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Last Saturday, I finally got the chance to hang with my friend Chelsea (above) after a super long time! We decided to shoot a Fall fashion video for her Youtube channel. I found an amazing location and she did the driving. We were very lucky that the weather was around the mid 60s, perfect to be outdoors! After we finished getting all the footage and photos needed, we just wondered and caught up with each other.

Last semester I took an intro to film and video class and learned how to use Adobe After Effects; so I took up the opportunity to volunteer on putting the video together. It took about 10 hours to edit and 18 hours to upload onto Youtube, which is very frustrating since it’s only an one min and 35 sec video. Sigh, why do you have to torture me Youtube?! You can watch the video below and I hope you enjoy!

Love, Leona

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First off, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there (or fathers that filled in the role)! Every year I give my mom handmade gifts because one, I’m a broke college student and two, since I’m an art student why not put my creativity to use right? I find handmade gifts more personal and shows that you put a great deal of time and effort! This year for Mother’s Day, I made my mom this super adorable DIY pom pom bouquet! I found the tutorial on Pinterest (the best place to find DIYs) which led to me to creating these pom pom flowers. It was really fun but a bit time consuming, wrapping yarn over and over and over again but anything for the No. 1 woman in my life! After finishing with the pom poms I simply cut up different lengths of natural vine wire and poke them into the pom poms. Furthermore, I decided to hold the pom pom flowers in a spare mason jar that I had laying around. The jar looked very empty when I placed all the flowers in; so I added artificial leaves that I had from making flower crowns a few projects back. Lastly, stuck in a mini flag saying “Happy Mother’s Day”, wrapped the jar with some yarn and ribbons for the finishing touch and ta-da! An adorable and fun jar of pom pom bouquet ready to be gifted! Hopefully you give this DIY pom pom bouquet a try, it makes a lovely decor and gift for any occasion! Finally, I wish everyone had a great celebration and enjoyed their Mother’s Day!

Love, Leona

(Click for enlargement // Always have include little brother's name)

(Click for enlargement // Always have include little brother’s name)

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It’s been almost five months since I last written on this blog. However I am back and I promise to write more frequently for those of you that reads my blog (sound of crickets). Anyways, on with this blog post, a month ago in April I wanted to see Dan Flavin and Doug Wheeler’s exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery (537 W 20th St); so I grabbed two of my friends, Jimmy and Maria, to go gallery hopping with me. The fluorescent light piece you see above is by Dan Flavin, very eye-catching isn’t it?! Of course, we had to take some photos with the art piece which you can see below. After viewing Dan Flavin’s Untitled, we wondered around the gallery looking for Doug Wheeler’s exhibition, however we did not find it so we went onto the next gallery. We started gallery hopping pretty late that day so we didn’t get to see much but it was still fun and interesting overall! 

Love, Leona

Dan Flavin Untitled (To Donna)

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During the day of the gallery trip, I managed to spot Printed Matter (195 10th Ave, between W21st & W22nd St) on my walk to the train. You would not miss it because of all the stickers that are on the front of the store. It’s a cool little book shop with very interesting books ranging from many different artists. I got to flip through some books and I was inspired; there were so many unique books to choose from! Be sure to check it out when you’re in Chelsea!

Love, Leona

So on the past Monday, I got the chance to visit the MoMA to see Isaac Julien’s new work which I later discovered was done in 2010 over a course of 4 years. I stayed for the whole 50-minute short films and I have to say, I was confused. Two of my friends who are also art students (Ally and Sam, who you will see below) came along with me and they were puzzled as well. Later it was made more clear after we read the description on our way out of the installation area.

Even-though I didn’t exactly understood it completely, I enjoyed it very much. It was really carefully filmed which you can see from the behind the scene clips. What I love most was all the screens hanging and no matter what floor you were on in MoMA, when you went to the center, you would be able to view Julien’s film because the screens are double sided. It allowed you to see the film in different perspectives and angles.

You should definitely go view and experience this yourself at MoMA.

Love, Leona

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(Photo credits to Metro Pictures, New York)

This exhibition is by an installation artist and filmmaker named Isaac Julien. Photography and videography are the art forms that I personally love most. Therefore when I first walked in, the photo in the center definitely caught my eyes; the composition of that shot is great from the circle of the window and the silhouette of the man. Furthermore the colors makes it pop from the wall; I also liked how the two photos on both sides were pretty monochromatic so it kept the room symmetrical.

As I wondered to the back into a dark room, there was a super wide screen with a short film playing. Soon, I discovered it was three amazing short films with one featuring actor James Franco. I loved the location of the first one where a man was just wondering alone in a very isolated area and house. The second short film was about a Filipino woman who had to work in Dubai to support her family; it was very interesting and informing. Overall, this has to be one of my favorite exhibition I have been to by far.

Love, Leona

(Photo credits to Metro Pictures, New York)