Sometimes I wish I kept a tangible diary so that when I am in college I can remember how personally I took things like when some boy in my grade told me that he shouldn’t have to actually read Pride and Prejudice because, get this, “Guys don’t read books.” I guess that’s what this blog is for though. Also, every week since 9th grade I’ve done an entry in my sketchbook (I’m a ripe old junior now). Although I started off doing entries in my sketchbook just to fulfill an assignment for my drawing and painting class that I still take at school, it’s now become my favorite way to end the week. In September, I made a moodboard for fall vibes on this blog (aka Dia de los Muertos-meets-Mod-art teacher), and as I flip back through some of my favorite sketches, I realize I subconsciously made them in sync with that post. So in a way, although my sketchbook is mostly images, with the occasional poem or two, an illustration of a boy reading with a big X through it is just as reflective of my mood at the moment, as the story I told you above. Saying all this makes me not feel not as bad that I missed out on some childhood right of passage of diary-keeping, okay?
Left: Pee-wee Herman + robot Right: palm reading ad I found on the street + yin yang block print I carved.
Left: Tennessee Thomas, drummer of girl-band, The Like nestled in a sea of flower power
Left: collage feat. a Tweety Bird Band-Aid I got at the doctor's office. Right: drawing of a ubiquitous angsty teen girl (which is essentially a self-portrait.)
The thought bubbles in the drawing on the right are kind of hard to read but she’s thinking things like “At this rate, I don’t even think Bill Nye The Science Guy, would date me…Or would he?” or “I am so done with patriarchal society,” “Do you think if I dress as a question mark for Halloween people will get that I am The Who? Of course not.” And, “Nothing makes me want to commit suicide more than watching an ASPCA commercial.” 99% are things I have tweeted.
***Note: Since I took the time to make all of this work myself, please don’t reproduce them in any way without asking me first.
Here are some behind-the-scenes shots of something I did with my friends for photographer Danielle Levitt (who reminds me of an edgy Carrie Bradshaw); all of these photographs though were taken by my friend Ruby who is one of the raddest girls on the block (although she doesn’t live on my block, but I wish she did. Whatevez you get I am saying. She is COOL.) I am really excited to see all the photographs Danielle took of us as they come out, but for now I can just stare at these pictures from her studio to remind myself of how cool it was. Everywhere you went there was spin art mounted to the wall! Going to start saving up pennies for a spin art kit, I think.
Emily, Martina, and Me!
We look like a mismatched girl-band here. Emily has on her Deyrolle pour Opening Ceremony cat dress (because she’s a not-so-closeted crazy cat lady), Martina is in a tube top she DIY’ed and other thrifty scores. I am showing off my candy pride, as well as am wearing a painted wooden bunny necklace I got while on this past summer’s trip to Maine at a fair trade store. The yellow yin yang shirt I printed myself from a wood block print and the floral denim skirt is from Topshop.
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