I’ve been a long-time fan of the work of Jamie Beck, and have followed her online life, first with (her now defunct blog) From Me To You, and then her latest iteration, Ann Street Studio, which chronicles the work and life her herself and her husband and business partner Kevin Berg.
Coincidences are always a funny thing, and as it should happen, right around the time I noticed she left New York for French countryside, I was plotting my own escape from New York- which involved selling everything I owned and taking a train across the country, from New York to California. I think because of this parallel, I’ve been following her journey closely, in part because of the beauty of her photography, and also as a way to perhaps understand my own escape.
Her personal work has taken a departure since she’s been in France, and I couldn’t be more in love with the result. The work that she’s currently sharing on Instagram seems deeply personal, incredibly artistic, sensual and daring. I’m particularly inspired by the self-portraits she’s been sharing, often in the nude, that are reminiscent of oil paintings from centuries past.
I’m obsessed with this dress (and it’s Mara Hoffman, in case you’re wondering)
When I was at a dinner party last week and my friend asked me if I had seen the cannabis packaging Pentagram did for Snoop Dogg I thought she was messing with me. But, luckily for me, and the world, she most certainly was not! I made her show me everything, right there at the dinner party. Design parties.
What was striking to both of us, was how Pentagram and Snoop steered away from the stereotypical marijuana aesthetic (always so cheesy and repulsive to me), and went in a completely different direction- elevating the concept of cannabis in this beautiful, lush, fashion-inspired story. The patterns, multiple color stories, and typography direction feels both elegant and casual at the same time. I love how Pentagram described the process on their blog:
As a forefather of West Coast rap, Snoop is closely associated with California, and this comes into play in the packaging. Clean and simple on the outside, opening the flower boxes reveals a fresh blast of colorful California cool. Sliding off the box cover exposes images of green palms, sunny beaches and blue pools in angled slices that echo the LBS logo. Users encounter other surprises as they handle the packaging: The surface of the outer box is covered with a custom cannabis paisley pattern, printed in a clear, tactile spot varnish. “We chose Paisley because it is one of Snoop’s favorite patterns, borrowed from bandannas,” says Oberman. Opening the box also reveals a colorful collectible sticker featuring a phrase like “Ooouuuweeee” or “Puff puff pass” handwritten by Snoop; the reverse of the sticker features humorous instructions for use the weed.
“It’s like working at the end of Prohibition,” says Oberman. “Everything is changing, all the time. Laws change from week to week, and affect what you can do. It’s incredibly exciting, but it’s also difficult, so we had to keep it simple.”