PROVIDENCE POLAROID PROJECT *Interview with Creators Brandon & Devan*

Providence has become known to host many pop-ups events. The first pop-up in this series, which I’ll share with you today, is the PVD Polaroid Project.

In 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing and photographing Brandon and Devan the masterminds behind the PVD Polaroid Project. The exhibition came and went, but it was a rad project nonetheless. The advice they shared is timeless!

I introduce to you all, Brandon and Devan….

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tell us about the PVD Polaroid Project?

Providence Polaroid Project creates analog experiences in a digital world. It’s a space where people can digitally disconnect and capture instant photos of the faces and spaces of Providence.

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how did you decide to start PVD Polaroid Project?

Analog photography forces a higher level of accountability. It asks people
to slow down and really think about what they are doing — you’ve only got
as many shots as what’s left in your pack of film. We thought that was an
important and unique experience for people living in a digital age to have.

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how you did you come up with the name PVD Polaroid Project?

It just made sense. So much sense, that it’s not original at all. The owner of our space had launched a project just a year before called the Providence Portrait Project. We didn’t know any of this when we submitted our grant—we know now.

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tell us about how your process at the PVD Polaroid Project.

we teach our customers how to use a 1971 Polaroid Big Shot and add their portrait to our gallery.  It’s a lot of fun.

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how would you describe your fashion style?

American-made thrift.

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 what inspires you?

Providence is such an interesting city with so many cool things going on. Just walking down the street and seeing what people are doing and creating, inspires and motivates us to be a part of it all and contribute to the Creative Capital.

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who in the photography field inspires you the most?

Winogrand for street photography and Warhol for instant portraits.
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where are you from and where do you live now?

We are from Rhode Island and live in Providence… the west side.

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why did you decide to stay in providence and open PVD Polaroid
Project here?

We chose to move back to Rhode Island for Providence. It’s a cool city
and it’s home—we are lucky for that. We are proud to contribute a small
amount of positivity to the city that gave us the opportunity to install this
project.

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describe Providence in a few words.

Hip.

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Right before bed, that’s when the best ideas come. If they are still good in the morning—we go with them.

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what is one thing you can’t leave your house without?

A copy of “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman

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when do you feel your best?

Lately, when working in the camera shop. Generally, when in a state of creativity.

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what is the best place you’ve ever traveled to?

Black Rock City. It’s a trip to look at it on Google Earth—we like it there.

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favorite quote.

“The Universe is Self-Organizing.”

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What is the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

Be comfortable in the silence.

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any words of advice would you give to our readers wanting to start a business or pursue art?

Jump and the net will appear. People will tell you to have a plan—you don’t need a plan, you need an outline. Just decide what to do and go do it. If you enjoy the work, you’ll be good at it. If you don’t enjoy the work, why do it in the first place?

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Thank you so much to Brandon and Devan for dropping some serious wisdom!

interview + photography by Olivia

LORE COLLECTION *AN INTERVIEW WITH JAYNA ARONOVITCH FOUNDER & OWNER*

Today, I am happy to bring you business owner, curator, photographer, and all around talented human, Jayna Aronovitch! Jayna is the proud owner of LORE, located on the East Side of Providence.

I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with her and was really taken aback by her attention to detail and care that she places into the store. Jayna truly believes in the artists she supports, and is passionate about bringing quality to her customers.

If you’re in Providence I’d recommend checking LORE out! Be sure to let her know Winter Moon sent you.

Without further adieu, Jayna Aronovitch!

tell us about Lore !

Lore is a new, curated space in Providence that is home to the works of emerging artists and designers. We provide a unique experience through a fusion of gallery and boutique.

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how did you come up with the name Lore?

“Lore” comes from “folklore”. Telling the stories of our artists and their process is an important part of our mission.

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what made you decide to start Lore?

I found myself surrounded by talented artists and makers who weren’t showing their work anywhere in Providence. The personal connection I have with a lot of these people is what inspired my decision.

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what is it like owning a brick and mortar?

It’s amazing. I’ve always wanted my own space to curate. I also really enjoy the personal connections I get to make with my customers; I love seeing people’s reactions to the space I work so hard to present to them.

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I want to expose people to new and exciting artists by showcasing art and handcrafted product side by side.

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when did your passion for art and handmade objects begin?

My dad collects art of all kinds; from the more traditional to the strange and peculiar. Being exposed to his interest in art objects has been very influential and seeing him embrace and support artists from all walks of life inspired me to want to share the artists I know with the world, and try to make it as accessible as possible.

how would you describe your fashion style?

I like simple classic modern boxy garments that I can accessorize with handmade jewelry made by my friends. I’m also the proud owner of an extensive and diverse vest collection, and am known for looking great buttoning up my shirts all the way to the top button.

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tell us, what inspires you?

I love when someone finds something unexpected that they love at Lore. It’s so inspiring to get an excited positive response from what I’m doing sharing artists work with people. It makes me want to go out and find more.

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if you could drop everything and do ONE thing, what would you do and why?

Probably sleep. I really love sleep. But in my waking life having my own store and gallery is pretty great.

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where do you live now?

Providence has been my home for a long time now. I live on the west side now, but I’ve lived all over town.

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what made you decide to live in Providence and open Lore here?

I came to Providence to study at RISD. I fell in love with it right away, and decided to stay and work here after I graduated. There’s a great creative community in Providence and lots of things going on, but there wasn’t a curated gallery/boutique like Lore.

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describe Providence in a few words.

A friend of ours has this shirt that describe Providence as “a great place to fail”. I like that: Providence is a great place to take on a creative venture. It’s inexpensive to live here, there’s a lot of space to make work, and a lot of artists to collaborate with.

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what is your favorite season, why?

I love summer the best. I like the heat, the long days, warm nights, and adventuring throughout coastal Rhode Island!

I love that Lore is always changing and features new artists on a regular basis. How do you find new artists, art, and objects for your beautiful collection?

It started mostly as a word of mouth thing: friends of friends, etc., but it’s expanded from that. Now, I find new artists through social media and by people reaching out to me with their work. I find that people want to be a part of the collection, because I’m selective about how it’s curated; they know their work will be surrounded by other good work.

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when do you feel the most creative?

When I’m making photographs in the darkroom. There’s something magical about analogue photographic processes.

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what is one thing you can’t leave your house without?

My purple lipstick. I don’t wear it every day, but I always have it. It’s a little accent that makes me feel great.

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when do you feel your best?

When I’m wearing a vest and eating cheeseburgers.

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what is the best place you’ve ever traveled to?

My mom and I went on a river boat on the Amazon in Peru a few years ago. It was so beautiful and really inspiring to see all the animals in the jungle and meet all the local craftsman.

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any words of advice you give to our readers wanting to start a business, or store?

Stay true to your vision!

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what kinds of social media can we follow you on and how can our readers contact you?

I’m most active on Instagram, because I’m a photographer and it’s a visual format. You can also find us on Facebook. I post regularly about our artists, new products, and upcoming events and shows. We also have a email mailing list, that’s used mostly for show announcements. instagram: studio_lore . facebook: Lore Collection . contact us here: http://www.lorecollection.com/contact/

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Be sure to stop by LORE this upcoming Friday for their first art show!

WHEN: Friday, April
TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: 144 Brook St.

RSVP here:

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FALL FEELS

I hope you’re having a good fall so far.

I’m amazed at how fast time is going lately. I’m trying to learn how to live in the moment, savor experiences, yet simultaneously hustling for the future. I think this why I love photography so much. It allows me to stop and notice the details around me.

Here are some photos I shot recently of the East Side of Providence and the RISD Museum. I’ll never tire of these incredible colors.

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xx,
Olivia

// all photography by Olivia//

NATURAL TALENT MEETS NATURAL HISTORY.

This past weekend I attended, jewelry and metalsmith, Islay Taylor’s show, Natural History.

We’ve been lucky to see Islay’s original inspiration and see the progression of her inspiration in her jewelry come to life. I am thankful that she allowed us into her studio over seven-months ago because we can see how her ideas evolved into these insanely beautiful creations.

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Feel free to contact Islay and/or purchase some of her one-of-a-kind jewelry!

website: http://islaytaylor.com/

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xx,

Olivia

// photography by Olivia //  Jewelry by Islay Taylor //

WALLFLOWER AT THE RISD MUSEUM

A few weeks ago, I took myself and a journal to the RISD Museum. It was definitely one of the best afternoons I’ve had in a while.

By nature, I am a wallflower; I find that I need a good amount of time to be alone with my thoughts. I love going to museums because I’m challenged to think outside of my regular scheme of thoughts. Artists have a profound way of provoking and inspiring thoughts deep within us.

I walked away from the museum this day with such an enthusiasm and inspiration on my personal work. Sometimes I get caught up trying to be something or say something a certain way, but the museum reminded me that being yourself is really the only way.

Here are some snapshots of some incredible artist’s work that really captivated my attention. The museum itself is really beautiful too, so I shot quite a few of the architecture.

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If you’re in PVD I encourage you to check out the RISD Museum— It has free admission on Sundays!

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I hope you can find sometime to be alone with your thoughts and see what you can discover.

xo,

Olivia

// all photography by Olivia //