Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Artist Evening Part 2

 I came across the most beautiful art work by Charmaine Olivia.   Not all of her work is silhouettes but these are just my favorite. Maybe tattoo worthy... *wink wink*  Well maybe not, I dont have the room. Here is her blog. I love when I find new artist. It makes me happy and so inspired!
rebecca flowers

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The amazing things in my grandmas house

Merry Christmas Everyone!!! 
Today I went to my grand ma mas for Christmas Eve like I do every year. I got some sweet presents but that is not what this is about.. My grandma has an amazing collection of ceramic statues that she has made over the years. I swear she has made hundreds. On Thanksgiving she told me that she didnt like her statues to look natural. Whats so special about a brown cat? She decided to go with pink instead. She is a rebel. I love that. I took pictures of my favorites and the ones and you will be jealous that I will get them some day. Not all of these she made but most of them. Now my head hurts and I must finish painting my moms present. I'll show the finished painting soon. 
Goodnight my loves,



creeped out?

I want these lovely deers soo much.

 a little dusty but awesome

this isnt the cat I was referring to.. 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Secret Santa!

Oh my goodness I feel like I have so much to say. I never do though. I'm just not good with words. I never have been. Now, this was the last week of my first semester of school at American Academy of Art. AHHH! I'm really proud of myself. I havent gotten my grades yet but I know its around two A's, one B, and a P (passing).  My school is set up kind of odd, I have the same students in all of my classes all week long. For a year. In a way it feels like grade school, but I have become super close with a lot of my classmates. Its also funny that my boyfriend Mike is in the exact same classes as me. We had two secret Santa presents to buy. One was for the entire class and the other was just for our close group of  friends class.  Mike and I actually got the same girl and she loves crocheting. Instead of going to Hobby Lobby or Michael's we wanted to find better store. Being the adorable boyfriend he is, he found this great yarn store called Loopy Yarns. It was pretty much heaven inside. It is organized by color and they have classes too.  I cant wait save some money and go to town. Maybe do some yarn bombing soon!

This is the scarf I made for my secret santa. She loved it. It looked even cuter on her. Below is what it looked like on me. A very exhausted look me apparently...
ps. this is my new funky hair cut and color. I'm eh about it.

I got the best presents from my secret Santas. The first was from my best art school friend, Bri. She got me a vintage kitty and deer figure and a She & Him record. She also made me a jewelry box that she hand painted and drew my three kitties on it and an owl. I love it so much!! My second Santa got me an owl piggy bank and hand painted owl! It was so sweet of her because in class her and I aren't very close.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

bunnies are just the cutest

Just tell me bunnies arent the cutest!  Then I will kill you! I've always wanted one. When Mike and I get our own apartment I think we have to get one. It would have to be those ones giant bunnies. Bigger than our cats! I hope they get along. Do any of you guys have a bunny and kitty that get along?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Vespers inspired Jewelrey

Like I said yesterday in support of  Voice of the Vespers I wanted to share with you guys these beautiful steam punk inspired jewelry. Who doesnt love etsy?  I would die to have any of these. Merry Christmas to me??!?!?

Butterfly Steampunk Watch Parts Necklace found here

Skeleton Globe Pocket Watch Oxidized Necklace found here

Steampunk Necklace Silver Bee Watch found here

Pocket Watch Necklace found  here


Vintage Clockwork Cuff Steam punk Bracelet found here

Monday, December 13, 2010

Voice of the Vespers

Hello ladies, I want you guys to look at this sweet trailer for a independent movie called Voice of the Vespers. It's written and directed by a Chicago filmmaker named Matthew James Van Howe. Check out the website if you like what you see!!

 Here is some Q & A with Matthew James Van Howe 

Q: Tell me a little about yourself creatively/personally.

A: At heart, I see myself as a storyteller.  I come from a music background and have written all sorts of music from classical to industrial.  All of my music feels like a story, whether it has lyrics or not.  I have also dabbled in writing and fashion.  I love talking to people and I’m a pretty excitable person.  I get pumped about creating anything and love collaborating to make the best possible realization of an idea.  I also like being able to share my creations with other people so they can enjoy it, too.
Q: What first got you interested in film and directing?
A: I started making short films in high school sort of messing around with friends, and then later in life, my buddy Acid from Fashion Bomb asked me if I could cut together a music video for him using archival footage of old movies.  Being a musician, I think I have a natural talent for a time based medium like editing, and I ended up really enjoying it, and kept going from there.
Q: Who is your favorite film director? And who are your influences?
A: I’d have to say Robert Rodriguez is my favorite film director.  I have long been inspired by his independence and speed in filmmaking.  He can do every aspect of filmmaking from camera work to editing to writing to sound, and do it well.  My influences would be Stanley Kubrick, Robert Rodriguez, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, and Woody Allen.

Q: What is your film about?
A: Voice of the Vespers takes place now, but in an alternate timeline where the nobility rules.  The nobles, called Proprietors, are the only people that have Vespers, and they are fighting over them.  Some of the Proprietors are altruistic, but some want the Vespers all for themselves.

Q: How did you get the idea for Voice of the Vespers?
A: I was on a road trip with my wife and just brought up the topic of making a feature film.  I wanted to have a few characters all after the same thing.  I started with money, and then my wife brought it more abstract to the idea of a soul, if it was a tangible thing.  Then we thought about the motivations of the different characters, and it evolved from there.

Q: What the heck is a Vesper?
A: It is a collection of someone’s past lives all rolled up into one orb of organic energy.

Q: Describe the costumes and design in this movie.
A: When I first started talking to Jennifer Quinn, the costume designer, the script wasn’t even finished yet, but the costumes were an integral part of the look of the movie.  I told her that I wanted to combine Gangs of New York with The Matrix.  The film has a sleek, urban feel, while incorporating Neo-Victorian ideas.  I wanted to have the settings relatable, but also add splashes of steam punk here and there.

Q: What is steam punk? Why did you choose this look?
A: Steam punk is a science fiction sub-culture where steam is still one of the primary sources of power.  It is heavily influenced by the Victorian time period and their perceptions of how the future would be.  I primarily incorporated the style and a few of the props have Victorian ideas of how futuristic devices would function.  I chose the look because I wanted the world of Voice of the Vespers to be instantly recognizable as a different place and time from our own.  I also really love the style personally.
Q: What are you working on next?
A: Next, I am making either a gay romantic comedy, or a surrealist film about a failed science experiment in Spanish called Tiburón.

Inspired by Voice of the Vespers I found these steam punk inspired images.... SO BEAUTIFUL! And tomorrow I'm going to post lots of steam punk styled jewelery. Get excited!