This morning I am aware of this emotional, physical, and spiritual pain and I honestly think the pain is coming from a negative voice that’s condemning me. A voice that’s saying you’re stupid, you can’t do it, it’s silly. A reprimanding voice that’s even saying “ Jamie don’t like Jamie “! Wow, this is a huge battle. The negative voice doesn’t want me to experience joy. The negative voice doesn’t want me to be happy. The negative voice wants to keep me on the edge, not trusting that God is here and is in charge. The negative voice is talking louder and talking over the voice of God and serenity - Shut Up! You’re a stupid childish silly voice nobody likes and nobody cares about.....breathe. I only have one source to follow, believe in and listen to. God is the source. When I do things creative things that bring joy into my world and joy into the lives of others then I’m doing God‘s will. The infernal enemy will always be around but that doesn’t mean I give my attention to it. My spiritual source can help me with the awareness of the enemy’s presence and my higher spiritual consciousness can give me courage and strength to say no -Shut Up! And I know, in my heart, the truth of God.
Spring time 2018 produced prolific artistic, creative, spiritual, and emotional pinnacles of satisfaction. I just asked myself the question how could I have appreciated spring 2018 better and the only answer I could find was not to complain so much regarding the cold weather we had at the beginning of the season. Other than that this spring was beyond my wildest dreams. New moments and opportunities for growth presented themselves in totally unexpected ways. From finding the time to write and communicate daily with my spiritual source, to being granted the time to draw and be creative each and every day. From having a successful cervical surgery opening the flow of my spinal column for my breath and my life, to finally having The COURAGEOUS Catwalk’s inspirational products brought to the market. Here’s the hitch—> It was all hidden way down deep inside. All these things that god orchestrated this past spring were seeds fermenting. Some of the seeds I planted by my intentions. Some seeds planted by gods desires. Some seeds planted by us together. Call them what you may. Seeds or ideas, or intuitions, passions, drives or what I really like to call them...Forces of Spiritual Intention. Some seeds were planted years ago, while others were newly planted. By alignment with my gods will. With the abandonment of my will. By letting go completely and falling into the trust of my higher power, is the place where....the germination of my heart’s aligned desires with my spiritual source Manifest.
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The answer became clear. Yes, I had to do the work. I had to manage the details, I had to put out the energy, I had to continually move forward. I had to take God‘s direction and act upon it. And through it all, unbeknownst to me God, was leading me somewhere. I wasn’t sure when, where or how but through my pursuit of this journey, God was overseeing everything. Hiding in the background. Indirectly watching. The presence of God is omnipresent. My awareness of it not always in-tuned. Regardless, I am required to ask what, why, and why not and the answer will slowly be revealed. The magic of God requires me to do my part. It doesn’t give me a free pass to do nothing. The magic of God requires diligence, perseverance, patience and tolerance. It requires seeking and probing. It requires me to be honest with myself. For without the self-value component, then moving forward is challenged. Honest, truthful pursuit demands self love. Throughout this journey there is an underlying current of faith, trust, and love. Through THESE conductors the right answers are produced and God‘s given direction revealed.
Gracefully allow God‘s direction. Gracefully allowing, like the cool spring breeze of this morning. Gracefully allowing, like being wrapped up in the cozy blanket. Gracefully allowing.....stretching like a ballerina, easy, sway, rhythm, whole stretch. Gracefully allowing, like my pen gliding down this smooth white paper. Gracefully allowing, like saying thank you God for peace, light, hope, breath, freedom, love, creativity, thought, feeling, beauty, and openess. My being open to receive. My being open to give. I am at ease, I am in acceptance.
Love of just being. Love of the way things are, gracefully jumbled up like a ball of yarn knotted together with golden threads, intertwined with gold and pink diamonds. Gracefully jumbled up ball of creative thought, being and love.
God’s gift, practice it. Allowing God or spirit or guiding light and trusting that source, allows us to practice expanding our gifts more easily. It gives us more channels to discover and open and that allows us to think more peacefully. Decisions and thoughts come easier. You can call it a holy journey....holy referring to that which is spiritual. Spiritual meaning grateful. Spiritual meaning thankful. Spiritual meaning powerful, honest, truthful, guided, purposeful, and rewarding. Revealing mysterious unknown surprises and growth along the way. My relationship with my internal source requires time and patience and through it, I learn the meaning of time and patience and the power of now.
With the opening of the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris on October 1, 2017 Pierre Berge had once again reached another pinnacle of achievement...fashion and haute couture have now been firmly cemented into an artform. The ongoing debate of whether fashion is art has been ended. Carefully balancing form, function, and practicality into his creations, Yves Saint Laurent imbued them with an unprecedented artistic immersion, tipping the scale from fashion designer into fashion artist. By dedicating their headquarters and atelier, where for thirty years Yves focused tirelessly on the development of his artistic expression, a private viewing has been given to us to see how this master worked.
Here in his environs of opulence, decor, crystal chandeliers and gilded gold frames, notebooks filled with his sketches, and trays laden with his bijoux, les accessoires, les tissue and trimmings is where his lifetime of dreams and struggles had been conceived and consumed.
All of the tools which had which contributed heavily to his Haute Couture vision and which had been perfectly crafted with his creative touch are on display. Awaiting us, is an invitation into the studio where Yves conceived and designed some of the most memorable and awe inspiring collections not only of the 20th century but of all time.
An expert draftsman, it's hard to realize his love / hate relationship with his metier and sketching, but on display are his visions of The Gypsies, The Russians and The Chinese, the Van Gogh inspired sunflowers, the Matisse inspired cut-outs, the Picasso infused eveningwear.
Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers Haute Couture 1988
Van Gogh's Sunflowers Haute Couture SS 1988
There are many reasons why the YSL Musée differentiates from other " fashion " museums. The most obvious is that this Musée is the first to consecrate an Haute Couture atelier into a museum in a major international city. We are permitted to focus solely on the originator of the Haute Couture label and visionary of the YSL brand, Yves Saint Laurent. The second is that it is steeped in the culture and bosom of Haute Couture. Here we get to experience, explore and study Yves's creative underpinnings of Haute Couture, revolutionary Pret-a- Porter and his relationship with fashion.
Paying homage to a designer's passion and allowing us to experience their artistic metier in their creative playground is a privilege. Perhaps this is the beginning of popping the cork off of the bottle and allowing other couturiers and designers to be represented in this same jubilant fashion. Yes, Vive le Champagne!
Special thanks to Simon Freshard and Foundation Pierre Berge / all media: Jamie P.
Edvard Munch: Art inspiring fashion. Fashion embracing art.
The COURAGEOUS Catwalk is a method of teaching fashion design and development whose purpose is to guide you to creative fulfillment. The COURAGEOUS Catwalk book that teaches you the required skills to become a fashion designer will be available very soon!
When we begin to step out from the shadow of uncertainty and become the focus of the spotlight your creative self better be prepared. It has taken years to breakthrough the inhibiting factors that leave us stifled, stumbling and smothered. These three tips will help you unblock your creativity and assist you as you step into your own light. #1. Let go of self the doubt, the " I can't ", the " I'll never be good enough ". #2. Don't compare yourself to anyone else! Diversity is what makes the world of fashion design interesting. #3. Embrace the passion you have and allow your self to get inspired. Passion is Power!
Have you ever realized the beauty within uncertainty? Once you are willing to let go of your fear and abdicate your desire to control everything, it becomes an organic process of miraculous discovery....the surprise me zone. This is greatly evidenced in our daily lives or when on a vacation.
It is particularly true within creative and fine art circles. Uncertainty becomes the inspiring place where amazing experiences are created and ideas unfold way beyond our limited consciousness. Excitement and joy come to fruition. No artist or designer craves certainty in their work or life. For to embrace certainty is to embrace stagnation. And to embrace stagnation, the creative spirit dies.....the CAT is outta' the bag!
The Path to Divinity is lined with COURAGE
What is divinity? Is it some unseen hidden place, lolling around in the outer limits of the cosmos? Or is it fulfillment of the creative soul here on earth, physically tangible and attainable?
Divinity is most often referred to as a spiritual source or an elevated state of being, something reverent and elusive....a spiritual existence. But to connect with our true purpose right here, right now. To be courageous enough to seek it out. To lay down our fears and trepidation. To dwell within the spiritual, higher conscious part of our physical creative being is perhaps were divinity can be discovered.
The path is dotted with parts of courage, trust, and risk. An invitation for abandonment of comfort and a serious bent for adventure becomes willfully invited. So let's go! Take flight, abandon yourself of control or limitations. Fill your backpack with pencils, markers, trust, and a healthy dose of risk. Adventure is awaiting. Oh and don't forget your jar. To be to be filled with all the moon beams you'll discover and want to carry home.
The principles of design, whether it be accessories, fashion or any other area of design are color, shape, form, and function.
Color helps convey the overall mood. Brights elude happiness and joie de vivre. Dark colors convey mystery, sleekness.
Shape is the outline or silhouette of the product. Shape can convey ( but not limited to ) outrage, exaggeration, complacency, and strength.
Form refers to the manifestations of technique, embellishment, intricacy, detail, innovation, structure or texture.
Function refers to the to the intention of the object as well as the perceived manifestation of the designer ie. to keep warm, to hold, to surprise, to seduce. For all areas of fashion design, clothes -> accessories, interiors -> architecture or any other concept of design these principles must be addressed in order to succeed.
What does it take to develop a signature? How does one's signature develop? Is it a definitive expression of the designer, unmistakably detectable by certain characteristics ensnared by their persona?
The signature of the designer is embedded within their DNA. It's an offshoot, a unique attribute of who they are. A signature is a mark of authenticity, differentiating that individual designer from those who have preceded them or from those who are their contemporaries. A true signature is not bought, has no interest in copying, but is consistent in its pursuit of truth in design. Yes, designers are influenced by what stimulates their creative brains, and can be heavily influenced from those things they find empowering.
However, they are original in their approach to design, their point of view and their idyllic perception of women, men, and lifestyle.
An Inspiration, a Desire and a Marker.
Fashion design can be fun and easy. All it takes is a desire to be creative and the willingness to let go of your fear and need to control. The history of fashion is one place where you can find inspiration and excitement. Go to the local bookstore or select a fashion book that you have on your shelf and skim through the pages. It's important to allow yourself time to do this leisurely and without pressure. I bet you'll be surprised at how inspired you are and all the creative ideas that will pop into your head. Find a period or a fashion object that really fascinates you and focus on that. Envision it in your style and own it. Now begin jotting or scribbling down your creations. Surprised??...No! You had it within you all this time. After all, to begin designing the only thing you need is an inspiration, a desire, and oh, don't forget the marker.
'tis the season to pushback🙌🏽
There may be conservatism in our administration and pervading the US, as well as our European allies. However, fashion, as a result of this, is proving to have an immediate and widely acclaimed backlash‼️ The conservative norm has flown out the window on the wings of ostentatiously embellished coats, suits, jackets and dresses. It has been kicked to the curbside in overstuffed silk sleeping bags, pillows or rolled-up satin yoga mats. It is being overshadowed by dressed up jihabs, helmet cloches, Fred and Wilma Flintstone chic and rhinestoned facial masks. It has been talked over by complete and utter silence and cut-up and dissected showing it's guts and blood. All in the name of FREEDOM. " Hail to the Chief ".
" Express yourself " MADONNA
Before I learned how to draw freehand, and because there was an underlying, burning creativity wishing to be realized, the use of compasses and rulers proved to be most vital in lending themselves as reliable and cherished tools. They allowed and encouraged that inspiration to come forth. So don't believe that inner voice that's telling you you can't draw because you have no freehand skills. Take up the nearest ruler, compass and T-square, work those circles, semi-circles and squares, and let that imagination soar🏹.
The color red makes bold statements particularly in evening gowns. Combined with intricate draping it can resemble fiery embers and shooting flames. But unlike the campfires from your Boy Scout or Girl Scout days which meant to keep you warm, this fiery pit has the intention of attracting all moths to the FLAME!
like a moth to a flame
My original blog [ http://www.jamiepesavento.com/blog/ ] addressing prejudice and the Islamic culture was written in June 2016, pre-election of Trump. Little did I know that the message from that blog would be more relevant today than back then. The need to revisit the message is quite clear to me. With the advent of increasing internal prejudice how do we uphold the premise that this country is a land of the free? A country manuscripted, word by word and built, brick by brick by foreigners...IMMIGRANTS. Diverse cultures sewn together to create a beautifully textured society. Our national goal is more LOVE and NO hate within our beautiful democracy. Unreasonable restrictions and bans placed upon our society limits exchange of ideas and growth, creatively or otherwise. With all this unnerving animosity within our country and toward our people, we the free people have an obligation to choose LOVE. It's DE RIGUEUR.
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Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone led us into a 3rd dimension. A dimension of the unknown, disconnected, but relative to reality. A place, space in time where things occur, develop and evolve beyond our comprehension. Exactly like The Creative Zone.
In The Creative Zone lies an almost supernatural playground outside of our consciousness. Like The Twilight Zone, we are capable of channeling the supernatural, or in our situation the creative into our physical realm. And like The Twilight Zone it can exacerbate our inner scardey-cat fears because it's unknown and frightening. We are about to enter an unfamiliar zone which has the ability to paralyze us. Our efforts to forge ahead are threatened. The only fear or trepidation, however, is of our own conjecture. It belongs to us and is under our discretion. Dare to unleash the creator within to take action and to go through The Creative Zone, the only result we can expect is a handsome reward full of creativity.
The Creative Zone requires COURAGE, trust and abandonment of one's control. It's an infinite space where our hopes, dreams and creative visions await. To free one's consciousness is to take a creative risk where the results are surprisingly way beyond our consciousness, perhaps floating around, somewhere in.....The Twilight Zone.
For me personally it was extremely challenging to be open with my creativity as a young man. Voices were saying doctor, lawyer while I was drawing the Indian chief. Or, perhaps, being reprimanded by the nuns in grammar school for drawing super heroes. Unsurprisingly many of which were female! To engage in something new or daring is ALWAYS challenging. That's a given. But to move beyond it or, if we want to expand our life, we have to keep it moving. Life is based upon experiences. The more we ALLOW ourselves to experience, the more we grow...the more we grow, the happier we become....the happier we become....the more we enjoy this planet and what and who is around us. Even more importantly we begin to LIKE ourselves......perhaps even begin to L O V E ourselves....what a concept. I am hoping the incoming administration doesn't challenge it!
If drawing is something that, against all odds you continue to pursue, that's great. But many people who have the ability may not have the support. Others just won't show up and challenge themselves or TRUST the universe to reveal their creativity. We don't have all the answers. But it takes a greater person to admit that and to relinquish the stubborn mind set of no, NEVER, I can't. Set it aside. Open up your mind a little and let something other than your inner doubt speak to you. Listen to the gentle supportive voice of the universe that wasn't heard before or just wasn't present. Open your ears and hands rather than close them. Be willing to let go and .......................
Finding COURAGE in Drawing .....and Life
So many people tell themselves that they can't draw. That they have no skills in drawing. Even in holding a pencil, or in any form of being creative. So many people lie to themselves.
Tweens, teens, young adults, middle aged adults and full grown adults do not allow themselves off the hook, or try to release themselves from the disabling negative self-talk. It is believed that during the years 13 - 16 individuals will look at creativity as something they have or if it's just a waste of time for them. In so many cases the individual's creativity is not given a chance to become visible or accepted. There is a very good possibility it will be shot down by theirs peers and their pressure or by an unattending parent. In some instances it is repressed by a teacher who themselves is "creativity closeted" and detests Picasso!
Giving support to your children or inner child is crucial in nurturing something so fragile as creativity and drawing. Congratulate them or yourself on the first step in allowing yourself to pick up a pencil and let your imagination soar. It will improve mental clarity and unblock other areas in your life. Whether it's drawing and fashion, on the playing field, a place of law, or finance, the imperative component is to trust and allow oneself to move forward. The first step toward discovering that courage is to remove any self-doubt, misplaced shame or guilt and embrace the success that is awaiting you....Trump or no Trump!