Great small businesses: @_jstyleforthesoul_ !

This week I interviewed a great small business @_jstyleforthesoul_ !

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

“Hey I’m Jonathan, and a little bit about me is that I’m from Maryland and I come from Salvadoran and Honduran heritage. I am very artistic and outgoing, so I love expressing myself through clothes. When I’m not styling someone I’ll usually be reading current events, or just trying out new recipes I see on my Instagram feed.”

2. What made you interested in pursuing a career in fashion?

“Well, getting into fashion was really an interesting journey for me. I always wanted to study law because I wanted to make a difference in the communities around me, so when I was doing paralegal studies I took a job at Anthropologie and Co. at Georgetown and after about two years of working in their home and apparel departments as a Senior Customer Associate I fell in love with all the creative fashion I saw and the way people dressed and I’ve stayed in fashion ever since.”

3. What fall fashion trends have you noticed for this season, and which trends do you support?

” Fashion trends I’ve noticed recently for this upcoming fall have been Sherpa, vintage graphic tees and straight leg denim. One of the  trends I’m absolutely loving is this prep trend, where it’s straight leg denim, graphic tee and a  blazer, I think you can always dress it down by removing the jacket and then just go out for a night on the town by placing the blazer over the outfit and adding a cute neck scarf as an accessory.

One of the trends I’m currently not in love with right now is the oversized lug sole, as much as I do love lug soles, when they are made too big they can overpower outfits and be very heavy to wear. “

4. If you could dress any three pop culture icons (alive or dead). Who would you pick and why?

“If I could dress three people I would dress: Gabrielle Chanel, Rihanna and Jin from BTS.

I would dress Gabrielle, because of her strong sense of style and she would definitely be very opinionated when I pull out looks for her which is great and would allow me to curate looks.

For Chanel: I probably would introduce her to suits with shoulder padding just because they are so tailored and give a very good look, and I’d definitely introduce her leather blazers knowing how tailoring and clean and comfortable style is a key for Chanel. 

Rihanna just because throughout the years she always pulls off great outfits that are thought out and have a story behind it so I would want to curate that story for her.

For Rihanna: since she has a great sense of fashion I’d want to dress her in an outfit that inspires beauty and elegance, I’d put her in a blush gown with crystal embroidered floral print. Shine bright like a diamond!

For Jin:

And finally Jin from BTS because his style is very clean but when shooting videos he has very colorful and tailored looks.  I’d dress him in slim black trousers, a comme de garçon blue and white stripe dress shirt with a long graphite colored trench coat with chain detailing on his coat and pants to give him a cool urban tailored look.

4. How does one book a styling appointment with you?

” So the process of booking an appointment with me is fairly easy, you can either access my stylist storefront: https://stores-bloomingdales.com/jonathanm

And from there once I confirm a date, I generally will email or text a set of questions regarding their style preferences, colors and their goal for this appointment.

The day before the appointment I will pull out styles and sizes based on their needs and I will then go forth and begin creating outfits and looks the night prior. Generally I’ll have 15-20 items pulled before an appointment.

The day of the appointment I’ll send out a text and meet my client by the entrance and then have a small chat and let them browse for a bit before entering their room.

When I enter them into their fitting room, I explain each outfit and show the styling for each look including accessories and shoes that can be worn for a more personal touch.

And from there I work with whatever sizing or other suggestions I can provide.”

5. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to get into the fashion business?

“For anyone that is looking to get into the fashion stylist industry, no matter who you are the best thing you can do is be you! I think a lot of people have a misconception of stylists being sales people, although it is our job to sell, my main job is to make you feel comfortable and happy with what you wear. So if you are honest, have an eye for detail and love working with people you’ll do great!

If you like to get in contact with Jonathan. The following contact information is :

note that actual number to contact him for an appointment would be this number:  917-903-4385

This is his storefront link: https://stores-bloomingdales.com/jonathanm

This is his instagram: @_jstyleforthesoul_

Thank you so much for the interview!

Until next time!

My birthday month: A reflection

Hello everyone!

Just a quick personal update about myself. A couple of things: I just finished up my last class in September in order to obtain my Office Assistant certification.

I cannot believe that it is already October! I always feel like that the last couple of months of the year go by the fastest. This year was no exception before I knew it October had entered like a hurricane!

I started working at a new full time job in late August and enjoy the people I work with! Hi new people!!

With October being here also comes two important events: MY BIRTHDAY AND HALLOWEEN!!!!

So with that combination I will be doing 3 giveaways this month. The first one will be announced later this week.

I am not going to lie but this year has been the most stressful and draining year so far. So my best advice is just take each day as it comes.

Thank you guys for your support!

-Clarissa

 Welcome to the Insta-hood: @ryanfromdreamland !

This week’s Welcome to the Insta-hood is on @ryanfromdreamland !

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

“From age 0-11 I felt like I was a pretty normal kid–happy, ate pizza.

From 12-20 things got complicated… found it extremely difficult to relate to people.

From 21-28 I retreated into creative projects alone–music, photos, films.

At 29 I came back from the crossroads, suddenly good at taking photos.

From 30-34 I was tremendously frustrated and sad due to my lack of success. Just going bald at my low-paying job.

From 35-present I took responsibility and prioritized changing myself, self improvement, doing things I feared or had avoided. Went through much embarrassment and pain, but learned a lot. Seems to be going better now.”

2. What made you interested in photography?

“I used to go to estate sales with my dad, and at one there was all this 35mm slide stuff–slides, projector, screen. There was a little document that went with it that was typed on a typewriter. “Ethel took me and Janet to the airport at 7:30 in the morning. Wore a sweater and a skirt.” There were all these cool old slide pictures of these ladies in front of glaciers with crazy glasses on, and I liked it. While I was looking at it, a relative of the family told me that they got laid off from their jobs, so they just went on cool trips and took photos the whole time.
I bought all the equipment and made slideshows of all their best photos and showed them to my friends. There was one pink slide where she’d written “That’s all. Good night.” I always used that as the last picture in the show. Slides were the best because it was like making a movie out of still pictures… but a pure one, meaning the pictures weren’t scans or anything… nothing digital happened to them. They just showed up really big on the wall, four feet wide or more, with the real colors exactly right. The whites white and the blacks black and all showing up the correct and natural way, instead of a scan which has to make choices and compromises.
For several years all I took were slide photos, before I learned how to scan my own negatives. At the same time, I was really inspired by the excellent quality of color photography in Playboy magazines of the ’60s which I collected. From them I learned to work on the background as much or more than the subject.”

3. What are your favorite places or people to photograph and why?

“Here’s what I look for in a place to take photos.

A) Are there multiple potential backgrounds in this place? Or just one? I always try to pick places which have the potential for the highest number of different backgrounds in one day or shooting session. Such as if you pick a park with big trees, you will get big trees or grass as your background for every photo. But if you pick the Madonna Inn, say, which you know has a lot of different areas inside and outside that you can easily go to that are all old and cool, you know you might get ten or more different backgrounds.
B) The second thing I look for in a location is shade. If it’s not at golden hour, daylight-balanced film photos need to be in shade to look good. So you might plan to do some in shade first and then others out in the open as the sun begins to set.
As for people, I have found that the best photo subjects are those who are loose. Meaning it’s not so much that the person is attractive or stylish, but rather that your relationship with the person is such that both you the photographer and they the subject are having fun and not worried. It makes your photos seem spontaneous and fun even if they were extensively planned. It’s still possible to get good photos with people you are uncomfortable around, but I would say it increases the chances to get a higher number of “hit” photos in a day.
Also, though, it does help if the person looks interesting. Like, everything is going into your photo frame, so don’t make anyone look at something which isn’t that great. Imagine the image you are making was a painting instead of a photograph. In a painting, a person’s shirt could take up maybe 40% of the canvas. That’s a lot. Make sure the color or pattern of the shirt makes sense with the other elements.

@thunderpuss


If I named specific people who I have enjoyed photographing the most, I would say @thunderpuss and @marisolmuro.

@marisolmuro

They both naturally wear interesting outfits with good colors and things, so it saved me having to do the work of making some of those choices.”

4. Are there any movies you have seen this year that has inspired your work?

“I wouldn’t say especially this year, but overall movies have inspired my stuff more than anything else. I was a cinema major in college and I didn’t have any friends ’cause I was shy and scared of people, so I would just watch movies in the library there by myself all the time. They had everything on laserdisc and you could just have them put it on for you for free and you would watch it on a little TV in a cubicle with old brown rubber headphones on.
I have always seen movies as, like, the most complete and meaningful art form… where everything I’ve already done–music, photos–has just been unconnected fragments of the big show, a feature film. So the things that have inspired me are…
The overall writing and focus on the realistic interaction of people (or lack thereof) from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Midnight Cowboy, The Graduate, Rushmore, The Trouble With Angels, La Strada, and Le Souffle Au Coeur. Also most of these all have tragic, weighty endings.

Midnight Cowboy


The apparent spontaneity and lack of “rules” from Godard, as well as the 4×3 aspect ratio and framing of women’s faces, namely Bande a Part, Masculine Feminin, Vivre sa Vie, A Woman Is A Woman. Also Funeral Parade of Roses and Hausu are super unpredictable like that, but they’re not Godard.

The numerous memorable, iconic color images of Kubrick, namely 2001, Clockwork Orange, and The Shining.
The dialogue and American editing of Scorsese–where it’s not super fast crazy French stuff, but you still see it in an in-your-face way, where all those scenes become famous just from slow motion and music–When De Niro walks in the bar without his pants to the Rolling Stones in Mean Streets, when he warms up in slow motion at the beginning of Raging Bull to classical and also later in the knockout/marriage montage, when he smokes the cigarette to Sunshine of your Love in Goodfellas.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

” I started an email list in December where every Sunday I send out a link to a free movie you can watch at home, a cool lesser-known visual place you can go, or a practical tactic I’ve tested that you can use, such as systems to be more productive or get better creative ideas. I was really surprised that everybody kept writing back to every email and thanking me. I call it the “inner circle” and we’re almost at 1,000 people. It’s all free and here if anybody wants to join:

https://sometimesfilms.ck.page/ffa01c6121

Besides that, I’ve finally got my website going to sell big photos, and I’m trying to finish the third draft of my first feature. (And quit my normal job haha.)The site is SometimesFilms.com.

Thank you so much for the interview Ryan!

Until next time!

Banned Book week!

Banned Book week started from September 26-October 2, 2021. What is banned book week you ask? It started in 1982. A bunch of books were on a list that were being frequently challenged by higher ups in schools saying that those books on the list could not be in schools or public libraries due to the reading material. The books were found to be either immoral and/or offensive due to whatever official was challenging it. Ever since 1982 the American Library Association would pick a week in the fall to highlight those books that were on the list.

I have decided to pick a couple of books that were on the the American Library Association list at one point or are still on it and why.

The Boy who lost his Face By Louis Sachar (1989)- reason why it was banned and/or challenged: has content containing material about bullying, occult, swearing and sexuality.

Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry (1979). Reason why it was banned and/or challenged: book contain reading material about alcohol, suicide, and discussion about Playboy magazine.

A Day in the List of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss (2018) reason why it was banned and/or challenged: political, religious material and LGBTQIA+ content.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017) reason it was banned and/or challenged: encouragement of being anti police and swearing.

Junie B. Jones (entire series ) by Barbara Park (1992-2013): reason it was banned and/or challenged: promoting being bad.

Of mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1937) reason why it was banned and/or challenged: reading material contain swearing, racism and fighting.

Sex by Madonna (1992) reason it was banned and/or challenged: Material was all sexual content.

The Things they Carried by Tim O’Brien (1990): reason it was banned and/or challenged: reading material had violence, abuse towards animals, swearing, and anti war discussion about the Vietnam War.

Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam (1987) reason it was banned and/or challenged: reading material about Satan and cults and encouraged fighting.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (series) (1981-1991) reason it was banned and/or challenged: deemed to scary towards the target age group and encouraged fighting.

That is just a couple of books that are on the list. The list always gets updated yearly and it is ever growing.

Here is a link of a list of the most frequently banned/ or chanellged books. Are any of your favorite books on it?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_commonly_challenged_books_in_the_United_States

If so comment below!!!!

Until next time!

Sources: Wikipedia.com and ALA.com

Great Small Businesses: @sisterpalm !

This week’s great small businesses I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with @sisterpalm!

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

“I am a palm reader and artist from Austin, Texas by the name Sister Palm.

Just coming into my thirties, I’ve already been studying the occult science of hand analysis for over ten years, in which time I’ve been exploring techniques from all cultures around the world & time periods, seeing how palmistry is truly an ancient art closely.

In 2019 I started reading hands professionally as Sister Palm because there is an interest & need for the resurgence of palm reading in my community. I find my career as a palm reader very satisfying because the information one can gain about themselves through hand analysis is not only miraculously accurate, but also incredibly helpful & valuable to everyone in every phase of life!”

2. What interested you in palm reading?

“I’ve always been a little mystical and intuitive, but it was actually my career as a visual artist that led me to learn palm reading. As an artist you have to train your eyes to see every little detail about something; intensely looking for informative detail is something I was already doing and I started learning about face reading and body reading because I was drawing people. After finding surprising success through learning ‘oriental face reading’ I was curious to see if hand reading held any validity as well. In my personal research over the years I’ve come to realize that looking into the hands for information about ourselves and our lives is as old as humanity itself, and hand reading has been talked about in every civilization since the dawning of time. The vast and enigmatic history of hand analysis intrigued me to study more about the ancient art and science of palm reading. As I continue my personal research I become more intrigued with palm reading because it is the visual representation of a person’s astrological chart and genetic make-up.”

3. Can you talk about your most memorable palm reading you had and why?

“The most memorable palm reading I ever had was actually reading my own father’s hands for the first time in the year 2009. I was a sophomore in college visiting my father over lunch at this Korean Restaurant in Copperas Cove, Texas, telling him about my new interest in hand reading– which was just another one of my many hobbies at the time. I know my father to be a good-sport, so I asked if I could take a look at his hands for practice. I didn’t know what I was looking for. I wasn’t even looking for anything, but I wanted to practice and the beginning palmist is encouraged to look at a lot of different hands as a learning method.
What started as a casual conversation on what I had recently learned about in one of my palmistry books actually caused an epiphany! Observing the marriage mount on his dominant hand my jaw dropped: his “children lines” on the percussive side of the hand were clearly marked in accordance with his two marriages and five offspring: two children with his first wife and three children with the second! Amazing accuracy! It was right there; just like my books had described. Even now, I recall how shocking it was to see something I knew to be true so plainly marked on his hands. After seeing the accuracy of his marriage and children lines I knew the hand actually does record information about a person, for such a clear marking could be no coincidence. That affirmation ignited a life-long interest in the divinatory arts for me.”

4. If you had to pick 3 people (dead or alive) to read for. Who would you pick and why?

” I would love to read Dr. William Benham’s hands because he wrote the most comprehensive book on palmistry in the year 1900 called The Laws of Scientific Hand Reading, and his studies on hand reading are referenced in countless publications even to this day. I believe Dr. William Benham was a very interesting person, and I have a lot of respect for someone like him, who went against the cultural norm to pursue his own interests in the occult sciences. He pioneered hand reading for all of us and I am very interested in the character of his hands. While he published hundreds of hand prints over the years, he never included his own, which adds to my personal curiosity of what the hands of this great person might look like. I mean, I’m sure he had Philosopher’s hands and perhaps a Mystic Cross!


For my own research on the genetic effects of the planetary archetypes, I would pick the hands of my grandparents and great grandparents to read, were they not deceased as well. I think it would be fascinating to print the hands of multiple generations to see which archetypal traits are carried from person to person via genetics. Having printed my own hands and the hands of my parents and siblings, I am interested in researching the relationship amongst the hands of blood-relatives further.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I am releasing my first ever PALMISTRY ZINE! This is very exciting for me because I get to combine my love of pleasing visuals with my love of sharing information around the occult science of hand analysis! A lot of times people express an interest in hand reading to me, but, and I know from first-hand experience independently researching palmistry, there’s a frustration around the unreliable resources available for learning this valuable skill. I think hand reading is a wonderful tool and I’m excited to create a resource that serves as a straightforward and simple introduction to seeing what your hand has to say about you! As Aristotle famously said “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” “

If you would like more information about @sisterpalm. Here is her contact information:

Instagram: @sisterpalm

She also offers in person readings in Austin, Texas and virtual readings via zoom.

thank you so much for the interview Miriam!

A “cute, furry, little monster”: Grover

I feel like Grover has the personality of being a ray of sunshine during a down pour of rain. He may be the most random character in Sesame Street but he definitely one of more kind and optimistic of the group.

Grover actually first appeared on the Ed Sullivan show during the holiday season of 1967 under another name: Gleep. He had a skit with Kermit the frog (youtube video above that shows this appearance). He main purpose in the skit was to take away all of the toys that were made in Santa’s workshop.

After that appearance he would randomly pop up other muppet related shows such as The Muppets on Puppets in 1970. Which appeared on a public Television station in Hershey, Pennsylvania as part of that channel’s “Adventure in the Arts series”:

In these earlier appearances Grover was a of forest green color Muppet but went to a dark blue shade and bubblegum pink nose during season 2 of Sesame Street. Also during the first season of Sesame Street he changed his name is Grover and had a voice very close to Cookie Monster’s voice. But seasons after that he had the voice we currently known him for.

Some facts about Grover:

He is best friends with Kermit the frog because the work together alot:

He sang one of my favorite Sesame Street songs Monster in the Mirror:

And ABC Disco with Grover:

He is a muppet of many trades. He likes to take jobs that service the public such as being a waiter or working at a movie theater. Although he made not being the very being at those job he does try his best in trying to make everyone happy.

Frank Oz has made various comments about the Grover’s personality was inspired by one his dogs.

He is one of the few Muppets that is a super hero. He super hero name is Super Grover. His powers are trying to help as much people as possible however sometimes he doesn’t actually end up doing that.

What is your favorite trait about this Muppet? Comment below!

Until next time!

Sources: muppet wiki, and youtube

Movie of the Day: Being There (1979)

This week’s movie of the day is Being There (1979) directed by Hal Ashby. Starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, and Melvyn Douglas. I remember the first time I watched this movie was because I am such an admirer of the director of this film: Hal Ashby.

I just finished watching one of his other films. Harold and Maude and I absolutely love the film! I really enjoyed the dark humor and unique outlook of the film. So I looked for other movies that he directed and came across Being There.

Now I am a huge fan of Peter Sellers movies and I came to realized that I never saw him in a dramatic role. So watching this movie was a nice change of pace from watching being ultra in your face funny to under layer of a more human and even temper character.

Peter Sellers plays a man named Chance who lived a very sheltered life as a gardener in his boss’s home in Washington DC. He has never left the house nor knows the comforts of technology other than television nor can he read or write. When his boss dies Chance suddenly has to leave everything he is used to and have to venture fully on his own in the streets of DC.

During a car accident he becomes injury by a limo who is owned by a wife of a super wealthy and highly regarded businessman. Chance suddenly gets wisk away to their house where he meets the businessmen named Benjamin Rand. He is in extreme ill health from a sickness he knows that he will not get better from. From there a very unlikely bond happens between Chance and Mr. Rand. Chance becomes that hottest and most talked about person in Washington DC. His simple ways of being a gardener reaches and touches the political minds of Washington DC into a frenzy.

I have been re-watching this movie on the Criterion Collection channel, and I still feel like it holds up in many ways for me. The last time I saw it was in 2008 and I still feel like the performances are very strong.

Fun fact about this movie: Burt Lancaster was being considered for the role of Benjamin Rand.

Have you seen this movie or any of Hal Ashby films? If so which one is the most memorable? Comment below!

Until next time!!!

Source: IMDB

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @msfemfatale_2.0!

This week I interview instagram account: @msfemfatale_2.0

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

” Well the name is Heather May and I’m an Artist & Writer.  I have a background in Journalism and Esthetics (Make Up/Skin Care).  I live with a chronic illness which affects my day to day and has altered my once super busy corporate life.   However through my challenges, I am able to work on my true passion, art and writing.   Plus they are pain/therapy coping mechanisms.  I have my really bad days and I’ve used my online platforms as an authentic place of safety and freedom- to just be me.   I have a blog I’m getting back into msfemfatale.com where I share musings and hopefully soon to be more written stories.  I’ve started a podcast this last year, that has allowed me to connect with some amazing individuals and form many new friendships and experiences.

I guess it makes me feel like a bad bitch gangster 🤣 (that’s my sarcasm funny) 

Things I’m into:  I love horror, pop culture, photography, helping people, aesthetically pleasing things, music, movies, animals, bohemian concepts, science, magical things, organic/holistic health, nature, science, and soul experiences- list really goes on. Things I like:  cult classics like twin peaks, and so on, retro nostalgia, anime, and flowers, crystals, baths (water is very grounding for me), sound therapies, and butterflies. I’m a dreamer, lover, and dog mom through and through. I do have my cynical moments and carry a very witty sense of humor.

 I’d say aside from my eyes, it’s one of my best traits.  I’ve had some deep trauma in my life and many trauma survivors, kind of develop a bit of a sensitive yet harder side, that allows us to be unapologetically real. “

2. What is Atomic Blonde Podcast?

” I started this podcast about a year ago.  I spent my early adult years touring with and dating several well known musicians.  I thought it would be fun to talk about those experiences, but in reality it developed into so much more than that.  
The name Atomic Blonde came from a mixture of ideas, but my best description would be a mix of Bob Marley’s Redemption song which talks about that Atomic Energy and mixing that with the flamboyant blonde personality I harbor, you get Atomic Blonde.   


My show has grown so much and not only do I share random past stories, the podcast has turned into a platform for me to be really authentic and talk about things I’m dealing with in life and the realness of others experiences.  Each week I have on a guest that I find interesting, or a friend, or a circled connection, and we talk about life, truths, music, zodiac stuff, and the list goes on. There is never a dull moment, and the pop quiz portion is so much fun!  My ultimate goal with my podcast is to help others through the sharing of experiences, and that empowers me, also in my own mental health/physical journey.    I like a variety and my show definitely packs a sizzle but a good one for the heart. Readers can listen on Spotify or Apple – just search Atomic Blonde Podcast and come on over to my party!  Everyone is welcome ❤️Sometimes I take short time breaks due to life or health things, but I always keep the atomic going!  Working on some new guest line ups as we speak. “

3. Can you talk a little about your youtube channel?

“I don’t really have an active YouTube channel I promote, but you can find some of my rap beats over there.  I’d rather promote my blog msfemfatale.com or my Instagram where I’m most active in the social media sphere @msfemfatale_

4. What is a hidden talent that you have that many people don’t know?

“Oh my goodness, I’m not quite sure… I guess sometimes, I wish I had superpowers and if I did, I’d want to fly or somehow save the world.”

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

I own a store where you can order merchandise I design, in the form of tees and bags called The Ghoulbie Shop: theghoulbieshop.com

I have been putting a collection of my poetry together for sometime, and I hope to have it published in its own book, by the end of the year. 
I am taking custom Art Commissions always and you can contact me through my social channels for that as well as my Instagram art page @hmayartz 

If you like to learn more information about Heather May the following link is below:

https://linktr.ee/heathermay

thank you so much for the interview!!!

Until Next time!

So I was thinking…….

as the end of summer is nearby I had a couple of random thoughts these last couple of months. I have been thinking about writing a children’s book. I have a couple of ideas bouncing in my head and want to collaborate with an illustrator.

Welcome to the Insta-hood: @littlehalien !

This week I interviewed @littlehalien :

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:
Selfie from René Magritte exhibition at SFMOMA

“My name is Hayley Richardson and I have lived in Denver, CO for 11 years. I grew up in San Francisco and the South Bay area of Los Angeles, and lived in New Mexico for my high school and college years (plus a few extra). I came to Denver to pursue a masters degree in art history and museum studies, and because I fell in love with the amazing art and music scenes here. Art is my big passion in life – I am especially fond of American counterculture art of the 1950s-1970s and Mesoamerican art. I’ve worked in galleries and museums since I was 15 and I have been Director of The Dikeou Collection in Denver for 6 years.

Sorting and organizing collage materials

Aside from my job, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, collage/drawing/painting/photo and video editing, cooking (especially New Mexican cuisine. . . green chile on everything!), going to concerts and clubs when I can though I can’t hang like I used to (veteran raver kid), exploring second-hand shops/antique malls/thrift stores/flea markets, and attempting to re-work research papers for publication (not going well lol). Big nature and animal lover, too.”

2. How did you come up with your Instagram name?

“The name Halien was bestowed upon me by my 4th grade teacher. I had just moved to LA and was the “weirdo from San Francisco” who insisted on reading ridiculous stories I had written about the class getting abducted by aliens, complete with chalkboard illustrations. I resurrected the name as my username for New Mexico rave message boards and it has stuck ever since, both online and IRL.”

3. Can you talk a little about the museum you work for?

Momoyo Torimitsu, “Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable,” 2000; Vik Muniz, “Milan (Last Supper),” 1998

“The Dikeou Collection is a private collection of contemporary art that is free and open to the public. The collection is comprised of about 40 international artists (and growing), and was founded by brother and sister Denver-natives Pany and Devon Dikeou. The collection is located on the 5th floor of a historic building, and is a winding sprawl of office suites that we converted into exhibition spaces. The artwork spans all genres and media, from painting and photography, to video and interactive sculpture. Devon Dikeou is the curator of the collection, and she is also an artist and the founder/editor/publisher of NYC-based art publication zingmagazine. Most of the artists represented in the collection have had their work published in zingmagazine, and Devon’s artwork is exhibited in the collection, so the intersections between collecting, publishing, and art practice is the conceptual foundation of the collection as an exhibition.”

Detail of Devon Dikeou “Not Quite Mrs. De Menil’s Liquor Closet,” 1991 ongoing, taken at “Mid-Career Smear” opening reception. Photo credit: From the Hip Photography

People frequently ask how often we change exhibitions and the answer is never. . . we don’t rotate, we expand. So not only do we have the main location downtown, we also have a pop-up gallery in a former record shop on Colfax Ave by the capitol. However, in March 2019 we closed for one year to de-install the collection for Devon Dikeou’s retrospective exhibition “Mid-Career Smear,” which opened in February 2020. We had to temporarily close again due to Covid, but the exhibition has re-opened and will be on view at The Dikeou Collection until February 2023. The original Dikeou Collection artwork/exhibition (plus new acquisitions), will come back on view sometime in 2024.

Custom sunglasses workshop at Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax with a view of some of the vinyl archive

We have a very active programming/events calendar with a literary series, film screenings, family art workshops, artist talks, tours, an internship program, a jazz concert series, and DJ events. (Currently working to rebuild the events calendar in a Covid-world). In addition to the art collection, I also oversee an extensive vinyl archive of 15,000+ LPs, 45s, and 10”, an in-office library, film, and article archive, and a large collection of vintage fashion.”

9 of the 33 racks from the fashion archive in a custom cedar paneled room (prior to being covered in muslin garment bags)

4. What made you want to become a museum director?

“I actually wanted to be a curator more than a director. In addition to my love of art, I developed a passion for collecting at a young age. My room was always full of treasures on display, but things got serious when I discovered Beanie Babies in 1995 (yes, I was one of those people). I closely followed the market trends, filled binders and notebooks with handwritten checklists and variant spec sheets, subscribed and wrote to all the collectors magazines, made friends with the shop owners I liked, and got a little competitive about it sometimes. “

My best friend gifted me these awesome Teenie Beanie Baby international bears from McDonalds

“These habits transferred to other things I collected like prints, magazines, art books, vinyl toys, and music as I got older. I didn’t even know what a curator was until I was about 14 and my dad suggested combining my art knowledge and collecting skills into a curatorial career. After college someone told me I needed to work for a private collector, and all I could think was, “Yeah right, that could never happen in a million years.” Now I am director of one of the strongest private contemporary art collections in the country. . .wild!”

5. What has been your favorite movie you have watched this summer and why?

“Sadly I am out of touch with movies right now so I don’t really have a favorite for the summer. I’ve watched a lot of documentaries and docu-series, though. I’ve watched all of the “Dark Side” series on Vice, “This is Pop” on Netflix, “Icon: Music Through the Lens” on PBS, and “In Search of Darkness” and “Crystal Lake Memories” on Shudder. “The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story” on Hulu was very well done. “Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage” left me bothered in a lot of ways, but it led me to look up videos of the performances and those have been fun to revisit. I grew up watching documentaries about my parents’ generation, and now that we are 2 decades into the 21st century, the 1980s and 1990s are prime for documentary retrospective analysis. I’m a sucker for nostalgia and since that’s my generation, it’s interesting to look back at the world that shaped me. I haven’t been to a movie theater yet since they’ve reopened, but I would really like to see “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.”

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