School of Doodle: Online School for the Imagination

School of Doodle: Online School for the Imagination

A school that focuses on the imagination and enables teens to only be limited by their imagination… Welcome to School of Doodle! ART DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!!!! Read their inspiring story and please be sure to pass this on to all! A team of female role models has joined forces to launch the the REVOLUTIONARY School of Doodle, a free online learning lab dedicated to empowering teenage girls through teaching the arts and exploring their creative resources.  Now on Kickstarter, the school will be set up as a peer-to-peer digital learning community and offer a range of classes and tutorials led by artists, including Marina Abramovic,  Rodarte, and Kim Gordon. The aim of the project is to teach girls to speak up and express their creativity – a set of qualities that the organisers of the campaign define as being loud.     The arts are being cut from schools and yet all the research shows (look below!) that when teens’ creativity and imaginations are fortified, they excel and stay in school longer as well as develop the necessary skills for future success. And girls, well, read the recent articles on the Confidence Gap in women. If we are going to close that, we need to start with teen girls. NOW.   After extensive research and interviews with teens, teachers and education reform experts, we believe that a girl’s imagination is a right and not a privilege. And, if we don’t fight to protect it, the next generation (of women and men) will suffer.   So we pooled our savings and started to build School of Doodle. NOTE PLEASE SUPPORT THEM...
Paris Was Ours… the world capital of memory and desire.

Paris Was Ours… the world capital of memory and desire.

Paris offers me something I have never experienced in any other city…complete inspiration with a bigger-than-life ambitions.  On this trip alone I found new bohemian art movement, a sub-culture that focuses on turn-of-the-century heritage, inspiring views of lost streets, rows of nestled bookshelves, turn-of-the-century art technique, endless cafés with enticing gossip, artists refuge and a new way of finding the perfect cheese for my wine habit.  In between documenting the city I had a chance to read at many Parisian cafés my new favorite travel book “Paris Was Ours.”   This was the PERFECT book to celebrate my 47th trip to Paris.  “Paris Was Ours” is a  collection of thirty-two writers reflecting on the city of lights. They were once outsiders who became insider.  Throughout the book they share their observations and revelations about the world’s most seductive city. So why Paris? I think Eleanor, Ernest and Vincent say it best: “Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”– Eleanor Roosevelt “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” -Ernest Hemingway “There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even—the French air clears up the brain and does good—a world of good.” -Vincent Van Gogh                     ...
The Art of The Bag

The Art of The Bag

Art installations by Muze caught my eye this year at WWDMagic.  This company really gives you a chance to purchase art driven accessories.  This is more then just a bag but a new way featuring art over your shoulder.  Keep in mind this is not for the weak-of-heart but for you who have the need to express themselves in artful way through design.  Recently at WWDMagic I had the chance to get up and personal with the owner, Melissa Samokishyn.  See below with my interview with the designer herself with an update on the art-driven bags you have to have this summer. If you are interested in shopping the collection, check out my links below for Nordstroms.  Also on my recent trip to NYC, I had a chance to stop in to Patricia Fields, aka Sex City stylist guru,  location in the Bowery. Ms. Fields herself had also invested into some artful driven bags by Muze.  To contact Muze directly: info-muze@gmail.com Muze ‘Trapezoid’ Leather Clutch Hand-painted leather creates a sultry, shadowed effect on a modern clutch accented with mixed-tone hardware and a detachable chain strap. Muze ‘Splatter’ Clutch Hand-painted leather lends modern-art edge to a sleek clutch accented with an asymmetrical flap and detachable chain strap...