THE WANDERESS | DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO MOVE THROUGH
THE WORLD WITH LIGHT FEET, OPEN HEARTS
& PURPOSEFUL ACTIONS.
When I was about 12, my grandmother gave me some of the best advice I have ever received, she said “you are going to go to bed with you every night for the rest of your life… you better like that person or what is the point?” That is why I travel alone. You learn the most when you travel alone. You get to know you again, you meet people but also, you meet yourself. Remembering what you like, what you don’t like, how to make friends, how to be lonely, and how to be brave.
I chose Lisbon on a whim, I’d heard it was cheap and beautiful. I knew I was going to read books, drink copious amounts of $2 wine, wander around ordering a cheese plate at every cafe I went to. I wanted to see Sintra, with its sprawling castles, I wanted to hear Fado and get scolded for chatting to loud, I wanted to wander the steep hills looking for the perfect espresso, sun burn my legs, and drink a beer with an old man on the water front. To have my birthday alone in a foreign country. Portugal was perfect: the people, the language, the food, it felt like a little secret the rest of the world hadn’t discovered yet.
I know how lucky I am to be able to travel at all, not to mention alone. Those experiences come with a long list of stories, stories that I won’t trade for a thing. Freedom and a free spirit are some of my favorite qualities in a person. When I board a plane alone, I feel that free spirit and a little better about “going to bed with myself every night.”
It’s noon on the dot — although there’s no watch weighing down my wrist, I know this because the town’s belle tower is emitting a vibration that fills the air, and shakes the streets. It’s the sound that signifies so many things. Time for repose, time for a warm tarte, time for the farmer’s market to pack up and return to their own family’s table. I’m reminded that it seems the only thing I ever do in this country is eat, sleep, repeat. It’s appropriate to have a glass of rosé at this hour, and so my siesta is heavy and often lasts well into the late afternoon. I hardly feel guilty, I’m on vacation, and plus the streets are practically barren during these hours anyways. Back home I don’t prepare meals other than the random dinner. I throw things on a cutting board, wolf them down, get back to my keyboard. Here there are days when we prepare extensive salads of fresh produce, burrata, thick with balsamic. Others we purchase fresh ravioli from the Italian’s at the market. When boiled they become much larger than we ever could have anticipated but we gorge ourselves silly on them. And then there’s bread, there’s always the warm bread from the baker just down the street. We plan to get there early so we can snatch up the best baguettes before the working crowd. I’ve stayed so many days in this town that I begin to recognize faces. Not just the vibrant blonde girl that serves our morning cappuccinos, but during these mid-day hours as people flood from their offices on to the cobble stones. It almost makes me think I live here. There’s more than a handful of reasons why I come back here every summer. One being for now it’s easier than the paperwork for a work visa. But truly it’s because there’s a lifestyle here that reminds one what the core of joy itself is in such a tumultuous time: our loved ones, delicious dishes, and moments of meditation on beauty.
Vérité means truth. To be true about your colors, is to be true with yourself. When you let go of what the outside world expects, demands or enforces on you, you let go of resistance. You come back to the roots of your tone and you are your authentic self. Authenticity is a word and a state that is rare to be witnessed in today’s day and age. From a deeper level, the subconscious longs to have that kind of connection with oneself, to feel in harmony between your inner and outer world. To be truthful to yourself.
We sat down with Brenda Cooper, Emmy award winning Stylist and color expert to shed light on why one must live within their shades.
Being in touch with your colors does not have to stop in the clothing department. In fact, it is encouraged that you live, breath, and eat according to your chroma as it influences your mood. If you fall under “soft autumn”, truly embody the blossom of the palest lilac with strokes of it throughout your apartment, and your core will instantly feel at home. Or if you’re a “true winter”, indulge in a bowl of delicious raspberry sorbet to lighten the mood. It is a scientific theory that color is a vibration, and that everything in our world holds vibration. When you synchronize these waves with your colors, that is when you will truly discover its power.
A white walled room occupied with trestles of hanging color-coordinated garments sit alongside copious options of hue-specific drapes; this is the humble abode of a color expert. The nature of ones eyes are engaged by curiosity. The wonderment of where one lives in the world of color, where one’s sanctuary lies. But the answer has already been given and the key to finding one’s color is a simple process. The answer lies within, and your immaculately composed complexion will guide you to your harmonious color palette.
The process goes as such: every color in the world has a place in mathematical space and every person in the world has a different place in that mathematical space. Albert Muncul even arranged color into mathematical order. Therefore there is no one right color for the human race, despite what fashion’s trend forecasters may try to persuade you. Through this process, one will discover that it isn’t about wearing the colors that you are told to wear by the greater fashion gods or even the colors that you are drawn towards. Yes black, we are talking to you. In the studio of a color specialist, you and the specialist wear a specific color of grey (this grey provides a neutral color space) as you are taken through multiple steps. The exploration begins with putting your hands on color cards to start to familiarize and identify the changes that occur to your skin’s appearance as you filter through a variety of colors. Ever noticed that some days you look in the mirror the bags under your eyes are extremely prominent even though you hit the pillow before the double digits? The palette you are wearing is most likely the culprit. Along with those unwanted big, dark circles, the colors you wear can also age your face by emphasizing wrinkles and creases. The wrong ones can suck the life from that brilliant natural pigmentation. Once found, there is no limit to where you apply this life hack. It’s encouraged to start fresh with your cosmetics and think again before dying your hair the wrong color tone.
It’s no secret that we love ambitious creatives, especially in the form of bad-ass women. Being the curator of your own future is a look that never goes out of style, so when we caught a glimpse of this HP x 360 Behind The Scenes video, we were inspired to partner with the brand in creating our own version of how we fashion influencers bend the rules. Seeing how the HP x 360 made the art of collaborating all that much more accessible, it set us on a path to going offline, and creating our own video (just below). Teaming up with our most stylish lady friends — Bryn, Carlina, and Alex — we dragged our goods to the streets & hosted a sidewalk sale that you can imagine was thoroughly sartorially charged. These style influencers made the perfect collaborators as each brought a completely different look to our street boutique.
Having the tools to drive the business you’re building, or art you’re making is of the utmost importance, but to have it fuse together into one handy tool: well, that’s just a luxury. This project let us bend the rules of taking an online company to our readers IRL, while documenting it in real time via our networks. First watch the HP x 360 Behind The Scenes Video, then watch our own behind the scenes with HP x 360.
All around us there is a shift in people choosing to follow their craft over the cushy-comfort of a corporate job. Ahead of the curve, Heather Day is a San Francisco based artist who is leaving her mark on the art world and putting S.F. on the map in a colorful way. Finding Heather in her Oakland studio, we get a closer look on what it’s like to live and breath ones art.
Vérité: What is it about California life that influences your work?
Heather Day: The color of the architecture and linear qualities of the landscape are the two driving forces in my work right now. I really enjoy the contrast of living in a dense city and being surrounded by nature.
V: Can you tell us about your creative process for making a painting?
HD: My work is about the act of painting. It starts with a simple mark. Every mark is a reaction to the previous decision. Similar to a conversation. When a question is asked, an answer is anticipated.
The paintings are comprised with a variety of materials such as canvas or paper with thread, pastel, graphite, charcoal and acrylic paint. The paint is applied with household items such as spoons, rags and paint rollers. I also use traditional materials such as paintbrushes and pastels.
V: Can you explain the empowerment you feel by being able to follow your passions, instead of being stuck in a desk job?
HD: It’s very liberating, exciting and scary! Next month will mark one year of self-employment for me. Honestly, it has been such a roller coaster. I left my salary position in the design center last May. Before that I was spending my evenings and weekends painting. It’s really empowering to be my own boss and responsible for my actions. Every day is different and presents a new challenge.
V: What about being a working artist influences your personal style, do you have a working uniform?
HD: My style is very simple. I tend to wear neutral colors — mostly greys and blacks. My favorite designer right now is Everlane but I also love shopping at the local boutiques on Valencia Street in San Francisco. When I’m in the studio, I always change into my Dickies overalls and a t-shirt. It’s the best kind of uniform and helps me keep all of my street clothes clean from paint stains.
V:You work so closely with color, what pushes your choices of these elements in your art?
HD: To an extent, color is arbitrary in my paintings. I view color as a means to break the composition and create dialogue between line and texture. Color isn’t based off of emotion however I am drawn to particular colors such as deep blues and warm greys. If I could, I would own everything grey! I think the blue comes from my love for the ocean. I’m originally from Hawaii and being in The Bay Area has inspired me to explore more blues and really push it in my work.
V: What would you tell other creatives who seek to go out on their own?
HD: Be open minded. You can learn a lot from other industries. I’m really fascinated by the tech scene here in San Francisco. You’d be surprised how much overlap there is between user experience with an app vs. a painting. Confidence is also key. You need to believe in what you do enough before you can convince others to follow or invest in your projects.