Thursday, January 31, 2008

January in Oakland


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

My mother at 22 & 12

These photos are from fashion designer Alexandra Groover's black label collection. This model is a spitting image of my mother when she was in her early twenties (first photo) and when she was 12 (second photo). I just chopped off my hair this week, so I was thinking about this image. Now, my mom was much more glamorous looking than this model, who's styled in a rather harsh, modernist way. In her photo at 22, she has amazing sixties eyeliner and these perfect short curls and cute earrings. I tend to gravitate towards harsh modernism, so this would be my reinterpretation.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Doily cards

New lace doily cards are now up in the Miss Natalie shop. Just in time for Valentine's day. Made of 100% reclaimed paper.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Interiors in Anarchy
At the beginning of the new year, the New York Times Home & Garden section featured a new book titled, "Punk House: Interiors in Anarchy" (Abrams Image). Compiled and photographed by Abby Banks, the book tours readers through punk home across the United States. I haven't seen the book yet, but feel a bit conflicted about the topic and wonder who it's marketed to. I agree with the author that it's important for these homes to be documented, as they're in a constant state of flux and contain an honest history of the punk movement and those that are changing it. But I wonder if this is going to show up in Urban Outfitters within the year.

When I saw the photos I immediately thought of Mike Brodie's work, a.k.a. the Polaroid Kid. Mike travels around via train hopping and documents friends and folks he meets on the journey. His life is a bit of a fantasy to me, one that I like to dream about, but not actually act out. It's crusty punk at it's most authentic; a creative life lived outside of the cultural norms. It's a commitment I admire on one hand, but the inner goody-two shoes in me wonders about the relationship these folks have with their families, and how they shifted so far away from what we'd typically think of as a normal life.

I spent my college years hanging around punk homes, going to shows, and having travelers like Mike crash in my home as they went through town. I was by no means a punk, as I'd rather listen to Belle & Sebastian moan gracefully than hard-core bands scream at me. But I was immersed in the straight-edge scene nonetheless, through my social circle and activism. It's an interesting identity shift, to go from being a straight-edge vegan college punk to a grownup creative professional that eats organic chicken paired with local wine. In their late twenties and early thirties, many of my friends (myself included) are making that change. Sometimes it's hard to let that rebellious youth go, and then you stumble upon Brodie's work and fall in love again with the insight he brings to that life. I would love to see a book/album documenting an oral history of the people featured in his work. (all photos by Mike Brodie)

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tim Walker

Do you ever come across an image and think, "Now, how did that get out of my head?" I stumbled across Tim Walker's photos and thought, "Man, I wish that came out of my head!" Mr. Walker is a well-known fashion photographer and I'm sure I have clipped some of his pages from Vogue unknowingly. These images combine several of my visual interests into one beautiful mishmash. It's a Royal Tenenbaums camp out mixed with an Old Man & the Sea drunken fairytale mixed with a slightly dark children's parade. That last image has my mind spinning with ideas for an upcoming wedding I'm working on.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Quilt gathering
Big warm welcome to my new readers. The weather is cold and rainy here in the Bay Area, so here's a nice stripped quilt to help melt the chill. I'm working on new quilts for an upcoming show in February--details to come as I work out the new designs.


All-for-Nots trailer

The All-for-Nots trailer is now up, created by Dinosaur Diorama. The show follows a fictional indie rock band called “The All-for-Nots,” as they travel the United States on an ill-fated, under-funded and poorly planned tour. An epic journey of hubris, Shakespearean betrayals, and Greek-level inner tragedies - told through a mock-rockumentary lens. Not only a ‘traditional’ internet sitcom, The All-for-Nots spreads over a wide variety of landscapes, incorporating music and live performance events.

I designed the logo and a few posters for the show, and am currently working on business cards and show give-aways for their upcoming tour. Will post more of the design work next week. P.S. I did not design the website.


Friday, January 04, 2008

Handmade Pledge

We took the handmade pledge this holiday and created apple butter with the 60 lbs. of green apples we had left over from our wedding. This is our first foray into canning, and we loved it. Our friend Walker has promised to guide us through more canning adventures, including sauerkraut and other stinky vegetables.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

New Year

Welcome to the online sketchbook of Miss Natalie! Thanks for visiting.