Warp & Weft Dye Co. Indigo Class

This is an intro Indigo Shibori dye class from 12-4pm on Sunday, May 15. The class teaches the basic fundamentals of Shibori dye resist techniques and their interactions with indigo dye. Students often find themselves exploring more technical and challenging techniques as the class unfolds.

Each student will be provided with 4 cut/sewn, 20inch x 20inch lightweight 100% cotton crepe cloths for dying. You may also bring 2 small/medium size personal items to dye. Please do not bring anything larger than pillowcases/t-shirts (ie. bed sheets/linens are too big).

Snacks, drinks (water, mimosas, and juices), and great tunes will be provided.

Class will be held at Great Over Good gallery space in Santa Ana, Ca. Exact address will be emailed upon reservation. Seats cannot be held as space is limited so apply now!

Sign-Up and Details found below (you MUST sign-up to reserve a spot!) Can’t wait to see you!


Review: The Art of Being Pharrell

A few months ago, I completely  fell for advertising on Facebook.  Like any other uneventful day, I was scrolling through my news-feed when I saw a sponsored post by W Magazine asking Facebook users to vote for best magazine cover by “liking” one of the options.  I voted, started looking around their Facebook page, and eventually found myself paying $5 for a five month subscription to the over-sized publication. Yeah, I know… I fell for it and contributed to the success of pesky online advertising.  The worst part? I didn’t even read the articles – I really only looked at the photographs of Miley Cyrus where she dyed her eyebrows blonde. The magazines ended up pilled on my desk… until a few days ago.


Cover artwork by Urs Fischer

I received W’s Art edition in the mail and noticed something peculiar about the cover. Contemporary artist Urs Fischer (who’s work I first saw at MOCA) created the cover artwork using one of his signature techniques: covering the subject’s face with an inanimate object. In this case, a silver hardware screw over “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams.

The interview discusses many aspects of Pharrell’s career including his earlier work, his response to the controversy of “Blurred Lines” which he produced, and even his famous infamous “Smokey the Bear” hat and its contribution to the explosion of the singer/producer’s fame. However, unlike other profiles of music artists, every page of this interview showcases a piece of visual art contemporary artists have made with Pharrell as the main subject.

by Japanese artist Mr.

by Japanese artist Mr.


Included in the spreads are works by Mr., Jr., Alex Katz, and Rob Pruitt. If you don’t subscribe to W, you’re about to “get lucky” because you can view these artworks online.

After actually reading this edition of W, and not just looking at the layout designs, I suppose falling for advertising this one time was worth it. My admiration for Fischer’s art only grew stronger, I checked out other artists’ work, and even Pharrell’s long journey for a successful career was interesting enough for me to finish reading the entire (several paged) article.


Do I think that ‘Blurred Lines’ is about gender equality like Pharrell and Robin Thicke have claimed? Ha! Absolutely not. But that is whole other topic.

Do I like Pharrell’s hat? No, but I can admit it’s become iconic.

K.Mala Studio Summer Watercolor Series


Flowers + Fruit : June 5th, 2014, 7pm-9pm

As summer approaches, saturated fruits and flowers are a bloom! Join K.Mala at Great Over Good for this fun class as we explore color, shape, and pattern with the help of some seasonally fresh fruits and flowers on display for your painting pleasure. Take home your painting and frame for a beautiful summer addition to your home!

Fashion Illustration : June 12th, 2014, 7pm-9pm

Strike a pose! You are guaranteed fun in this class! Rip out your favorite fashions from K.Mala’s collections of magazines, or use yourself as inspo and bring in a fabulous photo for reference. K.Mala will cover the history of fashion illustration and different styles you can explore to create your very own flirty fashion illustration!

Hand-Lettering : June 19th, 2014, 7pm-9pm 

Feeling inspired by a quote or music lyric? Hand-lettering posters are fun way to display motivation on the daily. K.Mala will cover all the basics from initial sketch and concept to techniques for rendering a beautiful poster size quote for your home or office.

 Wine  & Watercolor : June 26th, 2014, 7pm-9pm

What better combination than wine and watercolor? A beautiful vignette will be setup so you can come paint and relax with K.Mala as she leads you through a creative night of painting and drinking wine.

 About the Instructor 

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Kim Malachowski is a graduate of Laguna College of Art Design in Laguna Beach, where she obtained her BFA in Illustration with an emphasis in Graphic Design. Since then she has had a diverse experience working in design and fashion. Projects include: establishing a t-shirt line  (spotted on the likes of Audrina Patridge and Paris Hilton), showing at UniqueLA for several years, and displaying art in local galleries and art walks.

Kim most recently lived in San Francisco while working as a designer and illustrator for Pottery Barn Teen. She is looking to bring fun and art to a wider community in Orange County to spread the love and joy of art with others.

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Building Better Mondays


Monday doesn’t have to translate to anxiety. Or tension. Or frustration. Or even boredom. We’re not saying the 9-5 can’t be great, but we are saying that greatness starts with YOU. Great Over Good | Pink Creative Studio | we are ROOT have joined forces to offer a series of workshop aimed at helping you Build Better Mondays.

As creatives who have flown the cubicle, we’ve already done the footwork: made the stupid branding mistakes, confronted the SEO disasters, and followed all the wrong people on Instagram. While we’re in the middle of fixing some mistakes and we’re still learning from others, we have luckily already mastered most of them. Building Better Mondays is our attempt to pass this valuable knowledge along to the rest of you out there who are struggling with many of the same issues. Our workshop series is designed to walk you through the basics of legality and brand luxuries (translation: the digital must-haves to brand and market your product). Even better, you’ll gain the opportunity to make connections with fellow creatives – people who very well might launch your product into success.




Amber Materna, Founder of we are ROOT and Content (Building and Pitching) Gypsy

Amber Materna, Founder of we are ROOT and Content (Building and Pitching) Gypsy

Amber Materna is a writer, editor, publicist and founder of the creative digital marketing firm we are ROOT.  She’ll be teaching your Content course in the Summer Workshop Series.

Inspired by the ever-changing millennial culture, her work has been featured by Yahoo! EducationLady HolidayBetter Living SoCal NetworkGreen Home Builder magazine, RivieraOrange County, and numerous other national and regional media platforms. Her client record includes major content monetization and PR firms specializing in architectural design, education and wellness, including NewGround Co. and Vantage Media.

2014 has truly been the year of open doors for Amber: she was recently named one of Yahoo!’s top contributors for 2013, and appointed as a member of the advisory board for 501(c)3 nonprofit UP (she’ll be doing their PR, naturally).  She’s constantly glued to her phone, but if there’s ever a time you can’t reach her she’s probably trying to conquer a a yoga inversion or lost somewhere in the wilderness.



Kenia Gonzalez, Founder and Creative Director of Pink Creative Studio

Kenia Gonzalez is founder + creative director behind Pink Creative Studio, an organization that specializes in brand development for Women Entrepreneurs & Small Creative Businesses. Her ideas and inspiration come from everything she’s seen around the world; including vintage fashion, psychology, typography, international cultures – all things pretty and feminine, art-related and PINK, of course! Kenia has successfully launched and influenced numerous women looking to make the jump from free-time to full-time. She’ll be leveraging her expertise in getting legal and branding as the primary instructor for the Building Better Monday workshop series.

Kenia is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English. Her diverse Spanish and Dominican background has influenced her fascination with other cultures. When not competing in triathlons or working on a new blog post, you can find her wandering museums or traveling the world; she’s already visited 6 continents and countless cities.



Naadine Koi Founder and Creative Director of Great Over Good

Naadine Koi is the power-house behind Santa Ana’s creative space, Great Over Good. After growing up on the East Coast and dabbling in different industries, including fashion design and visual merchandising, she finally made the fortuitous move to California. In the last seven years since arriving in southern California, Naadine has remained loyal to her dream of pursuing a career in the arts. Her background in Pinterest marketing and her successful social media presence makes her the perfect woman to teach people how to master the art of Getting Social.

While always maintaining strong ties to the fashion industry, Naadine ultimately settled on an endeavor that combines her love of creativity and people: curating. Thus, Great Over Good was born. As the owner and creative director of this unique creative space, she has spread her artistic wings, while encouraging others to do the same by organizing events and workshops for like-minded creatives.



06.23.14 // Business Basics I: Getting Legal

07.07.14 // Business Basics II: Building a Digital Presence

07.21.14 // The Psychology Behind Branding

08.04.14 // Does Content Really Matter? (Yes, It Does.)

08.18.14 // Getting Social



Lego’s New Documentary “Beyond the Brick”

They’ve been used to build spaceships, dream homes, sea monsters and robots and have been enjoyed by kids around the world. The one-of-a-kind building blocks, Legos, have been entertaining kids and grown ups alike for decades and now the company is giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the magic of the beloved pastime.

At the Tribeca Film Festival this week, LEGO premiered its first documentary ‘Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary’ that explores the impact LEGOs have had on pop culture around the world.  It’s not in theaters yet, but you can catch a sneak peek at film below.

Great Minds: Julie Ann Art


Name:    Julie Ann

Date:   3/16/14

Time:   7:02 PM

Location:   Orange County, CA (on my couch)

Occupation:  Paper goods business owner

1) Before you started this Q&A, what were you doing?

I just made my morning coffee in our Verismo machine. You know, the one from Starbucks? My fiancé got it for me for our 4 year anniversary (because apparently the “modern” 4 year gift is “appliances” – even though it was our dating anniversary and not our wedding anniversary but who cares?). You press a button and it fills your cup with delicious coffee. Technology is crazy.

2) Are you a morning or night person?

I am actually turning into quite the morning person! I definitely wasn’t always that way, but I recently have started waking up early naturally. Once I’m awake my brain just starts spinning with everything that is on my plate for the today and there’s just no going back to sleep. Of course this results in my falling asleep on the couch next to my fiance by 10PM like a loser.

 3) Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 17, and find line 7, what does it say?

The nearest book to me, on our coffee table, is called “The Art of I Love You.” While it doesn’t have any text in it, it is an adorable collection of art about love. My dear friend gave it to me as part of my wedding shower gift.

 4) Do you remember your dreams?

Sometimes. Sometimes I’ll remember them first thing when I wake up, and then forget them later on. Other times, something will happen mid-day and it will remind me of a dream I had the night before, that I wouldn’t have remembered otherwise.



 5) If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?

I would get those orcas out of damn Sea World. Have you seen Blackfish? It infuriates me. I am such an animal lover. When I was younger orcas were my favorite animal and I wanted to be a marine biologist (until I realized how much science that requires – science hurts my art brain). It seriously breaks my heart thinking of those amazing creatures treated so poorly.

6) Do you like to dance?

I took a lot of dance classes growing up and I always enjoyed them but I think a lot of the enjoyment came from having specific steps to follow. These days, if I’m out dancing with friends at a bar, I don’t really know what I’m doing. I mean, I definitely have rhythm, but I wouldn’t ever call myself a “good dancer” so when dancing I prefer to be surrounded by people, rather than alone on the dance floor with everyone around looking at that dick on the dance floor that has no flow.

 7) What did your last text message say?

My last text message says “sounds good!” I live an exciting life.

 8) If you could have lunch with one famous person, who would it be and why?

Tough question.  Rihanna popped into my head. I don’t know why she was the first person to come to mind. I guess because she’s a badass. The thing I really love about Rihanna is her “I don’t give a fuck” attitude. I really respect her ability to be true to herself and not worry about what others think. This is something I am working on myself and I’m sure she’d have some inspiration to throw my way. And plus, she’s a blast I’m sure.

 9) What are you currently obsessed with?

Green tea lemonade (2 pumps sweetener). It is just so damn refreshing. I am from Michigan, so these California “winters” are just weird to me. I still don’t understand why I am wearing flip flops and sweating in March. But on these hot days, iced green tea lemonade has become a serious craving when I’m in need of a pick-me-up.

10) 3 things you’d like to do before you die?

1.) Get my second tattoo

2.) Go to Bali

3.)  Own a store

 11) Have you ever been in love?

I have loved a lot, but being in real true love? Twice. My take on love is that your ability to love changes as you change. My first serious boyfriend was throughout high school and did I love him the best way I knew how? Yes. But do I think of him when someone asks me if I’ve ever been in love? No. To me, being in real, true love sticks in your heart forever. I feel lucky to have been able to experience that sort of love twice in my life. j8


 12) If given a yacht, what would you name it and why?

Big Bertha. Man, I loved that Big Bertha game as a kid. You know, the arcade game where you through all those plastic balls into Big Bertha’s mouth to make her bigger? Kind of fucked up if you think about it now. And why I would name my yacht that….no idea.

 13) Who do you admire the most and why?

My Granny! She is so amazing and it’s like the older I get, the more I realize that. She is such a strong woman who has created a special, close-knit family that I am so thankful for. She got married at 18, had my mom at 19, and went through college while having three young kids. Thinking of how far she has come inspires me to be good like her.

 14) If handed 100,000 dollars what would you blow it on?

Since you used the term “blow it” I’m going to put my business goals and practical side in the back of my mind (for once). I would likely rent a private jet and take a trip with my fiancé. We’d go all over…Thailand, Barbados, Fiji….staying in various huts and houses with indoor hammocks and balconies with hot tubs. Yeah, let’s do that.

 15) What were you doing at midnight last night?

Sound asleep, dreaming. Actually last night I had a frisky dream about……Chandler Bing. I mean, seriously? Of all people to dream about my subconscious chooses Chandler?

16) What did you want to be when you grew up?

The animal lover in me wanted to be a veterinarian or marine biologist. Pretty sure become a teacher was a consideration as well, since my granny, gramps, mom, uncle, aunt and cousin were ALL teachers. But it wasn’t until I started college when I realized I had to seriously figure out what I wanted to do. I had enjoyed photography classes throughout high school so I ended up getting my college degree in Photojournalism.

 17) What would you tell your 13 year-old self?

13 year old me….I was in middle school and boy crazy. My best friend and I would always go to the mall, not to shop for clothes, but to shop for guys  (Seriously how do you get a guy’s phone numbers at the mall? I wouldn’t have a clue how to do that now but it was our favorite pastime back then). And you know what? I wouldn’t change it. I would just let myself be the crazy 13 year old I was because well, I turned out ok after all.

j4All Photos by Julie Ann

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Lady Gaga’s G.U.Y. Video Decoded

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Lady Gaga’s new music video for the track G.U.Y. (Girl Under You) off her most recent album ARTPOP. At first watch, it seems like a bombastic montage of pop culture references, each more bizarre than the last throughout the nearly twelve minute video. However, I was completely blown away after reading a recent Buzzfeed article that decoded the imagery as if it were a dissertation on the subject. Greek mythology, Gandhi, Legos…these seemingly unrelated things actually come together to form a unique narrative, directed by Lady Gaga herself.

Watch the video and then read Buzzfeed’s exceptional breakdown of the video here.


Can’t Make it to Coachella? Try Brokechella


For those of us that didn’t feel like slapping down $500 for Coachella tickets this year, we are in luck. Brokechella returns to Los Angeles for the fourth year in a row. While you won’t see headliners like OutKast or Arcade Fire, you will get to watch some talented musicians along with the other Coachella-y perks like food and art installations.

The one-day event kicks off in Downtown LA on April 19. For more information about the bands at Brokechella, visit www.Brokechella.com.