Posts tagged with "creative"

Refresh Your WFH Vibe for 2021

This new year feels different with the COVID quarantine still in broad effect. It’s hard to find a way to make things feel new while many of us continue to work from home. Here are a few recommendations from Desenio on how to refresh your office using new wall art and calendars as well as a some tech tips that may help you refocus for the new year.

The Minimalist

If you like keeping things simple and work best in a clutter-free environment, you likely identify yourself as a minimalist. Art prints that follow a neutral colour scheme will look great in your working space, and these modern and minimalist styles are perfect for your walls. Another step you can take to clear out clutter is cleaning up your phone and computer home screens. Free up space in your device’s memory and your mind by removing excess apps, programs, photos, and documents that no longer serve you and your 2021 goals. If you prefer to keep yourself digitally organized, try Notion a new interface that provides tons of flexible layouts to help you keep track of all of you personal goals, long term achievements, and workflows.

The Creative

Some might feel stressed out by your creative chaos, but as someone who prospers in a fast-paced environment, you love surrounding yourself with anything that might serve as inspiration for your latest project. To take your home office to the next level, add some abstract art to your walls with prints featuring organic shapes and figurative art. Use social media to your advantage and follow accounts that will aid in your creative process or try starting a journal to jot down your thoughts to help further develop your ideas.  Moleskin notebooks are a classic option for journaling but for those not sure of making an investment Muji has tons of inexpensive quality options.

The Fashionista

With a love for all things fashion, you know how to get things done in style. Your home office is likely a place where colour-matched desk accessories and coffee table books set the tone. Our black and white fashion prints of the season will make the perfect finishing touch to your fashionable home office, and look great matched with pink and metallic accents. If having a fully realized and consistent aesthetic is your dream and you have an iPhone or iPad, try the widgetsmith app to fully redesign your home screen into aesthetic perfection.

Whichever aesthetic you aspire to have, try use this time at home to focus on long term goals instead of short term New Years fads.

Griffin Matthews Photography By Carson Davis Brown

Q×A With Griffin Matthews

By Justin Lyons

360 Magazine had the opportunity to sit down with actor, Griffin Matthews, to discuss his successful career. Matthews has been able to work on shows such as Dear White People, Ballers and The Flight Attendantas well as co-writing a successful musical. We were able to discuss his future career plans as well as his activism in the community.

Among acting, writing, directing and other creative positions, which one do you like the best, and which one allows you to best express your own creativity?

I love acting. I love writing. But I ultimately think I’m a director through and through. The responsibility of guiding the entire vision is so exciting to me. It’s such an honor when I get to direct because every story is a little baby that needs to be nurtured properly and guided along her way. And guess what? I’m such a dad. 

How has working with streaming services like Netflix and HBO Max changed the way you address your audience?

When you work on Netflix or HBO you get to really find your unedited voice. You get to be risky, controversial, imperfect, fabulous, complicated, political…I’ve been so lucky to get to work on Dear White People, Ballers and The Flight Attendant because I always felt like I could fire from all cylinders on day one. I did not need to ask for permission. I got to bring my entire self to each role. I got to curse. And kiss boys. And wear g-strings. And travel the world.

How do you use your experience acting in productions like The Flight Attendant to inform and influence your ideas on the stage?

I will always go back to the theater. I’m a theater kid. It’s where I honed my talent. So every experience that I have, I think about how I will translate that to the stage. I was lucky enough to travel the world and meet incredible people and see exotic places while we were shooting The Flight Attendant. I spent afternoons alone rummaging through the Bangkok market and got lost in the streets of Rome. I made friends with strangers and made peace with being a grown man and also homesick. As a writer, I’m a sponge. I soak up life and then look for an opportunity to let the water run out all over the stage.

How do you approach the assembly of a theatre show differently from how you approach the direction of a concert?

I approach concerts the exact same way that I approach theater. When I directed Shoshana Bean and Cynthia Erivo’s holiday concert at The Apollo, we had endless conversations about story and themes and vulnerability. All of those things make for an exciting night in the theater! I think a lot of concert directors only think about pyrotechnics, but I like to think about the heart of the performers. The message. The mission. And let all of those things spill out…and of course, we add some pyrotechnics, too!

How does your activism influence the projects you choose to be involved in or choose to create yourself?

Activism is such a sexy word these days. It seems like everyone claims to be. For me, my personal pledge is to be an activist when everyone’s looking, but more importantly when no one’s looking. That pledge always checks my motives and my ego as I navigate projects and stories that I want to be a part of it. Every time I sign on to a project, I bring my whole self, my whole truth, the parts that are great and the parts that are ugly. That’s what I’ve learned running a nonprofit for over 15 years. So much of the work is tough. It’s messy. But it’s real.

What are you most excited about with your career in the near future?

I’m currently developing a musical series with Ester Dean that will center black queer voices. It’s really exciting because I’m a fan of Ester and her work (Pitch Perfect, songwriter of Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Rihanna’s “Rude Boy”). She’s broken many ceilings in this industry as a songwriter, actor, musician, and host. We both want to create a show where young people (who look like Ester and I) will see their truths accurately and joyfully reflected on screen. I’m also directing a film called The Amish Project by a playwright named Jessica Dickey. When I tell people that I’m working on it, it can raise eyebrows because people don’t often hear about black directors working on pieces that don’t center black narratives. But here’s the thing: black directors want to direct EVERYTHING. And we can. And we will. And I’m excited to finally get my shot!

What is a creative role you haven’t taken up that you’d like to at some point in your career?

I really want to direct for TV. For some reason, the thought scares the hell out of me! There’s so much to manage: logistics, people, locations, safety, technology, performances, but I’m fascinated by it. It’s time for me to tackle that fear and get behind the camera ASAP. 

Bill Gates illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 Magazine.

Bill Gates – Likewise

By Cassandra Yany

Bill Gates has backed the recommendation app Likewise, which allows users to create, share and discover recommendations for content across different media. The app has created watchlists to enjoy Emmy-nominated shows leading up to television’s big night. 

The Emmys will look very different this year, so Likewise has made it easy for users to find and binge their favorite nominated shows. The company also polled users to ask who they think will take home the statues for the Outstanding Comedy and Drama Series categories, as well as TV Movie and Limited Series. The titles with the highest votes were:

Likewise has many other curated watchlists, including some specific to events, topics, and streaming platforms. The “Popular on Likewise” section gives users the opportunity to discover highly-rated titles that may not have been recommended to them.

Likewise makes it easy to decide what to listen to, watch, or read by providing personalized recommendations for shows, movies, books, podcasts and more. It tailors content to the user’s interests, as well as their network and current trends.

Users create a profile where they post their favorite items and recommendations. When a user makes a recommendation, the app will then suggest a title that it thinks they will like. You can also ask questions to the community in order to receive endless responses containing suggestions.

In addition to entertainment media, users can recommend places, restaurants, and other webpages. You can set your location on the app in order to view the recommendations from your area.

The app is available for both Android and iOS. Recommendations are updated daily, and it also provides community and content feed based on interest along with advanced search filters to easily and quickly find what you are looking for.

Likewise can be found on platforms such as Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV to allow users to access their content from any device and view their growing watchlists. Especially since the start of the pandemic, the app has been a great resource for consumers to easily find entertainment options.

The company is based in downtown Bellevue, WA. It is an innovative startup that was founded, imagined, and funded by Bill Gates’ private office, along with other tech visionaries. The creators of the app and its employees believe that finding recommendations for TV shows, movies, books, podcasts and restaurants should be “quick, easy, and fun.”

Here are Likewise’s Ultimate Emmy Awards Watchlists:

LA’s Fortnite Parties

Fortnite Parties in Los Angeles Becomes the Latest Trend During COVID-19

While COVID-19 might have changed the way we host parties and special events, it’s also given way to unique business opportunities. One of the hottest party trends during COVID-19 has been the Fortnite parties, which are held outdoors in places such as a local park or residential backyard. If you live within the greater Los Angeles area you could very well host your Fortnite party.

Fortnite Parties Pop Up All Over Los Angeles as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

One of the big concerns that parents have had over the past several months is what isolation is doing to their young children. Social interaction is very much a part of childhood and developing friendships with peers is important for children of all ages. We’ve seen quite a few innovative and creative ways to bring people together and American ingenuity has never been higher. A new idea has popped up that allows children to play together, but safely outdoors and with distancing in mind.

Fortnite parties which are inspired from mobile nerf parties have become the latest innovative way to allow your child to interact with others while still also being mindful of the CDC rules regarding COVID-19. Children love engaging in fun adventures and love video games so this mixes the best of both worlds. The premise of the party is that Fortnite becomes reality and turns the typical boring birthday party into a battle royale adventure for all age groups. There are 8 varieties of Nerf Guns used along with a Fortnite portable Battle Royale Arena. Smoke bombs and chalk bombs are included in the experience to make it more like the game itself.

Your child will be running around trying to shoot the other players while being bombarded with the colorful smoke bombs that can be both distracting and exciting. The hazy fog from the smoke bombs adds an element to bring Fortnite to life in a safe way for all involved. It’s pretty entertaining since the chalk bombs are the real-life safe version of the boogie bombs.

What’s Included in a Fortnite Party?

We know that parents are willing to spend large amounts of money to give their child a birthday party like no other, and this type of party is going to cost $650 or more to bring Fortnite to life. For the price, that will get you a party for 2 hours filled with 10 chalk bombs and various Nerf Guns. Nerf Megas, Standard Nerf Elite Guns, and Nerf Rivals are included in the party pack. 3 Regular Smoke Bombs and 2 Ultra Smoke Bombs are included, as well as 16 pairs of goggles.

There is also a Fortnite Coach assigned to the party and the coach will bring the Fortnite Battlefield right to your backyard or other outdoor location you’ve selected. The battlefield even contains 9 different paintball bunkers! You’ll also have an unlimited supply of Nerf Darts at your disposal. This will allow up to 16 people to attend the party, but you can buy add-ons to include more people or more Smoke Bombs. The games include Squads, Battle Labs, Arena, Team Rumble, Creative, Duos, and Solos.

The Fortnite parties are popping up all over Los Angeles and is provided by Airballing LA. If you live in Orange County, Los Angeles County, Santa Barbara County, San Diego Country, and Ventura County. Fortnite Coaches set up the entire event and will arrive close to one hour before the party is supposed to start to setup. If you’re having the Fortnite party in your backyard it usually takes about 30 minutes to set up the whole battlefield, while it could take an hour to set up if you’re in a park or other similar location.

What’s the Best Age Group for a Fortnite Party?

It’s recommended that most of the children in the Fortnite Party be 10 or older, which is because some of the Nerf Guns are very high-powered. Younger children may not be able to operate some of the equipment, although a couple of younger children wouldn’t hurt. If you had mostly 10-year-old children at the party and a few between five or eight, it would be alright.

Even though the idea of Fortnite Parties is primarily for children, there’s no maximum age for these parties. You could be a teenager or even someone several years older and still have a blast with the Fortnite Party. If you’re a Fortnite fan then this is the perfect COVID-19 party to attend since it’s outdoors, safe, and also distanced for precaution.

Paradigm Gallery Presents “Obsolescence”

Paradigm Gallery + Studio (746 S 4th St) is pleased to present Obsolescence, a solo exhibition by Sweden-based artist Ulla-Stina Wikander, open October 25 – November 23, 2019. The artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Obsolescence, features new works from Wikander’s well-known series of household objects covered in colorful, vintage embroideries. Obsolescence will have a public opening reception on October 25 from 5:30 – 10:00pm.

Wikander began collecting vintage embroideries 15 years ago in antique stores and flea markets, initially attracted to the intricate designs of needlework textiles. Although Wikander was traditionally trained as a painter and sculptor, the unknown histories of the women who made the embroideries interested her and she began experimenting with her new collection. Wikander’s earliest experimentation with textile began with covering a broken vacuum cleaner she had laying around in her home. Through a meticulous process of deconstruction and reassembly, she transformed the anachronistic tool into something visually absorbing and entirely new, giving the vacuum a new reason to exist. Although not all of the objects Wikander covers are broken, they’re all out-dated. Through Wikander’s process, these retro items are transformed and recycled into fully contemporary sculptures.

On her practice Wikander says, “It is rather new for me to be a part of the textile community because I have always regarded myself as a painter and sculptor. While I do not embroider myself, I am always very meticulous when I choose my patterns.  Embroidery is very hard to find nowadays, so I often travel to small towns in Sweden to find them. I have a big collection with hundreds of embroideries, organized into boxes by motif. I do not know if it is accepted among textile artists, to cut embroideries into pieces, but I think my work is a bit different. I always have a bad feeling that I am destroying a beautiful embroidery that someone else has made, but the recycling of something forgotten also feels current and good”.

The latest artworks included in Wikander’s Obsolescence exhibition are suffused with humor and critical explorations of feminism, domesticity, and upcycling. Her intricate textile constructions are shaped by the forms that lie underneath – including irons, blow dryers, shoes, bags, lamps, books, and phones. Freshly adorned in coverings of flowers, animals, and pastoral scenes, the items transcend their former functionality and are simultaneously revelatory and recognizable. Wikander’s vibrant re-appropriations are evocative formal studies that defy categorization and illicit equal parts dissonance and delight.
About Ulla-Stina Wikander
Ulla-Stina Wikander was born 1957 in Kungälv. She is currently living in Stockholm/Kullavik, Sweden and has been working as an artist since 1986. Wikander has shown extensively around the world in solo and group exhibitions including shows in the United States, Sweden and the UK.
About Paradigm 
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.

The Lucky Onez

“Express a fashionable look with The Lucky Onez Zippered T-shirts and a Navy Blue and Gold TLO Dad Hat Available online.

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The Lucky Onez Black and Navy Blue Logo Zippered T-shirts are extremely comfortable and pleasant to wear both indoors and outdoors. These shirts are made up of 65% cotton and 35% polyester and they have a very fashionable sense to them with zippers placed on the lower part of the shirt on the left and right sides of each shirt. In addition to the navy blue and black zippered t-shirts; we also have red zippered t-shirts with black print.

The Lucky Onez Zippered T-shirts are designed very with The Lucky Onez logo popping out in a dominant and profound way in the upper center of each shirt. Also, our TLO Navy Blue and Gold Dad hats truly complement the navy blue and gold shirt and the TLO dad hats are adjustable to fit all individuals. The Lucky Onez TLO Navy Blue and Gold Dad Hats are also very unique with the fact that its colors are bright and the dad hats bring a fashionable sense to styles of casual wear, street wear, and everyday wear as well. When it comes to The Lucky Onez we want you to live well, look well, and feel well.

DREAMstate

Joseph Lee | Dennis Osadebe | Erik Mark Sandberg | Joshua Vides

September 12 – October 12, 2019

GR Gallery is thrilled to present “DREAMstate”, featuring for the first time artists Joseph Lee, Erik Mark Sandberg, Dennis Osadebe and Joshua Vides in a fresh, groundbreaking group exhibition. The show puts together 20 pieces, including paintings, works on paper and installations. The title is inspired by the unique creative energy that connects the four artists, able to forge, through different visions and techniques, an oneiric reality that misleads our visual realm.

Opening reception: Thursday September 12th, 6:00pm – 9:00pm(Exhibition Dates:September 12th– October 12th 2019). Members of the press can contact GR gallery in advance to schedule a private viewing and/or an interview with the artists before the exhibition is officially open. Visitors who want to attend the opening can RSVP by contacting the gallery.

Where: GR Gallery, 255 Bowery (between Houston & Stanton) New York, NY 10002 |  info@gr-gallery.com | tel: +1 212 273 2900

WhoJoseph Lee (1987, Indiana), Dennis Osadebe (1991, Lagos)Erik Mark Sandberg (1975, Los Angeles), Joshua Vides (1989, California)

DREAMstate” aims to exhibit the exclusive artistic approach of these four internationally known and trendsetting talents that are bringing new vitality into a specific technical and aesthetical idea, through the use of patterns, optical illusions, decontextualized images and ambiguous imaginaries that lead toward the creation of a new dimension. The strong familiarity of this with actual reality will destabilize the viewer, throwing him in a confused state of deja vu’. Solid bold lines, illusive interiors, surrealistic figures, hypnotic arrangements, thick brushstrokes, subconscious revelations and visual puzzling, will channel their energy into a clean and dreamy form that affects the whole environment, able to immerse the spectator into a dreamlike atmosphere.

 

Painting by Joseph Lee

WILLOW RELEASES SELF-TITLED ALBUM

Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, actress, fashion icon and philanthropist WILLOW releases her new self-titled album today.

Listen to WILLOW: HERE.

Co-produced by WILLOW and her close friend Tyler Cole, the eight-song record establishes WILLOW as a musical poet with a style all her own.  Raw and honest lyrics featured on top of alternative and R&B productions highlight her inimitable creative spirit. Sonically, WILLOW elicits a vivid image of breezy drives along the coast with the top down and summer-night campfires.

This is WILLOW.

WILLOW transcends categorization. She first made history when 2010’s “Whip My Hair” went double-platinum, cementing her as “the youngest artist in history to achieve a double-platinum single. Evolving from this frenetic template, 2015’s ARDIPTHECUS gave way to the artful alternative power of The 1st, which New York Times fittingly dubbed the, “soundtrack to your adolescence. She graced the covers of Teen Vogue, W Magazine, and I-D Magazine in addition to Vanity Fair’s “Hollywood’s Next Wave” issue. Beyond receiving the 2016 Fashion Award for “New Fashion Icons,” Maison Margiela, Chanel, and Stance Socks have all sought her out to front campaigns. She holds the distinction of being “the youngest transatlantic Top 20 artist” and garnered “Outstanding New Artist” at the 2011 NCAAP Image Awards. She fights human trafficking alongside her mother’s organization Don’t Sell Bodies. Plus, she cohosts Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch. Every day, she defies boundaries and borders and defines herself as an individual through and through.

WILLOW Tracklist
1. Like A Bird
2. Female Energy Part 2
3. Time Machine
4. PrettyGirlz
5. Samo Is Now
6. then (interlude)
7. U KNOW feat. Jaden
8. Overthinking IT

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Valentino’s Latest Collaboration

Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino and Jun Takahashi of Undercover discuss how the reopening of the Valentino flagship store in Ginza, Japan brought the two designers together to create diverse and inclusive collections like never seen before.

 -Piccioli on collaborating with Takahashi: “The thing that interests me the most about collaborating with a designer like Jun is not the technical creative process in itself but the human exchange and, in our case, the cultural dialogue. That’s how you continuously learn and teach.”

-Takahashi on his inclusion of roses in the women’s collection: “Roses are beautiful, but they also have thorns. I am always attracted to this kind of duality, and this is at least why I chose them.”

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Interview With Raul Peñaranda

New York designer Raul Penaranda has been making his dream a reality designing luxury women’s wear with an aesthetic that stands apart with a mix of edge and sophistication. Through this uncompromising style, Raul has dared to be himself and only two years after debuting at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was declared by FORBES magazine as one of the fastest growing fashion entrepreneurs to come out of the small business industry with his 100% USA manufactured ready to wear fashion line for women and Vogue Mexico named Raul “The New King of New York Fashion Week” for his extraordinary craftsmanship, attention to detail and exquisite style.

Raul was born in Cali, Colombia. He grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Miami, Florida with his family as a young adult. In 2000, Raul relocated to New York City where he was offered a freelance design position at Liz Claiborne, while enrolled at F.I.T and Parson’s. Over the next ten years, some of the industry’s most established fashion houses felt his creative impact such as Oscar de la Renta, DKNY, Zac Posen and Tommy Hilfiger. He has held key positions as Creative Director of Merchandise and Trend Services, Senior Designer and Textile/CAD Designer. Recently during New York Fashion Week, Raul’s burgeoning style culminated in a tremendous showcasing of ready-to wear designs entitled “Opulence”for Fall 2019. Presenting to his largest audience to date, Raul did not disappoint as his models walked the runway in handmade fashions indicative of his daring yet romantic style that has gained him recognition from the CFDA. Still, Raul is only getting started and with ten seasons of inspiring collections there
is only one demand from the designer ‘show the world who you are’.

www.raulpenaranda.com

 

Raul Peñaranda, Fashion Designer

Q & A for 360 Magazine

Q1- What or whom inspired you to start Designing?

A-I design because of the love and respect that i have for my mother and sisters; and that love and respect i want to share it with every women in the world…..and my clothing line is the language in which I able to express it.

Q2-Who are some of the notable men and women you’ve dressed?

A-Vanessa Williams, Lynda Baquero, Gabriela Isler, Kimberly Dos Ramos, Majida Issa, Jennifer Arenas, Dayana Mendoza, Cynthia Bailey, Brande Roderick, Blanca Soto, Maria Celeste, Irene Esser, Liliana Gil, Estefania Fernandez, Adriana Arango, Jill Zarin, Kika rocha, Cindy Taylor, Romina Nabhem, Paulina vega, Veronica Albornoz, Shirley Rumierk

Q3- When our readers are shopping, what are three must haves in their wardrobe?

A-A little black dress

B-A Comfy pair of jeans

c-Statement dresses for daytime and gala

Q4-When Creating for the red carpet, what do you and or clients look for?

A-More than a beautiful pieces, I’m looking for something that is an extension of my client’s personality knowing that less is the ultimate sophistication.

Q5-How does your culture influence your work?

A-Tremendously, from the vibrant colors, to the seductive silhouettes and to the lavish fabrics…..it’s a total package that empower any women and express her distinctive point of view. A perfect balance of two words…Seductive without being trashy and elegant without being old, celebrating all curves and shapes.

Q6-Who are your Fashion icons? Why?

A– Halston for his simple aesthetic that shows to the world that less is more. Oscar De La Renta: For not only the beauty of his designs, but for his humbled personality that inspired me like no other.

Q7-What advice would you give to aspiring Fashion Designers?

A– to not be afraid of being different, to be discipline, to be determined, to be kind, to be humble and to conquer the world