Friday, 23 August 2013





Presenting our new film recommendation series... "SEEK AND LEARN", at @PRESENTFUTURE_ on TWITTER presents KUROSAWA AKIRA's KAGEMUSHA. Watch the trailer and the film.






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Monday, 12 August 2013




  • Scooter LaForge is the rare artist whose appeal ranges from the trend seeking streets to the lofty echilons of fine art. His neo-surrealist/cartoon abstract paintings have earned him the respect of esteemed collectors worldwide while his wildly popular line of custom silk screened & hand painted tee-shirts are worn by a wide and varried range of all age hipsters willing to worship at the house of LaForge working it on the runway known as life. Recent collaborations with David Dalrymple, Klye Brincefield of StudMuffin NYC for CONVERSE and a long running exclusive with the legendary Patricia Field all provide several options for lovers of the ever growing LaForge brand.

    AWESOME!!! Favorite Food: Sushi Favorite Cartoon: Space Ghost Favoirte Treat: Watermelon Favorite Place: The Forest Favorite Time of day: 8am Favorite Movie: Desperatly Seeking Susan Favorite Destination: Tahiti w Gazelle Favorite Ice Cream: Peanut Butter Cup Favorite Cause: HUMAN AND ANIMAL RIGHTS Favorite Color: Beige my links - WC

Taylor Miranda, Tom, Erin Elizabeth styled & photographed by Walt Cessna FL 13

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Friday, 09 August 2013

Michael Schmidt a visionary designer of our time. Text By Aradna Sharma.

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Michael Schmidt, an Emmy nominated costume designer (1991 Costume Design for a Variety or Music program), is also an interior and jewelry designer. He has wowed the world many times with his brilliant creations using variety of innovative materials and techniques. Schmidt does it again. This time it is with the 3D printed dress, made entirely with powdered rubber with collaboration with New York based talented young architect/ designer Francis Bitonti.

I wanted to speak to Michael Schmidt and visit his studios. When I contacted him about it, Schmidt graciously invited me to come to his studios in Los Angeles. As I walked into his Los Angeles studios with his secretary Victoria, I was immediately taken aback with the gorgeous dress that was on display. This was the same 3D printed gown Dita Von Teese modeled, the same gown which has over a billion hits on the internet. It was surreal.


Michael Schmidt walks in a few minutes later. I noticed that he is tall, he has a leather biker jacket on, stacks of silver bracelets and rings from his own collection on his wrists and fingers, chain metal hangs from his waist on the side of his hip. He looks fashionable, chic, artistic, edgy, very California cool. I can’t help but notice how humble and real Schmidt is. Not an ounce of arrogance in his demeanor, he is down to earth and very easy to talk to. Michael showed me around his studio.Natural lights flows in from the huge windows, bright space where insane amount of genius creativity flows.There is a table, on top of which showcased is his unique jewelry collection in varieties of metal mesh, Swarovski crystals.There are multiple tables with the works of art in progress. A dream place for anyone with appreciation for art and creation.

Michael studios

Michael jewels



Here is the conversation with Designer and Artist Michael Schmidt

- Who have been your major influences?

Of course, my influences extend from the mostly nameless créateurs forging the life-saving chain-maille armor of the 13th century and beyond, to a not-so-different master of the 20th century, Paco Rabanne. As a child in the 70's I was mesmerized by Bob Mackie's creations for Cher and Carol Burnett which informed my notions of how glamorous a woman could be. Later, as a teen in Kansas City, I had a close friend named Nickey who would create all sorts of wonderful garments from repurposed clothing, fabrics and notions. I would sit and watch him endlessly sewing buttons, leather, sequins, etc. into completely new and wonderfully wearable pieces. Nick Cave is now a world-famous sculptor known for his astonishing Soundsuits, coveted by collectors and museums, but when we were teens he influenced me greatly to challenge my ideas of what a great garment could be and what it could be created from.

- How do you approach a project when given a space such as the Palladium nightclub in NYC or a lobby of a famous hotel?

Whether one inhabits an article of clothing, an automobile, an interior space or even a city, it's all adornment to me; just a different scale. Our clothing, the spaces in which we live, the hotels we opt to stay in, the nightclubs we favor...these are choices we make largely based on aesthetic reasoning. For myself, designing any item, whether it's clothing or jewelry or an interior space, is my attempt to understand and glorify the intended inhabitant's deeply personal sense of self.

-Your Cutting edge clothes and gowns for famous clients include Madonna,Lady Gaga and Steven Tyler often transcend what is thought to be possible such as a gown made of razor blades-what are wells of inspiration that you draw from?

I don't work seasonally like most designers do who need to appeal to a broad clientele. I'm instead inspired by the individual I'm creating for and the circumstances in which they will appear. Stage, camera, photoshoot, music videos and film all have different parameters which must be considered. Also, it is my intent to embelish the persona of the individual, not to impose my own 'style' upon them. Each endeavor is different, which is one of things I most enjoy about my work. Additionally, I am inspired by the challenge of transforming materials which are perhaps unconventional and rendering them to the body. There's a sort of alchemy there which I find pleasing.

- Of all the accolades that you have received, which one means the most to you?

I'm truly not searching for accolades; infact I prefer to remain in the backgorund and allow the entertainers I design for to shoulder the burden of the media attention. I am, however, flattered if people find my work entertaining or are inspired to see the people I design for in new and unexpected ways.

- Your collaborative creation of the world's first fully articulated 3D printed dress with Francis Bitonti has literally created a new dimension for the fashion industry. The senuality and futuristic elements combined with Dita Von Teese have captivated the world's imagination. Do you plan to pursue further projects in this new area?

Absolutely. I'm currently collaborating with Francis on a collection of jewelry exploiting a number of new developments in printable materials and finishes. I'm also continuing to explore the ways in which 3D printing and other developing technologies will help me to create lavish and innovative designs for the entertainers I work with. As a medium for creating forms which could not be realized in any other way, 3D printing is an exciting tool for a designer. New materials and finishes are being advanced every day and fashion, like technology, is forever in pursuit of innovation. This makes them an ideally suited pairing.


- Tell us more about your jewelry collection.

My studio currently produces a collection of jewelry utilizing many of the unusual materials and techniques we use for our entertainment industry clientele such as metal- and Swarovski crystal- meshes. We are now in the development phases of our new collection which will be unique in that it will include pieces produced by a variety of 3D printing techniques but rendered in precious metals and stones.


- When people say Michael Schmidt, what would you like them to think?

Despite how it may appear, I am not interested in famous people. I am interested in talented people, and I'm grateful that my career has afforded me many opportunities to work with a wide spectrum of extraordinary performers. I hope I have served to contribute in some small way to the legacies of these gifted artists, or perhaps to have inspired the next generation of design pioneers.

It was such a pleasure to meet  Michael Schmidt, a creative genius. A humble man.

Aradna Sharma

Photos by Albert Sanchez, Aradna Sharma, Roman Krajewski and Angelina Ciulik. 

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Thursday, 08 August 2013


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Thursday, 09 May 2013

Save the Koala Month K-Day Sept 14th, No tree, No me...Do your bit, we don't want them to disappear...



Adopt one, plant some trees, hold a fund raising event  or just donate...


"A few weeks ago a bulldozer driver rang me and cautiously warned me that things in some forestry practices are not going well. Over the weeks that we have spoken he has told me that many koalas are being injured when blue gum plantations are being felled. Ironically, or not so ironically this is happening in the States where the Koala is not protected by our federal laws and they have open slather on how they can manage those plantations. That will not be allowed under our new Koala Protection Act and I can already hear the forestry industry bleating for “fairness”. Our legislation will have fairness and that will be to the forests and the animals that inhabit them. I also know too, that if I was running those forestry companies that our legislation would not affect their economic return and it is time that that arrogance of certainty is removed from their rhetoric.  

If the man is telling me the truth, one female with a joey fell from the tree and had a broken back. If this is true, then I can guarantee you that those responsible will be called to account. When the Koala Protection Act is tabled in our Parliaments, another Senate Inquiry will be needed and they will be called in to explain their behaviour. There is a growing strength in me that can only come, I think, from hearing and seeing so many dreadful things. Perhaps it takes a lifetime to resolve even one problem on this complicated planet and all I know is that my life’s work is to get a Koala Protection Act and nothing will stop me. I am starting to become more and more content with that because, as with all things, when one piece of the jigsaw puzzle fits into place, then others follow more easily. " Deborah's Diary

Cup koala



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Friday, 22 March 2013



My good friend Michele Civetta in Rome has been trying to find gap funding for his short film based on Anaïs Nin's A SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE. As you may remember I did a post in December about the project which you can see here. Michele has an amazing cast attached to the film including his wife Asia Argento as well as Brady Corbet, Lou Doillon, Franco Nero & Alessandro Roja and more.



Michele's first attempt at using crowd funding site kickstarter was unsuccessful and so now he has turned to indiegogo. Michele has already received a grant for partial funding from Italian Ministry of Culture and hopes to raise the rest of the money through indiegogo, please see the project here.

Here is an email I received from Michele :

"Dear Friends,

I'm preparing to shoot a short film based on the Anaïs Nin novella A Spy in the House of Love in Rome Italy this May. I have a terrific cast ready to go including Asia Argento, Brady Corbet, Lou Doillon, Franco Nero and Alessandro Roja. The project has been awarded production funds from the Italian Mnistry of Culture which comprise the majority of the financing. However as there is a gap left in the budget I've decided to post the project on Indiegogo and bring power to the people.

I am reaching out to you hoping that your contributions, no matter how large or small, will help us meet our goal."

We have heard so many success stories of great projects being crowd funded these days. This film is being independently produced with a great cast and with a scripted based on a story from a very important writer. Lets show our support to Michele and his film and help them reach their goal. 

Here is Asia with a message for you all encouraging you ALL to give:

And some words from Anaïs Nin herself.



Good luck M.C.



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Thursday, 21 March 2013


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Last night in mist of another late March snow, I headed down to Neukölln to have a meeting with young French Berlin based Producer Alexis Delanoue and his team at Scandale Production. Alexis and I met a couple of weeks ago and have been talking about doing some work together here in Berlin. Check out their great Studio Cherie and some of their work here.

After our meeting Alexis, me, and stylist Theophile Hermand went out meet our mutual friends Belgium stylist Nyna Byttebier and British editor Nicola Powell for some drinks at this Belgium beer bar in Neukölln. The girls have been telling me about the bar for about a year now as I love Belgium beer and we have been planning to go but some how the stars have never seemed to align. Finally we all made it happen last night and had a great time.

Through the course of our conversation some how I had mentioned that Angela Merkel or Angie (as she is lovingly called here in Germany) was recently named the #2 most powerful person in the world by Forbes magazine. The girls said that Angie was always photographed posing with an upside down triangle, much like Jay Z 's pose. I wanted to take a group picture against this wall paper in the back of the bar (seen above) and as I already have my own pose, the girl and Alexis decided to salute dear Angie.



Thought I would leave you all with Mick and his ode Angie.


Bis Dann, Caio from Berlin


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Monday, 11 March 2013


The DON'T FRACK MY MOTHER MY MOTHER song and video is part of Sean Ono Lennon and Yoko Ono's anti fracking campaign to stop FRACKING in New York State. For more information and help stop FRACKING please visit ARTIST AGAINST FRACKING website.




Recognize anyone in the video?

We thought you might. Here’s a list of all the artists who appear in it:

  • Adrian Grenier
  • Alexa Chung
  • Ben Lee
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Daniel Pinchbeck
  • Devendra Banhart
  • Fred Armisen
  • Ione Skye
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Josh Fox
  • Liv Tyler
  • Lindsey Wixson
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Mark Ronson
  • Melissa Auf Der Maur
  • Michael Skolnik
  • Natasha Lyonne
  • Penn Badgley
  • Reggie Watts
  • Sean Lennon
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Yoko Ono
  • Zoë Kravitz

And band members from:

  • Au Revoir Simone
  • Black Lips
  • Cibo Matto
  • The Citizens Band
  • The Like
  • The Strokes
  • Wilco
  • Wild Belle


Here is the trailer for FRIENDLY FIRE, the musical film which I produced in 2006 for Sean's album with the same title, directed by my good friend Michele Civetta.



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Saturday, 09 March 2013



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Monday, 18 February 2013


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Ms. Ono turns 80 today and she has just opened a retrospective exhibition of her work at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. Please see video below for some insight into the show and some thoughts from Ms. Ono hereself.


Get on the MIND TRAIN




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