Need an Inspirational Shot in the Arm? Watch These!

05 Nov 2013


Oops, I didn't mean to take a week off blogging; it just happened.

Actually, posts will be more sporadic around here than usual through the end of the year, as I'm in full-on, head-down, crunch-time mode on my new book project. It's due in early 2014, and there's still a lot to do. I wish I could share more of it with you!

Instead, I'll share three awesome creative documentaries I've been watching as I sit and sew for hours and hours. (All of these are on Netflix, by the way.)

First, Beauty is Embarrassing, which is about Wayne White, an amazing artist (and one of the original designers of Pee-wee's Playhouse). It's about following your passions, being yourself, and expressing your life through your work. (Oh, so much language in here that isn't safe for kids. You've been warned.)

Next up, Just Like Being There, which is about the culture of screenprinted concert posters. I didn't watch this for a long time, assuming it wouldn't interest me, but in fact it's a really fascinating portrait of a vibrant artistic movement. And the quality of the screen printing is mind-blowing.

…And lastly, Charls & Ray Eames: The Architect and The Painter. I didn't know much about the Eamses (beyond that iconic chair) going into this film, but was amazed to see just how influential they've been in modern design - of everything! And their playful, curiosity-driven process was so inspiring.

So enjoy, and I'll see you around here sometimes. (I do have some holiday projecty things planned, and a pile of books to share with you, so it won't be a total wasteland, you know.)