melissa and lev invited me to an opening at creativity explored last week, where melissa was volunteering for their chinese new year/year of the tiger show. creativity explored is an art studio where people with developmental disabilities can come to make art, exhibit it, and sell it! i couldn't agree more with their beliefs, posted on their website. hopefully i can get a spot volunteering in the studio!
* All people are creative, given a supportive environment.
* Creative expression fosters personal growth.
* Self-worth, a sense of purpose, and community are essential for all people.
* Visual art is language everyone can use.
* Disability is not a boundary.
* Art making is a viable career path.
the artists' work is all so striking! an unabashed use of color, subject matter, and pure, honest expressions of themselves. too bad i missed the lion dance!
last sunday i went over to april and rob's for taco night and to meet their new cat, lulu. hand-made corn tortillas, pumpkin seed pesto, orange black beans, corn, chiles, and crema- YUM! + heart-shaped mexican chocolate cake w/cinnamon whipped cream?!?!! then we proceeded with our feline photoshoot. work it, lulu!
i wore a scarf on my head again today and got thinking about turbans...ever seen the lofty blue turbans of the nihang sikhs? quite impressive! the nihangs are an order of sikhs known for their bravery and successful military endeavors, especially when outnumbered. they carry spears and knives, even during peacetime. do you think they get headaches??
trina gave me a moveable feast for my birthday, so i've been walking the streets of 1920s paris with ernest and friends for the past few days. the jfk library in boston has the ultimate archive of hemingway manuscripts, photos, and correspondence. don't you wish you could walk the quais and check out books from the library with them too?
ernest and his first wife, hadley, in paris, 1922
"with so many trees in the city, you could see the spring coming each day until a night of warm wind would bring it suddenly in one morning. sometimes the heavy cold rains would beat it back so that it would seem that it would never come and that you were losing a season out of your life. this was the only truly sad time in paris because it was unnatural. you expected to be sad in the fall. part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. but you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. when the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no reason.
in those days, though, the spring always came finally but it was frightening that it had nearly failed."
the murphys, pauline pfeiffer, ernest and hadley, summer 1926
" 'let's walk down the rue de seine and look in all the galleries and in the windows of the shops.'
'sure. we can walk anywhere and we can stop at some new cafe where we don't know anyone and nobody knows us and have a drink.'
'we can have two drinks.'
'then we can eat somewhere.'
'no. don't forget we have to pay the library.'
'we'll come home and eat here and we'll have a lovely meal and drink beaune from the co-operative you can see right out of the window there with the price of the beaune on the window. and afterwards we'll read and then go to bed and make love.'
'and we'll never love anyone else but each other.'
'what a lovely afternoon and evening. now we'd better have lunch.'"
john "bumby" hemingway and gertrude stein in paris, 1924
hemingway's passport photo
ernest and his second wife, pauline in paris, 1927
i am soooo flattered and surprised to be on refinery 29's top 20 street style looks from fashion week! never even thought i'd even see those photos! especially next to pixie geldof?? i'm looking a bit messy but rad in my yellow birthday earrings made by lisa, tracy's parka, my mom's old belt, vintage everything else...but cheers to the charming mr. newton for a great photo. william yan also snapped this semi-embarassing photo of me looking mighty smiley in my munich fleamarket shades, tracy's parka & jen's scarf. new york, city of dreams!!! ...does this mean my 15 minutes are up already?