New year, new motivations and new creations.
Leaning on You - HAIM
When the Morning Comes - Hall & Oates
no body, no crime - Taylor Swift, feat HAIM
Emily Kelley is an illustrator and block printer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As she states: "My work is rooted in the world around me. It's finding the tiniest of inspirations in the patterns of rock formations, or feeling small amongst a vast horizon... These are the things that keep me curious and looking for more."
Erin Essiambre produces modern hand embroidery into retro fiber art.
Rosa is an artist and illustrator using watercolor and centering on all things nature.
As said in the past: "I majored in journalism, visual journalism, to be more precise. Writing has never really been my thing - visuals usually help me express myself. However, I find reading articles to be so important. It's part of my daily routine. I read to help myself understand what I could never understand as a white person, to discover animals and cultures and jobs and people, and to better understand myself."
Walking While Black by Garnette Cadogan by Lit Hub
"For a black man, to assert your dignity before the police was to risk assault. In fact, the dignity of black people meant less to them, which was why I always felt safer being stopped in front of white witnesses than black witnesses. The cops had less regard for the witness and entreaties of black onlookers, whereas the concern of white witnesses usually registered on them. A black witness asking a question or politely raising an objection could quickly become a fellow detainee. Deference to the police, then, was sine qua non for a safe encounter."
Our Shared Unsharing by Stella Bugbee by The Cut
"This year, it seemed like no matter who you are, whatever you posted, you had a high chance of getting it wrong in some way, because many of the values we’ve come to expect (and enjoy) on Instagram feel incorrect for this moment: Narcissism, flexing, even the forgivable human cry for validation seem crass in the face of so much social discord. Being so flagrantly, publicly self-involved just feels extra-weird and inappropriate right now. There’s no way around that. The alternative, using Instagram to constantly blast out political messages (especially if you’d never posted that kind of material before), can also feel disingenuous, however well intentioned. This kind of tension could spell doom for a social network built on projections of pleasure and success."
Hunt for the Wilderpeople directed by Taika Waititi
(watch on Netflix)
Summary: Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh new start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the Loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec and their dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.
This movie is hilarious. I was cracking up through the whole thing. It was so good to be able to escape into a movie that made me smile, and especially during these tough times, it's important for us all to escape into an adventure and some comedy.
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