I grok Susie Bubble

susiebubbleimages3wI’ve added a whole heap of inspiration to my plate in recent months, including fashion and fashion blogs. I’m also a new convert to the term grok which hadn’t crossed my screen until recently.

For anyone else who hasn’t seen the term grok used, it means to understand something intuitively, or to establish empathy and rapport with something or someone.

So, I grok Susie Bubble—I really get her. I can go to her Style Bubble fashion blog and find inspiration every day. Sometimes I think our thoughts and images are meshing in the ether. When you grok something or someone, I assume it’s close to aesthetic ‘knowing’—kind of inexplicable and personal. But why do I grok Susie Bubble?

1. She posts an eclectic mix of new and vintage, of simple and ornate, of wildly colourful and subtly neutral, of stupidly unnecessary and completely functional.
2. On the one hand she loves detailed patterns; on the other, she loves colour-blocking.
3. Her favourite artists are all expressionists, colourists, symbolists.
4. She admits to having multiple creative projects and resolving few.
5. She loves sushi.
6. (even though I hate them) She loves period dramas. Good to have a point of difference!
7. She uses metaphorical language and lots of exclamation marks!
8. Immersed as she is in her style world, she sees and articulates broader social and political commentary.



Why I love Pinterest

Why I love Pinterest

I’m too visual and verbose for Twitter. I don’t think anyone is that interested in where I am and what I’m doing or liking, to be large in the Facebook space. Facebook is great for keeping up with friends, but I don’t really want to communicate with people I don’t know through FB.

But Pinterest has captured me because it is visual and is a space where I can organise ideas visually – for artistic inspiration, or for ‘lifestyle’ interests, or just for fun. And I can engage (or not engage) with people I don’t know as it suits me. I’m following some interesting visual collators, who have ‘like’ ideas, and get regular updates on how others are using the images I have pinned. I can pin other people’s images, or upload my own. Further down the track I can set up boards with my own work.

The interface is too too simple and so fast – you can pin on the run – and your pins are immediately organised and look great.

What I really love about Pinterest is the capacity to place images together, which speaks to a particular aesthetic, or what I’m thinking or feeling at the time. It’s great incubation for ideas, which is essential to innovation! It’s an ideal digital visual diary. And you can pin video as well, but I haven’t tried that yet.

So what have I been pinning?

I have boards for my CURRENT OBSESSIONS like OrbsContraptionsPatinaFish and Beetles.

I have a board for general INSPIRATION

Pinterest board 'inspiration'

I have a board to explore colour – EXTREME COLOURS (colour combinations that are alive and inspire).

Pinterest board 'Exttreme colour'

There are some boards that I’m building for Dancing Capital as well – choreographic stimulus.

Like all social media, this site is collecting my data, but it’s data I’m willing to share. I’m also willing to accept the inevitable marketing that will come, hoping that it is better targeted at what I am interested in!

BTW the featured image for this post is the a snapshot of the Green Jelly Man from the Cambridge Festival in NZ, pinned to my Extreme Colours board.