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MUSE: Suz Slezak

July 6, 2013

MUSE: Suz Slezak

An interview and lookbook with Ode's newest inspiration: Suz Slezak of The David Wax Museum band. Suz (rhymes with "muse") is a natural beauty with a knack for making music from pretty much everything she touches. We got to spend a day with her in a field of flowers with a jawbone and an accordian. Best afternoon ever! 

What have you been up to this past year?
Since releasing our fourth record, Knock Knock Get Up, in September 2012, we've been touring like crazy! East Coast to West Coast, Canada, Europe, even a trip to China.

Do you have any favorite stories from tour?
We had the beautiful fortune of getting invited to play at the University of Shanghai last spring. What an experience! Such curious, inspiring students, hilarious moments trying to speak Mandarin, and so many different kinds of dumplings to suck on! There's a wonderful video on our website (www.davidwaxmuseum.com) about our adventures in Shanghai filmed by an incredible videographer, Erik Jacobs, that came along. 

How is your stage style and your street style different/similar?
Oh goodness. My style has been a work in progress from the get-go. At first I was terrified of having to dress up on stage. But now it's become a fun part of the job. Since I'm the only woman in the band, I try to wear something colorful and fun since the guys usually end up with a pretty muted color palette. I typically have just one outfit for a string of shows. You know, when it works, it works. Plus, I only bring a small suitcase with me, so I don't really have room for much more.

I have this idea of writing a little book about what a woman needs on the road. It's actually not much at all when you get down to it. A pair of jeans, some yoga pants, a soft sweatshirt, running shoes, and my gig outfit. Plus a small blanket (you never know when the venue will blast the AC or you'll be stuck outside in the winter), coconut oil (for removing make up and general moisturizing) and a can of sardines (in case I need a quick snack before a show). Those are the basic necessities!

What musicians/albums have influenced you the most?
My favorite musician since I was about 13 years old is Gillian Welch. No one compares to the power of her voice, the simplicity of the production, and her songwriting that hits you in your gut every time you listen.

What were your favorite cities/venues to play this past year?
Oh, so many! Los Angeles, CA, Portsmouth, NH, Sun Valley, ID, Paris, France, the list goes on!

What's next?
We'll be releasing our record in Europe this summer, touring through the fall, then taking a break this winter before recording a new album in 2014. The adventure never ends!

MUSE: Suz Slezak
MUSE: Suz Slezak
MUSE: Suz Slezak
MUSE: Suz Slezak
MUSE: Suz Slezak
MUSE: Suz Slezak

Designer Feature

Ines Caleiro of Guava Shoes

July 3, 2013

Ines Caleiro is the beautiful and talented designer of Guava, a collection of dynamically architectural footwear new to Ode. After winning a "Best Student Award" at the London College of Fashion for innovative creations, she was invited to work for international icon, Jimmy Choo. In 2010, she launched Guava, a capsule collection of high-art-for-the-foot, each piece carefully handmade in Portugal. Self described as a "passionate designer who explores new shapes and contemporary structures that allow [her] to express a metropolitan emotion," Caleiro is literally taking art to the streets (and to our feet). 

Artist Interview

Perry Baron Huntoon

July 2, 2013

Perry Huntoon definitely colored out of the lines in art class. And she clearly did not stand by and let skies be blue or grass green. She's a paint-by-number anarchist. Her art begins with the elements and takes them to new hues and heights. That's why we thought it would be a perfect collaboration: our window, her hubris. Is that a butterfly wing or a mountain range? I don't think Perry wants you to choose.

What do you love about making art?
In my landscapes, mountains can be neon pink and clouds are shaped like continents.  You can get lost in them like some kind of strange wonderland. I grew up with Candy Land, Willy Wonka and the Wizard of Oz and I still feel entranced by the concept of creating magical otherwordly spaces that exist outside the rules of nature.  My art allows me to bring the landscapes that exist within me into being while inviting others to get lost in them too.

Where do you find inspiration?
A clear mind
A clouded mind
Travel, or anything that jolts me out of my day-to-day life
"Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke
"The Creative Process: A Revealing Study of Genius at Work" (mind-blowing essays by influential artists, writers and scientists)
Mountains in any form
My many beautiful and talented friends
Art books
Walks down the bike path
Drives through the hills
Places I’ve never been
Anything out of the ordinary

What is your dream project?
Going on a cross-country landscape painting tour in a camper, or covering Mount Everest with neon paint.

What are your plans for the future?
1) Enjoy what’s left of summer in the Pioneer Valley
2) Spend the month of October in residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT
3) Start a new chapter of my life

If I wasn’t doing this, I would be...
Painting, swimming, socializing, or watching Arrested Development.

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book?
"...She re-created the mountains not as she had originally seen them but as she eventually chose to see them, for a person has not only perceptions but a will to perceive, not only a capacity to observe the world but a capacity to alter his or her observation of it- which, in the end, is the capacity to alter the world, itself. Those people who recognize that imagination is reality's master, we call "sages", and those who act upon it, we call "artists". Tom Robbins - Skinny Legs and All

If you were a piece of clothing, what would be and what color/pattern?
Anything with a loud geometric or floral pattern.  My friends are always gifting me with their most psychedelic thrift finds.

What's the first line in a book about your life?
“She had lost her keys again.”

What's your go-to "happy" song?
"Fantasy" by Mariah Carey, featuring ODB.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
“Once the search has begun, something will be found.” -Oblique Strategies

When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Legs Michelson.

Perry Baron Huntoon holds a BA in Studio Art from Smith College.  She lives in Northampton, where she has contributed to multiple public art projects including “24 Hours”, a mural underneath the bike bridge on North Street.  She currently works at UMass Amherst for the Arts Extension Service, a program that equips artists and arts managers for their work in the field.

Her window installation at Ode is entitled “Not Quite Here” and will be in the window starting July 7th.

This project was funded in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council


Window Design

Shipwrecked Wardrobe

June 13, 2013

Shipwrecked Wardrobe
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INSPIRATION: Odette, Ode's adventurous regular, sets sail on a sunny June day, equipped with sunhat, dress just flowy enough to catch the breeze, and plenty of outfit changes to weather all weather. She checks the rigging. Turnbuckles and cotter pins in place, she points her boat into the wind, dividing the water into a pair of waves. Clouds darken, the ocean churns, and disaster strikes. But fear not. Odette has come prepared. She swims to shore, shakes off the storm, and sets up a make-shift home, complete with walk-in closet. She'll be saved, of course, in style. In the meantime, she'll make a runway of sticks and snakeskin. She's a survivor.

[Window Designer: Thea Price-Eckles]

Window Design

HOW-TO: Barrel Knot

June 9, 2013

Familiar to jewelers and sailors alike, this knot is a beautiful way of attaching two ropes so that they don't slide past one another - it is also used to close adjustable necklaces/braceletes as well as a stopper knot on a rope passing through a pulley. We'd love to see someone turn it into a hair-do!