Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee!

Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
A rolling wave of blonde hair, a vast landscape ahead that looks as if it could engulf her at any moment — suck her back into its center. It doesn’t though, there’s always a strength to her, rooting her feet on the rock she stands atop. Woodworker Aleksandra Zee may be known to you from her dreamy, golden hued virtual postcards, and entrancing works of art that will make you stop in your tracks mid-Instagram scroll. She’s not just her online representation though, as any woman she is thick with dynamics, journeys, insights. Fearlessly, she shares snippets of these with us through her captions — using the social media platform to as a way of saying “Hey! I’m in this with you.” — however today we get very real with the talented woman on her art, heartbreak, & how to deeply love yourself!
 Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
V: What was your first experience with woodworking? Was it love at first bandsaw?
AZ: My frist experience with woodworking was just a bit in college, making frames and things but nothing much. My first job out of college was at Anthropologie as a Display Artist and so much of it was learn as you go. When I fully started building things I fell in love! Working with wood, being in a shop, I knew it was what I wanted to do and instantly started planning how to make it on my own.
V: What were you doing before you were able to go full time with your creative passions?
AZ: I decided to leave Anthropologie after about three years and knew that for me, having a boss and working/making for someone else was not for me. I needed to make art for myself and put it out there. So I stated small, working as a waitress for just about three years as I built my business. Working days in my humble little shops and nights at a restaurant. I remember the day I quit waiting tables like it was yesterday. I was serving a few girlfriends some margaritas and they asked me why I was still working there, that I was so busy in the shop and didn’t need to keep the side hustle. So I set down their drinks and went up to my manager and told her I would rather be in my studio, and she said yes please go and come back if you ever need to. It felt amazing and scary and crazy and so freeing. It has been a little over three years since that moment and each day has gotten better and more amazing working for myself. It’s hard ass work, and it never stops, but there is nothing else I would rather do.

Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.

V: You are so wonderfully transparent about the journey a woman takes to come into her own via your social media. Did it ever scare you to be so open?
AZ: At first it was scary, the opinions of others would deeply effect me. When the negative came it would hurt and hold me back. It took a while to grow my thick skin and learn to meditated on the fact that others options of me don’t matter, and they never will. I am responsible for my own energy and my own confidence and happiness. None of that belongs to anyone else. Being committed to openness and vulnerability is something that is so important to me and loving myself though it is so important.
V: Let’s talk about self-love — what life experiences have forced you to come face-to-face with who you are as a woman, and who you want to be?
AZ: This is for sure a loaded question. There are so many experiences that have made me face myself with exactly who I am and who I want to continue to grow into. I grew up with a troubled mother, substance abuse consumed her life and outside of the care my father gave I helped raise my younger sister. That forced me to tap into my nurturing and fierce side at a super young age. Later in life I chose a career that is predominantly male and finding my strong and also feminine (which is powerful and not weak) voice. I felt like I was re-writing what it meant to be feminine for myself. That being a woman didn’t make me weaker but stronger, and promoting that strength in a non competitive and graceful way. About two years ago I lost my mother, and that was a huge face-to-face moment with myself. I needed to strip myself of everything I held onto, the thick skin that I let grow a little too thick and re-open myself to a life of pure vulnerability, not holding myself back because of fears, accepting every bit of who I am and the strength there is in being open.

Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.

V: What is the most painful part of your journey in self-study?
AZ: Growing pains happen because you are making new room for the growth that is happening within. A big part of dealing whit what hurts is self acceptance. That you control your happiness, your confidence, your state of mind. Rising above what breaks your heart and accepting that it takes time. Life is full of heartbreak and how you move though the muck is what gives you the information and wisdom to hurdle the next. It hurts to lose a love, lose a family member, have your business take an unexpected turn, but all of those things happen to show the path before you and the choice you have to hit the ground running. So for me, my heartbreaks and pain that I have lived though are maps and footprints in the path I have chosen, I wouldn’t change it, I love where I have been and where it is shaping me to move forward into.Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
V: I think every woman learns to be gentle with themselves in different ways — I do this thing where I literally talk to my body in times of stress or trauma. Is there a way you’ve learned to be gentle with yourself that helps you deal with trials of the everyday?
AZ: I do he same, I speak positivity to my body, acknowledge the air filling my lungs in each deep breath, wiggle my toes and feel my feet planted on the earth holding up my body. Finding completely presence within my mind and physical body, reminds me that I am alive, I need to check in, and care for myself. It is the easiest way to get my mind bad n track, those sick couple minutes of acknowledging yourself.
V: I’m so glad I’m not the only one that does that! How do you see yourself through your own eyes?

AZ: When I look in the mirror I see strength, I see grace and I see growth. I am always changing, and allowing for that growth is acceptance. I meet myself with an open heart.

Art, Heartbreak, a& How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.

V: If you could send one message to young women everywhere what would it be?

AZ: Be fearlessly yourself. No one is you, YOU are you. There is strength in being a woman that should never hold you back from doing exactly what you want to.
V: Three books that have changed your life?
AZ: The Little Prince, currently Reading The Alchemist and it is so so so beautiful, and Just Kids.
V:  When do you feel most yourself?
AZ: I feel most myself when I am creating or when I am out in nature. Free and open, tapped into my soul.
photo credits, from top to bottom: Nikki Ormerod, Antrom Kury, Gillian Walsworth.

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Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work!

Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work! -- Verite Published, LA Artist, Female Artist, Female Nudes, Blanda Jana, Silverlake, Cafe Stella, Little Dom's, Go Get Em' Tiger, Switzerland, NYC, Photographer, Vintage Denim, Shop Verite.
Photography by Allister Ann.

She’s long been one of our favored Instagram accounts to peruse, swooning over her artistic mastery, and natural fawn-hued beauty. Blanda (last name not necessary) is the modern bohemian artist. Hailing from Switzerland, to Silverlake, via NYC, she brings with her entrancing paint strokes and cool girl style. Blanda invited us to her home and studio for a glimpse into her artwork, inspiration, and what she calls ‘being in the zone’.

Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work! -- Verite Published, LA Artist, Female Artist, Female Nudes, Blanda Jana, Silverlake, Cafe Stella, Little Dom's, Go Get Em' Tiger, Switzerland, NYC, Photographer, Vintage Denim, Shop Verite.

Vérité: What about the elements of painting do you find the most fueling to your work? Is it the medium, subject, or color? all?

Blanda: It’s the access to flow. Creative work can function as a kind of portal to create a highly productive state of ‘being in the zone’. The medium, subject matter, color, etc. are usually what formulates while I work. They are elements of the outcome, not so much the fuel.
Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work! -- Verite Published, LA Artist, Female Artist, Female Nudes, Blanda Jana, Silverlake, Cafe Stella, Little Dom's, Go Get Em' Tiger, Switzerland, NYC, Photographer, Vintage Denim, Shop Verite. Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work! -- Verite Published, LA Artist, Female Artist, Female Nudes, Blanda Jana, Silverlake, Cafe Stella, Little Dom's, Go Get Em' Tiger, Switzerland, NYC, Photographer, Vintage Denim, Shop Verite.
Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work! -- Verite Published, LA Artist, Female Artist, Female Nudes, Blanda Jana, Silverlake, Cafe Stella, Little Dom's, Go Get Em' Tiger, Switzerland, NYC, Photographer, Vintage Denim, Shop Verite.

Vérité: So much of what you paint or sketch is the female form. What about being a female artist do you think allows you a unique view of portraying the subject?

Blanda: It is something I naturally gravitate towards. Being a woman, I obviously relate to the female form but I also find it very aesthetically appealing in shape.

Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work! -- Verite Published, LA Artist, Female Artist, Female Nudes, Blanda Jana, Silverlake, Cafe Stella, Little Dom's, Go Get Em' Tiger, Switzerland, NYC, Photographer, Vintage Denim, Shop Verite.Blanda wears our Shop Vérité Little Birds Bodysuit, shop her look here.
Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work! -- Verite Published, LA Artist, Female Artist, Female Nudes, Blanda Jana, Silverlake, Cafe Stella, Little Dom's, Go Get Em' Tiger, Switzerland, NYC, Photographer, Vintage Denim, Shop Verite.

Vérité: Tell us about the journey to refining your art to what it is now?

Blanda: I think anything creative has an inherent need for ongoing development. My work looks very different now than it did just a couple of years ago. There might be phases of less rapid or less visually apparent change but generally it is in constant movement.

Vérité: Were your parents supportive about you pursuing your creative career?

Blanda: My parents are incredible people. They have always encouraged me to pursue a career in whatever field I will be most fulfilled by. They were and are so supportive of what I do and who I am. I would be a very different person without the kind of solid base they built for me.
Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work! -- Verite Published, LA Artist, Female Artist, Female Nudes, Blanda Jana, Silverlake, Cafe Stella, Little Dom's, Go Get Em' Tiger, Switzerland, NYC, Photographer, Vintage Denim, Shop Verite. Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work! -- Verite Published, LA Artist, Female Artist, Female Nudes, Blanda Jana, Silverlake, Cafe Stella, Little Dom's, Go Get Em' Tiger, Switzerland, NYC, Photographer, Vintage Denim, Shop Verite.
Vérité: How has living in Los Angeles affected your career as an artist? Do you see it as a welcoming city collaboratively?
Blanda: I often miss New York for its drive and energy but, funny enough, I appreciate LA for the lack of constant fast pace and hectic environment. My life in Silverlake is much more quiet and focused on my work than it was a few years ago. As far as collaborative opportunities, I believe they can be found anywhere, you just have to be open to them.

Vérité: What do you wear while you’re painting?

Blanda: Whatever I am wearing that day. But I usually turn my sweaters inside-out in a very lazy effort to keep paint stains on the invisible side of my clothing.

Vérité: As a creative I’m constantly thinking of how I want to use my words to impact the world. Is this something you think of? If so, what mark do you hope to leave on the world with your art?

Blanda: I want to make people feel something, trigger an emotional response, bring something to focus that they haven’t seen or contemplated in that way before.
Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work! -- Verite Published, LA Artist, Female Artist, Female Nudes, Blanda Jana, Silverlake, Cafe Stella, Little Dom's, Go Get Em' Tiger, Switzerland, NYC, Photographer, Vintage Denim, Shop Verite.
Vérité: Your apartment is brimming with books, what are three books that have changed your life?
Blanda: This German book about Greek mythology my dad used to read to us as children, ha! But more recently: “The four agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz,  “Power vs. Force” by David R. Hawkins. Oh, and Norman Deutsch’s “The brain that changes itself”

Vérité: Your top three favorite spots in LA for seeing friends, getting inspiration, or procrastinating from work?

Blanda: I like Cafe Stella to meet friends, Little Dom’s for dinners and Go Get Em Tiger for coffee.

Vérité: Any words of wisdom from a seasoned artist to others who want to break into the industry?

Blanda: Just focus on spending your time doing what makes you happy. And let everything else fall into place.
Get to Know Dream Girl & Artist Blanda — From Favorite LA Haunts to the Stories Behind Her Work! -- Verite Published, LA Artist, Female Artist, Female Nudes, Blanda Jana, Silverlake, Cafe Stella, Little Dom's, Go Get Em' Tiger, Switzerland, NYC, Photographer, Vintage Denim, Shop Verite.

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Meet The Leader of The Women’s Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue*

Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.Recent events in America have left a layer of shock over many communities, but have you ever seen those flowers that grow through the cracks of cement? This spring t’s not just one lone bloom to be found pushing through a material that resonates as life halting, but a garden. At least that’s how we see the beauty of the feminist, and intersectional movement that have emerged from grieving — more inclusive and reinforced as ever.
We feel the need to grab hold of the hands of our sisters, and there is one woman who is leading by example through a fresh new platform that promotes togetherness, and community — Her Society was founded by Lindsay Van Cantfort in the wake of the election and the mass welcoming it received online alone is a sign that we are ready. We’ve been waiting.
Shop Vérité collaborated with Lindsay and photographer Hannah Hazel to create a compelling visual story to accompany our interview.
Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.VÉRITÉ: You finally felt it was time to start a movement, a movement called Her Society, can you tell us about what the catalyst was, and what Her Society stands for?
 
LINDSAY VAN CANTFORT: For years now I have been wrestling with how to bring all the remarkable women in my life together, together in a way they could create something more powerful then ourselves. As fate would have it. BOOM. A Trump presidency and a voice in my head saying “This is different, I feel different about this country and my gender.”  Women need a place to educate themselves, to not feel alone in the fight and to see that female togetherness is something we all crave. Her Society offers that, beauty wrapped strength. It was born from truth & lives in us.
V: What does being a woman mean to you?
LVC: Strength, grace and grit.
V: I had decided that my New Years resolution was to get offline and start an in-person community, and you are doing both! What do you think about creating a community can spawn change?

LVC: “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman”— Simone de Beauvoir. I believe everything we are is the result of our choices, as we build ourselves out of our own resources and those which society gives us. We don’t only create our own values, we create ourselves. I simply want to give women the tools to create their own belief system, based on truth, honesty and female relationships.

Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.

V: How do you hope Her Society can impact the causes you strive to partner with?
LVC: Awareness, Awareness, Awareness!  With that said, one thing that was very
important to me was keeping a diverse way to interact with the causes. Not everyone can donate…then write a postcard. Not everyone can go to a rally… then call. I want people to feel they can stay involved in a number of ways.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.
 V: Do you have a moment you can pin point where you saw pure female strength that inspired you?
LVC: Two stick out. One, Jane was my first memory, my mother. She is totally badass. She demanded equality, she insisted on being viewed as smart and beautiful and only in that order. She reads more books than any person I have ever met. She was my first friend and my earliest example of gut wrenching female power, the good the bad and the ugly parts of battling back against social norms. Second, would be the women I lived with in Tanzania. I have never in my life seen more raw determination, honestly, strength or female intuition.   My mother shaped my mind, those women shaped my soul.
 
V: Social media is such an amazing platform to use for good, as an entrepreneur how do you want to use your voice and your social platform to spread your message?
LVC: Keeping it inclusive, remaining bold and not be afraid to push the envelope especially when we are talking about womanism and feminism, breast, sexuality, sensuality…these are not curse words and I love exposing people to something they might not necessarily seek out, it helps the much need conversation about this new wave of female-ism.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.
V: What would you say to other women who want to get involved, and want to speak up but may feel they don’t have a voice?
LVC: Just start and ask questions, we need you, you are not alone but amongst friends. The mantra I always say is ” If your eight year old self met you, would they be proud?” that is what gets my ass out of bed and participating in the movement.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.V: Three books that changed your life?
V: What stigmas about the women’s movement would you like to change?
LVC: I wish woman could be more honest and vulnerable with other woman. I often feel that woman hide behind society norms and don’t convey their real thoughts and views. I hope the women’s movement can start on the ground floor of change, with real connections and relationships based on respect, and then get to work.
V: If you could take an uber pool with one person, get stuck in NY traffic, and rack their brain on a whim who would it be?
LVC: Malala Yousafzai, she would teach me more than my little cold heart could muster about life & what living means.Meet The Leader of The Women's Movement, Her Society *Girl Crushes Ensue* -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Feminism, intersectionality, what is intersectionality, Trump, women's movement, social movement, Lindsay Van Cantfort, New York City, LA, SF, Photography, Film Photography, Shop.

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What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form

THE WANDERESS | DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO MOVE THROUGH
THE WORLD WITH LIGHT FEET, OPEN HEARTS
& PURPOSEFUL ACTIONS.

What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography
Words & Photos by Allister Ann.

What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography

I booked a flight to Paris for two weeks, leaving New Years day. The year had been a tough one, in more ways then I care to elaborate on. 
I saw the trip as a fresh start. No expectations, but hopeful that I could reconnect with myself, and an old fling — painting. 
Vowing to leave all technology behind, I wanted to make space to make a difference. In retrospect, it was an excellent decision.
 
It had been a while since I last saw Paris. Unfortunately it’s known as the city of love. I was going alone, my heart mending from a recent failed encounter of love, as I sat on the plane I wondered…will this make me forget faster?
 
I had a beautiful flat in Paris waiting for me. I brought minimal necessities, so I could make room for the canvases and brushes that filled my suitcase.
In the past I had such a passion for painting, but over the years it was shoved aside, like so many other things.
I was forcing myself to commit to it this time — throwing all self doubt out the beautiful french door windows that shared such a lovely sliver of Paris with me.

 

My first morning I made my way to Magasin Sennelier, a 100 plus year old art supply shop, where the scent of old oil paint oozed from the dusty wood shelves. I went there often in the days to follow, eager to try the new colors I had discovered.
I had found my inspiration in Yves Klein’s ‘Blue’, and his concept of using the female form as a tool for expression had stuck with me.
Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress.
 
So alone, in my studio, I gave it a try.
I felt my first painting should address the mixed emotions that still lingered within me. There was hesitation, but eventually I felt a release that I couldn’t help but embrace. Letting my body express my thoughts and feelings was almost euphoric.
That night I did my first painting about him titled Le Meilleur De Solitaire.
From there, more paintings began to flow out of me. I would venture out during the day, to museums mostly, coming back brimming with ideas.
The evenings were spent in a favorite cafe. Paint still under my nails as I sipped wine that turned my lips rouge, looking forward to the next day.
The time passed too quickly. I wasn’t ready to leave. I was afraid my reconnection with the canvas may be shoved aside once again.
But, I made a promise to myself. If I somehow couldn’t find the time, or lacked motivation in the coming months, I’d return to aloneness, knowing that quaint little art shop would always be there waiting.

What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography

What Happens When An Artist Flees to a Flat in Paris? A Study in Aloneness & The Female Form -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Art, female nude, form, yves klein, paris, france, eiffel tower, paris apartment, parisienne, painting, black and white, photography

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What Happens When Two Friends Bond Over Bones & Go Into Business Together? A Cult Jewelry Line is Born

What Happens When Two Friends Bond Over Bones & Go Into Business Together? A Cult Jewelry Line is Born -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Bones + Feathers Collective, Instagram, LA Designer, Women in Business, Interiors, Bohemian, Modern, Architecture, Nature.

How many times have you been sitting across from your BFF, glass of wine in hand, exclaiming “we could totally start a business”? Countless. Those are give or take the plot-lines of how Cole Morrall and Natalie Mauro found themselves knee deep in refined eclectic jewels — a line called Bones + Feathers Collective. One collaborative idea was to spark a career of crafting beautifully delicate designs inspired by natural elements.

Vérité visited the co-founders up in the winding hills of Highland Park, Los Angeles, to dig through said jewels, and a little bit of background of the balance between a successful friend/work relationship. More so, we were dying to peel back the layers of who these two are as a duo, and apart.

What Happens When Two Friends Bond Over Bones & Go Into Business Together? A Cult Jewelry Line is Born -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Bones + Feathers Collective, Instagram, LA Designer, Women in Business, Interiors, Bohemian, Modern, Architecture, Nature.VÉRITÉ: Tell us what Bones and Feathers Collective is…

NATALIE & COLE: An LA based jewelry line drawing inspiration and materials from nature. We design for the girl that wants something unique and feels one of a kind at a more affordable price.

V: How did you two meet, what was the catalyst to join forces in business?

NATALIE: We actually went to the same college and graduated the same year, but didn’t meet until a mutual friend introduced us out in LA. This girl that I’d met kept telling me that I should meet her roommate. I was reading a book on serial killers at the time and Cole was reading a book on decomposing bodies, and she thought that we’d get along. When we met, it was kind of creepy love at first sight and we’ve been friends ever since.

We started B+FC while I was assisting a clothing designer. He told me I could sell accessories at his booth during market week. I asked Cole if she wanted to start a line and she responded, “Yes, we can make things out of bones and feathers.” We never ended up making anything out of feathers or selling accessories at market week for him, but we liked the sound of it, so we kept the name and started a businessWhat Happens When Two Friends Bond Over Bones & Go Into Business Together? A Cult Jewelry Line is Born -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Bones + Feathers Collective, Instagram, LA Designer, Women in Business, Interiors, Bohemian, Modern, Architecture, Nature.What Happens When Two Friends Bond Over Bones & Go Into Business Together? A Cult Jewelry Line is Born -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Bones + Feathers Collective, Instagram, LA Designer, Women in Business, Interiors, Bohemian, Modern, Architecture, Nature.

V: Where do you both gain inspiration for what you create?

NATALIE & COLE: Nature, art, photography, shape, color, architecture.

V: Getting into business with a friend can be tough, how do you two keep things smooth? What would you suggest to others who want to do the same?

NATALIE: We are both really good at balancing each other out and get along really well. Like all relationships, it’s about communication, we definitely have our moments, but if someone feels strongly about something we are both open to hearing each other’s thoughts and ideas out. We also have defined roles and make sure we are clear about who  has what responsibilities.What Happens When Two Friends Bond Over Bones & Go Into Business Together? A Cult Jewelry Line is Born -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Bones + Feathers Collective, Instagram, LA Designer, Women in Business, Interiors, Bohemian, Modern, Architecture, Nature.
V: Can you give us a little insight into the process of creating a new collection?

COLE: It varies. We have started new collections by  making shapes with clay, finding textures and shapes in nature, or being inspired by furniture and home architecture. We then start sketching and water coloring, choo se a color pa lette of stones and shapes  we want to work with and then go into CAD and sourcing the proper stones. It can be a long process but its so worth it when it all comes together. The end product sometimes turns out differently then expected but its usually something we love.

V: If you both could identify a work uniform what would you say is yours?

NATALIE: black jeans, black boots, black shirt and a really good coat (preferably leather or vintage wool) .

COLE: Same… except silk shirt. I’m also a sucker for white dresses.What Happens When Two Friends Bond Over Bones & Go Into Business Together? A Cult Jewelry Line is Born -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Bones + Feathers Collective, Instagram, LA Designer, Women in Business, Interiors, Bohemian, Modern, Architecture, Nature.V: If you could both pick any destination that describes your personal style and overall aesthetic what would it be?

NATALIE: Madrid or Paris.

COLE: Oh thats a tough one, probably a blend of NYC, Kauai, and Atrani.

V: In a world where we are inundated with so many brands via social media, what would you say is your key to standing out from the crowd?

NATALIE: I’m not really sure that we have one to be honest. We just try to be ourselves and post things that we are inspired by, its really the only way for us to stay true to the brand.What Happens When Two Friends Bond Over Bones & Go Into Business Together? A Cult Jewelry Line is Born -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Bones + Feathers Collective, Instagram, LA Designer, Women in Business, Interiors, Bohemian, Modern, Architecture, Nature.V: What is your favorite thing about one another?

NATALIE: Cole’s generosity and diplomacy/understanding in all life situations.

COLE: Nat’s willingness to try new things and learn from them. She’s always pushing herself to be a better version of herself, it’s inspiring and a good reminder to do the same.What Happens When Two Friends Bond Over Bones & Go Into Business Together? A Cult Jewelry Line is Born -- VERITE PUBLISHED --- Bones + Feathers Collective, Instagram, LA Designer, Women in Business, Interiors, Bohemian, Modern, Architecture, Nature.

V: What’s a book that’s changed your life?

NATALIE: You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay or A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson. They’ve both completely rewired my brain in the best possible way and changed my outlook/ approach to  life.

COLE: That’s like naming a favorite child! I love anything F. Scott Fitzgerald. Born to Run — it really changed the way I understood running as a part of my life. The Presence Process — the writing isn’t the best but the message is amazing and really helped get in to meditation.

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