I love everything about this new project. VENUE is “collaborative works created at the intersection of music and visual arts”. In the inaugural installment, a video captures a beautiful spoken word piece and one-take rendition of “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges.
Can’t wait to follow along as this project unfolds. Nice work VSCO!
I always love seeing how people choose to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this day of remembrance. Call it clicktivism or slacktivism or any other negative term people have come up with for this generation of online natives, but I believe if you take a moment to appreciate these posts you will be genuinely touched by people doing their small part to remember a great man.
Kid President is one of my favorite commentators because of the simplicity of his communication and its ability to speak to everyone — young and old. Take this quote from the above video about MLK Jr…
“He dreamed and he changed things.
And he dreamed and he kept sharing his dreams.
They became not just his dreams [but] a lot of people’s dreams.”
My hope is that all of us could boil down our complex ideologies to simple concepts that allow us to live our lives in pursuit of our dreams and their relation to the well-being of others.
Over the course of this year, some friends and I have been talking about establishing a creative gathering in Orange County, CA to unify, encourage, and spur one another on. Small gatherings on Wednesday mornings, have now grown to incorporate a less small speaker series each month. Learn more at connectingthings.co.
Now for this talk… It is a very unscripted version of me communicating something that I have thought a lot about over the last year. If there were a full title for this video it would be “Know Who You Are & Do So In The Context Of Community”.
You will hear about how that was important for myself and my work at Krochet Kids intl., as well as for an unlikely entrepreneur named Guillietta Carrelli, founder of Trouble Coffee & Coconut Club in San Francisco. Read the full article about Giullietta’s story of starting the toast craze HERE (the piece which inspired this talk).
The takeaways: • build rhythms into your life that remind & reinforce your purpose
• surround yourself with people who can help you recognize yourself when you can’t
• understand your strengths and use those
Lastly, the questions near the end are hard to hear so I wanted to provide them to you: 1) When you were starting, what did you do to start to brand yourself toward retailers like Nordstrom? 2) At what point did you know what your purpose or mission was for Krochet Kids intl.? 3) How did you know, or come to find, your “useful skill in a tangible situation”? 4) In the context of a team, and even working with friends, how did you help people understand who they are and how they fit in the team?
Big thanks to The Artist Report (aka Braedon Flynn) for putting together this video. I hope you all enjoy it!
Last Wednesday (why is it always “Big Wednesday”?) saw one of the biggest swells Newport Beach has experienced in the last 20 years. Aside from the sheer size of waves, the more exciting part proved to be their shape and ride-ability – leaving some to draw comparisons with Pipeline in Hawaii.
While I can’t speak to it’s relativity to the world renowned break on the north shore of Oahu, I can tell you that my wife and I watched from the beach on Wednesday morning, jaws dropped. It was one of the most impressive swells I have ever seen, and it instilled in us a further appreciation for where we live, as well as a healthy fear of the power Mother Nature holds.
Thanks to Thomas Green for capturing this Big Wednesday at the Point in Newport Beach.
Last week at Krochet Kids intl. we released a limited-edition collection of beanies with the company that makes one of my favorite apps – Visual Supply Co. (VSCO). Most people know them for their digital tools that make your Instagram photos look amazing (even when you’re not a great photographer, like myself) and their ubiquitous hashtag #VSCOcam.
Over the last year, I have got to know another side of this San Francisco based start-up. This is a group of people who are truly committed to a vision that is far beyond photography or its supportive digital tools. They are about honoring artists, and they don’t take HONOR lightly. One manifestation of this is their Artist Initiative, where they have pledged $1 million to fund artists and their creative projects.
Similarly, in our VSCO x Krochet Kids intl. collaboration they did an amazing job honoring the women we work with in Peru and highlighting their stories. If there is something that I respect, it is brands (or people for that matter) who know themselves and are committed to standing for something bigger than their personal gain. I think this is why we got along so well.
Keep an eye out for more to come from this partnership and start using VSCO now if you are not already. In my opinion, this is a company worth backing.