Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Kid Drawings

Kid drawings are so GREAT. They are so honest, uninhibited, smart, and weird. Below are some drawings by little Raquel, with the titles she designated. I forgot to ask how old she is, but my guess is about five.

"Technology"

"Smoke"

Portrait of Lenny with a booger

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Spam

A cheery new campaign for that delicious meat, Spam, by art director Allan Peters of BBDO Minneapolis.



Monday, December 29, 2008

QBN Discussion Threads

These are always so random, hilarious, and mean. They serve as my comic relief. Some of my faves for the day, as found on QBN.

Thread Name: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons"

Thread Name: "Blog"

Syria

My dear friend and practically sister, Sarah (Siwon), just left yesterday for an eight month missions trip to Syria. I was heartbroken to see her go, but her involvement with her missions organization over the past year and a half or so has been so transformative. To see and feel that kind of radical change in a person is incredibly encouraging and challenging in a good way. I can't help but feel the reverberations of that very change in my own life and want the same thing.

I will be updating on Siwon's status as she sends news and hopefully photos, so stay tuned folks. Below, a shot of Damascus, Syria. The glowing green lights are mosques. Though Syria is rich in Biblical history (Paul's journey to Damascus, the first Christians in Antioch) only 5% of the population would consider themselves followers of Christ.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Potts/Paltrow

Just saw Iron Man for the first time the other night. Sexy movie! Other than Robert Downey Jr., I really loved the demure Pepper Potts. Something about the classy and sophisticated cut of her clothing, super sexy stilettos, and simple hairstyles were extremely becoming.

Below, some Pepper followed by shots of Gwyneth at Iron Man openings. Check out the shoes!



Friday, December 26, 2008

The Second City

It's starting to grow on me. Not that I ever hated it, but I definitely took home for granted. It is always nice to get reacquainted with someone or some place and just take a closer look. It has been a while since I cultivated an intimacy with a place. The kind of intimacy that grows with long, slow walks; the kind that comes from routine; the kind that comes from observing the patterns in the brick or studying the passage of light on a building over the course of a day.

Anyways, some drive by shots off the Lawrence red line stop near my grandma's place. The last two, obviously from my favorite: the CTA.





Photos courtesy of me

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

" '...and they shall call his name Immanuel' (which means, God with us)."
Matthew 1:23b

"Who has believed what they heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed."
Isaiah 53:1-5

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

David's Corner

David's Corner!:
David Seon, younger brother of Elizabeth Seon (of Liz Likes), is now a proud co-owner of Liz Likes owning 10% of the market share. Look out for more "David's Corner!" in the future for insightful and humors blogging, unlike this boring dribble. Anyways Liz, of Liz Likes, made me take a picture of stupid honey mustard. Holy cow Batman!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My M's: Poinsettias

Curious Mike

Oh Mindy

Mine looks similar to Mindy's but I'm trying to revive it. A Christmas miracle perhaps.

Revolutionary Road

Just saw the trailer for Revolutionary Road and it looks intense! I really love the track during the latter part (Wild is the Wind by Nina Simone). The best part is that Kate and Leo are back together on the silver screen! First time since Titanic! Check it out for yourself here.




Crossing Borders

Photo courtesy of Hans Shin.

A broken bridge at the point where China, Russia and North Korea meet. Many a refugee have tried to flee once the Tuman River freezes over and if you're close enough, you can make out their footprints. As we are all aware by now, millions of North Koreans have died of starvation and the food shortage remains severe. This is one of the reasons why refugees head for China in droves. In addition to the problem of starvation, there are also other human rights issues, such as sex trafficking. Women are oftentimes lured into mainland China under the illusion that there is a job waiting on the other side, only to be captured and sold as "wives," aka sex slaves.

A couple friends of mine recently made a trip out to NK/China for Crossing Borders, a non-profit organization that works to restore the lives of North Korean refugees by providing them with a means of making a living and introducing them to Jesus. They have special ministries set up for orphans and women involved in human trafficking. Though their lives are essentially shattered, through the work of this organization, countless have found wholeness and even a certain measure of joy. Pretty amazing and inspiring work they have done up until now. Despite the tough economic times, let's remember to be thankful and to give back whenever we can.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Collections

Office of Daniela Kamiliotis, set and costume designer, fine artist and VP of women's collection at Ralph Lauren. As found on Selby.

"I collect objects...and I imagine their past lives."

don't tell me these aren't badass

Saturday, December 20, 2008

New York

My favorite city of all time. As a child, I visited NYC on family vacations: once as a 3rd grader in 1994 and again in 2001 as a junior in high school, checking out NYU. I remember being vaguely fascinated by the constant busyness, getting sick on the long hike up the Statue of Liberty, and buying some awesome shoes. I also remember feeling heartbroken as I tripped over beggars, terrified of crazy taxi drivers, and thinking this was a nice city to visit but not to live in forever. Little did I know I would fall hopelessly in love with it.

I moved to Brooklyn the summer of 2006. I had just spent 8 months in Europe and as magical of a time that was, I was excited to be in a place where: 1. I was fluent in the native language and; 2. I wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb because of how I looked. That last part was one of the most refreshing things about the city that I didn't appreciate before. I also loved New Yorkers' ability to look amazing all the time because they wore their confidence on their sleeve. It didn't matter if they had just rolled out of bed in their pj's or were dressed to the freakin' nines or were dressed up as a Santa running around with hundreds of other Santas: everyone looked great. I also loved how I was constantly surrounded by people but I could maintain a level of anonymity. But that was also something I hated sometimes.

I also hated the stench of the meat packing district, the suffocating heat of the subways, the thick crowds, the stench of the subways, the price of a drink, how the subways would break down and you never knew how long it would take til they were back up and running again, wandering tourists...did I mention the decrepit subway system? Most of all, I hated the irony of feeling an unbearable loneliness at times despite being surrounded by so many people. But I guess that goes for anyone, anywhere.

Despite the hates, in the end, I fell in love with the place somehow. Maybe it was shopping every weekend in SoHo. Maybe it was how the guy at Bodum tried to cheer me up when I was having a bad day at work. Maybe it was my Kaoroake birthday bash with friends. Or maybe it was the simple pleasure of sitting in Union Square with a plate of Whole Foods goodness and people watching. But it was most likely watching Kobayashi win the hot dog eating contest at Coney Island and then working up the nerve to ride the legendary Cyclone twice.

This post was prompted by an article I read on the NYTimes. A series of nighttime photographs taken by Japanese filmmaker, Yuichi Hibi, when he first arrived in NYC at the age of 22. His love for the city grew as he took these walks from midnight to dawn. Of course, things changes and as NYC lost its silence and solitude, Hibi fell out of love. It is said that he hasn't taken a photo of the city since 2002. Below are some shots of the city as he once loved it. The rest of the slideshow is available here.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Zoetropes

An old school way of creating animations, as told by Jim Le Fevre. I love how he's projecting his presentation with the video camera and paper slides he made. Here is where you can watch the rest. Thanks to MRKnows.

Urban Outfitters

Meant to post this sooner, but really love the new UO catalog with the dramatic photography and simple typography along the inside margins. They've changed the look and feel of their books over the last couple years to something a lot more spare and it would be nice to see some of that trickle into their store design.

LOVE the little sparkly shorts

A digital spin on the classic Rolleiflex and Leica

Thursday, December 18, 2008

CDEFGABC

Found this MTV Europe video of We Love Our Work playing a piece called CDEFGABC via wine glass rims. I don't know that the color inside the glasses actually corresponds to the pitch. What is that called again, when someone can see sound as color? Quite a beautiful phenomenon.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Robin Cameron

Love the studio space. The type drawer reminds me of Susie. More about RoCamm.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I have no words for this

Robert Louey Design for Lithographix, Inc. Gorgeous range of textures, intricate light and color diagrams, and an eclectic mix of photography for one breathtaking piece. See more here.

Online Orchestra

Pretty amazing and interesting concept: the world's first collaborative online orchestra. Artists such as Lang Lang and Hanna Jang are featured. You can also watch Master Classes by members of the London Symphony Orchestra. Check out the rest here.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Jesus

Priscilla Ahn

Hauntingly beautiful. Stills from Dream. Thanks to my bro.


I was a little girl alone in my little world who dreamed of a little home for me.
I played pretend between the trees, and fed my houseguests bark and leaves, and laughed in my pretty bed of green.

I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest swing.
I had a dream.

Long walks in the dark through woods grown behind the park, I asked God who I'm supposed to be.
The stars smiled down on me, God answered in silent reverie. I said a prayer and fell asleep.

I had a dream
That I could fly from the highest tree.
I had a dream.

Now I'm old and feeling grey. I don't know what's left to say about this life I'm willing to leave.
I lived it full and I lived it well, there's many tales I've lived to tell. I'm ready now, I'm ready now, I'm ready now to fly from the highest wing.

I had a dream

Paige Flynn

Found Paige Flynn while my sister was getting a haircut. A Korean designer who's inspiration is Paris, apparently. I always find Korean things somewhat cheesy but this feels very non-Korean. The look and feel of the garments are enough to make me want to buy a ticket back to Europe.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Coco Rouge

Sirena
Bittersweet chocolate ganache flavored with pure orange blossom oil, kumquat consomme, organic crystallized ginger, and Jamaican all spice. Dipped in bittersweet chocolate and garnished with a candied cross section of kumquat.

Flavor profile: Plush citrus tones, delicate hints of warm spice and the heat of crystallized ginger.

Texture outline: Denser texture with crunchy bits of crystallized ginger.

In my own words: Pure yumminess. I love a good piece of chocolate. For more, see Coco Rouge.



Thanks to O Holy Mike's date.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Match Boxes

Little pictures on little match boxes. Found them in Skot's faraway drawer.


My cubicle + new sign I made for the haters.