Monday, September 29, 2014

I had a dream last night...

...and it was filled with the most surreal pastel tones. There was a grove of sage colored eucalyptus trees, from which the most perfectly smoky coral colored moss was swirling and twisting effortlessly in the breeze, luring me in closer. I promised myself that I'd remember the colors. And, then, I found the perfect fitting pair of vintage Levi's jeans. It all looked something like this.

Be the Change

My astrological forecast's theme for September was "change." It really all came down to not fighting the change and allowing opportunities for change to act as a reset button in your life and embracing it in a positive and proactive way.

This past year has brought a lot of change into my life and at the end of my birthday month I've been able to reflect on all the changes that have come about. Some I struggled with at first, others I embraced, but when all is said and done and another year has finished I'm nothing but optimistic about it all.

I rarely post on Facebook but I shared the following on my birthday and felt that it really summed up a lot of big life events from this past year:

As you can see, it truly was an amazing year and I'm really glad that I took a moment to reflect on everything that has happened and all the changes it has brought about.

Something that I didn't mention, and was a goal of mine this past year, was regarding my health. Primarily, getting my headaches under control. As I began to think more about the future, and our desire to start a family soon, it was something that was really important to me. It's still a continual process but I do feel that I've gained some major momentum in changing my health for the better. My headaches are almost completely gone, I have way more energy and feel less angry and helpless about my situation, and in the process I've gained some healthy new habits that have been completely integrated into my life at this point. No more gluten, dairy, caffeine, and I run every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 6:30am (something I never thought I'd get into), as well as practice yoga at least a couple times a week to manage my stress and re-align my body.

Now, for the main reason for this post after a long hiatus, is that this next year I want to continue to make these positive lifestyle changes and, as part of that, I want to start writing again. This blog started as a way to chronicle my creative inspirations and then I got hooked to the simplicity of Pinterest as a way to organize what I saw online, yet I miss the writing aspect of it. My Mom and I had a wonderful dinner on my birthday at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco and we talked about how much I used to write and, as she says, I was really talented. It was something that gave me a lot of joy, confidence, and inspiration so I'm going to start it up again. I even bought a journal this weekend because nothing beats actually writing freehand and not worrying about who's going to read it.

So, with that, I'm back and excited to start sharing on the world wide web again.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Design by Kamma Claire: Deck the Halls

It's been a while since I've posted on here. I guess I can blame my Pinterest account for that...or maybe the right design project just hadn't come along. Which is exactly why I'm so excited to share the latest design I created for Shelter Social Club's annual Deck the Halls holiday shopping/socializing event of the season. This year, it's taking place at the newly acquired Ojai Rancho Inn, which will soon be the go-to spot in Ojai for the ultimate in stylish rest and rejuvenation once renovations are complete.

If you can't already tell by this talented group of vendors, this is going to be an amazing event! Hope to see you there.

(c) 2012 Kami Shallenberger

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Last Night in SF

I just designed this header for my friend and co-worker, Mike McGarry's, new blog Last Night in SF, also known as "Mike McGarry's Month of Music in May." I think his title may be just a little better. In short, he's challenged himself to attend a new live concert in San Francisco every single night this month and then blog about Last Night's concert experience on his blog. It's a pretty rad challenge and I can't wait to hear what comes of his experience. I liked how this design conjured up the feeling of fully rocking out and losing oneself in the music.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sepia Tones

GLTZ: A Project Inspired by Maurizio Anzeri

There's something so rich and layered that I love about mixed media pieces, especially ones that involve the flashiness of sequins and the handiwork of sewing into them. These pieces, entitled GLTZ, are inspired by the work of artist Maurizio Anzeri, who, likewise, makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs to form elaborate costumes and suggest the psychological aura of his subject. I love the freshness of the GLTZ pieces' modern black and white fashion photography, their use of color, materials and the graphic lines the string creates.

Photography: Ausra Osipaviciute
Art Director and Fashion Designer: Milda Cergelyte
Needlework: Gintare Pasakarnyte

Rotganzen: Melting Disco Balls

These melting, deflated disco balls almost visualize my anguish over the end of LCD Soundsystem. I would love one (or several) of these in my home. They were created by Rotganzen, a Rotterdam based artist collective formed by Robin Stam, Joeri Horstink and Mark van Wijk. Photography courtesy Rick Messemaker.

Thursday, February 2, 2012