Good Stuff is Coming Our Way!

It’s been a great week art-wise for me and my friends. I am so blessed to have such talented friends, so when opportunities come up to show our work, I tell them about it.

I, along with my friends Matt and Alyssa will have work shown this weekend at Kev Worldwide’s Art and Fashion Exhibition here in Washington, DC. The show is will take place today and tomorrow at 1761 S Street, NW (Dupont Circle Neighborhood).

Also, my friend Bailey’s proposal got accepted for Lumen8Anacostia! I encouraged her to sign up for it, and now it’s close to becoming a reality!

Cheers for all! Until next time…

Gonna Take An Inspiration Journey- An Inspiration Journey From Home

It’s so amazing to live in a city like Washington, DC…there are so many fantastic (and free) cultural events to go to. Case in point, a couple weeks ago I read about an event the in the Examiner that was taking place at the Italian Embassy– it piqued my interest, and I signed up to go. Let me tell you, I was as happy as a clam looking at WIGS and COSTUMES! Oh, it was fabulous! These artisans were so talented. I got to see wigs and costumes from Marie Antoinette, Casanova (both the Donald Sutherland and Heath Ledger versions–I didn’t know there were two!), Cleopatra and Barbarella, oh, and how could I forget Moulin Rouge!

Hair has been a source of inspiration for me for a while. Getting to see these works up close was just fantastic.

 

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(L) The Banner from the event , (R) Nicole Kidman’s wig from Moulin Rouge…sing it with me “Come what may…”

Also, this past weekend the journey continued when I went to Passport DC’s event with friends and family. We took stops at the Australian, Peruvian, Trinidadian, and Egyptian embassies. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday in the city. And the food that we ate was yum-o in my tum-o! Australian cheese, vegemite and butter on bread, Aussie wine, Trinidadian roti, and Egyptian baklava- oh it was a smorgasbord of goodness!

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Great Music outside the Peruvian Embassy

Finally, my weekend ended with a stop to the Balkans–not at an embassy, but rather at a restaurant. I am  a firm believer that the best way to learn about another culture is to eat their food. So off I went to try some Balkan food…and it was delicious! My favorite by far was the ribic (Veal Stew). It was presented so adorably too! Take a look for yourself…

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See? What did I tell you?

It was wonderful meal that made me happy. There’s also a verse that summed up that experience for me:

and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor–it is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:13

Amen to that!

Shan’s Catch-Up

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve written on here…I’ll make sure to post a pic from Fashion ARTillery at the end of this post.

The event went well, and I learned a ton of lessons from the experience. Creating the work was the most physically demanding piece that I have made thus far, but it was totally worth it. It was highly suggested that we use unusual materials, and I took this to heart (trust me, if I get the chance to do something like this again, I will use FABRIC! 🙂

For this piece, however, it was my goal to use common household items and make them beautiful. There’s coffee filters stained with coffee, cardboard, and split peas, among other items.

By the grace of God, A LOT of determination and prayer, some serious tape, the help of my mom and aunt, and my fashion “guardian angel” Amanda Lipton (check out her website http://www.sugarcircus.com), I walked VERY SLOWLY down the runway to show my piece “Upon Further Inspection.” Although I didn’t win any of the awards that the show had to offer, I felt as though I had won for myself in completing the process of making this work. I was accepted into this show, and I was determined to see my vision through. What I took away from being a part of Fashion ARTillery was a greater sense of confidence in myself as an artist and the knowing that it is okay to move forward in my artistic gifts. I also have a greater maturity now in receiving  constructive criticism about my work– not that I have never received constructive criticism in the past, but now I process it differently. I welcome it because it creates dialogue and discourse around the work and allows me to field multiple perspectives that will ultimately lead me to possibly change elements about the work, or, solidify my desire to stand behind the initial vision that I saw for the piece.

With all that said, here is a photo of the piece “Upon Further Inspection” from Fashion ARTillery at the Armory Art Center. For all of the problems that the piece encountered in staying together, I think it photographed well!

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Ooh…It’s Almost Time

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After weeks of working on “Upon Further Inspection,” it is almost time to walk it down the runway! I’ll make sure to post pics after the event on Thursday. Thanks to everyone for your love, support, constructive criticism, and suggestions to make the work better! Much love, Shani

La Vie Avec Mes Amis

 

I am so very blessed to have great friends. I got a chance to spend time with two of them today: Katrina by way of a lovely phone conversation, and Matt over a great meal & great conversation.

It’s been a while since I’ve written a review about a restaurant, but I could not let the day pass without posting about Le Grenier, The French on H. It is a lovely French restaurant in the H Street Corridor of Northeast Washington, DC. I have got to say that I loved EVERYTHING about this place: the interior, the ambiance, and of course the food! After the meal, our server Michael asked us what we thought, I told him it was “perfect.” It’s true…I could find absolutely nothing wrong. 

So, I will say this to you…Go. There. NOW. Here’s the address:

502 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

And their website….http://www.legrenierdc.com

I think I might even open up a YELP account just to keep on raving 🙂 

Until then, here are some pics until you get there for yourself…

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“Le” Entrance, © Shani Simpson, 2013

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The Absolutely Mahhhvelous “Odette Crepe,” © Matt Chubb (staging by Shani Simpson), 2013

Working Girl

 

These past few weeks have been quite busy….I have spent a lot of time manipulating materials to make a piece of wearable of art for the show Fashion ARTillery that will take place at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL in February.

My vision involves using everyday, household materials to make this piece of art. Paper clips, cardboard, and coffee filters take on a whole new shape—they have also overtaken the living room!

This has been quite the journey. I have been honored to be a part of a show that allows me to combine my love of art and fashion. Below are some pictures of my process…

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Mosaic Skirt, close-up, © Shani Simpson, 2013 

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Bodice Pattern, © Shani Simpson, 2013

A photo and a link walk onto a blog…

Well, I couldn’t good and well tell you about such a great day without a picture, now could I?!

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Here my cousin and I stand under the presidential seal, surrounded by the beauty of the White House holiday decorations. It was truly an honor to be able to see them. 

As for the link…to find out more information about Fashion Artillery, go to:

http://www.armoryart.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.details&content_id=91