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Create and Cultivate is essentially pinterest on crack…. the team over at No Subject LA partners up with Foam Magazine and some of the lead influencers in the creative realm, providing a weekend to inspire, inform and support future innovation.
The two day getaway was hosted at none other than the uber-hip Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, and we had the pleasure of teaming up as a co-sponsor of this years event! While we could write a detailed essay on all we loved, learned and obsessed over during the weekend, we’ll save you the long read and sum it up as this…
-Brand strategist, Jasmine, taught the art of personal branding in a social media world
-Yours truly (our team at Element) gave a workshop on creating macrame plant hangers and jazzing them up with feathers, beads and braided knots
We love denim. It’s our go-to fabric for just about everything because it’s comfortable, iconic and can handle a little dirt. It’s pretty historic, too—did you know Levi Strauss got his start designing sturdy pants for the gold rush miners back in the 1870s? Yep…denim pants have been coming in handy for years.
Still, every original needs an update now and again, which is why we got messy with a pair of Element Eden skinny jeans and some neon paint. Here’s how to create our fading polka dot pants:
-White and neon green fabric pant
-Pencil with an eraser
-Pair of jeans
Mix two parts green paint with one part white paint in your palette. Dip the eraser end of your pencil into the paint, dabbing excess paint off on newspaper. Start stamping the hem of your jeans in an even, tightly spaced line.
Add about five more lines of tightly spaced polka dots, heading up towards the waist. Gradually start spacing out your dots so they are fewer and farther apart. By the time you get to the waist there should only be about two dots!
That’s it! If you don’t like the messy look of ours (what can we say—we’re creative types), just follow the same uniform dot pattern you started with.
Just a few of our favorite things: music, art, style… and plenty of good people!
Get in on the action tomorrow at the District in Tustin, CA as Sophisticates United Network presents LA Sera with Wakey! Wakey! and Ray Barbee & The Mattson 2!!
Miya Ando morphs her steel paintings with her first ever product design, “Tetsu to kinu,” an “iron and silk” scarf made of 100% silk chiffon and dye! The magical effect that her steel sculptures have on viewers carries on into her ethereal silk scarf, into a beautiful design of wearable art!
Even more beautiful is the fact 10% of proceeds will be donated to benefit Japan’s earthquake and tsunami recovery, still underway! The scarf is only available for a limited time though on Spoon & Tamago, sale closes on July 15th, so get yours quickly!
Size: 22″ x 22″ and 36″ x 36″
Photos by: Karen Kristian
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes (Dam-Funk Remix) (you can dance around to this in your summertime clothes)
Still working on the painting for my friend Durek and too shy to share details yet, soon soon promise!
But here’s something you can lay your eyes on now, either here in this post or in real life, on your body all summer long!
Element Eden’s Summer collection is currently available and there’s four pieces I created in this line. I wanted to share the details on how these things travel from my imagination into your hands.
I also think it’s a little serendipitous that the designers traveled to India last year and said a lot of the inspiration for the summer collection came from the textiles, colors and prints they saw on their trip. Almost simultaneously, I was in Indonesia for a few months where I was inspired by the colors and textiles there. I drew all of these drawings during my stay and even painted one on the side of a friend’s cafe. Now they are available for you to wear on super soft oversized organic tees.
First I take my imagination to paper. I use tracing paper so I can redraw parts a million times over and over until it’s super perfect just like us virgo’s like it. I use colored pencils to keep track of updated sketches.
Finally I re draw everything one more time and then finish them in ink so the lines are clean and clear. Then I scan these drawings and either color them digitally or send them over for Esther (the graphics wizard) at Element Eden to color up and place on Tee’s.
Seriously did I say wizard? Esther Kim is my favorite graphic designer that I’ve ever worked with! This is my favorite part when she sends me back this magical stuff! She works closely with me doing revisions on color and layout to help my imagination + mixed with her awesome visions = come ALIVE. Aren’t these collaborations the best? I think so! XOXOXOXOXOXO I LOVE YOU ESTHER KIM YOU ARE SOoooooo SUPER AMAZING!!!!! XOXOXOXOXO Even just doing this post I get so excited at this point in the process, more than the actual tee’s.
And then elves in a workshop mix up some potions and VOILA! Super soft organic Tee’s for you to live and dance in all summer long!
Many of our fave pieces from the LLG Collection: Inspired by Amy Purdy, are now available at Swell! In celebration, we’ve teamed with the Swell crew to giveaway one of our favorite outfits from the collection!
The contest has already taken off with some amazing shots, inspired by the pursuit of wellness!
Hether, past Eden designer, had knowledge of underground music like a true tuned in beats junkie. Just as quick as she’d get together a design tech pack of the most beautiful bag you’d have eyes on, she’d throw out song names, the root of their compilation and depth of meaning behind each word, cord and back rhythm.
Well, good news, she decided to build a blog around the fruits of her knowledge and pair the two creatives of fashion and music into a beautiful encyclopedia of eye candy for the ears. Yes, yes, now we can all rest in the fact we will soon be firing off band trivia with the perfect poise of a three piece short suit (yes, short suit, get in one… you’ll thank us this summer).
The weekly Behind The Seams series continues!!
Today, releasing the clip we’ve all been on the edge of our seats waiting for, as we go behind the lens of Advocate Amber B Dianda on the creation of “Eden”!
The film itself was co-directed by Amber B and Kirk Dianda, who documented all the products and personalities behind the brand. Amber is also the hand behind the stop-motion animations featured throughout the film, cutting out each piece individually and positioning them one by one for each frame! While I could describe to you the steps taken in making the film, it is much better explained by Amber herself, so without further ado, a Q&A with our dear dear friend…
Alex: Describe what entails stop-motion animation.
Amber B: Stop-motion (also known as stop action) is the process of shooting one picture at a time, and moving an object individually between frames, creating the illusion of a moving image when played back. Stop-motion animation has a long history in the film world, and helped define movies as we know them today.
Alex: Why did you choose to partner stop-motion animation in the creation of the Eden film?
AB: I’m a huge fan of Tim Burton and old school Disney animations, and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at creating my own stop-motion. So when Kirk and I first started talking about this project, we knew we wanted it to keep it short, but still treat it like a story as opposed to a documentary. With that in mind, we needed something to carry the story along, and the animations and voice-overs created the perfect thread to tie it all together. The animations also captured the quirky and creative aspect of Element Eden, so it was a perfect fit.
Alex: How many paper pieces did you cut out by hand for the entire film?
AB: Too many to count, but I took over 2000 individual pictures to create the entire animation!
Alex: About how long did that take?
AB: We worked on and off on this project for over a year, but not a year straight of work… We’d shoot a few days here, and then not touch the project for weeks. I had a lot of other projects going at the same time, so in between those, I would carve out small scenes, one at a time. I would maybe spend an entire day cutting paper out one time, and then other times I’d focus and shoot all day (and night).
Alex: What was the most challenging aspect in the creation of the film?
AB: Trying to cram all the amazing people and things about Element Eden into a piece under 5 minutes. We literally have hours of awesome footage that we shot over the period of the last few years.
Alex: You and your husband Kirk do quite a few projects together as creative minds… Was this one any different?
AB: No, it wasn’t different. Each project we do, we approach it with fresh eyes and strive to capture the idea of the project as best we can. We both work very differently when it comes to creating things, so I think we teach other something different with every project. I usually shoot still photography and his specialty is film, but our rolls changed and blurred on this project. I always love learning and mastering new things, and feel very lucky to be able to share that with the most special person in the whole wide world, my husband.
Alex: What is your favorite part of the stop-motion animation within the film? Why?
AB: I think the words section that describes what it is to be an Eden girl is my favorite scene. I have worked with Element Eden for about ten years, and have met so many amazing and inspiring woman associated with the brand. At first I wasn’t sure how to capture that until I came up with the words that describe an Eden girl… It became a manifesto, and I love how each word grows to reveal the next.
Alex: Looking back, what is one word you would use to sum up the entire film and why?
AB: Feminine. It’s beautiful and nurtures all the traits that Eden stands for.
Alex: In the many personalities featured and interviewed, which sticks out in your mind and why?
AB: Shooting Miya Ando in her studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Miya Ando is the sweetest woman you will ever meet. She’s tiny and delicate but has this amazing studio that is full of heavy duty metal working tools like hammers and blow torches. It was such a contrast to the intricate workmanship of her pieces. She’s incredible, and I will remember that day we spent with her forever.
I love this photo so much! I shot it of Amy Purdy in Idaho earlier this year for the LIVE LEARN GROW shoot and when i look at it it makes me feel so peaceful and full of love. It’s like she’s opening her heart to the world.
Here is a quote from Amy that I think fits this photo beautifully. “Seek what makes you feel at peace, and open to discovery, then share that knowledge and inspire others along the way. Live. Learn. Grow.” ~ Amy Purdy
Check out Amy’s website to learn more about how amazing she is, here.
See more of my photography at amberbcreate.com/photography.
Here are some behind the scenes photos from the day Kirk and I interviewed the Eden Designers for the film; “Eden: The Story of Element Eden”. All the girls were lots of fun to interview and full of mischief! If you haven’t already seen it, check out the film here.
The beautiful girl above is Miss Filipa Dasilva. You can watch a little “Behind the Seams” clip form the interview with Filipa here.
Wendy Choi is our lovely Eden Design Director.
Hether Cook is one of my most favorite people in the whole wide world and a very talented designer and stylist.
Brooke Reidt is one of our Eden Advocate and responsible for some of our favorite T-shirt designs in the Eden range.
Brooke Reidt, Wendy Choi and Filipa Dasilva working on the current Eden range.
Be sure to check back at elementeden.com/us/our-story for a new “Behind the Seams” feature every week.