creativity

Spontaneous Love Letters

02.14.2014

Anti-V-day

“Happy unimaginative, consumerist-oriented and entirely arbitrary manipulation and shallow interpretation of romance day!!”

This is the phrase that I have (half-jokingly) uttered on February 14th for probably the last 20+ years of Valentine’s Days.  I always loved to hate this day whether I was in or out of a relationship. The image above was something I created back in 2007 expressing just that. While it’s always nice to be surprised with a bouquet of rusty colored roses (a personal favorite of mine), or a spontaneous road trip or love letter, I would be evermore excited to have them turn up on an unassuming day in my life when I’d least expect it. It has always meant more to me that I was thought of just because I was thought of, and not because a date on the calendar reminding you to do so.

However, things always morph and change over time. Maybe it’s because I’m older or maybe it’s because of this crazy guy that adventures with me through life and love…

Color Me Rad

…but, I’ve definitely loosened my grip of distaste for this tradition because in the end, it is all about love, and how can you really dislike something that celebrates that?  I think the important thing is to remember to celebrate love more broadly and whenever possible. In other words, just do something nice for someone because you can. And of course, don’t forget to treat yo’ self too!!

I’ve been treating myself to a melty heart playlist all day and wanted to share it with you!

So folks. “Happy unimaginative, consumerist-oriented and entirely arbitrary manipulation and shallow interpretation of romance day!!”  I love you guys. Thanks for being my inspiration every day!  Found these amazing vintagey monster valentines and I’m in love. Remember the cute valentines you used to give everyone in your class in kindergarten? I remember some hilarious designs from the 80s. I miss those. Enjoy and have a beautiful day!

VDay Monsters

 

Fate Loves the Fearless

11.08.2013

There have been a few moments in the last month, where I think I’ve experienced a magnetism pulling me in a new direction, some sort of “sign”. Or maybe it’s not a “sign”, maybe it’s a higher perception that we synchronize with for a moment and feel a new kind of clarity. Whatever it is, I felt it. And this time I decided to act on it without fear of change holding me back.

I’ll be turning thirty-four in 3 weeks (on the island of Anguilla no less!) and I see this as a turning point in my life and in my career. Time to make moves and shake things up. The Flaming Lips sung a song that struck a chord with me a few weeks ago when they sung, “All we have is now…” One of the most beautiful and exhilarating live performances I’ve seen in awhile.

Over the last few years I’ve really honed in on some skills that I’m passionate about and have wanted to focus my life on entirely. Video editing, after effects animation, motion graphics, live performance art and video installations. I love being around crazy vibrant people who live and breathe creativity daily. I love traveling around the world and exposing myself to this beautiful place we live in while creating art inspired by those experiences. I know all of these things brings out the best in me, and I want to invite more of that into my life on a daily basis in the coming year.

A whole new life is cultivating here and it all starts now!  Wish me luck as I charge forward with a headful of new ideas for my future. The future is now!

 

Jumpstart: Moving Forward

06.24.2013

Still shot from super cool animated short film, LSD ABC by Laura Sicouri & Kadavre Exquis.

You know that lethargic plunge that happens over the course of a typical Monday morning at work?  The kind of day that starts off a little sleepy and unmotivated, followed by consuming a river of coffee to try to pick yourself up, all while juggling deadlines and fending off the weekend’s hangover?  I know I’m not the only one!

I’m a little late into Monday to set this post in motion but here it is. A new idea has developed here on the Danger blog. I’ve always intended this space here to be a document of my work as an artist and my progressions over the years, but I also want it to be a sanctuary of inspiration for those of you who find your way here into my mind and thoughts.

I’m proposing an 8 week writing trial series to shake things up!

I intend to share with you some insight and inspiration every Monday called “Jumpstart”. Here you’ll find something sumptuous to start your week off. A creative nugget (curated by yours truly) of radical inspiration by way of animations, photos, video, adventures, art musings, and other crazy things I find and fall in love with. Hopefully this will be a creative kick start for the week to get everyone revved up and break the monotony of your typical Monday…and mine! See the last paragraph below to see my very first entry into today’s jumpstart.

I’ve also been desperately trying to find a way to incorporate more health and wellness in my life and on this blog. It’s not always easy while juggling a busy career as an art director, video editor, freelance designer, artist and VJ. There’s only so many hours in the day to do work for others and work on yourself. Personally I know I’ve always created the best work while keeping up with health goals and eating clean whole foods. So Wednesdays on this blog will now have a dedicated theme of “Creative Wellness”. Let’s put our best selves forward and see what amazing stuff we can create!

Lastly, my Fridays will be spent on pure “Visual Goodness”. My aim is to showcase my week’s story and adventures told in pictures every Friday. If I’ve had an incredibly boring week I’ll try and take screen shots of what I’m working on, or other such colorful, textural, photographic adventure in the Holly Danger world. There is a vast range, so this will be pretty interesting.

Now, if you’ve come this far, I present you with an awesome animation I came across this morning while checking out one of my favorite sites, Motionographer. If you’re interested in visual art, motion graphics, typography design, you should know about this site if you don’t already!

I am in love with vintage graphics & psychedelia more than I can ever explain.. the colors, the imperfections, the sounds, shapes and typography. Pure love in my eyes!  Motionographer introduced me to a new short film called LSD ABC by Laura Sicouri & Kadavre Exquis, and now I’d like to share it with you for some Monday inspiration.

Please enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Creative Zen

02.25.2013

Still shot of Veronica Vixen from “Soul Seasons” by Holly Danger

 

You know that feeling you get once in a blue moon where things in your life just seem to fall into place? Or those moments where time and space feel stretched beyond actual measure? I recently introduced yoga back into my life after not having done it in years and already I feel the stars aligning.

If you’re anything like me, you constantly go through drastic curvatures of life where Monday through Friday teeters between being crazy, busy and out of control and in near-perfect harmony. As someone who works the typical 9-5 workday hours and then continues to create my own personal projects in whatever spare time I have, I am the master of roller-coaster schedules. I am a multi-tasking digital queen and have managed to find all possible cracks and crevices in my day to maximize creative time. I’d share them with you here, but I could get fired. Just kidding. Although in case that were to be true, for now I’ll just recommend this really adorable book that I bought when I was feeling stuck, sitting at my day job during my first year. Check out, “The Artist in the Office” by Summer Pierre.  While I actually don’t think I’ve used any of her techniques while at work, the drawings and her cute ideas really sold me on the book. I actually might pull it out this week and see if there are any fun things I can try. If so, I’ll post the experiments here!

It sounds too simple, but yoga has reminded me what it feels like to slow down and actually listen to yourself. Scientists say the average human has anywhere from 55,000 to 65,000 thoughts a day. With all of that mental noise it’s really hard to hear what to listen to which informs you to make the right moves and decisions in your life to bring you closer to what you actually want.

Right now at this moment, I’m on a new journey. I’ve made a decision to try as many classes, teachers, and workshops as I can to see where I fit and what resonates best with me. So far I’ve been going to a vinyasa class twice a week and I’ve taken workshops in restorative yoga and kripalu. It’s a whole new world to explore. If you’re interested, here is a list of descriptions for different styles of yoga.

After a couple of weeks down this new path, I already feel like I’m reaching a part of me that I haven’t listened to in awhile. I have a renewed clarity for ideas and I feel my body strengthening, opening and toning really quickly. Continued yoga will definitely be part of my creative process moving forward. Having welcomed it back into my life, I can’t ever imagine letting go of it again.

If you would also like to introduce yoga into your life, I can offer some inspiration here. I’m reading two really great books right now that correspond with upcoming local workshops that I’m planning on taking. Really enjoying both so far, and looking forward to the classes!

If interested in some yoga related reading, check these out:

 

“Chakra Yoga” by Alan Finger (South African Tantric and Kriya Yoga Master & founder of New York’s ISHTA Yoga). He will be teaching a Chakra yoga class at Kaia Yoga in Westport, CT on March 1st.

“May I Be Happy” by Cyndi Lee (founder of New York’s reknowned Om Yoga Center). She will be teaching a corresponding workshop at Kaia Yoga in Westport, CT on March 15th.

If interested in trying some classes & workshops, here are some places I recommend:

 

ISHTA Yoga in two locations, Downtown and Upper East Side, New York

Kaia Yoga in two locations, Greenwich and Westport, CT

Dew Yoga in two locations, the Annex at the Loft Artist Building & High Ridge Road, in Stamford, CT

 

Creative Wellness

02.19.2013

Self-portrait by Holly Danger

 

Since Jan 1st, I’ve made a conscious effort to turn my daily routines upside down and hit the ground running.

Every year I’ve made it a habit of designating a mantra to help propel my year forward and to motivate my choices. Some might call this a kind of “new years resolution”, but I’ve personally had more luck thinking in more yogic terms and setting an “intention”.

This year I’ve taken on an abstract concept and decided to focus on the word transformation. While this sounds almost too abstract to hold on to for a year, I’ve broken the word down to mean a few specific things for me. Over the last few years I’ve been trying to work health & wellness into my busy schedule which always slips by in favor of work. I’m a determined work-aholic who has always sat in front of her computer for 8-20 hours at a time just to achieve the kind of perfection that I have conjured in my mind. I’ve even said to myself in the past that I would sacrifice my personal wellness to reach over and beyond my creative heights. It sounds a little obsessive but sometimes you feel like you have to dedicate yourself 150% to put out work that you can be proud of. Or at least that’s what I told myself, until now.

I’m currently letting my art & performance work breathe for a minute as I’ve started shifting directions. That doesn’t mean that I’m stopping work, I’m just shifting priorities. I realize that my mathematics were wrong all along. Obsessive endless work should never replace your own wellness. That can only last so long before you exhaust yourself and burn out both physically and creatively.

Here are a few things that I’m working on to re-vitalize my creative life: Beer, Food,  Balance & Deadlines

 

Now, this may seem crazy, but I have temporarily given up beer. Well, at least 6 days out of the week. This first step has really helped me re-focus my goals and put them in working order towards success. I love to drink, but this has been something that inevitably gets me into trouble and I usually sacrifice my health goals when I drink too much. I started with a pact to uphold “Dry January”, which was no alcohol for a month, period. I surprised myself that I actually really enjoyed doing this. And with all the extra time, planned out what I wanted to do moving forward.

I set up deadlines. Every month I want to put an event on the calendar that locks me into getting closer to my goals. January, was to reach my food goals. I set out to uphold my personal promise of not drinking and to go back on the Slow Carb “Four Hour Body” diet. I signed up to try Dietbet.com which is a social dieting game to lose 4% of your bodyweight in 1 month. Everyone bets money and then you get a piece of the pot if you achieve your goal. The pot in my Slow Carb game is up to $12,500, and I’ll find out this Thursday if I can take home a piece of that pie! But more than the winnings, it has motivated me and helped me stick to my goal.

February has been about physical goals which meant to get back into yoga, zumba and running, my holy trinity of fitness. To keep me on track I signed up for a yoga workshop on March 1st. I signed up to run the Bay to Breakers 12K on May 19th in San Francisco, and bought some new shoes to kickstart a new regimen with Zumba. I’ve plastered one wall at home with schedules at multiple studios so I know what I could be doing on any given day and try to do something 5-6 days out of the week.

March is about learning new skills. I’ve signed up to try my hands at learning Cinema 4D animation through 3rd Ward’s classes in Brooklyn. I’ve also decided to expand my network and invest into this blog!  I signed up to board a flight to Portland, OR (One of my all time favorite cities) at the end of the month, to join the fabulous ladies of the Blogcademy. The prospect of this trip has inspired the bright colored sparkly layer of myself which has been suppressed in a beige environment of corporate work for awhile.

 

After a month and a half of all this new direction I can say that I’m feeling great and excited to see where it all goes. All of the above is reaching towards new art and ideas for the year, as well as a more transformed version of myself, for having followed my own path of necessary creative wellness.