100 KIMONO PROJECT
In June 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the 100 Kimono Project, a counter-protest to the shut-down of “Kimono Wednesday”, an exhibit at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. These shots were done by the talented team of Kaz Matamura and Michael Helms.
Let us not be so quick to say “fetish” and “my culture is not your costume.” A society living in fear of offending, lives also in fear of expression. Let us find a larger meaning before we find offense.
I’m currently working on a book of haiku poetry titled Open with friend and illustrator Molly Ha. These are poems written in the traditional Japanese 5-7-5 syllable format on the topic of falling in love. Molly has taken my words and interpreted them into clever and original drawings. Stay tuned for our joint book release and check out her blog You Me and Other People.
For as long as I can remember, I have been writing poetry. It started with counting the sounds of words on my fingers as a child, and has turned into something I’m blessed to share with readers. A fan of brevity and rhythm, haiku is my literary method of choice, though you will find other types of poetry on my blog haikubebe.com I’ve also turned it into an Instagram account which you can follow @haikubebe.
In 2015, a colleague and I launched a menswear consignment company startup called THEFRECK.COM. We featured stylish, talented guys and sold pieces from their wardrobe on consignment. Our features made a percentage of each sale and customers were able to purchase designer items at discount prices, with the added benefit of shopping sustainably. Unfortunately, we ended up closing shop after a year but the experience and connections gained were invaluable.
DRIPPING POEMS FROM LA
Fortunate enough to live in Los Angeles, one of the greatest cities (minus the traffic), I find myself often taking photos and being inspired. I used an old transfer technique with gel medium to place my photos onto canvas, creating a grungy effect, which I then overlayed with poetry. Dionoso Punk, an international webzine, decided to recognize my work by doing a Q&A and feature with me.