Thursday, June 28, 2012

String Theory

We originally saw these fantastic string and nail portraits here on Gizmodo. David and I did something like this a few years ago, but...a circle. No fantastic shading, no painstaking precision (this was made with one unbroken strand!) I'd be tempted to give something like this a go in our living room, if I wasn't concerned about being an unimaginative Copy-Pants. The circle, sure... a five year old could have imagined it, but at least it was birthed in my own dull noodle. So, for now, the new apartment will have bare walls while my brain works on propagating a new original idea...  ... a rhombus? I kid, I kid.

But seriously. Isn't Kumi Yamashita talented?!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Illustrio Obscura

I know...the end of June is a strange time to show you calendar print-outs for 2012. But here we are. RMK life took a little longer to launch then either Rachel or I anticipated. I drew these for Christmas gifts, but you can give them as gifts to your walls now, or change the dates and give them as gifts next year. Mostly, just give them. I'm sure you've got some fancy-pants thing set up now, but don't worry...these are so shy, fancy-pants won't notice. Kristen Mrdjanov
All pages can be viewed after the jump.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

SHE Is | Happy Birthday

I was recently pondering a KOCO NY type card my sister gave me years ago titled "She Is." I have it framed, but only once in a while do I take the time to reread it. I think every woman can appreciate and relate to it in some way.

I couldn't find it online, but this is how it reads:

SHE is real (as in phenomenon)
She is real (as in authentic)
She is a dream.
She is a woman Homer sung.
She is a non-prepositional phrase.
She is a wonder.
She is adorable.
She is not a doll (as in Barbie.)
She is a motion. Emotion...
She is sound. (Song.)
She has a memory.
She has the ability to listen. 
And speak. And touch.
She kisses. She lives in history.
She has a psychology.
'Shes' rhymes with he. See. And free.
She is the spoken word.
She is the mother of all creation (in a Jungian context).
She is the source of mythology.
She was Eve and a tree.
Love. She can make love
and she can break just like a little girl
(to quote Bobby Dylan)
She has a circulatory system.
She comes in many colors. (Often brown tones.)
She can experience things emotionally.
Rationally. Objectively. Spiritually.

Today happens to be this girl's 25th birthday.

She also happens to be one of the wisest, most loving, intelligent, giving women I know (and pretty exemplary of that poem above). I hope you all are as fortunate to have friends and family like Kristen Mrdjanov.

Here's to your first quarter, K. (And cheers to the rest.) <3

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fiona Apple - A 23 Word Title

I will never forget hearing Fiona for the first time on a small stage in a small midwestern town.  She was so tiny, and then this voice came out of her. There is this ethereal quality to it that just cannot be captured or recorded.
That said, I rarely like more than a few songs on her cds, but she was just so intoxicating live that I cling to those songs to remember that haunting voice.
This new cd is no different. Her strongest are the first and last songs ("Every Single Night" and "Hot Knife"). Hot Knife takes the cake though.

She has an octopus on her head and looks like a coke addict, but she sounds like a fairytale in the meantime.

Kristen Mrdjanov
Just wait until the end of this one.

Get Outta He-ah! KM in the AM


Guys, I know. I'm as guilty as the next person. When it comes to lunch, I can barely peel myself away from my desk long enough to trip down the hall to collect my lunch. Forget that hour of solitude.

Happily, studies are giving solid reasons to get out and take a break. As if it weren't enough to read that sitting is killing us softly; we now know that women are less likely than men to take breaks, and are more likely to burn out in the long-run.

I made it a goal to take my lunch each day last week with my camera, and was reminded just how cool Chicago is (well, besides this incident).

True, I only got out four of the five days, but it's progress! Livin' la vida loca, amigos. One hour at a time.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Doughnut Vault: Worth the Wait

Hi there, friends (and other peeps)!

Rachel, here.

Kristen and I are very excited to share our first blog post with you. It was only appropriate we experienced the deliciousness that is The Doughnut Vault, together (and with family!) this past weekend.

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