Barrier Free Art

Art- n. the quality, production expression or realm, according to aesthetic principles of what is beautiful, appealing or of more than ordinary significance.  

 

DCD065FD-4E0A-4A96-B8A5-BD62B22F6B62At the crossroads of fashion is art. Intersecting with beauty. Obstructed by society with conceptual identities circulating around us.

Daily, intrusive societal barriers are unconsciously imposed on us thru various art forms/propaganda: fashion, music, movies, politics and of course- with its curated content- social media. These barriers operate as systematic attempts to place identities on individuals through standards sculpted by society. Artfully shaped these mind mediums don’t just resonate with us they subconsciously reinforce who we are.

These same societal barriers disrupt beauty and self-expression. Westernization, along with trends, has diluted  individuality,  deflecting the gravity of embracing our authentic being. Considering a trend is a social process of change and acceptance created by human beings, this explains why we buy into mainstream trends and  beauty ideologies  – the more you see it, the more appeal and acceptance it garners. Figuratively, beauty trends are forging modern day, cookie-cutter cults.

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Photographed byMarcus Jones of  L3 Media

Ask any male and he’ll label it witch craft, but makeup application in itself is definitely an art craft; without art’s individualistic influence, it’s just makeup. This modern day beauty “trend” has always been an unconventional tool of self-expression and personal empowerment.

It is up to the makeup artist to see not only the beauty in our clients, but also the beauty in the world. With social media perpetuating beauty as a tangible good and creativity as a copy, the Art & Makeup Exhibition was born.

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Artist in Action @ Art & Makeup Exhibition

The Art & Makeup Exhibition is social and creative endeavor that reinforces that beauty is about confidence and individuality while uniting makeup artist in an environment that fuels creativity and dispels competition. Thus, artist can build community while exchanging honest feedback on beauty products and create beauty content to showcase their artistry.

 

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Barrier Free Art Installation created by Yancy Villa-Calvo @ Orange Mound Gallery

 

 

 

 

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Editing Editorial Makeup

 

 

Inspired at a young age by the pages of Seventeen, Teen and Word Up magazine- beauty, fashion and entertainment was my destiny. I fell in  with the crazy, electric concepts behind editorial looks. Working in the world of runway has been more than a dream and exploring unconventional methods of makeup have  makeup enthusi-arist.

Gone are the days, wherein we refer solely to magazines, books, periodicals and TV for information and inspiration.   With so many media meduims at our disposial these days- there seems to be a disconnect between the beauty industry and  social media. The war on makeup has wedges a divide between artist, beauty influences and civillians.

As a “professional” makeup artist, I struggled with rivalry sides. Can’t I admire the latest beauty trends- all the while valuing and appreciating art’s everlasting, long influiential history.  As a professional, why not selectively incorporate those trends best suited. The runway  is a trend report influenced by art and glamour for the everyday trendy woman. Except its show- a form of entertainment.

In the beauty seasons of full coverage, contour and percision-Couture Catwalk reloaded was inspired by makeup artist Tom Pecheux for Chanel Couture. Couture Catwalk reloaded is about bringing color, confiedence and simplicty into the everyday world. Because everyday, the world is our runway.

💄Checkout the live look demonstration:

 

The Artitude of Attitude

 

It’s been a fast 4 years in NYC and I’m living out my (dream) life. Dreams are supposed to be enchanting, exhilarating and perfect; likewise nightmares  are perplexingly dark, numbing and hellish.  Somewhere in between the two worlds, you can find me bent over backwards, on one foot, wobbling through reality. Balancing your dreams and reality really is an art form. It’s thrilling- yet gut wrenching when your dreams start to manifest.

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To believe you have full dominion over your dreams  and be held accountable for its shortcomings, evokes both power and fear. Fear can be crippling. Like a nightmare we have to convince ourselves that fear is not real. As humans we naturally have fears, but placing more weight on our fears counteracts our faith, ultimately blocking the manifestation of our goals and life purpose.

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It can be visually empowering  to see others flying by the seat of their pants fighting fear. Social media can make it look sooo effortless you’d need a psychic magnifying lens to see the life disturbances and demons present in the background.  My  NYC daydream has been no walk in the park. I’ve been physically assaulted,  fired, battled homelessness, heartbreak, enlisted more frienemies than friends, along  with an infinite number of other obstacles/failures. Life challenges in the face of fear are important because they mold us into greater versions of ourselves. These ruthless and relenting obstacles create courage and wisdom while strengthening mental/spiritual growth.

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4 is the number of fate and resonates mastery, endurance, stability, conscientiousness and self-sacrifice. It is with great honor that I accept the fear and challenges of the unknown as I celebrate my 4th anniversary in the concrete jungle. Feel the fear and do it any way! #FUCKFEAR

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CONTROL your thoughts. CHALLENGE yourself. EVOLVE….just embrace it.

 

 

The Art of Vision: Berlin

The contradictions of this world amuse me. To be awake is synonymously exchangeable with awaken. Contextually, to be awaken is to be consciously available and alert. As l we drift through life mentally and emotionally unavailable, we are labeled are “awake”. Truthfully,  we are unstimulated.

To be conscious is to live in color. When we are conscious and present in our daily lives, we begin to develop our purpose, and our vision appears more vividly.

Societal contradiction strikes again as vision is defined as sight; yet simultaneously characterized as an impractical theme, where visionaries are labeled illusive.

Life, through its hardships and disruptions, breeds ingenuity.  Art is the reflective birthing of our visions, through life’s adversities. Art provides visual scenery that stimulates an unconscious change in direction allowing us to see things differently (more consciously).

When we operate as visionaries, we empower not only ourselves but our counterparts by creating the future and commanding what you have not seen yet. Audaciously, society marginalized the power of art, and minds alike that craft their own visions and live their own truths (until it’s been manifested).

Question your consciousness.

The Art of Erosion: Iceland

Travel stretches and wharps our spiritual and mental capacity into unfathomable dimensions.

This metamorphasis or “erosion” is rarely picture perfect.

The natural forces of life painfully yet blissfully challenge, empower and restore us through our imperfect and divergent paths, constructed by reality.

“The ultimate goal of life remains the spiritual growth of the individual and its solidarity climb to peaks that can be reached only alone.” (Scott Peck, The Roadless Traveled)

Travel foster spiritual replenishment and elevates growth. Grow into your greatness.

 

Beauty & the Eat:

Spiced Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Active Ingredients:                                   Prep Time: 25 mins

1. Create Spanish spice by mixing one teaspoon of chili powder, cumin and half a teaspoon of oregano, cayenne and sweet smoked paprika (or substitue regular paprika). Marinate ground turkey, garlic and onions in the Spanish spice mix in beef broth for at least 25 minutes for ardent flavor. 2. Dice and mix onion, red bell pepper, garlic, cilantro, corn and black beans. Be sure to cook and cool black beans and frozen corn before adding them to the mix. 3. Squeeze fresh lime juice into vegetable mixture and sprinkle with a dash of pepper to complete salsa. For best results refrigerate or stand at room temperature for 15 minutes. 4. On a stove top, cook and drain ground turkey until brown. 5. Rinse and peel full lettuce leafs from lettuce head.  Later the cup of the lettuce with cooked ground turkey. Garnish with veggie salsa and avocado slice. Add chili pepper sauce for slight spice.

1. Create Spanish spice by mixing one tablespoon of chili powder, cumin and half a teaspoon of oregano, cayenne and sweet smoked paprika (or substitue regular paprika). Marinate ground turkey, garlic and onions in the Spanish spice mix in beef broth for at least 25 minutes for ardent flavor.
2. Dice and mix onion, red bell pepper, garlic, cilantro, corn and black beans. Be sure to cook and cool black beans and frozen corn before adding them to the mix.
3. Squeeze fresh lime juice into vegetable mixture and sprinkle with a dash of pepper to complete salsa. For best results refrigerate or stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.              4.   On a stove top, cook and drain ground turkey until brown.
5. Rinse and peel full lettuce leafs from lettuce head. Later the cup of the lettuce with cooked ground turkey. Garnish with veggie salsa and avocado slice. Add chili pepper sauce for slight spice.

  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • head of green leaf lettuce
  • 1 lime
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 avocado halved
  • fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup frozen sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup of canned black beans drained
  • Spanish spice (chili powder, sweet smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, oregano)
  • black pepper
  • chili pepper sauce
  • 1/2 cup Beef broth (optional)

**I’m usually accustom to cooking single servings for one person. This is for a serving of two because I’m greedy 😝😋. Increase and ration accordingly.**