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A few weeks ago I visited my little sister in New Orleans, Louisiana for Thankful Day. She's a crazy, cool and ambitious chick getting her Masters degree in counseling at Loyolla. I've been thinking about the fact that the two major cities she has chosen to live in, San Francisco and New Orleans are also leaders in the street art scene. I wonder if this laid back, brainiac  could be an undercover street artist, hiding under a black hoodie and combat boots while she wheat pastes on public property at 2 am with Banksy? If you see a resemblance of this woman on the right in the New Orleans area, up to some spray paint biz-nass please let me know. I would love to black mail her for some books and choice jewelry that would be much happier in my possession.





Have you seen this woman street arting'? Olive complexion, curly hair, 5 ft. 2 in., sassy yet still classy


So the street art scene of New Orleans! First of all you need to know that the whole town of New Orleans screams artsy. From musical street performing bands....

to bands in every bar, to street art and street art installations. The place is two -legit. Meaning, it’s totally normal to see the likes of a Banksy just hangin’ out on the street corner...

A real live Banksy in New Orleans folks!

I personally appreciated the apparent tangible ownership the public seemed to have of their little town. For better...

or for worse....

Grafitti

(On a side note, wouldn’t it be rad if someone started a project that purposely sought out graffiti artists and help them develop their art skills and connect them with public property to show their art on? Sound rad? You should do it! Just another little dream of mine.)

The Gray Ghost is a fellow who is on the street art scene but, isn’t a fan of  it. The Gray Ghost waits until the art admirers like you and I are gone and then attacks the art! Yes, this dude totally kills the art, suffocating it with gray paint. Total buzz kill.

Gray Ghost art suffocating

Cofession: I am the Gray Ghost - False. Confession - I am a dork - Ding! Ding! True!

One of the major street art highlights in New Orleans right now is The Music Box installation by the artist Swoon. I know! I love her too!




The project is a renovated cottage that is completely musical. You pretty much “play the house” the way you would “play a guitar”.



The house includes many of Swoon’s wheat pastes that she’s popular for


as well as some awesome random stray dogs and cats that are just chillin’ with the art. Animals have such good taste!



Here’s a video of me “playing the house”





Oh! And on my visit I developed a new medium of art with my family, I call it Shadow Love




I hope this post inspired you to go check out some art this weekend or maybe create some of your own!

Posted: Dec 14, 2011
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 Happy Monday Beautiful friends!



Rewrite Beautiful is so stoked to announce that we are being featured in the Lifestyle + Charity SHOP this week! That means that every purchase from 10/31 through 11/06 will be combined and 10% of that total will go to Rewrite Beautiful! Please check out the Lifestyle + Charity SHOP and see if you can get a head start on some Christmas gifts, birthday gifts or maybe find something just for your BEAUTIFUL self :) Thanks for the support beauty's! Happy Shopping!



Keepin' it Beautiful,



Irvina



Posted: Oct 31, 2011
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Yup, you heard that right! Rewrite Beautiful has traveled down under (well, sort of…via the world wide web that is :) ) But, nevertheless Rewrite Beautiful is inspiring Kerin of Australia to CHANGE how she see’s beauty in herself and others. She says the following on her blog: A Space to Create,  "This blog is a space for me explore creatively to express how beauty lives within each of us and can be experienced everyday in the world around us. My Blog will consist of my photos and inspirations that reflect the beauty I see within the people I know and meet, but more importantly the beauty of the world I live in. I am using creativity to teach beautiful as an action."

I found out a couple of weeks ago that Kerin stumbled upon Rewrite Beautiful via the web and was so inspired by the message that she decided to make her own blog dedicated to finding the true beauty in herself and her friends. How rad is that?! I checked out her blog and it’s rad. She features pictures of her friends, nature, animals and writes the qualities she finds beautiful about them. It’s a true ‘Rewrite’ Blog and I just love it! I hope Kerin inspires you to also find your own little 'Rewrite' niche in the world whether it’s through a blog, writing, art, street art or photography! It's so rad to see people wanting to ‘Rewrite’ with us!

Keepin’ it Beautiful,

Irvina

Posted: Oct 17, 2011
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Cover of the HEALTH section!

Our Street Art Workshop at Cal State Fullerton was featured in the ‘Health’ section of The Orange County Register yesterday! The article was written by the talented reporter, Courtney Perkes. Thank you for the interest in our mission Courtney and helping to share the Rewrite Beautiful message with others! See the whole article and slideshow here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/art-320483-beautiful-street.html

 

Keepin’ it Beautiful!

Irvina

Posted: Oct 6, 2011
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This weekend we are prepping for our Street Art Workshop at Cal State Fullerton next Tuesday, September 20th. Like all of our Rewrite Beautiful projects none of them would get done without the help of our BEAUTIFUL Volunteers. This week we’d like to highlight the work of Madi Sears! Madi is a student at Cal State Fullerton and a Rewrite Beautiful supporter. She has invited, recruited and promoted our workshop like no one else. We couldn’t pull it off without her.

In addition, Madi is a pretty remarkable young woman and screams Rewrite Beautiful in her actions. She’s CREATIVE – She plays some fierce drums! Makin’ the Little Drummer Boy so nervous he marches out of step! She is KIND- She spends her winter breaks from college traveling to India with her church, ROCKHARBOR and caring for orphans, lepers and ministering to women working in prostitution. She is also incredibly STRONG – If you ever got the opportunity to sit down and talk to Madi you would get the sense that though Madi is young, yet she has an inner strength and is grounded like someone who has lived a long full life. Madi knows who she is, much more than the average person and she uses this knowledge to help others; sometimes it’s  out  of human trafficking  and sometimes it’s to Rewrite Beautiful. Thanks for all of your help Madi, you’re Beautiful!

Posted: Sep 17, 2011

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Hey Beautiful friends!

Lots of workshops in the month of September! We’re stoked to also announce that Rewrite Beautiful is partnering with the California State University, Fullerton's  WoMen's Center! Yeah! Rewrite Beautiful will be leading a Street Art Workshop on Tuesday, September 20th from 12pm to 1:30pm. We will be discussing our message that," Beautiful actually has nothing to do with the way you LOOK; it has to do with the way you ACT. Beauty is found in your actions of Creativity, Kindness and Strength displayed in your community. You can either go along with what everyone else thinks is beautiful, or you can be revolutionary and Rewrite Beautiful." The Street Art will be made with this theme in mind.

Everyone (man/boy/woman/girl/child and seeing eye dog) is welcomed to come and learn about Rewrite Beautiful, Street Art and eating disorders. *The Street Art will be displayed in the CSUF Quad at 1:15pm. To RSVP to the Street Art Workshop please see the Facebook invite HERE.

And If you’d like to help us promote the Street Art Workshop at CSUF and want one of our AWESOME T-Shirts for FREE be sure to email: Irvina@rewritebeautiful.org for details on how to get one!

Keepin’ it Beautiful!

Irvina

Posted: Sep 2, 2011

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A few weeks ago Rewrite Beautiful was invited to join Redemption Church at ‘Party on the Block’. Party on the Block is a ministry of Redemption that goes to Shalimar Street in Costa Mesa, CA and literally brings church to about 50 at-risk kids and families. The usual ‘party routine’ Redemption hosts is lunch, a bible story teaching and fun! Bringing Rewrite Beautiful into the mix made things a little different for everyone. So we whipped out our spray can of CREATIVITY and got crackin’!

* Rewrite Beautiful is not a ‘Christian organization’ but, quite a few of our volunteers are big fans of Mr.Jesus….hmmmm….

Creative Solution: We decided to do this Street Art Workshop around the Bible Story of Esther. Which would still give the kiddo’s their Sunday Bible story AND get to hear the Rewrite Beautiful message that beauty is in your Creativity, Kindness and Strength!

*Rewrite Beautiful USUALLY uses Street Art in all of our workshops, but when kids create something they want to take it home….hmmm….

Creative Solution: So many Rewrite Beautiful Workshop participants rave about how amazing it is to make Street Art and know that their art is going to be seen by tons of people. However, since the whole point of Rewrite Beautiful is to CHANGE how YOU see beauty in yourself we thought the message would sink in more for the kids if they got to take something home. Therefore we created masks: “Fake Masks.” The masks played into the story of Esther and how she was ‘fake’ about who she was. We had the kids draw on the masks their ‘fake self’ who they really aren’t but act like, (For example: Hitting their sister, stealing, cussing. This isn’t who they were created to be.) Then we had the kids take off their “fake selves” and reveal their ‘true BEAUTIFUL selves’ in a mirror. It was EPIC!  The kids REALLY got it.

*Rewrite Beautiful usually had everyone collaborate on ONE piece of art, but we have 50 kids….hmmm….

Creative Solution: In order to save time and precious money from our donors we decided to Go Green! And create masks out of old cereal boxes.

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It was a long process, but it was totally worth it to watch the kids write/draw about their ‘fake self’ and reveal their ‘true BEAUTIFUL selves’

Rewriting Beautiful on Shalimar Street

Creativity is Beautiful :)



Our Street Art Workshop Leader Sunny Siu even made a mask of his ‘fake self”. He’s a pretty strong guy underneath though.


 

Sunny Siu, Street Art Workshop Leader

Thank you Sunny and Michelle! You're BEAUTIFUL!

He lead an amazing workshop with Michelle McCormick. Check back soon for more pictures from this awesome workshop! And don’t forget to Go Green! And Keep it BEATUIFUL!

Irvina 

 

Posted: Aug 31, 2011

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Some of Rewrite Beautiful's dearest friend's are ever/after, a premium lifestyle clothing brand that donates 25% of the cost of your item to the cause of your choice. Choose a cause. Change the Story. Currently ever/after is devoted to using 25% of their profits to changing children's lives through three charities and their kindness has paid off because they are now being carried by Barneys New York ! Such a milestone for both companies! We love how ever/after uses Creativity, Kindness and Strength in all aspects of their business and we love that Barney's New York recognizes what a outstanding brand ever/after is and will be sharing them with all of their patrons!

Check out www.everafterclothing.com for their Fall styles! We already picked up some sweatshirts for ourselves and some baby clothes for our expecting friends from Sleepy Dreamer!

Posted: Aug 30, 2011
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Thank you to everyone who came out to support Rewrite Beautiful's 1st Annual Art Show : TELEIOS . For those who missed it, here is a little recap of the BEAUTY of the night....





 Everyone was welcomed to CHANGE how they see beauty in themselves and others through viewing the art that was created with the Rewrite Beautiful Vision in mind: "Girls and women are beautiful for their ACTIONS of Creativity, Kindness and Strength."



People were asked to go through the gallery and ask themselves 4 Questions:



1.) Pick an element of the art work that you like most and draw it on your square



2.) Think of a woman that has qualities that are beautiful write down those qualities on your square



3.) If you could choose one quality that the media would consider beautiful what would it be? 



4.) What quality makes you beautiful? 



Check out how many people responded to the artwork from TELEIOS!





We love reading their answers...





So many BEAUTIFUL artists from Orange County, California participated in creating art work for the show. Thank you!





Everyone was blown away by the music by A Poet Nomad Ali and Moonsville Collective....







The artwork by Sunny Siu was a crowd talker....





Jessica Burkhart always impresses too....



 





Emily Cobett did some LIVE Art for us on a Surfboard!







Felicidad De Lucas, a Spanish artist brought a surreal aspect to women's beauty....





   Tom Cutter impressed with his silhouettes....





   Elana Grace shared some amazing shadow boxes....











 The poetry by Jeannette Encinias blew everyone away...





Welcome to the PARTY at FIND Art Magazine & Gallery....


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AND ...thank you Rich Lander of CHARD Photographer for donating your BEAUTIFUL photography skills! You're BEAUTIFUL!




Thank you to everyone who came out to see the show, volunteer and show your support!

See you next year for the 2nd Annual Rewrite Beautiful Art Show!

Good Night Beautiful!



P.S. If you are an artist or simply a beautiful person who cares about changing how girls see beauty in themselves and preventing eating disorders you can learn more about volunteering with Rewrite Beautiful by emailing GetInvolved@RewriteBeautiful.org



We look forward to CHANGING with you!
Posted: Aug 26, 2011
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Street Artist's : Women's Pride

Rewrite Beautiful with volunteer CT, rocked the awesome Street Art Women’s Pride created at their Rewrite Beautiful Street Art Workshop. We displayed at The Santa Ana Artists District inSanta Ana,CA. The women created this art to embody their own visions of journeying from the dark, ugly, pain we believe we are (symbolized by the black silhouette covered in mud, dead leaves and rocks) into who we truly are; beautiful (the green silhouette with the heart and wings). Women’s Pride wanted people to participate in their Street Art and ‘Rewrite Beautiful’ themselves, so they added a line of small paper hearts joined between the two silhouettes. The hearts were to be used by viewers to write what they found beautiful in themselves. Results? Beautiful heart-tastic! Check it out….  

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Here's what some participants had to say...

http://www.youtube.com/user/RewriteBeautiful

Posted: Jun 6, 2011

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