the fall 2013 sun and glory lookbook and product is here! been spending a lot of time on this the past few weeks, or month. i am super happy with this lookbook. my friend kat, a model here in colorado, came up to the cabin to do the shoot. though the sun never made an appearance, it was a great day of shooting. i shot, styled, and made this lookbook and overall it is kind of one big art piece for me. i love doing this stuff. i narrowed down the line this season, making a few key pieces-making bigger statements. go have a look! this season we are also offering a 5 % donation of your online order to the Native American Heritage Association.
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this is another curiosity space that i took the photos for a while ago. this time, i am sharing my brother, joe, and his wife, addie’s, house. they have two little one’s ryland and violet. they live in the olympia, washington. one of my favorite towns in the US! i have always loved their dwellings, i suppose because of all the curious things. my brother and addie have been together since i was like 15 or 16! i remember the first time i met addie, waiting in my living room in alabama for my parents to bring them home from the airport. addie and i have a friendship, one that i cherish. she is a brilliant artist and crafter, as kind as can be, has a great sense of humor, and is smart as a whip! she doesn’t sweat the small stuff, and gives my brother way to many back scratches! no wonder my brother loves her so much. i would say addie has always been an inspiration, and she taught me to look for gifts in nature. she never treats me like the little sister either, so i kind of love that too. addie has found some great pieces over the years, all from the great outdoors. i love the way their styles meld together. my brother with all his nature books and addie’s treasures to adorn them.
my brother, as i have talked about before, is an ecologist. he is also a photographer, from a preservation point of view. you can see his work here. joe, is ten years older than me. when i hit my twenties, he and i started to form a friendship. we finally had things to relate on and found out we have a lot in common. i look up to joe a lot. he is super smart and i look to him for info on politics, nature, and photography! as a kid, i use to go into his room when he was gone and go through this small little chest full of knick knacks. i suppose he was some sort of mystery to me. he use to collect fossils and after college and while getting a masters, became somewhat of a hippy! he lived in many places from the everglades, taos, salt lake city, seattle, colorado, and back to washington. my parents and i would go visit, he just added to my inspiration for wanderlust! while he and addie were living just the next town over here in colorado (wish they still did!!) they had their first child ryland. i use to come visit from LA and help them out. joe would have to go into the field for work (the field meaning the wilderness) and addie was commuting to denver. i formed a special little bond with ryland during all that time. and now they have violet, i need to go visit that little girl! i love her so!
i love all the bird nests, the feathers, the old family photographs. i love the photo of my mother that sits on their mantle. i love all the family heirlooms from addie’s side. her dad is quite crafty himself. i love asking where each piece came from. i love how addie thinks she needs help decorating, clearly she doesn’t!
i took these photos for this curiosity space edition all the way back in august, here in good old denver. i don’t know what took me so long to upload this post because, as i was going through the photos this morning i was totally re-inspired by laura and burke’s genius work! i also realized this morning that the spaces i choose to share on this portion of my blog, are all the home’s of artists. every artist is unique in their interpretation, therefore it is inevitable that so is their home. for me, often inspiring to be just yourself. a few days ago, i was longing for nice furniture, less objects, over all more expensive things. yet, i am drawn to the likes of those who are also curious and different in their own right. after going through these photos, i was once again, okay with my own space vs. longing for something different. i may not have furniture from CB2 and my rugs are fake persian ones. as it should be, i suppose. anyone can do anything with loads of money and an interior designer. i appreciate and am curious about those whom take money out of the equation and make their home about them and their work vs. a copy of a tear sheet from a magazine spread. (not to say i don’t enjoy the visual aspect of a tear sheet.)
i have posted about laura before…her art here…and laura and burke’s wedding. so, if you remember those posts, you can recall my love for the two of these people. they have been together for as long as i can remember (from the alabama days) and are both so incredibly talented, it’s slightly insane. laura, obivously, an artist and burke a graphic designer. every encounter i have with them is inspiring and loving. i have known laura since high school when we were hostesses at mozzarella’s cafe in birmingham, alabama…along with two other of our favorite friends. i love that we share this history, and i am now, once again, in the same place as her! i feel like every time we get together we are dreaming up ideas and i leave spilling with inspiration.
laura and burke had just moved into this space when i came to stay with them over the summer. it was once an old grocery store turned into two apartments. i am bummed, i didn’t get a photo of the front of the place, because it is pretty awesome. the space has high ceilings and these little lofty nooks. it is open and charming filled with the curious objects of laura’s and burke’s work as well as their friends.
i didn’t interview these guys for this, i never interview the artists. i guess it is more about my own interoperation i get from these homes, and yours too. how does their home and art inspire us?
i love burke’s intellectual and genuine thought to most anything and laura’s provocation through her art. i admire how most people would walk away with judgement… honestly, that might be favorite part. i like the weird, the obsolete, the un-obivous. i think making people feel just a little uncomfortable because to them something isn’t ordinary or “normal” is only a good thing. we should all be a little more open minded and remember we as human’s are all “weird”. laura’s work, i can only say, is more than this to her and i can’t really speak for that, but this is what i take from it and why i love what she does. the amount of time she puts into every piece she makes is astonishing, not to mention the artful thought process to get there. the fact that what is behind her photos is also the work of her own two hands, not just a photograph. she sources fabric and objects from a thrift store to downtown LA’s garment district. the colors and the “characters” resonate. sometimes, i feel like i am in the middle of a dark version of the sequel to labyrinth. originality is an understatement.
burke, brings in this knowledge of antiquated objects in a modern world. not to mention his amazing taste is music, or the fact that he is just one of the nicest, most interesting guys i know. a while back the three of us went thrifting by my house. burke found an old book of science images ( the body, the solar system, etc). he pointed out the beauty of these hand drawn detailed images. today, those images would be computer generated. yes, burke is a graphic designer, a modern illustrator. yet, the fact that he pulls inspiration from what was, only makes what to be, that much better. also, something to preserve. i learned to appreciate something new that day.
the photos below are from laura’s closet. the girl has a wonderland of vintage pieces. i think this is one of my favorite parts of their house. i love how it is all displayed like art work. each piece is unique and has a story to tell.immediately, it makes me want to do a photo shoot.
the photos below are from laura’s old studio at CU Boulder where she was receiving her master’s degree, teaching, and working.
thanks guys, for letting me post the inside of your world.
i have been drawing on rocks for a while now, but this is the first time i am introducing them as a series. some sets come packaged in a small tin box with dried sage, others in a larger white box. there is a large series of the zodiac signs that can be bought individually or as a set! i was largely inspired by a petroglyph book and constellation book i bought in joshua tree on my recent trip. the driftwood can now be bought in bundles and there are sets of cards as well!! great christmas gifts guys!!!!
i have also been working on a new series of macrame chain! inspired by chain mail and using the same techniques as with the leather, i started producing these delicate pieces. currently, on the shop as a custom order right now until i get the ball rolling a little more! email me for details.
some more exciting news for sun and glory…i have joined a collaborative showroom here in DTLA, free agency, with some other really talented designers (bandit brand, heyoka leather, warpaint…just to name a few!!!) i am super excited to be a part of this creative group of people!
this past weekend we did our last craft fair, renegade. i have to say this may have been my favorite of all of them. maybe because my expectations were low…maybe because i was glad it was the last one…maybe because it was outside. the shoppers were full of compliments and it was just all around a fun day, not to mention how much i love eating at all the food trucks! the co-founder of renegade, susie, even came to our booth with her husband and bought some stuff from marianne and sean and she bought one of my driftwood pieces. we talked about the midwest and escaping the city life. always a compliment when the people that run the show notice your stuff and take the time to chat.
each show has been different. at unique LA people bought the earrings, at patchwork people bought nothing, at renegade people were really into the necklaces and my little trinket art. the last photo is of a custom order i did for a customer from unique LA…and i got another one off of that at renegade! marianne and i finally did a trade and i scored an awesome terrarium (pictured above) and some sweet air plants, like one of those really big babies!
next week, i am off to colorado for “research” on my next move in life. i have a photo shoot planned for the necklaces while i am there and am super excited! stay tuned!
my friends seem to have become such an important part of my blog over the last few months! stacy and allan were kind enough to let me come into their humble abode and photograph it for the second edition of curiosity spaces.
stacy is an artist and a writer, while allan is a comedian, actor, and writer…they live in Hollywood, CA.i spent the afternoon sipping on coffee and taking photos, wylie and steven played, and stacy shared stories behind all the different art, knick knacks, and even the rituals she has before starting a piece. i remember before i ever even met stacy, my friend kate brought me to her house to feed her cat. i was in awe of her art and i felt i wanted to know this person. really, i was kind of jealous of how talented she was. in a good way. the first time we did meet… we bonded with creativity, sensitivity, and our similar experiences of moving to alabama in our adolescence. i love her genuine nature, empathy, intelligence, and talent. we always have these deep hearted conversations about life, art, family, and love and always leave each other with a little bit of a kick in our step!
i have been to their house lots, but i have never REALLY looked at the little things floating around in stacy’s studio. i love how organized her inspiration wall is, the paint chips she has selvaged in a tin lid, how beautiful paint can be in a smuckers jar. she has many things inspired by her late father and his work as a scientist or his stamp collection or the photo of him with his mentor. it made me feel like he was always with her in that room. i have no doubt he is. i love the hair in jars and the homemade cat bed made from cardboard– and her drawing from the artist don nace, poem from friend britta kallevang, postcard from gordon lish, paintings by her dear friends amanda faulkner-barrett and kate purdy, and how proud and inspired they all make her. i love the huge homemade pillow on their bed and the random 1980’s magazine photo of a family. i couldn’t narrow the photos down. i never can. a few months ago, their bedroom ceiling caved in so they had to move their bed into the dining room. the bed ended up staying and they each took a bedroom for a studio. allan has a few photos in the post as well.
there were so many unique and interesting pieces and if i asked, each one had a story behind it. curiosity. not just to me, but to stacy. i like it when people are proud of the things in their house because of the story. maybe someone gave it to you,maybe someone made it for you. maybe the story behind how you acquired it brings back memories, makes you smile, or maybe it even makes you sad. maybe it just makes you feel something. a home is a personal and intimate experience. it is the place you feel the most comfortable to be yourself…it is safe, at least it should be. photographing stacy’s home and especially studio, felt as though it was her safe place. a place for herself to cherish, inspire, and create. the process inspired me and provoked my own thoughts realizing that home is where i am the most uninhibited in my own abilities. it allows me to even write this post, afraid of no judgement.
stacy has recently started her blog, revisinglonliness. she looks for art everyday and documents beautiful words that sink right down to your soul. i highly suggest you follow it! she has also done a lovely post about her experience of having someone photograph her house. they kind of go hand in hand now!
Stacy Elaine Dacheux spent half her childhood outside Boston, getting beat on by tough girls. The other half was spent outside Birmingham, getting beat on by Southern Baptists. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she gets beat on by life. As a visual artist, she translates handwritten letters into abstract paintings, a collection of which will be traveling to Massachusetts in September. She was a finalist for the Italo Calvino Prize in fiction and an article she co-wrote was noted in The New Yorker‘s “Book Bench.” Past publications include: BUST Magazine, Flavorpill Productions, and Artillery: Killer Text on Art.
one of my best friends’ here in LA is about to give birth any minute!!! literally…and she may have already. we are waiting to hear the word!
a few weeks ago we took some pictures of her belly.
i find the womb mystifying and more than beautiful…but magical. the fact that our bodies are so complex and capable of creating another living being has always boggled my mind! rebeccca, has looked so beautiful throughout her pregnancy, i wanted to capture it!
many of my family and friends back east have had oodles of children, but i never get to go the baby showers… or the hospital… or see the belly grow. rebecca, is my first really good friend in LA to have a baby and i can actually be in involved. i have loved watching that belly get bigger, her radiance, and excitement. i am excited to meet this little one. i am excited for my friends and their new chapter. and we would have put her husband in that last picture…but he was at work! i made that sign for their wedding…boom!
i love walking into someone’s house and my curiosity begins to soar.
i love walking into someone’s house when it evokes a feeling.
i left skip’s house last week and was back within 5 days, photographing his world. really, he was my inspiration for this new series. skip was kind enough to just let me go for it, while his guitar playing accompanied the photo session. sitting on skip’s porch evokes such a peaceful high, especially at sunset. one of the better spots i have been in los angeles. his studio is situated above a single family home in the hills near hermon, monterey hills, and garvanza, which are considered subdistricts of highland park. this is one of the things i love about skip… as we were driving to get some food (the oinkster and fusion burger! yum and yum! and two different days mind you), in his “skip” fashion, explains to me these historic regions. being intrigued i did some research (as i am completely fascinated by the history of LA). garvanza was named for garbanzo beans that once flourished there. it was also generally considered the birthplace of the arts and crafts movement of southern california, along with pasadena and south pasadena.
i think you can tell a lot by a person and the things in their house… what their aspirations are.their passions.the things that they are curious about. books tell a lot, art, the way things may or may not be strategically placed. i like design, i like tidy spaces, but what i like the most is when the placement of each item is art in itself, yet more than likely…unintentional. that’s what i felt photographing skip’s studio. his passions, knowledge, and creativity have always been intriguing. if you know skip, you love skip. he is truly, a one of a kind soul…
thanks a bunch skipper!! i will be taking you up on that offer to hang anytime on that porch of yours!
i was hanging out with my friend skip yesterday, another kindred creative spirt and good friend. skip, is a super talented artist and just a great person. i so much enjoyed walking around his studio, perched up above the hills in highland park, looking at his curiosities and art, all while the California sun shined through the windows. i find comfort in other people’s creativity, especially when it is on display in their home…part of their daily life…because it is just normal to live that way. no questions asked. it inspires me and makes me feel, frankly, less alone in this creative mind/world.
this morning, while lying in bed, i decided to try and start a new series for the blog about creative spaces. my friends seem to be inspiring me left and right lately, and it makes me so happy! i want to bottle it up! so, from time to time i want to start photographing peoples art spaces and homes. just as they are. sure, this is being done on several blogs out there…nothing new and inventive. my friend donna recently commented on my curiosity, and well, that is what it would be based on i suppose.
in the meantime, while i get skip to let me back in to take pictures and start on a few other friends i have in mind…i will share a few photos from around my house!
…and this is my house clean. right now, it is not!
the magpie bird is of the crow family and are believed to be one of the most intelligent animals. in the UK, the magpie has been associated with an urban myth of being collectors and thieves of shiny objects. although, there is no evidence in wildlife studies.
magical, mystical, myth.
this photo shoot my friend laura and i cooked up in about an hour…and i am kind of obsessed with it. it all sprang up with some feathers we found downtown and laura’s beautiful handmade jewelry she brought with her. i am simply in love with the creativity we both threw in, the styling, laura’s beauty, our pagan inspiration, and that we did it on a whim. continuing with laura’s veil and hidden mother inspiration and art, she wanted to disguise her face. i also loved when she threw in her “what if i eat the chain and then vomit it up?”
this kind of combined inspiration doesn’t come along often and it is my favorite kind! i am sort of savoring this post and can’t seem to narrow down the images. i also, can’t wait to do more collaborations!!
model: laura shill
photos: annie rocchio
styling: annie rocchio and laura shill
the crystal and turquoise jewelry are handmade by laura. the clothing,chains, rings, and bracelets are of my personal collection.