These past months have been filled with welcome change: a wedding, a move and plans for matching banana outfits.
This blog, in turn will change. Because change is good and necessary for improvement.
My future posts will be composed in Shanghai, China. I’m so fucking excited.
photos by Julie Klima
The LA County Fair is a giant mishmosh of carnival rides, fried food, animals and strange crafts. It’s also huge. It’s the largest county fair in the United States! I attended this year and tried to cram as much sight-seeing in as possible. Between the carnival, gardens, exhibition halls, exotic and farm animals…it’s impossible to see everything in one day.
Usually I want to eat everything in sight. This year, nothing sounded good or appealing. Yes, it’s the fair and it’s expected that there will be junk food galore, but a Krispy Kreme cheeseburger?! Maybe next year.
The demon captured my sister. This was the best/worst haunted house ride ever.
I always like visiting the Flower and Garden Pavillion. This year the theme was “Mysteries of the Amazon”. So much color! I especially liked the neon dreamcatcher/pentagrams. The toucans are also a nice touch.
It’s a Hobbit Hole! The “America’s Kids” section was pretty cool. There were interactive displays representing children’s literature; kid’s artwork and collections were also on display.
The Mr. Men drawings were fun to look at. A collection of Girl Scout patches! I’ve been searching for my old patches…but still haven’t found them. I loved these crazy monster plush toys on display. Kids can be so creative!
The Fairplex Carousel. I LOVE a good carousel. Don’t you?!
Until next year…
This past Saturday, Hysteric Haus set up shop at Chinatown Summer Nights, an outdoor event with music, art and food trucks (obviously) that takes place throughout summer. This was our third time vending at this party, and as usual, WE BROUGHT THE COLOR! The entire range of Hysteric Haus items was on display: pillows, makeup bags, picture frames and light switch plates.
We also had our neon banana baseball tees and heart crop tops, which can also be found online here.
Confetti cannons, which make a loud POP! then burst out confetti, are sold all throughout Chinatown. We were overly excited to get our hands on a few. We even exploded one in our tent!
Confetti is so fucking festive. It makes everything better. I’ve used it in our displays before, but never to this extreme.
Horacio and our pal Minh of HMSOUNDSYSTEM.
Chinatown at night is a magical place full of neon wonder sprinkled with confetti. During this particular event, there were tons and tons of people. KCRW dj’s got the crowd moving in the main plaza and all of the shops, restaurants and bars were buzzing with energy.
Horacio holding down the fort while I was off taking pictures and marveling at the magical piles of confetti EVERYWHERE.
Until next Summer…
When Furniture Manufacturer, Modernica announced they were holding a color contest for a custom Eames Fiberglass Shell Chair, I lost my shit. Not only is the grand prize a chair in the winning color, but it goes into production and will be available for purchase for a limited time! Even more exciting than that, the winner is invited to their workspace in LA to witness the chair being produced. I am totally fascinated by the way things are made which makes this extremely exciting. Plus, the only contests I ever enter are to win furniture; so I jumped on this.
The Photo I submitted (at top) represents the color I chose for the chair. I named it Lustberry. It’s sexy, it’s fun, it falls in the berry realm. I took the photo about a month ago while in Vegas; some friends and I were at Marquee Night Club and the giant screen behind the Dj booth changed colors and did all sorts of crazy blinking things. Purples and pinks are my power colors, so I snapped this shot with my phone and posted it to Instagram.
All of the entries in the running, including mine, are currently on Facebook. The top 20 photos with the most combined likes and shares make it to the final round for judging. Check out my submission here and click “Like”!
Maybe dreams do come true….
The Door is Always Open is Gary Baseman’s first museum survey, which showcases his work in a very personal way. It is on display at the Skirball Cultural Center in LA and ends August 18th. Horacio and I made sure to catch it before it ended; and we were both so glad we did. What makes this exhibit so cool is that it is built to be a home and includes many furniture pieces and keepsakes that belonged to his family, while serving as a backdrop to his many paintings, photographs and sculptures on display. To our surprise, Mr. Baseman was there giving a tour, which was exciting because we got to hear him speak about his work and share stories about his family history and upbringing in Los Angeles.
The Living Room is the first room you enter and contains family portraits intermixed with Baseman’s works. This exhibit is interactive, so visitors can sit on the couches and chairs throughout the space.
Adjacent to the Living Room is The Dining Room. The table, which belonged to his parents, is fully set with custom linens embroidered with Baseman’s characters and designs.
The Office displays his commercial works which have been featured in many major publications.
The Study tells the story of his Eastern European heritage.This room had a darker feel to it than the other rooms, but was one of my favorites nonetheless.
The wall coverings throughout the entire house were all designed by Baseman and manufactured by Astek. They are all available for purchase here and I fell in love with them when I discovered them at Dwell on Design in June.
I really loved The Bedroom. The theme is dreams and nightmares. The blue walls depict images of happy kids at play, while the pink is a little more sinister. This room is creepy in the most playful way! Plus, I LOVE this wallpaper!!!
It was so exciting to hear the stories straight from the artist himself. We arrived just as he was starting the tour and quickly joined the group. Originally, we planned on just walking around at our own pace, but couldn’t resist Gary Baseman’s energy and excitement as he explained things in detail with such passion and wit.
The Backyard. Imagine seeing this outside your window!
The Enlightened Chou.
There is so much attention to detail throughout the entire exhibit, and everywhere you rest your eyes is something kooky and fun. The show ends August 18th, so if you want to catch it-GO NOW!