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Pop fashion! Discovering María Pampín

Uncategorized July 19, 2016

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Hi there! Today I want to introduce you to María Pampín, a young Galician fashion and textile designer that has me completely hooked.

María’s designs are characterized by a girly, pop, and delicate style. I really love her final project collection Las amigas de mis amigas (my girlfriend’s friends) inspired in cool geek teens wearing berets and Japanese pop culture. It makes me think of Sailor Moon, Sakura and other anime stylish fictional high school characters that I adored when I was younger, but also it kind of reminds me of Max Fischer from Rushmore .

I wish her the all the best in her career, and I hope you enjoy her work as much I do!

Las amigas de mis amigas. Maria Pampín

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Las amigas de mis amigas. María Pampín

How beautiful are her fashion illustratations?

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You can follow her work here.

All images are from María Pampín’s website (Estudio Pichero and Zazi White).

Interview with Marem Ladson: “Writting songs is a way of healing”

Uncategorized July 17, 2016

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I found her voice inside a small shop in Madrid during the Enjoy Pelayo St celebrated last April. Marem Ladson sat in a stool with her guitar and since the first minute she started singing her songs I immediately fell in love with her sound. Marem has a profound and unique style, like an old folky soul, that doesn’t correspond to her age at all. I just couldn’t stop thinking how good and special she was. I believed I was in front of a very talented new artist that deserved to be widely known. This is why I’m so happy that I got her to answer some questions for the blog.

If you ever have the chance to see her play, please just sit in the front row and feel her magic.

Who is Marem Ladson? I am an 18 year old defined by the coming-together of American and Spanish roots. I’m a half time student of International Relations, since I’ve always been interested in different areas like politics, history and cultures of the world, and a full time singer songwriter, because it is the way I express myself.

Where do you find beauty? In nature and in simplicity.

What kind of feelings do you wish to communicate with your songs? When I write songs, like Hemingway once said, I try to write hard and clear about what hurts, it is a way of healing. I try to communicate just the way I feel, my worries, my thoughts… Sometimes disappointment, others rage, love, fear…

A song that you love and wish you had written: Hotel California by The Eagles

A fictional character that inspires you: Alexander Supertramp because of his brave and daring spirit, his longing to discover the world and also himself.

Could you tell us about your future plans? I’m releasing my first single this fall with Gran Derby Records and next year my first album! I will keep on studying international relations at the Complutense University and, at the same time, writing songs.

Thanks to Gran Derby Records for the photographs 🙂

‘Our little sister’ and the poetics of the everyday

Uncategorized June 17, 2016

Our little sister is a delicate and naturalistic Japanese film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda about the small things of life. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. This family-drama is based on the manga series Umimachi Diary, and portrays in an exquisite way the story of three sisters living under the same roof when they are joined by their little half-sister after their father dies. This is a diary about a family breakdown, but also about forgiveness, about the poetics of the everyday, lots of sushi, funerals, and the sea.

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Minimal but Warm: Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Uncategorized June 16, 2016

I wish I had a house of my own to fill it up with beautiful things. Beautiful pieces like the ones designed by the furniture studio of Ladies & Gentlemen created in 2010 and operating between Brooklyn and Seattle. Here we can find lightings, small objects, and decor goods that combine functionality with a high sensibility commited with a warm minimal aesthetic.  The founders, the couple formed by Dylan Davis and Jean Lee, believe in the design of simple and elegant forms with the ability to transform every element in amazing objects very close to the artistic. I hope you also fall in love with the studio!

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You can purchase these designs and contact with Ladies & Gentlemen Studio here

 

Interview with Paula Robles: “Nostalgia has shaped the way I approach aesthetics”

Uncategorized June 5, 2016

There is something magical in the internet, not only it makes us feel less alone but it has the power to connect you with people that you secretly admire and that you wish you had met in your school playground. I’ve been following Paula Robles‘s work for a while. She writes, she styles, she takes photos, and she has something difficult to describe which made me want to know her better. From her images I could deduce she loved fashion and that she had a very peculiar sensibility inspired by the ‘teen universe’ that we find in movies or books. Lately I’ve been interested in the relation between fashion and emotions, how fashion expresses certain emotions, nostalgia in particular. And Paula seemed like a perfect match for my latest concerns. I’m very grateful for her answers. I hope you enjoy them as much as I love this conversation!

Who is Paula Robles?

I studied fashion design at IED Madrid. I knew back then that I didn’t want to be a fashion designer, but I always had been fascinated by costume design and fashion, mainly by seeing it in the movies. Watching films where clothes played a central character made me eager to learn more about the subject. After studying fashion design I also studied some other fashion courses abroad. And I’m currently majoring in philosophy, which may sound odd to some, but I think that the greatest thing about fashion is that it merges with art, consumerism, social issues, and many other things. Philosophy gives you a way to think from different perspectives, and fashion is all about the perspectives.

I work as a freelance fashion stylist and also write about culture and fashion in magazines like Glamour or Vanidad. I run a small publishing company named Pettirosso Press  along with Jorge de Cascante, we publish zines and art books. Right now I’m also starting a personal project that I’m really excited about, but I’m quite supersticious so I’d rather say no more.

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 What kind of emotions do you wish to communicate with your editorial stylings?

I try to create images that go beyond fashion. To achieve this images that exist in your mind, it’s necessary to share a good connection with the photographer. It’s not about showing the latest dress or trend, it’s about telling a story or at least insinuate one, as it happens in the photos of Avedon, Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton or Corinne Day, the artists who made me fall in love with fashion photography. I like photographs that make you want to know more about the people in them, like wanting to read a whole novel with those characters, photographs that intrigue you. But if someone likes any of my images, that would be enough for me.

What means nostalgia to you?

It’s a feeling that I experienced during my teenage (and pre-teenage) years. I used to think about it as something bad, something that makes you suffer, but now I see it differently, I don’t think it’s bad at all. Somehow, nostalgia has shaped the way I approach aesthetics, it includes memories, stories, far beyond the material world, deep into something much more profound. I work from there, or at least I try, when I deal with the —apparently— superficial field of aesthetics.

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 How did the idea for “Cast a Shadow” came up?

Cast a Shadow came up from the urge that Jorge and I had of collaborating with each other. We feel very comfortable using language and images, and making a zine seemed perfect for that. We choose to make something about plaster casts because I always felt casts were cool when I was little there was always some kid with a cast in his arm or in his leg, but it never happened to me, so I probably developed some weird survivors guilt. Jorge liked the idea, and we made it happen.

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 How does cinema, and particularly certain “teen films”, inspire you?

As I said, cinema had always been a constant source of inspiration for me. Teen films were a revelation when I discovered them. Most people don’t take the genre seriously, but they’re wrong, a teen film can tell any story, the possibilities are endless, you have classics such as Splendor in the Grass, apparently  bland comedies such as Pretty in Pink, or cult little-known movies such as À nos amours, somehow it covers the whole arch. I don’t know the exact reason why I’m fascinated by them, I’ve thought about it many times and I can’t find an exact answer, but I guess it has something to do with nostalgia (again). You see the film, you remember your own teen years, you think about the life you wish you had back then, or just how your life was back in the day. Also, the look and feel of the films tend to be especially original and beautiful.

As a matter of fact, one of the films that most recently made a mark on my mind is La pistola de mi hermano, a spanish flick that can be put in the genre “teen films”. It’s a perfect example of everything I like in those kinds of films: characters and dialogue that makes you think, and a combination of cinematography and music that you don’t easily forget.

 A fictional character that you would like to style

Most of the fictional characters that comes to my mind are from the movies (the main characters of The last days of disco, Geraldine Chaplin in any of her movies with Carlos Saura, Ali McGraw in Love Story, Shirley Knight in The Rain People, Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek in 3 Women or Carrie, and Isabelle Adjani in any of her 80’s films, among many many others) and one of the main reasons why I like them so much is because of the costume design of those movies, so I probably should leave that alone.

Years ago, I thought that someone should produce a remake of Clueless with Elle Fanning in the role of Alicia Silverstone; I would have loved to work on that. I also would have liked to dress Rebecca, the ghost character from the Hitchcock film.

Oh! And Esther .

The colours of Luckey Remington

Uncategorized May 22, 2016

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Luckey Remington (1978) is an abstract artist and musician living in sunny LA with a strong aesthetic eye. His colorful and geometrical artworks are based on a study of repetition and form, an artistic methodology that is shared with his musical background. He creates harmonic structural atmospheres inviting us to wander around his attractive wooden large-scale figures as a way of investigating our relation with space, the presence behind the abscence. He has also collaborated and played the bass with Devendra Banhart. He is definitely one of my favorite arty discoveries!

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My methodology is rooted in a systemic, series-driven process that enables me to reduce a visual statement to its most essential form through means of repetition. The compositions fluctuate between organic rounded shapes, and straight-edged angles. Negative space is equally, if not more important than the anchor form itself.  Once I arrive at a pictorial arrangement fit for further investigation, I am fueled by an obsessive need to address and record every subtle variation it reveals as I work.

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You can get to know more of his work in his website.

All photos belong to the artist.

Interview with Kristin Texeira: “Nostalgia is a story I’m always trying to tell”

Uncategorized March 6, 2016

Kristin Texeira is a young abstract painter originally from Massachusetts and currently based in Brooklyn. I discovered her work scrolling through Instagram and I immediately fell in love with her colors and her unique sensibility. I don’t know how I got there but sometimes the internet gives your beautiful surprises. Texeira’s work firstly reminded me to Wes Anderson’s pastel palette, but it is her combination of colors with a specific personal memory what makes her work an absolute original world. This is a sincere universe you would not want to leave and that is easily to find related to.

Her artworks can be understood as an inventory of memories. Each color matches a person, a place, a conversation, a smell, a kiss, or even childhood reminiscences. Her oil paintings in paper are proofs of what we were. Nostalgia is preserved in her imperfect geometrical pieces -but full of narrative content-, not in a sentimental way but with the aim of understanding ourselves. Kristin Texeira is turquoise, light green and pale pink. What color is your story?

I paint to provide proof—for myself and others—of existing in certain moments in time. I paint to capture, document, and preserve memories. I translate the essence of moments through color by mixing up the poetics of people and places.

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How much can we learn from ourselves through artworks?/ ¿Cuánto podemos aprender de nosotros mismos a través del arte?
 
Most of my pieces begin as free-writes. Sometimes as the mind flows I’m lost in a sea of rambles. Occasionally, however, I discover that a particular memory surfaces more often than once. This is how I know it’s important and needs to be recognized. I try to pick apart these trends and understand what the threads behind these memories are. That usually leads me to painting series.
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Also, specific colors seem to find me for certain reasons. When I first started painting I would always mix a particular blue to fill in the background of self portraits or still lives. Later in my career, I did a project investigating the colors of my grandmother’s home where I spent much of my childhood. I discovered the blues of her living room matched the blue that I always subconsciously mixed. Art allows you the space for secrets of the past to seep out and surprise you.

La mayoría de mis obras empiezan de una manera libre. A veces mientras la mente fluye me pierdo en divagaciones. De todas formas, ocasionalmente, descubro que un recuerdo concreto sobresale más de una vez. Así es cómo descubro qué es lo importante y lo que merece ser señalado. Intento desmenuzar estos fenómenos y comprender cuál es el hilo que une estas memorias. Este proceso normalmente me lleva realizar series de pinturas. De la misma manera, determinados colores parecen encontrarme por alguna razón.

Cuando empecé a pintar siempre mezclaba un azul especial para rellenar el fondo de los autorretratos o naturalezas muertas que hacía. Más tarde durante mi carrera realicé un proyecto en el que investigaba los colores de la casa de mi abuela en la que pasé la mayor parte de mi infancia. Descubrí que los azules de su salón hacían juego con los azules que inconscientemente había mezclado.

El arte te abre la puerta al espacio en el que los secretos del pasado se filtran y te sorprenden.

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What role plays the emotion of nostalgia in your work?/ ¿Qué papel juega la nostalgia en tu trabajo?

Nostalgia is a story I’m always trying to tell. It is at the start of each piece. It is the reason why I paint. Colors come to mind when I interact with people and places and I used these colors as markers of time. I mix colors specific to a moment to create a gateway that allows me to revisit the memory again and again.

Finding a remedy for nostalgia is my motivation to travel back in time to uncover thoughts before they collect too much dust and to shake them out onto paper. Or even to steal nostalgia from the present to stick it down on paper and save it in color before it fades.

La nostalgia es una historia que siempre estoy intentado contar. Se encuentra al comienzo de cada obra. Es la razón por la que pinto. Los colores vienen a mi mente cuando interactúo con personas y lugares, y uso esos colores como marcadores temporales. Combino colores que pertenecen a un momento concreto para crear un portal que me permita revisitar ese recuerdo una y otra vez.

Mi interés en viajar atrás en el tiempo es encontrar un remedio para la nostalgia, con el fin de sacar a la luz pensamientos antes de que cojan demasiado polvo y de sacudirlos en el papel. O incluso robar la nostalgia del presente para fijarlo al papel y salvarlo en colores antes de que se desvanezca.

If you could time travel what would you prefer: relive an old memory or discover a time you never lived? /¿Si pudieras viajar en el tiempo que preferirías: revivir un recuerdo o descubrir un tiempo que nunca has vivido?

I feel lucky enough to be able to travel back in time via paintings or old sketchbooks and I’m happy with my present place. I am curious about the idea of parallel universes though. Somedays I feel like I’m missing someone or some place and I can’t exactly explain what. I think about decisions in life that I’ve made and how when I made a choice maybe life split and now it overlaps and I still feel the strong emotions from a path that I’m not currently on. So, if I could, in some crazy way, I’d like to explore other layers in the universes of my own life.

Me siento muy afortunada de poder viajar atrás en el tiempo a través de mis pinturas y de mis viejos cuadernos, y estoy feliz con mi tiempo presente. Aun así tengo curiosidad por la idea de los universos paralelos. Algunos días siento que echo de menos a alguien o un lugar, no puedo explicar exactamente que extraño. Pienso en las decisiones que he tomado en mi vida y cómo cada vez que tomé una decisión puede que la vida se escindiera y ahora mismo se sobrepusieran esos dos caminos. Todavía siento esa emoción fuerte del camino en el que no estoy. Así que, si pudiera de alguna forma loca, me gustaría explorar las otras capas del universo de mi propia vida.

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Where do you find beauty?/ ¿Dónde encuentras belleza?
 
 Little conversational exchanges with strangers.
Stories swapped over dinner tables.
Open spaces.
When I loose track of time.
En pequeñas conversaciones con desconocidos.
Intercambios de historias durante la cena.
En espacios abiertos.
Cuando pierdo la noción del tiempo.
 

A fictional character that inspires you/ Un personaje de ficción que te inspire.

Eloise Wengler. She is one of J.D. Salinger’s characters from his short story “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut”. I’m not entirely sure why I love her because she is described “jaded” and “unhappy”. But, her language is so clever and sarcastic and sharp. I think mostly I feel bad for her. She married a man because of a book that she finds out he never read. And I imagine how different things would have been if she could have ended up with the boy who thought being able to touch her stomach was the most beautiful thing in the world.

Eloise Wengler. Ella es uno de los personajes del cuento de J.D. Salinger, El tío Wiggily en Connecticut. No estoy muy segura de por qué me encanta, ya que en realidad ella es descrita con los adjetivos “hastiada” e “infeliz”. Pero su forma de hablar es muy inteligente, sarcástica y aguda. Creo que principalmente me siento mal por ella. Se casó con un hombre por un libro que luego descubre que nunca se leyó. Imagino cómo de diferente hubieran sido las cosas si hubiera acabado con aquel chico que pensaba que tocar el estómago de Eloise era la cosa más bella del mundo.
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“Well, wudga marry him for, then?” Mary Jane said.
“Oh, God! I don’t know. He told me he loved Jane Austen. He told me her books meant a great deal to him. That’s exactly what he said. I found out after we were married that he hadn’t even read one of her books. You know who his favourite author is?”
Mary Jane shook her head.
“L. Manning Vines. Ever hear of him?”

(J.D. Salinger)

You can follow Kristin Texeira’s work here
All images belong to the artist.

The Universe of Alejandra Freymann

Uncategorized February 1, 2016

I could be the red fox or that cat sitting next to the sleeping girl

keeping a secret in a foreign language

silently waiting for her to wake up

afraid that I could never show her the way back home.

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Most of the characters we find in your artworks look very little. There is a concern for detail against the vastness of space. Why are you interested in the representation of small things?

Alejandra Freymann: I suppose it has to do with how I feel the human presence in the universe. The relationship between the micro and the macro has been something I have been always bothered about. I’m worried because we are very small and the world is huge and I feel that this idea has left opened the possibility to all kinds of stories in the human imagination. I think this is one of the scariest things I can think of.

Podría ser el zorro rojo o ese gato junto a la chica que duerme.

guardando un secreto en una lengua extranjera

esperando en silencio a que ella despertara

con miedo de que nunca pudiera nombrarle el camino de vuelta a casa.

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En tus obras la mayoría de los personajes se muestran diminutos. Hay una preocupación por el detalle frente a la inmensidad del espacio. ¿Por qué ese interés por lo micro?

Alejandra Freymann: Me imagino que tiene que ver con cómo siento la presencia humana en el universo. La relación entre lo micro y lo macro ha sido algo que desde que tengo conciencia me ha preocupado. Me preocupa porque somos súper pequeños y el mundo es enorme, y siento que eso ha abierto el campo a todo tipo de historias en la imaginación del humano. Creo que esta es una de las cosas que más miedo dan.

All images by Alejandra Freymann

Interview originally published in Nokton Magazine

Find  more about her work here

Or just life, I guess

Uncategorized January 27, 2016

“It’s that thing when you’re with someone, and you love them and they know it, and they love you and you know it… but it’s a party… and you’re both talking to other people, and you’re laughing and shining… and you look across the room and catch each other’s eyes… but – but not because you’re possessive, or it’s precisely sexual… but because… that is your person in this life. And it’s funny and sad, but only because this life will end, and it’s this secret world that exists right there in public, unnoticed, that no one else knows about. It’s sort of like how they say that other dimensions exist all around us, but we don’t have the ability to perceive them. That’s – That’s what I want out of a relationship. Or just life, I guess.”

(Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach 2012)

I left my heart in the library

Uncategorized January 25, 2016

When I was a kid I had this weird fantasy where I wanted to be buried next to my whole library. I guess I was studying the Ancient Egypt civilization and thought that my most valuable possessions where my books. They were the only thing I needed for the afterlife.

This brilliant video by Luís Azevedo founder of Beyond the Frame and The A to Z Review reminds us through a collection of memorable bookish films that the beauty of books resides also in the places where we find them. Libraries and bookstores are here portrayed as whimsical temples or second homes, full of aura and adventure. Definitely, they are the most wonderful places on Earth.