I don’t know about you, but the more I try to THINK instead of FEEL my way through challenges I’m LESS SUCCESSFUL. When I look at an issues from a lot of perspectives I can generally see more solutions.
—I get STUCK when my options seem limited. I really like options.
“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”
― Albert Einstein
Today I need to turn some assumptions on their head and see what I FEEL when I do that. What I THINK might actually be irrelevant.
“I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.“
—Ulysses S. Grant
I wish I was one of those moms who just can’t wait for her kids to get out of school.
I am not.
For my 15 year old twin daughters:
—I will try to not be angry when you’re watching reruns of the Kardashians at noon.
(This will last until the 5th of July and then all bets are off on my tolerance level.)
—I will pay you to read classic novels and you will thank me, refuse payment and we’ll have dense philosophical conversations about the book late into the night. Hey, a mom can dream, right?
—When in doubt, picking up trash is a time honored pastime from my childhood.
—If you make a list of fun things you want do with me, I’ll try to make them happen.
—I want to love you more than I’m angry every single day. Please just pick up your room and do the dishes and don’t leave wet towels everywhere. My needs are simple. Your life will be much easier if you do these three things. Have you heard the term, “choosing the path of least resistance”? Learn it. Live it.
I always like the less posed and candid moments in life. Here are a few of my favorites from the fashion show last Saturday. I was told this week about someone getting to be a secondary photographer at a fashion event in Berlin, I believe. Wow, to get to shoot the underbelly of an event and not the be the chief photographer. I can’t hardly imagine a better gig than that—well, perhaps naming lipstick and paint colors. That was my dream job as a child.
Her work is stunning and truly for every woman. Her pieces are meant to be layered and worn for everyday and actually work with everything you have—contemporary, costume, vintage…Ina’s jewelry looks modern, laid-back, cool, dressed up, dressed down…these pieces work with everything. Ina gave me a necklace in June, that I haven’t taken off since she put it around my neck. I can swim wearing it. I can put on pearls. I can wear jeans or a dress—it works with everything. Our model for the gorgeous Vermont afternoon was…
Lindsay Sweet Gardner. She was so easy going and completely reflected the ease of wearing Ina’s jewelry. It was great for me just meeting Lindsay because it was easy to give direction and I also quickly knew that she had worked with other photographers. She was very very quick to take direction and knows how to move in front of the camera. We encountered some light problems late in the day and my battery ran out, but we got some beautiful Vermont shots on a stellar early September afternoon.
It was a great Vermont day indeed. I think Ina has some good shots to work with. Here are a few of my favorites.
I will have much better shots of the SEABA (South End Arts & Business Association) STRUT fashion show from Saturday night in a few days. The evening was blast and I am already planning what I want to work on in the studio this week.
I would guess a lot of you have poured yourselves into projects and when they’re over a little malaise creeps into the psyche. This usually happens to me on a much greater level after a big creative push, but this time I feel so inspired to keep working on a process I developed that it doesn’t feel like a let down at all. I am all about using scrap in my studio (wood, leather, fabric, paper) to turn it into something either beautiful or useful. I began working on this for the show not knowing exactly what it was…a bracelet, a headband, a belt, a choker, a dog collar or a strap for a bag…the possibilities are endless. I learned so much by the process that I think I can now work smarter, a little bit faster and way more deliberately when I know exactly what I am creating. I have an idea for a sculpture. I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been working on the last few weeks. I have two more days to finish everything up. Today I am making another bag and finishing all of the jewelry for my models. Oh, how I love a deadline that keeps me in creative FLOW. That flow is a fickle gift though, it may all be over by Saturday midday when we show up at the fashion show. Here’s a great TED Talk about being in FLOW.
When I looked at the photos again from this series I began to see more of a narrative emerge. I hope you aren’t getting tired of them. I shot a lot of photos that overcast August day on the back roads of South Dakota with my Mom.