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13 Jul 2019

Joseph Lee’s Abstract Portraits

Having grown up with an artistic parent, I am naturally drawn to different interpretations of art. [Colossal] is one of my favorite blogs because of how they are always highlighting different artists. I’ve never seen the same thing twice here and it’s an outlet for me to be able to share on Yow Yow! as well. Based out of LA, Joseph Lee creates portraits using different strokes, colors, and amounts of oil paint. Collectively, they all add up to a portrait, but the level of strokes bring about a certain kind of texture and depth.

Lee began painting as a way to channel his creativity after a failed acting audition. “After working on a long project, I needed to protect my energy and be selfish with my time,” he told Shape/Shift Report. “I don’t have any formal artistic training and coming from a theater background, human behavior and emotions were the closest references I had to paint.”

For more of his work, visit his Instagram [here]

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08 Jun 2019

Break/Fast

I’m fast to admit that breakfast is not a part of my daily routine on the weekdays. I often wonder actually if that impacts my work or how focused I am in the morning not having anything in my stomach. On the weekends though, I live for brunch and feel spoiled by my options in San Francisco. Since breakfast is one of my favorite meals, [Tessa Dóniga]’s take on how breakfast is broken spoke to me. Here are some of my favorites that I wanted to highlight:

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14 Apr 2019

Karen Jerzyk’s Lonely Astronaut Series

There was a point in time where that space helmet on Amazon was a very cool thing to own. Now when I see it in my home, it’s just a reminder of the other identity that Veronica and I had created for myself. This photo series by Karen Jerzyk makes me feel seen! If we would have continued on with Space Girl for a few more years, we probably could have reached this level of cool! But since we didn’t, this post is all about our appreciation for Jerzyk.

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24 Feb 2019

Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Puffer Dresses

Puffers are not, by any means, a new invention within fashion. It is, however, having a moment! Growing up in the Northwest, it was a staple to have some kind of a puffer vest or jacket. Every person I knew had at least one or was on the other end of the spectrum and had one in every color in every piece. This past Christmas, we gifted my mom with her very own puffer jacket and then I ran into a handful of friends that also had them. What I was doing was setting myself up to make a puffer purchase as well. Sure enough, Aritzia was having a sale on TNA puffers and that was enough of a sign for me.

Having a standard puffer jacket is a good decision for all sorts of reasons. As I’m following fashion month, I’m also starting to notice collections of puffers that appear in unique ways ie) the bottoms of dresses or puffer jackets transforming into other pieces. This post of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s interpretation of them caught my eye. Partnering with brand, Moncler, these puffers are a vision of color and patterns. Naturally, we’re obsessed.

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22 Dec 2018

Lost & Found

Watching this right after “Bao” for the first time was an emotional rollercoaster! I’m such a sucker for the few things that were highlighted in this short though: stop motion and cute stuffed animals. 

Lost & Found tells the story of a friendship between two crocheted animal toys that discovered each other in the lost and found bin of a Japanese restaurant. One night, fox topples over into a water fountain and the dinosaur nearly sacrifices his own life to save her. The short was directed by Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe and produced by Lucy J. Hayes. You’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see how this ends. But you’ll also grow to love the fox and dinosaur so quickly in the span of this short film. This story of their friendship is a powerful one. 

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08 Aug 2018

Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Filled Supermarket

Lucy Sparrow may have just set up the cutest supermarket you’ve ever seen. After creating similar exhibits in both London and New York City, she brought her creative expertise to Los Angeles. At the Standard Hotel in downtown LA, you’ll find a market with some recognizable items and while none are edible, they are all available for purchase. All 31,000 pieces!

With every project, Lucy’s number of items have increasingly grown. When she first started out in London, she had 4,000 hand-sewn products. In New York, the number of items increased to 9,000 with items selling out in just a matter of days.

I’m obsessed with these qt pieces and wish I could see this myself! Readers, if you’re in LA – check out the pop-up at the hotel that is showing right now until August 31st.

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28 Jul 2018

Linda Miller Nicholson’s Rainbow of Pastas

“Don’t play with your food.” Isn’t that what all parents say to kids growing up? Well, doesn’t it seem like in 2018, playing with your food is actually the thing to do?! I’m not just talking these beautifully colored pastas, but also things like Museum of Ice cream and even the strangest food combinations that exist today. “Don’t play with your food” can mean a lot of things, but I think playing with it makes eating it that much more enjoyable.

Linda Miller Nicholson starts with fresh from scratch pastas and then combines them with all natural ingredients to give them their vibrant colors. Purple comes from beets and blueberries, yellow from turmeric and green from parsley.

I can’t get enough of these photos and already found myself getting lost in her Instagram.

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19 Feb 2018

Geronimo’s Installation at Lincoln Center

Jihan Zencirli made me love balloons. I remember being enamored with his installations the very first time I saw photos of  one of them. Since then, companies and brands have enlisted the help of his company, Geronimo, for their own events and obviously, to get people talking about them. Using vibrant colors and balloons of all sizes, his installations can fill up a space to the point of making them feel like they’re almost overflowing. His most recent design above was in Lincoln Center to celebrate the New York City Ballet. For the last month, this installation has been living here and has been open to the public for viewing. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to drop in by the 24th on its last day!

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20 May 2017

“Disillusionment of 10 Point Font”

I really love projects like these and something that drew me to “Disillusionment of 10 Point Font” was that it involved both visual and sound. Watching this video was incredibly satisfying and I almost wished it could have been longer. Also, watching this reminded me of that one video full of unsatisfying moments, which reminded me of Veronica. I know she’s going to like this one! This short film was done by Greg Condon.

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