Music Mix: November

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I’m really particularly excited about this music mix as I’ve just been compiling some jam gems lately. I think more than usual this one has an overall sound theme that it’s clear I’m into lately, or the universe is into lately… Listen on Spotify or Rdio

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Go Back Cookies
This Is Not A Game The Chemical Brothers + Miguel
Silver Caribou
I Can’t Stand the Rain Ann Peebles
180db_ [130] Aphex Twin
Monument Röyksopp & Robyn
World Restart Kindness Feat. Kelela & Ade
Breathe This Air Jon Hopkins feat. Purity Ring
Nara alt-J
Let It Go James Bay
Any Time, Any Place Janet Jackson


Lately, and not so lately

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Oof, I know. It’s like, do I even have a blog anymore? It’s like this: I get home from work and the last thing I want to do is sit at a computer more. Then the weekends roll around and I work on jewelry or I go do fun things, or I play a little freelance catch up (yeah, some projects are still a draggin’). Blogging gets pushed to the bottom of the list because they are so much work to create. So I have some things to catch you up on, some fun stuff I’ve been a part of lately.

First up, last year I shot a story for a new LA magazine called Vuhneeshun on artist Louise Erhard. It was such a cool afternoon because I wasn’t familiar with Louise and her work as she’s in a totally different circle of artists I feel like I’m most exposed to in LA, in a different part of town. She does collage work, using a lot of vintage porn and comic books. Being married to a comic book nerd who used to mainly make collages from them as well, the sight of her work desk and all the little pieces everywhere made me feel at home and nostalgic for our years in New York. Louise was hilarious and open and I loved all the tiny little interesting things in her apartment. You can read Vuhneeshun online here.

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Over the summer I got to collaborate with my friend Caroline Hwang on a little story for Bust magazine. Caroline designed a shibori place setting and styled a shoot I photographed on a brilliantly sunny day in Silver Lake. I love the photo they picked but there were some great outtakes as well! Bust also kindly included me as a featured contributor in the opening pages, which is the kind of thing that makes not only you, but your mom super proud. Below is my favorite outtake.

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In September I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of my friend Chelsey, whom I’ve been friends with since we were teenagers. Because I move so much, I don’t keep in touch with a ton of old friends, but Chelsey is one of those people you just can’t lose touch with as she’s so great, and I felt so honored she asked me to photograph her and her husband Dan’s big day. It was a beautiful wedding on her grandmother’s former dairy farm in Ellensburg, WA, with really wonderful highlights that were so Chelsey – like all the vintage details, local beer, a bajillion pies her mom hand made, and jars of jam for every guest.

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And lastly, I get asked a lot what the heck I do at my new job, and I finally have some things to share! First off, two products I helped design, as everything at my company is a collaborative effort;  I do the graphic execution and photography.

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The two new products out are a furoshiki wrapping cloth set for wrapping gifts and more, and these awesome gift tags. It was my first time working on product development besides my own jewelry and print shop and was such a learning experience! I’m so happy with how they turned out and that they’re in the world now. Buy ‘em here!

And the last work thing is the branding I designed for an event we have coming up that some of you in LA might be interested in! Being able to bring some hand lettering to the table at work was awesome. You can read more about Handmade Holiday here.

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Thanks for reading this insanely long post, hoping to get a music post up later this week!

Urban Outfitters Collaboration

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Remember how I said I was working on a big collaboration that was consuming my life last month? Well, blood*, sweat, and tears paid off and today I can happily tell you that my collaboration with Urban Outfitters’ Urban Renewal line is out today! Three exclusive necklaces made with my hand-formed concrete beads alongside vintage glass beads.

These babies are limited edition, so get ‘em while they last!

Shout out to my girl Katie for helping me with these, I couldn’t have done it without her.

*literally, sanding that many concrete beads I sanded the hell out of my fingers, oof.