We are so excited to be launching Issue 3 of Show Pony Magazine this Thursday, December 6. Cover artist Michael Wolf has been one of my favorite photographers for years, and it is truly an honor to publish images from his “Tokyo Compression” project. In addition, we have wonderful features and interviews from creative entrepreneurs around the world. This issue was made possible by the generous support of the many donors to our Kickstarter page. Your support means the world to us, thank you!
In case you were wondering if I am one of those DIY, crafty, home decorated for the holidays type of people, the answer is no. However, through the power of Pinterest, I sometimes convince myself that I could be. These paper star garlands by Toast are the perfect starting point for someone as DIY-challenged as myself. They look thoughtful and handmade, but arrive complete and ready to hang. Just my kind of project!
For more of our daily inspirations visit our Pinterest page.
Erica Young is the one-woman team behind On the Lookout jewelry. Each piece is handmade by Erica in her Cleveland-based studio and the designs are exquisite. She describes her work as “Native American and African-inspired designs made with richly colored bead work, gemstones, leather and brass; playful expressions that incorporate a contemporary, tribal and ethnic flair.” As a true creative entrepreneur, Erica’s passion for creativity and construction ensure that each piece of jewelry is crafted to perfection. She explains,”starting a creative business where I have full control has been insanely rewarding – and terrifying! I’ve put my whole heart into everything you see here…”
Warrior Necklace NO. 1, $80.00
SQUARED Bracelet, $35.00
GOLD DROP Necklace / Cyan, $45.00
LUNA Bracelet / Grey Glass, $32.00
* Images courtesy of Erica Young / On the Lookout
Based in San Francisco, Danny Hess shapes surfboards from sustainably harvested wood. He is also one of the founders of Woodshop, a studio and showroom he started with three friends in 2009. This image is from a great profile on Danny originally published in Afar.
For more of our inspirations visit our Pinterest page.
If you’ve ever considered getting into the film business, or any self-financed creative endeavor, I highly recommend American Movie. This documentary is an honest, funny and sometimes heartbreaking portrayal of independent filmmaker Mark Borchardt’s attempt to fulfill his dreams. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Mark started making films at the age of fourteen when he purchased a super-8 camera at a garage sale. After serving three years in the military, he returned to the Midwest to attend film school at a local university. He spent the next three years attempting to write, shoot and edit his independent film, “Northwestern.” The process was documented by filmmakers Chris Smith and Sarah Price and their resulting film, American Movie, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.
Ultimately a story of friendship, family and the power of perseverance, American Movie is truly inspiration for the creative entrepreneur.
I have been a fan of artist Jamie Watson’s work for several years. Her original Monotype prints have been made into posters which can be purchased at Corduroy Gallery. Based in Maine, Corduroy’s online shop features apparel, contemporary art, and back to basics surf and skate items. If you happen to be in town, check out their frequent pop-up shows and events.
For more of Jamie’s work and updates on her adventures, head over to her blog Pineapple Luv.
New York City has no shortage of pizza options but, when visiting Manhattan, I will go out my way to eat at Lil’ Frankie’s. The Pizza Margherita is second to none, especially the crust. Crispy on the outside and airy on the inside, it’s worth the wait you will usually encounter at this cozy East Village spot.
(between 2nd Ave & Extra Pl)
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village
I am looking forward to sharing recommendations of films that I find inspiring and entertaining. Released in 2003, Swimming Pool makes the top of my favorite movies list. Starring the always amazing Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier, Swimming Pool is filled with mystery, melancholy, and gratuitous nudity. Thus, even though it is mostly in English, it has the typical characteristics of a moody French film. The intentionally ambiguous conclusion sparked much confusion and controversy with audiences, but it is one of those endings that keep this movie on your mind. Highly recommended with a bottle of red and a rainy day.
Starting a new project or business is terrifying. This project is something that I have wanted to do for awhile, and I have finally gathered the courage to start. I am so grateful for the positive feedback and enthusiasm Show Pony has received. My intention with this blog is to support and celebrate small business owners. When I started my business I knew absolutely nothing about the process. I literally failed math in high school and I have a BA in photography from a university that only requires a pulse to attend. I was not exactly positioned to succeed, let alone turn a profit.Continue Reading