What, we’re friends? Well, I’m probs gonna draw you. xo
I have been following this for months now, and today I am heartbroken for Kesha and for the precedence set for women in entertainment in the future. I am asking how can I help this woman? How can I help you if you are in a similar situation (which, as an abuse survivor, we know is all too common)?
I want you to know that I will always hear you.
Kesha, I know you are probably hearing it in droves, but what you did is brave and you are so strong. There are so many of us who aren’t able to say anything and YOU DID. I hope that you know that you have so much love surrounding you. I hope that you know that we will be there for you when you are ready.#freekesha
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.
It’s about to get Dum in here.
It’s no surprise that I am totally obsessed with zines. I make ’em, I read ’em, I can’t stop talking about ’em or leaving them for other people to find.
Get ready for a no holds bar confessional, a la my weekly periscope broadcast, “Living Art”. We’ll get nuts talking about the truly gnarly parts of being an artist in Los Angeles: what we really need to grow as creators, things we should be paying attention to, and the other shit we need to kick to the curb, like yesterday.
It’ll be painful. And messy. But most of all, it’ll feel really fucking good.
Get all the info here, &, um, I CANNOT WAIT to see you!
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Are you on Periscope yet?
I can’t get enough of it! In case you don’t know, here’s the deal with this new-ish app: you can “broadcast” to the world live. people watching can see and hear you, as well as send you comments and interact with hearts when they like something. The broadcast remains viewable for 24 hours . After that pocket of time, your broadcast disappears!
For the past three weeks, I’ve been broadcasting a 15-minute show each week. It’s called “Living Art”, and it’s an art making-minded mishmash of topical subjects. I’ve tackled a new one each week, respectively: goal planning, brainstorming, and operating from a sense of lack (or, Starving Artist Mindset– that old chestnut!). I typically video wherever I happen to be at on Friday or Saturday, answer questions, and freestyle ideas that have worked (or should be avoided!) by me.
Once a month, I bring a guest on for a mini-hang. We’re as likely to answer your questions as we are to eat cake and talk about how Duckie’s clothing choices are still the best thing to hit the big screen.
My username is auroralady. Find me. Let’s make shit together!
I’m glad to be alive right now.
I’M GLAD FOR RIGHT NOW.
I heard Grimes on a podcast yesterday, and CANNOT STOP with her now! It’s nearly 24 hours later, and I’ve been playing her new album, “Art Angels”, non-stop. It’s a frantic, energy-laden call to arms unlike anything I’ve listened to before: steeped in pop and electronic sensibilities, and glazed with a darkness I can’t help but be enchanted by. You know how fairy tales were before Disney got ahold of them? That’s Grimes.
I can’t help but wonder what her creative process is; what she surrounds herself with, if she has a favorite talisman, if she’d want to come over and make a vision board together. I know, basically, we should be best friends.
From her video, “Flesh Without Blood”
From her Instagram
Los Angeles was hot over the summer.
It was no joke. We don’t have air conditioning in our small little bungalow, so I would sit downstairs with three fans blowing on me while I worked on this collection. When it finally came to be time to shoot these shirts, all I could do was hope that we’d get a short break in the heat wave for our shoot to happen.
Thankfully it worked out! Ashley and Celina came over on a Saturday morning, smiling and beautiful. The air was heavy with moisture, but it was just cool enough that we felt ok going to a nearby park to take photos.
Celina and Ashley, who hadn’t met before, got along famously, and it felt so good to see their chemistry with one another while the trees seemed to be in a state of relaxed breath. I felt like we were locked in a small, warm cocoon of connection as we walked on cobbled paths and gently moved branches out of our way– such a rarity in Los Angeles that I feel it has to be noted!
Big thank yous to Celina and Ashley for modeling. You two were an absolute pleasure! xo
When Victoria Innocenzi, Taleen Kali and I got together a few weeks ago to collaborate on my lookbook for my new tee collection, “Rhythm Changes”, it felt good. REALLY, REALLY GOOD.
You remember how when you were grouped together in classes for a project and you’d end up doing ALL of the work, and you could feel that ugly feeling of people shirking their responsibilities, and then it happened, and it made you dread the whole thing, even though you were studying something immensely interesting like the Black Plague?
This was not like that. I could tell, even in the planning stages, that there was a special sort of mind meld as we dug deeper into the project, firing away ideas and running back and forth with them.
As a result, our day shooting was filled with laughter, heart-to-hearts, and blasting Hole over and over. We spent time bonding over Hole’s influence over each of us. Honestly, Courtney is so intrinsically tied to my adolescence that I can’t imagine what it would have been without her.
Victoria, our photographer, wasn’t necessarily planning on shooting a video, but she ended up doing it anyhow. For about two seconds all of us were deliberating what music to set it to, and then Taleen remembered that her band Tulips did a cover of Hole’s “Live Through This”. WHEW! Could it be any more perfect?!
I’m so grateful that this was made. I’m so grateful for project synergy, and top notch collaborators. I’m so grateful to share this with you. xo
A few weeks ago, Victoria Innocenzi, Taleen Kali, and I got together to play guitar, try on t-shirts, have some friends over, and take some photos. Taleen is in the band Tulips and also makes her own music– she is a real life rock’n’roll badass and the absolute perfect person to don this new collection. The three of us have a couple more surprises in the works, but for now, listen up! The Rhythm Changes Lookbook is ready to make it’s debut!
My friend Bunny had a brilliant idea a few months ago– assemble her all of her friends who have awesome projects going on, and create a space where people could get up close and personal with each of them. It’s called “Wet Silk”, and it’s kind of amazing who’s she’s got lined up.
I’ll be making a pop-up shop at Wet Silk on August 21st, complete with tee shirts in tow. I’m honored to be part of it, but I’m also so SO excited to be in the company of these artists! I think you’ll dig them too.
Come out, grab a drink, and get your #feminasty on! I wanna meet you and hang out. xo
There are certain people I like right away, and Camay Villanueva is one of them. She’s kind-hearted, engaged, and above all, has a laser sharp knack for spying the sartorial potential of, well, everything! Be sure to check out Reflekt, her style magazine that focuses “more on people than clothes”. How’s that for revolutionary?
Name: Camay Villanueva
Occupation: Editor-in-Chief of Reflekt Magazine
What does being a Feminasty mean to you?
It means a female who isn’t afraid to be un “ladylike”. You know- quiet, submissive, dependent and dainty what normal “ladies” do.
Where is your favorite place to take friends in LA and why?
Definitely Cafe Jack in K-town. A Titanic themed cafe with tacky sailor decor, art deco, and Titanic movie posters. The front of the cafe is a giant version of the Titanic!
I constantly have to remind myself that:
That I’m good enough.
My favorite book is:
Diana Vreeland’s “the Eye has to Travel” and “the Alchemist” by Paul Coelho.
What are you working on now?
Currently wrapping up the Issue º12 of Reflekt Magazine. The theme is Travel. From the fashion history of Stewardesses, curing culture shock and editorials of hitch-hikers to tourist fashion.