Mini Mood Board: December Review

This post neatly wraps up my “365-day” creative project to create Mini Mood Boards. Looking back through all the daily posts, I must say I’m a little amazed at the body of work, as well as the effort it took to create. What started as an exercise of visual metaphors inspired by Twyla Tharp’s book “The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life,” this time last year, has become a great vehicle for art-direction, inspiration and connection.

Along the way, I’ve showcased some of the best and most interesting work from the fields of fashion, beauty, photography, art, architecture and design. Here are a few of my favorite posts from December: Whisper, Mix, Eventide, Invert, Wither, Killing Time, Wanderlust*, Evergreen, Bound, Adorned, Aquatic, Source and finally, Shine On to close out the year.

A few months in, I thought it would be fun to set up a creative dialogue, so Melanie Biehle graciously joined me for a series of collaborative postings each Monday. We have different styles and approaches but were able to bring them together in a kind of exquisite corpse game of art direction. I encourage you to check out her own creative writings, paintings and collages here. I know we both look forward to continuing our collaboration, one way or another, in the new year.

*Wanderlust was a special post dedicated to my dear colleague, Carly, who set off to travel the world and make a difference.

Mini Mood Board: Festivus

This is my last 2014 coast-to-coast mood board with Seattle-based creative, Melanie Biehle. She happily joined me earlier this year for a shared game in art direction. Each monday, we switched off choosing a theme and first image. The other would then match the mood with a pairing. Over the months, it’s amounted to some great inspiration, creative dialogue and even a few surprises. Check out more of Melanie’s creative pursuits here.

L) Photo by Alpha Smoot
R) December, paper dress by Janar Juhkov, student at Estonian Academy of Arts. Photo by Maiken Staak. Image via dezeen

Mini Mood Board: Wanderlust

Dedicated to Carly and all those who yearn to travel.

L) Daisy by Marc Jacobs campaign featuring Frida Gustavsson. Photo by Juergen Teller. Image via Fashion Gone Rogue
R) WR25 and TR16-244 regions of the Carina Nebula. Photo courtesy of NASA, ESA and Jesús Maíz Apellániz (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, Spain)