I’m finally back on a daily drawing practice! It feels really, REALLY good. xo
My friend, Augusta Gail, is one of my favorite people. She’s endlessly positive, big on adventuring, and really funny (I know, everyone’s friends are REALLY funny! But Augusta really is. Her brain is on fire and she’s constantly coming up with new words to describe things. I’m not even sure she aware she’s done it til it comes out of her mouth! The BEST!). When she told me she was looking for her perfect wedding dress and was having trouble, my brain went straight into DIY mode. While making her dream dress is probably too much for us to take on ourselves, we thought it would help to create a shoot that captured the vibe she was going for.
So on a unseasonably warm January morning, she came over and brought all of her lacy, see-through, pink, and white-ish clothing. I did her makeup like a pink-flower dappled fawn (a look I’m OBSESSED with giving all of my friends– hit me up and I’ll stick flowers all over your face!) and we guzzled down coffee. We shot in our friend Jenn‘s bedroom, and then went to my studio. We rounded out the day by running around a cactus garden in Pasadena while random folks walked around.
I love the way these photos came out. Augusta and I both love the Dangerous Angels series by Francesca Lia Block, and we joked that this was very much “Weetzie Bat Wedding Vibes”. MY FAVORITE! I’m not a photographer, so my skills are limited. But I love taking photos of my friends and helping them get to where they want to be, even if it’s just with an idea. We had a lot of fun pulling this off in an afternoon. I hope that maybe it will inspire you to get together with your own friends on the fly and experiment with what you have lying around and the spaces you are already surrounded with.
Anyone remember Livejournal?
I sure do. It was social media before there was social media. When I moved to the “big city” from my tiny town for college, I knew that I needed to make some friends. I didn’t know how to really go about that in person, and so I turned to the internet. I ended up on Livejournal. My whole world changed.
Livejournal (or, as we called it, “Lj”) is what it’s name proclaims: a place to keep a record of what is going on in your life. Think of it as a diary you could choose to share with the public, selected friends, or nobody at all. The perk was that you could read other folks journals as well, and in turn you could form relationships. I formed a lot of relationships.
One of those was with Yvonne. I could tell right away that Yvonne was a cool girl, but not in a way that I could put my finger on. I hadn’t met anyone like her. She spoke her mind. She stuck up for herself and other women. I flipped out when I found out that she made zines and loved Morrissey. Yvonne was the badass with a heart of gold. And I think that’s still accurate. Even now, we’re texting, and I can tell you she’s working on a secret project that I sorta can’t wait to go public. It’s always this way. Yvonne has good ideas and the guts to make them real.
Livejournal was a little like dating. We’d read each other’s journals and once you’d gotten to know each other online, you’d move on to the obvious next step: meeting in person. Yvonne and I spent a few hours at Kinko’s making an atrocity of a zine (I won’t even admit to the content here!) and that was the beginning. I remember distinctly the moment in a bookstore that she pulled “Cunt” by Inga Muscio off the shelf and told me I should give it a shot.
In that second, Yvonne created a turning point for me.
(Hey! If you haven’t read that book, you totally should. It was game changer at the right point in my life. Maybe it will be for you too.)
I won’t say our friendship has been simple, but that’s the beauty of Yvonne. She is as empathic as she is strong, and someone I’ve learned from. In fact, when I was thinking creating the “Feminasty” t-shirt, I drew with her in mind. I look up to a lot of my friends, and Yvonne is one of them. Her strength of character is undeniable.
When I arrived at her pad for this shoot, she had already styled her hair and was applying the last of her makeup. Yvonne showed me her knife and how to pull the blade out. I nearly cut myself trying to imitate her movements.
I laugh now thinking about how lumbering I am in the shadow of her grace– like so many other things, Yvonne is the first to try something and then teach me about it. I am so glad to have a friend like her.
Yvonne is wearing the “Feminasty” t-shirt. Get yours here.
Jasmin Rodriguez is rock ‘n’ roll girl through and through–so it was easy to decide that I would draw her for my blogger series.
Image: Vintage Vandalizm
I don’t remember how I found Jasmin’s blog, but I’m glad I did. She’s a fashion forward New Yorker and all around badass: girlfriend is self-contained dynamite! Jasmin styles a lot of her own looks and does make up. Can you deal with those eyes?! I can’t, which is why I’ve casually told her (but SERIOUSLY) that she needs to hold eyeliner workshops.
Other things I like about Jasmin:
* She pulls her looks from different decades, and they all work on her because she’s totally detail oriented, down to selecting the right wig.
* Um, cutiest accent ever?! Check out her videos for proof.
* She’s not afraid to wear two piece sets of anything. I’m not talking bikinis (though she works the hell out of them). I mean, for real two piece going out ‘fits. Sexy without being too.
*Jasmin is undeniably involved with her blog and social networking–she answers tweets back directly, and seems to really enjoy her readers. For being such a badass, she sure is sweet.<3