Art

Street art gets me kinda excited



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
Category:

Comments

Join the Conversation and Add Your Comment!

 

Support Rewrite Beautiful by rockin' a bracelet!

$3 each or $10 for 4

WEAR or SHARE our VISION with your friends!

Creative + Kind + Strong = Beautiful!

www.rewritebeautiful.org/donate

*enter color + quantity*

 

Posted: Oct 12, 2011

Comments

Join the Conversation and Add Your Comment!

I have the honor and privilege of writing for Lifestyle  + Charity Magazine. The mission of the magazine is to make giving apart of your lifestyle. How BEAUTIFUL is that?! They provide everything your favorite magazines provides: dining, fashion, entertainment, politics, news, trends…EXCEPT everything has a charity twist! Every article you read and product you see either is giving money directly to a charity or raising awareness for them!

I write the TRUE BEAUTY column for the magazine and this month I wrote on Discovering your TRUE BEAUTY. Check out the article below:

Discover Your True Beauty

By: Irvina Kanarek of Lifstyle + Charity

I was just thinking, it’s pretty bizarre that I write a TRUE BEAUTY column.  The name of the column itself indicates that the world is so saturated with FALSE BEAUTY that we need to designate a place where the truth can be found – weird, right? I think so.

This week I read an article that said, “Girls with eating disorders and low self-esteem spend more time watching television than girls who are secure and have a healthy confidence.” I imagine there are two ways of looking at this statistic. On one hand, you could argue that it’s the amount of media a girl consumes leads to her poor self-esteem and fuels her eating disorder. On the other hand, you could argue that her eating disorder encourages her to isolate which leads to TV watching. I can’t see which side has more points on the score board, they both seem to be losing teams. What I do know is whether or not you struggle with an eating disorder, the world is lacking TRUE BEAUTY and  desperately needs your TRUE BEAUTY in it! But, here’s the catch: your TRUE BEAUTY can’t  be shared if you can’t recognize it. So, what is your TRUE BEAUTY? Not sure? No sweat – I didn’t know for awhile either. TRUE BEAUTY is what you’re passionate about, it’s what gets you excited, smiling and your heart pumping. Some call it: “the desires of your heart.”

*To read the rest of this article please visit the following link: http://www.lifestyleandcharity.com/2011/09/discover-true-beauty/

Posted: Sep 27, 2011
Category:

Comments

Join the Conversation and Add Your Comment!


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.

imageimage

 

 

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

Comments

Join the Conversation and Add Your Comment!


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
Category:

Comments

Join the Conversation and Add Your Comment!

Rewrite Beautiful was stoked to be featured by the Orange County Register for the 1st Annual Rewrite Beautiful TELEIOS Art Show! Courtney Perkes interviewed me (Irvina Kanarek, Creative Director/ Founder) Check out the whole article and interview here!

 

Posted: Aug 29, 2011
Category:

Comments

Join the Conversation and Add Your Comment!

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....


[gallery columns="2" orderby="rand"]



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
Category:

Comments

Join the Conversation and Add Your Comment!

Happy Friday beautiful peeps!

I don’t know about you, but I so don’t dig hearing about eating disorders in the news cause I feel like only half the story is told. I feel like 97% of the time it’s about some celebrity that’s lookin’ a little bony or has gained some weight, but nobody ever talks about what an eating disorder is, how deadly they are or how to get help. It bums me out because eating disorders are a real, gnarly disease, that shouldn't be treated like an entertaining high speed pursuit that’s just fun to watch and poke fun at. So NOT cool in the Rewrite Beautiful school! But, then there are people like Jacinthe Veillette a  19 year old from Quebec, Canada that makes some beautiful changes around town!

Jacinthe has personally struggled with anorexia, but instead of letting the disease kill her, she fought it for herself and still fights it for others. Jacinthe has made body image and eating disorder awareness her personal mission on this earth, which is why this CREATIVE, KIND and STRONG girl is our Beautiful Girl of the Week!

Jacinthe used her CREATIVITY while sharing her personal experiences with an eating disorder, then went a step further: She created a petition denouncing homogeneous standards of beauty in fashion and the media.

Jacinthe collected more than 2,000 signatures and submitted the petition to the provincial minister responsible for the status of women. This resulted in the ministry creating a charter in 2009 encouraging healthy and diverse body images, and Jacinthe was asked to help create a website and to be the spokesperson for the charter! Sounds like a STRONG chick to us!

Today, she feels there is more discussion about body image issues and eating disorders, at least in Quebec.

Jacinthe not only invests in eating disorder awareness, but this KIND girl also has a heart for bringing her talents to use with Marche Mondiale des Femmes, an international movement to improve the condition of women, fundraising to help children with cancer and international humanitarian efforts in Africa (BTW: What is up with so many of our Beautiful Girls of the Week being obsessed with Africa! i.e. Mary and Lindsey. I’ve never been, but it must be a beautiful country, cause it has some beautiful girls that care about it!) . Jacinthe hopes to one day enter the field of Social Work. In the meantime she still travels to schools, colleges and universities talking about eating disorders and beauty. We’re not sure exactly what she says in her native tongue of French, but we’re pretty sure that whatever it is, it doesn’t change the fact that this young lady is a BEAUTIFUL girl! Thank you for BEING beautiful Jacinthe!

Keepin’ it Beautiful!

Irvina

Posted: Jun 17, 2011

Comments

Join the Conversation and Add Your Comment!

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….  

[gallery columns="2"]

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

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

Posted: Jun 6, 2011

Comments

Join the Conversation and Add Your Comment!

Street...you need some Rewrite Beautiful Street Art!

Rewrite Beautiful is taking our Street Art from the Women’s Pride workshop and going to the Santa Ana Artists Village tomorrow! Saturday, June 4th 2011.

 Santa Ana Artists Village



125 North Broadway



Santa Ana, CA 92701



1pm to 4:00pm



 We’ll be out in front of the Gypsy Den off of Broadway. Come and say hi and Rewrite Beautiful yourself with this interactive Street Art! Stick around for the Art Walk that starts at 7pm, it’s awesome!  Don’t forget to bring your friends, your family, your dogs and your frenemy’s! Frenemy’s need Street Art too! Hasta manana!



Keepin’ it Beautiful,


 Irvina

Posted: Jun 3, 2011
Category:

Comments

Join the Conversation and Add Your Comment!

Pages