Leo Mother Goddess Season
They looks so soft, but these beautiful blades of green left hundreds of microcuts all over her body. I’m sorry, Kelly, you’re the Tippi Hedren to my Hitchcock. 🦅
Morning nymph by the pond, an allegory
6am with Kelly, her tanlines, and Mother Earth
Found a lion in the jungle, and she roared and roared, showing her divine powers of masculine and feminine light.
A garden of plenty for friendship and chives.
@callmemargot just released the first part of a beautiful collection of music that she wrote, performed, and produced. It‘s called Hold On To Me (Part I) and available to download and listen for free on @soundcloud link in my bio. It’s a beautiful album. And maybe I’m partial because she’s my best friend. And maybe I’m partial because I’ve seen her put all her love and creativity into this music. But wow, I’m in awe of this woman. What a leap of faith to share something that comes out of you. And how lucky are we that she took that jump.
It was Aurora’s birthday last week. Over an unlikely but delicious dinner of pasta and potatoes, we shared our first memories of Aurora. Those memories captured Aurora’s creativity, loyalty, joy, devotion and special magic that all make her friends to attracted to her and her energy. I think it caught her a little off guard. And it made me ask myself why wait for a special occasion to tell a friend how special they are? To tell them you’re proud of their accomplishments, to acknowledge their special skills, to remind them that they too are important and loved. It made me realize that I should never hold in telling someone what joy they bring to my life. #35mm by @hellochristophersherman PS Yes, I climbed a tree while holding a glass of champagne.
The hands of an artist
A Friday feeling with Oskar Schlemmer, who was as much a muralist as he was a choreographer. This mural in the stairwell of the Bauhaus University in the small German town of Weimar is over thirty feet tall. #pillowsandplates #bauhaus100
Cleo à Paris au repos
A Noemi detail.
A creative afternoon with Aurora, Mia and the ghosts of Kate and Malick Sidibé.
Good news, I’m drinking Chablis again. We just needed a break.
We came to Germany for the Bauhaus, but we stayed for the trocken Riesling. Trocken means dry, and it also may mean an end to my exclusive love affair with Chablis. It’s not you, it’s me, Chablis. #pillowsandplates
A helpful hand, friend
Stevie by the seashore in the Summer
A very special thank you to @christinehahn, the photographer from our set who created a continuous lighting haven. Lighting is really ultimately the most important thing for a moving visual, and I got really lucky with Christine’s detailed eye and some beautiful lights. #neverreallyover 8mm vertical film out on @spotify now 🎞 And can someone tell me who so artfully painted over this 8mm frame?
New Yorkers, the best thing ever is happening this Friday. @mollyoaustin is hosting a night of stand up comedy to support @plannedparenthood. You get to laugh and support reproductive healthcare all at the same time. Swipe right for more details. Link in bio to purchase tickets with code “mollyo” - this will make sure your ticket supports PP and their important work. I’m so excited, I’m going to both shows.
Staying at @kellyframel’s Oaxacan residence/art studio is everything I wished my Summer camp experience would have been as a kid. Mezcal, puppies, bunnies, cats, delicious locally grown food, art, love, and even compostable bathrooms. @aurorajames and I spent a week doing what I thought at the time was forgetting about the world or “real life”, but really we were just re-imagining what it should be. And that to me is the importance of summer camp and really any experience that connects us with nature.
We arrived into Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport with 22 cases of camera equipment, just me and @kategreer. After minor customs drama involving shotguns and questions as to why two women were traveling alone with all that gear, we made our way into the city, only to discover we were just in time for a Spring blizzard. We had planned to shoot a short documentary about the two-time gold Olympic saber fencer @egorianiana with @nikewomen in and around the Moscow’s blossoming Spring streets, but our shotlist quickly devolved as we were stranded with 5 feet of snow in a Russian Olympic training facility a few hours outside the city. What to do? Our cinematographer @sarahjuneremetch (an amazing 1-woman crew) brought out all her vintage lenses to combat halogen lighting and we made use of what we had around us with a little gaffer tape. We interviewed Yana in the locker room with her teammates coming and out. You can still hear some muted giggling even through composer @callmemargot score. Still one of my favorite shoot days.
Insert favorite Friday afternoon beverage.
Found a snake shedding her skin
Kate in Pedro’s studio, an almost still life
I always think of Earth Day as the real first day of Spring. A time to shed old habits, clear the cobwebs and let the light in - emotionally, spiritually and physically. I love Spring cleaning, but today I learned that New Yorkers throw out 220 million pounds of clothing every year, all of it ending up in landfills. Yes, most of us know to sell, donate or swap our gently used clothes, but what do you do with a chewed up t-shirt or a thread bare single sock? There are 1100 drop off points across all 5 boroughs that make it easy for you to sell, donate or recycle your clothes. Click the link in bio or go to nyc.gov/textiles to find a place convenient for you and watch the latest @pillowsandplates special for more information on all the fun things we can do with our old clothes. PS this photo is my favorite reminder to always pack yourself a lunch in a reusable container. #wearnext #earthday #recycle #pillowsandplates #nyc
I’ll know I’m an adult when my bookshelf is this wide. My latest library addition is Charles Fréger’s “Wilder Mann” and Chris Voss’ “Never Split the Difference” both equally important to the creative process. And I’m always looking for more suggestions, please give me yours? This is one of my many favorite images from Paris with @jenniferfisherjewelry and @departuresmag 📚
Find a friend that will pose for you in an atrium. Just kidding, I found her like this.
A Big Sur nature morte is nature vivante: cherry blossoms and fog, a Spring pairing.
Spy vs. Spy. An homage to Cuban born #AntonioProhias and my favorite comic. Where are we taking #pillowsandplates next, @miamoretti ✈️
My favorite thing about Cuba is the people. My second favorite thing? The outdoor WiFi parks. Internet and cell reception are limited and expensive, but the government did create WiFi hubs in many neighborhood public parks. All the neighbors come together in a communal outdoor living room to text, email, Instagram, FaceTime, listen to music and watch shows. The Cubans I spoke with seem to have mixed feelings about this (it is rather inconvenient to have to venture out of your office or home for an email, and not to mention it’s a rather public place to handle private affairs), but to me it feels like the sanest thing for an urban community. You want to zone out on the internet? Sure, but at least be surrounded by nature while you do it. Who is moving their router to Washington Square Park with me? #pillowsandplates
This is the entrance to @casa_sanagustin - an arts center in a refurbished textile mill high up in the hills of San Agustín Etla. Created by famed Oaxacan artist Francisco Toledo, it is the first sustainable and environmentally conscious center in Latin America. Deeply connected to the surrounding community, the work of CaSa was explained to me by @kellyframel as being three fold: 1. Exhibitions: Highlighting local and international artists, the terraces and buildings across the top of the Etla mountain incorporate nature and light on every vista. 2. Education: Classes and workshops are provided free of charge to encourage supporting the arts and local craft. Additionally, a publishing arm creates educational books in local indigenous languages for children to continue to learn in their mother tongues. 3. Empowerment: Preserving local craft, CaSa nurtures workshops in the area including chemical-free paper-making, felting, ceramics and even dance workshops. To further support the local community, CaSa also works with regional prisons to empower and support incarcerated persons through the arts. Photo by @marcduron
We have a secret project brewing and it involves Oaxaca and artisans and bunnies and light. @aurorajames and I travelled to the magical State in southern Mexico, a place where there are over 4,000 different cultures, with a third of the population speaking an indigenous language. The differences are celebrated with each village and enclave in the region specializing in their own unique craft like weaving, paper making, black clay firing, carving, and the list goes on and on. Once a year, all the different groups of Oaxaca come together for the Guelaguetza, a traditional week long folk festival where dance, costume and local history are honored from all the different cultures. The word is Zapotec and means “the greatest of courtesies”. At the end of the week, a Queen of the Guelaguetza is elected to represent the Goddess Centéotl (the goddess of corn), and she is chosen for her ethnic roots and knowledge of tradition. Who is coming back with me in July?
Motherhood in all shapes and sizes. I came to Oaxaca this week and was greeted by @kellyframel and a 5 week old bunny named Lumo. I’m semi-delusional and convinced I’m his mother. But in Oaxaca this all feels very real. Because in Oaxaca, women’s magic is real. Many of the artisan communities in the Isthmus are matrifocal where the economy and governance are handled by women. It’s rooted in an understanding of Zapotec women as critical members of society. Unlike Europe and the US, women in Oaxaca could own property since the 16th century. Matrifocal is not matriarchal, it means women are heads of households and societies, but may not hold official positions. It means that they are the ones responsible, focal and central to the functioning of society. And all I brought was a bottle of champagne. 📷 @kellyframel
Woke up in Oaxaca with a queen making breakfast in her abode. So much friendship. Qué sueño.
Rupi and her ghost. Found #35mm from New Orleans.
This is a love note to all the talented people that make a dream a reality. I love your joy for the art and for the science. I love your eye. I love your easy laugh and your hard work. I love creating films with you in all their endless forms. From the talented women at @lagos_jewelry that bring so much professionalism and enthusiasm to their work to my number one cinematographer soulmate @shootchevytyler and the crew that makes it all come to life: 1st AC @mrmarcoandre Lighting Director @j.uliant 2nd AC @dogdaysofdimitri Film Production @factotvm.nyc Music by @callmemargot With the creative team that brings joy to everything they do: @kellyframel @porschefabulous @jessicalebleis @cici_ali @kaitright Filmmaking is a sport of love.
It’s Wednesday, and @miamoretti and I are still in Provence. This time, we take you to two local institutions that are redefining art, science, cuisine and community building. Chef @armsfeelgood grows 90% of what is served at his Michelin-starred restaurant @chassagnette right in his backyard (and it’s also all naturally gluten free) while down the road, @luma_arles is showing us how collaboration between art and science can yield important beauty. Find out more on this episode of #pillowsandplates (still) in Provence, now up on IGTV.
A perfect Sunday. One of the biggest sources of inspiration for all my films are books. From research to visual inspiration from the written word, they are an important part of my process. The development of my #pillowsandplates series with @miamoretti was heavily impacted by Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”. Mia brought the book on our very first trip together and we poured over it while jet lagged in a hotel lobby waiting for our room. We took turns reading it to each other, falling in love with places that don’t exist in just a paragraph. It’s one of the reasons Pillows & Plates is a love letter to a world where reality doesn’t always exist.
Thank you to our ocean mother for being stern and loving, for feeding us, for reminding us to care for her, and for being the original muse. One of my favorite accounts to follow is the breathtaking imagery of @paulnicklen that not only shares rare sites from all the rounded corners of our earth, but also offers practical advice on how we can all be conservationists.
Have you ever seen @mollyoaustin live? She is a ray of sunshine with humor so wicked you’ll feel born again. Molly is headlining in NYC on February 6th and you shouldn’t miss it. Link for tickets in her bio.
A still life on the equator with @kellyframel The landscape artist @lily_kwong created an imaginary jungle in NYC. Bringing in plants that grow near the equator from around the world, we imagine what it’s like to live in harmony even if everyone is a perfect stranger. The installation is on view through next week. It’s warm 🌿🌱🌴🌵
Endless roads to endless Summers #pillowsandplates
Morning refocus #35mm
Sunnier skinny dip