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3 May

Home Again

South Africa gives me a perspective of what’s real and what’s not real. So I go back to South Africa to both lose myself and gain awareness of myself. Every time I go back, it doesn’t take long for me to get caught into a very different thing. A very different sense of myself. -- Dave Matthews Express your passion, do whatever you love, take action, no matter what. -- Valdimir Tretchikoff   Home is your family, your community, even the house you grew up in. It is the culmination of your memories from past to present. Years go by, you grow up, everything changes, but your idea of home remains. In a way, home is one of the strongest and most...
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5 Mar

Studio Diaries: The Power in Process

“Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.”  Carolina Herrera Recently, I have been reading a book about the habits of famous artists. It has been enlightening to find out about the vastly different and interesting rituals and quirks employed by talented creatives. It has made me think about my design rituals and art in general. In bringing a creation to the world an artist adopts his or her own particular methodology of getting things done. It is a well-balanced cocktail of drive and detailed finesse. In this way, every artist is both an artist of their medium and to an equally important degree, an artist of their process. I...
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23 Sep

Design Your World: The Billie

As you all know, Billie Holiday is one of my heroes. When I listen to a song of hers like "God Bless the Child" or "Them There Eyes," it strikes this feeling in me. It is so emotional and so real and it makes me feel inspired and alive. I really appreciate that about her.   There is so much history and myth surrounding Billie Holiday. To design my new look, The Billie, I made sure to do my research. I stepped back in time as I learned about Lady Day and the jazz of her time on the West Coast. I imagined the Fillmore District when the streets were dotted with Jazz joints from the Alabam to Jimbo's Bop City....
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17 Aug

Design Your World: The Washington Hall

Giorgio Armani once said,"Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered." As I stand in front of Washington Hall, I am reminded of this quote. You may have walked or driven past this central district building in Seattle a million times without thinking twice about its history. It’s rust-red brick exterior and white accentuated features don’t make it the most beautiful building in town. As you walk inside, though, the walls begin to speak to you. At one point Washington Hall was the most popular place to perform in Seattle. It’s reputation drew the likes of such talent as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Mahalia Jackson, and Billie Holliday. Jimmie Hendrix even played his first show here years after the blues...
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