As part of our author marketing services we offer professional head shots to our clients.
Today we took Fiona Simon's head shots. Fiona is in the process of publishing her business memoir about Fiona's Granola and her journey to introduce quality granola to the US market. You can find the granola at Whole Foods Market. For now, stay tuned for more as we work with Fiona to publicize her upcoming book.
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We have a long history and connection with the state of Sonora, Mexico. While she grew up in the Southwest states, Mari was born there and also lived in Hermosillo while she attended a local international business school. Artotems Co. projects in Hermosillo include a "Vagina Monologues" V-Day performance in 2010. We've been traveling back since then and have supported our friends and artists in gallery openings and other art-related events. Most recently we were there to support and promote the opening of a modern art gallery. We brought along a few Santa Fe friends, among them Alicia Inez Guzman, PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies, and a freelance writer whose work focuses on mestizo and indigenous art.. This was the perfect opportunity to canvas the area for art. We found that young artists in Hermosillo have been revitalizing the historic downtown area with colorful murals. A variety of murals decorate the walls of a once down-trodden neighborhood,. They depict everything from whimsical reality to heavy social and historical commentary.
We all have certain objects we own that have more meaning than other objects in our lives. A favorite sweater, a household item given to us by a family member, our cell phone, a beloved book, can all be touchstones that anchor us to a sense of connectedness in our life.
It’s always been this way for us. Museums are great places to see objects that are revered and held in high esteem for a multitude of reasons. They are anchors to the past and learning as well as examples of what we have valued throughout time.
Even our pets often have objects that are beloved. Certain objects are just important.
And then there is art…
Many of the objects created by artists are one of a kind. They are unique and have an expressive quality that you either appreciate or not. They differ from the favorite sweater you chose off the rack or ordered online. Unless the sweater was made for you it’s simply one of a multitude of sweaters being worn by many. Sure you can individualize some of these objects like your phone to some extent but still it’s a phone like thousands of others around you.
Creating a piece of art brings something into the world that literally didn’t exist before it was created. It’s almost a magical act of creation. It’s exciting!
Here’s a caveat… Art has a very long history. What we do now is influenced by that history. We almost can’t escape that fact. For a few fantastic examples check out the previous post by Mari, “Visiting the Moderna Museet in Stockholm - and Other Museums We Can't Stop Talking About” However, that doesn’t change the fact that when we create something new and different we truly have brought something new into the world.
"Original thought is like original sin: both happened before
you were born to people you could not have possibly met."
Art for me is a part-time endeavor. It satisfies the creative urge that often calls to me.
Here are a few examples of recent work with obvious artistic shout outs to those who came before.
Things Cubed - A series that continues to grow.
We just put the finishing touches on the photos we recently shot with author Shirley Melis ('Banged Up Heart' 2017).
Presentation is key! That's why we include head shots in our author marketing packages.
P.S. Adobe makes an excellent backdrop!
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We are working with Shirley to promote her upcoming memoir "Banged-Up Heart." Click the photo to visit Shirley's website.
Our spring trip to Europe was all about renewing our inspirations and dipping our brains and toes in some of the best art museums (according to us).
Our Journey began in Stockholm, Sweden, although it not the best place to acclimate to the 8 hour time change. The sun was rising around 3:30 A.M. and setting around 10 P.M. As we quickly learned, Stockholm had nearly 18 hours of daylight per day! Insert jet-lag nightmare here.
You may have heard of the Moderna Museet back in 1993 when eight works by Picasso and Georges Braque, the French cubist, valued at some $60 million, were stolen.
Responsible for housing one of Europe's finest collections of modern and contemporary art, the Moderna Museet was certainly one of the highlights of our trip to Europe this spring. They had over 35 pieces of Duchamp's alone in their permanent collection!
After Stockholm we spent some time in Amsterdam. There we visited several museums, amongst them the Van Gogh Museum, which merited almost an entire day. Lost in Van Gogh's brush strokes you're transported to another time. You are there in his studio witnessing his latest painting, dabbing the finishing touches with a stroke so famous and so unique. Tragically, like many creative geniuses, Van Gogh ended his own life, two gunshot wounds to the chest, taking his last breaths in his brother Theo's arms. One can bear witness to their strong relationships in the hundreds of letters they exchanged while they were apart, The letters chronicle Vincent's life like an autobiography. All art has the potential to be powerful and create strong and even unfamiliar reactions inside us, but in particular I think we had the strongest "aha' moments at the Van Gogh Museum.
To mix feelings up further, the temporary exhibit at the Van Gogh was 'Easy Virtue' depicting prostitution in French Art from 1850 to 1910. The exhibit examined how the theme of prostitution was dealt with by over 40 different artists. It included rare private and public collection works by Van Gogh himself, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso among others. A fitting and interesting introduction to Amsterdam and the Red Light District.
In Amsterdam we also visited the Stedelijk, and the Moco Museum (which was exclusively featuring works by Banksy and Warhol).
In Paris, we never miss the Louvre but this time we also visited the Georges Pompidou Center to see the Paul Klees exhibit as well as Espace Dali to see a great collection of Salvador Dali's work.
Finally, in London we went to the Tate Modern. Interestingly, a whole section of the Tate was being prepared for a major Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit. This was of course an interesting fact to us Santa Feans.
When we've arrived some place, especially if it's new (to us) or we've traveled long distances, I always ask myself "Why am I here? Why have we devoted our time and resources to be here, visiting this place?'" We don't love jet-lag, unfamiliar beds, and the lack of direction, plus we miss our cat. So, why?
The question lingers throughout the journey and every time we do it, I feel myself getting closer to... asking a better question. Always approaching but never arriving. Cliche as it sounds, it's truly the moments in between that feed our wanderlust. It's a discovery of ourselves in a new city, speaking a different language, engaging in different contexts.
It's a step back and a step closer. It's watching the man religiously feeding the pigeons, it's figuring out if finding the entrance to the gallery at the Tate Modern is an exhibit in itself, it's realizing yourself in the escalator "tube" at the Pompidou. It's watching the watcher and enjoying children chasing bubbles in a busy square. It's taking a quiet ferry and time to stroll through the Tulleries not knowing where you're going.
It's the loss of familiarity and the acceptance of being in those moments, that make us more prepared to return home again.
One Minute of Moments
I put this video together to acknowledge those random yet substantial moments in an attempt to linger in that time, but also explore the origin of that wanderlust and curiosity. I'm still working on articulating it.
We could be any of these characters. You could be the man with the birds, the lovers, the crowds or the tour group. I could be you. You could be me.
Music is "We Move Lightly" by Dustin O'Halloran.
We provide marketing and publicity for authors and their books. It’s a fascinating endeavor that provides us a chance to work with smart, creative, individuals who are dedicated to a noble profession.. It also gives us a chance to read some great books before they enter the market.
Throughout time, writers like artists, have been the chroniclers of history and all aspects of society and civilizations. Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction they have provided a way to objectively see our world. They teach us new perspectives and ideas through the lenses of their books. They challenge us to seek within ourselves the attitudes and implications that their characters bring to life. Simply put, they make us think about ourselves.
If the book is non-fiction we are brought along for the ride with actual living and breathing people, places, and times. We get to glimpse the perspectives of people who have experienced things we may never have imagined. We walk in their shoes and see what they saw. We are challenged with the question of what would I do? How would I react? What decision would I make?
Unlike films, books force us to construct internal visions of the people, places, and situations they depict. The description of a house may be detailed but we build the total picture in our minds of what that house looks like. We personalize our experience with the writer and sometimes that connection can be magical. If you are a book lover you know exactly what this means. It can be like finding a friend and finding a place where you too fit in and feel comfortable. Or, like the character you feel the discomfort that they feel. Empathy is a powerful emotional connection.
Writing a book is hard work. It takes dedication and a great degree of creativity. It also takes a willingness to put yourself and your work out there to an unknown audience who can respond in a multitude of ways online or otherwise. We are finding that most authors are happy to have your response whether it’s positive or negative or somewhere in between. All that dedication to the craft of writing makes them pretty resilient.
Obviously we love books and we know they make a real difference in our lives. It’s our distinct pleasure to present a few of the authors and books we work with.
It’s certainly no small task to write a book. It takes a lot of time and effort as well as determination. Our customer Claudette Sutton spent years researching and writing Farewell, Aleppo. The book was published in October, 2014 by Terra Nova Books and we created the “Book Trailer” for it. We toast Claudette for creating a moving and prescient book about her father leaving Aleppo, Syria for the United States. The past reflects the present in this great telling of a real tale.
FAREWELL, ALEPPO – Book Trailer
My Father, My People, and Their Long Journey Home
First Place winner of the New Mexico Press Women’s Award and the National Federation of Press Women’s Award (2015)
Farewell, Aleppo Synopsis:
In the middle years of the twentieth century, the fabric of society that had swaddled the Jews of Aleppo, Syria, for more than two thousand years was being rent apart by the powerful surge of Arab anti-Semitism.
To Selim Sutton, a merchant with centuries of roots in the Syrian soil, it was clear that his family must find a new home. With several young children and no prospect of getting enough visas, he devised a savvy plan for getting his family out: “exporting” his sons. For the oldest of them, Meïr —soon to be renamed Mike—thus began an odyssey that was to take him more than halfway around the world, to Shanghai where he survived the Japanese occupation throughout World War II, and then on to a new life in America.
It is a tale that his daughter, journalist Claudette Sutton, tells now in Farewell, Aleppo, a poignant narrative blending her family’s individual lives with the broader story of a people’s survival over millennia, in their native land and far away, through the strength of their faith and their communities. Multiple threads come richly together as she observes their world from inside and outside the fold, shares an important, and nearly forgotten, epoch of Jewish history, and explores universal questions of identity, family, and culture.
Buy Farewell, Aleppo
Photography has always been a big part of all the design work we do. The objectifying aspect of what the camera lense does for what we see can be compelling but also instructive at times. We care about innovation, enterprise, culture, and art and so wherever we go we snap a few shots. Those shots sometimes end up promoting the people and enterprises we like on our site and elsewhere. Occasionally they end up as book covers and in publications.
On the book cover below you see a shot of two of us visiting an archaeological site in northern Mexico in the state of Sonora. The site is called Cerro De Trincheras. People of several different cultures in the the southwest US and northern Mexico region built terraced hilltop sites over a span of 2500 years. The earliest sites were occupied 3000 years ago, but others were occupied as late as the century when Columbus reached the Americas. These terraced hilltops are still not well understood. In the case of the one you see on the book cover, as you reach the top of the hill you are greeted by a simple and yet elegant labyrinth. Despite our efforts at photographic
“The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Sharing our creative efforts, work and travel.