We’ve taken some time to play and make photos with things we love.
Everyday Oil has been a part of Chris and my daily routine for about a year, since seeing our friends at Sightsee carry it on their shelves.
Once you put it on you never want to not smell that aroma on your body, or in your hair. I’ve never had a “scent” before, and I’m not one to keep many products around in general, but this one has made an exception in our bathroom.
It makes me feel good and I love that. Thanks for what you make Everyday Oil, xx
I’m looking forward slowly uncovering the positive effects that this pandemic has had on our spirits, how we think and create. In my own heart + mind, I’m seeing small, ity bity steps towards being more forgiving with my creative self. I’m doing my best to let her wander instead of sitting her down and forcing her to make something. Here’s a little piece of wandering I wanted to share.
The first set of images you’ll see below, were made during a studio visit in late February. Raven and I were lucky to share these moments together while she was working on her most recent series, ‘Tulips’. A few weeks later, we became aware of the fact that we wouldn’t be able share the same space to make the final photos for the series. She entrusted me with the keys to her studio, and I created this set of images with just myself and the pieces.
It was humbling to go into the empty studio, which is normally alive with creative energy, laughter, conversations with the other studio members, and simply embrace the situation at large. I couldn’t run from it. And in the quiet that came with making photos by myself, I felt more emotional. I looked at the pieces in a way I don’t normally get the chance to. It was like we all got to talk to each other.
I want this part of an artist’s story to be told, as novel and strange as it is. Even on the best days, an artist is poised to bend to ways of nature. Whether it be the subject, your own psyche, the climate, or a virus - something will change the outcome you may’ve intended and that’s okay. We keep going because for most of us, art is the through line. It’s the one thing we don’t have the option of not doing, so whatever the circumstances, we will find a way to create. And that’s what we did.
I’m continuously impressed by Raven’s imagination and ability to innovate. Since the start of quarantine, she’s been hosting live IG drawing series every Thursday, which is something that’s brought me and many others a lot of joy. I’m thankful for her trust, and despite the circumstances, we were able to make something beautiful separately, yet together.
We made these photos for our friends at J.Stark before the pandemic pause slowed us, and I delivered the final images about a week into quarantine. I remember feeling some sadness over the fact that I was to deliver images during such a bummer of a time. But there was a moment following the sadness when I felt my spirit remind me what a gift it is to hand over something that I feel truly excited about. These images bring me so much joy and I’m convinced that joy translates. We made these images with friends, in a style that we’re really proud of. We hope you enjoy.
Chris and I are big fans of front yard grilling. It’s a move we grew fond of when we realized that our backyard is swampy and no fun to hang out in in the summer time. The front yard, however, is perfectly perched, with a stoop, and great visibility for people watching / talking with neighbors. It’s a win win win. We’ve been really living into the front yard lifestyle since quarantine has evolved, and thankfully had the time and resources to make some images and videos for Red Clay while we were at it. Featured in the images is the time we tried to make pizza on the grill (spoiler: it didn’t turn out that great, but you can’t really tell in the photos) - as well as the snack + aperó hour with Abundant Seafood fish collars, and oysters. And my favorite video, which highlights Chris’ and I’s breakfast routine / preferred way to eat eggs :) We had a fun time making these, hope you enjoy! xx