Being an only child, I spent more time with my parents when I was growing up than I did with other children. As a result, a lot of the television programs that I grew up on were not cartoons, but shows like Star Trek: Next Generation, This Old House, The Victory Garden, and Northern Exposure. I cannot help but wonder if my love for Northern Exposure has somehow shaped my appreciation for nature or influenced my past desires to become a forest ranger. I've been re-watching my way through the series since it has recently been released in it's entirety on dvd and my local library carries it. My love has been rekindeled and it's surprising how comforting it is to curl up under a blanket and be absorbed into this Alaskan town on a cold winter day.
Tonight I went to a promotional screening of the new Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited. Wow. By far the most beautiful Wes Anderson film I've seen yet, and that's a lot coming from me considering I absolutely love The Life Aquatic. His color palette just makes my eyes smile. When I first heard about this movie several months ago I was disappointed to see that Bill Murray was not on the cast list. How could there be a Wes Anderson film without the great Bill Murray? But fear not my friends, he does make an appearance. Amazing soundtrack, as always. Wonderful story. Brilliant characters. I can't wait until I can watch it again. An absolute must see.
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There were two pieces of art that really caught my eye while I was visiting Pittsburgh last weekend. One of which was a poster advertising for a Sunday flea market, the other was an enormous mural we came across while trying to find our way through the city. This morning I was doing a little research on the various murals in Pittsburgh only to eventually find out that the poster that I kept ogling over in every store front was done by the same artist that created the mural I loved so much. Funny how that works.
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I haven't updated recently. Mostly because of the stress of moving and starting school all at once. Today I went to an Anthropologie store for the first time and after I was done drooling over everything I realized that I was not only feeling incredibly inspired but also that I had come to the conclusion that I wanted to create things for children for the rest of my life. They had a good sized section of items for children there: books, toys, cups, etc. and it all left me with a very good feeling inside. Something that made me really excited. So from now on I'm going to push for that in my work. One of my current favorite children's book illustrators is Jen Corace. She worked on an amazing book called Little Pea that I absolutely love. I wanted to share some of her images here.
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I had the opportunity to see the Lion King musical last night. I can't get over how incredible it was. From the set design to the costumes to the singing...everything was great. But the costumes really blew me away. People up on stilts on their hands and legs acting as giraffes (my personal favorite), a wheeled contraption that moves to look like a herd of jumping gazelle, and a life sized elephant! It's really a must see.
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One of the great things in life that I enjoy is Ready Made and one of the great people that help make that magazine great is Thomas Wold. One thing I really like about his work is that, in most cases, it has a subtle element of fun and play incorporated with great design.
(it glows in the dark!)
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