Floral Fashion in Times of War

The Slavic workshop Treti Pivni (Three Rosters) brought back Ukrainian traditional floral crowns, known as Vinoks, as a way to celebrate national pride after the Ukrainian Revolution of 2014 and Russia’s annexation of Crimea.


Mint Music: Miya Folick

Miya Folick (Source: Miya Folick’s Facebook Page) In celebration of women taking over politics during 2018, this week’s Fresh Music find is a fearless Californian artist: Miya Folick. In her recent Album debut: Premonitions, her songs are filled with transparent messages, and a perfect fit for the redemption era we are going through thanks to social movements everywhere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCgqPYN0epw Miya Folick- Stop Talking Just last week Pitckfork reviewed the album describe the songs as “anthems, battle cries for personal universal empowerment”. With a folky, eighties sound it is bound to make you feel your own innersole wanting to rebel. Her sound is a trifecta of attitude, rhythm and fashion. So start learning the lyrics that you can still march the last two months of the year and close 2018 with a rebellious bang!

Mint Music: Sigrid

Sigrid Facebook Page Our weekly music discovery features Norwegian singer: Sigrid. With only 21 years of age she has achieved international success with her single: “Don’t kill my vive”, earning her the Music Sound Award 2018 by the BBC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6A2LHGx8_A High Five- Sigrid Last month she was featured on Paper’s Magazine 100 Women to Revolutionazing Pop along with Lykke Li, MØ, St. Vincent to name a few. And has also performed on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last April. Her ‘High Five’ single part of her Raw EP is a great way to enjoy the remaining days of the summer break. For more information visit Sigrid’s website.

Hakone: a tridimensional experience

Japan never considers time together as time wasted, it is time invested.” – Donald Richie Hakone is located less than 100 kilometers west of Tokyo.  Hakone is THE place to go if you want to have a complete personal journey. By visiting 3 iconic sites you will experience a re-birth of sorts: First we must cleanse your body at the Onsen (hot springs). Japanese are very particular about cleanliness and at the Onsen it is taken to a whole new level. For starters you must completely bathe yourself before entering the Onsen, once there you are not allowed to wear any clothing to prevent contaminating the water, if it makes you feel better mixed bathing is forbidden. Also since 2015 a lot of places started prohibiting access to people with tattoos for fear of being related to the Yakuza Clan. However some onsen may allow access if the tattoo is…

“Landscapes of Possibility”

Ji Zhou, a multimedia artist based in Beijing found a unique way of creating mountain ranges, skyscrapers, coastlines and islands by using recycled books and maps. He defines this concept of imaginary worlds where civilization and nature play the “landscapes of possibility”. During 2016 the artist’s series of photographs “Civilized Landscape” where showcased in New York city at the Klein Sun Gallery. The gallery says that his work ask the question: “What is civilization—a constructed illusion created by man or an inevitable product of evolution? What is the truly ‘civilized landscape’?” Ji Zhou creates 3D scenes by hand, once completed he photographs them and edits them digitally to bring them to “life”. (Source: mentalflossr)


“A person’s a person no matter how small”  – Dr. Seuss A series of documentary photographies narrate life in 2011. Includes photographs from: Denis Bautista, Zemberek, Nikolas Mernic, Steve Hill, Denis Buchel, Al Sheihk, Dian Agung Nugroho, Hippolyte, Manuel Vilches, Marcel Rebro, Jose Ferreira, Oocappan, Goucho, FRS Photography, Richard Ford, Medhi Eskandari, Gunnisal and Wings Photography.

“Dress Codes: Clothing as a Metaphor”

In 2009 36 contemporary artists from 6 different countries united to use clothing as material, inspiration or medium. The exhibition took place at the Katonah Museum of Art and was curated by Barbara J. Bloemink. “The 36 artists in Dress Codes use clothing to explore a variety of issues ranging from feminine concern, racial stereotyping, and immigration to globalization, current events, and the violence of war. Many of the works explore a number of these subjects concurrently, reflecting the complexity of contemporary life.” Today we face a world driven by consumerism and intolerance. Fashion has always looked for a way to express emotions, heritage and even political and religious views. In 2017 a 2009 exhibit that uses recycled clothing  as a way to create awareness about gender, ethnicity, war and homelessness is still (sadly) relevant. (Source: Katonah Museum of Art) Author: Mariana Mijares Contreras