Who? Nidhi, 27
Where? I currently live in Hollywood CA. I grew up near Delhi, India and moved to Aptos, CA after high school to pursue art and design.
What do you do? I work as a freelance graphic designer and I take a lot of photos that I post on my blog. I am also constantly working on ideas and designs to print on fabric, like the pink print scarf in the photo. I am really interested in textiles and hand printing and I imagine working more with those in the future.
What inspires you? I end up spending a lot of time in front of the computer and have accumulated large inspiration folders, bookmarks, Flickr favorites that sub consciously creep into some of my work. Though I realize that I am most productive when I step away from the computer, go to the bookstore, go for a hike, for yoga or meeting people. Traveling also provides me endless inspiration. I really try to soak in a place through photos and I end up revisiting those for ideas.
Why are you fly? I am fly because I really appreciate the people in my life who inspire me and who have faith in me. I really care for our environment and aim to be a less wasteful designer and human being.
Advice: I am constantly reminding myself to create, design or craft and that's the advice I would pass on. I come up with random projects for my blog just to inspire myself to get out of creative blocks. I am also always learning to be more compassionate and caring and to take the time to let someone know when I appreciate their work and be grateful to those who appreciate mine.
One thing I love about summer is how easy it is to dress. I love throwing on a tee or tank with some shorts and dress up the look with cute accessories. I was thrilled when I first saw this Wildfox Couture turquoise tank on the fabulous ChickDowntown.com. It's the perfect little something to rock alone or over a brightly colored tank with jeans or denim shorts. The screen-printed flamingoes add a little fun that I always look for in piece of clothing.
I totally dig ChickDowntown.com and was so excited when they offered to give away this super fly tank to one lucky Fly reader.
It's super easy to enter. This is how it works:
1. Leave a comment under this post.
2. Include "Fly Turquoise Tank" to confirm you are commenting for the giveaway.
3. Include your name and email address in the body of the post (not just in the comment form).
**Please note, this is for US residents only (sorry, to my international readers).
**Please enter once.
**Contest ends Friday July 10th 5pm EST
**One lucky winner will be chosen randomly and notified Monday July 13th!
I have my computer and television in seperate rooms so I've been going back and forth between the two watching old Michael Jackson videos and reading the latest news on the net. I feel like a maniac running to and fro every other minute. So instead of posting about the giveaway and other things to share, I've decided to take the day off to remember Michael. Pull out those CDs, tapes, records and dance. Go to a party and shake it to your Jackson favorites. I know I will.
OMG I don't even know where to begin. There is so much I want to say. Michael Jackson. I can't believe this legend, this person, this talent has left us.
I have great Micahel Jackson memories, like my mother making me a glitter glove so I could be like him. I remember seeing the Motown 25th Anniversary special and being blown away and feeling like what I was watching was magic. I remember sleeping with my parents and that Thriller was soooo popular that every single morning when the radio alarm went off, that song was playing (I was terrified of Thriller, it took years for me to finally watch the video). I remember the Jackson 5 cartoon re-runs and wishing Michael was still that young boy because then we could be boyfriend and girlfriend, but in reality he was a grown man performing Beat It and Billie Jean.
I can't believe my parents listened to his music as young people and that I too loved him in my coming of age years. How in the world did he speak to multiple generations that way? Although the Thriller album was the best and most memorable for most his Bad album was very special to me. It was the first record (yes RECORD) I had ever asked my parents to buy and I LOVED it. I even performed a dance to Another Part of Me in a third grade talent show.
I remember seeing those world tours on TV and watching all those people crying because they wanted to get a glimpse of Michael. I would cry, too. I remember world premieres of his music videos and being so amazed by that wonderful choreography. I would learn the moves and like every other parent in the world my mom would make me perform to his songs in front of guests.
And if you visit this blog regularly you probably remember me mentioning my summer visits to Gary, IN, Michael's birthplace and home in his very early years. I saw the little house he lived in. I met people who had seen or known him before he was a star and felt some kind of connection simply because I was spending time in a place he had once called home.
Despite all the controversy and troubles that followed him I love what he did for music and for the world. I feel so blessed to have been touched by his work and look forward to keeping his timeless art alive. I pray for his family and friends, and I pray that his spirit finds peace. We'll miss you Michael.