Two blondes decided to start an art blog…
Although it sounds like the start of a lame joke, it isn’t! That collaboration gave birth to PrairieSeen.
PrairieSeen provides a unique look into the Edmonton arts community. Local artists, Chelsey and Tori, through the use of articles, reviews, and interviews, have created an open and engaging conversation about the Edmonton arts scene. Event listings, job postings, and gallery profiles are just part of the PrairieSeen offering to help get you started, connected, and engaged in Edmonton’s rich and diverse arts community. We caught up with the art-loving duo to pick their brains and see if they could paint a better picture of PrairieSeen for you guys!(Get it?!)
La Thrift: How did you come up with Prairie seen for the name of your blog?
Prairie Seen: We spent a long time going back and forth with each other before finally settling on PrairieSeen – we wanted something short and easy to remember that still sounded good. We think PrairieSeen reflects where we are and what the blog is trying to do – pay attention to local visual art, design, and craft while encouraging others to do the same. We also like how “PrairieSeen” reminds us of the “I seen” verbal tic, which makes us cringe, but we decided to embrace it. We think of art as for everyone, and by anyone.
La Thrift: What are you ladies most excited about in terms of what you have in store for your blog?
Prairie Seen: We’re excited to try our hand at putting more art shows together, as well as creating more forums for public discussion, and exploring new methods of delivery, like video, and print.
La Thrift: As bloggers how do you deal with writers block, any tips?
Prairie Seen: Blogging is great because it is a very informal genre of writing, which means you can basically type as you think, and just go back over it before you post to clarify ideas and check for spelling and grammar mistakes. If nothing is really coming out, just leaving it and revisiting it later with fresh eyes (or doing it together) really helps! We also try to read a lot, which helps with inspiration, but nothing is as inspiring as keeping up with what is happening in the community, whether through volunteering, attending events, or just making a point of going out and seeing shows as often as possible.
Whether you are a local artist or aficionado, PrairieSeen’s submissions allow you to join the dialogue and have your voice heard by Edmonton’s community of artists and art lovers. If you’re a fan of art in Edmonton, stop by http://prairieseen.tumblr.com/ and check out the work of PrairieSeen’s featured artists and writers.
“You can start thrifting to stretch your budget- or you can start thrifting to be a better person. Here are five reasons why people who shop second hand are awesome humans.”
5 Reasons Why Thrifters are Good People:
1. Thrifters see the good in everything. Seeing the good is a way of life that people strive for and work at to become happy, even if it means hiring a life coach to train their brains to see the good. Thrifters naturally have those brains. With the ability to pick up a piece of actual cotton garbage and have the positivity and gratitude to think “this would look wonderful somewhere on my body”, thrifty people have a head start at the “see the good” perspective.
2. Thrifters are able to tackle large problems. I feel like this is the main reason why people shy away from thrift shopping. The thought of walking into a GoodWill and staring thousands of dusty possibilities in the face is overwhelming and can be time consuming, sending most shoppers running back to the open arms of organized department stores. But all that is missing is drive, the ability to solve a problem and optimizing on a large and complicated issue. Thrifters can strategize, compartmentalize and divide & conquer with the best of them. Hunting for a certain style or just treasure hunting in general takes patience, focus and time. Which are all wonderfully transferable life skills.
3. They are dedicated creatives. Some people create art as a passion. Some write, design, photograph and make music as a living. While these beautiful things can be made lifestyles, for most of us who are lucky enough to do so, dressing ourselves is an every day necessity. Thrifters take this necessary commonality and make it their creative suite, their art, their passion. Dedication and ultimate creativity is hunting for that second hand something just to make the very common act of putting on your clothes the way you artistically express yourself- every day.
4. Patience and persistence. Successful thrifting requires immense patience. Multiple trips, time consuming searches, dust, crowds and questionable smells while sifting through racks keeping your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the fabric or colour you are searching for. Then of course the persistence to continue when you are super thirsty and have to pee, but refuse to use the public washroom hidden at the back of mothball heaven.
5. They are being green, sometimes without even knowing it. Shopping second hand is no doubt helpful for the environment, although that is usually not the first reason why people thrift shop. With trends being so disposable, fast fashions often turn into waste. When thrifters search high and low for vintage pieces or frequent second hand shops to save money while growing their unique styles, they are reusing and recycling more than just beer cans.
Photographer: Alyssa Ott
Tahari Dress: Value Village
Sequin blazer: Derek Jagodzinsky
Oh hello world, welcome to 2014. I wish you the very best this year. Have fun, set yourselves some goals and reach them, treat yourselves but don’t forget to help your neighbour. Try to be the very best person you can be in everything you do, be competitive but a good team player. Be yourself while meeting new people, but most of all keep thrifting and get rid of all the things you haven’t used in the last year. If you did not use it last year, chances are you won’t use it this year.
Photographer: Alyssa Ott
Leather Jacket: Goodwill
Leather skirt: The Bay
Button up shirt: Value Village
I am slowly falling for the whole all black everything look more and more. The simplicity behind the many layers of black and the juxtaposition of textures makes it the easiest way to pull off cool.