Obscura

Last time I went to Brazil, between february and march, I’ve managed to get some really cool work done. (If you’re new here and still don’t know – how could you? I haven’t even written my About page yet – I’m Brazilian.) The video below was one of them: done in collaboration with my partner Robinson Barbosa for my friend Felipe Caprestano’s awesomely conceptual mask project The Face Couture, it was really good fun to get a bit of our dark side out. I was also 6 months pregnant, and carrying those bricks the model wears in her feet was NOT EASY (I lie. They carried for me.)

I have no idea how, but before Felipe released the video, it ended up being featured on Diane Pernet’s infamous blog A Shaded View on Fashion. That lady has SOME EYE, I must say.

 

obscura from Face Couture on Vimeo.

“I do what I like and I like what I do”

I’m going through a bit of a back-to-square-one-moment. Slowing down, taking a step back, and looking at the big picture – a huge cliché, but you see, there are times in life that you simply can’t escape them.

So as well as getting my shit together around here, one of the things I’m doing is listing the people that inspire me, one way or another. At some point in my life I’ve wanted to be them or have what they have –  but now I’m a bit older and, uhm, a bit wiser, it’s not about doing what they do or go to where they are anymore: it’s just the plain admiration that’s important now.

One that I’ve just come across is the stylist, or she used to call herself, “sourceress” Zoe Bedeaux. She belongs to that group of 90s London stylists that used to create shoots for the Face and i-D on a shoe-string budget, without all the bollocks of having to please advertisers like today. It was all about discovering gems in flea-markets and creating one-of-a-kind pieces to get great images. I’ve just found an interview with her for Apartamento magazine (a mag I’m buying for the first time, in fact, and very inspiring: a sort of The Selby on paper), in which she shows her massive and enviable collection of treasures found all over the world. There were quite a few things she said that I think about myself as well quite a lot. One of them:

“When I create I do it for the sake of creating, not because it will lead to something. So often today this kind of attitude has been lost. People seem to create because it will lead to something or somewhere. The creation or work itself becomes almost a byproduct. When people ask me what I do I reply, “I do what I like, and I like what I do.” I refuse to be pigeon-holed  or reliant on the validation of others. In the creative realms I strongly feel that we have to be the arbiters of what we do otherwise true success will never be had.”

So, there. I’d like to say the same from now on.

 


Ahoy !

 

Hey, peeps. This site, as you must realise, it’s under construction. Instead of being simply a showcase of my styling portfolio, it’ll be a hub for everything involving my virtual life: you’ll get links to my twitter, tumblrs, FB, blogs in portuguese and english, and obviously, my styling and journalistic work, which is spread out all over the place. And most of all, this will be the home of my – tchanam! – personal blog, because, you see, I’m not good at this whole work-life-balance thing. It’s all intertwined, a big blobby mess.

So bear with me while I clean-up the house. Before you know it, I’ll be inviting you in for tea and gossip.

Meanwhile, if you want to see any of my work or, I don’t know, be my friend, it’s easy ->  tm@thaismendes.com or glittah@gmail.com