On the fourth day of January in 2016, Windy Chien was at home in San Francisco in her backyard woodworking shed, aware of the new year ahead. She had an actual ‘lightbulb moment,' that would ignite her creativity to her whole other level.
Six days, six graffiti artists - thats what it took to give a vibrant look to three 250-feet high walls of a Noida, India mall. The artists, who were members of the Delhi Street Art group, drew graffiti on the theme of women's empowerment, on the top floor of the mall.
I recently found this wonderful article honoring Mexico's greatest female artists, and just had to share it with all of you! Many of us are familiar with Frida Kahlo, who was a complete game changer! In post-revolutionary Mexico, the surrealist artist celebrated indigenous heritage through her paintings – mostly self portraits – at a time when the country’s national identity was fragmented. Kahlo placed her own identities – disabled, gender-bending, bisexual, woman, and communist – front and center in her autobiographical pieces. In the decades since, her works have made her a feminist and LGBTQ icon. She’s now recognized as one of Mexico’s greatest artists and cultural icons.
When I created H-A-L-E.com, I was motivated to bring the spotlight to women in design. Through all my years in the creative world, I've found that women and their success in the industry are not talked about enough. To be more frank - women are not talked about enough. So, throughout my site, you will will continue to see me bring attention to the women that have made their mark (and inspired so many of us!) in a very masculine driven field.
With that said, I wanted to bring my little blog of a light to Florence Knoll (Knoll.com) as she celebrates her 100th birthday today! This is one woman who certainly deserves some praise!
With more than 2,000 exhibitors from over 165 countries showing during Milan Design Week, it’s no wonder that the annual city-wide festival is regarded as a launchpad and forecast for the most anticipated design news and launches of the coming year. Sound overwhelming?
This is going to be the best seven days of this calendar year yet. Let's all take a moment and disregard the craziness that "Mercury in Retrograde" has recently set upon us, and focus on the beauty and inspiration that is going to light up our coming days. Yes, I am talking about the combination of the start of Milan Design Week and the celebration of #NationalPetDay! For those of you that know me best, you can attest that design is at the very top of my list of loves, but my passion for animals (particularly my cat, Lola) is a close second.
One of the many benefits of being an owner of an architecture and design firm is traveling to various conferences throughout the country, and checking out what is the latest and greatest products currently on the market.My creative agency, Bar Napkin Productions in Phoenix, Arizona focuses on architecture, design, and branding in the hospitality industry. So, we are always eager to find new products that will not just knock our socks off, but that can also be incorporated into our upcoming projects.
Expressing yourself through sculpture is just like any other kind of art form. The only difference is that sculpting is a 3D dimensional art form compared to the likes of painting or drawing. In addition, there is an architectural element to sculpting which makes me appreciate the process and final product even more. When I first learned about Barbara Nanning I was immediately inspired with how she was able to perfect the craft of combining tradition and innovation.
It is easy to assume that people who work in the creative industry have an easy time getting inspired. The truth is that the majority of us understand that creativity requires some kind of spark of light or an ah-ha moment that gets us excited. And, when we get excited, we get productive (and may I even say provocative?). It is that simple. Being provocative is a balance between relatable, even identifiable, but with a later of edge and suggestion.