Bones Couture // Style Munster

Friday, July 30, 2010

Liz Novak

OK, so I work with the fabulous Liz. I wanted to ask her some questions because she makes amazing things. I want to be like her when I grow up: shes hilarious, intelligent, and talented. Not to mention she's great at girl talk and advice. You all need to read this awesome interview and visit her shop.

1. What inspires you?

Oh man, too much. I spend way too much time looking at things. So I guess “things” inspire me. I’ve always been fascinated by “old stuff” since I was a little kid and my mom and grandma would take me around to yard sales, flea markets, and craft shows. I’ve collected lots of things over a short period of time: seashells, stamps, prayer cards, teeth, pyrex bowls and tableware… I was probably the only 16 year old in my neighborhood with collection of glass beakers and a full set of silverware.
I grew up at the Jersey Shore so I spent my time living between the ocean and the pine barrens. I think a lot of my taste for color and texture comes from that and all the old stuff that I would surround myself with. 
When I’m being an artist, I think a lot of my ideas come as a means of critique or of venting frustrations. I like to do a lot of musing on power, power structures, and how they can and are co-opted. I use a lot of words and phrases that can have double meaning and watching them play off of each other. Although, sometimes, I like to make more light hearted pieces that deal with things like lame tattoo ideas. When I make jewelry, I strive to make fun trinkets that I want to wear or just think are fun and neat.

2. What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

Every new person in my house is instructed to gaze at my pot rack that hangs from the ceiling. It’s made out of an old wrought iron chandelier. I call it the “pandelier”. 

3. What would you like people to take away from your work?

Uh… that I am cool and fabulous and should be given lots of money? Really, I’d like to see them love it and appreciate it and treat it well. I’d like to see folks use it to further their own ideas, like using my jewelry as part of a costume or an outfit. I’d love for people to see something I’ve made and then take a minute and consider what it is what it stands for, and how to interact with it. Details are important! Pay attention! Keep looking good!

4. Where do you want to see your business go?

I’d love to see it sustain itself and eventually be able to grow so that I can use it as a vehicle for doing clothing and other design projects. I want to be able to make satisfying work and I want people to respond to it. If I can make a profit off of it, that’s great, but I’d be satisfied with just being infamous for making neat stuff.

5. What are your hobbies and interests?

Working all the time. When I’m not working, I like to grow a summer vegetable garden, ride my bike for really long distances, travel around visiting friends, and eat good food with my boyfriend. I have a huge soft spot for education and I just completed a certificate program at RISD for historic preservation. I really like studying architectural history and doing research. It satisfies the nosy side of my personality.

6. Would you ever incorporate your hobbies or interests into your work?

I’d love to go to grad school and eventually work in preservation or city planning. Or in a museum or an archive. There are so many things that I want to do that thinking of it become overwhelming! I’m also in a funny position because the thing that makes my money is something that most people would pursue as a hobby while what I do for fun would be considered actual “work”.

7. Who is your style icon?

I’ve been really into a bunch of Swedish and Scandinavian style blogs recently and I have many friends who have great, great style. I love looking at old photographs, especially from the 1920s until the 1970s. Slinky noir vixens, ladies in bullet bra bathing suits and big, 70s country-singer hair- bring it on! And anyone rocking a mod minidress is instantly my hero!
I also think a large part of style is how you address the world around you and who you deal with situations and problems. I’ve had a lot of good mentors and I always aim to be classy but never, ever boring. 

8. If you could meet anyone, who would it be?

Comic artist R. Crumb, so that he can autograph my legs.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Paul Lonardo- Fear Before Photography

As anyone can probably tell, Paul is my brother. So it might seem kind of funny to "interview" him, but I really think more people need to see his work. I always knew he painted, and was amazing at it, and then he became a tattoo artist, but when he told me he takes pictures I really didn't know what to expect. We climbed the stairs together and he whipped out his insanely large laptop and tiny cheap camera, and showed me some of the most beautiful photographs I have ever seen, and I'm not just saying that (we're brutally honest with each other). I hope you guys check out his site, Fear Before Photography and appreciate what he has to say. We can all be inspired by someone!

1. How long have you been interested in photography?

A) I have been interested in photography for quite a few years now. It started off on a trip to New York City , I had just purchased my first digital camera off a person on craigslist for 20 dollars a few days prior and really got into what I was doing. Soon I was taking my camera everywhere I went , taking pictures of anything interesting.

2. What quality does something have to have for you to photograph it?

A) There are quite a few different things that I look for as an individual. I mostly enjoy capturing people, places and moments that I feel are beautiful that are sometimes viewed as 'ugly' by society.

3. What keeps you inspired?
A) Inspiration to me comes from so many different things and by so different many people. Photography is a form of art and there are many painters and artist throughout history and in the present that continues to inspire me as an artist.

4. What would you like to come out of your photography business?

A) To have something to be really proud of, and to show people that you don't need expensive equipment to capture beautiful things.

5. How do you expect/want other people to see your pictures?

A) I would like people to take a moment and relate to or even be inspired by one of my images.

6. What other interests do you have, and will you ever incorporate them into your brand?

A) I have many other interests. I myself play bass guitar, am a tatoo artist, love music, adore the outdoors, can not live without art in so many different forms. I will always incoporate the places and things that interest me as a person.

Monday, July 12, 2010

New and Old Hairstyles

I leave my hair in a pony tail or just down all the time. I have flat, shitty, brown hair, and it sucks. I dress more on the creative or high fashion side, but my hair never matches my outfits. I need to start dressing how I want to dress, do my make up and hair how I want, and stop being so damn lazy. That's my problem when getting ready, and yet I love glamor and clothes more than anything on the planet. Now, these pictures aren't exactly what I'm leaning towards to do to my hair, but they definitely serve as an inspiration to do a version of these looks. Various runway shows, magazine spreads, and of course Katy Perry, Gaga, and Miss Lauper. Gwen Stefani is always someone to follow in my opinion. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lara Stone in Black and White

Another model I truly admire. She has a huge ass gap in between her teeth and is a size 4/6 (which is normal/skinny) but bigger in the fashion world. I love her look, her poses, everything. She's broken so many boundaries and it's inspiring how successful she has been after how judgmental some photographers, designers, and editors can be. Once again, more art. And not just because shes naked and its black and white photos!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


Kate Moss is obviously a legend. She's the shortest famous model, and she's over 30 and still going, which is pretty rare. I mean, she has been on more magazine covers, and in more ad campaigns than I can even count. Plus her line for Topshop is to die for-- totally her style. I love Kate, she has been in thousands of beautiful spreads. Her versatility, and ability to make nude shots and what could be considered "boring" into art is amazing. A true fashion chameleon.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Avant Garde Hair

I truly wish I had the balls to walk around this way. Art for your hair.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Lady Gaga Boston Review

Here are some not so high quality pictures, but fuck it, at least you can see the stage set up and the blood pouring from her neck. 
Ok, so obviously i'm in love with Lady Gaga, especially after reading the latest Rolling Stone article about her. So I went into the show slightly hammered with high hopes. A gay kid and I attacked a protester (not so violently) and went on out merry way. I went to the show with my mom, who felt so uncomfortable dancing, that she took pictures LITERALLY the whole time. After all the hype and stuff she says about her shows, such as "it'll free you" I thought I'd come out of that place a new person, which sounds silly. Anyways, she put on a good, long show, and even played the piano to a fast jazz song in 6 inch heels. I was super impressed with her vocal range while running around crazily. Not to mention the backround and stage set up was beautiful and out of this world. It took me to a new place, and I danced my ass off. Gaga was so personal onstage, and clearly appreciated everyone being there.