06.07.14 by Jeff

Drawing On The Past: Lavennz Ooi

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Getting some beautiful submissions to our “Drawing On The Past” project with Herschel Supply. Thank you to Lavennz Ooi for this one, you’ve just snagged yourself some Herschel Supply product just for submitting!

All this month I will be hooking up people with Herschel Supply goods (backpacks, duffels, etc) just for joining in on the fun. 3 lucky people will receive our very special Booooooom and Herschel Supply bag.

Get full project instructions here.

30.06.14 by Jeff

“Drawing On The Past”: Interview with Director Andrew Thomas Huang

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My friends at Herschel Supply and I have launched an art project called “Drawing On The Past”, and we want you to draw a person, place, or thing, that’s had a positive impact on your life. It’s open to anyone to join, and I’d be thrilled if you took part! As a little extra incentive we’ll be giving away Herschel products to some random lucky people just for submitting to the project! Get the full instructions HERE.

This drawing above is a submission to our project by one of my favourite directors, Andrew Thomas Huang (I’ve featured his work many times).

He wrote: “This is one of the first creatures I invented when I was about 8 years old. It doesn’t have a name, but runs in the desert with the body of a kiwi, a honking nose and ram horns. This was special because it was one of the first characters that felt very real to me, and gave me confidence to keep drawing. This is my first re-imagining of the creature in 21 years.”

 

Interview with Andrew Thomas Huang

 

Jeff Hamada: Let’s start off with maybe the most important question of all, we get to eat one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner in L.A., where do we go?

Andrew Thomas Huang: Breakfast: Bea Bea’s in Burbank – hands down best french toast on Earth. No joke. Lunch: Larchmont Wine & Cheese sandwich shop. Dinner: Korean BBQ place in Koreatown called Soot Bull Jeep.

 

 

JH: I was trying to explain to someone the unique look that has sorta become your signature. You’re able to use computer generated images but have them still feel very tactile, very real. Is it fair to call this your style? Do you feel like you’re speaking with your own voice now?

ATH: I’m very cautious not to pin myself to a particular style, as that can stagnate a director’s career very quickly. Though I suppose I have married myself to certain ideas and philosophies about how I want things to move in my films, and I am more interested in advancing various thematic threads in my work but with different techniques, including more straight live action as well. Short answer is yes, I am speaking with my own voice now but that voice is constantly changing as I change.

JH: Did J.J. Abrams want you to come work for him right out of school?

ATH: He encouraged me to direct and welcomed me to become part of the Bad Robot family, which involved pitching to him and/or working as a PA at the company. This was back in 2007.

JH:  I read that it was your short film Doll Face that got him (and many people on the Internet) excited about your work. Will we see any long form work any time soon or are you still mostly interested in shorts?

ATH: Long form work yes, but not any time soon. I am booked some big jobs for the next year which are very exciting but still in short form world. I am currently outlining a feature which is more of a long term project.

JH: I’m guessing a lot of these big jobs will be secret at this point, but is there anything you’ve already been working on that we should look out for in the future?

ATH: For 2 years now I’ve been meaning to make a sort of sequel to my short film Solipsist, but something much darker and metallic. I’m done with colorful psychedelic rocks and sandy stuff. That project will realistically take another two years, but I have some other exciting stuff brewing that unfortunately I have to keep quiet about, but I’ll just say keep an eye out for March 2015.

 

 

JH: Solipsist was actually the first thing I’d seen of yours and it blew my mind. I’d love to see a sequel. Who are some other filmmakers that people should be watching that are perhaps flying a little under the radar?

ATH: (Some not necessarily under the radar, but I am just a huge fan of these artists) Kahlil Joseph, Michael Langan, Mikey Please, Aoife McArdle, Julie Faure-Brac, Geoffrey Lillemon, Lucy McRae, Jon Rafman.

JH: Never seen Julie Faure-Brac’s work before! Very cool. I usually end interviews by asking what’s one thing you’d like to accomplish this year? And also, what’s something you’d like to accomplish in your lifetime?

ATH: I hope to actually begin shooting (or be ready to shoot) my next short film by end of the year. Lifetime – I want to direct the next Dark Crystal.

 

Andrew Thomas Huang’s Website

Andrew Thomas Huang on Twitter

 

If you would like to participate in the “Drawing On The Past” project it’s open to anyone and we’d love to have you. Full project instructions HERE.

We are releasing our very limited edition Herschel Supply and Booooooom bag to the public on July 7th at 9am. It will be for sale online HERE.

27.06.14 by Jeff

“Drawing On The Past”: Drawing by Zach Tutor

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In case you somehow missed it, we’ve officially launched our latest project, “Drawing On The Past”. I produced a special bag with my friends at Herschel Supply and we’re releasing it as part of an art project open to anyone!

This drawing above is from Zach Tutor, the talented guy behind Supersonic ArtThe person, place, or thing that’s positively affected his life is the city of San Francisco. Not only was it the catalyst for starting his blog in the first place, it gave him a best friend, and a girl friend! So what is it for you? I wanna know who or what has helped shape who you are today.

If you’d like to submit a drawing to this project, I’d love that! We’ll be giving away some Herschel products to people who submit and three of our favourite submissions will receieve the very limited Herschel Supply x Booooooom bag.

 

THE INSTRUCTIONS

1. Download THIS TEMPLATE, print it off on any 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

2. Draw your picture, write a few sentences below it.

3. Scan the entire page and email it to: projects@booooooom.com with the subject “DRAWING ON THE PAST”. Deadline: August 4th, 2014. Works submitted digitally will be displayed on Booooooom.

4. To be eligible to be for the gallery show, you must physically mail in your original drawing. We must receive all entries by August 4th, 2014, leave enough time for shipping. Due to the number of potential submissions, drawings will not be returned. Mail your drawings to:

Booooooom
Suite 357 – 2416 Main St.
Vancouver, BC, V5T3E2

5. Share your work on Instagram and use the hashtag #drawingonthepast

 

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22.06.14 by Jeff

“Drawing On The Past”: Interview with Tran Nguyen

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Last week was the official launch of our latest project, “Drawing On The Past”. I’ve produced a special bag with my friends at Herschel Supply and we’re releasing it as part of an art project open to anyone. I would love it if you joined in on the fun; full instructions HERE.

I asked a few people to help me get things started. This gorgeous drawing above is a submission to our project by one of my favourite artists, Tran Nguyen. Enjoy a short interview with her below!

 
 

Interview with Tran Nguyen

 
 

Jeff Hamada: Maybe you could start off by describing where you are as you answer these questions! I’m sitting in my apartment here in Vancouver, listening to Brad Mehldau’s piano cover of Radiohead’s “Exit Music” and the sun is just starting to go down.

Tran Nguyen: I’m relaxing in my studio here in Atlanta, enjoying a nice cup of Yogi green tea and listening to those insanely addictive songs from Disney’s Frozen.

JH: If you wrote your own Disney movie what would the plot be?

TN: The story would revolve around two tiny nymphs, a brother and a sister, who inhabits a floating island the size of human hand.  The island is actually a flowering plant in a pot, cared for by a little boy.  The boy planted the magical seed and watered the sprouting island for many weeks, but one day, as the house cat scuttled by the window, he accidentally knocks over the plant pot tossing the brother from the island, out the window and into the backyard.  The plot will focus on the sister’s journey to find her lost little brother in an unknown world of singing songbirds, sinister garden snakes, and unexpected, unyielding courage.

JH: That sounds amazing! Maybe someone from Disney will read this and hire you. I read that you were born in Vietnam, but raised in Georgia, could you get good Vietnamese food there? When I went to Vietnam recently I was surprised by how much variety there is food-wise; so much more than just pho.

TN: Honestly, if I’m in the mood for Vietnamese food, I make a trip to my parent’s kitchen.  They make the most scrumptious and tantalizing dishes I’ve ever consumed.  Elsewhere, I’d recommend the small restaurants located on Buford Highway, Atlanta.  I think dishes other than pho are a bit too exotic for American tongues and can be an acquired taste. If you’re an adventurous eater, I’d recommend ca kho to. I love, love seafood.

JH: Was art school a good experience for you? I know for some people it isn’t.

TN: Personally, I grew exponentially when I attended SCAD. My family and I didn’t have much growing up so I felt immensely fortunate to attend a private art college. I do have a few friends that felt a bit of resentment when they graduated, but I believe your education is what you make of it.

JH: I read in a couple other interviews that your parents lived their whole lives with very little, I’d imagine that would be a good reminder that making art for a living is a luxury. Do you ever feel extra pressure to make something of yourself as an artist because of your upbringing?

TN: Absolutely. I’ve seen the hardship my family’s endured so I could never take my privileges for granted.  Because of my upbringing, it’s motivated me to find a way to help people with imagery, live to my potential, and persevere over all obstacles that may come.  I would never want to disappoint my family. They’ve sacrificed too much to bring me to the States, and cared enough to send me to an extremely expensive college, for it to be thrown away.

JH: What are some of the things influencing your work these days?

TN: These days, I’ve been heavily inspired by haute couture. I’m extremely fascinated with manipulating and constructing fabric to create abstract form, which is a subject matter I’ve been visiting recently; particularly pleated textures. As always, my concepts are focused on therapeutic imagery.

JH: I don’t find a lot of work by Vietnamese artists (at least not as much as I’d like), do you know a secret website where can I find more work by artists from Southeast Asia? If there isn’t one, there should be.

TN: Unfortunately, there aren’t many Vietnamese artists. I only know a handful and I think it’s because art isn’t respected as much as it is in the U.S., plus the market barely exists in countries like Vietnam. I hear it’s gotten better these past few years so I’m hoping for a plethora of artists from Southeast Asia in the near future.

JH: I like to end interviews by hearing about an artist’s personal goals. Could you share something you’d like to accomplish this year, and then something you’d like to accomplish in your life time?

TN: By the end of this year, I’d like to take my dad back to his hometown in Vietnam.  He’s worked his whole life and has missed out on a lot.  After working 70+ hours a week for 24 years, he deserves a long vacation. On my deathbed, what will matter most is whether I can confidently say that I’ve lived a honest life I can be proud of — something I’ve been working towards since high school.

JH: Your drawing is incredible, thanks for being a part of the project.

TN: Thanks so much, Jeff.

 

Tran Nguyen’s Website

Tran Nguyen on Instagram

 

If you would like to participate in the “Drawing On The Past” project it’s open to anyone and we’d love to have you. Full project instructions HERE.

We are releasing our very limited edition Herschel Supply and Booooooom bag to the public on July 7th at 9am. It will be for sale online HERE.

 

18.06.14 by Jeff

Herschel Supply and Booooooom: “Drawing On The Past”

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If you follow @Booooooom on Instagram you may have already seen hints about this! I’m excited to announce that my friends at Herschel Supply and I have made a special bag together and we are releasing it as part of an art project called “Drawing On The Past”.

After years of people asking if there’s anything they can buy to show support for the site, this is it! This is the first real Booooooom product (and not the last). It’s special to me for many reasons; one being that Andrea Wan, one of my all-time favourite artists, drew the pattern for the inside of the bag. Watch the video below before I give it all away!

 

 

THE BAGS

There are only 75 bags for sale, and they will go live July 7th at 9am PST on Herschel’s website, bookmark this link: here.

As a little reward for reading all this text, I’ll tell you that if you join the Booooooom Secret Email Club you will get a heads up for purchasing the bags earlier than that.

Extra incentive to take part in the project: We’ll be hooking up some people with Herschel products and three (3) lucky people, whose submissions we especially like, will win the Herschel Supply and Booooooom bag.

 

THE PROJECT

I want you to draw a person, place, or thing, that’s had a positive impact on your life, and write a few sentences about it. I’ll be showcasing these drawings on Booooooom, and sharing your stories. The project will end with an art show here in Vancouver, where we will show selected work from the project  (I’d like to show as much as we can possibly fit in the space).

I really want to encourage those of you who don’t normally draw or make art to be a part of this project. The template you download will have space to draw and to write, and both are important. Drawing has two meanings, and this project is as much about moving a pen on a page, as it is about remembering a moment.

 

THE INSTRUCTIONS

1. Download THIS TEMPLATE, print it off on any 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

2. Draw your picture, write a few sentences below it.

3. Scan the entire page and email it to: projects@booooooom.com with the subject “DRAWING ON THE PAST”. Deadline: August 4th, 2014.

4. To be eligible to be for the gallery show, you must physically mail in your original drawing. We must receive all entries by August 4th, 2014, leave enough time for shipping. Due to the number of potential submissions, drawings will not be returned. Mail your drawings to:

Booooooom
Suite 357 – 2416 Main St.
Vancouver, BC, V5T3E2

5. Share your work on Instagram and use the hashtag #drawingonthepast

 

THE TERMS

By submitting artwork, each entrant gives Booooooom and Herschel Supply a non-exclusive, perpetual, transferrable, irrevocable, royalty-free, fully paid-up license to use, and display the artwork online, offline, or in print, including but not limited to, Booooooom.com, HerschelSupply.com, and the final gallery show. Booooooom and Herschel Supply also reserve the right to not display works submitted to this project for any reason. None of the artwork submitted will be made for sale.

 

 

21.05.14 by Jeff

Hannah K. Lee

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I love Hannah K. Lee’s type work, and her latest zine “Everyone Else Is Younger And More Talented” is A+. You can snag it here. See more pages from the zine below.

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21.04.14 by Jeff

Music Video: Major Lazer “Aerosol Can” ft. Pharrell Williams

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Not really sure why you would get Mike Giant to draw with markers for a song called “Aerosol Can” but it is an excuse to watch Mike Giant draw with markers. Watch the video for Major Lazer’s “Aerosol Can” featuring Pharrell Williams below.

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26.02.14 by Jeff

“While You Were Steeping” / Geoff McFetridge

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I love everything about this little video, watch what Geoff McFetridge does while he waits for his tea to steep. Watch the video below!

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