CREATING THE SAVAGE MUSE WORLD:
I have created and launched my own vision for an art & lifestyle design studio and brand that speaks to the diversity and beauty I see in a more global & inter-sectional way of entertaining & creating community, expressing style and exploring art.
I call this brand and this lifestyle philosophy SAVAGE MUSE. It is a world where I am exploring and being inspired by my different "muses", many of whom are women who have made a significant mark in the world of art, style, social movements, food, and literature. What makes these different women my muses is that each has stayed true to their own ideals of beauty, style, creativity, and social influence, even if their ideals went against the mainstream or standard ideals of their society and time in history.
LIFESTYLE/PRODUCT DESIGN FOR THE SAVAGE MUSE WORLD
With my deep love and passion for patterns, colors and textures, one of the ways I am expanding on the SAVAGE MUSE aesthetic and brand is by creating ceramics, textile prints, and patterns that can be applied to different products.
Below is a print collection called "SAVAGE IMPRESSIONS" inspired by a series of abstract "impressionist" patterns I painted. I have applied the patterns to ceramic collections and garments in this example.
EXAMPLES OF ILLUSTRATION WORK
Click here to go to the gallery page showcasing some of the illustration work I have been doing for SAVAGE MUSE.
Example of a SAVAGE MUSE PORTRAIT: CELIA CRUZ
Below is an example of a mixed media watercolor & digital art portrait I created of one of my muses, Celia Cruz. To learn more about Celia and why she is one of my muses, you can check out this piece I wrote about here by clicking here.
Examples of merchandise created from one of the SAVAGE MUSES, Celia Cruz:
SAVAGE MUSE PAINTINGS
Another aspect of the SAVAGE MUSE world is to connect with and be inspired by the art world. As part of my sabbatical and personal process, I went on a two week art residency in the deserts of the Southwest, where I allowed myself the time and space to paint large format acrylic paintings.
A mixed media portrait of beloved Eypgtian singer, Oum Kalthoum, in the house of a collector.
SAVAGE MUSE POP-UP DINNERS & EVENTS
Taking my love of lifestyle design to the next level, I have begun hosting SAVAGE MUSE POP-UP DINNERS as a platform that allows me to use my visual design skills, my love of cooking, menu & event planning, and desire to build community and create memorable experiences. Click here to read more about the process behind these pop-up events.
SAVAGE MUSE STUDIO & MURAL ART
As part of the process of creating the SAVAGE MUSE lifestyle, I converted my garage into an art studio and workspace for both myself and creative friends to come and use. As a part of the studio space, I painted a mural on one wall to celebrate the SAVAGE MUSE vibe of the new work space.