November has been a time of shifting tides; equally turbulent and peaceful.
So much has happened this month that it is hard to believe it can be encapsulated into a time span of 28 days.
I worked with a team of incredible creatives (Chris Hefner + Heather Gabel, among others) to create a film for the release and launch of a new project and direction for me. SAL ET CORIUM was debuted on November 13 at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel hours after the world heard the heartbreaking news of the attack on Paris. A week after the artist collective which I have been a part of for only a few months received word that we had to move out by December 31, 2015 due to construction. Luckily, I managed to find a new space to continue the Hvnter Gvtherer showroom in a better location and will be sharing it with someone who has contributed so much and has become a dear friend. (more on this later)
With being only a few short days before having to pack everything up and move out, yesterday marked an end to this chapter in an extremely poetic way for me because I got the chance to do something fun and creative on the fly with some amazing talent.
A few months ago Cassie Meder (some of you may know her as "Casstronaut", please check out the work and musings of this creative soul) reached out to see if I might be interested in collaborating in a video while she visited Chicago. We have known each other for years via the internet and was extremely excited to finally work with her in person. Of course I said yes!
We had a few rough ideas in mind but certainly nothing concrete. I had sent her some images of various locations and things I had on hand but we didn't have a lot of the details ironed out until the project was actually happening. We connected with friend and lovely muse Leslie Gray at the last minute and shot. We some of the recent leather pieces I made paired with wardrobe by Hogan Mclaughlin in the building that houses (soon to be past tense) the Fulton Street Collective. I am so happy we ended up using this location to close this bittersweet chapter and I sure will miss this space.
As far as impromptu projects go this ranks high on the amazing experience scale with zero expectations, an intent to create something new together, and damn, it felt really good -- especially during a time of high stress and holiday craze.
Below are a few behind the scenes shots of the process. I was a fly on the wall while Cassie and Leslie worked their magic.