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I will be participating in an art show this Friday March 1st at Union Pine in Portland. Showcasing four of my costume pieces from the Joshua Tree collection, alongside photography by Jason Leonard. I’ll be joined by the lovely and talented Emily Katz and Rio Wrenn among others. Come out for the festivities!
New Year’s resolutions. Past January, but still a newish year.
1. Be reliable. Simple and general, yes, but necessary for me to really focus on this one. Yes, I do show up to work and I do keep agreements with people, but I could do much better. Me and the calendar, we haven’t been too close of friends in the past, but my goal for 2013 is to start living by my awesome little calendar, and to keep every (try to keep every!!) engagement I agree to. YES to being consistent, reliable, and accountable.
2. Accept change. Things have been changing around here! Change of relationships, change of studio space, change of perspective, change of habits. I am embracing this change, but still feeling attachments to the old ways creeping up. Meditation is super helpful. Last year around this time I went on a 10 day Vipassana meditation retreat and I gotta say, it was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself, probably the best thing. My plan is to meditate every day for an hour, and to be more in the moment in general…plus that’s when creative inspiration tends to happen most.
3. Reaching for higher goals. I’ve always had aspirations and have lived my life based on what my heart wants. This is how I live! I run a small clothing line and play in bands, trying to find that extra time to choreograph for the hip hop dance troupe. But I feel that I’ve also had a smallish vision of what that life looks like living my dreams. I think I am capable of more, and that’s what I’m going for now. Doing good work in the world, being an inspiration to others, teaching, and bringing more abundance. Also, full circle to the first resolution: Dedicating myself to what I’ve already set in motion! Full on 100% commitment.
Here’s to your resolutions, your changes and growth in 2013.
Our residency Hits of Sunshine at A-Z West in Joshua Tree was… amazing. Here are some more photos starting from my big day of dyeing fabrics for making costumes with Angela, to our adventures in the desert and our nighttime and daytime performances. I’ve been home in PDX now for almost a month, the desert is starting to feel like a dream..
Jodi is busy finishing up the documentary; I can’t wait to see it! We’re planning a showcase of our residency in the middle of January here in Portland…we’re going to debut the documentary, play our music and have a little runway show of the costumes I made down there. I miss my friends in J-Tree: Andrea, Dan, Katie, Angela, TJO, JMY, and all the others. I’ll be back again. Perhaps a touring desert-hopping residency spanning states??
I have had some fun since being back in Portland, went to see the Oregon Symphony a few nights ago and have played a couple of shows with the magnificent Dubais, normally a solo dance/media project by Nadia Buyse.
*Desert photos by Angela Suchey, Jason Leonard and Julie Perini
Week 3 already…how time has slowed down, or sped up..I can’t really tell. It feels like I’ve just arrived! Here are some experiments with draping, structure vs. flow, and getting dirty with dyes! The pieces that are lying flat on the plastic sheeting are dyed using an ecru dye mixed with rusted vinegar, mom’s secret recipe. I feel like this technique is giving my costumes the “ground in dirt” look I’m really going for. The dots are created by a magical ingredient I won’t divulge..
I’ve named the white cape Cloud, and the red cape, Red Cloud (creative right?). I call them my sister capes. Planning on bleaching out the red a bit for that desert look..tomorrow I get to experiment with more color and try out different fading/bleaching techniques with Angela, we still have yet to meet in person, but her photos are amazing. Looking forward to it!
The balloons: During the big windstorm the other day while Lisa and I were alone here at A-Z West, I noticed these little dots of artificial looking color in the distance, it really stood out against the constant tans and browns..so Lisa ventured bravely off to explore and took this awesome photo.
The big mushroom/UFO cloud? I don’t know, it’s weird right?
This residency continues to inspire me and I am absolutely filled with gratitude for it. More to come..
Here we are in Joshua Tree, experiencing the desert in many ways. Thanks to Allan Wilson for supplying most of these great shots, and to Lisa for capturing our environment in unique ways through a camera’s lens, especially that amazing video-still looking photo of the sheep’s ass (one of my faves of this series). We’ve been having an incredible time; my mind has wound down quite a bit since arriving here one week ago. I’m going to be posting shots of the costumes and describing my creative process more in depth this week! Stay tuned for pictures of me getting covered in fabric stain!! Excited to share with you what we’ve made so far..if you’re interested in reading more about our adventure in the desert visit our BLOG.