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PINGA.  HER FAVORITE QUOTES ABOUT HERSELF.

“Always a lover’s scent that seals the deal
Small things and big things, body parts and tectonic plates, slowly grow,
and grow distant. I gave everything to keep us together.”
Priscilla Frank, interpreting Bjork lyrics

 

“In the end, it’s the combination of Her Wrath and Her Grace
that paves the way to Liberation and Everlasting Bliss.”
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“Get Up (I feel like being a) Sex Machine.”
James Brown and Flying Lizards, song title, 1968 + 1984

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On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a total eclipse spectacle will arch over the entire USA, coast-to-coast, for the first time in a hundred years. In astro-speak, we have the dark new moon: the feminine void, the womb of possibility sailing over to cover the light of the sun: as it is in the astrological sign of Leo the lion, the heart, the bright love.

What means this heavenly dance? This we know: something will be eclipsed from our lives and have a profound effect upon us. What we make of this depends on our own dreams, legends, and myths layered upon those of eclipse-peeking humans, spirit animals and this glittery web of consciousness we soul jewels currently find ourselves enmeshed in and weaving in. I usually experience eclipses a month ahead (look it up if you are not astrology-savvy, it is a thing, I swear!) so …

So take it from me … get ready for a ride. Prepare all your symbols, myths, dreams, your girl, your boy, your negligees, prayers, and toys!

Confession: Here is what went down for me in the past months, some myths and all about Pinga.

Pinga? Yes, Her.

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Let The Little Lady Pass!

In honor of Miss Moon for her serene float in front of the sun, I’m sharing the illustration and story of Pinga of the Inuit Artic North, the Snow Queen goddess in Chapter 2 of my upcoming adult coloring/comic book, part of the Immortal Beloved: The World’s First Goddess Perfume + Coloring Book project.

Almost all goddesses of history are aligned with the moon’s energy, the classic female, and emotional, changeable archetype. The ever-reflective moon rules our tides, creation cycles and our inner landscape of desire. Our hopes, fears, finances, sex and the like. This energy is located in the second sacral, sexual chakra of the body, the second “star gate” of your home’s sacred space and the second sacred site on our planet, the North Pole.  You may well think it odd for an icy snow goddess to be relevant during a hot summer eclipse.

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Actually, to shake things up like an eclipse, in the culture of the Inuit people who live in the Artic, it’s flipped, the goddess is the sun and the god is the moon. The Inuits tell a heavenly tale perfect for the cold moon’s protecting slide across the hot sun. Protection of the heart, calming wrath and desire, dualities changing roles and merging … these are themes of both eclipses and current events.

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Here Little Bear, have some Solar Eclipse Myths and Legends.

Inuit folklore says the eclipse is due to the Sun goddess and Moon god having a big fight and she storms off. When Moon Boy catches up with his sister, it begets the solar eclipse.

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Sun got bit by a bear say The Pomo, indigenous people who live in the northern California. The bear started a fight with the Sun and took a bite out of it.  Pomo Shamans were known as ‘Bear Doctors,’ a name hinting at the healing power of mysterious eclipses.

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Bear stories can hint and tell us about hibernation and other inner dialogue mysteries that project outward. From our first bed, the womb, to adult wrath, fighting, equality, and relationships bear shows us how we create our desires. Before I share Chapter 2 and the story of this goddess Pinga, here is the uncanny series of layered events in my own life ~ a dream, a legend and a real life “eclipse” ~ in which I am left astonished at the depths of stories to resonate and call to us beyond our ordered lives.

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The Dream
About a month after I awoke in the middle of the night to the taste of blood in my mouth around my eyetooth, gushing for no conceivable reason whatsoever, I had a very lucid and scary three-part dream.

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In the first part of the dream I must obtain the eyetooth of a massive, sleeping and snoring bear in a white room. I approach, it snores and I jump the *%$#@ back. In the second part I have flown up to the doorway arch of the room and hover like a bat over two men fighting. I try to reach the thermostat to change the temperature and the scene. Switch scenes to the 3rd part where I am hiding under a white sheet while the massive furry paw of the bear tries to move the sheet and uncover me.  Like a self-similar fractal, it kept coming, pawing at me endlessly trying to get my attention.

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To give one’s eyeteeth, is to give something one considers very precious, usually in exchange for an object or situation one desires.

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Eyetooth = Eye Vision + Teeth Decision. It was astonishing to recall this dream when several months later, Lucky, my beautiful panther black cat, whom I often called “Little Bear,” developed cancer right above her eyetooth and she is suddenly eclipsed out of my life when she can no longer eat. One month before the eclipse. Perhaps you can see here the 3 little white hairs she had on her heart. While the Little Bear’s passing has been inconsolable, I know this pain. Eclipses, with their eclipsing of a person or situation most often occur for me a month before the actual eclipse. Let the Little Lady Pass.

The house, like the dark moon, is quiet.
Her spirit is inside me now.

To cut one’s eyeteeth on is to be initiated or gain one’s first experience.

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The Crescent Moon Bear Story.
A version of The Universal Myth I found later that Echo’d my Dream.

A husband returns from the war, full of wrath, refusing to enter the home he shared with his very loving wife. Distraught, she asks a healer to give her a cure and return her husband to chill state and to her loving arms. The healer gives the wife a task: “Climb the highest mountain and obtain a white hair from the crescent of the black bear that lives there.” Undaunted, the wife makes the arduous trek to the mountaintop enduring terrible ordeal after ordeal. Along the way she thanks each troubling obstacle and carries on with her unconditional loving self. Through her patience she cajoles and obtains the precious white hair from the crescent heart of the bear. She is exalted as she goes back down the mountain, still thanking every challenge.

Back in town, presenting the hair to the healer, the wife is in shock when the healer tosses it into the fireplace. “What do I do now?” cries the wife. “Proceed with your husband as you did up and down the mountain,” says the healer.

From Women Who Run With The Wolves,
Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D

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Rage is a teacher, says Ms Estés.

Of course this is crucial now, in our speech, our activism, how we learn to convert hate to love. Inside and in society. Gratitude is the way up the mountain. Everything is a process. How apt this story is for now!

The crescent moon will speak as the moon goes back to winking at the sun after their rendezvous.  I will exchange my eyetooth, I will obtain a thread of my heart and evolve my rages.
They are mostly at my slow computer.  We will survive.

… and now a bit Wiser. A bit more in Awe. A big bit more in my Heart.

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and so … The Back Story.

A Crescent Sketch Evolves.  The Sequence of the Pinga Image.

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Like a shaman’s mask, I had this simple sketch (on the darker paper) of a woman with a ruffled collar like mountains for years.  I always wanted to do something with the sketch, which I called Lilith, a name for the “dark” goddess. For me the idea of Lilith always rides the edge of reverence as the sexual pantheon of genders that I feel within.  Below, this was the only photo I looked at in my research to update this illustration. It perfectly echoed my original sketch. O the Raging Starkness of Desire with Pinga!

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No surprise to recently find that the masks of the Inuit Moon Spirit Shaman, with their simple openings for eyes/vision and mouth/teeth may have whispered their way into my drawing.  Years ago, now again.

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When the idea of Pinga called, I expanded her into the landscape.

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Propped up on my computer, you can see that she grew a fierce, loving heart based on another illustration of mine, more abstract:

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You can purchase THIS here on my shop, The Jade Dress Shop.

Pinga is here. This shamaness robe, not available for sale yet;-) however …

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and now:

Try on Pinga.  Here’s the book excerpt.  Enjoy.

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STAR GATE 2 | DESIRE | PINGA of THE ARTIC + INUIT NORTH

HER STORY IN THE ETERNAL MOMENT OF NOW.  Oooo Oooo Chile, it’s chilly out here! Ping. Ping. Ping in the Midnight Sun. Feet crunch-crunch-punching snow. Trekking for days drenched in duality of mind or desire can feel like the unending polar-platinum-plutonium pounding expanse of the Artic and Antarctica. Life’s rainbow spectrum of color is MIA. All seems still, lifeless, and frozen in polarity. Yet a gust of blinding snow suddenly can bring a rainbow mirage of Pinga, The Snow Queen, Lilith, aka Desire, suddenly brushing the surface with her merkabah, the psychedelic, crazy-quilt-colored craft, navigating by the eerie, mystical Northern Lights while sailing the astral sea of the second chakra. Queen of Watery Emotional Weather in all its forms … extremes of pleasure to pain … Pinga’s snow crystals, ice, and the steam of her geothermal hot springs, these are always shifting into each other. Is it any wonder that global warming of the poles is our Earthly dilemma of duality! Beneath our mind’s surface, full of tangled either/or contradictions, we mimic her emotional osmosis and learn to smartly surf the sound waves of our magnetic heart poundings.

She rises glistening, icy islands and rolls shiny folds of freezing waves in endless tidal changes under the distant white sun of snowman’s land: the Inuit territories. Pinga of Desire is Goddess of the Hunt, Fertility, and Medicine, and her touch pings light like a snowflake on a warm face, or pounds down, crushing the earth with achingly slow glacial legs.  As Desire, she may stop for centuries to sit in an igloo-shaped squat. Cold hands, warm heart, she’s always longing for the other, and yet she is also Goddess of the Sun and thus paradoxically attached to everyone.  The moon is her brother … the opposite of many cultures; things are often very topsy-turvy at Earth’s poles, yo. Moon Brother chases his Sun Sister for sex antics … she’s always a bit out of reach, except at eclipse time. Like Eve’s sister, Lilith, she’s not easily submitting to her “brother,” Adam. She shapes her world to her desires, a mistress of the art of sexual healing. Rule #1: Ladies first, all win.

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HER ANCIENT FUTURE SIREN SONG FOR YOU. Energy and emotions stuck on frozen, fearful, and hopeless? Hunkered down in your igloo cave of ice-blocked emotions? Feel Pinga and be rescued. In The 9-Star Passport, Pinga is Desire, Wealth, Sex, and Money; lo and behold, whether nurtured by fear or hope, this is the flow-y, feeling energy of things. She rules the second, sacral chakra, located two to three inches under your navel, aka your loins; the earthy, hermetic crossroads of creation, the expression of all our mercurial dual desires. In Hinduism, the Goddess here is Maya, or Illusion, the Devi Mahatyam also known as The Great Self-Worth; The Great Essence; The Exalted State. In one of her stories, when the world was all emotional water, she invented a trick to stop the ceaseless arguing of her ever-warring, overly emotional demon children, who were named “Too Much” and “Too Little.” Surely you’ve given birth to these kids as well! The demise of their illusion had to be found on a spot not touched by water, which turned out to be the loins of Maya’s God consort. Thus land rose up right there at that spot rocking massive seed potential in the ceaseless ocean. Thus, the world’s best “lap dance spot” can be wherever we “sit and rise up,” a sacred space where we turn off the noise of illusion, measurement, and judgment of “Too Much” and “Too Little.” and come back to being, grounded and balanced in our true nature, the intuitive knowing and essence of Unconditional Love.

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And so, wrapped in her thick, blood red Icelandic wools, Pinga sits with sinewy ropes binding her feet and those of all mothers to the foundation, her swirling turquoise and emerald lap of our Earthship. One hand holds up the trusted radiance of clear intuition, and the other holds the water’s edge of her family and community. Acting on behalf of all her creatures, especially while scientists give dire, scary reports and predictions of climate change, loss, and extinction, she balances her every desire and choice with deep knowing. Thoughts and concentration during long, sunlit nights cultivate her instant, bright-light, right-on intuition. Osmosis beyond either fear or hope, and thus she shapes the tide towards a new vision with all her co-creation. Pinga is the choice of trust, the weathering of bright hope and knowing, choosing sm-ooooo-th, flowing abundance, joyful sex, creativity, and “Hey! Chill out about all that.”

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HEAR HER, SENSE HER, HEAL YOU. Game on! The ceaseless duality of mind is actually healed by diving into desire at Star Gate 2. Inject hotness into a moment with her heady, warm, resinous Amber scent, a one-million-plus-years-old glowy rock of Mother Wisdom. Replace fuzzy thinking with icy, cooling Mint for clarity. Reflective and multiplying elements like water, glass, mirrors, or silvery mercurial metals placed in this gate entice a hot mind-meld, and behold! The birth of more light into your lap-dance, if not your world.

HER MANTRA TO TRY ON FOR SIZE + FIT. Ooooo! Ice, Ice Baby! Desire Me! Please Me! Rise up my Pinga power. I am a vast giving, glowing, and receiving station. Eclipsing duality, we float safe in the endless sea of desires, feeling our emotions balanced in joy, radiant hope, wealth, fertility, fun, and major, major, My, My, Oh My Maya! deep, sacred sexuality. Lights on, we’re open!

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Fact: Bears are impregnated just before turning into the earth, their womb caves for hibernation. After mating, the sperm and egg float freely in the dark womb of the bear, much like stars sprinkling, dreaming, and playing in the vast night sky.

They unite just before the Spring.

I wish you an extra-ordinary eclipse!

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Welcome.  It is July 4, 2017, Independence Day.
Herewith, some independent symbolics, ideaologies, and wishes from Kiawah Island, South Carolina, United States, via kayak, July 4, 2000, spanning to July 4, 2017.  Plus! a preview of my book.

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It was midday.  I relaxed the oars of my kayak, thankful for that familiar dripdripdrip back into the tidal creek waters, tiny notes to lead into the symphony of vast quiet where I could tune into the frogs, fish, deer, bobcats, gray foxes, raccoons, osprey, dolphins and river otters … echoes of the original wind song in the marshes of Kiawah Island’s rich wild life.

It was here that the idea to change my name, my identity was born.

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We are all immigrants here.

On this July 4, the birthday of the United States, I reflect how we, a nation of melting pot immigrants, with the exception of Native Americans … and beyond them, the wild creatures … how can we bridge today’s perilous cultural footprint from that identity of fear, bullying, and violence … and return to the essence, identity and dependent (crucial) balance of all beings, this legacy of this exquisite land and its original inhabitants?

Answer: Pocahontas and Hamsa.  Pocahontas Handily Solves Our “Immigrant Problem” with her spirit.  Way beyond Disney, she hands us the solution.

First, hamsa.  An open hand is a welcoming symbol of protection, peace, and an open heart.

Say hi! to this symbol found in all cultures from this country’s first, original people marking the land with their hands.

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Petroglyphs marking their honoring presence, identity, and connection to The All.

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Hi! to the “gesture of fearlessness,” the Abhayamudra of the Buddhists.

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Hi! to La Mano Poderosa, “All Powerful Hand,” in Christianity.

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Hi! to Mexican Milagros, “Miracle” hand symbols for good luck.

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Hi! to talismans found all over the Middle East from Israel to Arab lands.

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Hamsa, aka The Hand of Miriam or The Eye of Fatima is the ancient blessing, power, and symbol for protection on material and spiritual planes loved by all faiths, led by Middle Eastern, Judaic, Christian, and African cultures. Perhaps the Middle East’s one shared symbol, she waves hello all over North Africa, Israel, and beyond in talismans, amulets, as jewelry worn on the body, and as intriguing architectural details.  With origins way before even the old kingdoms of Egypt, where it was called Mano Pantea, or Hand-of-the-All-Goddess, and seen throughout herstory, from Inanna to Aphrodite to Mary, the two fingers originally represent Egypt’s Isis and Osiris. The eye on the palm is for their child, Horus. The Hamsa symbol has even been found in Native American burial sites.

Traced further and farther back in time, Hamsa, in the world’s most ancient language, Sanskrit, means I am that, for the two sounds of the breath, the inhale (Hum) and the exhale (Sa), a self-defining identity mantra ( Me! ) that we all perform a thousand times everyday.

Solution #1:  A welcoming hello to others, a conversation seeking peace and common ground is always a start.

Solution #2:  Hi!  And here is a sneak preview, an excerpt from my coloring book publishing in several months: Immortal Beloved: The World’s First Goddess Perfume + Coloring Book.  Read more about the book here.

I first had a glimpse of the material for my book, seventeen years ago on July 4th, after my kayak adventure.  In reflection, I see the long curve of creativity.  The long curve of history.  Of humanity and of a planet in harmony with all global beings.

See our preview here and discover why our first goddess, Pocahontas, offers a bit to enlighten us on “the immigrant problem.”  Go on girl, goddessplain’!

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“Not much is known about this memorable woman.”
Anonymous

  “Ah! Come on! Actually … I shall persist!
We do know a whole hella lot about this woman!”
Jade Dressler

STAR GATE 1 | ROOTS | POCAHONTAS of NATIVE AMERICA

HER STORY IN THE ETERNAL MOMENT OF NOW. Cradled by pines and the sweet earthy of sage, tobacco, sweet grass, and cedar all sultry around a campfire, thousands of minute, speedy orange spiral-swimmers-disappear-up into Father Sky’s night to wink with stars. Way below a mountain of a Grandmother sways deep in trance. Her head lifts, nose to the air, “Ah-ah-rrr-ooooo-oh-Mmm-mmmm!” she wails in wolf-speak immediately core-crushing the whole entire earth, making every breathing being within miles leap the … out of their skins. A second of galactic shaking silence and then, so soft, like a sweet mourning dove, “Ah-who-who-who-who?” she whisper/sings a heroine song to the gathered children, their eyes wide, in their wildest imagining. Like fireworks in a hawk’s eyes, evening stars look down and glint knowingly with love.

“Slow down, slow down, slow down!,” the King cautioned Pocahontas, his free-spirited, but Daddy’s-Little-Girl daughter, who was up the next day’s blue dawn howling for the 1000th time The-Wolf-Song-Heroine-Story-Hallowed-of-All-Howled-Myths to her cornhusk doll making the 1000th circle around him. Centuries later the song circled into the radar imagination of Disney animators conjuring and drawing her ancient tale, and one may say the Pocohontas has definitely persisted despite controversy. The root story of Pocahontas has her marrying a boy from the “other side,” a European settler, and then arcs to engravings of her in swanky ruffs as the invited guest presented at the European courts of nobility. However disputed her portrayals, her legacy as a peacemaker dedicated to family and community, an intermediary between Earth and her settlers, and a Master/Mistress Re-Inventor of Self, makes her very much a Goddess and very American as well!

Across the land the legend of this princess dances and waves in the wind from eager green wildflower sprouts rising in the East at dawn to the clear, strange scent of Nicotiana tobacco flowers bowing out at midday and to the tallest, sun-guardian redwoods of the Western dusk. This princess is as well a Suffragette; she is a solid-gold Soul Train dancer, and she is a pussy-hatted patriot-ess. Her real name, Matoaka or Flower Between Two Streams, reflects her “connecting” essence, seen here as a mountain camellia flower at her heart between two woodland streams. Her given Christian name, Rebecca, may be a symbolic gesture to Rebecca of the book of Genesis, who also was the mother of two “nations” or distinct peoples. She is a “re-beckoning” as Pocahontas is first gate of The 9-Star Passport, the spring season of rebirth, the east direction, the element of wood, and the fresh verdant world of plants. Later in life she was called Rebecca Filia Potentiss, perhaps as in Sister of Potential, having great power, influence, or effect. Like time spent in nature, we feel an instinctual devotion binding us to our earthy roots, and the same instinctual body-to-earth connection truth found at our first chakra, geographically located at a point between our sit bones.

HER ANCIENT FUTURE SIREN SONG FOR YOU. Feeling anxious, a stranger in a strange land, ungrounded and unknown? Evoke Pocahontas! Her legacy is for us to remember our own foundational experiences running free as a child in touch with the earth. All of us are multi-cultural emissaries between any two streams of humanity or choosing our own faith over the fear of others. The 9-Star Passport’s first chakra is our basic security; it is our ability to spin out our own precious spider webs of connection, influence, and legacy to invent and own/share new creative cultures from there like Pocahontas. Welcome to Your New/Old Dream. Earth Goddesses may inspire you to make a dream catcher; a shield; a medicine wheel or a potted herb plant to heal and place in Star Gate 1, the Root of your home. Ask (and listen to) your inner girly-girl or tomboy child, “Hey, kiddo, what do you feel, desire, or need?”

HEAR HER, SENSE HER, HEAL YOU. Ah! Ah! Ah!, Good Morning crow cawing, sultry honeysuckle teasing, frogs twanging. Go outside. Touch the earth, dance with a butterfly, burst a wild berry in your mouth, kiss a tree! Listen to everyone’s wise great-grandparents! Evoke power with bloodstone, smoky quartz or rub a Zuni animal fetish stone smooth with prayer. Pamper yourself, hide in your man- or gal-wigwam, eat a heap of mashed potatoes, or get with your clan in a sweat lodge. Crochet or knit that thing … make what your Grandmother Spider gave you. Hike trails west to Arizona, or New Mexico. Stand with the Original People of North America in every honoring way, a bridge to peace with our collective wilderness within. This sacred grounding “medicine” dances with Mother Earth, Father Sky and you as her protector, listening, and healing.

HER MANTRA TO TRY ON FOR SIZE + FIT. Ah! hello, my soul roots. Plant me. Root me. Bare feet toes squishing warm, muddy earth, wading in a babbling brook, I hear my family. This is my family and community. All My Relations. Om Mitakuye Oyasin. What a lover of this very moment between worlds I am.  Streaming Sun.  Beaming Smile.

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A Tricolored Heron Taking Off

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Sweet Dolphins.

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Arrivals and Departures.

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A Bobcat Hello.

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An Immigrant on the Beach of Turtle Island.

Oh. Hi! Yes, and my July 4th name change.  Here’s the story.
I was so inspired by my kayak instructor that day back in 2000.  Her name was K.C.  She lived in her Winnebago loaded with kayaks and traveled coast to coast as a kayak coach.  Her free-spirit and strong goddess lifestyle encouraged me to think of myself like her, perhaps become J.D. for my initials.  J.D. turned into Jade rather quickly and thus my name change, reflective of a major life change.  We live in a free country where being free to express oneself in creative, positive and sharing ways is who we are.  Those freedoms are precious, all of humanity knows it, and we only have more to discover in being FREE.

That’s why I am a patriotess for this country and the freedoms she represents.  That’s why I wrote about Pocahontas and her legend.  That’s why I’ve illustrated and written about 12 global goddesses as inspiration for our best identities.

Stay tuned for the release of my book on Amazon and on our shop, The Jade Dress Shop, by clicking here.  Get on board our mailing list by clicking here.

Earth to immigrants, aliens, boat people, creatures in shells, shallows and all those seeking freedom, peace, and opportunity.  Hi!  We all live here!  You are Welcome.

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Thanks Google and Kiawah Island Real Estate Newsroom for images!

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Please join me this week for
two very special design events.
Across Perspectives: Design Futures. An ICFF Talks Panel : May 21, Sunday
 
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MAY 21, 11am: Across Perspectives: Design Futures. Worth waking up for! 

I’m excited to invite you to join me on Sunday am … I pulled together my favorite design people (along with the amazing Scott Sanders) for a chat on all things new in design.  Early birds can listen in as leaders in the design field for over two decades, top design trend experts, first-class designers, architects, editors, and Feng Shui experts (oh! me!) predict design trends, industry challenges, and strengths. This crew’s perspectives on the most important design trends and practices for the coming twelve months is a blueprint for anyone planning success in 2017.   Happy to say that our talk was enthusiastically covered by industry heavy, Editor At Large!  ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) is North America’s largest and most prestigious series of design events for interiors and is held at the Javits Center, NYC. 

Read more + who’s who on the panel below!

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Ornare’s NYC Showroom Opening Event : May 22, Monday

MAY 22, 6 – 9pm: I’m so happy to announce that Ornare, our friends from Brazil, who share my love for interconnected and harmonic spaces with showrooms in Miami, Dallas, and spots internationally, are launching their showroom in NYC at last!

Celebrating their 30-year anniversary this year, Ornare is well-known for design-system solutions – kitchens and bath, closets, and home office.  Opening night will be held at the A+D Building, 150 E 58th St., from 6 – 9pm, sponsored by Interior Design magazine. RSVP here.

It’s sure to be one sleek and happening party!

Who’s Who on our ICFF Talks panel!
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Our Moderator:

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Pointed Leaf Press

Moderator of the panel, Suzanne Slesin, is Publisher and Editorial Director of Pointed Leaf Press, internationally-respected journalist of home design with thirty years of experience at such publications as the New York Times, Esquire, New York, and House & Gardenwww.pointedleafpress.com

Our Panelists:

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Scott Sanders
Interior Designer

Scott Sanders is principal of Scott Sanders LLC a full service New York City and Hamptons-based interior design firm, specializing in residential, hospitality, and commercial interiors for notable clients and properties, with its signature “New American Style.” Scott Sanders began his career as lead interior designer for Ralph Lauren Home, transforming the global residences of clients.  Today his projects include the hotels of the Rubell Family and he is the author of two books, “The Insider Guide to the Lord Baltimore Hotel and Baltimore, too” and “Picture Perfect: Designing the New American Family Home,” from Pointed Leaf Press.  www.scottsandersllc.com

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Jade Dressler
Creative Director, Designer, and Feng Shui Expert

(Introducing my The 9-Star Passport. A life + design navigational system for people, brands, and spaces!)

Jade Dressler directs brand concepts, content, and products for luxury and pop-culture lifestyle clients in art, design, and lifestyle.  While at the helm of her NYC-based agency for the past ten years, her design career has impacted culture for over twenty-five years.  As founder of The 9-Star Passport navigational design system for spaces, Jade has practiced in the BTB (Black Hat Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui) since the 1990’s.  Place-making, sustainability, and sacred geometry are key to her brand and design work with creative clients and with her Slow Luxury travel/design initiatives.  In her spare time, she curates award-winning art installations in urban settings, such as Milan’s Salone to the wild mountains of Brazil.  www.jadedressler.com

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Ellen Fisher, 
VP for Academic Affairs and Dean

Ellen Fisher, Ph. D., ASID, IIDA, is the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean at New York School of Interior Design. She is a NYS Certified Interior Designer who has designed many residential and commercial interior design projects, and was recognized in 2017 by DesignIntelligence as “One of the 25 Most Admired Design Educators in the U.S.,” the only interior design educator to be named.  www.nysid.edu

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Ingrid Abramovitch
Features Director 

Hearst Design Group (ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, Veranda)

Ingrid Abramovitch is an award-winning design and lifestyle journalist, editor, and author with endless story ideas, strong narrative skills, deep design contacts and knowledge, and a creative outlook.
www.hearstdesigngroup.com

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Chad Oppenheim 
Principal Architect, OPPENHEIM

The architecture of Chad Oppenheim is simultaneously daring and sensible, romantic and reductive; evocative and essential. An alchemist of atmosphere, Oppenheim transforms the prosaic into the poetic– eliciting a site’s inherent power through minimal gesture and sincere means. Spaces and structures, optimized for pleasure and performance, establish aesthetic delight with passioned sensitivity towards man and nature.   www.oppenoffice.com

(note: as of 5.19 Chad will be in absentia. Get well soon!)

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Rio Hamilton
Design and Fashion Blogger/Marketing Strategist

Even before establishing his website, riohamilton.com, Hamilton was a luxury-lifestyle insider and connector. In addition to his design and fashion blogs, he’s provided marketing and business development strategies for the interior design industry for more than 15 years, working with top- tier brands and creatives. After graduating from UC Berkeley’s interior design program, Hamilton headed the marketing management team at Trout Studios before heading to London to join the Max Gibbons ID team.  His New York experience includes a stint as director of sales and marketing at Niedermeier.  www.riohamilton.com

Thank you ALL!

An added bonus…the people on stage have all had the opportunity to work and play together, so the ideas will be creative, interactive and stimulating.

Stay tuned, I’ll do a trends piece next from the show, our panel and Ornare’s opening event!

Cheers!
Jade


Mark This One…

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Supreme Delight.

One fine, average Friday on the way to the bank, my eyes, and the sunshine, suddenly caught pink-purple, glitter-metallic high heeled boots clip-clopping and spiraling my way…I looked up to see an astonishingly, well-suited, dapper man…
briskly striding towards me, all runway-style, all M-A-J-O-R.

WOW. JUST WOW. WAKE ME UP!

OH MAN, HE’S AN OMEN!

In a flash, I realized how much we all need simple, Familiar portents of happy, even the Spectacular these days…
and how can we build on those to
create a year, a life, of living gorgeously?

WHAT WILL MAKE ((( YOU ))) HAPPY IN 2017…IN ONE WORD?

Hello 2017! I’m usually the quizzical unicorn at dinner parties asking honest, simple and deep questions to elicit spontaneous measures of HAPPY vs. the usual cocktail chatter.

Quiz: Can you tell I am some kind of winking guru quizzer by this picture below?  Sure ya can, let me share with you what I discovered during my 2016 winter holiday /cocktail dining quiz sessions.

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I asked groups of friends for one word to describe 2016, and we heard “SURRENDER, TRANSITION, VULNERABLE” and the like, while one woman just held up her hands, open and balancing…face all in a quiz … it also kind of looked like the hand gesture for “WTF?”

Hmm,“BLESSED” wasn’t one of the answers.  So 2015, I guess.  Yup, life grew in complexity for 2016, we all agree.  2017: This is the year to Question everything in order to make life SPECTACULAR.  In reviewing the year, I actually discovered that many inspiring, humanistic, and futuristic EXPERIENCES/OMENS already occurred!  Along with the impossible and painful…omens that are steps ahead of the curve were right in front of my unicorn horn. (aka, Jewish-girl, quizzicle, yenta-unique-non-surgically-altered nose.)

So in a mere 17 trends, plus 1 to move us forward…here’s our a little thankful, ONE WORD review of 2016 experiences and trends.

(Oh yes, honeychild, some of these are our clients and projects, give us a minute to KVELL!  Plus others that make for good omens with hints of YUM-makings for 2017.  You’ll get yours, doll!  How-to’s and definitions, PLUS! my key WORD and my own winner for PERSON OF THE YEAR, as your reward for getting through another of my long, hopefully inspirational, learn a little something-something, blog rants!)

THE LIST of 18:

ART: DECADE-DANCE

 BEAUTY: IMMORTAL

COLOR:  GREENERY  

DANCE:  TOGETHER

DESIGN-TECH:  ALIEN BONES, LASER DRONES

DRINK:  KOMBUCHA

EXPERIENCES:  UNARTHODOX

 FASHION:  THE FRANCA-EFFECT

FILM-TV:   MOONLIGHT

FOOD:  BAVARIAN RHAPSODY

HEALTH: MICROBIOME

JUSTICE: ELECTION OF PROTECTION

MUSIC: PRINCE BOWIE ALI

 SOCIAL: HOLY TOLEDO!

TRAVEL: VOLUNTOURISM

URBAN DESIGN: ROOF-RAP

VISION: UFO ME

And

WORKOUT: WERK-IN

ready?…

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1    ART: DECADE-DANCE

Quiz: And, who is THAT dapper man?  It is our CLIENT: Scott Sanders, interior designer, the man who began Ralph Lauren‘s interior design business.  A TREND: we are calling  Dancing Decades pairs together objects and furnishings equally Spectacular and Familiar, which places inhabitants exactly in the MOMENT for a new definition of comfort.  To open 2016, his PROJECT: was the re-imagining of Miami Beach’s iconic Albion Hotel.

Scott, above in the room he designed for Sotheby’s, was asked to design the legendary hotel, famous for hosting the first poolside conversations which birthed Art Basel Miami Beach, steered by the Albion owners, The Rubell Family, ART-world honchos.  See the interview we placed in Departures magazine (read more here) with the two stellar visionaries, Mera Rubell, of all things art and hospitality, and Scott, of all things spectacular and familiar in interior design and their 17+ year collaboration.

Of note, here’s the Scott’s Spectacular entrance echoing the original 1930’s Art Deco cruise ship design of architect Igor Polevitsky

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And see the Spectacular wall of paintings by Purvis Young, who was a noted local, self-taught artist the Rubells introduced to the art world, which cozy up the double height ceiling with Familiar.

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It is a particularly soothing mix in these times.  Ditto the Spectacular sky high atrium of New York City’s Beekman Hotel which opened this year, and the cozy, Familiar lounge down below,

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Where a personal text at the bar says: “Your table is ready.”

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OMEN FOR 2017:  Honoring and care-keeping the (Familiar) history of a shared public space while inspiring the (Spectacular)…

Quiz: Didn’t the Familiar and Spectacular also resonate as the power of the beautiful people standing at Standing Rock?

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2   BEAUTY: IMMORTAL

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Quiz: Speaking of beautiful, why is that cactus holding a fancy perfume bottle?

Because I asked it to pose for our PROJECT: The Immortal Beloved perfume launch in the Wild West and…

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Slow Luxury bespoke perfume experiences in New York City.  TREND: Immortal Beloved is the name of a new perfume as well as a new attitude in our relationship to materials of beauty.  Scent and beauty products are not vigorously regulated against pervasive toxins, and thankfully more people are interested in the “immortal” long view of natural, organic, and traditional materials and methods. Our Slow Luxury initiative fosters the creation of artisan bespoke perfumes for individuals, complimentary scents for couples, and even travel experiences.  Above, our CLIENT:  Maria McElroy, Master Perfumer; House of Cherry Bomb perfumes at one of our events at the swellegant Cornelia Spa at The Surrey Hotel.

Bespoke perfume for couples launched for Valentine’s Day 2016 at Cornelia Spa and was covered in IN New York Magazine and in November we launched Immortal Beloved, The World’s First Perfume and Coloring Book at the University of Arizona’s Museum of Art‘s gala benefit and pop-up shop event.  Read more about that, here.

OMEN FOR 2017:  Formerly you could buy Maria’s perfumes by the bundle in Bergdorfs and  Sephora among others…ho hum, very pre-2017!  NOW it’s about more than a new spritz…it’s about how YOU IMAGINED and MADE that perfect IMMORTAL SCENT for yourself.  Omen! You can travel with us to Marrakech to design custom perfume, clothing, and furnishings in 2017.  Read more here. 

See Maria’s Instagram from her December trip and teleport.

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Quiz: Might you be among the growing many who happily support the planet by eating sustainably, curiously, and greenly? #3 is for you.

3   COLOR:  GREENERY

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Quiz: Who are these dapper men and greenery? Meet master chef David Bouley at his Bouley Botanical restaurant space in Tribeca, New York City and our CLIENT: Dr. Pedre, integrative physician. We discovered Chef Bouley’s PROJECT: Doctor and the Chef Series, an evening featuring a multi-course tasting menu, along with talks by cutting-edge doctors, together in the fresh herb-wall-gardened greenery space…and connected the doc, thus…an omen.

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TREND: “Greenery” is Pantone‘s color for 2017 and we were immersed in it April and October for two special dinner collaborations at Bouley Botanical.  Both evenings were a memorable, extraordinary culinary journey through multiple dishes, like this green, non-green Hibiscus Granite New York State Cascade Grape Sorbet, with Tahitian Vanilla ice…and below the green, non-dairy version, Avocado-n’ice cream from Supercharged Foods beauty and healer, Lee Holmes, our table-mate.  Catch the dinner recap here along with coverage by Robb Report!

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OMEN FOR 2017: Greenery is Healing through Food and Awareness of the link between ourselves and the planet…Heaven on Earth! 

Quiz: What else is supreme linking? (note: linking, not licking, I know because we were just discussing ice cream, you got inspired, but try to focus, ok?)

4   DANCE: TOGETHER

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Quiz: Who are these people advocating for politicians to dance vs. debates and duels?  Raising our collective emotional intelligence has been a trend and is clearly needed in this world.  I was so happy to envision and enlist Tanya Rivero, host of Wall St. Journal’s Lunch Break to tell the inspiring story of Dancing Classrooms and how a TREND: the art of partner dancing (Ballroom; Fox Trot; Tango; Merengue; even The Hustle) as art to heal and engage kids.

PROJECT: We were honored to do PR and event production for CLIENT: Dancing Classroom’s Elevate event this year. The inspired gentlemen above are Dancing Classrooms’ founder, Pierre Dulaine who literally lights up a room, and MC for the Elevate benefit evening, JW Cortes of Fox‘s Gotham, a veritable hero of an actor who headlined a Latino lineup of Grammy nominee talent, and one who spoke eloquently of how “the arts can and will save lives.”

Pierre said he was an awkward child and ballroom dancing gave him confidence and poise; he then taught dance to kids in one classroom in NYC as a way for kids to grow in emotional intelligence, respect, and hope towards their success in life.  From one class to now 50,000 children in the US and 5 global locations, Pierre’s story has since inspired movies, such as Mad Hot Ballroom, Take the Lead, and Dancing in Jaffa, where he introduced partner dance to kids in the Middle East.

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See the Wall St. Journal segment here, with Tanya’s super smart lineup of other inspired guests.
See the boldfaced names who came to dance at Elevate here.

OMEN FOR 2017: Dance Together!

Quiz: If Standing Rock was powerful, can you imagine if we held a dance party and everyone came?  Ballroom dancers, Burning Man kids, and party people dancing in serious joy. There’s some visuals and change dancing up on the front line for our rights, eh? 

And if you are tired of hearing that Millenials cause this and Millenials cause that (they do)…some brilliant Millenials in science and tech push the globe and our noggins too. See here…

5   DESIGN-TECH:
ALIEN BONES, LASER DRONES

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PROJECT: This past November, we were invited to design a pop-up shop for Head to Toe, The University of Arizona Museum of Art‘s gala exploring how to wear art in 2016.  Flying to the American West always makes a wrinkle in Time for us…expanding ideas and new linking from ancient bones to modern laser-swerves in design, a nod to the sweeping TREND: of new vision via drones.

Above is a design of Merve Oztemel, from Istanbul, whose laser-sculptural art we introduced to the US and the pop-up.  Merve’s headgear sits somewhere between fascinators, alien bones, and Princess Leia.

Below, the latest architectural WOW of Santiago Calatrava, the World Trade Center transport hub, called Oculus, is of the same spirit, which we say sits somewhere between bird flight, whale bones, and drone vision.

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Just to push further, in the Feng Shui I practice, there is an ancient Tantric practice of astral body meditation, done to clear the mind and energy, which essentially does what drones do, float, show us the expanse, and look back at us from another perspective.  Amazing…this Techy-Trekky-Tantric future show is just beginning!

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ODE TO ANCIENT FUTURISTS 2016:  Back in Arizona, when we co-MC’d the art to wear fashion show at the art museum, in addition to designing the pop-up shop, we noted in our commentary that fascinating fashion and design explorations no longer need be tied to major runways or platforms. Invention is everywhere. Read more about the project, the fashion we peeped and the gala here.

What’s your Oculi-Spectaculari invention for 2017?

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I naturally had to do that oculi-see-me-I-am-a-nerd-selfie thing upon my visit this year to the spectacular 66th floor of the new WTC, itself a drone view of the Oculus!  I was invited by event planner-maximus, Sarah-Jane Benison, to see the studio-in-the-sky of painter and filmmaker, Marcus Robinson, who has been documenting the re-birth and re-build for over 10 years!

OMEN FOR 2017:  Tech-design via matched natural patterns inside and out inspires the new spirituality.  Quiz: Or is it the other way around? 

6   DRINK: KOMBUCHA

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Quiz: Happy New Year 2017 and why on Earth do we find ourselves toasting with Kombucha instead of champagne?

Getting the message! Between the one day I peeped a well-known sushi chef’s kitchen kitted out with a production line up of kombucha tea in mason jars getting cultured…to this Inc. article on GT Dave, the founder of GT Kombucha, (below) who began his business at age 15! and turned this “fermented probiotic beverage into a $600 million category–one that he still dominates”…a product whose healing benefits abound…plus celebs do it so it’s a TREND: via Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Reese Witherspoon.

Quiz: WHY are you still asking why?  Follow the unicorns, It tastes tantalizing, gives no hangover, and is fermented health in a bottle!

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OMEN FOR 2017:  Cheers to visionary unicorn entrepreneurs, GT Dave began at age 15!  At the rate that self-motivated individuals are carving out new paths, plus all the opportunities in health, tech, and the environment, no need to wait for Trump gymnastics, my people! 

Quiz: Why not question status quo, and make money for good?  Hint Hint: As of this moment in time, there are no beautiful bars or lounges serving kombucha in NYC. Incredible! Opportunity! Happy!

7   EXPERIENCES: UNARTHODOX

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TREND: A little UNARTHODOX HANDS-ON fun is always a good idea.  PROJECT: We made a little NY1 lights-camera-action happen in our CLIENT: Unarthodox‘s Chelsea studio, where NY1 arts producer Stephanie Simon shed her shoes for some delicious multi-media, free-form creativity classes and happenings.  Watch the segment here. 

In other hands-on news, gallery Les Atelier Courbet invited us to patch, sew, and dye Japanese traditional textiles as part of NY Textile Month.  Imagine Brooklynites ceremoniously gathering their soiled white garments like a prayer offering, and queuing up to the vast indigo vats…

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…lorded over by master indigo farmer-dyers of BUAISOU visiting from Japan, everyone’s past lives as peasants humming through their astral bodies.

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Peep these “Boro Textiles” antique hemp and cotton pants at $1800. or so, above at Les Atelier Courbet.  “Boro Textiles” is not a cute clothing collection crafted in Brooklyn or Queens, it’s the folk craft of patched garments made in the Edo Period in Japan, 1615 – 1868.  The patched fabrics, hand sewn piece-by-piece, were used again and again for work-wear.  Today we value the aesthetic worn-out condition as intriguing evidence, “…layers of historical and social information, giving priceless value to the non-precious textile.”

The Cooper Hewitt Design Museum wrote, “There’s an expression Mottai-nai! in Japanese, which we say to remind ourselves not to let anything go to waste. The idea has origins in ancient Buddhist philosophy but has long since become part of our everyday thinking, an attitude of respect toward nature and care toward the material things we use.”

OMEN FOR 2017:   Everyone is suddenly a Luddite Shaman, desiring blue hands vs. manicures,  via three OMENS we love: hands-on creativity, conscious interaction with the environment, and respect for creating and celebrating material goods that last.

8   FASHION: THE FRANCA-EFFECT

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I first met the glowing, inspiring, innovator Franca Sozzani, Vogue Italias editor-in-chief, the year we supported Fashion-4-Development (click here to read more on that PROJECT), an initiative of the United Nations, for which she was Goodwill Ambassador.  She was a Great Italian Love Song…unfortunately, Franca passed on this year, 2016, but not without laying her very important, bejeweled gauntlet down for the rest of us.

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For 28-years at the helm, she was known to let her creatives take free-rein, bestowing beauty and provoking images and ideas on the world, from her groundbreaking first “all-black” issue of Vogue in 2008 (oh lord, it took that long???) and her support for sustainable development in Africa.

She approached me after I spoke at a Fashion-4-Development round-table for sustainable fashion, she said she admired our Slow Luxury ventures, especially our travel to Marrakech, invited us to her home there, and curious to hear more.

OMEN FOR 2017:  Many in the fashion industry and beyond were inspired by this powerful, golden woman.  I have this theory that when inspiring people pass, they have instilled their impact into those around them to carry the torch, grow stronger, give more.  As admired editor, Emil Wilbekin tweeted: “Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people – the beauty within.” Franca was a champion for THIS. The Franca-Effect will always steer our creativity and bespoke, sustainable travel adventures. Quiz: Who is your Franca- Effect for 2017?

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Quiz: Speaking of inspiration, what stories and images are now in your heart from 2016, what guides your life from that?

9   FILM, TV:   MOONLIGHT

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup.” 

Reflection of “close-up” hit home on three TRENDS: for me in 2016…mobile phones capturing people on the protest front lines, those murdered from behind on the street, and PROJECT: my dream to see my own social justice film on the big screen.

Quiz: Are you squirming? The truth is that, along with the beautiful, the horrific must galvinize our creativity.

First, the beautiful.  The most extraordinary movie I saw this year and the opportunity to be involved in more international TV production and creation moved my creative compass forward.  Exhibit A, Moonlight, a groundbreaking film in which we experience the hardships and joys of a young, African-American boy and man in three phases of his life…a portrait up-close and very personal, which is precisely why this film has been nominated for dozens of awards, which it so well-deserves.

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A new view of masculine FEELING, kindness, strength, homosexuality, and love.  Close-ups?  The intimacy that this film engenders gives me some hope for humanity, dissolving the 4th wall as we’ve never on the screen.

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The image above, when the boy, bullied and battered by life (named Chiron, for the mythical centaur, who as the master of the healing arts, could not heal himself and willingly gave up his immortality) goes to the ocean with a new father figure/friend, who holds him in the water (emotions) and invites the boy to relax and float softly intoning, “I got you, I promise I won’t let you go.”  It’s a powerful moment of trust through pain that every human can relate to, the allowing, the moonlight which always shadows our sun.  We see ourselves in both roles, the protecting parent and the trusting child.  The intimacy of this scene plays out deep within us.

Well, maybe not as intimate as BEING on screen!

Yep, Exhibit B, it’s a shameless segue to my own 2016 international film and TV production adventures!  PROJECT: Here below is the gang we gathered (in a speedy 2 days) for a Rockin’ NY segment airing this year for Sieben TV, Germany’s second largest privately owned television company with (r. to l.) CLIENT/FRIENDS: Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin; Scott Sanders; Tomas Hill, founder of East End Limouine; and moi.

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This is our fourth video/film/TV co-create with Ms. Costin, assembling this cast of characters for this story, including a gourmet lunch from White & Blue Restaurant and craft beer from Paulaner NYC Brewhouse, booth on the Bowery.

OMEN FOR 2017:  Film galvanizes us, from mobile phones exposing the violence this summer against people of color, to groundbreaking movie portrayals, and to selfie boom-boom videos everywhere.  Pain galvinizes us.  Keep filming my friends, we are all now the media, inventing and watching ourselves everywhere, and hmmm… 

Quiz: OBSERVE and SERVE.  Isn’t that what YOGA tells us to do?

10   FOOD: BAVARIAN RHAPSODY

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Up to 2016, my “Bavarian Rhapsody Experiences” in NYC have been a whole-body-tattoo’d-artist boyfriend from Frankfurt whose diet was ONLY meat and milk, plain and on-repeat…plus a closeted, cross-dressing roommate who never entered the kitchen. (God-only-knows what he feasted on behind closed doors!)
PROJECT: Keeping all the above in my quizzical mind, while we were initially hired to do PR for Oktoberfest for CLIENT: Paulaner NYC brewers of the best, premium beer in Manhattan, plus New Bavarian cuisine…I never would have guessed I would become a crusader for Bavarian-flavored fermentation and gastronomy!  The Paulaner beer recipe (+350 years old!) began as a habit of monks in Germany and today the growth of craft, artisanal breweries (+6000 in 2015!) in the US shows a local monk-like fever for the art. Listen to the passion and expertise of Justin Meyers above, brewmaster on this Heritage Radio Beer Sessions podcast.
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If that wasn’t enough, Chef Daniel, an actual Bavarian-native, who rose to the top of his chef profession at Munich’s Michelin-starred Tantris and as executive chef of Manhattan’s beloved Wallsé and Café Sabarsky wows in the next-door restaurant, White & Blue.  Salivating over that potato-crusted, slow-cooked cod floating atop black trumpet mushroom puree and sunchoke cream sauce dish above?  It’s pretty melt-wonderful in the mouth…see the holiday dinner review by the 25A magazine editors who were gloriously feted.
OMEN FOR 2017:  Make my moment New Bavarian.  While virtually every world cuisine is on offer in NYC, I realized I never delved into Bavaria bites…and I’m half Austrian!  Chef Daniel’s new take on classics plus fresh, craft beer is one thing, but the hospitality of those Bavarians, BEYOND!  (footnote: Bubespitzle, potato noodles, peep the literal translation. That’s beyond. Google for a giggle when you get a moment!)

11   HEALTH:  MICROBIOME

Quiz: How do you make your little earth garden inside grow, Grasshopper?

In the land of TREND: Microbiome, over a trillion organisms swirl, an inner world cranking out as much feel-good dopamine as in the head and where 90 percent of the body’s serotonin floats.  Not only must this goopy inner-soup be fed well, it became a Macro TREND in 2016.   More than what’s on your plate and in your body, it’s a whole body/lifestyle approach, healing persons and planets. Our ‘science project’ came to life this year, in the form of our PROJECT: the Happy Gut site and video launch, and the Good Morning America segment for CLIENT: Dr. Vincent Pedre and his book and brand platform.

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Healing through food and awareness of the link between ourselves and the planet…Heaven on Earth!  The Microbiome is a new frontier re-making how we think about our relationship with food and the basis for conditions from Autism to brain health.  Healing does double duty for both our bodies and and the planet by insisting on organic, non-GMO crops and sustainable animal rearing… and eating slowly with friends!   Peep this dinner party video we co-produced on happy, healthy eating for Dr. Pedre.

And…Kudos to the Doc, appearing on Good Morning America to share his garden/digestion analogy we helped him prepare for his moment in the TV cameras with Robin Roberts and millions of viewers!

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OMEN FOR 2017: Food trends may just unite humanity to save the planet. Whether uniting against GMO’s pesticides, reviving old/health food traditions, more organics…even WASTed food. Peep the revolution by Chef Dan Barber and his creative collab to create new dishes from food otherwise wasted by the industry. 

12   JUSTICE: ELECTION OF PROTECTION

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Quiz: What and where is common ground?
TREND: We humans protect when something is vulnerable Maybe that is where we’ll find common ground and decency in 2017. When I saw a little ostracized nerd-child in a playground, above, huddled underneath a snow-coat of pink, I saw a symbol for all of us and I had to draw he/she/it.  The realization that all the violence inside projects outside as protection for that hurt child-nerd in everyone (see Moonlight, above.)  Everyone is a nerd and Nerd Lives Matter.  The Election of Protection.
Then came the presidential debates…
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I was called to jury duty in 2016 around the time of the presidential debates. While waiting, waiting, waiting, and more waiting, I glimpsed the golden statue of Lady Justice on top of City Hall, entitled Civic Fame.  The idea of justice based on merits of public discourse and fair trial vs. the bully-ing that was the hallmark of the 2016 election was not lost on me.
OMEN FOR 2017: In days of yore, in crunchy woodland retreat workshops and on analyst couches with grey-haired, inner-psycho-seeker nerds, self-compassion used to be called inner-child work.  Even last year, we were quizzed and cajoled by life coaches and Instagram-self-helpers “to get in touch with our vulnerability.” 
I found it rather effective instead to quiz myself like this: “Ok, Tiny, where’s your nerd and what does it need right now?”  (I interchange “Puss Cat” instead of “Tiny” as that was also childhood nickname.)  Either one is humorous, which is the healing I most like. And add THAT to creative resistance and non-violence which will likely continue to be TRENDS for 2017.  (Buy a print of my Nerd Lives Matter print to remind yourself, here!)
Speaking of healing inner muses leads us to music…
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13  MUSIC: PRINCE BOWIE ALI

Popping out of a meeting the week before the holidays on the corner of Bowery and Houston, my eye caught a massive Bill Cunningham, then a massive Buzz Aldrin staring down at me from high space.  While everyone will miss being snapped by Bill and the possibility of outer space adventures with Buzz…these Immortal Beloveds beaming down from atop of the Logan Hicks mural, were actually part of a massive slide show of TREND: heroes and heroines passed this year and a supreme moment of Grace.  As unexpected, generous, and surprising street art in the heart of the winter cold, it captured the shock and the impact of the “larger-than-life” majors we “lost.”

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The music triad of Prince Bowie Ali fit together for me as royalty, my musical soul is in eternal gratitude to all three.  Bowie gave us the nerdy androgyne, perfect for my teen angst; Prince gave us the pansexual; handy for being in my twenties, during which I sported the sexuality and the same afro upon my head as Prince Pan.  Yes, I admit that I ventured an “ow-a-ah,” Prince-style here and there.

And before both of them, terrifying, true, and wildly inspiring in my childhood, Ali, whom Rolling Stone called a rhyming trickster and wrote about what I always knew, that his “legendary putdowns, toasts and snaps are part of hip-hop’s DNA,” in this excellent article tracing Ali’s influence on rap music.

THAT influence on all spoken word, all music, and all Self-Awareness throughout time.  THAT deserves a street.  Here, New York’s 33rd Street in front of Madison Square Garden became Muhammad Ali Way” in 2016.

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OMEN FOR 2017: Now my musical prayer…can we all stop looking down on men and women slain on our streets, our jails, our houses of worship and fun?  

Can humans stop looking down on ourselves as scared, unloved nerds or looking too high up to heaven awaiting virgins and other religious prizes causing us to act out of fear and hatred? 

Can we instead look deep into our center, our true HEARTS as HUMANS and change our every thought and action from hate to love so as to influence the world? I pray so.

14   SOCIAL: HOLY TOLEDO!

Quiz: Just go get what you want, OK?

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and Quiz: Who is this man?

PROJECT: I drew this image of Derek Blasberg, he a multi-titled one: socialite, humorist, Vanity Fairs Our Man on the Street, Gagosian gallery senior-staff, and the host of the television show, CNN Style, and passed the original on to him via a mutual friend.  We are not yet on his ‘get up on my St Barths’ boat sista’ terms…so I did hope he got it…and yet…through the magic of Instagram, see below. OMEN! He got it.

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No matter what is a mess in this world, it’s still a magical world of connection!  This is what gets me down kissing the ground!  In another example, I read that fashion designer, Marc Jacobs likes to cuddle with his dog Neville and watch RuPaul’s Drag Race…just as Neville was about to launch his first Rizzoli book since his Instagram successes.  Did the cuddle-kids see this yet? IDK. They will!

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And then sometimes the social-love-magic happens so randomly that one feels OMEN’d.  This little fashion-inspired sketch below, after I first cycled on New York City’s Citibikes.

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This sketch was liked by the Toledo’s, Isabel and Ruben, the married artist/designers that have been one of NYC’s most amazing creative couples since the 80’s, here one of my favorite articles on them, in Harpers Bazaar.  Their “like” had me in a makeout session with the floor! Beyond Excited.

CLIENT: Me!…all these drawings were part of my PROJECT: to chronicle inspiring NYC and to draw for the simple pleasure of it.

OMEN FOR 2017:  The Desire, the Creative Urge.  Definitely go with that feeling for 2017.  If it means turning off the phone, ceasing the shopping online or a pledge to kick the Netflix-fix for one night, I promise you benefits to open up worlds for you!  Want your portrait done by moi? Click here.

15   TRAVEL: VOLUNTOURISM

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Oh nuthin’…just a good morning wake-up, brunch with giraffes, along with the millions who read USA TodayHere is the article in which we placed our Slow Luxury travel partner Epic Road, leaders of the TREND: voluntourism” and transformative travel.” Epic Road is on Travel & Leisure‘s A-List and you can read more about our latest adventure, our PROJECT: the Slow Luxury Epic Road trip to Marrakech, to create sustainable bespoke perfume, clothing, and home design objects, here. 

OMEN FOR 2017:  We ALL have an opportunity now to serve and heal the world…we say go for it!

16   URBAN DESIGN: ROOF-RAP

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This sooo warms my hippie heart!
TREND: Grow Food,See the video below, a rap song created by kids in North Minneapolis growing food with Appetite For Change, an .org using food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change ...and rap lyrics! I was crying with joy when I found this video that went viral:

“Cocaine doesn’t grow in my community, but kale does,” affirms Denver-based DJ CavemWith creds as a music educator, Grammy Award nominee and international recording artist along his yogi wife, Alkemia, they created their Sprout That Life Barnraiser fundraising project to link music, hip-hop to jobs in the green sector via their educational curriculum.  As a supporter, this unicorn is KVELL-ing over this!

The New Farming is an omen for a better world.  In cities, on roofs, by kids and in winter…consider these fun facts from just the tip of the iceberg of urban farm PROJECTS here in NYC:

In 2016, one of the most high profile urban agriculture projects worldwide, Gotham Greens’ rooftop greenhouse, grew over 10 million heads of lettuce and herbs for 300+ customers, donated over 30,000 lbs. of healthy produce to schools and food pantries across NY and Chicago, donated over 40,000 seedlings to local schools and gardens and saved over 10 million gallons of water.  And then there is Brooklyn Grange, where the Pagan, bridal lady below is grazing, which operates the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, atop two roofs in NYC, and grows over 50,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year.  Plus, people celebrate up there!

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OMENS FOR 2017:  Beautiful Life!  Considering that food production and feeding a hungry, warming planet is a major DESIRE, positive TRENDS, like grants for farmers and the growth of tech innovations, making headlines  like Winter Farming is the Hottest Thing” …these are OMENS which make us rap, dance, and sing on this floating Earthship.

17   VISION: UFO ME

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Now, from an even higher ROOF RAP…I happened to be reading The Fabric of The Cosmos by Brian Greene, and there on page 425, I was astonished to read that cosmic rays, which are “highly energetic atomic nucleus or other particles traveling through space at a speed approaching that of light,” originating from outside our solar system, still, 9 decades after their discovery, are a complete mystery as to where they come from.

Quiz: Why?

They may come from supernova explosions or …?, and are mentioned as causing a range of effect from mobile phone blips to cancer to climate change.  There is even an Oh-My-God particle (it’s real name!) with the highest energy recorded yet at 20,000,000 times more energetic than the energy ever measured as an extra-galactic object.

OMEN FOR 2017:  I did not know of this.  Stuff from outside our solar system is like religion, open to hypothesis, no one really knows and the only fitting response is to  carry on in LOVE.  Given the cozy place science and religion blurs will find in the White House for 2017LOVE is the message and the way.

18   WORKOUT: WERK-IN

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PROJECT: While I always yap on about community to work out woes and soothe the soul, I shall never offer up my body temple to groupie things like ugh: TRENDS: Soul Cycle, Cuddle Parties, or Las Vegas-style water-calisthenics on a cruise ship (I made that one up.)  Torture-chambers, all.  If I’m gonna work out angst or my flesh..and commune with humanity, I’m on a hot dance floor, a yoga mat or running track, or weaving through the masses on city streets, very high heels on, music up…or marching with a few million other people for freedom.

So when a friend coerced me to try the latest workout class-ugh- TREND: The Class with Taryn Toomey, rumored to be the hardest work-out ever, involving both yoga mats and optional sneakers (?) I prayed hard on it my sisters and brothers, I prayed on the torture… and then surrendered.

It starts like this below, cool music, cool vibe via Taryn teacher-talk.  Into it.  Little energetic leaps, ok.

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And before you know it, you’ve clocked about 10,000 of the little/huge jump-ups and fun/jump/torture/push-up/hand-stands, see below, to really loud rock-n-roll anthems while Toomey raps (screams) yogic-ish, blissful power talk that would inspire a nerd or a queen.  I altered equally between these two states of being, which I think is exactly the OBSERVE which heals for a WERKOUT/WERK-IN.

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I had all the QUEENLY peak “wow-surpassing myself!”-“I am a champion”-” wow-I’m so high” and NERD crying moments.  Not to mention the bliss of doing this in tandem with some hard-a__s NY’ers.  In short, we werked our supermodel __’s off. CLIENT:  ME.  PROJECT:  Our Body.

OMEN: Workouts are best when they WERK-IN both body-helter-skelters plus yogic-like mind-melters.

The other community/group activity I always adore are creative enterprises which support community, become community.  I love when creative work is available and accessible to all, case in point, The Alpha Workshops, which I wrote about earlier this year, after attending their gala benefit.  The Alpha Workshops are an artisan’s atelier modeled on the famed Omega Workshops, the Weiner Werkstatte, the Bauhaus, and the American Arts & Crafts movement.  Alpha is “is dedicated to creating beauty and changing lives.” They are the nation’s only non-profit organization providing HIV-positive individuals with industry specific training and employment in the decorative arts.

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On top of that gorgeous gesture, they even excel at the precious, small acts of gratitude and I’m so grateful they shared this on their social media, “If you haven’t been over to see Jade Dressler‘s dreamy, inspirational, freewheeling blog it’s a must visit- and we’re honored to be mentioned for the original art at this year’s Alpha Awards (whose “layered beauty rivaled the new prints from Italy”) in this lovely piece on Jade’s inspiration du jour.”

And here’s the real-real “inspiration du jour“…the White Helmet women volunteers in Aleppo.

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The healing of the world is literally in our hands.  “WE ARE THE ONES WE’RE WAITING FOR.”

“Studies show that around the world and here at home- the surest way to lift a family or community is to lift a woman.  When a woman rises, she brings her people up with her.  When she rises, families rise, communities rise, and the world rises. Together Rising exists to heal the world, one HER at a time.”

Those quoted words by Glennon Doyle Melton, who put together, Together Rising, the non-profit organization that has raised over four million dollars for families around the world through its Love Flash Mobs, and a community of women, who lately has raised hundreds of thousands for Help Refugees and White Helmets on the ground in Aleppo.

I found out about this work through following Marie Forleo, who became an official project partner of The Compassion Collective and joined forces with the likes of Glennon Doyle Melton, Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Rob Bell, Valarie Kaur and Laverne Cox.

I mention all this because just one thread led me to the Power of Together.  Thank you to Marie Forleo, and everyone.  Community begins here. Now.

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And Oh! What an Omen it was…it was called the “Women’s March,” where plenty (perhaps millions!) of women and men around the world marched for the freedoms we hold dear.  I joined in NYC, for the first time ever in a protest march, and it was historic, healing, cheerful, inspiring, creative, and fun!

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A New York Times image…times this by many streets blocked, estimates say 400K. Easily!  All of Midtown looked like this!

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See? I did it…here’s our little posse.  I werked-it-out and it felt so good!

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OMEN for 2017. The Feel-Good Workout-Werk-in Formula.  The Feel-Good moves from Self, to Others, and then En Masse.  Familiar and Spectacular!

PERSON OF THE YEAR!  YOU. YOU reading this right now, YOU hold the greatest power of LOVE to share and give. ‘Nuff said.

ONE WORD for 2017: It’s two words, but its important to go the extra mile and add your action to GOOD…that new COMBO WORD is DO GOOD.

WHAT WILL MAKE ((( YOU ))) HAPPY IN 2017…
IN ONE WORD?

DO GOOD.

There it is! Cheers my brethrens and sistrens!

Thank you for reading, caring, and being an inspiration to me!

xo Jade

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Photo credits: Many by us, others gladly credited,
such as the indigo dying photo by J. Travis Smith

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1-pocahontas-jade-dressler-1NOVEMBER 2016

Pocahontas, an American princess Stands for Standing Rock
above + below,
an American Saguaro cacti holding Immortal Beloved perfume.

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WAIT…THE ONLY NEWS IN NOVEMBER WAS THE ELECTION!  WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH

T. H. A. T…?

This week, just after I spent some time in the heart of the American West, specifically the state of Arizona, the US took a prickly turn with the presidential election.  Sad and angry emotions, tense relations, protectionism, were everywhere in the air.  Everyone wondering how did this happen?

Cacti clearly tell you they hurt.

Cacti told me much about an approach to these times.  To approach these sacred succulents, you must center yourself with heightened sensitivity and respect.  Like warriors, or even bullies, they store their sustenance, their watery emotions and life essence in a harsh, desert environment and protect themselves in strong form with both strength and beauty, their starry spines and flowers offered, like a rose.  Or perhaps a bouquet of pineapple-like lady flowers, as below.

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EL ELECTION:  I suppose I am a bit cacti-human.  Like Pocahontas, I am a free spirit who has journeyed far in this lifetime to be centered in my heart and in this I trust.  I trust our country and the good will of its humans, even when they express as bullies and with un-kind speech.  At least it’s out.  The better to hear is the better to heal.   Even while we know there is painful history impacting us all, all is not well in our country.  Last summer was truly painful in terms of terrorism, here at home on our city streets, places of worship and fun…and abroad.

Thorns, like old wounds, like angry swords of old, outdated rhetoric, poke us into where freedom truly lives…that in-between peaceful, powerful place the masters speak of.  Between duality of party, race, gender, circumstance, heaven and earth.  That is Immortal, that which is beloved.  Wake up, life is a party we create together!  Come together people, now, smile on your brother, everybody come together, try to love one another right now.  (I am  Love-Child of the 70’s, yup.)

THUS, MY JOURNEY QUEST TO PLACE OUR IMMORTAL BELOVED GODDESS PERFUME NESTLED IN
THE HEART OF A TALL SAGUARO CACTUS.

Yep, yup, I’m that kind of girl.

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PRO-CHOICE: ALIGN WITH AN ELECTION OF ELATION:  Just as in the legend of Pocahontas, questing towards acts of LOVE, council, community, and healing are the work of what is immortal and of the highest.  No matter who “leads,” leading our own thoughts, words, and actions with LOVE is the only solution.

My recent work drawing 12 goddesses and a crusading traveler’s quest after a precise image reminded me to stay focused on my ideals all the while being aware of thorns, as I traveled to Arizona ( Cacti! Native Americans! UFO’s! ) to root down and launch our project, The World’s First Goddess Perfume + Coloring Book.”  Twelve illustrated goddesses from around the world, a film, and travel plans, all to morph me into the “Anthony Bourdain” of beauty, fashion, and design explores!  Here is the coloring book cover with its aura of little, mysterious, gold filigree light bulbs, UFOs, aka perfume bottles.  Tune in, turn on to learn more! immortal-beloved-perfume

THE PROJECT:  I got the CALL earlier this year by the much admired former CEO and his wife, colleagues from a clothing company I worked for, and together designed retail stores from NYC to Santa Fe, almost 20 years ago, as they asked me to help them build a pop-up shop for The University of Arizona Museum of Art‘s Head to Toe Gala Benefit.  Numerous calls, drawings, and laughs soon evolved into a request to moderate the fashion show and exhibit and before I knew it, my bags were packed and ready to fly to Arizona.

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Who will let the cat in the bag?

This little press bit published before my arrival in Tucson Life magazine:

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Even the clouds flying over the country westward-ho! from NYC were kind of whipped up either like tornado or a fashion model, arising from a goddess-circle dance below, take your pick.  No peyote-induced vision here, just my every day ecstasy.

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TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS GODDESS PERFUME + COLORING BOOK

When my friend, Master Perfumer, Maria McElroy (pictured, below r.)and her co-perfumer, filmmaker and Metropolitan Museum of Art lecturer, Alexis Karl, (l.) who create together as Brooklyn’s House of Cherry Bomb, an indie-perfume house, decided to re-launch Immortal Beloved, my favorite perfume of theirs, I (m.) suggested a collaboration.  I already had begun a series of goddess portraits, and when the Museum special guest appearance and pop-up shop exhibition came into being, it seemed the perfect place for the first public preview appearance of “The World’s First Goddess Perfume + Coloring Book” project for early 2017.

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WHO IS…?
We created Immortal Beloved, the World’s First Goddess Perfume + Coloring Book as wearable and experiential art to inspire, “to resonate through time via the twelve illustrated goddesses from around the globe, as well as reflect the light and dark of this mortal coil, the marvelous complexity of our sensual beings,” says Alexis.  Speaking of mortal coils, this sultry snake image, below, is from the short film she made for the project.

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See some more of the groovy gals we call immortal!

It’s so apt to launch Immortal Beloved in the American West.  While the perfume is meant to evoke all 12 goddesses, the first goddess is Pocahontas, representing all Native Americans of this land, via her story as the daughter of a chief and a peace-making intermediary between tribes and people.

Flying out over the heart of America and then being out West, is always re-orienting. The slow expanse of mountains and sky vistas, and the quiet time on the plane between coasts, this always transforms me.  The jewel-like museum, the cool-so-American campus, and most of all, the creative and passionate people I met were the best gifts.

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MORE ON THE MUSEUM

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An art-filled campus where creative kids college in the warmth and sun.  How much did I long to be in my 20’s again!  I saw fencing classes outside, critical thinking classes inside the art museum…and yes, actual stylish, hip guys in the coffee shop distracting me from my hummus-pita thing and my docent lunch companions.

The art museum was founded in the 1920’s and is noted for 25 Renaissance masterworks from Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain, this man below is from that series.

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MORE   The museum also reveals grand art finds like Rothko, Lichtenstein, Hopper, O’Keeffe, and so many other masters, all somehow more precious in the intimate spaces of a small, exquisitely curated museum.

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A detail below of more desert flora and fauna I became a bit obsessed with.

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Salamanders and chameleons. Harbingers of change and transformation. My quest to connect with the other mysterious desert-dweller, the Sagauro cacti deepened, especially when I learned that it takes 75-100 years for them to grow an arm. Like erect, silent witnesses, (ok, yup, phallic symbols) they stand erect as homes for birds, food for bats and scratching posts for the Javelinas, those crazy, cute,smelly, wild pigs of Arizona sniffing around in giggling packs.

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MY HOSTS: EX-NEW YORKERS IN TUCSON

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How adorable are these two? Forty-plus years together, still enthusiastically enjoying art together as docents for the museum, and still enjoying a creative, intellectual banter.  I could not have been more taken care of by Fleurette Wallach, who astounds with her knowledge of names and places in the art world, and Marc Wallach‘s financial, business smarts combined with his warm heart is a precious combo.  Their home was just beautiful, a haven to the libertine life, filled with art and antiques, in a palette of 1950’s colors I am partial to.  Take a look, as I try to sum it up in 3 images:

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Besides Fleurette placing the the two geisha dolls above, which match the ones I had in my childhood bedroom on a shelf just as high, Marc is from Vienna, Austria as is my father’s side of the family.  Therefore they are my adopted parents, yes? Of course.

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We pulled together the pop-up shop in three days, rehearsed the fashion show and lunched with mountains and lovely souls.

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Other animals roamed wild, such as these flamingos I caught on film.  I love how their little boat echoes the clouds above.

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THE GALA EVENING

“Art awakens a spirit of creativity in everyone; it enriches our lives and provides a bridge between part, present, and future.”

W. James Burns, Director of UAMA

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We three moderators of the show decided to rep past, present, and future ~ and had a blast! On the left, Debi Chess Mabie, the Executive Director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, whose commentary spoke of the present, given her knowledge of the many presenting artists; in the middle, repping the past as famed Hollywood costumer, Edith Head, was impersonator, Susan Claassen; and me, on the right, repping NYC, etc. as the futurist. This picture makes me laugh, if you know me, you’ll get it.

This show wasn’t trying to be the runways of New York, Paris or Milan, this was community celebrating its artists at the intersection of wearable art. This image from rehearsal with dance students as the perfect models of natural beauty, speaks to me of the Timeless Reverence for Beauty, as much the all-out runway show splendor of a couture house does. Go on and Vogue, kids.

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On a serious joyful note, I spoke of what I saw on the runway and the symbolism of clothing, the return to goddess beauty, and the future of slow luxury as a grounding, non-digital force.  Numerous people from the audience came to tell me that they really appreciated my “honesty, beauty of mystery, wisdom, notes of sophistication and humor.”  I share this to say that I was humbled by the gratitude and expression of these shared sentiments.  Art does heal.

There were 9 acts, the runway models were dance students choreographed by Michael Williams of the UA School of Dance.  A dancer below sports futuristic head sculptures from Merve Oztemel, an artist from Istanbul I have discovered and premiered here at the show.

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Here below are two of her major, futuristic, animalistic, laser-fluid headdresses.

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I love the bone quality of these, reminding me of a Georgia O’Keeffe painting.  This one was live and direct upstairs from the show:

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The show was held in a large gallery in which an exhibition of Michael Haykin, called Fifteen Indelible Lives, was hung.  Called a “breathtaking body of atmospheric realist paintings,” the works are based on moments, it was the kind of  O’Keeffe-eye Mother Nature truly needs right now.

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AND THE SHOP?
Just a couple of images to encapsulate. Note: Photographers in Arizona just work a wee bit slower than the next-day Patrick McMullan/Getty Images delivery we so love here in NYC!  That means I took these pics dashing between set-up and being on stage.  So, until I have my personal paparazzi, please just ignore the cords, price tags, and un-styled images, etc. Thanks!  Hey, Patrick maybe you need a Tucson agency!

The shop was anchored by a red wall of paintings and scarves made from them to underscore the art-to-wear aspect. We hung them high and salon style for impact.

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Feature walls showcased the range of work and the theme of head to toe.

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For our feature Immortal Beloved wall I replicated my studio wall with four framed goddess illustrations, along with my sketches-in-process and inspirations for the exhibit.  Materials for people to add notes in journals and to add to the wall were part of the interactive, site-specific invite to get one’s creative fun on.

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El Sirena of Spain

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AND WHAT ABOUT THAT PERFUME, YOU ASK.

“Immortal Beloved is a reincarnation itself. Where did it begin and where will it end?  The point is irrelevant,” says Alexis. “The scent of Immortal Beloved is always NOW.

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Maria adds, “Immortal Beloved is an all-natural fragrance that entwines the mystery of dark, vintage ouds and million year old amber resins, with that of stunning Moroccan henna flower, drops of precious beeswax absolute, and tobacco flower.  A shadow of ambergris, labdanum, and chypre are touched with traces of delicate lily of the valley and Madagascar vanilla.”

“Immortal Beloved is sensual and complex, an olfactory story of Gods and Goddesses, beauty, power, and love eternal,” says Alexis. “We have envisioned the fragrance of immortality by using rare and precious elements from nature.”

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MORE ON THE GODDESSES PLEASE!  AND WHY A COLORING BOOK?  

“The future of Virtual Reality holds more than 1 million ways to play beyond Pokemon and gadgets,” says futurist Jade Dressler. “When art or an object is made, it is a meditation taking one beyond the galaxies plural.”

As you know, adult coloring books are a hot-of-the-moment meditative practice, a currently in vogue in response to over-digital stimulation.  The Slow Luxury of coloring echoes the timeless tracing of ancient mandalas, yantras, and sand paintings for balance and connection.  The Immortal Beloved coloring book features 12 goddesses representing 9 sacred geographic areas of the world, each evoking the myth, fairy tales, and legends of sacred traditions.

They, and you, giggle through these belongings, desires, and female expressions.  Twelve in all, they represent the chakras/energy centers of our own bodies, our own earth, and layers of artful connections to the great Bee-yond.
(And that’s something Bee-yond even Bee-yonce.)

Goddesses of the Earth

1   POCAHONTAS OF NATIVE AMERICA

2   PINGA OF THE INUIT NORTH

3   ABUNDANTIA OF ITALY and LA SIRENA OF SPAIN

Girls of the DreamTime

4    SARASWATI OF INDIA + THE AUSTRALIAN DREAMTIME

5    KWAN YIN OF THE ORIENT

6   QUEZALCOATL IXCHEL OF THE MAYA

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7    SHEELA OF THE CELTS and FREYA OF THE NORTH

8    MAMA AFRICA and CLEOPATRA QUEEN OF EGYPT

9    BLACK ATHENA TARA OF RUSSIA

The full coloring book will go on sale in early 2017 and as a “Goddess Tease,” the first four prints are now on sale here.

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WHERE TO NEXT, GIRLS?  WE TRAVEL THE EPIC ROAD.
The Immortal Beloved project is part of our Slow Luxury ventures and will extend to journeys, inviting travelers to make and explore the worlds of perfume, clothing and design sourced in these 9 global destinations by working with local resources and traders.  Many destinations will follow The Silk Road, through our Slow Luxury platform in partnership with Epic Road, the transformative travel company, which has been awarded Travel + Leisures A-List designation since 2015 as a Top Travel Specialist.  The first trip will be Marrakech in 2017, read more here.

AND MORE UNCANNY ABOUT ARIZONA.

The Book of Elders

I posted this image from my favorite book on my last post.  Who would guess that a host of the event, is a friend of the photographer, Dan Budnik, and also painted a portrait of one of the women?

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“Here is a painting I did of the moods of Virginia Deal, Master Weaver and elder a month before she died, ” shared Moira Geoffrion, an artist, arts professor, and a principle of the Head to Toe event, who saw this image on my blog!

Brunch at Moria and her husband Charles Geoffrion‘s house the next morning after the event, looks like this.

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In Moria’s studio, her animal paintings.

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I love this being above.

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Upon entering their expansive home filled to the brim with art from all over the world, I focused in on simple yellow roses in a bowl and mentioned how yellow flowers are always a sign for me that my Dad is around.  “Funny,” said Moira’s daughter, “this specific way of arranging flowers comes from my grandmother and is a tradition around here.”  Ancestors are always around out West.

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Charles on coffee duty.  Cinnamon on dog duty.

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The gardens outside.

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I could putter, pool, and leap around here all day.

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The Good Life.

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Behold, I finally met my Saguaro.

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And goal!  I was able to pop the precious perfume bottle of Immortal Beloved in the heart of a Saguaro. I know I look like I trekked through the desert, trials, tribulations, and too many pita pockets to get here.

Moira’s husband took this picture insisting he was a stringer for the Associated Press.  Thankfully he told me that, it convinced me to actually love that he allowed the shadow of the cacti on my face as the personality of the tree limbs shadow the whole garden, intrinsic to its beauty!  I actually like the halfway-house look on my face, it’s very West/South Frida Kahlo-esque.

HEAVY METAL IN ARIZONA

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On the way to the airport homeward-bound the day before the ELECTION, I became absorbed in capturing metal on the highway.  Was it the upcoming election, a cutting sharp end of my stay?  A contrast to so much visual stimulation, fine art, and people?  Perhaps.  It was a kind of meditation and I do love the spare, clean, strong quality here in each of these.  Plus, there are some odd cloud happenings of note!  OK, perhaps they are scratches on the window getting blurred, let’s agree that REALITY is a construct of choice, eh? (ELECTION)

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Above, an “A” for Arizona, perfectly matched to the mountain, a classic triangle, a symbol of the goddess with feet rooted, head pointing upwards.  And wow, look at these 3 triangle clouds in the photo below with 3 birds.

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OK! What is up with the cloud? Is it a UFO bird? I love being out West.

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Look at these sky happenings:

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Look at this metal bird.

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And thank you cacti.

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And heart land of America.

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In hopes that my work has given some beauty back to the world and we fight harder than ever to honor this land.

Flying over NYC at sunset, such a fitting culmination of my latest venture out West.

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And…a green orb friend.

Back in NYC, where immortal beloveds like these 3 wise women were holding court after voting at my polling place the next day.

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This coming together in diversity is our City.

I LOVE that LOVE notes on a wall at Union Square echo our own LOVE Notes Happening above ground there in 2009,
read more about that here.

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So grateful for goddesses, cacti, and perfume. Get some here:

TO PURCHASE THE GODDESS PERFUME + COLORING BOOK
Immortal Beloved has incarnated in several versions, from an atomizer to a gift set, with the Perfume and Coloring Book Gift Set available now for pre-sale orders, shipping early 2017.

Hello! The Atomizer and Perfume are AVAILABLE + SHIPPING NOW!

  •  Perfume   $150.

1/3 oz (10 ml) oil based perfume in a hand blown, gold filigree, Czechoslovakian glass bottle.

  • Atomizer    $50.

1/3 oz (10 ml) EDP in a red metal purse atomizer.

1/3 oz (10 ml) oil based perfume in a hand blown, gold filigree, Czechoslovakian glass bottle and 1/3 oz (10 ml) EDP in a red metal purse atomizer, plus the Immortal Beloved Coloring Book.

PRINTS OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS ARE GET-ABLE NOW! 
Illustrations of the first four EARTH Goddesses are available as giclee prints, available now online by clicking here in the Immortal Beloved Collection in the Jade Dress Shop. 
The prints come in two sizes: 8” X 10” at $75. and 11” X 14″ at $150.

Drumroll, here is the roll call for the first gals:

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The Beautiful Cover in Full-Color

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Pocahontas of Native America

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Pinga of the Inuit North

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Abundantia of Italy

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El Sirena of Spain

In honor of Arizona, the West, UFO’s, and the libertine life, I’ll leave you with some psychodelica music.

Til next we meet my friends, just be GOOD. It’s just that EASY. xoxo Jade

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