Loving this fun collection from the London based label, Bombe Surprise.
I am a true Aquarius. A thinker and definitely a dreamer. As a child I spent a lot of time in my imagination, creating worlds with my color pencils and words. Writing was a fun past-time for me. I have tons of old notebooks from that time, filled with drawings and stories from my grade-school years. (I was/am also a true nerd.)
These worlds I created were places I wanted to see and be a part of and they always generated new ideas and projects that I wanted to execute. At some point.
Thinkers and dreamers are the folks we need for innovation, exploration, and providing solutions. These are the folks who ask the questions no else would think to ask. Like, what if people could fly? Or what's on the other side of the ocean? We need these questions, but we also need those same folks to be doers.
I have idea books filled with questions, ideas, and projects I'd like to pursue. Most of which no one could probably complete in a life time. But how sad if none of them are never executed?
Another classic Aquarian trait? We are easily distracted — but in today's tech and social media obsessed culture most of us are and fall victim to never-ending scrolls. Then of course life distracts with it's many obligations. But these are all excuses keeping us from exploring the dreams and questions we all have. For me, putting my head down and spending more time making and less time on my phone and watching TV has been my effort to be more of a doer.
Coupling our ideas with action puts those ideas into motion. Any effort, any tiny spark of energy towards the idea will ignite the project and give it life. It doesn't matter how long it takes, just do something when you can until it's done.
Let's be dreamers who are doers.
So what will you do today towards executing one (or more) of your amazing ideas?
Last week I was so excited to finally receive my pre-ordered copy of Justina Blakeney's new book, The New Bohemians (which sadly got sent back because I kept missing the USP delivery). Can I just pause for second to say how I proud I am of Justina? She is a hard working lady and I've always been a fan of her jungalicious style, so I'm really happy to see a fellow creative doing amazing things (and she's super sweet).
When the book arrived, I immediately dived into the delicious pages. They are chock full of great photography featuring bohemian homes photographed by Dabito. The book is broken down into sections of different types of bohemians and after paging through, I would say I am a cross between a modern and nomadic bohemian. Clean lines and neutrals with color pops are my thing, but I am also a bit of a vagabond who loves displaying tons of objects I've collected along my journey of life.
Here's what the website stated about the new brand:
"STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE is a social enterprise created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah that consist of creatives that seeks to provide a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content through an ecommerce shopping site, a supporting agency and an artisan produced fashion collection, called FASHION RISING COLLECTION, launched in support of V-Day's One BillionRising. We focus on creating opportunities for empowerment, education and employment of artisans and creatives."
I'm making time for drawing again and with this comes listening to more music. Here are some albums I've recently acquired or revisited:
Ibeyi - I just saw these French-Cuban twins perform tracks from this self-titled album last week. They mix soulful Yoruba lyrics with rich rhythms and beats for a sound that you can't place in time, which I love.
Control - Putting on this classic Janet Jackson album (with its beautiful album cover) every now and then is a must. I have "When I Think of You" on repeat constantly.
To Pimp A Butterfly - Still digesting this music from Kendrick Lamar, but I already know this is an important album for hip hop and music history in general.
The Immaculate Collection - Not sure why but I've been craving some old Madonna. "Vogue" and "Express Yourself" especially. "Like a Prayer" has also been on repeat. I can't help but think about what the response to that video would be if it were released today. I feel the backlash would be so much worse now.
Be Free - So diggin' this laid-back soulful sound of Moonchild. Great for late night tea drinking.
Soyo - Looking for some new Brazilian music? Check out this new release from Dom la Nena. It's lovely.
Voodoo - When I was wrapping up my undergraduate career and spending many late nights up working on my portfolio this D'Angelo album could be heard playing in the background regularly. It's still as potent and beautiful today. "Africa" is my favorite track and then "Spanish Joint" among many others.
Janet - Ahh, no words. Except I will always love "If" and "That's the Way Love Goes."
Nocturnal - This album from Yuna is so delicious! What a great pick-me-up to start your day or jam to while you're cranking out work.
Six years ago I received my first art commission to produce a series of prints (above, and 6 in total) for a hair salon in Germany. Which helped launch my career as an artist. Since then I've sold dozens of these prints and other works, and everyday I am so grateful for the wonderful support.
As I continue to grow and challenge myself I feel it is necessary to let some things go to make space for new opportunities and works. Therefore, after this month (or if and when the prints sell out) I will discontinue the sale of the Untitled Hair Print series and the I Love My Hair illustrations in an effort to consolidate, refocus and restructure. I'm only printing a few more of each, so get yours while you can --> store.
Again, to all who have purchased and/or shared my work, thank you so much for your support. You are all a part of my dream.
clockwise: Queen Latifah tee from Contemporary Negro; fell in love with these Habari napkins at Anthropologie; currently reading Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile; cute New Balance sneakers in driftwood colorway; porcelain vase from Dana Bechert; delicious Harney & Sons Fine Tea in Green Tea with Coconut; beautiful print I recently purchased at a print fair from Every Day Good House.
What do you like right now?
We live during a time where we have easy access to tools that will allow our voices to be heard in any form that we choose. Which I love, especially since there are still so many stories yet to be told. But lately, I've been wondering if having access to these tools make us feel like we HAVE to say something.
For the past few months I've been fairly quiet on social media. Not because I don't have anything to say, but more because I question why do I feel the need to say it — online. There have been so many times where I have written a status update on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter and deleted it after some thought. The questions that seem to always pop up are, "do I need to say this?" and "what is my intention if I do?"
In general, time is a huge factor in this as I am working on prioritizing my daily activities, but also trying to be more aware of what I put out into the world (along with what I'm ingesting). This doesn't mean I won't share something silly or fun. But filtering out what makes sense to share with close friends versus the public helps me determine whether a Facebook status update or a text message to a friend is the best form of communication. (Or if it's necessary for me to add to the chatter at all.)
All this to say, if you feel the need to say something just for the sake of updating your feed — it's really okay if you don't. It's okay to be quiet. When your intention, vision, and purpose are authentic you won't lose the audience or miss out on opportunities that are meant for you, and you won't lose anything from not being a part of that conversation. Trust me, I am a living example of this, (coming from someone who suffers from FOMO).
The beauty of this: when you're not always saying something, people are more likely to listen when you do.
What are your thoughts about feeling the need to share? Whether it's on a blog, on FB or Instagram (or any platform). Have you had to curb the reflex to post something? Please share your experience below.
Yesterday I received a package of Spoonflower fabric I created had printed. I've ordered swatches of my designs before, but not yardage. I have to admit when these big triangles were revealed their scale surprised me. But the fabric's boldness is really growing on me. It's also a joy to see a quick doodle of mine in a printed/physical form. Not sure how it will be used just yet but I'm excited about getting more patterns printed.
What about you? Have you used Spoonflower? If so have you made any goodies with the printed material?
Things have been a bit busy on my end, which has kept me from updating regularly here. But as usual I'm always excited to share new-to-me discoveries. Like these beautiful ceramic pieces from The Object Enthusiast. Some of these would be lovely additions to the vignettes I'm creating in my home.
Wow, here we are at Day 21 already!! This has been such an amazing experience. I really didn't know what to expect, but with everyday I grew more and more excited to see what you all had to share. With that I'd like to end this challenge with doodles expressing my gratitude — including how grateful I am for your participation. Thank you for sharing with me, and sharing this challenge with your friends. The Doodle Challenge grew super fast because of your enthusiasm. We managed to create a little over 1,000 doodles in our doodle stream on Instagram. And that doesn't include all the amazing doodles that were shared secretly.
This project has inspired me to continue exploring our doodling together in a different way. I am working on something that I can't wait to share with you. So please stay tuned!
Also, I would like to know what you would like to do with your doodles now that you have so many little illustratons and preliminary designs to work with. Email me, comment below or post a comment on IG.
In the meantime let's get to our final doodle together. Thanks again and I really hope you'll keep doodling on your own — or start your own doodle challenge.