I spend a good part of my work day scouring books, blogs and the deep corners of my brain for inspiration. In the concept designing part of my job, I find seemingly disparate images all over and start to trace a connection to make something tangible. What with the internets and all that collective unconscious flowing around, I find that what I'm into is not all that original. I don't mean this in a self-deprecating way, I actually like it. People are always complaining about how computers are destroying meanful connections but I don't really see it that way. Out in the ether, there are people that make you feel like less of an island, people who see things the way you see things.
I always see my daily inspiration searches as a trip through the vortex. One thing leads me to another and then another and then sometimes back around. Anyone who works with me knows that I get obsessed with things and ideas pretty easily (paleo, yoga ball chairs, ombre hair) and it's all I can think about.
So this very long back-story is a way to introduce a new semi-weekly feature- Obsessed! What's stirring in my brain this week? Let's see...
photos by Ren Rox
In the East coast versus West coast binary, I've always been firmly East coast. But lately, California has been calling me. I think it's a size thing. My northeast is cramped and a bit claustrophobic. I just want to run down the beach and climb some mountains. California seems like a good place to do that.
Lucky Peach magazine
Lucky Peach is the brainchild of chef David Chang of Momofuko fame, a food magazine that focuses on the culture of food in a very thoughtful offbeat way. Before I read Lucky Peach, I erroneously figured it was some some of celebu-chef vanity project (and don't get me wrong, I love me some David Chang) but it is so not that. I learn about 400 new things about food and culture and travel every time I read an issue.
photo of the view from Pulpit Rock in PA by me
OK, this is a big one. I've been going through a hugely intense shift from a die-hard city lover to a girl who craves nature lately and I've started hiking. Nothing too crazy yet, just a few day hikes up some small mountains with my Mr., who, in all of his Northwestern outdoorsiness, is thrilled. Looking for hiking gear that doesn't make me want to ralph has been an oddly enjoyable challenge.
Cathy McMurray's Blog - Habit of Art
I bought a piece of Cathy's art last year from Buy Some Damn Art but only recently started reading her blog. It's a beautiful read, filled with her beautiful photos of nature, her artistic process and musings on daily life.
Maisie Shearing Illustrations
There's something really alluring about illustrations of personal collections and little snippets of daily life. I'm really drawn to Maisie Shearing's work for that reason.
What's got your mind going this week?