I'm off



Stay tuned if you like radio silence. I'll be in Leblon.

Let's chat in 2-ish weeks.
x

Music for whatever... I'm so tired who cares...

I'm so overworked and so tired, and when I get like this, even when I have a MOUNTAIN of work to do in close to zero time (but really thats like 5 days, when you really need 10, not exaggerating and deadline are not moveable because you're leaving the country.....

where was I?

Yes. I ramble. Like this. And I listen to a single lonesome song on repeat. It keeps me going, the momentum or something. It helps me get the work done.

This week it has been a song by my favourite Suzy Krause look-a-like: Taylor Swift.

We are never ever ever getting back together is actually so fun to sing along to when you're still working at 1am, for the third day in a row. And then again at 1pm.





On a more designery note, 
this music video does remind me of two much better music videos:

Bjork's Bachelorette:



And Let Forever Be by the Chemical Brothers.



Both Michel Gondry classics.

Music for Mondayitis

An old-ish favourite. Very motivating for busy Mondays when you would prefer to stay in bed.

Pie

Last year, one of the best things to ever happened to Sydney happened... Costco arrived.

For my north American readers, please understand that Australian's don't do membership-buy-in-bulk stores. We just don't. Culturally, pre-planning in bulk doesn't suit our lifestyle, even though driving to the suburbs to save money does. However, despite my Australian-ness, to me Costco has been amazing. Amazing. Even more so for the 16 year old girl inside of me who first went to a Sam's Club to eat dinner on an exchange trip... it's a dream come true.

The fact that I can now buy reasonably priced maple syrup,  hard-to-find peanut butter cups and bulk frozen blueberries seems miraculous.... okay I'm getting carried away. But I have to tell you it makes my heart sing every time we go there. It's like a little bit of America in my life :D

But this story is not all happy, though it may end that way. 6 months into its life Sydney Costco did the unthinkable... it stopped selling pumpkin pies. Yes, those $7.99 pumpkin pies that we only ever ate half of because they are so dang big. Stopped. Gone. Nada.

With each return visit I've hopefully scanned the bakery section with all its fluoro frosted cupcakes and average apple pies.... no luck... no pumpkin pie here.

Until Saturday. THEY'RE BACK. I don't know or care how, but there was pie! Hallelujah!



But really, I'm on a pre-holiday diet and exercise attempt. I'm not meant to eat pie. My husband suggested we don't buy it because we'll eat it. No! I said, we must buy it. We must communicate to the Costco overlords with our purchasing power. Even if we throw it out, we must buy it. It's all about sales. They must know we want the pie to stay. He caved.

And now I have pie. Though I am ready to get rid of it. While delicious, it's just too tempting. I mean, in 3 weeks I am going to be here. Pie can wait til Christmas, or at least it better.

Some work of late

I wanted to share some of my recent work. I've been pretty busy.


I was asked by a new client the other day (who remembers my work from 2 years ago, but hasn't seen anything recent) if my work has a set 'look'....ahhh 'the look the job requires...' I wanted to reply! From the above*, it's clear that I don't.

I understand that some designers have a set aesthetic they work to, and that's great because that's often how and why they get hired. But for me, perhaps because I spent so long in advertising, I never acquired one. I know what I like and what I prefer but I don't ever force that onto my clients**. I work with my client's wants and needs and brand to create something unique every time.

I've had a lot of fun making a few stop motion animations lately, and cracked out the old After Effects as well, since I can now afford it. And when I have free time (I don't) I have been putting together a wedding book/album/finally!! thingie thanks to this great tip off from Pink Ronnie.)

*Please note I'm not counting the wireframe (second to last) as 'design'!!!

**I'm not suggesting other people do this either.

Discovering Ray Eames



A while back, I wrote about the trailer to the documentary Eames: The Architect and The Painter and last week I managed to watch it. It was pretty fascinating in many ways but the aspect of the story I was most intrigued by was the dynamic between the couple as a man and a woman. These days, in the media and exhibitions they are presented as a pair but it appears that for most of their careers it was all about him, and not so much about her.

It's a fairly charged time in Australia when it comes matters of sexism, so maybe that's why this storyline stood out to me. It really made me think about all the other 20th century female designers and artists that are still undervalued and under-promoted. Where are their stories and what can we learn from them? Do you know of someone I should know about? If so, let me know!

Read the original post here.

Picture: Eames with an early prototype version of The Toy that was made of cardboard triangles, outside the Eames house, 1951, as seen in Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey's documentary EAMES: The Architect and The Painter.

Exit

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Hitchcock

Last week, I went to see the remastered Vertigo on the big screen and was floored by it. This week, we have the trailer to Hitchcock and I am beyond excited. Taking place during the production of Psycho (my all time favourite Hitchcock film) the film will focus on relationship between Alfred and his wife Alma.



From the trailer, the story and the look of the film seem great but I am disappointed by how heavily they've layered on the prosthetics. I mean, if you didn't know it would you even think that was Anthony Hopkins?

On being defensive



As we get older, I'd like to think we get better at saying no. The no's that exist in life... No, I won't drive 4 hours out of my way for you. No, I won't do this ridiculous task at the very last minute because you weren't organised. No, I won't go on your super expensive hen's party weekend. I feel like I learned this from Oprah in my teens, but my memory is fuzzy.

I'm now learning the power of no with my own creative projects. No, sit down and work now. No, don't start that project until you finish this one. No, you can't watch the Kardashians you have to write. I have to create boundaries for myself and stick to them if I am ever going to be successful at making the things I want to make.



While saying no all the time could create a negative brain space, it is easy to switch the focus to what the no will give you. Ask yourself by saying no what will I achieve? The answer to that is hopefully so grand that the next question won't scare you:

what are you willing to give up in order to have 
what you really really want? 

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert talks about asking this question in this interview. She likens it to being her own bodyguard and as creative people that's what we need to be. Defending your work process from yourself and the world isn't so much about the negative, nagging no but about honouring your gifts and talents. If you don't create boundaries you simply won't get any creative work done.

Have a great (creative) weekend.

First image by unknown. Second image by Josh Olins in Dazed & Confused 2008.

Succulents and cacti

I can't get enough of them.
Here are some I've instagrammed (the first I just received as a gift yesterday).


2013 already



The end of 2012 is nigh and that means it's a very special time of year for illustrators and designers.

It's the season where designers and illustrators work their butts off trying to convince us regular folk to buy their over-priced yet oh so lovely diaries and calendars. You know the ones, they're so pretty that after you buy them you never use them lest you ruin them with your cheap pens and poor handwriting. (Am I the only one who does this?)

But if I was to buy one this year, it would be this Cities calendar from the Rifle Paper Co. Let's ignore it's uselessness for now and just focus on the lovely illustrations. So pretty.


Let's go Sao Paulo



I'll be visiting Sao Paulo this December and I BEYOND excited. I think we have fiiiinally locked down some accommodation (thank you google translate) so now I can get on with researching neighbourhoods to explore.

Have you been to Sao Paulo? Any recommendations?

Pics pinned from my 'Travel to Brazil' Pinterest pin board.

Freakin weekend

Hey team. Just wishing you all a fabbo weekend.

I'd like to also announce (like it matters?!) that I won't be regularly posting Friday Finds or Music for Mondayitis posts anymore. Quite frankly I don't listen to enough music or much music besides Ryan Adams to warrant a weekly music post. I've been starting to feel like a fraud. If you're desperate for cool tunes head over to For Me For You, she's the one who inspired my posts in the first place.

I hope y'all understand.

Til next week.


Guilt-free creativity




The other day, I spent a fair amount of time on the site 99U. It's the sort of creative thinking site where I can spend an hour feeling like I'm researching when really I'm just procrastinating. The article Guilt-Free Creativity: Stop Kicking Yourself & Start Producing by Elizabeth Grace Saunders really grabbed me. Was she writing just to me!?


We've all been there: You finally carve out the time to work on a big creative project and then you... choke. 
After counting on this break to really produce something, you're suddenly paralyzed by performance anxiety. 
But instead of showing up as fear on the surface, it manifests itself as guilt. If you don't proceed with caution, you can soon fritter away your creative fortune on nickel and dime activities.







Elizabeth goes on to list three challenges (and their solutions) that I'm currently facing:
  1. Guilt That You Have More Time Than Others
  2. Guilt That You're Not Making Money
  3. Guilt That You Are Progressing Too Slowly

I highly recommend the article even if you think this doesn't apply to you right now. I finished it comforted I wasn't alone but also armed with ways to knock back any creeping guilt.

Are you ever inclined to feel this way? Leave a comment if so.

These stunning photographs are by Magdalena Lutek of Nishe Photography. Found via Booooom.

Personal Pantone Pixel Project



Originally I was going to make an abstract image from the pixels but then I realised that a load of Pantone swatches are pretty abstract anyway and it would be much more interesting to create something personal. So this is an image of my mum and dad looking nice and positive in a kind of utopian world. The main challenge, and therefore the most interesting thing about this, was that I could only use each colour once. 
Rob Penny

What



It's been a few days of 'WHAT!?' for me. Almost every email I've received has left me a little 'huh?'

Great pic from an unknown source. I promise, I tried to find the source.

Short: What's a girl doing here?

Loud flashes of yellow are all around you in New York—46,000 taxi sedans, vans and SUVs streaking the streets. Yet, only about 170 of them are driven by women, a percentage even lower than the national average. In all my years of hopping into cabs here, and elsewhere, I never met a female driver until I shot this documentary. 
Diana Diroy
   

Work, work, work


Action is hope. At the end of each day, when you’ve done your work, you lie there and think, Well, I’ll be damned, I did this today. It doesn’t matter how good it is, or how bad—you did it. At the end of the week you’ll have a certain amount of accumulation. At the end of a year, you look back and say, I’ll be damned, it’s been a good year. 
Ray Bradbury

Image from Upon A Fold. Quote found via Swiss Miss.

Two things at once



That's Lena Dunham in the doco Press Pause Play that I am yet to watch in full.

I do this. Do you?

I wonder how it influences our creative output -  not just in for better or worse but in the type of work our generation creates.

Music for Mondayitis

STUCK. IN. MY. HEAD.

A Friday Find



A nice weekend for swimming perhaps?


Photo: Kate and James on the set of Titanic. Did you read this week that Leo hated swimming on set? Source: Unknown.

Clams

Recently, I posted a film festival poster with a bunch of frequently used lines. The types of lines from movies your hear over and over again.

Not long after that I was listening to Scriptnotes, the weekly podcast from screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin (which if you have any interest in screenwriting you must listen to) and they delved into this crazy world of clams*.

John: So shall we do this? “Are you ready?”

Craig: “I was born ready.”

John: “Are you sitting down?”

Craig: “Let’s get out of here!”

John: “_____ is my middle name.”

Craig: “Is that all you got?” “I’m just getting started.”

John: “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”

Craig: “Don’t you die on me!”

John: “Tell my wife and kids I love them.”

Craig: “Breathe, dammit!”

John: “Cover me. I’m going in.”

Craig: “He’s standing right behind me, isn’t he?”

And that's not even a third of the list they go through. Download Episode 52 of Scriptnotes here. The list starts about 12.50 but listen from 11.30 for the full into. It's a lot of fun.

Tell me, do you have a favourite?
I'm a sucker for an over-acted "NNNOOOOOoooooooooooooooo!"



*Clams as they state, is a term coined by writer Jane Espensen who's now dormant blog is still a rich source of screenwriting insights.

Why I... By Suzy

Back in July I wrote a post about Why I work alone and pondered the value of an extrovert vs introvert debate. Quite a few of you offered up your thoughts on the matter in the comments so I thought it would be a topic worth discussing more.

Suzy has kindly offered to weigh in with a follow up on her life as an 'extrovert fraud'...




"I'm an extrovert."

I'm sure this wasn't a lie at one point; I used to make lifelong friends in hotel swimming pools in cities across the country. I struck up conversation with every person to cross my path. First to arrive, last to leave. My days and nights were filled with parties and shows and road trips and, you know, just people.

I also loved writing and reading and art and music, but those things felt very isolating to me. You couldn't get together with a big group of friends and play piano. You couldn't go to a party and plant yourself in a corner with a notebook. At least, I, the extrovert, couldn't.

I honestly don't know what happened.

It might have been that summer that I lived in the mountains and began going for long walks in the woods by myself purely because there was just no one else around. Or it could have been the result of living in dorms for two years during college and feeling like there was always someone else around. Either way, after a few years of feeling increasingly awkward and annoyed and obligated, it came down to a weekend I spent out of town with about a thousand too-many friends when, after having locked myself in the bathroom for the fifth time in two hours just to get away from all the people, I realized it and said it out loud to the mirror, which appeared to be listening very intently and seemed just as puzzled as I was:

"I'm an introvert?"

This might sound ridiculous, but everything changed after that moment. Because up until that point, I almost felt guilty about spending time by myself: as though I were wasting moments I could spend with people. As though "alone time" was something selfish, something wrong. So this was like a present to me from me: the realization and acceptance of the fact that while I do need other people, because I think we all do, I get my energy from withdrawing to a quiet place and being alone. It makes me better able to function, better able to actually care for others and be more productive. I've become less anxious, less irritated with people, less ready to rip my hair out at a simple supper invitation.

But the change hasn't been purely physical, or purely relational, or purely anything. It's all connected, and when I discover something about myself and make the right changes, it touches on everything about me. So it makes sense that out of this realization came a burst of creative energy. All of the things that I'd previously enjoyed but never had time for, I made time for. I started writing, drawing, painting, playing, exploring, studying, reading, trying, experimenting... I stretched myself, gave myself projects that were hard. I threw them out, started over. When I sat down to work on something, I gave myself time for it, without worrying that I should be calling a friend up instead. Because I worked alone, I felt no pressure to do things perfectly the first time, or even the fifth time. I could put myself out there exactly when I wanted to, and by that time if no one else seemed to appreciate what I'd done, at least it was something I liked, so I didn't really care.

I started going to shows by myself, art galleries by myself, walks around the neighbourhood to look at graffiti and take pictures by myself. I found that I observed things so much better when I didn't have things filtered through someone else's opinion. I figured out what I actually thought about things, what I liked and didn't, and was able to take that back to my own work. To you, this might sound obvious, but it wasn't to me.

I'm not a professional by any means, and maybe I never will be--I quit my job as a receptionist to teach piano lessons out of my living room and take random design jobs for fun. But I like being in this place and enjoying this process and learning to take care of my sweet little brain so it can function at its max cap. Kind of like finding a pair of shoes that fits after wearing ones three sizes too small for years and years.

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Thank you so much Suzy. Please visit Suzy's blog for more of her fantastic writing, hilarious musings and Taylor Swift bangs. You can purchase products featuring her designs here.

I hope to follow this up with more posts on the topic. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Photo by Helmut Newton. Found on Pinterest (where else?)

Music For Mondayitis



Meet The Clues and their track This Year.



I'm loving this track and video. The seasonal changes in the video are super cute. It impressive that they took what could have been a straightforward performance video and pushed it with style and avoided over editing.

I'm looking forward to more from this Brisbane based band.

A Friday Find



What are your plans for this weekend?Have a good one.

Photo: The Misfits set. Source: Unknown.

Cake



It's my birthday and all I can think about is cake. Cake in general, and that cake above specifically. That cake was the best cake I've ever eaten. Baked and iced by my new sister-in-laws and topped with a illustration by my brand new husband. Wedding cake is the best type of cake. Birthday cake comes second.

Excuse the weird metal tray it's on (you can see it in the corner) but that's exactly the tray the reception venue staff brought the cake out on. What the?

Also, my favourite blog post on cake is here (it features Britney and Hitchcock).

Music for Mondayitis


A song I just can't get of my head, to start the week. While I love Tom Petty's original, Dawn Lendes cover of I won't back down is pretty incredible.


If you're looking to buy it, it's the bonus track at the end of You Alone, the final track on her Fireproof album. It starts around 4:20.

Photo above via Stereogum.


A Friday Find




Are you eating a rose this weekend!?

Photo: Scarlett Johansson. Source: Unknown.

Paper birds


entirely hand-cut from coloured card

How incredible is this wall-mounted bird by Lydia Shirreff on etsy. I found it on pinterest via Hello Tiger.

Joy of Destruction



A pretty awesome (and bloody) stop motion video feature many many many scenes of animals, humans and other things being destroyed. Visually stunning and clever. Have fun!

Made by Xaver Xylophon together with Laura Junger.

Music for Mondayitis



My mate Andrew has kicked off a new musical project with this clip and single under the moniker Young Cairo.


It's a very catchy song and available as a free download for a limited time. The video is by a former colleague of mine Josh Whiteman. Go Josh! All design done by Young Cairo himself.


A Friday Find



Earlier this week, Mathieu Ravier tweeted his recreation of a North By Northwest scene in the very room it was shot. Super cute!

Have a great weekend (and last day of August!)

Uncanny casting


I'm a big fan of Jesse Plemons ever since he payed the lovable Landry on Friday Night Lights and I am very excited to see he is playing the son of Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master. Yes!



But do you know who else I so desperately want him to act next to? Matt Damon. On screen they have the same presence and even mannerisms at times.



Can you see it? Apparently, Plemons played the younger Matt Damon in All The Pretty Horses, but that's not what I'm after. I want a full movie, multiple scenes, the two of them side by side. Someone in Hollywood please! Make this happen!!

Top two images screenshot from The Master trailer. The third image screenshot from the Margaret trailer.

I'm Gonna Make It Better



Pretty cool typographic video from Sebastianbap on Vimeo AND/OR a manifesto for designers.

Perfect lines


A charming poster for the New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) by Wing.

Music for Mondayitis



Thanks for you patience while I was ill last week. I am feeling MUCH better now. I wanted to kick the week off with some musical funny-ness. The clip above is titled Door Does Impression of Miles Davis  which doesn't need any explaining. The clip below, is my favourite Miles Davis song My Funny Valentine. Ahhh Jazz.

A week off



Forgive me, but I must take a week off. I'm too unwell to manage the blog, emails and my job.

I am however updating my 'designed' board on pinterest a fair amount as it's a great place for me to save relevant work resources. So if you're looking for inspiration head over there.

Please check back next Monday for my usual blend of posts.

Cheers
B

Sick



Yep, this week was a right off. I don't even feel better after 2.5 days in bed. Wish me well, and have a great weekend.

Image: Weather or Thermometer app concept via dribbbble.

ST()RY



Design idea: A logo that evolves it's theme every six weeks.
Via.

Music for Mondayitis: Friends and familly



It's always a long story when you end up at a gig for 3 bands you have never heard of, so I will skip the story and just say that New York band Friends put on the best show I've ever accidentally ended up at. Their song I'm His Girl has since been constantly loop in my head.



Today's second track is from Haim, a group of “three sisters and a mister" from California. I discovered these guys last week via the Time article 11 Great Bands You Don’t Know (But Should). Read it!

A Friday Find


Hey team. Hope you've all had a great week in blog-land as well as on real land (or on water, if you live on a boat).

What's the weekend hold for you? I'll be going book shopping clearly, and praying that Sydney's sun comes back. You?

Bookish



I really want to get my hands on this book that I found in the archives of the brilliant graphic design blog September Industry.

As the title implies, Graphic Design for Fashion opens the door to the world of graphic design for fashion bringing together a well-curated selection of contemporary work, accompanied by interviews in which the studios reveal something of their process for expressing themselves creatively and exclusive insights into the projects themselves.

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Frank Chimero, designer and design writer has a library section on his site that's made me realise I haven't read a proper design book in over 4 years. For writers he recommends Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird which also I recommend to every writer I meet. So based on that, I can presume the other recommendations are top notch.

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And as I wrote the tittle of this post, I remembered the web platform book.ish that has some incredible branding and a great logo to boot.

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Do you have any great design or writing books you could recommend to me? Better still, how many on Frank Chimeros list have you read? My score is a measly 4.

Ballet at 1000 frames per second



Marina Kanno and Giacomo Bevilaqua from Staatsballett Berlin perform several jumps captured in slow motion at 1000 frames per second. Directed by Simon Iannelli & Johannes Berger.

Watching the Olympics, I have become fascinated by athleticism and what the body can achieve. This video fits into the fascination.

Cocobella



I found a great new font this week, the hand painted Cocobella at YouWorkForThem. While the client I found it for didn't approve it, I still bought it and will find a use for it one day soon.

It's currently on sale for just $14.50.

If youre interested in hand drawn typefaces you'll probably get a fonty kick out of my post on How To Choose A Hand Drawn Font.

Faces on screen



This video, Faces: 105 of Cinema's Most Beautiful Close-Ups should be renamed Faces: 105 of Cinema's Most Beautiful Moments because they're really less about the camera technique and more about the acting. A highlight: 1:47 - Lauren Bacall - wow.

From Flavorwire on Vimeo.

The Other Woman



If you have watched the latest season of Mad Men then you might be interested in this discussion on The Daily Beast about the episode titled The Other Woman. (A three word non-spoilery reminder of the episode would be to say: Joan, Jaguar, partners.)

Show creator Matthew Weiner and star Christina Hendricks offer an oral history of the heartbreaking, Emmy-nominated Joan episode, the first of a two-part conversation. 

Hendricks: There were very few options for women at this time at work. As a single mother, how do you rise at work? How do you make more money? How do you support your family? Luckily, we have a lot more options these days. It’s not fair to compare the situation to 2012, but people can’t help it because that’s where we live, and that’s what we do, and that’s who we are. We get emotional, thinking, “I would never do that. I can’t believe it.” Well, you would never do it now.


If you've seen it, what are your thoughts on the episode. I will reply with mine. I'd like to keep the post spoiler free if that's okay!

Full article here.

Music for Mondayitis

No tracks today, just these hilarious music relate someecards for you to peruse.

someecards.com - Let's enjoy Beck's musical genius without ever wondering if his albums are some sort of giant Scientology experiment

someecards.com - I feel a profound connection to you based on the music in your shared iTunes folder

someecards.com - The latest antidepressants are still no match for the latest Radiohead album

someecards.com - My new favorite bands are pretty much my old favorite bands



Is this post cheating? It's just I'm not listening to much at the moment.

A Friday Find



Above: Jack on the set of The Shining with Stanley.

So what are you up to this weekend?

Where Gilda and hand lettering meet



Today I discovered the site We Love Typography, which I wish I knew about ages ago. You should check it out. This poster really stood out to me and I thought it would be worth posting along with a link to Camilla of nao me mande flores post on Rity Hayworth as Gilda.

She’s so pretty, so sweet and so sexy… 
They really don’t make muses like they used to.

Inspired delight

Sufjan Stevens Concert Trailer: Age of Adz / Prospect Park from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.


I'm currently working on video designs for a live stage show and hunted down this Sufjan Stevens promo as inspiration. The Age of Adz tour was a true visual feast and in my top 3 concert experiences of all time.

There's so much visual goodness to this: neon, costumes, dancing, wings, animation, the lighting! Ahh. Did anyone else see this tour?

A well designed coffee pun


A well designed coffee pun as spotted by Will Miles. It made me smile :D

Music for Mondayitits


After spending the weekend with my 14 year-old bro and listening to countless tracks I've never heard of (who knew Pitbull has more than one song!) I've returned to old favourites this morning - Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Nina Simone.







Make Lionel Bigger


A former collegeague of mine, Dave Glass (affectionately known as Dangerous Dave) has embarked on a crazy/brilliant/incredible project to make Lionel Richie BIGGER. Just watch the video to hear him explain it:



And if you didn't watch the video:

Inspired by the "hello" video we want to celebrate 30 years of Lionel Richie music by making a giant sculpture of his head. There will be a telephone ringing inside the head sculpture. People will be able to walk inside, pick up the phone and hear Lionel Richie's beautiful voice.






Ok team. we have to get on it! Less than 48 hours to go and the kickstarter goal is still two thirds short. Why not pitch in and help this crazy idea come to life!


Click here to contribute now.

Also a big congrats to Dave, I'm very impressed.


Why I create

Given that the primary topic of this blog is often film, and that I've spoken specifically about the movie, I feel it would be remiss of me to not touch on the tragedy of Aurora.

Of the act itself I have nothing to add. I'll show my respect, sadness and sympathies by not dissecting the event as the media has done. Rather I'll use this as an opportunity to mention the why. Why we create movies, stories, videos, posters, art and so on.

On Sunday, a friend who had seen The Dark Knight Rises (after the shooting) said that she watched it in a state of 'ick'. She was grossed out by the film because it was as if the shooting had amplified the grossness of the violence on screen. I haven't seen it so I cannot comment on if this would be true for me but what she said next really struck me, she said:

"Why do we make these things? Why do we create horror
and violence and then feed it to ourselves?"

I couldn't answer straight away because it really struck a chord. In fact I can't even answer right now. So I'll just leave that thought here for a day or two. Feel free to add a comment to help me think it through. x

Exploding nature



This shot by David Bellemere reminded me of Exploding People. Via.

Changed



Tonight my bedroom received a rearrangement make over. My contribution was limited to repeating 'measure it be before you move it' every 10 minutes like the nagging wife I am.

It's been crazy hectic for me in life and work lately and as I type this from my bed, which is 90 degrees different than it was this morning, I feel like I am in a hotel! A fancy hotel! This room is a whole new space... and the air is lighter.

Who new a little rearrangement of furniture could be so relaxing. Or perhaps it's because I know that the dumping ground know as 'under the bed' has been cleared out. De-clutter ftw!


Image above from my pinterest board named home