Monday, September 18, 2017

Desert Day 2 Cont'd - "I am" at DesertX

Following a long afternoon nap after our hike and boozy brunch, we raced out at sundown to view one the the contemporary art installations on exhibition for the art event DesertX.  'I am' by Tavares Strachan was vast and impressive. A multitude of cavities in the desert sand were lit by a neon glow. Each cavity was big enough to trip over and some large enough to fall into. It was an incredible sight. Each shape seemed like an abstract form from our vantage point on the ground. From a bird's eye view, it read "I am." 
Here is the artist's statement from the DesertX website:

“I am” is a work that explores the relationship between human beings and their environment. Borrowing from Vedic Philosophy, the phrase “I am” is to identify oneself with the universe and /or ultimate reality. There is a rich history of human beings exploring the desert as place to disconnect and reconnect with questions about who they might be.  As someone born on an island, surrounded by what may be considered beautiful but potentially Hostile Ocean, I personally have understood these vast landscapes as opportunities to re-center and dislocate one’s imagination all at the same time. With the help of a skilled team, I plan to dig 290 craters over 100,000 square feet or the size of two America football fields. Once the holes are mapped and dug into the desert floor, brightly lit neon tubes will align the perimeter of each crater. The viewer will interact with what seems like an abstracted glowing crevasse of light, but if viewed from the sky one will read the exploded phrase “I am.” 

Now if only we had a drone to see the piece from above. Luckily we found some images on social media and online. Check some out here.

That was our fantastic second day in the desert!

Desert Day 2 - Indian Canyon Hiking Trail

Whoops, time has escaped me again! Time for some major catch up on the blogging. Here are some snapshots from our second desert day way back in the spring. On this day, we headed to Indian Canyon Hiking Trail. Luckily I had scored a great deal on a pair of hiking shoes when we popped into an Adidas outlet the day before. You really needed those treads on this dry desert grit.
Loved these hair palm trees. They reminded me of Muppets and just needed a pair of eyes to come alive. Felt like we had company at all times! Maybe it wasn't the anthropomorphic trees and it was the rattlesnakes... My friend covered her vital organs as i tried not to see them and we skedaddled by as quickly as possible!
I loved this hike. The terrain was so different than what we are used to in Southern Ontario, but my friends told me this was nothing... there are much more scenic trails. As I had joined this trip having done no research whatsoever, I just took their word for it and looked forward to our next outing.
We rewarded ourselves post-hike with an amazing long leisurely brunch, delectable cocktails and bottomless mimosas! The best meal we had on this trip!
They were not joking when they said bottomless. Our mimosa glasses were refilled quicker than most restaurants refill water glasses. So good! Needless to say a big afternoon nap was in order!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Desert Day 1

Hi everyone! Oops I've been a little lax on the blogging! Summertime always seems to get in the way of any additional screen time! Today I am hobbled by a foot injury and basically bound to a reclined position so what better time to catch up on a little blogging! I have been meaning to post the photos from the Rome leg of my Italy trip from last year, but A) somehow those photos will not load each time I try and B) It seems so long ago! I'll figure it out one of these days.

In the meantime here are some pics from my trip to Palm Springs and Palm Desert this Spring. 
My friends K and A asked me to join them on their trip and I jumped on it immediately. It was late-Winter and I was in the middle of the semi-annual One of a Kind Show craze, so I went without knowing a thing about the area or what we would be doing on this trip. Sometimes I think knowing nothing is the best way to visit a place.
K and I have known each other since the 8th grade but we have never taken a trip together so this was a nice treat.
As soon as I arrived, I got a chance to check out the Parker Palm Springs. If you know me, you know I love a good vintage find, mid-century modern style and loads of colour, so this place was just my kind of scene.
I mean, look at this giant owl macramé hanging!
I felt right at home.
Coming from a lingering Toronto Winter, it was so invigorating to feel the warm California sun and catch the sight and scent of vibrant flowers.
 Got us some delicious cocktails and tacos at poolside immediately!
 Helps to have a grown up version of a lemonade stand! 
Monique V Chan
 I need one of these swinging wicker chairs at home.
Within moments of arriving in Palm Springs, I knew I would enjoy this trip! Every corner was picturesque and chilled out and it was just what I needed! More photos are to come from the rest of our trip. Off to bed to rest my foot for the night and catch some quality zzz's.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Bracelet of Hope Silent Auction


This is a special piece that was made for Bracelet of Hope, an organization aiming to help end the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Lesotho. Bracelet of Hope sent me a selection of these colourful wooden and fabric beads. They are handmade by HIV+ women in Lesotho. I had fun playing around with them and creating this piece with a signature MoonRox twist. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and hope that it will be well received.

It will be available for you to bid on at their silent auction tomorrow at the Women to Women event at Apartment 58 in Guelph, Ontario.

Have a lovely weekend friends! 

xo

M

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Breezy Bracelets

(Photo credit: Joseph Saraceno)
These sweet dainty bracelets are perfect little pastel additions this Spring. I've been wearing my Breezy Bracelet stacked with other bracelets and it's been my go to when I just need that tiny bit of sparkle even on the most casual of days. I even wore mine poolside on my trip to Palm Springs! Cant go a moment without some jewels!
Choose from 5 sweet colour combinations. Check out the website for more!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring blossoms

I had am amazing getaway to the desert. Snuck away with some friends and had the greatest time. I went with no preconceived notions of the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area other than the fact that my sister enjoyed her visit many years back. As soon as I arrived I fell in love with the architecture, the kitschiness and the beautiful and varied terrain of the region. I'll have to share some of my many many photos soon. This reminds me that I never did finish up my Italy posts from last year. I still need to post the Rome photos. I'll catch up one of these days!

In the meantime, I got back to Toronto just in time to catch all the spring blossoms pop up around town. I love this time of year in Toronto. Everything is fresh and the brightest green and all the flowers are emerging. Here are some snap shots from outside Robarts Library at U of T. Yes, I was a little over zealous and took a few too many photos! They were just so perfect! Like pink fluffy cotton candy pom poms in the sky!

I'm feeling excited for warmer temps and super refreshed and inspired from my little getaway. My brain feels like it's working better too!

Hope you have a great week!

M

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