bits of inspiration – #31.

This week Mashable published a series of photos of pre-fame Audrey Hepburn from a photo-shoot she did in London’s Kew Gardens in 1950. Even at 21, before her acting career had taken off, Hepburn conveys so much joy and humor through these images.

As I was looking at these I was reminded of some photographs of my grandmother that I saw for the first time last fall as I was helping my aunt to create a family photo album. I’m not sure exactly when and where the photos of my grandmother were taken but I would guess she was about the same age as Audrey here and the photos also seem to have been taken in a park. You can see more images from the photo shoot on Mashable. I’ve also included a couple of my grandmother’s photos below.

Audrey In The Park
Actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) relaxes in Kew Gardens after a strenuous season in the London revue ‘Sauce Piquante’, 13th May 1950. Picture Post – 5035 – We Take A Girl To Look For Spring – pub. 1950 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


bits of inspiration – #30.

Just saw the trailer for the upcoming Van Gogh biography film, Loving Vincent. This movie will be the first of its kind in that it is entirely painted animation. According to their website, the film’s creators have employed a team of 30 painters to paint scenes in oil paint, using the same style and techniques as Van Gogh himself. The project is still in production but this trailer has got me really looking forward to its release. Check it out below.

bits of inspiration – #29.

Today marks the start of the Take a Seat exhibit’s installment at the Boston Design Center. Supported by the International Furnishings and Design Association, this annual exhibit asks local designers to transform vintage chairs in imaginative ways. Following the show, the refurbished chairs are sold at an auction benefitting the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development. The chairs will be displayed in multiple locations in Boston throughout the month of May. Definitely making a point to go visit these soon!

I’M IN THE BOOK’ BY THIS WAY HOME, photo by Elaine Fredrick

bits of inspiration – #28.

The Northern Ave Bridge in Boston has served as an iconic symbol of the city’s industrial history since 1908. More than a hundred years of exposure to the salt water has caused the bridge to deteriorate significantly over the years and the bridge will soon be torn down and replaced. Over the last few months the City of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects have been accepting ideas from the public to create a new plan for the space. I came across the list of submissions today and it’s made me really excited to see what will become of this downtown landmark. Personally I am leaning toward the public gallery concept (rendering below) but there are a lot of great suggestions.

GENIOGLOSSUS-Fort Point Channel Gallery0001Image courtesy of the Boston Society of Architects

bits of inspiration – #26.

Definitely the cutest news story of the day! Earlier this week an elementary school in Milton, MA recorded their annual Make Way for Ducklings procession. Each year, ducklings hatched in the school’s courtyard, are lead by their mother to an adjacent pond. Students line up to watch as the ducklings make their way to their new home. Incidentally, this weekend Boston will host the city’s annual Make Way for Ducklings Day in reverence to the 1941 children’s book byRobert McCloskey. Enjoy the video!

bits of inspiration – #25.

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I’m sharing work by Mexican artist, Dr. Lakra (Jerónimo López Ramírez). I was working at the ICA in 2010 when the museum exhibited his first solo show in the U.S. and I’ve been a fan of his work ever since. Dr. Lakra is an acclaimed tattoo artist and has made a name for himself in the contemporary art world with his illustrations of tattoo-style drawings over vintage prints. The New York Times profiled his work in a great 2011 article that you can read here. Happy cinco!

Dr. Lakra, Sin título/Untitled (Chocolatitos), 2003
Image courtesy of the California Literary Review

new portfolio site (sort of).

So this year Adobe made the decision to abandon Behance Prosite portfolio sites and encouraged users to migrate to their new platform, Adobe Portfolio. I put off migrating my own site for the longest time but with the deadline fast approaching (June 1 is the last day for Prosite) I have officially made the transition! Initially I found this force of change pretty irritating but in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, I’ve used this as an opportunity to synchronize the design of my blog site and my portfolio site. Check it out when you have the chance at