Happy Hour Countdown: Inspiration Files

On Wednesday, I drew a line in the sand against the current (maybe boring) state of design, fashion, and experiences.

Seems like I hit a nerve and people are talking, which is a good thing.


One of promises I made in the essay was to keep the conversation moving forward and to stop editing myself.  This is a painting I worked on last weekend.  It is not earth shattering, but aside from writing that essay, it is the only creative thing I have accomplished in a few weeks.

Pop mentioned in the comments that I didn’t talk enough about cars, chainsaws, or guns.  Of those three things, I only know about cars.  And then I started surfing and spent way too much time looking at Chevelles on Car Gurus.

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I don’t consider myself an art gallery girl, but again, if I am going to complain about how everything looks the same, I better start looking new places for inspiration.  Interview magazine posted an interview with Logan Hicks about his new show on the LES.

Hicks uses photography, stencils and aerosol on canvas to create some really amazing images.  I also love the title for the show – “Love Never Saved Anything.”  The interview is excellent reading.


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This dress was on display at the Winter Antiques Show.  Fashion curators are struggling to determine the date of production (estimated 1935), but everyone is enamored by the amazing print that “offers a photographic tour of 1930’s New York.”

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The NYT Style section provided some really insightful and inspiring quotes:

A world famous conductor who is also a perfumer said:  “It’s not so important whether people are going to love it or not. I want to start with an idea and realize it.”

Dries Van Noten on his exhibit: ““I’m not nostalgic,” he said. “It’s not that I say those were the good old days and people had style. I try to take elements from that and push it into the future, to make clothes to wear now.”


And finally, a huge thank you to Kate Arends at Wit and Delight and everyone else who retweeted, commented or even just read through all 1500 words of my essay on the state of design.  You have reminded me to express myself, not to settle for status quo, and to urgently, actively seek new ideas and experiences!

Hope you have a wonderful, inspiration filled weekend!