Our grand, end-of-trip adventure. We were 150 feet up, on the roof of the jungle.
I (Aiyana) was a little nervous that a great friendship and business partnership was at stake (this was my idea, after all… and Michelle is afraid of heights… and I neglected to tell her about all of the skywalks and rail-less platforms). But all ended well, with nary a fall nor vomit in sight.
Although Michelle just confessed to me that looking at these pictures is making her nauseous right now.
If things were things, and not metaphors… (the 11-yr old)
Dad is treating me unjustly. Just like Martin Luther King, Jr. (the 10-yr old, when told he couldn’t sleep on the floor)
Are you petting my Talking Tom? (the 8-yr old—now picture Michelle stroking the face of her phone for 5 minutes in a coffee shop)
Hi mom dad is telling me wut to write. Dad is the best. (the 11-yr old)
We neither of us love pictures of ourselves. But after watching this great post about using selfies to work against the status quo in stereotypes of beauty, we decided to just go for it.
These shots were taken today while we were driving our 750 meters of fabric from the market to our production partner. God bless the guys who carried it down the stairs for us.
To do something new, by definition, you must not know how to do it.
I’ve just gotten somewhat comfortable at doing things I don’t know how to do.
This is sort of both a nod to and paraphrase of T.S. Eliot & Charles Eames. It is one of the most helpful and encouraging thoughts to have when making something. If I’m doing something new, it is not only okay that I don’t know how to do it; it is required. (via nathanjohnson)
I’ve been thinking a lot about this idea of doing things I don’t know how to do, and find it singularly reassuring to see such an accomplished friend say the same thing.
The thing is, I find it a relief to think of myself—and, by extension, my work with Imagine Goods—as a Social Entrepreneurship Hack. I’ve never really publicly talked about this, but I use it as an internal guide almost daily. And I’m using the word “hack” in two ways (not the "old, overworked horse" sense … at least, not yet).
1) In the “clever solution” sense, as used in the term “life hack”. If I can acknowledge that the business I am creating is a useful but jury-rigged—and possibly temporary—solution to the problem of extreme poverty, it allows me to move forward rather than getting stuck in an academic or philosophical debate on the “best solution”.
2) In the “unqualified practitioner” sense. If I regularly acknowledge to myself that I don’t know how to _______ (fill in the blank: “run a business”, “design clothes”, “find backers”, etc.), I can take the sting out of the thing and just get on with learning how to do it.
Thanks, Nathan, for reminding me that, “If I’m doing something new, it is not only okay that I don’t know how to do it; it is required.”
Yes. (And check out the full video here. It’s worth the 4 minutes of your life.)
My friend Kristen Meyer over at Salvage Design is doing another amazing project. This time she’s set-dressing a series of mono-color stages for Adrien Broom’s Color Project. I can’t wait to see what happens when a director finally plucks her out of Connecticut to work on a film or music video. Amaze-balls.
Kristen is also the designer who made the custom transform jacket that Hulk talked about in his Looper Comic-Con piece. She is now partnering with my good friends at Imagine Goods to make versions of this jacket that YOU CAN BUY.
This is really happening right now in the studio! This could be my favorite so far. #orange #thecolorproject #propstyling @adrienbroom @ddnickel @miriamhope
We love following the brilliant work of our friend (and stylist/designer) Kristen Meyer! See her Salvage + Design items on our website here.
"the Scared is scared"
Watch this and be a little bit happier today.