entirely original and unique to the client. Most of the work they do are a variety of invitations, stationary, personal and corporate branding and custom maps. The studio was founded by designer and illustrator, Courtney Jentzen. It was started due to a strong desire to bring people’s creative visions to life through great design, fun type and quirky illustrations.

There isn't one piece by Swiss Cottage that I don't absolutely adore. Putting your own hand into design is really what makes it special and it's obvious in the work they do. It's pieces like these that blurs the lines between design and art. There's an element of charm, elegance, luxury, care, and total creativity in something that is first produced by hand.View some of their beautiful projects below. Enjoy!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Local Gems // Bark Decor

With my recent move to Boston I can't even begin to describe all of the excitement and inspiration going on inside. Every neighborhood I explore, every corner I turn, there's something fantastic and unique. I've found numerous amounts of hidden little boutiques squished between the giant towers and pockets of quaint bookstores, bakeries, pubs, florists, and restaurants. They each have this lovely charm and effortless complimentary quality. On top of all the city allure, God's own brilliance is just a short trip away. New England is absolutely breathtaking and I can't wait to explore even more this spring and summer with hiking and camping trips. So I've decided I want to try and have more posts featuring "Local Gems." First up, Bark Decor.

Bark Decor specializes in unique designs and environmentally friendly production. This sister and sister duo give their own hug to our sweet planet by exposing their screens using the sun in their own back yard in Braintree, MA. They use water based inks and water based non-toxic solvents, recycled papers, envelopes, recycling their ink cartridges and print on sweatshop free american apparel t-shirts. Their cello packaging bags are also recyclable and they ship in recycled and recyclable cardboard mailers.

I'm constantly looking for pieces, whether it be apparel, jewelery, or decor, that exude avant-garde and irk someone with interest in who I am and I feel like Bark does just that.

You can purchase these fantastic designs online at They don't currently have their retail stores listed right now but hopefully will soon. View some my favorite items below.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Klara Harden

I discovered Klara Harden a few months ago when she allowed the world access to her very own 25 day long solo pilgrimage through Iceland in her film MADE IN ICELAND. Such creative and talented cinematography, perfect complimenting background music, combined with the incredibly beautiful landscapes across the island makes for one captivating film. It's such a simple and natural activity she includes us in and that is what makes it so lovely. So many times, while wandering through the woods, I wish I could share just what I was seeing or feeling with those who would enjoy it and Klara has done just that. There are moments when she is so happy and alive and others when she exposes her fears and loneliness. It's a beautiful story in every way a story can be beautiful.

Klara describes herself on her Vimeo channel with the following short bio:

"Growing up in the sticks of Austria, Klara didn’t see a lot of the world until she packed her rucksack over night and buggered off to Belgium without any other aim but to become a fruit-picker. She never saw a single strawberry but had a wonderful time figuring out that she simply loves traveling. Klara spent the last two years studying in Austria and Lisbon, working in fancy East-London, climbing cedar trees in Morocco and hiking through Iceland on her own. As a cinematographer and photographer she shares what makes this world worth living in for her."

Now, Klara is preparing for a new journey and she's asking for our help.

Along with director and cinematographer Karsten Prühl, she is going to film another documentary called WITH LOVE FROM MADAGASCAR. Together, they are going to cycle through Madagascar trying to find out if there is still a way to save the island. Madagascar is one of the most unique, fascinating and sensitive places in the world and it's in alarming danger.

To help fund the project you can go HERE to her website and make a donation. All proceeds will go to necessary production costs. Watch the project pitch:

Personally, I can't wait for her next journey. I've posted MADE IN ICELAND below for you along with some beautiful photos Klara took on the trip. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Vanessa Bruno

Whether it be industrial, fashion, graphic, or interior design, there is a common quality to those who succeed at each. They are all artists first. 

Recently I was asked in an interview, did I consider myself an artist or a communicator? My answer was a political answer, but an honest one none-the-less. I replied with a simple "both." I feel it's crucial in our industry to be both a great artist and an equally great communicator. And really, can you be one without the other? I don't believe so. 

Vanessa Bruno is one of my favorite fashion designers for so many reasons; the first being that she is such an obvious artist. Yes, her garments are breathtakingly beautiful and every season she introduces us to a new "Bruno woman" who we can't help but fall captive to, but it's in her creative presentation of each new collection that I simply gush over.

In collaboration with director Stephanie Di Giusto, Vanessa has created a series of creative short films featuring her latest collection. Her most recent, Moonlight,  features actress Kate Bosworth as a woman who continually gets lost in her own dreams, clinging to them in fact, challenging her reality and life as she knows it. We can all relate to the dreamer that lives inside. For me, she is very real and I couldn't be more thrilled to view the new short film for Moonlight.

Below are some of my favorite short films she's created as well as a few photos from her Spring Summer 2009 campaign, featuring Lou Doillon. Enjoy!

photos by Mark Borthwick

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