What do you get when you mix exceptional talents from fields as diverse as fashion, rap, calligraphy and boxing? Sometimes you get… magic.
In this beautifully done video produced by fashion house Louis Vuitton, spoken word artist Yasiin Bey, (Mos Def), and calligrapher Niels Shoe Meulman revisit the words of boxing great Muhammad Ali. The result is goose bump-worthy.
A Life Designed
Below is a link to a wonderfully-written article about the struggle to live a creative life in a material world and the conflict it often creates. While written specifically from a woman’s perspective, the struggle she describes is one that nearly all but the few and very fortunate people who make their livings in the creative arts can relate to, no matter their gender. - A Life Designed
BY GENEVIEVE SMITH for ELLE – April 9, 2013
When I was 26, my then roommate was a great scavenger of furniture. One day, she came home with a daybed frame: a twin-size wooden box with only three legs, which is likely why someone had left it on a curb in the first place. The frame sat propped against our dining room wall for the next year, until I moved in with my boyfriend (now husband), and she let us take it. My husband made a fourth leg out of salvaged wood, and we found a cushion that more or less fit the frame in the “as is” section of IKEA. The back was constructed from a mattress pad rolled up and stuffed into a homemade pillowcase, and the whole ensemble was eventually covered with some black corduroy fabric that we bought for $10. All told, I think we spent about $40 on the “couch.” That was six years ago. At the time, I thought of our jury-rigged furniture as a temporary arrangement, a way station on the path to adulthood. Now it serves as a reminder of how slow and grueling the road to financial security can be.
Navigating the choppy waves of middle age can be tricky. Realizing that even supremely talented and financially blessed individuals such as singer-songwriter, actor and activist Sting face the same unknowns is somewhat reassuring. In this short interview, Sting reminisces on an amazing career while sharing sage advice on writing the next exciting act in this play called ‘life’.
Randy - A Life Designed