+ A painting of mine of Providence from 2012 +
I’ve been pretty under wraps about this for like 8 months now, but I’m moving! I’m heading back to Rhode Island at the end of this month and I couldn’t be more excited. It may not seem like a huge deal since I’ve been moving there and back every year for the past 4 years, but this time, I’m packing up my life into my car and heading up there indefinitely.
I wasn’t really sure how I was going to make it happen so I haven’t made any official mention of it until now. But basically, after graduation I flew down to Miami, found a job within 5 days, and have been putting in my time to make this possible. I’ve sold a bunch of my unloved belongings on eBay and Poshmark and started selling my artwork as prints. Originally, the plan was to move to Boston and I’m so glad I changed my mind because it would never have been financially possible. I’m still even taking a huge jump here because I’m definitely not THAT financially stable but it’ll work itself out. Anyway, here’s to the next chapter of my life! I’ll try my best to squeeze in some last Miami posts but at this point I’m really trying to spend time with family and friends before I put over a thousand miles between us.
Miami, I love you and you’ll always be home. I’ll be back!
Since graduating, something I’ve had a lot more time to think about is the relationship between pursuing art, but also pursuing style. I mean, I’m obviously someone who considers the relationship between the two on a daily basis and probably more than most, but since entering the real world I’ve just been feeling kind of lost in those regards.
My friend Danica put me on to her sister, Ariel’s, up-and-coming creative/material hybrid, American Qi. Really, I don’t think I could’ve assembled a better union of the two. It explores the push and pull of art as fashion and fashion as art in a simple and understated, but totally effective way. The designs are so good, from the choice of typography down to the simple textures. I think her best description of the collection is, “The products attempt to harness the uninhibited energy of contemporary art via the image and redistribute it to the public via fashion.”
The brand’s vision is also inclusive of gorgeous imagery and awesome sounds, and really, I think the appreciation for it all increases drastically when you watch their awesome video.
AQ Promo from Ariel Mitchell on Vimeo.
American Qi currently has a Kickstarter fundraiser to get the brand started but its in its final days! Please donate quickly to help bring this vision to life. If the fundraiser doesn’t meet its goal, it doesn’t get funded!
+ American Apparel Leopard Print Cotton Spandex Sleeveless Crop Top + Vintage Levi’s Cut-Off Shorts (similar) + American Apparel Lattice Jelly Flats in Red + Mandalynn Charlotte Top + ASOS Hipster Bottom +
It’s a strange torture to go to the beach on an incredibly hot day without plans to go in the water. I was bikini-clad and cut-off ready, but if you haven’t heard, Florida’s warm waters are plagued by a flesh-eating bacteria. Real cool. Regardless, it was a great day to catch up with one of my best friends, pouring bottles of water on ourselves to keep cool while drinking my favorite cider ever (cost me an arm and a leg but worth reliving memories of drinking it when I lived in London).
Between Swim Week and my job and other blogging events, I am proud to say I can get to Miami Beach without GPS. I guess growing up is inevitable.