“The best way to predict your future is to create it”.
- Abraham Lincoln
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“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” – Henry James
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There’s a lot to love about the month of May. As the weather heats up so do festivals around the country. Below is my fantasy festival lineup for this summer. If you’ve attended or are going to attend any of these events feel free to share your thoughts!
Photo By: Project Sunny
1) California Roots Music and Art Festival: This festival caters to a wide variety of interests. It includes music, live painting, and even yoga.
2) Bonnaro Music and Art Festival: This event takes place in Manchester Tennessee from June 11th-14th. This festival offers music, art, and many other experiences.
3) Hangout Music Festival: This event takes place on the beaches of Gulf Shores Alabama. It doesn’t get much better then live music at the beach.
4) Governors Ball Music Festival: This is a special three-day music festival in NYC. With an eclectic range of sounds, Governors Ball offers a little bit of everything.
5) Movin’ On – Penn State University: This year was the 40-year anniversary for the annual Penn State student run festival. It featured artists Passion Pit, Big Sean, Big Gigantic, New Politics, Atmosphere, and Mute Cities.
Check out our festival finds here!
BLOG WRITTEN BY: DEREK COSCIA, INTERN AT THE SAK BRAND GROUP
This month’s print of the month is Royal Flower Power. We are totally loving this print for spring with it’s beautiful blue’s and pink’s. The Flower Power print is inspired by the music, art and free-spirited attitude during the Haight Ashbury era in San Francisco. The print intertwines inspiration from the 60’s flower power movement with the flora of Bali as a tribute to brand’s roots in San Francisco and Bali. Check out this Q&A with artist, Joshua Davis:
What came first for you, technology or art?
Art came first; technology came a lot later.
What made you decide to mix art with design and technology?
It really gives me the ability to be a designer, a programmer and a critic, all as part of my process.
What are your inspirations for your art?
Mostly history, nature, and foreign cultures, and often a combination of all three. But also from my garden. I pull a lot of colors from my garden. What really interests me is reinterpreting things that have happened in the past – but changing the medium. For example, in the sakroots artist circle “flower power” print most of my inspiration came from Japanese kimonos – embroidery, silk, floral patterns, that kind of thing.
Describe your artistic process.
It starts with a seed idea – be that a kimono, a Balinese mural, an antique map, or even the jellyfish at the Coney Island aquarium. I take that idea and then I refine it, and I refine it, and I keep refining it until I feel happy. Then I experiment, experiment, experiment, until I get to a place of harmony. My process is inherently chaotic. Once I start playing with the code, I really don’t know what is going to come out on the other end. That is why my work is often referred to as a “beautiful accident”. So my goal, with all the chaos, is to suspend that chaos into a state of harmony.
Based on your process, how do you know when a piece of art is complete?
Honestly, it’s when the chi is right. There’s an energy flow to the creative process and to the work, and when that energy is coherent, it is done.
What was your inspiration for the sakroots “flower power” print?
I had in my mind a very peaceful, organic piece. The rich textures and floral patterns are reinterpretations of things I found in traditional kimonos and formed the basis of the print. Then I refined the composition over, and over again. I think there were about nine iterations of the print before the energy was right.
Is being eco-friendly important to you? If so, what are some ways you stay green?
Very much so. You can buy prints of my artwork but rather than offset printing, I print to order, which saves trees. A digital, technology driven lifestyle also helps me be green. Rather than using a different product for each specific use, I have one product that does everything. My iphone is my go-to device that does everything.
Did you always want to be an artist?
Yes, ever since 2nd grade. I went to Catholic school and did artwork for a book report. A nun noticed what I’d done and saw a talent. She called my parents and told them they should nurture it. It was unexpected, and there are no artists in my family, but they listened, and went out and bought me an oil painting kit. In 2nd grade I did my first oil painting, and I was hooked.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing?
Gardening. I would definitely be a landscaper. In fact, I spend about half my time out in the dirt. I try to go to Amsterdam every year just for the bulbs. I bring back about 600 bulbs every year, my favorites are Lilies.
How do you view the world, what is your philosophy?
In one respect, technology is bringing us together and globalization has a positive effect. I would not have the audience I do without globalization. I thought that if I moved to New York to become an artist, I might be able to have a decent audience here, but I never imagined I would be able to have the kind of global reach that I do, with followers all over the world. The ability to communicate across the globe is incredible, but at the same time it also has ramifications. Globalization can be a barrier – particularly for those who cannot access the technology and the information. Programs like one laptop per child recognizes that and is doing something about it, which is great, but it causes such a divide. Also, we have all these amazing communication tools, but in some ways they enable us to communicate less. Negativity is an epidemic in our society. It is a barrier to productivity and it is everywhere, and it’s a huge problem. I do not subscribe to that really, when it comes down to it, as long as I strive for enlightenment, positivity, and to be the best person I can, everybody wins.
When you’re not at your computer, where can we find you?
I am generally in one of four places: at the computer, in the garden, skateboarding and teaching at the NY School of Visual Arts or in another country.
Any other interesting facts about you?
I am slowly designing myself. I’ve spent the past 15 years designing what’s called a body suit and my goal is to be tattooed from the neck down. I was also a sponsored skateboarder.
Have a question for Joshua? Ask in the comments below!
I’ve always enjoyed spending time outdoors. With Earth Day over now, it is important to stay conscious of how we impact the environment each and every day. In the list below I share 10 ways you can go green today!
1. Remember to turn your computer off at night. You can save 40 watt-hours per day by doing this. If you don’t like waiting in the morning for your computer to boot up you set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before use.
2. Limit your bath time. It takes twice as much water to run a bath as it does to run a shower. If you take baths often the water will add up quickly.
3. Invest in a reusable coffee cup. This not only cuts down on waste but also keeps your drink hot for much longer. Many coffee shops will even fill your cup up for you.
4. Turn of the lights. Along with saving the environment you will also save on cooling costs, as lights contribute heat to a room.
5. Choose matches over lighters. Lighters are made out of plastic and filled with butane fuel, which are both petroleum products.
6. Fly with an E-ticket. The cost of processing a paper ticket is approximately $10.00, while processing an e-ticket costs only $1.00.
7. Recycle your glass. By doing this you will help reduce related air pollution by 20 percent and related water population by 50 percent.
8. Plant a tree. It’s good for the air, land, and can shade your house and save on cooling.
9. Ditch bottled water. Drink from your own tap or filtration system.
10. Eat local organic foods. It’s healthier for you and supports farms and stores in your area.
How are you going green?
Blog written by: Derek Coscia, Intern at the Sak Brand Group
Information gathered thanks to: http://www.50waystohelp.com
One of our Campus Circle ambassadors, Dominique, got the opportunity to go to the Global Citizen Earth Day event in Washington D.C. last week. She said that she got to see Usher, Fall Out Boy, and No Doubt perform. Lucky! Oh, and she’s wearing an Artist Circle Backpack, too! Check out our InstaFavorite of the day, Dominique:
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We are so sad that it has been a full work week since Coachella weekend, but we are so excited to see the amazing time that everyone had at the festival! Since festival season has just begun, we can’t wait to see more SR Festival Finds from Sakroots lovers everywhere. Our festival finds are a great collection of must-haves for any festival you may be going to. You could even score a free tumblr if you check out our festival page here! Which festivals are you headed to this season?
Check out our Instagram and use hashtag #SRFestivalFinds!
Chesley Allen has been a great part of the Sakroots Campus Circle team. We have seen her take on activities with enthusiasm and really spread the word about Sakroots. We love her passion for the brand and her drive to get her family, friends, and schoolmates interested in Sakroots! The Winner Circle is a way to spotlight those ambassadors who have taken on the role with commitment and dedication. Learn a little bit about Chesley and her Campus Circle involvement below:
Name: Chesley Allen
Hometown: Gilbertown, Alabama
School: The University of Alabama
Graduation Year: December of 2015
Describe your success as an ambassador? Being a Sakroots Ambassador, has been the best experience I have ever had. Not only have I helped to spread the “BEST” brand ever around the south, but I have enjoyed every second of it. It is so much fun to sport all of my trendy Sakroots gear everywhere I go, and answer everyone’s questions about the brand.
What is the best part about representing Sakroots? The best part about being a part of the Sakroots team is seeing everyone fall in love with the products I show them. All of my friends have become completely obsessed along with myself! We are always sending each other pictures of people we randomly see with a Sakroots accessory!
When and how did first discover your true love for Sakroots? My mom gave me a purse for Christmas one year, and I have been hooked ever since! I would constantly search the web for new products, and one day the ambassador program popped up on the home page and I had to immediately apply!
What has been your favorite event that you’ve held for the Campus Circle program? My favorite Sakroots event was the Homecoming challenge. I felt so at home spreading the Sakroots love around my beautiful campus during homecoming week. I had “goodies” to pass out, and everyone was so happy to receive them and learn about the brand. During homecoming week, everyone is already having a great week and I just got to make their weeks even BETTER!
When did you really feel like you made an impact as an ambassador? I feel so accomplished when my friends will send me pictures of the donations they have made to Sakroots’ charities while they are purchasing an item. And the fact that Sakroots matches the donations makes it even better. It’s such a great feeling to know you are helping out such wonderful charities.
What would be some tips that you’d give for an incoming or new ambassador? Come into this journey open minded. It can be the best journey you ever experience if you want it to be. Learn to be out going with people, and you will have the time of your life! It’s truly an amazing opportunity!!
Want to find out more about the Campus Circle program and how to become an ambassador? Check it out here!