Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Package From Sweet Streets

Sweet Streets is an amazing artist representation company run out of California.  They represent female artists including Shojono Tomo, Yuka Chocomoo, Bei Badgirl and so many more.  I actually was lucky to interview Caro, Sweet Streets' founder, for my friends website and you can read all about her amazing job here!  I loved hearing all about it and I think it's so close to what I would have as a dream job although I can't decide if I would want to be an artist or be on the management side.

Anyway, I was also extra lucky to win one of their Instagram giveaways over the holidays.  I didn't think I stood a chance.  But today I finally got the package and I want to show people what was in it.

It all came in a gift bag with tissue paper in a big box.  It was really exciting to receive especially because it wasn't the only package that came today.  I got my print from the Smart Car collaboration between Buff Monster and Adam Wallacavage today too.  My mom thought I went on a shopping spree and seemed kind of annoyed until I showed it all to her.  At that point she was more confused than she was annoyed.  Anyway, these are the wonderful cute things that Caro and Sweet Streets gave to me! 

Shojono Tomo x Onch Movement Stuffed Toy

I saw this and I think my eyes turned into hearts.  This is soooo cute and it's a one of a kind piece too.  Not sure what part of this Onch did but there is that logo on the back so I suppose it was a collaboration.  I don't know the best way to display it either.  It's so strange and wonderful so it needs a perfect home.

Shojono Tomo Heavy Metal Circus Leggings

I love these so much too! They are really high quality too and you can see how nice the printing is.  I have another pair of leggings in a similar style except they're printed with Sanrio toys. I love leggings like these but I never know how to wear them because they're so visually powerful.  Let me know if you have any pro fashion tips for printed leggings!  I think I will wear debut with a black dress I have for The Cotton Candy Machine Biennial Submissional show closing party this Saturday.  If you want to get yourself a pair, you can buy them here through Sweet Streets.

Shojono Tomo Print

I love this print because it's like Alice in Wonderland x Snow White and the colors are amazing.  I can't wait to hang it up in my room.  I am so behind on frames so it's going to have to go hang out in my art pile (it's actually a pile at this point) until I can manage to get myself to a store to frame everything.

I also got a really yummy candy cane, Eimi and Caro's business cards and a thank you note from Caro and Shojono Tomo.  The business cards are possibly the cutest things ever and they make me want  to get new ones even though I just ordered over a 1,000 of them a month ago.  Caro's note is super sweet too.  Thank you so so so much Caro and Sweet Streets!

I highly recommend following Sweet Streets on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram because they post the most amazing artwork and information about art events!

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year

For the new year, I wanted to make a list of accomplishments from 2013 as well as some new goals for 2014.  That way I don't have to feel like 2013 was unsuccessful when making a list for the new year.

Success from 2013

  • I had my first art show
  • Won an award for my photograph of a geisha
  • Planned successful events on campus
  • Wrote articles for the school paper, music blogs and Bitchtopia
  • Made a lot of new friends
  • Self  confidence x100
  • Graduated college
  • Got a job in NYC
  • Met and worked for my favorite artist
  • Worked for 2 additional successful artists
  • Got a job teaching in Japan for next year

Goals for 2014
  • Make more of my own artwork
  • Continue to meet more people
  • Study Japanese every day
  • Pursue new opportunities
  • Try more new things
  • Buy fewer things I don't need
  • Clean my room
  • Donate more money to charity
  • Stay positive
  • Care less about material things
  • Care more about things to be proud of

I feel like one of the most important things I learned in the past year is to take more control of my life.  We have much more control over our life situations that we are lead to believe and I have made a point to use that to my advantage.  I was raised with the belief that "you can have anything you want as long as you want it enough". I have been doing a better job of being conscious of the kinds of things that make me happy and pursuing whatever that may be.  I think it has helped me feel a lot better about myself and my life, especially in this post-college situation that tends to give a lot of people, myself included, anxiety caused by uncertainty.  Not everything is handed to you.  If you want it, you have to go out and get it because there is (unfortunately) no such thing as a fairy godmother that is going to appear at your bedside and turn you into a happy and successful person.  You have to make the choice to take chances and put yourself out there in order to make that happen.  That's exactly what I have been doing and I couldn't be any happier with my life now.

What are you most proud of from 2013?
What do you hope to accomplish in the new year?
Comment below with your answers!

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