A little preview of BEAM S/S '16 out in the high desert of West Texas, because these pieces feel most right among the mountains that inspired them.
Treat yourself to a happy time and relax to the new single "The Economist" by my friend Allen Bleyle, aka Fruity Al. I made him the album art for this new single that came out September 4th.
The documentary "Iris" about 93 year-old style generator Iris Apfel, is currently streaming on Netflix. It's lovely.
Iris's life, spent collecting and contributing to fashion, textiles, interiors, and style as a whole, is expertly documented by Albert Maysles (Director of Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter). The glitter of the global textiles and garments that Iris possesses, and the quirky objets d'art she and her partner have collected over the last 60+ years, is enough to make the film worth it. An added bonus is the beauty of the relationship between Iris and her partner Carl Apfel - a kind of tenderness and union that seems to be made from the decades they've spent growing alongside each other. It's a lovely, inspiring film. Carl Apfel recently passed away at age 100 which gives the film even more of a sweet sentiment.
I just returned from the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music & Love at El Cosmico in Marfa, TX where I hosted a workshop. Participants drew with charcoal, painted with sumi ink and block printed on fabric, making wonderful new work. We held the workshop outdoors, in a gravel driveway facing the wide horizon of distant mountains. Opening and closing with a meditation, I had participants relax and expand into a space of appreciation of all the work they would make. The mountains provided abundant inspiration as we sipped kava root chai made by Austin herbalist, Melani Jenkins.