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#034 ☼ Creative Powerhouse: Solange
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Further down in this issue, we share the leisure-enhancing apps and software we wish existed.
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☼ The minimalistic, welcoming haven on the British coast belonging to a surfer/artist couple
☼ Elvis is an 8 year old “keyman” in Kenya teaching us all the keyboard shortcuts we didn’t know about with his younger sister Megan. He teaches some Swahili along the way and replies to almost every comment…
☼ Our friends over at Any Distance have just released their newest update: Active Clubs, with features like Weekly Participation and Collectibles to help people lead healthier and happier lives
☼ The “affordable” watches loved by Steve Jobs, Tyler, the Creator, Barack Obama and more, from Seiko to Casio
☼ i-D recommends five indie movies with immaculate summer vibes — prepare now for the beloved season upon us!
☼ In residence with Brigitte Romanek: a tour of her Mediterranean-style Laurel Canyon mansion fit for rock ’n’ roll royalty
☼ Darklight Art is an online store for a new wave of collectors where you can shop small-edition photography prints by leading artists
☼ 12 of the world’s most unique bus stops from Georgia to Japan
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Creative Powerhouse: Solange
Solange Knowles is definitively a name in her own right. Despite growing up as Beyoncé’s younger sister, Solange has gone on to create a timeless and evocative body of work, not just in music but also in the visual arts as well as spotlighting Black history and creativity through her multidisciplinary studio, Saint Heron.
This week, we explore some of Solange’s most impactful work and creative highlights as well as digging into her impeccable taste demonstrated in her Hollywood loft apartment and the work of Saint Heron.
Her definition of joy: “Joy was having nothing on my calendar, and choosing what to do with my time. Joy was having a friend who didn’t care how ugly I cried, always inviting and encouraging me to just be, however that looked that day. Joy was discovery. Joy was having someone show me beautiful worlds of their own and trusting in the journey. Joy was letting go of control. Joy was just sitting. Joy was seeing how far I had come and waving at my shadows. Joy was accepting that the work is never done, but that every day is a choice.”
Solange’s iconic feature of her Hollywood loft in Apartamento Magazine: “I was a single mother and was looking for a building with a sense of safety when I found this loft space in Hollywood. I felt really connected to its 20s art deco architecture, its exterior, and all of its original mouldings and details. And the space inside got really good light. Also Hollywood was a very different place then. There was an underground punk scene happening there, but other than that, not a lot going on. I loved its proximity to all of the recording studios that I was going to in the Valley and North Hollywood.”
Solange’s unique personal style transcends trends. Here’s how her style has evolved over the years
On expressing optimism and hope: “I think that while making the album, I actually gave a great deal of thought to how much responsibility I had to express optimism and hope. And ultimately, I decided that me expressing optimism and me expressing hope came from telling the truth — that gave me optimism that I was able to be explicitly honest about my feelings.”
On the origins of her multidisciplinary studio Saint Heron: “Saint Heron started as a music and cultural hub, with the urgency to create a time capsule of this growing community. There were a lot of fascinating experimental musical artists transforming the genre of R&B at the time, and so I created our inaugural eponymous Saint Heron compilation, featuring 12 artists, which celebrated the innovation of contemporary Black music. That album featured Kelela, Sampha, and Jhené Aiko, artists who were emerging then and have made such important impacts and contributions to R&B. I wanted to not only tell these artists’ stories, but honor those before us who really created the blueprints.”
COMMUNITY CURATED: LEISURE-ENHANCING SOFTWARE
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