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.
My bestie Airen is getting hitched this weekend! She has been one of my go-to girls for a long time. Seeing her this happy as she marries a great man makes my heart genuinely smile.
In true Airen fashion, she is having a very intimate ceremony outside of Palm Springs. My hubby, Jeffrey and I will be traveling to the beautiful California desert to see Airen and her man tie the knot. Palm Springs has always been one of our favorite weekend getaway locations. It organically gives off this positive energy that immediately makes us feel calm. We are also big supporters of other designers, which got us excited about the Desert X installation. Yes, this exhibit opened in the Coachella Valley many months back, and featured a collection of site-specific art pieces installed in the desert landscape. However, the public viewing stopped this past Spring - boo!
But, the good news is that it will be returning from February 9th - April 21, 2019. That seems like a long ways away, but people from around the world are already signing up!
Here are a few pics from the last Desert X installation - it features pieces by huge names in contemporary art including Doug Aitken, Lita Albuquerque, Jennifer Bolande, Will Boone, Claudia Comte, Jeffrey Gibson, Sherin Guirguis, Norma Jeane, Glenn Kaino, Gabriel Kuri, Armando Lerma, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Julião Sarmento, Phillip K. Smith III and Tavares Strachan.
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!
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.