Over the weekend I did get to have a little movie time. On Retroplex I watched the classic film, Island in the Sun featuring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte. With a tiny Carribean island as it's backdrop the movie covers topics of interracial relationships and racial tensions, which for 1957 was really taboo. I enjoyed the movie and I do think it's worth seeing. The styling was wonderful and the scenes were gorgeous.
Then I saw these sun-kissed photographs in the New York Times T Magazine and felt they could be slightly interpreted as updated scenes from the film. Especially the last image.
Welcome back. Hope you all had a lovely holiday and holiday weekend. For me the break was all about catching up. Here's some stuff going on:
I Love My Hair Blog - With the millions of blogs out there do you really need another one? Yes. With the launch of the I Love My Hair shop it felt right to have a blog to go along with it. The new blog will focus on Black natural hair (mainly the afro) in art and design. I'm always so delighted to see how our hair is interpreted in illustrations, prints, paintings, packaging, etc. and thought this would be a fun way to share my findings. Initially I was afraid that it would be too specific of a topic to give me a lot of imagery but so far so good. I love a challenge anyway so let's see how much I can find to keep it going. If you create something or see something that would be perfect to post on the new I Love My Hair blog feel free to email me here. (P.S. There might be some crossover images from Fly to the I Love My Hair blog but that's only when it's an image I really love and feel needs to be shared again.)
I Love My Hair Shop - As I mentioned last week most of the images are sold out but I will be restocking this week. The Untitled Hair prints will be available today and the screen-prints later this week. Stay on the look out for more shop updates.
Colab Studios Hosts Lobo Mau - Recently a fellow artist and I decided to share a studio space together. Primarily, it functions as our workspace but we also use it for events and parties. This weekend we'll be hosting Lobo Mau's Holiday Trunk Show. If you're around definitely stop by to check out their Amazonian inspired jewelry and printed bags.
I'm so excited to finally share a project I started working on over the summer. Here are some hand drawn Converse shoes I did for Free People. It's part of their series where a small run of the shoes are embellished by hand, so each pair is unique and special. See them all here. Makes a great holiday gift.
First let me say WOW, 101 beautiful comments from you fabulous readers sharing stories, poems, and opinions about your natural hair experiences. I read all of them and was completely floored. Some left me shocked, tearful, others had me laughing and saying "I know that feeling." You all are so amazing! Thank you for sharing your personal (some private) journeys. If you haven't read them you should, they are so great.
After reading the comments I selected about twenty that I loved, which was so hard because there were just too many great ones to choose from. Once I selected twenty I used Random.org to select a winner randomly. So the winner of The Only Regret print is Commenter #64 NinaG.
I also want to say thank you for all the support. I've gotten SO MUCH love from all over the web. Friends, readers, and fellow bloggers tweeted, posted and emailed about the launch. The response was wonderful!! Three prints have already sold out. But no worries! I hope to replenish them soon so they can be ready for holiday gifts. I'll also be revealing another design for the hair-typography series. AND I'm working on doing a very small run of tees (very last minute so we'll see how it works).
Thanks again for all the wonderful support. You all are so fly!
1. J.Crew Cardigan - love this color and love the ruffles
2. French Paper Sample - I just received this paper sample in the mail and adore the colors and design, I'm such a design geek.
5. Hammocks & High Tea Tea Towels - beautiful simplicity.
6. Angaza Afrika - I saw this book in Anthropologie and quickly added it to my Amazon wishlist. It features great work from African contemporary artists.
7. The Sataroialist Book - another lovely book that's been on my Amazon wishlist for a while.