I won the Quarterfinals of the Great Indiana Mic Off at Morty's Comedy Joint, winning $100, 2 guest spots opening for professional touring comics, and I move onto the finals! Check out the dates and ticket info here.
This summer I have the incredible opportunity to do photography and videography for the rad magazine, NUVO, in Indianapolis. I get to take pictures at events all over the city and pitch and work on commercials and web series all summer long.
I get to go to concerts, festivals, fairs and comedy shows, take pictures and write scripts and pitch ideas for NUVO's newest issues. I'm so thrilled and relieved to finally be working in a place that I have the freedom and responsibility to work creatively and make stuff. I get to make stuff at work! In an office with a sarcastic, alternative, ironic voice like NUVO!
(They did not pay me to right this, I'm just sincerely over the moon.)
I'm so thrilled because, as a 20 year old, most of my jobs up to this point have been shitty. And that's good. Everyone should do shitty jobs for a while. Most people on the planet have to do shitty jobs forever, and if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity to have a job that is not shitty, you appreciate it so much more.
So I have my first job that's not shitty. There are dogs in the office- DOGS. I designed a set today for video pitch for Indy's 'TACO WEEK'. It's a landscape scene of the Wizard of Oz designed entirely out of taco meat. And DOGS are around.
This June, Indy is kicking off it's Food Weeks, beginning with Indy Burger Week. Check it out, eat some burgers (maybe veggie burgers if you're into that), eat more fries, and drink shakes till you fart too much and regret it.
Keep doing the stuff you love, work hard at the shitty jobs so you can get to the jobs you like.
Here it is! Girls' Locker Room!
I am so excited to finally share this with all over you. This has been a year in the making and I couldn't have done it without the help of some many of you. Thank you for taking the time to read, look, and share this book.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order a hard copy for your own library! The price is not finalized until tomorrow, so please contact me for details. Remember, a portion of the proceeds are going to the Middle Way House in Bloomington, IN to support the protection and relief of women.
Thank you. Girls Rule.
(PS: Scroll down to read the Acknowledgements, Article, and Artist's Statement more clearly!)
Below I have attached my Artist's Statement, the article "Locker Room Talk" by my friend, Abby Thompson, and the acknowledgments. The text in the flip book can be a bit hard to read, and the writing is equally as important as the images. Enjoy and thanks for reading! XOXO -R
The Artist's Statement:
An Article by Abby Thompson:
To raise money for the Girls' Locker Room book, we're selling shirts! We have 6 designs for $25 each. (Youth S- Adult XXL). A portion of the proceeds goes to the Middle Way House, an awesome organization in Bloomington, IN fighting domestic and sexual violence.
Please email me directly at email@example.com is you are interested in ordering shirts!
Our 6 designs are labeled as follows:
1. KOVENANT; 2. ABBY; 3. SQUIRT; 4. RING; 5. RILEY; 6. JESS
On New Year's Day of next year, I will be releasing my first ever coffee table book, Girls' Locker Room. This collection of photos is an experiment in femininity and the act and performance of being a girl. Being a girl is a bigger deal than ever before, and there are now so many acceptable ways to represent your own girlhood.
Through androgynous and femme looks, I have tried to play with the many ways of performing as a 'girl'.
The looks are hyperbolized characters of performances, with bright colors, staged poses, and with every model accessorized in excess.
Each of the girls in the chapters are my own personal friends (one is even my own little sister), and each of them had a voice in their own look. I based the looks I curated with them off of their real-life personality, to help guide the real-life variation of girlhood I wanted to display.
As this project has grown, I have been thrilled to see how many girls are asking to get involved. I've had so many girls reach out to me, offering to help any way they can, that I have shoots booked twice a week until the end of November! I even have a marvelous production assistant now, that saves my ass for every shoot.
Seeing these girls unite, seeing them be excited for a new way to be girls makes me so proud and grateful to be surrounded by such a ferocious female network.
The project itself has progressed in the process. It began as a sporty, retro shoot with nods to the neon 90's but quickly became more than that. While experimenting with my own gender and sexuality, the fluidity of that and the temporary nature of it, lead to shoots including cross dressing. The shoots shifted from femme to celebrating the dyke and butch us.
Even though I consider myself "aggressively female", this study has been a joy as I've ridden the grey area of my XX chromosomes. One of the girls how expressed interest is even a trans woman, which I cannot wait to shoot, and have her help me showcase.
To note: None of these pictures are edited beyond superficial color correction. No one is photoshopped to look thinner, fatter, to have different proportions or dimensions. The girls are my girls the way they are.
For the second half of the summer, I've been home in Texas spending time with my family. I've been focusing on art projects that I can do while still being with my family, so I have done a lot of embroidery and jewelry making.
Below, are some picture of T-shirts I've embroidered this month.
I actually also taught my sister to embroider, so we have been sitting on the couch like little old ladies with our needle-point, watching sitcoms with our mom. Our mom is a big knitter, but I've never really liked knitted stuff (I'm allergic to wool, and sweat a LOT), but embroidery still has the meditative benefits of knitting, but I can make stuff I like to wear regularly.
Embroidering the hat was very difficult, because the front of the hat is so stiff and thick. You also can't really embroider the hat with a hoop, so I recommend a sharper needle and a few hours to spare. Worth it in the end though!
My family has also always liked beading and jewelry making. My mother, Heather Dismore, actually wrote Jewelry Making and Beading For Dummies so we were genuine pigs, helpers, and models for many of her projects included in the book. I typically don't buy any clothes or jewelry that I can make myself, so I got creative and made the pieces included below!
WARNING: SOME OF THE CONTENT BELOW IS EXPLICIT.
Summer is a great time for inspiration, creation, and simplifying. I'm reading to take on the new year with a clean mind and some new goodies!
New T-shirts came in today from UberPrints, promoting my photography study, 'GIRLS' LOCKER ROOM'. Currently, I only have 2 styles to choose from: 'SUCKER' and "SQUIRT', $30ea., available in S,M,L, and XL. To purchase one, please email me directly. More styles will come when "GIRLS LOCKER ROOM' is officially released sometime this fall.
Thanks for your support! -R
My sister, Lucy, turned 16 yesterday. She had jaw surgery recently, and can't really eat, so we postponed her party a couple weeks from now. But for yesterday, we spent the day in San Antonio at Pearl Brewery looking in Texan shops, bookstores, and the Emma Hotel. We walked along the River Walk, drank tea, and took pictures. We opened presents and went to the movies at the Alamo Draft House!
Here are some snap shots from our day:)
In August, I am moving into my very first house. My roommates and I, as broke college students, had to get creative to furnish our place on a budget. Lots of great sites like local Facebook furniture trades, Craigslist, Ebay, and Amazon have cheap and durable products that, with a little creativity and time, you can make into trendy pieces.
These dinosaurs, for example (about 4" long, avg) are going to be the pulls for the drawers of my new dresser. Space out the dinosaurs you want, drill a hole in each of them, dab a drop of gorilla glue on the head of the screws, attach the dinos and let them set for 4 hours.
After the dinosaurs' glue has dried, spray paint them gold (or silver) and twist them into place on your dresser.
For furniture, I found a complete Oak table set (+4 chairs and a leaf), and the dresser on Facebook. I am not the biggest fan of oak, and the paint was chipping on the dresser, so we decided to repaint. To save time and money, we got Chalk Paint (JoAnn Fabrics) to revamp our pieces. Chalk Paint (not to be mistaken for Chalk Board paint) has micro chips of plaster in it, allowing it to easily adhere to any surface in just 1-2 coats, no primer, no sanding, and finishing with a sold matte texture. I wanted more of a gloss texture, so we added a wax to the final coat giving it a glossier look.
Pinterest and other art blogs are a great source for cheap, fun DIY ideas to make your home cute on a budget. Bellow I have attached some of my favorite bloggers. Enjoy!
My beautiful sister, Lucy, and cousin, Hilary volunteered to model for my this afternoon. These two girls couldn't be more complimentary images of one another. They made it so easy to make beautiful photographs, we had a blast, the sun came out for us and the car battery only died once!
Models: Lucy Dismore, 15; Hilary Johnson, 15
July 5, 2016.
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This year I've been very into iridescent fabrics, and the space, 'Lolita' look. Whatever that means. Pinks and Blues are clearly a theme. I found some fashion-cheerleading uniforms (my weakness) on instagram through this store, Glitters For Dinner, and looked through the whole store. I must say I'm in love. Check it out, send me stuff, or buy yourself stuff. Whatever you want.
I've been working this summer at the American Film Institute for their annual AFI DOCS film festival in Washington, DC. This year we have over 50 of this years best documentaries ranging from themes like showing purebred chickens to the staging of North Korean news, including directors like Werner Herzog and Judd Apatow.
It has been a privilege to be a part of such an influential event, and I've learned so much. Opening night is Wednesday, and its been a very busy ride up to this point.
To buy tickets to any of these events, check out http://afi.com/afidocs/tickets.aspx
My artwork has always been inspired by fashion and fashion photography, which likely explains my new recent obsession with iridescent fabrics, textures, and objects. In much of my photography I utilized gels and makeshift gels in my lighting, especially pinks and blues. I have always been drawn to this neon and youthful combination.
These futuristic patterns came to my attention with the rise of holographic fashion and with the rising fame of stars like Charli XCX and Katy Perry.
The dual perspectives available and displayed simultaneously have a luminous, gelatinous effect that I have been experimenting with in my photography recently, and hope to capitalize on in prints coming soon.
Excited to announce that my piece Galileo's Roadmap, has been published in the Indiana Undergraduate Literary Magazine, CANVAS in their Spring 2016 issue. This issue includes poems, short stories, photography, sculpture, paintings, and other contemporary work done by Indiana's best undergraduate artists.
This publication included a nice banquet honoring the artists on IU's campus. Thank you CANVAS for including me in your most recent issue!
I'm happy to announce that in May, I'm flying out to DC to work with the American Film Institute on their annual Documentary Festival. The festival is held from June 22-26 with so many talented directors, producers, and creators.
I'm working as a marketing, outreach, and production intern and can't wait for this amazing opportunity. I haven't been to DC since my 8th grade trip, so lets hope I learn to navigate it quickly! I'm especially excited to live in DC during this election time, as this is the first one I can vote in, and because it is such an important election.
My beautiful friend, Kovenant Lingenfelter, has started selling her homemade, organic Facial Cleansing Oils. Her "Potent Potions and Enlightened Elixirs" are completely customizable, using ingredients including argan, avocado, niaouli, vetiver, and carrot seed oils. She has recently updated her line, with the option to add aromatic herbs and essential oil.
Kov's line, APOTHEKOVEY (get it?), is unique in that she personally inquires about each client's specific skin type, their ailments, and their specifc goals for the skin, then mixes a personalized blend for each client.
I am on my second batch of APOTHEKOVEY, and love the results, my skin is clearer, and I finally have a natural glow that I've been looking for. I used to have moderate acne in high school, and even went to the lengths of using the drug, Accutane, for over a year, with harsh (but effective) side effects. Kov's oils have completely changed my skin.
Like many people, I was first confused when I heard about the oil pulling technique for skin. My skin is oily, so why would adding oil help? Well, as we know, oil and water have different densities and cannot mix. So face oil cannot be attracted by water, leaving oils in your skin. Yes, your skin does need a healthy amount of oil to keep from drying out, but synthetic cleansers are too harsh, drying out the skin and forcing your skin to overproduce oil, creating a vicious cycle. Oil cleansing balances this cycle, leaving your skin buffed and glowy!
The oil cleansing method is different from regular cleansing, and Kov has shared her specific routine.
Kovenant is selling her oils right now on Etsy for $15 (discount for refills)! Go check her out.