A Little Birdy Blog has completely blown me away. Chloe is a (recently-turned) 16-year-old living in New Zealand and my goodness, she has such a strong eye for good design, color and composition; a powerhouse of everything creative. Her blogging how-tos are so spot on. I’d say more, but you’re better off just checking out her blog. Watch out, kids: this girl is going places.
Nadinoo was one of the first clothing labels I started following when I began blogging. Every collection of Nadia’s – the designer – resonates so well with the Drifter & the Gypsy aesthetic; I love it all! Her style is traditional & classic with that distinct English schoolgirl vibe (she IS British after all).
Nadia so generously lent me some pretty little things from her Autumn/Winter ’14 collection to wear for a fun D&tG studio photo/video shoot (sneak peek here). The video and images will be released early next month, so stay tuned for that!
Of course I had to take advantage of the short while I had the clothes to do an outfit post with at least one of the garments. This yellow dress was definitely my favorite. Can you believe I don’t own A SINGLE yellow item? I think that needs to change. Yellow is such a cheery color (although ironically I read that people most often lose their tempers in yellow rooms, so go figure).
It’s been a sad good long while since I’ve done a Career Day post. After Katie’s post, I took nearly a year off from the column.
I’ve recently been asked about if I’ll bring back the column. To be honest, I really missed it too. I love getting a peek into other creative people’s lives. Or maybe I’m just nosey. Either way, I’m bringing back Career Day!
To kick us off again, I’ve got Brian Morrow from Shark Pig.
Film maker. Day dreamer. Rapper. Creative director of Shark Pig, a full service production company/digital agency.
Haven’t heard of Shark Pig? Here’s a little background info for you…
I’ve done about a million weird gigs. I was a paper boy, a wood workers apprentice, a projectionist at a movie theater. I installed a telecommunications network at a housing project for Indian Monks. I worked at the flag ship Taco John’s in my home town – Cheyenne, Wyoming. I painted two building sized grain silos in the world’s weirdest town – Fairfield, Iowa. I was the head of Security on the movie Hesher. I got sent to Dubai as an air courier with one hour notice, same thing with Rome except that time I saw the Pope!
I’ve stood at the finish line of marathons and photographed thousands of runners drag their nearly broken bodies across. I’ve shot hundreds of graduations and hundreds of weddings. I’ve spliced fiber optic cable in cold tiny trailers and mounted giant satellite dishes on the top of radio towers. One time I was hired to pretend that I worked at this architectural design firm so it seemed like they had more employees during a big client meeting. I ended up editing a rap video and answering to the name “Brant.” It’s all in a days work.
I finally stopped taking day rates when I started a production company called Shark Pig. Now I just have one job, but it keeps me busier than ever. Our recent clients include: Levi’s, Purina, UGG, Midori, Audi, McDonalds, Pfizer, Lucky Magazine and Paul Mitchell to name drop a little. I’m currently producing a feature documentary on the life and work of Hal Ashby and trying to remind myself to read a comic book or play a video game from time to time.
Do you have questions for Brian to answer about Shark Pig, his life before Shark Pig, his personal life, his favorite pair of pants, etc.? Send them all over (don’t worry; they’ll all be completely anonymous) for Brian to answer at email@example.com by next Tuesday, October 21st. Brian will be on D&tG Thursday, October 30th to answer your questions and talk more about his work and his life! So get cracking on asking some questions!
I know it may not seem like it because I keep things lighthearted here on the blog, but I put a lot of pressure on myself. A LOT. I felt a climax of that pressure develop over the summer. Since I had time off from school, I immediately became absorbed with Drifter & the Gypsy. Constantly taking pictures, posting at least 5 times a week, brainstorming ideas for posts, reaching out to companies, writing emails, networking, planning photo shoots, etc. My mind was always ON and I was burning out. I’d beat myself up if pictures I took weren’t up to my standards or if a post on Instagram didn’t get a lot of likes. Not good or healthy at all. I was genuinely scared about starting school again in September because I didn’t know how I’d ever keep up with my schoolwork if I felt like I was running just to stay in place on my school break. (more…)
You’re at the thrift store looking for a great wool hat, and the only thing you can find are flowery hats that belonged to Blossom fans in the ’90s. If Blossom hats aren’t your thing, it’s actually pretty easy to give life to an old wool hat by simplifying and trimming it – all without sewing and finished in 10 minutes.
1. Remove sashes, flowers, etc. Be extra careful with this step because sometimes the sash can be glued on pretty tight. Use a pair of sharp scissors or a seam ripper to remove extra details (and *gently* scrape away the glue with your scissors) until you have a plain wool hat. *If you still have lots of excess glue and it isn’t coming off, I recommend covering it up with a strip of leather – form a band around the crown and hot glue it in place.*
2. Trim the brim. To be safe, I recommend marking all the way around in advance with fabric chalk, and always start by trimming a small amount first if you’re in doubt. I trimmed about 5/8 inch around the brim. When you’ve got your desired brim width, trim any jagged edges for a smooth, round brim.
The beauty of felted wool is it doesn’t fray, so after you cut the brim, it’s all set for wear – no hemming or finishing.
3. My hat was looking a little wrinkly and misshapen, so I decided to reshape it using steam. Steam your hat – as the steam hits the hat, gently remold the wool using your hands. When finished, lay the hat upside down (on the crown) to dry. This serves as a great hat refresher.