Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I've felt so introverted these past few days. I just want to crawl into bed for a week. I want to lay under the covers with Dinah and just breathe. Reflect. Dream. I wish I had time to slow down.

photo found via this is my heart. it is a good heart.

Monday, March 30, 2009

I wish I had...

these shoes.

But how do I buy shoes online when I have what they call "wide" feet? I would be so sad to order these and have them not fit.
via ALDO

Ray Fenwick

Have I mentioned that I am absolutely in love with Ray Fenwick? These friendship bracelet illustrations are so amazing. I love his illustration & lettering style. Thanks Design Work Life for reminding me of dear Ray.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Happy Holi

So I know it was almost 3 weeks ago now, but I still cannot get over the photos I've seen of people celebrating the Hindu spring festival called Holi, (Festival of Colors). It happened this year on March 11. It is celebrated in India by people throwing colored powder and colored water at each other. I can't think of a better way to celebrate the return of spring.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Wild Swans

I am in love with the illustrations of Anne Yvonne Gilbert in the Hans Christian Anderson fairtale, The Wild Swans. I forget what blog I first heard about this book from, but I bought it used off amazon immediately after I saw it!

Edit: Thank you Lisa for reminding me I first saw this on your blog!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More Bracelets!

Another pair of friendship bracelets finished! I thought I'd show a detailed photo of what they look like.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


So I've been developing a friendship bracelet concept to sell at my Camp Smartypants shop. They would be sold in pairs and come with a card. Just like the half-heart necklaces my best friend and I wore growing up, this card is actually meant to be torn in half. You keep one half and give the other to your best friend! What do you think? Would you buy one??

Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

This is something I first read while in college. Bruce Mau's words and work speak so directly and truthfully. This list was written for artists/designers, but I think that all of these things can be applied to normal life as well.

Incomplete Manifesto for Growth
by Bruce Mau
1. Allow events to change you.
You have to be willing to grow. Growth is different from something that happens to you. You produce it. You live it. The prerequisites for growth: the openness to experience events and the willingness to be changed by them.

2. Forget about good.Good is a known quantity.
Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you’ll never have real growth.

3. Process is more important than outcome.
When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.

4. Love your experiments (as you would an ugly child).
Joy is the engine of growth. Exploit the liberty in casting your work as beautiful experiments, iterations, attempts, trials, and errors. Take the long view and allow yourself the fun of failure every day.

5. Go deep.
The deeper you go the more likely you will discover something of value.

6. Capture accidents.
The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. Collect wrong answers as part of the process. Ask different questions.

7. Study.
A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will benefit.

8. Drift.
Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.

9. Begin anywhere.
John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.

10. Everyone is a leader.
Growth happens. Whenever it does, allow it to emerge. Learn to follow when it makes sense. Let anyone lead.

11. Harvest ideas.
Edit applications. Ideas need a dynamic, fluid, generous environment to sustain life. Applications, on the other hand, benefit from critical rigor. Produce a high ratio of ideas to applications.

12. Keep moving.
The market and its operations have a tendency to reinforce success. Resist it. Allow failure and migration to be part of your practice.

13. Slow down.
Desynchronize from standard time frames and surprising opportunities may present themselves.

14. Don’t be cool.
Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits of this sort.

15. Ask stupid questions.
Growth is fueled by desire and innocence. Assess the answer, not the question. Imagine learning throughout your life at the rate of an infant.

16. Collaborate.
The space between people working together is filled with conflict, friction, strife, exhilaration, delight, and vast creative potential.

17. ____________________.
Intentionally left blank. Allow space for the ideas you haven’t had yet, and for the ideas of others.

18. Stay up late.
Strange things happen when you’ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you’re separated from the rest of the world.

19. Work the metaphor.
Every object has the capacity to stand for something other than what is apparent. Work on what it stands for.

20. Be careful to take risks.
Time is genetic. Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow. The work you produce today will create your future.

21. Repeat yourself.
If you like it, do it again. If you don’t like it, do it again.

22. Make your own tools.
Hybridize your tools in order to build unique things. Even simple tools that are your own can yield entirely new avenues of exploration. Remember, tools amplify our capacities, so even a small tool can make a big difference.

23. Stand on someone’s shoulders.
You can travel farther carried on the accomplishments of those who came before you. And the view is so much better.

24. Avoid software.
The problem with software is that everyone has it.

25. Don’t clean your desk.
You might find something in the morning that you can’t see tonight.

26. Don’t enter awards competitions.
Just don’t. It’s not good for you.

27. Read only left-hand pages.
Marshall McLuhan did this. By decreasing the amount of information, we leave room for what he called our “noodle.”

28. Make new words.
Expand the lexicon. The new conditions demand a new way of thinking. The thinking demands new forms of expression. The expression generates new conditions.

29. Think with your mind.
Forget technology. Creativity is not device-dependent.

30. Organization = Liberty.
Real innovation in design, or any other field, happens in context. That context is usually some form of cooperatively managed enterprise. Frank Gehry, for instance, is only able to realize Bilbao because his studio can deliver it on budget. The myth of a split between “creatives” and “suits” is what Leonard Cohen calls a ‘charming artifact of the past.’

31. Don’t borrow money.
Once again, Frank Gehry’s advice. By maintaining financial control, we maintain creative control. It’s not exactly rocket science, but it’s surprising how hard it is to maintain this discipline, and how many have failed.

32. Listen carefully.
Every collaborator who enters our orbit brings with him or her a world more strange and complex than any we could ever hope to imagine. By listening to the details and the subtlety of their needs, desires, or ambitions, we fold their world onto our own. Neither party will ever be the same.

33. Take field trips.
The bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your TV set, or the Internet, or even a totally immersive, interactive, dynamically rendered, object-oriented, real-time, computer graphic–simulated environment.

34. Make mistakes faster.
This isn’t my idea — I borrowed it. I think it belongs to Andy Grove.

35. Imitate.
Don’t be shy about it. Try to get as close as you can. You’ll never get all the way, and the separation might be truly remarkable. We have only to look to Richard Hamilton and his version of Marcel Duchamp’s large glass to see how rich, discredited, and underused imitation is as a technique.

36. Scat.
When you forget the words, do what Ella did: make up something else … but not words.

37. Break it, stretch it, bend it, crush it, crack it, fold it.

38. Explore the other edge.
Great liberty exists when we avoid trying to run with the technological pack. We can’t find the leading edge because it’s trampled underfoot. Try using old-tech equipment made obsolete by an economic cycle but still rich with potential.

39. Coffee breaks, cab rides, green rooms.
Real growth often happens outside of where we intend it to, in the interstitial spaces — what Dr. Seuss calls “the waiting place.” Hans Ulrich Obrist once organized a science and art conference with all of the infrastructure of a conference — the parties, chats, lunches, airport arrivals — but with no actual conference. Apparently it was hugely successful and spawned many ongoing collaborations.

40. Avoid fields.
Jump fences. Disciplinary boundaries and regulatory regimes are attempts to control the wilding of creative life. They are often understandable efforts to order what are manifold, complex, evolutionary processes. Our job is to jump the fences and cross the fields.

41. Laugh.
People visiting the studio often comment on how much we laugh. Since I’ve become aware of this, I use it as a barometer of how comfortably we are expressing ourselves.

42. Remember.
Growth is only possible as a product of history. Without memory, innovation is merely novelty. History gives growth a direction. But a memory is never perfect. Every memory is a degraded or composite image of a previous moment or event. That’s what makes us aware of its quality as a past and not a present. It means that every memory is new, a partial construct different from its source, and, as such, a potential for growth itself.

43. Power to the people.
Play can only happen when people feel they have control over their lives. We can’t be free agents if we’re not free.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Letting go.

Letting a friendship die is one of the hardest, most painful decisions we are sometimes faced with. Even when it was only barely hanging on, cutting away that last string that kept you connected is so painful; especially when the person is someone you once truly loved and cared for. A friendship that began almost 9 years ago has now come to its 'official' end. I have reached a point in life where I finally have the courage and strength to let go of the destructive relationships that have been existing in my life. It has taken a long time to fully sever all of the emotional attachment I had to the friendship, but I know that it was necessary in order for me to continue to live happily and grow in the right direction. Its easy to hang on to painful relationships and can take a long time before you realize the extent of the damage it has caused.

I have never been one of those people who has 'tons of friends'. Rather, I have maintained a few, very close friendships with people I truly love and care about. To me, friendship is about the giving and receiving of love, trust, respect, loyalty and caring. I am so thankful for the people in my life that I can truly count on when I am in need of comfort, advice and company. I would do anything for them.

But when a friendship begins to fade into a one-sided relationship; it is truly painful. It's hard to know why someone you love so much can just stop caring. And it has been something that has taken me a long time to truly accept.

In the end I feel both sadness and relief. I know that people do grow and change. Perhaps in the future we can have a new beginning.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Welcome Spring

A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
~Emily Dickenson

I am so ready for spring to be here. After all of the cold, clouds and snow we've had I am ready for sunshine!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

San Francisco (last one)

More SF (continued..)



SF + TacocaT = Fun fun fun!

So, on Thursday night we met up with our friends TacocaT at the Stud in the SOMA district. That night was a blur of fun.

Chelcie made these awesome vulva & penis patches for all the bands to wear that night!

Golden Gate Park

Conservatory of Flowers

De Young Museum

So this weekend, my friend Chelcie and I flew to San Francisco for a short vacation. We stayed with my friend, Andrew who lives on Haight & Ashbury. Here are some photos I took while we were there!

Haight & Ashbury

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Today I took a walk up Queen Anne hill to go to Trader Joe's. It is such a sunny day, I brought my camera along and took a few pictures.

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