Friday, March 30, 2012

Day 139!

A day in the city! As if I don't already spend my days there.

I had to go to another art exhibit for class. I specifically picked this certain one (which will stay unnamed) because the artist was the director of a movie my sister really likes. Also from the gallery's website the paintings seemed pretty interesting, with a Tim Burton sorta look. Well when I got there it do I describe it?

Basically I found the scenery out the window to hold my interest more than what was inside the building. Guess my views on contemporary art hasn't changed in the last month.

After the gallery I met up with Dan, heading to Gramercy to see the amazing...

This Providence!

Then Go Radio! Or as my sister accidentally called them "OK Go Radio". This was probably better than when my Stepdad said he was working for Sunday and Taking Back Thursday a few years back.

(OK) Go Radio was amazingly awesome, as well as This Providence. I'm hoping they get added to Warped Tour this year.

"And it's days like today life gets great."

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Day 138!

Not again...
So the place that has been employing me for the last 4 1/2 years is closing! It comes as no surprise, we all expected it with the lease being up and any store in the chain with an expiring lease seemed to be closing, so we knew. However it still sucks.

I know how awful/sad it's going to be as we go further into the closing process. Working at a store that is GOB is nothing new to me. I used to work at Rag Shop until they closed as well. Seeing a pattern? Check out Craig's list for my listing, I'll be selling my bad luck services shortly lol.

"I've got a new job now on the unemployment line."

Friday, March 23, 2012

Day 137!

Seasonal dishes! Ahh I love these things.

"Rice Crispies wouldn't talk to him and he got really pissed..."

Monday, March 19, 2012

Day 136!

"Surely," I said, "surely that is something at my window lattice."

At school the other day doing some homework, I was distracted by this little guy tapping at the window. Crazy pigeon, just staring at me. I think he was flaunting the fact that he was out enjoying the nice weather and I was stuck inside. Don't understand how it's still technically winter and the weather is acting as if it's mid-May. Not complaining.

"Winter days make me say what the hey."

Friday, March 16, 2012

The little bit of random...

"What is the dimensional difference between beauty and something repellent?"

Recently I wrote a paper about how the contemporary views of beauty shape the way I look at myself. Interesting topic because you can go either way with this, either blaming the media for being close minded with their commercial beauty through the use of fashion models and such, or praise the media for becoming more diverse, like with Dove and several makeup companies using more than the type A person.

I'm not going to say which way I went since it's not relevant right now... After I wrote my five page paper I thought for a moment, why do contemporary, or any views at all, shape the way I look at myself? I thought how ridiculous it was that outside factors have an influence over how I feel about myself. Is it fair?

So I you think the media and their idea of beauty shape the way you perceive yourself?

And I pose a second question...why do we let outside factors influence the way we feel about ourselves?

For my paper I quoted two Twilight Zone episodes. One being "Eye of the Beholder".

It's interesting that views of beauty change the way we look at ourselves. Here ideal beauty is the nurse and doctor. Ms. Tyler, in the middle, she's considered hideous. Now when you look at the faces, which is more appealing? Ms. Tyler of course, but because the pig-like faces next to her happen to be the norm  it's considered they are beautiful. Welcome to the Twilight Zone realities of today.

"Who makes all these rules and conditions and statute..."

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Day 135!

Not so long ago I wrote about a four part display I was doing. Here is the final update... It's done!
Basically I had to display one item as if it was being sold in four different ways. The item I picked were aviator sunglasses.
These photos aren't the greatest. I did them in a rush, so maybe I can post better photos after spring break. Let's hope they're still intact.

This is my Versace display. In the back you can see why I needed to dye plastic. The cellophane seemed to work quite well though.

This is J. Crew. My sketch made me think this display was going to be my best, and maybe because there is so much open space, I like this one the least. I also find that it looks more like a display at J. Crew's Liquor Store in Tribeca. Which isn't bad at all because I love that store's design, but I wasn't going for that. I do however find my picture frames to be kinda killer and I want to replicate the newspaper and polka dots in larger frames and hang them in my bedroom.

Macy's! This was the most nerve wracking, only for the fact that my professor works for Macy's and I really didn't want to mess this one up.

And lastly, my personal display. It was up to me how I wanted this one to look. So of course I made it music themed, using drumsticks, guitar strings (the background sunglasses) and a ridiculous amount of guitar picks (the floor). I was told it was sacrilege ruining those records for my background. It may have been, especially since I made sure to pick out decent music too. Rodger Daltrey, Chicago and J. Geils Band (the best!).

A girl asked me why I chose my store to be music related, especially since last semester I designed a music store. She wanted to know my deal with music. With little explanation I told her I really like music and that's all. But it's a bit more than that. So here's a more in depth response. I can probably relate anything to music, or a song without even trying ( i.e. closing my posts lol). Music has been my life since my dad would blast Bowie in the house making the walls shake (literally), music has been my obsession since I used to put on Spice Girl concerts for my grandparents, since I spent most of my high school years sitting side stage at Birch Hill or some other venue watching bands play or when I flew to California on whim to watch one of my favorite bands play their last show. It's one of my favorite things in life, so it makes sense to use it.  I mean if there is an opportunity to incorporate music, and it works in the context, why not use it, right?

"Do you belong to a song?"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 134!

I'm really lucky to have a personal stylist.

Scout often helps me decide on what to wear. Like here, choosing between the beige or striped sweater. In the end we opted for a bolero. He has such an eye for fashion.

"Fashion! Turn to the left. Fashion! Turn to the right. Oooh, fashion!"