Yes, yes, I will be offering prints in the Besotted Brand shop, indeed. I wrestled with this decision to offer my photographs because I didn’t feel I had a cohesive body of work, once I felt comfortable with what I was going to offer I had the daunting task of finding a professional printer that would put up with my compulsive nature. I couldn’t leave it to just a big business printer, I needed a master printer that understood why I needed to try different papers and be willing to experiment. I found a small shop that is as obsessive as I am and we will happily be driving each other crazy through this launch (and hopefully beyond). When I had my Etsy shop, I did offer my art prints (never photographs) and I have had many requests to bring them back. I was weary to, worried about quality and end price but my solution is to offer limited edition pieces for budding art collectors to assist in building a collection. I will also be working with a handful of artists on collaborative projects, but of course I will need to go through the rigorous test prints to make sure that the limited edition prints hold up to the Besotted Brand fine standards and meet my discerning clients highest expectations. Many of the artists I’ve chosen don’t even consider themselves artists which makes the project even more special and dear to my heart. The prints may not be included in the soft launch, but they will be there shortly as I stock the shop.
I start the grind on Monday, which should be every bit as taxing as I anticipate it being. Don’t get me wrong I am always very excited to meet with the editors of my favorite interior design magazines (tomorrow’s line up includes Elle Decor, Veranda and Traditional Home, eek!) but I do get very nervous and trying not to be only seems to exacerbate my condition. My Godmother likes to tell me that it’s just a case of the vapors, breathe into a bag and all will be good. I don’t think I can actually be breathing into paper bags during these meetings without being branded as ‘that lunatic publicist that breathes into paper bags during meetings’. So I just quietly let my nerves rage an internal war and I smile, try to be as pleasant + polite as possible and answer every question as if my life depended on the correct answer. No sweat right?
It is my hope that this is my last NYC trip as a publicist, I had hung up that hat a long time ago but I do happen to keep being dragged back in. This time though I really feel confident that this is my last hurrah and of course that makes this trip even more nerve wracking. I don’t think I will have much time to update my blog this week so I started a Twitter account for the duration. I can’t promise I will keep up the feed as much after the trip (I really don’t do/say anything exciting enough to) but I am hoping to take you all along with me this week while I traverse the city streets. If you were following me, you would have seen the above photo, which I caught with my Iphone at a street corner–very surreal. More hijinks to come….
My friend Andree always emails me the bestest photo resources and photography inspiration links. I don’t know how she is able to sleuth such goodness from the sea of goodness out there, but she is always able to edit, refine and send something that I will love. Andree turned me on to The Photo Argus, which I quickly signed up for, the other day they sent me an email with Warren Krupsaw’s Gem + Mineral photographs, I loved how they look like modern art. I think the concept is so original and creative. In Mr. Krupsaw’s article he generously shares with the reader how they can go about shooting their own Gem + Mineral photo’s. I have my own little collection of gems at my studio and am eager to give this a try. If you are looking for some photo inspiration I highly recommend signing up for the Photo Arugus newsletter, there’s always a small photo treasure to be mined on their site.
I have not been sleeping well lately, I think it is equal parts excitement and anxiety. I have a lot going on right now, most of it good with a touch of panic and compulsion thrown in for good measure. Needless to say I have been so exhausted. Yesterday I went to all my appointments with two different shoes on each foot. No one said a thing. Either nobody noticed (doubtful) or I have no true friends (a horrible thought). I didn’t notice until I came home (I have a no shoes policy in my house), I went to slip off my flats and lo and behold I was officially the weirdo that walks around the city with two different shoes on. Maybe I will start a trend.
Bella on the other hand has no trouble sleeping, I found her fast asleep in our bed. She’s not allowed on the bed without her blankie, so she was caught red handed (pawed?). Bella is very good at getting out of trouble, she just gives me a couple of her coy looks and I am impervious to her naughtiness. Sorry, I guess I am just an exhausted, two different shoe wearing, puppy push-over.
I had another post slated for this a.m. but was reminded that today was June 21st, the longest day of the year and the first day of summer! I am so sorry to my Aussie + New Zealand friends, I know that you are having a bit of a cold front and I certainly do not mean to rub it in that I will be frolicking in the sunshine soon. Okay, there won’t be much frolicking or sunshine (I can’t be in the sun with my advanced age and hyper-pigment prone skin) but, at least it will feel like summer! The previous three summers I was stuck in a windowless office for eleven plus hours a day and tomorrow the first day of summer (how many more times can I fit the word ‘summer’ into my post?) I will have two large windows in my home studio in which I can take in the glorious summer sun and golden light. Yes, I am much happier, indeed. So on this special day I am sending you a virtual bouquet of pink peonies, I so wish I could send you the real deal but alas these will have to do.
photo by::tristan b.