Who said commercial product photography can’t be whimsical and beautiful and fabulous? And all while appearing to be completely effortless. Artist and Art Director Lisa Hedge proves that it can be done. She has an immense body of work and proves that sometimes having assignments with strict parameters can produce the best results. From wedding stationary, to event posters, to product shots, clothing campaigns, and everything in between, Lisa Hedge is a creative genius. (And probably a total perfectionist.)
Who knew I could be so attracted to clear-framed reading glasses? These Warby Parker product photos look like so much fun.
Plus I kind of want to get married just so I can send out these “Save the Dates.” Or these…
There are so many cool things on her website. Seriously. I am barely scratching the surface with these. Tons of variety but still a really coherent aesthetic. I’m impressed.
Since I started this blog I have discovered a lot of insanely talented people. Often they are only a few years older than I am. And often they are wildly successful. This is absolutely inspiring but it’s also pretty intimidating.
I set out on this internet-documented journey in order to grow creatively and and express myself. But it’s easy for me to look at these incredible artists and start to doubt my own ability to contribute, making less and feeling worse about what I am making.
I stumbled across this video and the words of Ira Glass a couple days ago. It has really reinvigorated me and I am hoping for some good creative karma by spreading it around. Get inspired!
This past Friday I had the opportunity to attend Claremont McKenna College’s 6th Annual Women and Leadership Conference. It was an awesome day full of great food and even better conversations. I met so many talented and inspiring women who are following their dreams and making waves in the arts and entertainment industries. They were all so sweet and eager to share their wisdom. The whole afternoon was full of warm fuzzy feelings.
Our MC for the event was Azure Antoinette, an incredibly talented and successful poet with whom I am absolutely obsessed. Her work is powerful and her attitude is flawless. She made everyone laugh with stories from her childhood and imparted some important advice about sustaining your passions. Check out her website and PLEASE DEFINITELY check out some of her poetry and public speaking. This woman is a powerhouse.
Georgiana Paraschiv’s patterns and prints are on a whole new level regarding bold color and geometric abstraction. Clearly she has an exceptional eye for proportions and division of space. Plus, her understanding of color theory and mixed texture is seriously impressive. From pomegranates to watercolors to crazy angular designs, Paraschiv’s aesthetic comes through loud and clear in every single piece. I am absolutely obsessed.
It was so hard to chose which images to feature here because she has SO MANY gorgeous and interesting images online. Seriously, this woman must be busy. She’s got profiles on Behance and Society6; plus her portfolio website is chalk full of her prints and designs so if you’re into weird fruit and bright pops of yellow and pink, I would recommend looking her up.
This is so cool.
I came across this awesome pearl-encrusted canvas on Tumblr (I find all sorts of neat shit on tumblr) and was absolutely captivated. I love how it seems to explode out from the wall but in a way that is completely refined and subdued. Pearls are such an innovative medium to work with and I love how they are used here. I also love how this is a sculpture that is kind of pretending to be a painting.
When I looked further into Paola Pivi and her work, I was surprised to find that nothing else she has been doing lately is nearly this subtle. It’s all bright and big and crazy. Neon colors and strange large-scale installation pieces. Still really cool but really different. I debated splitting this into multiple posts (and maybe I will still write more later) but I thought I should include some of her recent weird stuff.
The Bears: they are massive neon taxidermy bears that have been arranged in little gallery scenes. Yep.
The Machine: This is an installation piece which shoots out money at gallery-goers which is a pretty interesting concept. A little intimidating though…
I’m so glad I came across Paola Pivi and I am definitely going to keep tabs on her to see what she’ll do next. And definitely check out her website. It’s lots of fun.
Today I went to a career fair which was crazy and confusing and also really fun! These types of networking events have never really been my thing. I much prefer a nice informal cocktail hour. Maybe with a cheese plate and some Merlot? But that was not the event being offered this weekend, so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and brave the sweaty gym full of company recruiters and desperate job seekers.
Believe it or not, it wasn’t that bad! I actually talked to a bunch of friendly people about their work and learned a lot of interesting stuff. I made some new Linkedin connections, discovered some awesome openings in digital marketing, and got a whole bunch of free stuff. Seriously, I am set on t-shirts and pens for the next year. Another huge plus was that this event gave me an opportunity to hand out my new business cards, which I am super excited about. They came in the mail earlier this week and I think they’re gorgeous.
I talked to some neat companies. Yelp and Dropbox were definite highlights. I also have a friend who is a recent grad and now does recruiting for Medallia. She showed me their Book of Mormon-inspired recruiting video and it’s AWESOME. Is a musical theatre background required for most recruiting jobs?? There seems to be a disproportionate amount of vocal talent featured in this video… Check it out
Anyway, it was a fun adventure and much more productive than I thought it would be. Although I could definitely go for that glass of Merlot… Happy Friday!
Okay so if you spend any time at all on Pinterest or Tumblr (or just on the internet in general) then you have probably seen Eugenia Loli’s work. She is a prolific collage artist with a massive digital footprint and has inspired a ton of young artists (including myself) to use vintage photos in new and interesting ways. I would definitely suggest digging around on her Cargo Collective site. There are tons of gems. Gold Digger gets a lot of internet circulation, although my favorite series would have to be Mind Alteration. These images are trippy and strange and absolutely wonderful.
Seriously! How cool are these?
This woman is incredibly talented. I highly encourage anyone and everyone to check out her website. (Particularly the Worshipped Women series. It’s a close second favorite.)
“One of the reasons there’s so much talk about money is that it’s so much easier to talk about than art.” –David Zwirner
Art as a business is such a crazy concept. There are massive amounts of money being thrown around in the US and internationally for works whose value is inherently subjective. What makes one piece worth more than another? It isn’t just the aesthetic value, or the prominence of the artist, or the size, or cost of materials. It is all of these things combined but somehow the end value is greater than the sum of its parts. There is an “it” factor to art that probably has more to do with marketing and PR than talent. And possibly has even more to do with people like the ones Zwirner refers to; those who would rather talk about price than about art.
It is clear from this New Yorker article and others like it that the art industry is a formidable economic force. But what does that mean for the art? And for the artists? How does one navigate this cutthroat consumerist landscape without sacrificing the meaning and integrity of his or her work?
Life is most fun when you are doing things you love and trying things that scare you. This spring I am attempting to fill my time with all of the things that keep me happy and inspired, only taking on new projects that I feel truly passionate about. Obviously we all have to do things we don’t want to do which is a huge part of being a student and human being. I totally get that. But it is so easy to get stuck doing things you used to enjoy without fully realizing that they just aren’t doing it for you anymore. I’ve been returning to some of my past passions and trying out a lot of new ones and it’s keeping me super busy! Here are a couple things I’ve been working on
1. I got the official go-ahead on the Media Production Independent Study I’ve been planning which means that I am finally able to get started! I am reading this awesome book on Appropriation Art and am getting super pumped for my first project. I am exploring exploitation in appropriation through four hands-on production projects and I think it’s going to be really cool. (More on this later…)
2. I’ve also been going to a bunch of lectures and speaker series offered on campus. I always hear about the incredible people coming to speak but it is all-too-rare for me to make it to the events themselves. This is one of my huge goals the semester and so far it’s been pretty inspiring. Just yesterday I heard a talk from the brilliant Peggy Phelan on digital self-portraits and earlier in the week the Guerrilla Girls gave a lecture on their particular brand of art activism. So cool!
3. I’ve been trying to get as much Vitamin D as possible. I love the Southern California weather and am making pool time a priority. It does wonders for my mental health and is an excellent indulgence.
4. Our local chapter of I AM THAT GIRL had our first event last week and it was a raging success. It was a TEDx style student speaker series where students shared what they are passionate about and answered the question “Where Do We Go From Here?” I was filming the event which was a fun challenge and offered a unique perspective. We had a packed house and were even featured in The Scripps Voice.
5. I’m redecorating my room a little bit which has been fun. I have way too much wall space in this tiny room and finding creative ways to break up the space has been a neat little side project. I’m not sure I’ll ever actually be done tweaking things and moving things around…
6. IT IS OFFICIALLY 100 DAYS UNTILL GRADUATION! I am a member of the Senior Class Gift Committee at Scripps and have been working hard to make this event happen. It was a little bit of a frustrating process but I am relieved to say that everything came together and we all had a lot of fun. Let the countdown begin…
As both an art enthusiast and feminist, I have mad respect for the radical art activists who call themselves the Guerrilla Girls. They wear furry gorilla masks and call out the art industry on its bullshit in a way that demands attention. There are some serious issues of discrimination and marginalization in the art world, one of which being the lack of representation in major modern art museums. I guess the only job more frustrating than being an artist is being a female artist of color.
The group was formed in the mid eighties and has been speaking out against this and similar issues ever since. The Pomona College Museum of Art currently opened an exhibition featuring the Guerrilla Girls’ posters and performances. And last week two of the Guerrilla Girls came to speak on campus. It was awesome to hear them talk about their cause and about how art can be used as a tool for social change.
They way that these women have fought back against an unjust system through art and graphic design is really cool. It was a really empowering show and lecture and I am thrilled that I was invited to attend.