MUST SEE: CHEF

Normally I don’t write reviews about movies, but after seeing the movie Chef over the holiday weekend I had to share. It is rare when I see a movie and it really sticks with me long after I have seen it. It is such a great story about an incredibly passionate chef played by Jon Favreau

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He takes you on a culinary journey through the U.S and along the way rediscovers is passion and love for cooking.

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Being an artist I completely related to this character, there are times in my career where I felt stifled and stuck and you try everything to get that passion back. Sometimes it just takes starting over to rediscover that passion. 

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Not only did I relate, but now I have a strong desire to visit Austin and eat some amazing BBQ. 

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Watch this movie, it is a must.

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DESIGN'VY #12

I realize I haven’t posted designs that I love in awhile. I came across this awesome monster alphabet by Chris Dedinsky and instantly started searching for the purchase button. I love typography and always wished my drawing skills were good enough to create something like this. It definitely inspires me to practice; I use to draw all the time when I was younger but slowly stopped as I got older. In the meantime I will just enjoy these monsters.

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VISUALLY LOVELY {10}

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This seriously took my breath away. This is such a visually stunning commercial for Sony. 8 million vibrant flower petals shower down on a small village in Costa Rica. When I first saw these photos, I immediately remembered another commercial for Sony involving rubber balls cascading down the hilly streets of San Francisco. I would have loved to be in that village playing in the piles of flower petals. 

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ARTIST CRUSH: MAYA HAYUK

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I remember seeing Maya Hayuk’s work in the process stages at the Hammer Museum awhile back (I even photographed it). Not knowing whom the artist was I was instantly drawn to the bright, bold colors and angular shapes. So when I recently came across her work, I made the instant connection. She is pretty amazing; I am obsessed with her murals and installations. I can just stare at her work all day long.

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MY CURRENT OBSESSION

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If you have not started watching True Detective on HBO, I recommend you start RIGHT NOW! I cannot get enough of this show. The story alone is crazy, but I also love the photography and the amazing title sequence. The layering of images over semi silhouetted faces. There’s just something about this intro that got me hooked immediately.

It also brought me back to college around the time when I was figuring out what type of graphic designer to become. A teacher in my motion graphics class urged me to go into the title sequence industry. Of course I did not listen to him, because I was already interested in print design. Apart of me always wondered what if I went in that direction. I always catch myself really paying attention to title sequence, getting being sucked in immediately and wondering what if? 

Check out the sequence here, and start watching now!

VISUALLY LOVELY {9}

This Spring 2014 collection by Jean-Charles de Castelbajac is incredible. I really love the mix of patterns, hand lettering and figure drawings on the garments. I am especially in love with the black and white long dress. His collection reminds me of an amazing jacket I came across at a vintage shop. I cannot remember the designer, but that particular jacket was a knock at Chanel’s iconic jacket. All the details were hand panted on the jacket, like the pockets, buttons and other details. I often think of that jacket and kick myself for not buying it. 

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ARTIST CRUSH: YAYOI KUSAMA

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I have been waiting for this issue to come out, because of this amazing spread of George Clooney covered in polka dots. I nearly fell on the floor when I saw these photos. I am a big fan of Yayoi Kusama’s artwork; I loved the collaboration she did with Louis Vuitton. Before I even knew about her collab with W Magazine I immediately knew it was her artwork covering Mr. Clooney. My only negative comment is, there should be more of those images! I am looking forward to flipping through this magazine when it comes to the office. 

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TUMBLR INSPIRATION

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Tumblr has become a hub of great imagery  It’s sort of like Pinterest, but carefully curated. I decided to take a few hours and click around different sites I follow and discover some new ones. It definitely supplies me with some much needed inspiration and visual eye candy.

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ARTIST CRUSH: STEVEN HARRINGTON

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I am a big fan of Steven Harrington; one of his prints hangs on my wall. Last Saturday we was a part of a book signing at MOCA Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations, that I unfortunately missed out on. But I can still admire his work from my sofa and now my computer.

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I am totally obsessed with his collaboration with Element Skateboards; I really want this series for my home. I love his use of color and shapes. His style reminds me of the skateboard graphics from the 80’s. Love this guy!!

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ARTIST CRUSH: LADYFINGERS LETTERPRESS

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When I came across this video from oh so beautiful paper, I instantly fell in love. Arley-Rose Torsone from Ladyfingers Letterpress creates such beautiful custom hand lettered invites. I can sit and watch this video over and over again, there is something so mesmerizing, watching her create these amazing designs. 

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Her talent is definitely something I am envious of; I have never really mastered hand lettering. This does give me the drive to start practicing again. 

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PRIVATE MOMENTS

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A couple weeks ago my good friend Amir sent me a link to these wonderful images of private photo booth moments; captured by Charlotte Niel. I instantly fell in love with them. There are some really great moments; a group of friends crammed together, a kissing couple, a little girl being hoisted up by her father. There is something so innocent and special about each image. I especially love the  bright-saturated  colors. Niel explains, her thoughts behind her beautiful series. 

“How many times have we looked at an old photograph and wondered about the person in the frame? People or family members we never knew, set in places we never visited or that have changed beyond recognition. Photos are often the only means to link us to our past or the past of others. They help us not to forget. They become visual memories. For these reasons, I find it fascinating to watch what happens at photo booths at county fairs. People come with family and friends to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, friendships or just to make an annual visit to the booths. For others, it is just a way to capture who they are or with whom they are at that moment, on their own private stage. The result is a body of work of people who shared with me moments that took place in front of and behind the curtain, documented for unknown viewers. With my camera, it became a transformation of a private moment into a public one.”

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ARTIST CRUSH: STEVIE GEE

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As I am sure I have mentioned before I love surf and skate culture, so when I came across Stevie Gee’s work I instantly fell in love. I love his illustrations, the colors and the use of materials like a surfboard fin or skate deck. I especially love the first painting of all the surfers; I need that in my place. This makes me want to take up surfing again!

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