Otomi Folk Art

I first discovered and fell in love with Otomi Tenango embroidery on a trip to Mexico City with my grandmother years ago.

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These colorful patterns were first created by an indigenous group called the Otomi living in a town called Tenango de Doria, just north of Mexico City. In the 1960s, they suffered a severe drought which destroyed their farming, so they were forced to pivot and focus on another industry: textiles. Their designs were inspired by nearby cave paintings, and were made using brightly colored embroidery.

These vibrant colors and patterns make me so happy and bring joy into a space. I've been seeing the Otomi textiles (traditional and inspired) more lately. They were a source of inspiration for a recent branding project which I will reveal soon!

Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

The Plant Provocateur Candle Packaging

Before the holidays, we designed packaging labels for The Plant Provocateur's latest products: Biophilia No. 5 Candle and Biophilia Winter Solstice.

Biophilia is "the suggestion that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems" or "a love of life and the living world".

Both candles smell amazing, have a nice thick slow burning wick, and are made of EcoSoy wax hand-poured in Silverlake.

If you're in Los Angeles, you can find these candles at The Plant Provocateur shop:
3318 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026 - @tpprovocateur
 

See more projects we did for them here.

Happy Birthday Ray Eames

Today Ray Eames would have been 104 years old. She was and still is one of my biggest design heroes since attending art school and first seeing The Powers of Ten film.

She and her husband, Charles, were artists and designers in the 1940s. Through their 40 year collaboration, they explored design in furniture, architecture, crafts, textiles, illustration, photography and film. Several years later, their products are still popular and can be found at Herman Miller or Design Within Reach.

"What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts." – Ray Eames

They designed their house and studio Case Study House #8 in Pacific Palisades – "a laboratory of creative thinking". If you haven't been, I highly recommend a visit.

For more information about Eames, check out the official Eames website: eamesoffice.com.

Project Launch: Huckleberry Café & Catering

We are so pleased to announce the launch of the new Huckleberry website - version 2.0!

I had the honor of creating the first one back when the restaurant first opened, so I was thrilled to help them with the update.

We kept the look and feel of the Huckleberry branding (including the yellow polka dots!) and gave it a fresher and updated look with the new website. We were fortunate to be able to use the beautiful photography shot by Matt Armendariz for the Huckleberry cookbook. Beautiful photography makes a huge world of difference in how you present your product or service. We made the photos large to feature their artisan baked goods.

The site was programmed in Wordpress so that the team could make menu changes easily and immediately if needed. The site responds nicely on mobile devices so that people "on the go" could order take out, get directions and contact the shop.

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If you live in Los Angeles, this place is a "must" for delicious and seasonal home cooked meals made with the finest and freshest ingredients.

Huckleberry is located at 1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401.
huckleberrycafe.com

Happy Birthday Joan Didion

“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.” – Joan Didion

The great style icon (satorial & in writing) turns 82 years old today.

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Not only am I a fan of her writing, I also love her no-nonsense sense of style. She has always managed to look so cool and effortless. I guess it comes as no surprise since she started out as a Vogue staff writer in the 50's.

Here's her packing list excerpt from the White Album (1979) Vogue.com. She often traveled coast to coast for work.

I like these six outfits inspired by her found on Elle.com.

Documentary alert! Coming soon.... visit website.  Can't wait.

Giving Thanks

Wishing you a delicious long holiday weekend from my corner of the world to yours.

Prides Crossing, Massachusetts - Fall 2015

Prides Crossing, Massachusetts - Fall 2015

In post election time, it makes me ever so grateful to spend quality time like Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones.  I'm planning on taking advantage of the quiet weekend in LA and going to see the film Manchester By the Sea. My husband and I lived in the town right next to it when we were living in Massachusetts these past 2 years, so it'll be fun to see how it is portrayed on film.

Gobble Gobble!