The Emmys 2018 Red Carpet Has the Wedding Inspiration You Need

ESC: 2018 Emmy Awards, Jessica Biel, Justin TimberlakeAlthough Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are already married, their Emmys 2018 ensembles are inspiring our wedding day dreams.
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The Emmys 2018 Red Carpet Has the Wedding Inspiration You Need

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Christian Siriano Talks Inspiration, Celebs & More

The fashion designer opens up about how he finds inspiration for his designs and his favorite trends. Plus, find out which celeb he is dying to work with.
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Why Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist Considers Meghan Markle a Beauty Inspiration

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How Amy Adams Related to Her Sharp Objects Character and Found Inspiration in Reese Witherspoon

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Wide receiver Justin Watson is far from home in Tampa, but he’s never without his source of inspiration — his older brother Tommy.
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Activision Says Its Drawing Inspiration From Battle Royale Games

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has said the company is “very good at being inspired” by trends in the industry, like the growing popularity of the battle royale genre.

During an investor call, GamesIndustry.biz reports that Kotick voiced his admiration for Fortnite for “attracting new gamers of all ages and genders.” He later added that “when we see people innovate in an interesting and impactful way, we are very quick to figure out how to capture inspiration from innovation.

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Kiki van Eijk Talks Google, Hermès, Salone del Mobile and the Lasting Inspiration of Vincent van Gogh

A NEW DUTCH MASTER: Artists are never any one type, as indicated by Kiki van Eijk’s workload.
Her designs will be featured in various capacities at Salone del Mobile, starting with wall hangings in the Google-presented “Softwear” at Rossana Orlandi’s gallery. The installation bows to the public Tuesday.
For Nodus, she has designed a carpet inspired by a Venetian Carnivale that she painted with watercolors. Another project she has been involved with that will be shown in Milan during Salone del Mobile is called “Shadows of Gold” for Doppia Firma. Working with a gold leaf laboratory in Venice, van Eijk aimed to relay the same kind of energy as sunlight streaming through a window, so she made a replica of the window that is in the laboratory, which shows experiments as to how the light shines through and how an object catches the varying light. The surrounding area will be in shadows while the marble objects that will catch the light will be covered in gold leaf.
Van Eijk has also been hard at work designing the booth for the Dutch furniture brand Linteloo, which will include blown-up versions of her watercolors that will be printed on curtains and transferred onto the space.
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Ken Dodd was ‘such an inspiration’ – tributes paid to the comedian

Celebrity fans pay tribute to the Liverpool comic legend who has died at the age of 90.
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Japanese Inspiration Drives Aurélie Mathigot for Paris Pop-Up

Beyond being a fan of Japan itself, Aurélie Mathigot loves the precision of Nippon creation. As such, the artist, known for her distinctive combination of photography with crochet and embroidery, was pleased to be asked to create a series of limited-edition objects in collaboration with Japanese brands as well as some French labels for a pop-up at The Japan Store Isetan Mitsukoshi, within the Japanese Culture House of Paris.
“They are very good at the detail,” she explained at the inauguration of the pop-up installation, in place until March 10. “It’s nice that people appreciate the detail in your work. It’s a way of life to make time to make something, and I like to work a lot,” she continued.
Among the selection on offer in the store are re-editions of the popular wallets she designed for Comme des Garçons in 2014 featuring her artworks.
Other collaborations include one with cult Japanese sneaker label Patrick, with which just 10 pairs of shoes were printed with Mathigot’s crochet designs. There is also a selection of “furoshiki” – traditional Japanese cloth wrappers for gifts made in partnership with Otutumi – and ceramic sculptures made with broken pieces of pottery by Kyoto artisans that she re-formed

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Celebrity Style Inspiration: Holiday Looks

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Garrett Borns Reveals Inspiration for Second Album

MUSIC, MAESTRO: For his sophomore album due out next January, Garrett Borns, aka Børns, has tapped into a “futuristic Beach Boys” register. “Whatever that means,” laughed the androgynous singer-songwriter at the Sacai show Monday.
“I draw from a lot of older inspiration, Sixties and Seventies rock, but this album is a little more orchestral, there’s more layers in a way,” continued the artist, who will be touring in France in November. For this week, he said he had arranged a listening party in Paris so a select few could preview the new songs from the album, which just wrapped. “It’s a good excuse to preview some of the things, get some reactions,” he explained.
The current French music scene was an inspiration for DJ and music producer Diplo, another front-row guest. “There are so many cool new French rappers like MHD doing some really cool music, I’m really, really into it,” he said. “They’re mixing African and French music together, it’s very cool.” He would like to work on something tapping into the genre, he said. “Major Lazer has a lot of fans in France so it would be cool to do some French things with music.”
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San Sebastián: Glenn Close Discusses ‘The Wife,’ Finding Inspiration, How to Celebrate Award Wins

SAN SEBASTIAN — There are few careers that boast the diversity and longevity of that of Glenn Close. There is neither medium nor genre that the actress has not worked in on some level. Typically recognized for her dramatic roles, think “Fatal Attraction,” Close has appeared in comedies: “The Stepford Wives,” “Louie,” animation: “Family Guy,” […]

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Microsoft's Skype draws inspiration from Snapchat in big redesign

Microsoft's Skype draws inspiration from Snapchat in big redesignYou can add Skype to the growing list of services copying features straight from Snapchat. The Microsoft Corp communications service on Thursday announced a major redesign of its mobile app, including a “Highlights” feature that lets customers snap photos and videos that will be temporarily visible to their connections. The feature carries a strong resemblance to Snapchat’s “Stories.” That format has been growing in popularity within social and messaging services and has recently been incorporated into Facebook Inc’s family of apps, most notably by Instagram.



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Why California Should Be Your Style Inspiration This Spring

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Many Ways for Artists to Find New Sources of Inspiration

The mythical view of artists has placed them in their studios or garrets, waiting for the Muse to inspire some great new idea or image. Were that the case, the wait could be a long one, leaving artists with little to do between brainstorms. In fact, most artists rely on good work habits to solve technical, aesthetic or intellectual problems. These include maintaining a regimen of drawing or painting for a certain amount of time every day as well as pursuing certain ideas to their completion in the hope that they might lead to other, new and interesting concepts. In the mostly hands-on profession of art, inspiration comes from doing.
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No artist is free from dry periods or mental blocks, when the old ideas seem to lead nowhere and new ones are hard to find. There are really two aspects to this problem: The first is the feeling of having run out of ideas, which tends to be a very temporary condition; the second is a general lack of enthusiasm about creating art itself and losing a sense of what makes art exciting, which can be far more troubling. For artists who have established a market for their work, fear of negative criticism or turning off past collectors may also enter their thinking. “When I’m at an impasse,” photographer Sandy Skoglund said, “I try to do whatever feels good. The internal satisfaction has to be the focus.” That may be more easily said than done, as some methods work, others don’t. Jackson Pollock, who was stung by criticism of his later work, largely gave up painting in the last few years of his life. Italian comic opera composer Gioacchino Antonio Rossini’s mental block lasted for the better part of three decades, as he wrote almost nothing of any length or importance for the last half of his life.
Different artists have approached the problem in various ways. Pablo Picasso, for instance, periodically looked for rejuvenation in various media (ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, stage design) and subject matter (copying Old Masters, ancient Greek mythology). Painter Janet Fish “started doing watercolors as a way of loosening up my use of color. I had begun to find that subject matter had come to dominate my painting.” Ben Shahn, who by 1950 felt trapped in the socially conscious work he had done in the 1930s and ’40s, took a teaching position at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, which proved stimulating to him. “Black Mountain was a very argumentative place. A lot of the abstract expressionists were there,” said Shahn’s widow, Bernarda Bryson Shahn. “It helped clarify his ideas, and his work also went in a variety of directions after that. He moved from just continuing on with the same subjects that had come out of the Depression–the poor, hungry and homeless people–to more universal themes.”
The search for a way out of a dry period may also lead to new ideas for artwork as well as energy for the task. Edward Hopper, who is best known for his paintings of urban life, lived most of the year in New York City but he frequently became restless there, unable to paint. His restlessness led him to travel around the country and to Mexico, subsequently yielding a sizable body of paintings devoted to people on trains and highways, at gas stations and hotels.
Some artists delve into art’s past for a source of ideas, although others feel a bit more detached or want to get away from the art of the past altogether. Photographer Mary Frey noted that she gets “solace and sustenence from looking at the work of artists of the past but, after all, I’m a contemporary artist and I need to find the work of contemporary artists. I think that my work has become part of a dialogue with contemporary art, and so it is more important to me to see what similar or not-so-similar things other artists are doing currently.” Noting that a mental block indicates “something that you are trying to avoid,” Janet Fish said that a dry period “can lead you to stop working entirely. As they say, when you fall off a horse, you have to get right back on the horse because, the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to get back on the horse. You just have to keep painting. Going to museums can easily become another way to avoid working. It certainly is that way for me.”
For many artists, the act of creating a work of art is analogous to following a train of thought, developing and reworking ideas that may or may not come together to form a successful piece. A dry period may arise when artists have not pushed their ideas far enough or when a particular problem has already been solved–leaving artists only to repeat themselves. Janet Fish has found that her response to a problem in her work is to open herself to new ideas and experiences, and to keep working. “Sometimes, I work small when I’m not sure about what I’m doing,” she said. “Better a little bad painting than a big bad painting.” Fish noted that it is important to distinguish between a dry period, when problems in one’s work need to be confronted, and just having a bad day, when nothing seems to go quite right. A particularly rough dry period can lead an artist to “do anything to avoid dealing with the painting.” To her mind, the worst thing to do is “indulge in a dry period and let yourself quit working altogether. That way, you lock yourself into a mental block. If you get too polemical, or overly embroiled in a certain narrow idea, you can’t go anywhere.”

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10 Times We Stole Hair Inspiration From the Boys

Fact: There’s an endless amount of good hair inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram. Little known fact: Some of our favorite styles are coming from guys. That’s right, and we are taking notice of the singers, actors, and male models who are spending more and more time tending to their hair. Here, some unique, edgy—and yes, even pretty—looks to steal from the boys.
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Bringing Your Wedding Inspiration to Life

Being a wedding planner to the stars, I’ve seen it all — from the fun and quirky to the romantic and classic. Most brides and grooms have a million ideas going through their heads as they peruse magazines, blogs and Pinterest for inspiration. But how do you bring all your inspiration to life? Whether you’re turning to a wedding planner, event designer or dabbling in DIY these are some of my favorite tips on how to make sure your personal style is represented at your event:

  • Inspiration Boards — First up: manage all that inspiration! Once you’ve decided on a theme, create a visual “mood board” that represents the look you want. Create a collage of magazine clippings or even a Pinterest board (just remember to set this to private if you’re keeping things under wraps) to share with vendors that demonstrates your general motif. Are there any particular colors, shapes or textures that grab your attention? Add it in!
  • Stationery — Your save the dates and wedding invitations set the tone for your affair so make sure the design aligns with your style. Choose colors, fonts and an overall concept that coordinates with your theme.

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This invitation from my collection for Wedding Paper Divas is perfect for a more formal celebration! (Photo courtesy of Dennis Kwan Photography)

  • Florals — Flowers can make a huge impact on your aesthetic. From centerpieces to flower crowns and accent pieces, you can choose flowers in certain colors and forms to emulate your vision.

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Going for a springy pastel or watercolor theme? Try a long floral piece at your head table arranging colors from lightest to darkest. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Kwan Photography)

  • Tablescapes — Guests spend a lot of time at the table, so it’s the perfect place to represent your concept with linens, place cards, menu cards, glassware and more. If budget allows, rental companies can provide table settings that match your taste perfectly — your caterer can help you decide exactly what you need.

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Layered fabrics with vintage dinnerware are excellent for achieving a classically romantic look. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Kwan Photography)

  • Furniture — Furniture is especially key for venues where you need to bring it all in (a park or vacant loft, for example). For a rustic look, choose farmhouse style or wooden tables. If you’re going modern, try furniture with some metallic accents.

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Metal bar tables like these would work great for a chic cocktail hour. Dim lighting and bold florals add a striking effect. (Photo courtesy of Dennis Kwan Photography)

  • Props — Bringing in extra props is a fun way to amp up your event theme. Think statement pieces fountains or antiques. If your space allows, bring in lighting fixtures that match your style. For example, candles give a romantic ambience while large crystal chandeliers add a hint luxury.

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This statement chair covered in succulents and greenery by Mark’s Garden is my absolute favorite! (Photo courtesy of Dennis Kwan Photography)

  • Food and Drink — Don’t stop at décor! Bring your inspiration to life with food and drink. A nautical beach wedding, for example, can serve mini lobster rolls and a maritime martini. Or warm your guests up with some spiced Irish coffee at a winter wonderland soiree.

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Grilled cheese, anyone? Serve ’em up at a country chic wedding for a mellower atmosphere. Guests would savor them an appetizer, late night snack, or even as part of the main event! (Photo courtesy of Tiffany Rose/Getty Images)

Just remember, while it’s valuable to pay attention to the small details of your wedding, the goal is to celebrate your love with those closest to you! So be sure to soak it all in.

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The Hotwives of Las Vegas Star Angela Kinsey Shares the Real Housewives Inspiration Behind Her Character

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“Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands:” The Inspiration Behind the Novel

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It’s one of those classic, absolutely reasonable questions–that is, alas, as impossible to answer briefly as the meaning of life. But I am asked it often. All novelists are.

Where do your ideas come from?

The glib answer–always offered with a smile–is this: “Macy’s.”

The reality is that each of my 17 novels sprang from a very different seed and grew in a very different fashion. My most recent novel, “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” is a case in point.

Emily Shepard, the 17-year-old Vermonter who narrates the book, was born in Beirut–or, at the very least, she was conceived there. It was December 2012, and I had arrived in the city while on a seven-day speaking tour in Lebanon. My plane landed around 3:30 in the afternoon, which my body clock adamantly told me was really 10:30 at night. I went out to dinner with my hosts from one of the universities, and returned to my hotel around 11 p.m.–at about the time I would be rising if I were back home in Vermont. I had slept on the plane, but not very much. I was exhausted and knew I should go right to bed, since the next day was going to begin with a breakfast meeting.

But I didn’t go to sleep, because I had started reading a novel on the flight and had to finish it. It was riveting. The book? Emma Donoghue’s “Room.” It wasn’t simply the plot that held me fast, as taut as it is; it was the narrator. As a novelist, I was dazzled by the authenticity of the voice Donoghue had created for her five-year-old male storyteller. That’s right, a little boy named Jack shares with us the wrenching, adult story of his and his mother’s imprisonment in a shed, and his mother’s desperate attempt to save them both.

I finished the novel around two in the morning in Beirut, and knew I wanted my next novel to be a first-person tale with a voice that genuine and unexpected. I had no idea, however, who that storyteller would be. An important detail, I know.

Ten days later I was back in my beloved 802. (We have just one area code here in Vermont: 802.) I went to lunch with a friend of mine, Annie Ramniceanu, a therapist who at the time was working with teens in trouble. She told me how a couple of homeless kids–teens who were falling through the system–had built igloos against the Lake Champlain cold out of trash bags filled with wet, frozen leaves, and I knew instantly the novel I wanted to write.

The very idea of a teen girl living alone in one of those igloos broke my heart. That image haunted me–and spurred me on.

And I knew my narrator. I knew Emily Shepard was a cutter and Oxycontin addict, and an aspiring poet with a girl crush on Emily Dickinson. She was a homeless kid and an orphan trying desperately to keep it together after a Fukushima-scale meltdown of Vermont’s lone nuclear plant.

Most of my novels begin very much like this: an inspiration. An anecdote. An unexpected synaptic connection.

Now, “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” is not the first time I’ve had a female narrator share with my readers a story. “Midwives,” “Trans-Sister Radio,” “Secrets of Eden,” and “The Sandcastle Girls” had female narrators, too.

But, as I will reveal in my post here next week, this was the first time I found myself texting my teenage daughter for hipster-speak synonyms for “hookup” and “stoned.”

Stay tuned.

(The paperback of “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” arrives this Tuesday, on May 26.)

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Writer’s Little Instruction Book – Inspiration & Motivation

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Sure, you could put on the same black eyeliner and peach blush again, but why not mix it up? We’ve saved you eight hours’ worth of inspiration hunting on Pinterest: Here are all the bright lips, bold brows, and dewy skin ideas you need to break out of your makeup monotony.
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The Runner’s Devotional: Inspiration and Motivation for Life’s Journey . . . on and Off the Road

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Ever wondered if there’s a purpose to your running and what it has to do with your spiritual life? "The Runner’s Devotional" will inspire you in your faith while encouraging you to excel at the sport you love This book is for runners of all levels–casual and avid, competitive and recreational–who want to improve their running skills, attain personal running goals, and grow closer to God. Fifty-two devotional readings will keep runners motivated, inspired, and running in the right direction, both on and off the road, through life’s many peaks and valleys. Each devotional includes an inspirational reading, a personal story from a runner, Scripture application, running tips, and questions to consider. Additional features include health and fitness tips, and weekly runner’s logs.
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The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men

The Fashion File: Advice, Tips, and Inspiration from the Costume Designer of Mad Men


From Joanie’s Marilyn Monroe-esque pencil skirts to Betty’s classic Grace Kelly cupcake dresses, the clothes worn by the characters of the phenomenal “Mad Men” have captivated fans everywhere. Now, women are trading in their khakis for couture and their pumas for pumps. Finally, it’s hip to dress well again. Emmy-Award winning costume designer Janie Bryant offers readers a peek into the dressing room of “Mad Men,” revealing the design process behind the various characters’ looks and showing every woman how to find her own leading lady style-whether it’s vintage, modern, or bohemian. Bryant’s book will peek into the dressing room of Mad Men and reveal the design process behind the various characters’ looks. But it will also help women learn how fashion can help convey their personality. She will help them cultivate their style, including all the details that make a big difference. Bryant offers advice to ensure that a woman’s clothes convey her personality. She covers everything from where to find incredible vintage clothing and accessories to how to pair those authentic pieces with modern shoes and jeans. Readers will learn how to find their perfect bra size, use color to convey a mood, and invest in the ten essentials every woman should own. And just so the ladies don’t leave their men behind, there’s even a section on making them look a little more Don Draper-dashing.

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Biblical Baby Names for Today: The Inspiration you need to make the perfect choice for you baby!

Biblical Baby Names for Today: The Inspiration you need to make the perfect choice for you baby!


Having a girl? Consider Abigail. This Hebrew names means “My father is joy or cause of joy” and is first found in 1 Samuel 25:2-3, 39. After her husband Nabal died, the widow Abigail became King David’s wife. Having a boy? What about Benjamin? Meaning “Son of my right hand and fortunate,” this is another Hebrew name. Benjamin is also the name of the child that Rachel bore Jacob before dying; he later became leader of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. You can find a mention of Benjamin in Genesis 35:18. Not sure yet? Think about a name that works for boys or girls, such as Jordan. This Hebrew name means “to flow or to descend”-as in the eponymous river-and is found throughout the Bible. In Biblical Baby Names for Today, you’ll find hundreds of biblical boys’ and girls’ names just like these, as well as their origins, true meanings, and citations within the New and Old Testaments. Complete with Bible stories that illustrate the most popular characters and their namesakes, this comprehensive guide makes finding the perfect name for your baby fun and easy.

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Wedding Photography Unveiled: Inspiration and Insight from 20 Top Photographers

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Artist Adrien Broom Reveals the Inspiration Behind Her Fanciful Photos

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(Photos Courtesy of Adrien Broom)

By Mila Pantovich

There are many different types of artists out there, from photographers and painters to sculptors and filmmakers, and some artists are talented enough that they excel at more than one medium. It’s pretty darn amazing though when someone has so much creativity spilling from their minds that they do all of it, and that’s exactly what Adrien Broom does.

Whether she’s working on her acclaimed Color Project in her Andy Warhol-esque studio space in New Haven, Connecticut (which includes simultaneously shooting a film and creating a book), going on the road with friends Grace Potter and the Nocturnals as their official photographer, or building ornate sets out in the woods, Adrien is always bursting with a creative energy that can only be described as beautifully organic.

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With much of Adrien’s work exuding a childlike innocence, sometimes in direct opposition with darker themes, it’s no surprise at all that her love for artistic expression grew at a very young age. Plus, her parents are both creative types; her mother manages an art gallery, and her father owns a company called H.P. Broom Housewright and refurbishes antique houses (oh yeah, and he’s also a landscape and figure painter). Noticing that she was the type of child who arranged food at a restaurant into still-life, Adrien’s mother set up a artistic after-school activity for her daughter with an art teacher named Xena. They went through a few different things (“At first we did piano and I…hated that”), before Broom started finding things that she enjoyed.

“She was the zaniest, coolest old woman,” recalls Adrien fondly. “She was kind of a jack-of-all-trades artist. She did lots of arts and crafts stuff, she was very hands-on. We would…do some drawing and this and that, and I remember just loving it…and loathing all the other after-school things [laughs].”

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Her work, which she describes as a built set that she stages narratives within, straddles the hazy line between childhood and adulthood. Many of her favorite books as a child still resonate with her today, especially in her work, and she cites Maurice Sendak and Jill Barklem (Brambling Hedge in particular) as influences. She describes her art as pulling on the childlike place within her while being very much grounded in her adult perspective. “… I really want the work to be accessible, to children and adults… there’ll be different interpretations of the work, no matter who you are, how old you are, and that’s kind of the point…”

Much of her work is deeply rooted in fairy tales and mythology, reinterpreting figures like Aphrodite and stories like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You’ll notice while looking through her portfolio that she often uses animals, both living and taxidermied, in jarring ways. Sometimes the animals are juxtaposed with people in a way that seems to imply mankind’s invasive way of living, and other times she shows a harmonious balance. “I’m actually thinking about taking people out of my photos, and mostly having animals. I love what they symbolize, I love peoples’ connection with different kinds of animals, I love that they are social creatures, even though we don’t really understand. I love kind of combining our social ways with them. I just like the contrast, the beauty. They’re just gorgeous.”

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One of her favorite places to shoot is Ray of Light, a rescue farm in Connecticut. “They have the most gorgeous animals that they’ve rescued from different walks of life. Like that picture with the zebra? It’s actually a half-zebra-half-donkey… called a ‘zonkey,’ which is the best name I’ve ever heard in my life. I think they rescued him from a circus situation. He was kind of a prima-donna, I got like, one shot before he almost destroyed my whole set,” she laughs. Though some animals are certainly easier to handle, like the turtles she used in Day Dreams, Adrien definitely doesn’t shy away from a challenge — she actually wants to start using a lot of birds in a future project she’s been brainstorming.

With so many ideas, Adrien keeps a notebook in which she jots down whatever comes to mind. “I think the best advice I’ve ever gotten in my whole life was from a photographer, and he was like, ‘Adrien, you’ve got all this stuff…you need to calm down. The best thing you can do for projects is do one project at a time.’ And I think if I didn’t do that with the Color Project, I would never get it done. I’ve put my heart and soul and all my brainwaves into this one project, and I try really hard to not think about other things till I’m done.”

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She’s been working on the Color Project for over a year now and it was partly funded through a Kickstarter campaign (the little girl starring in the project even donated five dollars). An eight-part exploration of color, the imaginative series shows a world of white as seen through the eyes of a child. The little girl first passes through a door into a red world, then orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and lastly rainbow. In looking at these images, it’s hard to picture someone physically creating the world without relying on photo editing techniques, but that’s exactly what Adrien does in her studio.

Each color takes over a month to create and shoot, starting with planning and material sourcing from her home in Brooklyn and ending with spending a couple weeks in her studio to make it a reality. Once shooting is finished, she goes back home and starts the editing process. “We build for about two weeks, but I plan the rest of the time. So it’s a lot of sketching and drawing what the set is going to look like, then finding all the materials,” Adrien explains. “A lot of people have been amazing with donating materials and time. So, it’s a lot of calling people and saying ‘This is the project I’m doing, are you interested in being involved?’ There’s a lot of planning.”

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The images are creative and striking, telling the tale of a little girl becoming a young woman through her experiencing of new worlds. Since it’s taken so long to shoot, you can actually chart the model’s growth throughout the series, which has been one of Adrien’s favorite parts. “From the first picture until now, I swear the girl’s grown like a foot,” she laughs. “And her face is changing, you know, she’s turning into a young lady, and actually, I love that, because the whole story is about growing up and discovering yourself and the world. I’m glad that it took this long to put together, so you cannot just emotionally but physically see her change. She was nine when we first started, and I think she’s about to turn eleven.”

Now that Adrien has finished the green world, she only has purple and rainbow left before this lengthy process is over and done with — something which will definitely be a little bittersweet. “I love working on them so much, but I’m so excited to see it as a full, finished project, and flip through and see the story unravel, and see [the girl] traveling through it. It’s going to be amazing to see the whole thing, but I’m gonna be sad, because I love the project.”

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Once the photography project is finished, she plans on hunkering down with her film collaborator Joe Manassi (who records video footage on shoot days while she takes photos) to figure out how exactly they want the film and children’s book to look and sound. “I’m actually debating, it might be a little backwards in a way,” she says. “I’m debating on having absolutely no words in the book, and have some words in the film. But I’m not really sure, it might just be music, but there might be words. I think I need to see the finished product [first].”

Though the Color Project may be ending soon, Adrien definitely doesn’t have a lack of things to keep her busy. She recently finished her first commercial gig for Disney and Phillips, an advertisement for night-lights based on Disney characters. “They wanted the advertisement for these night-lights to be a half-child’s bedroom, half-dream world. So I built these huge extravagant sets that were exactly that, so it was just like a perfect project for me because it’s kind of what I do anyway. It was awesome, it went really well, it was really fun.”

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She’s also been the official photographer for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals since the very beginning — Matt Burr, the drummer, is one of Adrien’s closest friends and has been since they were kids. The moment the music group is brought into conversation, Adrien makes her deep admiration and respect for them immediately obvious. She not only adores their music, but she also gives them credit for helping her gain the confidence needed to break out into the photography world.

Around the same time the band decided to make a go of it, Adrien had resolved to make a career out of photography. She started by helping the band with their press photo needs, oftentimes taking shots of them hanging out in coffee shops, while she was simultaneously working on her own projects. “With them it’s kind of fun, because there’s no set, it’s all kind of documentary. I’m in it and I’m not in control of anything. With my stuff, I’m 100 percent in control of everything, so it’s really nice to have that contrast.”

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“But then it’s crazy; they’re so insanely talented and so dedicated, they’re the hardest workers, they really motivate me a lot. Whenever I’m feeling lazy, I’m like, ‘No no no, Matt and Grace have been on the road for four years straight, get your ass out of bed.’ There’s no excuse,” Adrien laughs. “They’ve blown up, and they’re still working really, really hard, but they deserve it. It’s awesome. We just put out a book together, which is super cool. They’re kicking so much ass.”

The book, Inside Looking Out: A Decade On The Road With Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, is something the group of friends had been talking about for years and chronicles 10 years of their lives together. “They’re the ones that kind of convinced me to just say ‘f**k it’ and be a full-time photographer. I was going through a really hard time, personal life stuff, and Matt was like, ‘Get off your ass, come on the road with us, get out of the house.’ So I did that, that was the first time I really went on tour. It was the first time I was really happy in a long time,” Adrien remembers. “It just made me really happy, taking photos. I was like, ‘Oh, maybe this should be my life.'”

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From then on, Adrien never looked back and it’s a good thing too, because the artist has a lot coming up. Most recently she was invited by the Hudson River Museum in New York to contribute to a cool new project that will be taking place in seven museums around the country in 2015. Called the Seven Deadly Sins, each museum will be showcasing a different sin, each rooted in fairytales, and Adrien was invited to do “Envy” for the Hudson River Museum. Though information on the event is sparse, it’s one exhibit all of us at JustLuxe are pretty excited to check out.

“It’s gonna be half installation. I think I’m doing three rooms with full installation, and then a ton of photographs,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to that. [It’s] going to be a weird head-place to be in for like a year. It’s just like, thinking about envy all day long. [Fairy tales are] very dark, but very fascinating. I’m going to be just living in those old, old texts for a while. I think the show will be really cool.”

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We’ve chatted with a lot of artists over the years, from musicians to photographers, but Adrien personifies genuine friendliness. She may be incredibly talented, but she talks about her art in a way that invites you into her life and her process, inspiring us all to pursue what we love.

Keep an eye on the Color Project by following Adrien on her official site and Facebook page where she constantly posts updates and behind-the-scenes photos and videos!

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