An Announcement

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I am excited to announce that my professional website has launched! You can now go to KMGLAESS.com to see my portfolio for both art and film. If you venture into my films you will see samples, various projects, and a list of films I am currently working on. In the art section, you can see my extensive portfolio (i.e. commissioned, school, freelance) in multiple mediums as well as available prints, original works, and information regarding classes and commissions.

Feel free to leave comments, share items your likes, and send me some feedback on how you feel regarding the flow of the site.

Best,

Kerstin

Pocket Calendar Notebook Reveal

This pocket Cahier notebook houses my schedule for specific aspects of my life on a convenient monthly planner I created myself. With a quick look I can tell what I am doing in very specific areas of my day-to-day activities. This is convenient for me so I do not have to pull out my large bujo every time I want to add something to my schedule. It is also good for habit building. As the name suggests, this fits easily into my pocket and the outer pockets of my backpack allowing me to quickly check and update it regularly. I sometimes store it with my pocket notebook for easy access.

Update 7.18.17- I kept up with it really well in the beginning of June, but once I started filling my time  with life it became harder to keep track of. It is really convenient for me to see all of my posts for L & L in once calendar with no competing distractions so I might consider keeping one for just my L & L posts. I am toying with the idea of scrapping the pocket calendar altogether and turning this into a bullet list of to-dos for each season. Reason being: I am tired of writing every event twice. I am also  tired of rewriting my task list over and over again in my current format in my large bujo. I would rather write it once (I am considering a Yearly To-Do at the front of the Bujo for long term goals) and then write it under the day in my bujo that the task was completed. Paired with my pocket notebook I would be unstoppable, unless I lost it then I would be totally crippled. Ideas to think about.

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Texas, Summer 2017

Here are some photos I took during my trip in Texas.

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Backroad behind my grandmother’s ranch.

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Hopkins County Courthouse, Square and Veterans Memorial.

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Here are some photos I took of amazing photos from my Grandma Kay’s house.

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Wedding in Mexico, 1949. All the bridesmaids arrived a week before and sewed all their dresses in one day.

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My grandmother (left), her parents, and her older sister. My great-aunt Char loved to ride horses and was still wearing her riding boots.

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My dad and uncle john sporting some weird facial hair and silly faces in Europe circa early 1980s. FullSizeRender 116FullSizeRender 112FullSizeRender 96

Portrait from the Hopkins County? Hospital. They had the Medical Director’s portraits on the wall and gave my grandmother my grandfather’s portrait.

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Two Years Since Undergrad

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Two years ago, I had just graduated from Ole Miss. I had accepted a position with the Mississippi Teacher Corps and I was excited to start my two-year graduate school journey into teaching. My boyfriend and I moved into our first apartment together. We had four amazing cats. I was so hopeful and desperate to start my adult life.

I left the program after 7 months. I took an eight month hiatus from school, the longest time I had ever not been a full-time student. I was unable to find consistent work for that period because no one wanted to hire someone full-time that was planning to move to NY by the end of the year or I did not have the right experience.

Looking back: I should have accepted a part-time job at Square Books instead of Insomnia Cookies. I could have become a non-degree seeking student at Ole Miss and taken a couple classes that spring/summer. I could have spent my time creating art, reading, and making my heart full. I don’t regret the decisions I made because they have made me who I am today. I do look on them as learning experiences that will continue to help me develop throughout my adult life. I am sad that I chose to spend so much time feel sorry for myself and allowing others to make me feel small.

I attempted to write young adult, but I am not in that category anymore. I have not been in a while. I am in my mid-20s. This year I am 25. In five years I will be 30. Wow.

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I have two amazing cats. I am meeting amazing people from all different walks of life and I hope to keep in touch with them after three years or if I were to ever leave the area. I wear less makeup, and contacts are usually reserved for sports. I don’t buy cheap things just because they are cheap. I have placed less emphasis on things and more emphasis on people and experiences. I have one living grandparent left, and I am not sure if she will make it to my graduation but I am hopeful. I cherish every moment with my family and friends, just in case. I write letters to people when they least expect it and try to be as thoughtful as possible. I am slowly making amends with people I feel I have wronged in the past- if you are one of those (you might not even feel that way) a letter  and apology is headed your way. I am not in the dating game. I am focusing on me. I want to experience the world more by myself, as an individual.

Moving

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{Two women trekking furniture across Brooklyn with a little Blue Wagon}

Part of the reason for my unscheduled and abrupt hiatus, though I did not reveal this at the time, was because in mid-April I moved to a new apartment. This added stress on top of my full-time graduate program and part-time job was way too much to handle. I felt like this first week of June has been the first time I have had a moment to myself to reflect and to relax at all. I was very lucky that my teachers were very understanding but I honestly tried to not let my personal situation affect what was going on in my academic life. This was extra hard among my school peers since due to the small community rumors tend to fly like crazy and I would still be attending class with my former boyfriend. I am very thankful that my co-workers were very supportive and helped me emotionally along, and that my mother and close friend were willing to help when I could not reach out to most of my classmates. I am pleased to now continue to share my new room, my new living situation, and update everyone on my cats and life in NYC.

Summer Documentary Series

The best part of being part of the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema is that during the off season the students are able to use the multi-million dollar facility and film equipment for personal projects. This summer myself and several classmate, will be creating mini documentaries (around 2-5 minutes in length) about ordinary people, events, and ideas that are actually quite extraordinary. I cannot wait to share these documentaries here as they become completed. Meanwhile, I will also be posting some projects I produced this past spring.

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{Set for one of the last films of the semester.}

If you know of anyone or anything special that should could be featured feel free to reach out that is in the NYC area (or available via transit) feel free to reach out.

Denim Day 2017

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I will be wearing denim on April 26th (this next Wednesday) in honor of sexual violence awareness month. Eighteen years ago an Italian judge overruled a rape conviction due to the tightness of the victim’s pants. The judge believed the jeans were so tight that the victim must have helped take them off, thus implying consent. It should not matter what the victim is wearing in regards to consent and rape is a societal issue, not a women’s issue.

I will be attending class all day so it will not be too out of place wearing denim, but men and women across the United States will be wearing denim to work in lieu of casual and formal business outfits.  Feel free to join me and others by wearing denim not only during our day-to-day activities but also on social media. Please use the hashtag #denimday. Feel free to tag your work, college, fraternity, sorority, and other social organizations. Remember this is about awareness.

To learn more about Denim Day you can visit the official site.

Winter Storm Stella & Spring Cleaning

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{Some Stella Artois to celebrate the snow day}

Stella was a bit of a disappointment since it did not reach two feet of snow within New York City, but everything was still pretty much cancelled. Schools closed, above-ground train tracks were closed, and only mean bosses made their employees take taxis to work.

I stayed inside and ironically began spring cleaning (what else have I been doing the past two months?). I went through my winter capsule closet and purged items that I did not get much use  out of: some black tank tops, many cardigans, and duplicates of black blazers. Then I stored it all. Unfortunately at the moment my storage system consists of black trash bags piled in the corner, but this summer I am planning to buy some storage containers from the Container Store (divided between these or these) to help me with my off-season storage options. But the good news is that my entire winter collection, sans shoes, fits into a single black medium sized trash bag. Score! Now to make the other seasons match that amount!

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I realize that Spring does not officially begin until this upcoming Monday, but I just couldn’t wait to dive into my spring collection. I am still keeping out all my black for work, but I will only be wearing white, light grey, camel, and pastels in the months to come.

Feirstein in the NY Times

I am excited to say that my film school was featured in the NY times. I am proud to be one of the first 200 hundred students to be admitted the school, and one of twelve producers to be in the second class ever. Our first M.A. students will be graduating the spring, while ur first M.F.A. class will be graduating in Spring 2018. I cannot wait to see what we are able to accomplish, influence, and change.

You can learn more about the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema here.

You can read the full article in the New York Times below: