Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
This is my response to a post today on Decor8 by guest blogger Erin at Design for mankind.
"Art is either plagiarism or revolution"
~ Paul Gauguin
Please read the original post and give your thoughts! It is such a good topic!
Oh my goodness, my brain hurts from trying to keep up with this topic. I was actually really inspired to write this response, until I started reading all the other responses. I only got to about the 20th before I had to tell myself to stop. I was overly inspired/ stimulated by all the thoughts and comments everyone had! In my head I start answering questions and developing even more opinions based on others expressions and passionate beliefs. As Ez mentioned when commenting about “taking a step back”, I think it is good advice to give yourself breaks from the mainstream – whatever your profession or situation might be. Let it flow naturally. However, on that note, here are some of my original thoughts when I first started reading Erin’s post:
History repeats itself. There are only so many shades of pink. There are only so many ways you can create a rhythm with stripes. There are only so many ways you can arrange polka dots, zip up a coat, draw a tree, compose musical notes or sit in a chair. We all live on the same planet, go to the same vacation spots and take pictures in front of the same fountains and learn from the past. Sooner or later, as the cycle continues, things are bound to pop up again, only to mutate with evolving technology.
My mother came up with the squeezable ketchup bottle when she was 9. On one too many an occasion, she ended up in tears and with no ketchup after dropping the grocery bag on the way home from the market. People do come up with the same ideas.
Last night I went to a concert featuring the LA Phil, in one of the pieces the description included the phrase, “variations on a theme” by so and so composer. The piece used existing music, changed slightly and it was given a different title. Nobody was up in arms about it.
Being in the hospitality design business, when of our greatest issues is the mass production in Asia. For better or for worse, they can make it faster and cheaper. In some cases this is our saving grace, as we change only 30% of a design and reproduce it overseas, then our project will come in close to budget. We get to keep our jobs. In other cases, we work hard to reach a truly original design, made of only quality materials, only to see it striped and diluted by overseas mfg’s into something more readily available to the masses.
As with so many things, I think it depends on educating people of the situation. Ignorance is bliss. We can’t condemn the people who are unaware. Those who are aware should know better. Or should I say, at least be smart enough to put in enough variation on the original theme. ;) I liked Vicki’s comment, “The only real way to fight that battle is to strive to be the better option - keep being creative, and you’ll inevitably stay a step ahead.” Touché.
** I could go on for hours about this, but I’ll stop here for now.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
As my good friend Sally would say, "Whatta hoot!"
Paint Dancing.com sets up events, where you go and paint while dancing to your favorite tunes. Could be a disaster, could be the best night ever. I guess I'll have to go and find out!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
~ I hope all you 'Agents' out there received your top secret 3 day sale email from AP. Oh the goodies you will receive!
~ Myla is having a delicious sale!!! Ella, Suki, Violet, I dream of you! How did I miss their amazing swimwear line this season! I'm dying for Fifi and Mimi! Also check out their new retro fall line starring Ms. Lydia Hearst, great-granddaughter of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and the daughter of Patty Hearst. check out her looking oh so regal in this post from The Lingerie Post.
~Of course, Spoylt is still running their 50% off sale! Looks like they are cleaning house! Of course my toolbelt and party garter (best idea in the world) have been sold out for quite sometime now...
New Obsession: Linen Sheets
~Found Rawganique , "products for a fragile planet". A great website featuring french linen sheets and organic cotton linens and hemp products.
~ In my hunt I also found: Libeco, the Linen House and Garnet Hill (Anyone ever use either of these 2 companies before?)
~ Tall moccasins
~ Meret Flatware
~ Bebaroque Tattoo Me Tights