Velvet Dust

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Summer 2015

Metropolis

Welcome to Metropolis: the ideal city, a place to disappear, a paradise, a place of progress, a dystopia.

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Visual Urbanism

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Where do you live and what do you do?

I live in Berlin and work there as a freelance photographer / location scout.

How long have you been taking pictures for?

I started to get really into photography in 2013, before that I was mainly snapping around on vacations or weekend trips. 

Your work seems to focus on cities, urban life and architecture. Is there a reason you're drawn to this theme?

The reason is, that I like cities and urban surroundings. The more urban and structured a place  looks, the more interesting it seems to me. I grew up in a city, use to do "citysports" like Basketball and Skateboarding and moved to Berlin because of its metropolitan touch. Simply city life attracts and inspires me a lot.

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Firmness, Commodity, and Delight: An Interview with Jett Butler

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The work of FÖDA, an Austin-based design and identity firm, first caught my eye through food. I found myself drawn to every restaurant in Austin the firm had touched. Undeniably, eating was a draw, but I more powerfully connected to the experiences created inside of the restaurants that FÖDA had designed and branded. Subtle details like the guillochés on swayเสวย ’s coasters to the nautical wind flow maps on Clark’s Oyster Bar’s menus provide glimpses into the depth of thought that was put into each design for the business and then shared with us. 

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Freckles of Ubu Interview

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First things first – where are you from, and where are you based now?

Originally I am from Belarus and now I am based in NY.

How did you get into clothing design?

It was almost a happy accident. Back at home I was studying International Law and when I moved to NY I didn’t really know much about fashion design or any design in general.  Applying to Parsons was sort of an adventure and a challenge to myself. I haven’t regretted it yet.

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Imagine Always This

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imagine always this

by meredith thornhill

 

we escape ourself

the sharp contours

of our body

a black hole consumption

to a utopia parallelism

where now anonymous

stardust morphs, clashes, welds—

takes grasp of our soul

seizes control

to make dystopia known

where we shall be

stripped bare presently

longed to a marriage

between past and future—

itself to our heart

an organ quite fantastical

forever more reigns

this world lost to the next...

imagine always this

a true altruism

we shall possess selflessness

not only in idealism

we lose ourself

to the dreams.

 

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Songs Without a City: An Interview with Anthony Watkins

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The relationship between a storyteller and their chosen civic space is a delicate one, often oscillating between interaction and isolation. Austin-based singer/songwriter Mobley (birth name, Anthony Watkins II) is navigating this elusive dynamic with his latest album Fresh Lies, as he seeks to reconcile the complexities of race, the art of storytelling, and citizenship. 

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The Heart Cannot Quietly Abide These Tragedies

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The Heart Cannot Quietly Abide These Tragedies

We Must Cry Out In The Small Ways We Each Know How

 

This essay isn’t long and it isn’t beautiful. Honestly, it’s not even the original essay I wrote for this edition. 

 It’s a plea and it's the only thing that's appropriate to say anymore.

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