Art Love: Jason deCaires Taylor

This video is positively mesmerizing and worth every second of viewing.  After your mind is blown by the beauty of this underwater museum that is an ever changing and growing reef habitat, please visit his website to learn more about this wonderful artist.

Silent Evolution

xoxo, Jenna

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Book Review: Half the Sky

I spent my Labor Day finishing a book that I have been struggling with since last year.  It wasn’t the most cheerful way to spend a holiday, but it was an accomplishment because
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is not an easy read.

This book was extraordinarily hard to get through.  I put it down for days, weeks and even months in-between reads…not because it wasn’t good or wasn’t interesting…but because it was emotionally draining.  Maybe it’s because I’m a woman that made this book such a trial or maybe it’s because my body was violated just like so many in this book or maybe it’s just because I’m human.  

I’d like to believe that it’s just because I’m human and that any other (man/woman :: broken/unbroken) would feel similarly. Anyone who can read Half the Sky unaffected would be cause for great concern.

Emotional content aside, Half the Sky is a beast armed with so many facts, studies and statistics all while throwing abbreviations of terms and organizations at you left and right that it’s dizzying. Almost overwhelming at times, but to say this book is eye-opening is an understatement. To be bombarded with that much horror and injustice on one page is hard, but it’s page after page of real stories. Real people with names and faces, broken hearts, bodies and hopes. All of that is hard to swallow. It’s infuriating to the point of wanting those pages to be so far away from your body that you literally throw them, but then you pick it up again after you’ve had time to settle…after the days, weeks or months that it took…and you get to read of a real life super hero. Someone who has faced that horror and injustice and turned it into something golden. There are a lot of those stories in Half the Sky as well and it’s a mercy.

Read it if you dare. It is worth it, I promise.  
xoxo, Jenna

p.s.  I think I’ll try a barbecue or something more up beat next Labor Day.  🙂

Audrey Project: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Here is my very first piece for The Audrey Project!  My two inspirations for this necklace were the iconic white draped pearls (of course) and that amazing structured coral coat that Holly Golightly wears on her date about town with “Fred, darling.”

Materials:
  • Swarovski Crystal “Pearls” :: coral color ::
  • Vintage brooch :: white enamel on brass
  • Sterling silver closures

This necklace feels so nice on the skin…the “pearls” are smooth and cool and due to their number, they provide a strangely satisfying weight, which is something I find very appealing.  Not sure why.
This item will be available for sale soon through my Etsy!

INSPIRATIONS:
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This movie was really cute…I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to see it.  It had great style, charmingly flawed characters and fun dialogue.  I felt that the ending was very abrupt and could’ve benefitted from a more gradual transition, but overall it was good.  Audrey Hepburn (as Holly Golightly) was by far the highlight of this film, but Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi (the over-the-top stereotyped Asian neighbor) comes in at a hilariously offensive close second.xoxo, Jenna

Tattoo Love: Amanda Wachob

Do you love tattoos?  Well, I do.  Let me clarify… I love beautiful, interesting and unique tattoos.  Barbed wire and Chinese symbols need not apply.  I mean, unless you read/write Chinese, how can you be sure that the symbol you are permanently putting on your body means “Love” and not “I’m an asshole?”  It’s just not for me.  I’m not trying to sound like the grand sage of tattooism, because I’m far from that.  I got my first tat when I was 17 (underage…had my friends sister sign for me), slightly intoxicated and put zero thought into what I was putting on my right shoulder blade.  It’s two flowers (lilies I think) that join in a circle, but it might as well be a sign that says “I’m an asshole.”  I don’t regret a lot of things I’ve done in my life, but admittedly, that decision is one.  I’ve thought about removing it, but since I really do love tattoos, I’ve decided to cover it up with a new design….whenever I decide on what that will be, I’ll be sure to let you know.

I can’t remember where I first saw the tattoo artistry of Amanda Wachob, but I think her work is so beautiful.  I’ve been kind of scared of color in tattoos because when it’s done badly, it is reeeeally bad.  The way she does color though, looks like you’ve just had your skin perfectly painted by a wonderful artist…and that is what I think tattoos should be…works of art on your skin.  I would LOVE to be tattooed by her and if I ever find myself in NYC with a lot of money, I’d be seriously tempted.  Here are some of my favorites from her site….do check it out!

ABSTRACT: these are so cool…I like how it looks like paint.
This style isn’t really me, but I still really like it a lot.
MODERN:  Her color and shading just knocks my socks off.

Who’s feeling the itch to be inked???  This girl.  ——–>  xoxo, Jenna

Art Love: Frida Khalo

Dear Frida,
How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways….

I mean, really.  How wonderful was this woman?! I love her fearless voice, strong mind and independence.  Her strength and her vulnerability and how she so honestly depicted both in her work.  I love her haunting imagery and unapologetic bi-sexuality.  I love that she drank and cursed as well as any man and I even love her unibrow.  I love that she knew who she was and never lost sight of that.  She said “I was born a bitch.  I was born a painter.”  Here are some of my favorites of hers…

Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace
What the Water Gave Me
Two Fridas
The Broken Spine
“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”
Self Portrait with Cropped Hair
Girl with Death Mask (She Plays Alone)
The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico),  Diego, Me and Senor Xolotl
Henry Ford Hospital
The Little Deer
The Dream

“I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return”

Xoxo, Jenna

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