Saturday, December 29, 2012

Delhi Rape Victim Dies

To All The Good Men (forgive my rage for a moment): To ALL the evil men in the world who hurt women. We have discovered an island just for you. When you abuse a girl or woman you will be hung from a wire, flown over the ocean by helicopter and dropped onto the island. The only other inhabitants will be men. There will be no food, electricity, mobiles or females. No internet. No clothes. No shelter. No clean water. The entire island will be surrounded by hungry great white sharks. You will never be able to escape your HELL. You deserve it. God help you.

More details HERE HERE and HERE.

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Our Food Becomes Us

Sarah Britton is one of my favorite Bloggers.  I learn from her every day. So happy to share her new video from her first TED Talk.  Enjoy....and get a pen and paper ready!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2013 Blogging

I sit here dreaming of a studio space inside the Embassy of Ideas; a multi-purpose room really, where 'Cultural Creatives' could share vegetable soup or a communal potluck and a chilled bottle of Canadian beer or wine.  Special events, pop-ups, exhibitions. Kidnap breakfasts. A closet of props and a wall of photography equipment. The ultimate toolbox for an Editor.

There by the bank of windows, a standing desk with fresh flowers every Friday. Up, up, up off the chair for me in 2013!

After 5.5 years here on my blog, I have realized quite clearly that I still love the freedom of blogging - writing about many different topics. A range of arts and culture, current events, design - even on my journey of a plant-based lifestyle.  Early on I gave myself permission to post about anything I wanted each day so I could be unchained by a niche.  Some may poo-poo frown upon this, but initially I was naive and thought I could be someone like Nora Ephron with a camera. (She was and is my hero) It remains a buffet and I thank you for visiting often. 

When I began to ponder my goals and focus for the new year in early December I posted this as my Facebook status:

'If you go to the pantry of your creativity you'll see what ingredients you have and what you can make. For some people it takes a long time to find the pantry.'

Don't be shy to share your list of talents once you discover them.  We need everyone to live on purpose. It is not arrogance or bragging! (We all have weaknesses. So what! Let's build on our strengths)  

Here are a few things I am good at:

1. Publicity. I know how to promote the shit out of something or someone. 
(I can only take on 3 more clients in 2013, so please have your people call my people quick!)

2. Photography. I may not own the biggest beast, but my little monster works quite well.

3. Writing. I love words and people seem to like my words too. (I also publish a 'very' local blog for my hometown. Have you read it before?)

4. Art. I have been creating art my entire life. (I design apparel. Did you know?)

5. Ideas.  I have many ideas and I don't allow anyone to tell me they are 'worthless without action'. Ideas are like gold. 

An old, dear friend gave me some feedback last night. He said among other things, '......intelligent, interesting, engaging, shy, happy, designer, idea purveyor-facilitator, photographer, artist, writer can't decide if one word describes what I think you do....I think you have created a network of people, an idea exchange that seems to feed many different purposes for many different people.....and you seem to enjoy the hell out of it!' (Thank God for friends)

You see, the challenge I have imposed on myself is to distill it all down to my core essence and find one title. A descriptive word. But I can't. I am a few things.

Publicist. Photographer. Author. Editor. Creative-Ambassador-At-Large. Photojourno.

Photographer + Blogger = Cultural Producer. (Who loves Pirates, The Statue of Liberty and cake.)

But mostly. An Editor (who excels at publicity, photography, writing and ideas)

Get my drift?

So here's to another New Year!  I wish you success. I wish you health, happiness and peace. 

I wish you love.


Editor, Embassy of Ideas

P.S. I found the pantry.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year Emerald

For Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year is Emerald (Pantone 17-5641), described as “lively, radiant, lush green” as in the Emerald Isle itself.
“Green is the most abundant hue in nature–the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Due to its resemblance to the precious gemstone of the same name, Emerald has a perception of being sophisticated and luxurious. It’s been connected to growth, renewal and prosperity. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

While the 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango (Pantone 17-1463) a vivid reddish orange provided a boost of energy to move forward, Emerald “enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight, as well as promoting balance and harmony.” (If that’s the case, perhaps the halls of Congress should be painted Emerald?)
Eiseman reports that green have become more popular in ready-to-wear and couture in re cent season, even on the red carpet. The color is suitable for all occasions and its “classic elegance makes for striking and irresistible women’s formal and everyday wear as well as accessories.”

Among the designers who incorporated Emerald into their Spring 2013 collection include Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Tfank, NAHM and Marimekko. Yet since Emerald tends to balance and act as a foil for all colors of the spectrum, it will continue to make a statement into fall and winter collections.
The harmonious nature of Emerald makes it a natural in cosmetics and beauty, too, especially a complement to peaches, pinks, roses, ruby reds and aubergines. In fact, Pantone has partnered with Sephora on a 2013 Color of the Year beauty collection, premiering in March 2013. (Get all the news here.)
Emerald also will be providing a sense of well-being in home, too. Pantone will even be offering Emerald bed linens and accessories exclusively at JCPenney stores beginning in February 2013.

Emerald (Pantone 17-5641) can also be cross-referenced to all other Pantone Libraries including Pantone Plus for graphic design. For cross-referencing information, see

About the Pantone Color of the Year

The Color of the Year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design.

Source and here. and here.
SKULL Art by Patti Friday HERE.

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Psychology of Color Infographic

More detail here.

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Stables

I love the Bourne films. But I love Matt Damon and dammit if he wasn't cast in the latest Bourne Legacy movie. But wait! It redeemed itself two ways. First, it was a damn good movie and second - it had one of the best houses in it that I had ever laid eyes on. Let me put it another way. I want one.

*LOTS of photographs here.

Oliver Bronson House, also known as Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Stables, was originally built and substantially redesigned by architect Alexander Jackson Davis in 1839 and 1849. It was an early example of the Hudson River Bracketed style that he originated. Dr Bronson was the heir to an affluent banking family and was probably introduced to Davis by his brother in law, Robert Donaldson.The grounds are probably an early example of the work of landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing. Bronson sold the house in 1853. Afterward it was absorbed into the grounds of an institutional school and eventually a prison.It is now leased by Historic Hudson, Inc., and is potentially going to become a museum.
It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2003.

The house was a setting of the 2012 film Bourne Legacy.

Here is an excellent pdf on the property.

Dr. Oliver Bronson House Day Book BLOG 

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.
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