28 February 2012

Venice and Mass Consumption

What better place to explore artistic objects than Venice? For the photo series I wanted to explore how objects are sold as art or cultural property, especially with store windows full of anything you could ever dream of. Of course there are many, many beautiful things, but I couldn't help but get overwhelmed when simply browsing through things! With these pictures I was trying to share how I felt while walking down the streets of the city. While a single person may only want to purchase one thing, the variety and selection available in the stores made for an adventurous photo-taking session. A store in its own way can be artistic, and showing differences between one or two photographed objects and a whole flurry of things pushes us to wonder which one we prefer.

27 February 2012

Street Art in Advertisements

A cool piece of art that can be seen off of Via dell'Indipendenza here in Bologna. It was applied using wheat paste, which is the process that I based my own street-art project on. Using any particular kind of starch, even flour or rice and water, you get.... glue! With just a few layers, any piece can stick to the chosen surface. Pieces of art can cover just one small area, such as this one, or entire walls. The choice is yours, try it! (And no, it's not illegal, no criminals here) :)

 One of the coolest uses of street art and design that I've seen yet in Bologna! This little store called "Pekora Nera" is the first one that has a street-art related logo on the inside of their shop. 

The world's greatest door handle, and something that favors design over function!! Who ever said we had to be practical?! Some of the stores in Bologna end up being the most artistic and creative places in the city. What's new and inventive often attracts attention, and it's interesting to see how retail, art, design, and consumption can all interrelate.
The hand drawn self portrait of a Maori chief's tattoos as an advertisement for a local tattoo parlor! I actually studied body-art and decoration at UCSC. Seeing a familiar and such unusual image 5,000 miles away from home is amazing!

Example #2! The exact same design in a different tattoo parlor of Bologna. It's exciting to see how something that was once so diverse and even frightening can be turned into an advertisement for local shops. What was once done out of morbid curiosity is now a new means of creativity and self expression.

Below are several examples of fliers for local bands, events, and films. While picking up at least a dozen of these every week around the city, I realized that I enjoyed looking at them more than actually reading them. As the fliers are used to catch someone's attention quickly, most of them happen to be amazing little pieces of art all on their own. Whether with catchy graphics, hand drawn images, or new patterns, they can prove to be just influential as something more permanent on the street. After all, most of the street art that is created isn't meant to last forever, that's the beauty of the entire process. There will always be more creativity, more artists, and more spaces to cover. Why not start with the art that we actually get to handle every day? The fliers also proved useful in my eco- fashion project, for after photographing those which I liked most, they were then used to make an environmentally friendly jewelery collection. Pretty cool, huhhh?? :)

22 February 2012

Dedicated to a great friend!

Now, as we can all imagine, when it comes to women and  the idea of shopping in groups, there is no such thing as a 15 minute sweep of any store! Running off of caffeine and hormones, we usually tend to like dressing our friends or playing stylist for the day.

That said, I'm doing a day and night look for my amazing friend Julie, who is always combing the isles of H&M with us for the next perfect piece. Coupling light, feminine fabrics or prints with tough-looking jackets or blazers are always an awesome combination.

Here's to you girl! Dawwwwww. xoxo... Gossip Girl...(KIDDING!) :)
Rose Shoes, White Blouse, Black Straight Ankle Paints:
Ray-Ban Online
Denim 3/4 Sleeve Jacket:
Urban Outfitters


Gold Wedges:
DSW Shoes
Green Twist Clutch and Biker Jacket:
Rose Dress:

17 February 2012

Shade The Pretty Face!

What better way is there to step out on the streets in the beginning of  Spring than with new SUNGLASSES?

  • 1.         They cover up any “I-slept-in-my-makeup-last-night” faces
  • 2.          They draw attention to the upper portion of your body
  • 3.          There’s so many funky styles, why not?!
Check out these fun examples from FredFlare.com, $14 each!

11 February 2012

And then came the snow! ....and again....and again.


 Well it's about that time of year! Oh you know, that moment in the winter season where we barricade ourselves inside with blankets and hot chocolate while watching snow storms passing through. Ahem... reality check! Maybe that's what the lovely, and yes I mean truly lovely northern regions of Italy are used to, but for the majority of us Californian girls winter usually consists of rain here and there, while remembering to wear a good jacket in case of heavy winds. Does the rest of the world have the slightest clue as to what occurs once the college students of "The Golden State" find themselves in two or more feet of snow? It kind of goes like this...

-The initial reaction: "Oh my GOD, it's snowing!"
I have to text Julie, Larissa, Kevin, Kerrie, Sarah... I wonder if they've seen  that it's SNOWING!

-Snowball fights
-Teeth chattering
-Lack of suitable socks
-(Followed by) lack of suitable shoes
-Eating Snowflakes
-Slipping while getting up
-Watching out for yellow snow
-Scarf, glove, shoe and sock shopping
-Slipping, again.

Myself and three friends enjoying the Bologna snow, until Sarah had to leave us!

Icicles along la Fontana di Nettuno.

Our friend Nettuno (N-e-p-t-u-n-e [eng.]), covered in snow.