What started as a joke on Parks and Rec has turned into a real thing: Galentine’s Day! I think this year it hit the zeitgeist and I was spotting Galentine events left and right. Not one to sit out on the action, we celebrated with a craft workshop with our friends at Jane.com at their super amazing headquarters. I taught a bunch of rad ladies how to make our heart treat box (see full instructions and templates here) and it turned out to be the perfect way to celebrate ladies and friendship.
If you’re just joining in, this year we were inspired to change up our content for the month to focus on women who we find inspiring and can tell us about their journey of “becoming” based on our Book Club book of the month by Michelle Obama. You can read the rest of the interviews here. Stay tuned for many more!
I’m pleased to introduce you to artist Ann Wood of Woodlucker. Ann’s work has been on my radar for a few years now and somehow she continually manages to outdo herself with every realistic paper creation. She’s focused her exquisite work on lifelike flowers and lately paper food and it’s caught the attention of thousands on Instagram. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that we are all waiting with bated breath for her next reveal. As one who started out making paper flowers, I’m aware that each one takes a lot of time and precision. What could be called “craft” is indeed a work of art.
If you’re just joining in, for the month of January we were inspired to change up our content for the month to focus on women who we find inspiring and can tell us about their journey of “becoming” based on our Book Club book of the month by Michelle Obama. We received such a great reaction, we’ll be sharing them as a permanent column. You can read the rest of the interviews here. Stay tuned for many more!
Jordan Ferney is the founder of the delightful party website and shop, Oh Happy Day, and color experience, Color Factory. She was one of the first bloggers to focus on creating beautiful original content on Oh Happy Day and set the bar high both in quality and innovation. I first became familiar with Jordan’s work when I came on board as a contributor in 2011 creating party tutorials and have loved following along on her journey ever since. I’ve grown to admire her dedication to setting high goals and going after them even if they’re super risky. As a non risk-taker, I value seeing that pathway. She’s always been super generous with her business advice both and I’ve been so lucky to be on the receiving end of it. Lately, one of my favorite things to do is to follow her personal Instagram page because she’s super open about showing both her successes and failures. This year she’s shaking things up a bit and she’s sharing some if it with us today.
The impetus for the Lars Book Club was to create a home for creatives reading creative-related books.In all honesty, it was a selfish move to hold me accountable for reading more. Over the years we’ve read some awesome books, but I started to notice that I wasn’t so thrilled with the movies I was spending my time on. They’re generally dictated to me through Netflix rather than seeking out visually stimulating or thoughtfully made films. So, we decided to try something new out this month Hope you like it!–Brittany
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
After such a great response to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, whose movie had just reached theaters, we decided to try something new this year, and add another cultural and artistic aspect to Lars Book Club: movies! Movies can move us, enchant us, remain unforgettable, or just plain beautiful. We’ll post questions and have artwork just like each month we read a book, but instead we’ll be discussing a film! What do you think? Are you willing to try it?
February often makes us think of love in the air, so we’re starting this new idea off with the 1964 French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Writer and director Jacques Demy displayed a bold new type of musical film, one where every word of dialogue is sung, and the whole movie is full of vibrant, almost jarring color. But although the film may be fabulous candy for the eye, there are tough decisions made and harsh realities to face in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
Follow along with us @larsbookclub as we chat about the movie this month!
Last week I visited my friend, Brooke Walker, and friends at KSL Studio 5 and shared some books that are inspiring me right now. These are books that are aimed to help you get out of a creative funk or help you find your artistic voice. I made a new year’s resolution to grow my creative skills and I was needing a push so I decided to share them with you!