Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Q&A with Ami Vega, Author of Designer Nails: Create Art at Your Fingertips

According to Univision, "Ami Vega is a force of nail art in NYC." Ami Vega is the creator of El Salonsito, the innovative nail art business and blog (elsalonsito.com) that brings art to people's fingertips. She has worked with such major beauty companies as Revlon, Essie, and Maybelline and her work has been featured in national and international publications. She also has a monthly showcase column in Scratch magazine in the UK. Since the launch of El Salonsito, Ami is often called on to provide her signature nail art on high-end fashion shoots and runway shows. She created a set of tutorial videos with Maybelline NY for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and has created nail art for super models, celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Vh1’s Mob Wives, and even art royalty like Diana Picasso, granddaughter of Pablo Picasso. Other clients include Monika Chiang, Donna Karan, and Chado Ralph Rucci. 

With over 13,000 followers on Instagram, it's easy to see why she's a hit amongst beauty bloggers and fashionistas in the trip-state area. 

I recently had a chance to ask her a few questions and here is what she shared:


What have you been up to, Ami? 

Professionally, I've been working on quality nail care and educating my clients on the importance of nail care and how vital it is to showcasing perfect Designer Nails. I'm also working on opening my first full nail studio in Manhattan for 2016. As far as personally, I've been working on getting back into illustration, a passion I've had all my life and the foundation for what I do today with nails. I'll be launching a website for my illustration and prints, which will be for sale.


Why did you decide to publish a book?

My desire to create a book came from my desire to answer many of the questions I get asked via social media. A huge part of my following are girls who are heavily into nails and are eager to learn all the techniques to get perfect nails and nail art. At times I can't reply to every questions, so I felt this book was a great way to address all questions and provide all I know when it comes to great nails and nail care.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
I'm inspired from life. I literally look around for things around me, from the pattern of a leaf to a pattern on a woman's dress. I love art as well, one of the key inspirations in my life has been Keith Haring. I'm obsessed with lines and patterns. I'm also in love with the art of architecture, great masters like Frank Gehry truly fueled my love for geometric shapes, lines and forms.
Any advice for young Latinas?

Never lose sight of your goals, and know that the road to success is not a straight forward ride. You're going to hit bumps in the road, so sigue pa'lante and don't let them slow you down! Also, embrace the greatness that is you - as an Afro-Latina woman, I know certain odds are against me - but I work through them and love who I am and you should too!

Follow @Amivnails on instagram and be sure to get a copy of her book!




Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Papaya Art

I came across a Papaya Art card while on honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii. The day before my birthday, we rented a convertible and toured the island. Of course, that day the heavens opened up and we drove cautiously around the entire island, through the heavy rainstorm. When we stopped at the shops in Hanalei, I came across the card below, which we bought and now i'm obsessed with their design aesthetic. See more below.

























Tuesday, July 01, 2014

L’Artiste who painted herself

The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.” 
― Madeleine L'Engle

I've always wished I could draw, paint, sketch... Ever since Bob Ross' The Joy of Painting gentle voice urged us on, Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings took us on his adventures and  Commander Mark in the Secret City shared all his secrets,  it's always been one of those things "I would one day get to."

A few weeks ago, I finally decided to give it a go and bought a ton of watercolor and oil paints, a few canvases and a ton of brushes.

My first one was going to be a horizon on the water but it turned out to be Amapolas (Poppies) and so my second go, I did the horizon. They're not stunning masterpieces but I cannot tell you how very still I felt my mind go while I was working on them.



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

La Cura

“I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” ― Rudyard Kipling

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Azucar! Kara Walker's Marvelous Sugar Babies Coming to NYC

Kara Walker is one of my foremost favorite artists.

Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg
Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg (Photo: Wikipedia)
 This May she will take over Brooklyn’s legendary Domino Sugar Factory to present Marvelous Sugar Baby, an homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant. Cannot wait!



Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sometimes it's hard depending on your creativity for a living

What is it like to work in the creative industry?

It's really hard being the "idea person" sometimes.

 This video illustrates what it's like to walk that line between creativity, relationships, the pursuit of financial profit, and the many directions you can intentionally or unintentionally find yourself taking.
Wonderland | A Short Form Doc on Creative Commerce from Eskimo on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Vine: There is never enough

I love you, always. Time is nothing.” ― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife

 
* My first Vine attempt.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Reflections on NaNoWriMo

I've been sitting on several chapters of my unpublished, unfinished novel for years now. It's been so long that I've had to transfer the lengthy file to a new computer every couple of years to assure it's safety.

I was envision this, from here
Two months ago, I moved to a larger apartment where I now have my very own study/boudoir, which serves as my library and dressing room. My boyfriend jokingly refers to it as my "Lady Room" the foil to his "Man Cave."

Before I moved in, I had visions of hours-long writing stints surrounded my by art, books, and lovely things but in reality, I've had little time to spend in there at all. It came to me that perhaps the best bet to finish my book would be during a pregnancy - giving birth in more ways than one.

It's gotten to the point where I now have THREE great ideas for a book: one fictional and two, nonfiction. The latter two are no more than aspirational concepts and sometimes I wonder if I should just go ahead and query an agent now and worry about completing all three later but then I reign myself in. I want or need the timing, no, everything to be right because I know each one will be a success.

This is an outline J.K Rowling used while writing.
Since it's National Novel Writing Month, I've seen a lot recently on getting that book finished or published. Some of the articles like this one on how to use an Excel Spreadsheet to outline your novel  or Designing your story with the use of a snowflake fractal, I'll be quite honest, simply turn my stomach.

Is that really the best way to write a book? Is there a recipe, blueprint, secret sauce to doing this and doing it repeatedly? I remember reading this article on James Patterson's formula and thinking, well, that's one way to do it.

I've gotten in the (very bad) habit of just being in the mercy of my muse. When she beckons I follow, for hours if need be and when she doesn't, I let her be and I know that's probably not the best way to get where I want to go.

On a walk home recently, I thought to myself, wouldn't it be grand if I could write and publish a book every year for the rest of my life. I think back to the all the teachers and supporters who thought I would be a published author before I hit twenty sometimes and I feel as if I have failed in some way. I know I haven't but  we all deal with our little doubts and demons.

I know am not the only creative person out there with ideas and projects everywhere and no time to bring them into being. How do you deal with this sort of thing? Do you have any advice for me?


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

My New Twitter Header

is literally a piece of art.

Canvas print by Jon Solid, at Domeasolid.com


Have you changed yours yet?  Mashable explains how to do it here.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Storytelling is Universal

"The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms."  --Muriel Rukeyser


Muriel Rukeyser
Muriel Rukeyser (Photo: Wikipedia)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lit Links & Things:

Português: Memorial Árabe, na Praça Gibran Kha...
Português: Memorial Árabe, na Praça Gibran Khalil Gibran, em Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Finally saw Hesher - loved it! Joseph Gordon Levitt can do no wrong in my book.
  • An Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution. Los Tocayos Carlos, a book-length monograph and comprehensive website published by the Columbia Human Rights Law Review

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wall Writers: Documentary on Graffiti in its Innocence


WALL WRITERS Promo Video from R. Rock Enterprises on Vimeo.
From director Roger Gastman—a producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop—comes Wall Writers, a documentary on graffiti in its innocence.

Through unprecedented access to TAKI 183, CORNBREAD, and a host of other legendary writers, Wall Writers tells the story of a time when underprivileged city kids refused to keep lurking in the shadows, when the streets were so wild that fame and infamy became indistinct, when art became a democracy and self-promotion became an art.

And the narration is done by John Waters!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mixed Media Wednesday

Vincenzo Rizzo
via Etsy.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Future Forecast: The Book as an Fetishized Object & Obsolete eReaders

Books as a Thing

According to Ann Mack's, director of trendspotting for JWT, New Normal forecast, which includes the top trends from JWT's annual report gathered from "interviews with experts and influencers across sectors including technology, luxury, social responsibility and academia," we will see the Objectifying of Objects become a Thing in 2012. "

As objects get replaced by digital/virtual counterparts, people are fetishizing the physical and the tactile," she observes, just like we have seen with the re-emergence of vinyl especially at shops like Hot Topic and Urban Outfitters that generally serve a younger generation demographic, who view records as both novel, cool and meriting homage. For book lovers and collectors, this sort of veneration has always been normal but for doomsayers who have heralded the extinction of physical books this might be a counterweight to their argument.

For the publishing industry, this trend holds a sweet upside: Lavish treatments usually reserved for cookbooks, art and coffee table books can now be extended to other genres to entice younger consumers to own their favorite book(s) in a new kitschy way.

That Kindle/Nook You got for the Holidays Will be Obsolete Pretty Soon

Ebooks, transmedia and other forms of consumable digital media aren't going anywhere but gadgets that don't follow the convergent trajectory of technology will. Matt Alexander shares and validates my perspective here in his post: The E-Reader, as we know it, is doomed.

Technology is moving so swiftly that singular function devices such as cameras, watches, organizers, walkmans, even pens, were left in the dust years ago (Hello, Palm PDA) and 2012, also foretells a huge shift in the payments sector that sees the death knell of credit cards, cash and well, even wallets. It seems that the trend is only intensifying toward a portable device that does everything and fits every need because technology is converging and improving all sectors of life as we know it.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Stuff I'm Totally Sweating: butter LONDON 'Black Wallpaper' Nail Skins

Last night I was thinking about how I hadn't written a fashion related post here in a while so I decided to bring back my Stuff I'm Totally Sweating forays into fashion blogging. So excuse for a minute, while I get totally girly on you.

Last summer, my best friend introduced me to Sally Hansen Salon Effects, which are basically colored stickers for your nails that mimic the look of expensive manicures. I'm one of those people who is fascinated by nail designs but find that they also border on gauche and tacky. I tried them and discovered they were easy to use but didn't last any longer than my regular polish and also didn't allow me to use my protective layer of nail hardener, which I am rarely without. Add in their limited variety of colors and designs and I'm sad to say I'm not a big fan.

However, something about THESE butter LONDON 'Black Wallpaper' Nail Skins, which I discovered while holiday shopping online last month, made me want them immediately.

Perhaps, it was the unfulfilled little goth/steampunk/rebel in me that jumped at the lovely black decals or maybe it was the murmuring of a Frida Kahlo/Georgia O'Keeffe mother muse reminding me to be a Senorita with flowers in her hair on her nails. Whatever it was, I purchased them and repressed the urge not to buy them in bulk hence they sell out.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Express Yourself

A recipe for healing and personal growth:

"Queen of the Dragonflies" by Kathie Briggs
Honor yourself.

Take of yourself.

Love yourself.

Don't settle or tolerate mistreatment from anyone.

Ask for what you want.

If you don't say what you want, then you're not going to get it.

Put it out into the Universe.

If you don't know what you want, go on a journey within.

Find your inner strength.

Speak to your inner child.

Tap into your passion, intuition, and wisdom.

Each one of us has a unique gift, strength and talent that longs for expression in the world.

Claim your power.

Do what you love.

And then share it with the world.

"Remember that you are
a human being with a soul
and the divine gift
of articulate speech"

--George Bernard Shaw
*** My new mantra for 2011

Sunday, September 19, 2010

How to Be Alone: a poem with music and video

Combating #SundaySadness



Favorite quote: "Lonely is healing, if you make it."
HOW TO BE ALONE by Tanya Davis

If you are at first lonely, be patient. If you've not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren't okay with it, then just wait. You'll find it's fine to be alone once you're embracing it.

We could start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library. Where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there. Where you can browse the stacks and smell the books. You're not supposed to talk much anyway so it's safe there.

There's also the gym. If you're shy you could hang out with yourself in mirrors, you could put headphones in (guitar stroke).

And there's public transportation, because we all gotta go places.

And there's prayer and meditation. No one will think less if you're hanging with your breath seeking peace and salvation.

Start simple. Things you may have previously (electric guitar plucking) based on your avoid being alone principals.

The lunch counter. Where you will be surrounded by chow-downers. Employees who only have an hour and their spouses work across town and so they -- like you -- will be alone.

Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone.

When you are comfortable with eat lunch and run, take yourself out for dinner. A restaurant with linen and silverware. You're no less intriguing a person when you're eating solo dessert to cleaning the whipped cream from the dish with your finger. In fact some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.

Go to the movies. Where it is dark and soothing. Alone in your seat amidst a fleeting community.

And then, take yourself out dancing to a club where no one knows you. Stand on the outside of the floor till the lights convince you more and more and the music shows you. Dance like no one's watching...because, they're probably not. And, if they are, assume it is with best of human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting. Dance until you're sweating, and beads of perspiration remind you of life's best things, down your back like a brook of blessings.

Go to the woods alone, and the trees and squirrels will watch for you.
Go to an unfamiliar city, roam the streets, there're always statues to talk to and benches made for sitting give strangers a shared existence if only for a minute and these moments can be so uplifting and the conversations you get in by sitting alone on benches might've never happened had you not been there by yourself

Society is afraid of alonedom, like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements, like people must have problems if, after a while, nobody is dating them. but lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.

You could stand, swathed by groups and mobs or hold hands with your partner, look both further and farther for the endless quest for company. But no one's in your head and by the time you translate your thoughts, some essence of them may be lost or perhaps it is just kept.

Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those sappy slogans from preschool over to high school's groaning were tokens for holding the lonely at bay. Cuz if you're happy in your head than solitude is blessed and alone is okay.

It's okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can't think like you, for this be relieved, keeps things interesting life's magic things in reach.

And it doesn't mean you're not connected, that community is not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. take silence and respect it. if you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it. if your family doesn't get you, or religious sect is not meant for you, don't obsess about it.

you could be in an instant surrounded if you needed it
If your heart is bleeding make the best of it
There is heat in freezing, be a testament.

Friday, June 01, 2007

The joy of women & 500 years of art

 
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