Walking the distance

San Diego, Summer 2010, Operation Awesome Summer/road trip.



No Budget Performance

Last Friday, the 3rd of December my friend Han (a Belgium girl,who is also doing an intership at Camilla Norrback) I was at this art exhibit in Stockholm, Södermalm. Students from Kungliga Konsthögskola presented their sculptures, paintings or performances, making us reflect on human behavior and the relations between people. 
In the beginning I only took a short look at the girl making ice-cookies, who was standing right by the cold entrance. It didn't really speak to me - or so I thought. When we came back later and stood looking at her for a little while, seeing how cold she was, and despite that fact how persistently and stubbornly she went on doing her self-torturing performance, it became the most important piece to me. 
I interpret it as a sort of illustration of how we love. 
She is standing there in her little kitchen with all the housewife cliches making little cookies out of snow. She marks each and every one with a little red spot representing a heart. Then she puts them on the ground where they melt away - disappear. 
The eternal falling in love, the love dies away, you get hurt - melt, but next time it's the same over and over again. You keep going for love, even when it seems as there will be no happy ending, and you get colder and colder.. 
As hard it is to put words to art I tried to express what I felt when experiencing this one. I am not sure if this was what she wanted, since we didn't find a brief description on the different pieces. Maybe she wanted the viewer to find out for themselves. 
I'll probably never know, but it's not that important anyway, because this one really touched me, and I think that is what art aims to do.


See time pass

Kaviar Gauche dress
A picture taken a while ago, actually just when I recieved my camera. A new camera that is, when after too long Best Buy decided to give me a new one instead of getting the old one fixed. But well now I have it back.



The nothingness of the moment / Status Quo

As everyone who occasionally likes to read this blog knows, nothing is really going on at the moment. I'd say more than just a moment, but for a while now.
I could apologize, but am not going to. Explain though, that's something I will do.

This vacuum in action and the publishing of posts are due to a couple of reasons.
First of all, like most might have read, I have no camera. Hopefully, a new one will be sent soon and arrive in my vacant, sad hands, ready to do a lot of shooting.
Furthermore, my computer is out of space and not very willing to communicate with my newly purchased hard drive. And I need help to that sort of stuff, and my helping hand is very busy with studies. (Don't die on me now beloved computer).
I am also deep in a lot of different and sometimes confusing and certainly very preoccupying thinking about life choices in generel. Thoughts that are not yet ready to enter paper or for that matter puplic net until they have gone through a lot more ... shaping,  I think I'll call it. This is not sad thoughts at all, it is a very welcome development that follows new life experiences, new friendships and having an open and independent mind (if I may say so myself). I am in a process of gaining knowledge about myself, my values and the world.
And then the last reason, though I have a lot of ideas for posts, I would myself find them, well, not as capturing without pictures as they would with pictures. And I am also not one who can post and post and post about smaller things. I need to take my time and I need to feel that what I am posting can give something to someone out there. (Hope I actually accomplish this, when I do make a post).

I have learned from other bloggers, that to establish and maintain readers interest, you have to post often, if possible, once a day. I can now note, after having blogged for about a year, very randomly, that I am not gonna be that type of blogger. I blog when I have something to share, and when I have the time, energy and desire to do so. In periods this happens often, in periods (like this current one) I'm very absent.
So whoever enjoys reading my blog, is probably a person who values quality over quantity, and that's how I want it to be.

Having said all this, I can't wait to get my camera again, and start sharing beautiful Stockholm and my life here with you.


Maybe I'll be catching some good flees..

After a busy week I'm about to leave my kille in our little apartment in Kista, to go to Uppsala on a flee spree with a couple of girls, who also intern at Camilla Norrback. I wish I could take pictures with my camera, but all I have is the one on my little Sony Ericsson phone, so that will do.

Besides I should give an update on a couple of things I bought so far, being in lovely Stockholm. A Camilla Norrback skirt from the spring/summer 10 collection and a pair of Scorett shoes. And who knows if I'll find something cool today at the Uppsala flee market or in the thrift shops.
Another thing I should also share is some pics of our apartment; our tiny pre-furnished apartment that we made into our cosy warm home.

After two weeks in Stockholm with busy days and completely unpredictable weather I love it! We still have so much exploring to do, wich will not in the future include the English Pub situated below our apartment in the mall, Kista Galleria which we visited yesterday, since the liqueur store close at 7pm (3pm on Saturday..). Tomorrow our plan is to go sailing on the boats that take you around Stockholm, the city that is also called Scandinavia's Venice. The sun should be out and it should be wonderful.  


The big picture

Here comes something to look at while I am kinda gone, hiding, in the dark og something like that..
The big picture - Russia in color, a century ago.
This is an article about colour photo before man was able to take colour photo, and this is why these pictures can give you an insight nothing else can.

Looking at the colours, the light, the clarity of the photographs it's hard to believe that they are not taken with an excellent DSLR-camera in our time, but with a specialised camera using red, green and blue filters between 1909 and 1912.

Give yourself a treat and check out old Russia with velvet and water, beautiful intense portraits and mezmerising landscapes.

A little treat while I'm pretty absent, not having my beloved camera to capture my days at camilla norrback. You don't have to be all in the dark though. At Marit's blog, my fellow intern, you can read some of what 's going on.


So.. What's next? What's on you mind, what's in your head?

I am back from the road trip (the unfinished road trip blog). Hey, I'm even back from the US, back in Denmark. At least 'till Saturday, when I'll be leaving here again to go to Stockholm.
In Stockholm where I'll be doing an internship at the Swedish label Camilla Norrback - check it out here. I simply cannot wait to start!

But I am back without my camera. The zoom broke, and screwed from a rip off waranty, they didn't wanna give me a new one, so I am currently waiting for it to be repared and shipped to the store, picked up from the store and shipped to Sweden. Could't take a while.
So all I have now is the pencil in my hand. And until Saturday I have my parents scanner next to me. That will just have to do for now I guess.


Sign me

Yeah, I have alot, and then I didn't have time to post because we have been getting the car ready for an epic road trip and packing for that, and in that time also managed to go hiking and climbing in Rumney, New Hampshire. 

Tomorrow morning we're taking of - first stop New York City, where we're gonna pick up a friend, Jon, who is also coming.
 If you wanna see what's going on in the next two intense weeks, where we're gonna be on the road, you can follow the trip on the blog Operation awesome summer.

I probably won't get much posting done in the following two weeks of road trip, so here's a little of what I planned to post. 


Take my breath away

On Wednesday I went to the ICA in Boston to see the Exhibit with Dr. Lakra, an artist and tattooist from Oaxaca, Mexico. His name can be translated to something like Dr. Delinquent. I have a thing for tattoos and old school, kinda 50's style art, and Dr. Lakra uses both in his art besides from mixing a whole lot of symbols from cultures worldwide.
Picture from the visual art guide Art Splash

Little did I know that another exhibit there, would blow me away completely.
Do you know the feeling when your heart starts to beat faster, and you feel kinda out of breath. Similar to being in love, the moment he sends you a smile, or maybe a text, or he invites you out.. 

Well, that's how I felt walking around looking at these incredible art pieces. Of course it's because of what I do. I sew. I embroider. I'm nerdy about it. I love it. And I appreciate the difficulties and how much work it is.
I am talking about the artist Charles LeDray and his work.
He makes everything himself. Only three found objects. No assistants. His mom taught him to sew and embroider from he was four years old and he is so talented!
His exhibit called workworkworkworkwork at the ICA contains a number of smaller or miniature sized suits and outfits, alot of them connected with even smaller ones. A tiny suit made of and attached to a small suit. A small jacket with an unknown number of clothes inside. A blanket of little garments. Jackets and suits with embroidered labels on.
First LeDray picture from the Telegraph. Other pictures are from the website Sperone Westwater.

Read more about the exhibit here.
If this catches you, read also this blog post from The Layers Of Meaning.

Like I said, I was blown away. And feeling like this looking at his work, 
I know I am in the right place.


Window Decorations

I have a whole bunch of posts on my mind, so hopefully and probably a whole bunch of posts will be posted in near near future. 

A window decorated with vintage sewing machines... 

It's the English chain AllSaints. Check it out here.

The art of excessive belts

I bought this big 80's belt in a vintage shop when I was walking around on Newbury St. And it's a vintage shop, not a thrift shop. All the things there were pretty expensive and really picked with care to meet the rich taste of rich people. But this was almost affordable, and too cool to let go, I thought.
It's very big and will easily dominate an outfit. I think it looks best with more simpel things and it will be perfect for a black dress to a party.


International Poster Gallery

Yesterday I planned to visit the Judi Rotenberg Gallery, but unfortunately it turned out to be closed. Instead I wandered around on Newbury St. and came across this cool shop with original vintage poster prints. Just wish I had a huge house and lots of money.
The front of the shop, from Newbury st.com.
The shop inside.
And they also sell these charming old travelling labels for your suitcase. Oh, how I wanted one of those for my brown suitcase, but I didn't feel I could spend 25-50 $ on something that is kinda redundant..

I would love to have one of the beautiful posters hanging on my wall.
Read about the posters here.


Cherries and steam

My most recent purchase to add to my collection of dresses is this cherry dress from Urban Outfitters. I wore it to a party on Friday with the steam punk ring that had just arrived and a nail paint called thinking of blue.


Boxes and cases

Yes, I am aware that this also might be some kind of an addiction. 
On pictures in earlier posts, you will be able t see my beloved vintage suitcases. 
Now against all reason, I bought this box. Ignoring the issue of how to get it to Denmark/Sweden from Boston. Things will work out in some way, I know that. 
It caught my eyes one day of innocent shopping in Goodwill at Central Square and what are you supposed to do for 10$?! I immediately fell in love. Wouldn't you?!

The Barrette for Etsy.com

This piece (though already posted on my blog) is now for sale in my Etsy shop.


A thing for steam punk

I think I have a thing for steam punk. I guess it started when I saw the movie La Cité Des Enfants Perdus, in English The City of Lost Children.
An amazing movie with an amazing universe, with all it's creepiness and the feeling of being lost that reeks from the movie. It is truly fantastic.

That might be the reason why I fell in love and bought this ring from St Joshua on Etsy. I can't wait for it to arrive.

Disclaiming rights. The pictures above do not belong to me. They are only used for commenting reasons.