Thursday, August 14, 2014

Learning how to draw/ paint and some inpsiration

I have never seen myself as a talented drawer or painter whatsoever.
As a kid I used to paint a lot and I love seeing the things I used to do, as there is something really beautiful about childhood drawings, they are done with innocence, without having this haunting idea of what the final work needs to look like, without putting to much head in it. 

As I grew older, I really lost my confidence about my drawing skills (mainly because puberty and some not so encouraging teachers...) and besides one or another try to resume the habit (resulting in some really awkward anime drawings I shall never show anyone) I never really started again.

This was until recently, when I decided that it was definitely time to learn how to draw properly, since I was about to start to study Fashion Design and I really needed to improve. And now- about a year after - hardly a day goes by where I don't paint, draw or at least look up paintings and artists for inspiration. I feel like  drawing is something really personal, and therefore I am hardly ever happy with the result (there is nothing worse than comparing your work to the one of other people, and I do that constantly). Nevertheless it is also incredibly rewarding to be able to reflect all these ideas on a paper, to see how you can create something new out of nothing.

Since I started to practice more and more, I feel like the way of seeing the world around me changed completely: Everything is made out of shapes, lines, curves, contrasting and complementary colors, which I never had seen before that clearly. Last week I went to the MAMBA (Museo de Arte Moderno Buenos Aires) in San Telmo and I got so much pleasure out of the artist's works, the beauty or idea behind it. 

So in that spirit, here is a little list of some artists  that I really like; they are not categorized but simply here because I enjoy their work for various reasons, and I thought maybe you would enjoy them too. :)

/1 Banksy - graffiti artist
/2 Jesse Draxler - artist, illustrator and designer
/3 John Singer Sargent - painter
/4 Chamo San - illustrator
/5 Gerhard Richter - visual artist
/6 Marina Decaro - argentinian artist
/7 Ray Pettibon - artist known for his comic- like drawings

 Are you into drawing/ painting or some other sort of art? Are there any artists you would like to recommend?

p.d. Mañana voy a estar yendo a la BAF a sacar un par de fotos y ver que onda el evento, en los próximos días les ire contando! :) (Y para mas fotos de los días anteriores les recomiendo que se fijen en los blogs de la blogosphere!)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Do it Yourself: Quick 5 Minutes Geometric Print for T-shirts

Here it is, my first proper youtube video. Yesterday I spend all day editing (I must admit that I got a little obsessed) but I am really happy with the result. It was incredibly fun (even if a little frustrating at times, but only because of my lack of knowledge with imovie) so more videos are definitely coming up! I won't be talking in them though (at least for the time being), I am just way to scared to do that.

This Do it Yourself is a really quick geometric print for t-shirts (as well as bags or whatever you want to make - I feel like it would also look really cool on a tote bag). You can chose whatever shape you prefer (I did another one with a triangle).

I think the video is pretty clear but in case something wasn't, here are some quick instructions:

/1 Materials needed: Ruler, pencil, tape, shirt (or bag), textile marker
/2 Draw the shape you want to make
/3 Put carefully tape around your shape
/4 Place a carton inside the shirt to avoid the marker to transfer
/5 Start drawing vertical lines - they don't need to be perfect
/6 Remove the tape

By the way I am currently having an obsession with the kind of curled up sleeves on oversized t-shirts like the one on my video, so I have been wearing this shirt literally for three days in a row now (I know that is kind of gross but meh) and now I am desperately looking for a version of the same-style tee but with marine (blue and white) stripes. So if you happen to know where I can find something like this, let me know! :) And since this is the first video I made and I am trying to learn as much as posible from the experience, any constructive criticism is also very welcome!


Acá esta mi primer video de youtube. Ayer pase literal todo el día editando (debo admitir que termine volviéndome medio obsesiva con el tema) pero la verdad es que estoy muy contenta con el resultado, especialmente porque es la primera vez que edito. Me divertí muchísimo (a pesar de alguna que otra frustración, mas que nada porque no tenia la mas mínima idea de como usar imovie). Seguro que voy a estar haciendo mas videos! Por el momento no voy a hablar, me da mucha vergüenza.

Este DIY es para hacer un estampado geométrico para remeras de manera super simple (también puede quedar muy bien en bolsos, como la tote bag). Yo elegí usar un rombo pero podes usar cualquier forma que te guste (hice otra con un triángulo).

Creo que las instrucciones están bastante claras pero en el caso que algo no lo sea, acá un mini resumen:

/1 Materiales: regla, lápiz, cinta, remera (o bolso), marcador textil
/2 Dibuja la forma que elijas
/3 Coloca la cinta alrededor
/4 Mete un carton en la remera para evitar que el marcador se traspase
/5 Dibuja lineas verticales - no tienen que ser perfectas
/6 Remove la cinta - listo!

Estoy teniendo medio una obsesión con remeras grandes con las mangas arremangadas como la del video, así que estuve usando esta remera literal por tres días seguidos y ahora estoy buscando desesperadamente una remera del mismo estilo pero con rayas azules y blancas (onda marinero). Así que si es una de esas casualidades tenes idea donde puedo llegar a conseguir algo así, contame! :) Y ya que este es mi primer video, cualquier tipo de critica constructiva es bienvenida!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Changes & Updates

Picture from Tumblr. 

Hey! Here I am again. A lot happened since the last time I showed up on my blog, which was more than two months ago. During the last couple of weeks one big idea has been growing inside me and started to take more and more shape: I am looking for other universities outside Argentina, seeing what I can find, where I can see myself and what I can and cannot afford. A new change in my life - maybe, if I decide to jump. I actually feel like I am in this big loophole of nothing and I have no idea what lies before me. I change my mind every minute or so, start to get really exited about the idea of moving out, living alone on the other side of the globe, and suddenly I get overwhelmed by doubts and fear. I guess it is impossible to know which will be the best decision, and the only thing I can do is to try. Being a grown up is kind of terrifying and incredibly exciting at the same time.

I decided to give this blog a completely new approach. I realized that I used to create content based on what I thought the readers might find interesting - but on the meantime I completely forgot to enjoy the process. I ended up pushing myself into it, always trying to guess what the reaction of the person on the other line might be. The only thing it really led me to, was that I lost the pleasure of blogging, which used to be something I really really enjoyed. So from now on this will be a lot more personal, random and will probably have a lot more grammatical errors (sorry). I will also write in three languages (spanish, german and english); sometimes there will be a translation  and sometimes there wont't be one. I just want to make this blog really my own, I want to connect with people around the globe,  share actual ideas and thoughts. So if there won't be anyone left reading the stuff I write, it will be also ok. 

So, this is all I have to say for now. I wish you all a nice weekend! It is nice to be back. 

P.S. For the people who asked in the comments and in case someone is still interested: I named my blog Mucculunga because that's what my father used to call me when I was little (yes I know, weird, but my younger brother was Muck so I was Mucculunga). Mucculunga is some sort of "childhood nickname" - the double c (MuCCulunga) is just for aesthetic reasons. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Preview: DIY video

So last weekend me and my friend (and official photographer of Mucculunga) spend some of our time filming my first ever DIY video. It is not the first youtbe video we made, but the other one was a OOTD which I really like, but still think can use some improvement.  I will be editing a lot for the next couple of days/weeks depending on how much this takes (the other one was edited by my friend!) so please be patient with me... I have really no clue what I am doing. 
On the other hand, I wanted to ask for some opinion about the content of this blog: I have been thinking about writhing some more "beauty related" posts, like stuff about nailpolishes and how to maintain your (orange/reddish) haircolor but I am not so sure about it yet. I used to really enjoy reading these beauty related stuff when I was younger - before I got more and more interested into fashion and art - but nowadays there seems to be such an overflow of these kind of topics that I almost feel like I can't really add something new. However, if you are interested in reading about something related to this, I would definetly write something. Just let me know and have a nice week!

//El finde pasado estuvimos filmando mi primer video de DIY (=hacelo vos mismo) con una amiga (y fotógrafa oficial de Mucculunga. No es el primer video que filmamos, pero el anterior fue un OOTD que si bien me gusta, me parece que tiene un par de cositas para mejorar la próxima.  En fin, los próximos días (semanas?) me los voy a pasar editando, y les pido que me tengan paciencia porque la verdad es que no tengo ni idea en que me estoy metiendo (el otro video fue editado por mi amiga que lo tiene mas claro en ese sentido).
Por el otro lado, les quería pedir su opinión sobre un tema de contenido del blog: Estuve considerando escribir alguna que otra cosita mas relacionada a lo que es "belleza", como opiniones sobre esmaltes de uñas y como mantener el color (anaranjado/rojizo) pero no estoy 100% convencida. De mas chica solía leer millones de este tipo de publicaciones (antes de que nazca mi interés por la moda y el arte) pero siento que en este momento hay un superfluo de posts y opiniones en el rubro de belleza - y me da la sensacioón que no hay nada que no se haya dicho ya un millon de veces. De todas formas haganme saber si algo por el estilo les interesaría (o no) y en base a eso me fijo. Les deseo una linda semana!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Personal projects- Fashion Design

I kind of like the idea of using my blog as a platform to showcase my work (besides other stuff, of course). I study fashion design in Buenos Aires, and I feel like it is really important to put myself out there, instead of hiding the things I do. Fashion is a really difficult and competitive business (of course it is also very fun and creative one), and this is something that scares me a lot -  and (unhealthy) pressure and self-doubt are the biggest enemies of creativity.
Anyways, I am working on a trendboard right now of my last year collection (which you can see here), as well as on my collection for this year, which needs to be inspired by the car brand Audi. For the first step of this research I have been watching Fashion Shows nonstop. The picture above are a compilation of images (colors, shapes and details) that specially cached my eye.
I will keep you updated as my projects evolve.

// Como que me gusta mucho la idea de usar este blog como una plataforma para mostrar mis trabajos (aparte de otras cosas, por supuesto). Estoy estudiando diseño de Indumentaria en Buenos Aires, y siento que es re importante mostrar mis trabajos lo mas posible, en vez de esconder todo lo que hago. La industria de la moda es increíblemente competitiva (aparte de ser muy divertida y creativa) y este hecho me asusta mucho - y al final de cuentas, la presión (no sana) y las dudas son el peor enemigo de la creatividad.
En fin, en este momento estoy trabajando en mi trendboard de mi colección del año pasado (acá la pueden ver)  y al mismo tiempo también estoy buscando inspiración para mi colección de este año, que tiene que estar inspirada en la marca de autos Audi (por el evento en el que se va a mostrar estas prendas). El primer paso fue mirar desfiles de moda sin parar - lo que pueden ver arriba es una compilación de imágenes (colores, formas y detalles) que me llamaron especialmente la atención.
Y bueno, a medida que vaya avanzando con mis proyectos, les voy a ir contando. :) FACEBOOK // TWITTER // INSTAGRAM // BLOGLOVIN // LOOKBOOK 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Outfit - A-Line Skirt & Summertime

Claramente estoy flasheando verano - con lo lluvioso y frío que esta el día - pero visto que justo hoy estoy extrañando el verano, quise compartir estas fotos con ustedes que saque en diciembre del año pasado (ahora mi pelo ya dejo de estar rojo, esta de una especie de marrón claro anaranjado).
Este finde largo tengo planeado aprovechar el tiempo libre para filmar un video (va a ser un DIY), cosa que vengo postergando desde hace un buen tiempo (mas que nada por vergüenza pero también por falta de tiempo jaja). Después de eso tengo dos DIY's mas planeados, uno mas simple y otro un poco mas complicado, así que eso es lo que van a ver en este blog dentro de unas semanas! :)
Estoy usando: Pollera -  Vintage, Musculosa - H&M, Zapatos - Regalo, Collar - Artesanos

// Here in Argentina we are very far from summer (today is a rainy, cold day) but since I am just missing summer, I wanted to share this pictures with you today, which I took last summer. My hair is not hot pink anymore, it is some kind of redish-brown color. 
This long weekend I am planing on filming a DIY video (which I have been postponing for a very long time - mostly because I have been a little afraid to do it and also because I didn't have the time). There are also two more DIY's coming, so this is what you will be seeing in this blog for the next couple of weeks! :) I am wearing: Skirt - Vintage, Shirt - H&M, Shoes - Gifted, Necklace - flea market

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tavi is my Queen

“I think the question of what makes a strong female character often goes misinterpreted, and instead we get these two-dimensional superwomen who maybe have one quality that’s played up a lot, like a Catwoman type, or she plays her sexuality up a lot, and it’s seen as power. But they’re not strong characters who happen to be female. They’re completely flat, and they’re basically cardboard characters. The problem with this is that then people expect women to be that easy to understand, and women are mad at themselves for not being that simple, when, in actuality, women are complicated, women are multifaceted — not because women are crazy, but because people are crazy, and women happen to be people." - Tavi Gevinson 
“I realized recently that when we think about personal identity, when we imagine ourselves, we picture ourselves from the outside. You see your face and your body through the world’s eyes instead of what to me is a more accurate representation of who you are, and that’s the world through your eyes. […] When I feel purely a set of eyes I’m at my happiest.”
Tavi Gevinson
Pictures from tumblr. 

I should actually be reading for university right now, but instead I find myself browsing through one my favorite websites: Rookie Mag.
Even if this online magazine, founded by writer, magazine editor, actress and singer Tavi Gevinson (17!) is supposed to be for young teenagers, I feel very touched by its content. The layout is beautiful, the articles are interesting and often very deep and the images are incredibly inspiring. I think I have been following Tavi Gevinson since her early beginnings at her blog when she was only about eleven years old, and she has been a huge inspiration and role model for myself (which is an odd thing to say, considering she is three years younger than me, but she has achieved so much already!). I think she addresses a lot of subjects our generation is dealing with right now, specially young women.
Anyways, I should really get back to my university readings now, so excuse me that I won't be able to translate this into spanish.
Les deseo una linda semana!