Interview + Photography by KT Lipsiner
Consumerism during the holidays can seem like a dark abyss, so the sad gals narrowed down their favorite local makers for our 2018 holiday wish list. Remember to #shopsmall during the holidays (and all the time for that matter) to celebrate our community of artists, makers, and creative human beings that make Atlanta one of the greatest cities for DIY.
2019 Seeing Eye Planner by Native Bear
Give the gift of organization this year with @_nativebear’s 2019 Seeing Eye Planner. Founded in 2012 by Leela Hoehn, Native Bear’s creations give you that “magical feeling” through the use of paper products and hand crafted artwork. Leela Hoehn grew up in Augusta, GA and continues her craft from her home state, though her products have reached national attention. Hoehn’s 2019 planners are perfectly sized with a extra punch of mysticism, from the beautiful screen printed seeing eye design and hand gold ink front cover, to the additional Lunar Calendar feature to bring out your inner goddess. This is the perfect planner if you are a goal setter and a boss babe in general! Also, when you sign up with your email, you receive 10% off your first purchase!
@brother_moto, the raddest spot to grab a cup of coffee and become “moto-curious,” has created a true community of friendship and creativity in the heart of the Cabbagetown neighborhood. Each winter, the Brother Moto team brings back these cozy vintage-inspired sweaters, making it one of the most perfect gifts to give to anyone you can think of. “The place we all go” is packed full with SGC’s favorite tees, and now we can drool over one of their most sought out sold out products, the Collegiate Sweater in black. The sweater pairs well with a damn fine cup of coffee and a raging fire, making this winter one of the coziest East Atlanta has ever seen.
Meredith Ann White Scarves from Coco and Mischa
Meredith Ann White is an Atlanta-based artist that creates the most breathtaking works of art. From her mural work across the city to her progressively kind demeanor, it’s no wonder her hand-crafted scarves have made our holiday wish list. Adorned with illustrations of women in all of their wildest forms, White’s scarves are feverishly sought out for and sell out fast in her personal possession and through curated efforts at Coco and Mischa, a brick & mortar boutique featuring slow fashion, handmade, & vintage items at Ponce City Market and at their Westside Provisions winter 2019 pop-up. The scarves come in all different sizes and colors, reminding the world that as humans, we too are diverse and radiate our differences in countless styles. Grab yours before they are all gone this holiday season!
(photograph of scarf in grid credit: Tropic Photo)
Pottery piece by Withwolves (Maddy Barreto) via @sideclaystudio
A hand-painted piece of pottery from Maddy Barreto (@withwolves) is a work of art as much as it is a functional gift. From one-of-a-kind incense holders to small dishes perfect for trinkets and your favorite rings, there’s something intimate and, most importantly, thoughtful about giving a ceramic gift. You can purchase Maddy’s pottery at one of the many holiday craft markets around town this season, or from Side Clay Studio (@sideclaystudio).
Scout & Arrow is one of Atlanta’s hidden gems -- a thoughtfully curated boutique nestled in historic Kirkwood. The shop is chock full of local arts and crafts, goods from makers nationwide, and unique homewares. It’s nearly impossible to know what exactly to pick out for your friend or family member -- that’s why the gift box is perfect. You can choose between 1 month-, 2 month's- or 3 month's-worth of curated gift boxes to be sent to the person of your choice. If you know someone who loves maker-made goods and discovering new artists, there’s honestly no better gift. You can order online, but it’s totally worth going to Scout and Arrow in person just to experience the friendly atmosphere and to see all the goods for yourself.
The perfect holiday piece: Carson Romper by Megan Huntz
@meganhuntz’ instagram bio says it all: “I’ll show you how to wear a dress.” This slow fashion designer has recently opened her own store off N. Highland, with an ever growing collection of pieces for the creatively mesmerized woman. Designed and manufactured right here in Atlanta, finding your perfect holiday ensemble just got easier with the Carson Romper. Made from 100% silk, this “crepe” romper gathers tastefully at the waistline and comes in four beautiful colors. Be sure to check out the rest of Huntz’ latest collection while your at her store, owing to the fact that ethically made pieces are definitely worth the investment.
@joellegrace is best known for her female editorial and portrait photography, capturing femme beings in the weirdest and coolest ways (did we mention she’s also an amazing musician?). Based out of Atlanta, her self-proclaimed “dream-grunge” style creates diversity through pops of color and a retro vibe that never seems to go out of style. Our holiday pick no questions asked is Grace’s “Underwater” print, a beautiful take on the female form in a black and white aesthetic. This piece will surely add to any interior and supports an amazing local photographer.
Holographic Babe Sticker by Monica Alexander
Stickers make everyone happy: It’s a fact. Check out illustrator/intersectional feminist Monica Alexander’s “Holographic Babe” sticker! It’s the perfect gift for your femme pal and pairs absolutely fantastic with your computer, water bottle, and anything else you can throw a sticker on. Through the use of holographic color, this boss babe illustration comes to life in all her weirdest and wildest forms. @itsmmmonica designs fantastic femme-inspired artwork to create a belonging community for all genders. She’s an advocate for the LGBTQ community and continues to make prints, pins, and stickers that represent the diverse humans that call Atlanta their home.
Feeling good underneath your clothes (or in plain sight for that matter) is an important part of self love. STATE the Label creates small batch clothing made in rural Georgia, providing beautiful sustainable fashion to the creatively dressed human. Their Dots Britches make the perfect holiday gift for so many reasons and have become a cult favorite from the brand. STATE the label’s britches are sewn up in NYC with ethical practices and then are hand-painted at the STATE studio in rural Georgia. These comfortable britches can be worn in so many ways, making them a phenomenal investment for your booty. Their diverse wearability greatly reflects the various types of women that adorn them on their bodies. Cheers to garments that celebrate ALL types of women in their wildest forms.
How do you #shopsmall and local this holiday season?
Let us know over on @sadgirlco_
It’s always a treat when LA-based artist Cori Maass comes into town. Rocking a Brother Moto tee (of course), black Levi jeans and the perfect bootie with coffee in hand, meeting up with Maass gave off much needed calm Cali vibes to this side of East Atlanta. Through the combination of her dual instagrams, one personal and the other art-focused profile Coral Monday, filled with Maass’s art, tattoo designs, murals and letters, a sense of dreamy-like openness of love and compassion has driven fans to own and tattoo their bodies with this young artist’s intriguing work.
We chatted about personal style, art, music and more. Read On —>
Sad Girl Collective: Hi Cori! Tell us what you do.
Cori Maass: I do art and design! My art is focused on lines and shapes mostly...I have blog + shop called Coral Monday that is focused on art and creative living.
Sad Girl Collective: What brings you style inspiration?
CM: I am inspired by places I have been and what people wear there. I feel like my style always represents who I am in whatever place I am in... Not that it changes significantly, but little details will change depending on the environment.
Sad Girl Collective: What is your overall inspiration?
CM: I am very inspired by the human experience and the emotions that come from wrestling through life. I want my art to uncover the truth that is inside of me and truths of humanity. I love the shapes and lines of the human body, their meanings, and connections. Relationships between things and metaphors inspire me and I like drawing parallels between things. I also get endless inspiration from the natural environment of California (my home). Objects in the sky also inspire me because it reminds me that we are while we important, we are also part of something bigger and all at once insignificant (in a freeing way).
Sad Girl Collective: How do you feel about how style + music work together in your life?
CM: When I work, I oftentimes listen to the same song on repeat for hours and I will also wear the same outfit (or a version of) the same outfit for multiple days in a row. My art and what I create or am focusing on is usually reflected in the song that I am listening to or how I am dressing during that time period. I don't like to have a favorite style of music or to have a "uniform" with my style, but I feel like both of these things allow me to uncover and expose different aspects of myself.
Sad Girl Collective: What does your personal style mean to you?
CM: I have a friend that told me that I was the pickiest person about what I wear out of everyone she knows... and I think she is right. This is probably because I think that style is a representation of who you are at that moment and I don't like reflecting an image that isn't "me". For the past year, I have been in the process of giving myself freedom to trust my perspective and embrace my identity as an artist. A huge part of cultivating this freedom was allowing myself to wear whatever I wanted and trust my taste. I grew up in suburbia where creative expression wasn't fostered and while I would be experimental with my fashion throughout middle and high school, eventually I thought I should "grow up" and developed a more classic, basic style. Through this process of creative cultivation and acceptance, I have allowed myself to wear more interesting pieces and stand out if I felt like it. It was a healing process of getting over the anxiety of being too much or standing out and allowing myself to shine.
Also, since design and art is my job I feel like how I present myself every day is important. Every encounter could lead to a cool project and I want even what I am wearing to reflect my perspective.
Sad Girl Collective: Go to look lately?
CM: I usually wear the same outfit, or version of an outfit for a few days/weeks until I feel something new and want to switch it up.
Wide-leg black Levis that I got from Babes on Legs (my new fav vintage store in LA).
MY favorite tapestry Free People Boots
A Brother Moto Tee (I have like 20 of them...), and a hat (I love hats).
Sad Girl Collective: Style icons (your go-to's).
CM: Linda Rodin is one of my go-to's. She is 70 and rocks silver hair and tinted glasses every day. I want to get my prescription glasses tinted and get a poodle because of her.
[Also] Anything the Haim girls wear.
CM: I'm weird because I don't necessarily look at specific people, but I will pull inspiration from all around me and pull pieces of what I see to reflect the different parts of my own style.
Sad Girl Collective: LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST: 3 favorite bands right now?
CM: John Mayer (isn't a band per se, but I love him.) / Cage the Elephant / Noah Gunderson
Finding Style + Song Inspiration Through Therapeutic Outlets.
"I don’t like to put myself in a box when I’m thrown the 'what do you do' question. I’m an artist that wants to make an impact through a collection of channels. I love, I create, I build, I give, I take, I grow. As the world changes, so do the things I do. Though, regardless, I try to fully immerse myself with the intention of expanding. I tend to gravitate towards therapeutic outlets of expression, and I think that all contributes to who I am."
"Contributing to a community, or something bigger than myself makes such a significant impact on me. I believe that if you’re carrying a secret ingredient, or own a key to a peaceful place, sharing it makes it taste and feel even better. If I can change someone’s mindset for the better, put them in a state of joy, or encourage them to grow, I’ve done my job well. I want to inspire change, encourage people to ask better questions, and come together. The creative community in Atlanta is thriving graciously and I feel very fortunate to be able to contribute."
"My go to look recently is definitely cropped flair denim or just cropped pants in general. Block heel, or slingback sandals are flooding my closet as well."
"Alexis Foreman is my first go to [for style inspiration]. Her take on modern minimalism always has me drooling. Brittany Bathgate and Alyssa Coscarelli are always on the top of my list as well. There are a lot of people doing a lot of really great things in the fashion industry. I follow a good amount of people on social media that inspire me a lot. It’s really cool that a platform exists where you can check out other people’s closets to inspire your own take on things!"
Colors / Textures / Shapes / Sounds / Emotions of Style.
"For me, style inspiration comes from a number of things. It’s everywhere. Colors, textures, shapes, sounds, emotions. Being outside has offered me a lot of inspiration. It’s conveying those sights and feelings into style that becomes really fun. It’s weird, I people watch a lot, and how someone speaks or walks inspires me to translate something into a statement I can carry with me. Like if I see someone riding a bicycle with a big smile on their face I’ll think about how I can incorporate bright colors in an interpretation. Or if I’m listening to a song saturated with melancholy, I’ll curl up in a cozy sweater."
"I’d say my general inspiration hits me in a similar way. It’s everything around me, and how I interact with the environment I’m in. Words, places, sounds, energy. Watching those renderings come out on the other side, as something completely different is really fun and gratifying. Music wise, if there’s a message I want to convey vocally, I’ll write about it. If I’m struck with grief, or bliss, it tends to be the outlet of expression I utilize the most."
"I think it goes back to how emotions hit me, and then come out the other end as content creation. Listening to, or playing music, can put me in a state of mind that might push me to make a statement via style. It’s really cool to see how they coincide and manifest together."
"I’ve been listening to a lot of Little Dragon and Michael Jackson recently. Chastity Brown’s Silhouette Of Sirens record has a permanent spot on my table though. This woman can pluck you out of whatever headspace you’re in and place you down into a field of silk."
"My music is my dearest companion."
"My music is my dearest companion. Whatever I have pent up inside me, dispelling it through melodies and words is the greatest form of healing I could ask for. To take something, whether it be joy, fear, sadness, comfort, worry – and sew it together to make a piece of art I can share and use to bring people together is incredibly satisfying.
"The biggest thing I want to get across to my audience is that everyone is capable of making something beautiful and warm out of something bitter and cold. My listeners rarely realize that some of my most popular songs are from the darkest times in my life. All they hear is the end of the story, churned up and spit out in a nicely folded sweater to curl up in. That’s exactly what I want. To feel warm, safe and inspired."
“People that don’t like music are fucking weird.”
“I currently do freelance photography [and] videography."
"I am currently in a point in my life where I made a big decision to leave my full time job because I hated it and now I’m just…. figuring things out.”
“Style inspiration is whatever I have in my closet.”
"I bought a new shirt this past weekend and that was the first time I bought a new article of clothing in a long time. I feel like I just wear what I have. I keep it simple. Every single time I look in my closet I tell myself I have too many clothes and I wear maybe a select few.”
“There’s a few facets where I draw inspiration from…."
"One would be other forms of art or other forms of media like other artists creating things that I see and find myself inspired by and wanting to create something or derivative of that because it has given me an idea... So whether that’s music, I mean I’m always listening to music, and I’m just instilled by different types of feelings and different types of emotions when I’m listening to music that can really put me in a certain mood to want to create something or go and do something."
“Paintings, photographs, people that I follow artist wise or just seeing visually intriguing things inspire me to get out and go shoot.”
"I got burnt out from my job, so there was a very empty presence of inspiration and feeling burnt out and lack of motivation that made me kind of sort to realize this and then surround myself with a lot of the things that used to give me inspiration."
"When consuming all of this media it really kind of spurred the idea of like okay, I need to stop what I’m doing and start doing something creative and inspiring again. I just found myself in a place where I did have it, surrounded myself with what usually inspires me and then that drove me to the point to make a change and go out and do something.”
“Music is a big influence in my life. I consume it."
“I think music is easier for me to talk about rather than style. I wouldn’t say I’m not big on style because that’s not true. I think I have a quote on quote style. But I think to me it’s plain. It’s nothing over the top or exuberant. I wear what I like and I’m the kind of person who sees other people wearing certain clothes or have a certain style I admire and I see myself wanting to borrow from or style a certain way. I can appreciate good style and want to assimilate my style in a sense."
Photos by KT Lipsiner
Words by Drew Perlmutter
By KT Lipsiner
Gear up + check out how to narrow down your go-to festival survival kit.
One thing certainly reigns true: Festival season is upon us.
It’s hot. It’s marvelously uncomfortable. It’s survival.
From show to show, one finds themselves glancing back to one dire question: Did I bring too much? It can seem like plain old common sense, but every now and then, you're the human caught lugging around an unnecessary load.
Here are some helpful, show-hopping essentials to certainly pack:
Small Backpack or Fanny Pack
Carabiner (attaching water bottle and other things)
Reusable water bottle or hydration pack
Sunscreen! Body + Face
Plastic bag (in case it rains)
Rechargeable Phone Battery
(Optional) Small sized camera/disposable camera