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Vintage Playbill for Oklahoma

As 2016 draws to a close (thank God!), instead of dwelling on all the awful events of the past 365 days, I’m searching for new ways to ignite my creative passion, find joy in side projects, and create abundance through my abilities. Sounds lofty right? Well, it really all goes back to my Pratt MFA thesis I recently blogged about after the election.

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Martha Graham (above).

So what does this have to do with Oklahoma!? Over the weekend, I stumbled across on Instagram post from the Ace Hotel of a page from Agnes de Mille’s biography of Martha Graham. For those who don’t know, Martha Graham was a LEGENDARY dancer and choreographer who’s artistry is compared to that of Frank Lloyd Wright and Picasso for her contribution to the arts. In the passage, Agnes de Mille had recently found wild success  for her work for Oklahoma!, a new musical that became an overnight success. But de Mille wasn’t satisfied as she felt like she’d done better work before that never reached the same success or acclaim.

de Mille states to Graham,


“I had a burning desire to be excellent,

but no faith that I could be” 

In response, Graham gives the most amazing advice, which certainly speaks to me as a designer, but is applicable to artists in all mediums. Graham says,

“There is a vitality,
a life force,
a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
and because there is only one of you in all time,
this expression is unique.

And If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.
The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine
how good it is
nor how valuable it is
nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly
to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate YOU.

Keep the channel open…
No artist is pleased…

There is no satisfaction whatever at anytime
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes “us” MORE alive than the others.”

Martha Graham
( – a letter to Agnes De Mille-)


Amazing right?? The Instagram post (below) literally stopped me in my tracks. I struggle constantly with a feeling of not being “good enough,” or not having an idea that’s original enough. So much so that I typically don’t start anything at all. I’m the one blocking my “channel” .. the only thing (or person) standing in my way is me!

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So that’s the plan for 2017, to keep my channel open. Create abundance with my abilities, and return to a state of joy through exploration, making and sharing my work. I hope you’ll join me on my journey!

 

 

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Yesterday on Tumblr, I stumbled across this awesome series of heart prints and immediately fell in love. How great do these look in a series? So bold and graphic! After some research, I discovered these prints are the work of British graphic artist Patrick Thomas. This series was featured in Thomas’ 2013 London exhibition, ‘100 BPM.” The show was a series of silkscreened bold heart ideograms combined with found imagery and collage, a recurring motif throughout the exhibition, which was timed to coincide with the Feast of Saint Valentine. The majority of works were limited editions and unique pieces created using free-form screenprinting and collage. Much of Thomas’ other work is super graphic in nature, so naturally I love everything! According to the Hang-Up gallery in London,

Thomas has been described as an ‘icongraphiste’ by American design critic Steven Heller. His work combines iconic images to create new, powerful messages. His art avoids labels, Thomas explains “I’m interested in process, in typography, in image-making and art. What I do is hopefully something that doesn’t fit neatly into any one of these categories.

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I’m super-inspired by this series, and the larger body of work by Thomas. It really motivates me to start designing some of my own projects. I’m jealous that he’s already done so much work with this heart/love/target motif, but maybe there’s a way I can take this idea and put a new spin on it? I might also look into purchasing some of these prints, I’d love to get a least 4 for my apartment and hang them together. So feel the love (like I did) and get into the awesome work of Patrick Thomas!

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scene-fashiontography-browne-04Hello world, I’m alive! I’ve been a horrible contributor by not added anything to the blog in months, but I’m back! I’m finally ready to come back from winter hibernation.

One designer I’ve been watching for years is Thom Browne. When I worked in Tribeca, I’d see his employees in the neighborhood (the HQ/showroom is around the corner from my old office), and I’d always envy how well-tailored the suits were, and how sharp all the guys looked. Thom Browne suits, for those that don’t know, are typically cut hight above the ankle, and gray/blue or black with his signature red, white and blue label details.

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While these suits look amazing, I’m particularly drawn to how inventive his runway shows are each season at Fashion Week. Those collections are much more avant-garde and creative. Recently I stumbled across Thom Browne’s tumblr and really fell in love with his brand. On their own these images seem crazy, and I used to always think, who would wear that ?!?! Together, I see the vision of a truly original designer, and I’m so excited to see what he’ll produce in the future. Now I’ll have to add a gray Thom Browne suit to my fashion/closet bucket list … now check out the looks below, and get into the fanciful world of Thom Browne.

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Spring/Summer 2015 Mens collection (above), women’s below.

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Thom Browne Spring 2014 (above).

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Spring 2011 (above). How awesome is this blazer?

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So there you have it, my best-of Thom Browne collection. Cool right?

If you like what you see, check out Thom Browne’s tumblr here. Get into it!

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Roy Lichtenstein American Flag, 1985 (above).

At work our design team spends lots of time looking at all things America(n) and objects that symbolize American style. And what does this better than the American flag? Nothing! One of my new interests is finding different ways the flag can been graphically re-represented, especially by designers and artists. I’d never really thought about the American flag in this way, so I love seeing how creatively it can be recreated. In this post are some of my favorite modern twists on the classic American classic. Get into it, and may God continue to bless America.

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Bergdorf Goodman Spring 2014 “Art Matters” window (above), wallpaper by Adam Parker Smith

A few days ago I blogged about the beautiful store windows of Bergdorf Goodman, and as promised, here’s a few more of my favorites! First up are the spring 2014 “Art Matters” windows (pictured above and below). For this set of windows BG commissioned 10 artists to design 10 windows for the store celebrating “Art” as their muse. I especially love the image with custom wallpaper by artist Adam Parker Smith (above). The wallpaper was created by arranging hundreds of tiny 3D objects together to create a patterned wallpaper. The picture doesn’t really do it justice as I was lucky enough to see this in person. Also the clothes displayed in the window matched the concept so perfectly. If you’re digging the look of this, check out Flat Vernacular’s wallpaper that follows the same idea. Moving along, I love the series of mannequin-inspired windows (further below), as I’m obsessed with mannequins!! From all my jobs in fashion/retail, I’m surrounded by mannequins and there’s just something about them. They’re a little bit creepy and a little bit fun. So I love that BG created a series of windows with mannequins as a focal point. Lastly, I wanted to share BG’s holiday windows celebrating Halloween + Jason Wu. How great are the masks? I like how BG takes one idea (like Halloween masks) and fleshes them out in different ways: masks printed and titled on paper, lots of small mask gridded on a wall, etc etc. Great right? Hope you enjoyed this second look into the legendary store windows of Bergdorf Goodman. Get into it.

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Tom Ford “Art Matters” window above.

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Mannequin-inspired windows (above and below). Love how BG took this idea and presented it so many ways.

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Love this series of windows, what a playful way to present Halloween windows. I just wish these photos had been taken during the day!

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Bergdorf Goodman store in NYC - Inspired by The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Bergdorf Goodman windows inspired by The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (above).

Last fall I blogged about Bergdorf Goodman’s windows celebrating Diana Vreeland’s Memos book, and since then I’ve become more and more obsessed with their store windows. There is probably no store in the world as highly regarded as BG for their store windows. Most are truly custom art installations showcasing clothing from the best (and most exclusive) fashion designers in the world. This week I’m going to share a few of my (many) favorites. If you want to read more about their windows, BG has a section of their blog decided to just their windows here. Also check out the documentary Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf’s which documents the history of this legendary department store and follows the creation of their iconic Holiday windows. Now that my working world is consumed with all things retail and window design, I can now fully appreciate the skill, design and planning that goes into creating these works of art. So next time you’re on 5th Avenue in NYC, check out Bergdorf’s window – you’ll be happy you did!

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These typographic balloons are everything (above). I’m betting these windows inspired J.Crew’s store opening windows in London (above & below).

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For these windows, BG partnered with paper artist Sean Slaney to create these BEAUTIFUL windows (above & below).

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Book lovers unite! BG celebrates its favorite tomes with a special exhibition of vintage books featuring hundreds of books hand-selected from the Seventh Floor’s The Cary Collection (above and below).

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Love this analog/Television-inspired window (above).

Hope you love these windows as much as I do. Stay tuned for more BG windows this week!

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Jazz LP covers from the 1940s to 1990s TASCHEN

I’ve seen this “Jazz Covers” book for a while now and after stumbling across a ton of beautiful typographic + illustrated album covers on pinterest, I couldn’t wait to share a few of my favorites. Most of these classic covers were designed by Reid Myles for Blue Note Records. It’s cool how the design of these covers mimic the expressive nature of the music on the albums. Design inspiring art indeed. I can’t wait to get my hands on this series of books from Taschen. Here are a few of my favorites below. Get into it.

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Kenny Dorham, Blue Note 4127 (1963) (above).

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Andy Warhol early Jazz cover (above).

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BLUE NOTE 7018 – Boogie Woogie Classics – Meade Lux Lewis 1944 (above).

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Bongoes/Reeds/Brass Vol. 2 (1961) (above).

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Dexter Gordon’s “Our Man in Paris” by Francis Wolff (photo) & Reid Miles (design), 1963 (above).

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Duke Ellington: Historically Speaking Label: Bethlehem BCP 60 12” LP 1956 Design (above).

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