Things that are wild

What I loved: the muted colour palette, lack of pandering any particular demographic, voice actors, Jim Henson muppets, decidedly un-CGI (looking) effects, Catherine Keener looking her age (looking great, I might add) and Jonze's interpretation of a fantastical, beloved children's tale.

My favourite part? When KW swallows the king: The child hero is faced with death and his female counterpart saves him by temporarily swallowing him whole. It's a tension-filled scene that symbolizes the sheer uncomfortableness of genuine growth. True growth is often smelly, annoying and yet, incredibly surprising and comforting, all of which is conveyed from the perspective of being inside the beast's belly.


Working away at escapes

Things are truckin' along with the installation. I'm trying to document most of the process, because well, you're talking about a girl who still has relics sitting in her closet from childhood. Digital pack ratting is the best kind there is because storage is never a real problem. Here's another image that I worked on this week that I hope to incorporate into the larger piece. I'll record bits and pieces of the process here, but I don't want to reveal too much! My favourite work gives the audience credit and care: hold my hand to the water but allow me to drink it in when I feel thirsty.


Paper paintings

I'd love to one day see these in the flesh by the Brooklyn based artist, ELBOW-TOE because the insane details are lost online. These are not paintings, but collages. That's right: tiny pieces of paper glued together to create mind-boggling, traditional portraits. Most of his full figure subjects have strange finger configurations that remind me of cat n' cradle string games I played as a little girl.


DIY Chanel

I love this post that outlines how to make your very own Chanel logo tee. As I was reading it, I kept pronouncing Chanel as "Channel" in my mind like in that oh-so-bad yet oh-so-good movie (can't be called a film, really) Showgirls when Elizabeth Berkley calls her Versace dress "Ver-sas".

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Make something great. Tell people about it. Do it again.

Here's an excerpt from an article I just read about the evils of paying the internet to market for you. I should probably like tech talk much more than I do, but then I wouldn't be me. This talk makes me happy: I wish all tech articles could be so inspiring.
Make something great. Tell people about it. Do it again.

That’s it. Make something you believe in. Make it beautiful, confident, and real. Sweat every detail. If it’s not getting traffic, maybe it wasn’t good enough. Try again.

Then tell people about it. Start with your friends. Send them a personal note – not an automated blast from a spam cannon. Post it to your Twitter feed, email list, personal blog. (Don’t have those things? Start them.) Tell people who give a shit – not strangers. Tell them why it matters to you. Find the places where your community congregates online and participate. Connect with them like a person, not a corporation. Engage. Be real.

Then do it again. And again. You’ll build a reputation for doing good work, meaning what you say, and building trust.

It’ll take time. A lot of time. But it works. And it’s the only thing that does.

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Hurry less

I adore this one because I'm remarkably slow in my natural state. Hurrying upsets me. Hurry-less should really be a word, like fearless.

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The Making of Decoding the Undertow

This documentary reminds me exactly how much plain, old-fashioned toil goes into making good work. The film shows strange and compelling performances that marries a style of dance called contact improv with skateboarding. The piece is performed by three dancers and three skateboarders and filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Choreographer and creator Sally Morgan, who is also in the film, makes me want to dye my hair red.

Decoding the Undertow-Documentary

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"It's a brave film to make."

Spike Jonze and Shane Smith talk about Where the Wild Things Are, my most anticipated Hollywood film release of the year! I usually could care less about big box movies, but this is a grand exception to the rule.

Who's with me on October 16?

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