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{Inspiration} Visual Acoustics…

In my last post about Mr. Rogers, I had mentioned watching two documentaries last weekend to creatively rejuvenate. Being that it’s Friday, I thought I would let you know what the second one was, in case you were in need of some inspiring relaxation this weekend yourself. It was a documentary called Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman. Not only do I love mid-century architecture, but I love photography too. This film will make the modern enthusiast swoon. I have to say, the combination of the Mr. Rogers & Me documentary & this one, was magic. It was a perfect balance in my book.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all of you awesome dads out there too! 
Photo credits:
1) Case Study House #22 via
2) Julius Shulman & Richard Neutra via 
3) Kaufmann House (Richard Neutra) via 
4) interior via
5) interior via 

{Inspiration} Kevin Clash

It’s Friday… & being true to my 2012 self, I hunkered down with another good documentary tonight. Nothing like rounding out this week of “Muppet Love” with  Being Elmo. A friend on facebook recommended this documentary to me this week after seeing  my “Muppet or a Man” post. (Incidentally- we’ve been singing that song along with the whole Muppet Movie soundtrack non-stop for days.) I’m so glad she brought this film to my attention- as I’m not exactly sure how this one slipped by me.  Learning about Elmo creator, Kevin Clash’s puppeteering journey, was exactly the kind of inspiration I needed to start the weekend. While it’s true, I’ve always dreamed of working for Jim Henson, you don’t need to be a puppeteer want-to-be, to love this movie. So, Being Elmo gets my “inspiration” pick of the week.  Happy Weekend!


photo credit: beingelmo.com

{Inspiration} Bill Cunningham…

I finally saw the documentary, Bill Cunningham NY,  last weekend & I have been thinking about it all week. I’m totally smitten with Bill. His vision, diligence, & dedication is so inspiring. If you love fashion & photography, you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already. Bill Cunningham is a character worth knowing about & this film falls into my favorite artist documentaries ever category. I’m so glad I learned about him. And so the research continues… 

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{Inspiration} Collaborations…

It seems like at the first of the year I always go on major research tangents. I’m a sponge that soaks up inspiration & information as if to store it for the rest of the year. I love discovering how things connect. My brain is on overload with facts & inspiration flitter fluttering around in my brain. This week it all started with researching Maurice Sendak & watching the documentary, Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait directed by Spike Jonze (who directed the movie Where The Wild Things Are). I find Spike Jonze brilliant & adore Maurice Sendak. I was happy to find this photo of Maurice Sendak, taken by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity fair this last August. Being that I love photography, her photographs are always a pleasure to discover.

Then my memory was jogged that Spike Jonze directed this awesome video that features Christopher Walken that makes me grin ear to ear. Christopher Walken has always intrigued me & I’m a sucker for a good dance sequence. So there you have it, four inspiring people & some very cool collaborations. Hope you have a great weekend & have a chance to dance a little!  

{Everyday Inspiration} Vivian Maier…

A few weeks ago a photographer friend of mine, Richard Sayer (Sayer’s namesake), passed on a link to me that made my head spin. It was a blog dedicated to the recently discovered photographer, Vivian Maier. She was a street photographer & nanny that  had a prolific collection of photos that were discovered by John Maloof at an auction in Chicago. John had such a strong reaction to her work, that he has been documenting, scanning, & unfolding all the information that he can find about this mysterious lady. The Chicago Tonight show, did a feature on her work that can be seen here

It was these first two self portraits of Vivian that really sucked me in. I absolutely love them. Since seeing them, there has been a lot more information unleashed- a documentary film is being made, a book, along with a museum show in Chicago. The whole story is really fascinating to me & I knew that I wanted to write a post about it all. I’ve been seeing her photos pop up in the blog world lately, like here & here. But I never can get enough of a good thing. There are tons and tons of photos to choose from and they are all wonderful. What really struck me about a lot of her photos is her ability to capture relationships between pairs. She has a lot of pictures of sweet & vulnerable moments between, friends, couples, strangers, and children. So in the spirit of spreading the word, here is a handful to browse through…

I find both the story of how her work was discovered & her photography itself, inspiring. Looking through the published photos makes me shiver. I’m grateful to my friend for passing on the link to me. It’s pretty exciting to know that this project that John Maloof started is really taking off!  Check out this video if you have a few minutes. Enjoy! 

{Everyday Inspiration} Vivian Maier…

A few weeks ago a photographer friend of mine, Richard Sayer (Sayer’s namesake), passed on a link to me that made my head spin. It was a blog dedicated to the recently discovered photographer, Vivian Maier. She was a street photographer & nanny that  had a prolific collection of photos that were discovered by John Maloof at an auction in Chicago. John had such a strong reaction to her work, that he has been documenting, scanning, & unfolding all the information that he can find about this mysterious lady. The Chicago Tonight show, did a feature on her work that can be seen here

It was these first two self portraits of Vivian that really sucked me in. I absolutely love them. Since seeing them, there has been a lot more information unleashed- a documentary film is being made, a book, along with a museum show in Chicago. The whole story is really fascinating to me & I knew that I wanted to write a post about it all. I’ve been seeing her photos pop up in the blog world lately, like here & here. But I never can get enough of a good thing. There are tons and tons of photos to choose from and they are all wonderful. What really struck me about a lot of her photos is her ability to capture relationships between pairs. She has a lot of pictures of sweet & vulnerable moments between, friends, couples, strangers, and children. So in the spirit of spreading the word, here is a handful to browse through…

I find both the story of how her work was discovered & her photography itself, inspiring. Looking through the published photos makes me shiver. I’m grateful to my friend for passing on the link to me. It’s pretty exciting to know that this project that John Maloof started is really taking off!  Check out this video if you have a few minutes. Enjoy! 

{Everyday Inspiration} Vivian Maier…

A few weeks ago a photographer friend of mine, Richard Sayer (Sayer’s namesake), passed on a link to me that made my head spin. It was a blog dedicated to the recently discovered photographer, Vivian Maier. She was a street photographer & nanny that  had a prolific collection of photos that were discovered by John Maloof at an auction in Chicago. John had such a strong reaction to her work, that he has been documenting, scanning, & unfolding all the information that he can find about this mysterious lady. The Chicago Tonight show, did a feature on her work that can be seen here

It was these first two self portraits of Vivian that really sucked me in. I absolutely love them. Since seeing them, there has been a lot more information unleashed- a documentary film is being made, a book, along with a museum show in Chicago. The whole story is really fascinating to me & I knew that I wanted to write a post about it all. I’ve been seeing her photos pop up in the blog world lately, like here & here. But I never can get enough of a good thing. There are tons and tons of photos to choose from and they are all wonderful. What really struck me about a lot of her photos is her ability to capture relationships between pairs. She has a lot of pictures of sweet & vulnerable moments between, friends, couples, strangers, and children. So in the spirit of spreading the word, here is a handful to browse through…

I find both the story of how her work was discovered & her photography itself, inspiring. Looking through the published photos makes me shiver. I’m grateful to my friend for passing on the link to me. It’s pretty exciting to know that this project that John Maloof started is really taking off!  Check out this video if you have a few minutes. Enjoy! 

{Music Monday} dark & creepy …

Are you having a hard time getting into the Halloween Spirit? Well, just listen to a little Dead Man’s Bones, and that should help. I saw this video last year and was really intrigued with it. Click here to check out a short documentary about the Dead Man’s Bones tour last Fall. The band’s philosophy and the way they incorporated various children’s choirs on tour is really cool. Happy {Halloweenish} Music Monday!
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{Music Monday} dark & creepy …

Are you having a hard time getting into the Halloween Spirit? Well, just listen to a little Dead Man’s Bones, and that should help. I saw this video last year and was really intrigued with it. Click here to check out a short documentary about the Dead Man’s Bones tour last Fall. The band’s philosophy and the way they incorporated various children’s choirs on tour is really cool. Happy {Halloweenish} Music Monday!
{image via here}

{Music Monday} dark & creepy …

Are you having a hard time getting into the Halloween Spirit? Well, just listen to a little Dead Man’s Bones, and that should help. I saw this video last year and was really intrigued with it. Click here to check out a short documentary about the Dead Man’s Bones tour last Fall. The band’s philosophy and the way they incorporated various children’s choirs on tour is really cool. Happy {Halloweenish} Music Monday!
{image via here}