Monday, August 29th, 2016
I love Instagram because I discover so many new talents and interesting people every day. One of them is installation artist Alexa Meade. You might not get immediately what she’s doing because it’s just too amazing. I wouldn’t say I’m a massive fan of installations but you can actually never say something like that, can you? I just didn’t know and haven’t seen all these amazing installation artists out there.
So, what is installation artist Alexa Meade doing? Her art looks like paintings but these paintings are photographed because they’re real people and objectives created as a 2D painting. Oh my gosh, right?! Not only is the idea brilliant, the execution is even more phenomenal. I love a great illusion. The fun part is to observe Alexa Meade painting her models. The process is as important as the outcome in her work. Check out her YouTube channel where she shows you how she paints.
I wanted to find out more about the installation artist Alexa Meade and watched this TED Talk where she talks about how she started. You’ll probably watch the 7-minutes Ted Talk but if not here’s an even shorter summary. Originally, she was studying political science but when she finished her degree all she wanted to do is experimenting with paint in her parents’ basement. She was fascinated by shadows and wanted to capture them. Pretty soon it was not only the shadows she wanted to retain but also the dimensions of the surroundings, e.g. people. Her first experiment was with a friend and it turned out pretty amazing. Since then she found some other candidates and herself to practice her idea.
Do you want to know what I added to my wish list? Being painted by Alexa Meade one day. That would be just too amazing. Spread the word so she can read this!
Have you ever heard of her?
Monday, August 22nd, 2016
I love interviews and getting to know people behind their ideas, projects or businesses. I went to Secret 7” twice in the last two years and always thought it’s such an amazing idea. I was lucky that my boyfriend knew the founder of Secret 7” so I asked Kevin a few questions.
Let me know if you have heard of Secret 7” before. I can’t wait to see the next “exhibition”. I actually wanted to take part this year but then time was flying; you probably know what I mean. Count me in for next year, though. Promised!
And now the interview!
1. Can you briefly describe what Secret 7” is & how the idea was born?
Since 2012 Secret 7″ has been combining music and art for good causes. Each year we take 7 tracks from 7 of the best-known musicians around and press each one 100 times to 7″ vinyl. We then invite creatives from around the world to interpret the tracks in their own style for every 7″. The resulting 700 sleeves are for exhibition and then sold for £50 apiece. You don’t know who created the sleeve, or which song it’s for until you have parted with your cash – the secret lies within. To date, we’ve raised over £170,000 for charities.
The idea came about while I was working at Universal Music. The staff was challenged to come forward with fundraising ideas and inspired by the RCA postcard sale, Secret 7″ was my response.
2.What has been your greatest success with Secret 7” so far?
I’d say successfully developing it year after year. The core concept of the show has stayed the same but we’ve grown into a month-long exhibition with a programme of events and various bonus material. This year we had sleeve making workshops with artists, talks, hosted a sleepover, gave the public the chance to record live to vinyl at the exhibition, reanimated a vintage jukebox and commissioned seven unique turntables with Thierry Noir and Rega. We’re a small team of two (see last photo), and when I step back and look what we output each year it’s incredible.
3. What has been your most favourite sleeve of the past 5 years?
That’s a really tough question. I’ve 3,500 to choose from now! I’ll reference two sleeves, one by Non-Format (who sealed the record inside a concrete block) and the other Boneface, both for Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer last year. They are equally brilliant in their execution and yet worlds apart, I think they show how wonderfully different two people can interpret a track through the project.
4. How long does it take you to organise such a big event?
A lot of hours! We’ll almost start picking up conversations with partners and venues for the following year as soon as one show ends. It gets really hectic and sleep deprived from December till May for the two of us.
5. If you don’t organise the Secret 7” show what do you do?
Now that 2016’s show has come to a close we’re exploring more projects as Goodness, using our skills and network across music/art to deliver meaningful campaigns.
6. Last but least, how do you stay creative?
Good question. If I’m looking for inspiration I’ll get out in the world – walks, holidays or a drive. If I can’t go far and need a clear mind I’ll have a shower. At peak madness bringing Secret 7″ together, I’ll shower three or four times in a day.
I’ll update you as soon as I know when the next Secret 7” show starts again.
Monday, August 15th, 2016
Last week, I went to the Mayfield Lavender Fields close to London. It was such a cool trip that I needed to share it with you. There were several reasons why I wanted to go there.
Number 1: I barely leave London so this was a great destination to finally leave the big city for a few hours.
Number 2: I wanted to find a really nice location to take photos of the Föllinge products (more about it in a second).
Number 3: I can finally go on adventures during the week because I’m freelancing so that was the first big chance (silly reason, I know).
So I went to Mayfield Lavender Fields with my friend Emelie last Friday – we’re in the middle of organising our event at the moment (coming soon on my blog). She is also the one who introduced me to an amazing organic beauty brand: Föllinge. You can see a couple of their products below. Föllinge is a Swedish product – so is my friend (not a product though) – and it was founded in the north of Sweden in 1985. I’m very happy they made it to the UK (and other countries – you order their products here). I’m a huge fan of Swedish design and I can tell you that their beauty products are as amazing as their design. Well, at least Föllinge is. Their organic products are divided into products for your face, for your body, and wellness. I just started trying a few of their products and I love how they feel on your skin.
Although I could not travel to the north of Sweden to take some beautiful photos of the products, I thought the lavender fields are very suitable to take some nice photographs. England meets Sweden, right?!
As I mentioned before, it was a great day and I could refuel my creative juices. If I wasn’t concentrating on taking photos of Föllinge I would have sat down to work on my art journal. And if the lavender fields wouldn’t be a 4-hour journey in a day I would spend more time there for sure. BUT, sometimes you just need to put a little bit of effort into something in order to get good results. For me, it was taking 2 hours to get to the lavender fields and 2 hours back. I had a wonderful day of sunshine, treats, and fun, and of course, I couldn’t resist buying some lavender for the house, too.
Do you have a favourite place where you can feel the magic?
Thursday, August 11th, 2016
If you’re in need of a creative break, I found the perfect stay in London for you. Please let me introduce you to the new hotel citizenM, a creative paradise as you can see in the photos. I was invited to attend a design blogger event at citizenM a couple of weeks ago. I checked in early because I wanted to have the full experience of being a mobile citizen in the hotel. Luckily, I live in London because I didn’t want to leave the hotel. I spend almost 24 hours in there and it was fantastic.
If you’re a freelancer like me you can work from anywhere. So I checked in, got myself a coffee in their café (yum!), and then worked in the lobby. I was surrounded by art and so much attention to detail. Okay, I had to be careful not to get distracted too much but it was such an amazing creative environment.
Before we – the bloggers – met downstairs, I also quickly checked out my room. I spend a couple of too many minutes playing around with the technology in the room. You could pretty much control everything from the iPad they provided you with. I loved the personal welcome as citizenM Uli, too. You could open the blinds, have different mood lightening and they also had German TV. I know, this is especially important for you LOL
I finally met the other bloggers after a couple of hours exploring the hotel and working from the lobby. I couldn’t wait to see the bar with the amazing view. Scroll down to see what I mean. By the way, the room I was staying in had the same view *LOVE* We pretty much hung out at the bar for the rest of the evening with a short break to have some dinner. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to leave that bar either.
Last but not least, I had such a great sleep in the huge bed and an even better breakfast in the morning. I really liked that the hotel also provided healthy options.
Can you see why this hotel is the perfect stay in London? It just opened. So if you’re travelling to London soon or just want to have a little luxury break from home, like me, then you know where to go. Oh, and did I mention the WiFi is perfect?! They have everything a freelancer needs – the Internet, coffee, a creative environment, and a bar.
PS: If you’re not travelling to London, you can also stay in a citizenM hotel in Amsterdam, Glasgow, New York, Paris, or Rotterdam.
Monday, August 8th, 2016
Meet the gorgeous stationery brand Lonetree and its founders, Sara and Emma, a lovely sister duo (see image below). They got in touch with me a couple of months ago on Instagram and it took a lifetime to finally introduce them to you on my blog. Life gets always in the way… You know I’m a stationery fan and I’m so happy Lonetree found me. Their stuff is absolutely my cup of tea. Emma and Sara introduced themselves as paper-holics which I thought is an amazing description. You can definitely see the love for paper in their stationery products. I’m also very jealous that they work from an old converted stable block on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Sounds dreamy!
Without further ado, please get to know the faces behind Lonetree below.
Have you heard about Lonetree before?
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
I just spent a wonderful week in Germany, so apologies if I haven’t updated my blog as usual. Today, I want to talk about the good things in life. Sounds good, right?! Everything started when I was invited to a brunch at Albion Clerkenwell by 451life a couple of weeks ago. You might be familiar with some other ‘Albions’ in Shoreditch and Bankside. The Albion Clerkenwell just opened its doors and I’m already in love. It’s a perfect location and it’s so cosy inside. I could spend the whole day there and it probably will be my new freelance hub from time to time. I wish it was there when I was working at We Are Social just around the corner.
But it’s not only a café. There’s a whole story behind it! And that’s where 451life comes into the picture. As I mentioned above, it’s bringing the good things in life to us; all the little stories about makers, creatives, designers, and more. You won’t be able to NOT fall in love with the people of 451life. How to better tell a story than with a video?! At the event, we watched the story behind the Albion Clerkenwell, the story behind The Wild East – A Pop-up Story, and the story behind Tatty Devine Jewellery. I honestly couldn’t tell which story was more interesting because they’re all very unique.
451life is a subscription based platform. You can test it 24 hours for free or you can sign up with the code 451ALBION until the end of August for a month of free content (found on their Facebook page). There’s also a free section but if you want to benefit fully from unlimited access to content, amazing offers from their talented contributors and invitations to very special events I recommend signing up here. I really wanted to write about this because I think it’s a wonderful idea. I always want to know more about a product or place and 451life gives you the opportunity to get to know the creators better. I also think it’s very inspirational, especially if you think of starting your own business.
Tell me, what’s your story?