Free shipping! 30% of proceeds go to Black Women's Health Imperative

Top books & films of 2019


Michelle Mars blog Ocean Beach San Francisco

Overlooking Ocean Beach in San Francisco

 2019 is almost over (phew!). A lot happened this year didn't it? This year I started designing and making jewelry. I updated the ventilation in my studio and remodeled my aging kitchen. I had some great trips to San Francisco and Palm Springs and I took a road trip through Oregon. I've been learning some French, meditating, and biking daily. Overall, 2019 was a pretty good year for me. 


I wanted to give a HUGE thank you to those of you who came to my shows and supported me this year. I plan to keep up the good work and put out more jewelry and art! in the new year. ❤️

Top books I read this year

I think what you input into your brain informs your output so I try to stick to the good stuff. Here are my favorite books that I read this year.

  • Ellsworth Kelly is a gorgeous book that investigates Kelly's expertise in color and minimalist shapes.
  • Leon Polk Smith has many full-page photos of Smith's elegant shapes on primary colored canvases.
  • Corita Kent's Learning by Heart shows you how to see the world differently and incorporate those views into your creative work.
  • James Clear's Atomic Habits was one of the most useful books I read this year. His technique of micro habits has been working for me.
  • Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic gave me some useful ideas on how to overcome the FEAR of creative work.
  • Jessica Abel's Growing Gills has a lot of tips on how to keep up the creative habit without drowning in daily life.
  • Gary Rogowski's Handmade is an engaging story about an Oregon-based woodworker and the trials that come with working with a physical medium.
  • Joan Miró's I Work Like a Gardener compares his work in the studio to maintaining a kitchen garden.

Top films I saw this year

It's no secret that I love a good documentary. I think it's because I enjoy seeing how other real-life people live their lives.

  • Pain and Glory is worth seeing just for the beautiful furniture, art, and clothing used in the film (it's also a great story).
  • Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool takes an in-depth look at Miles's musical process and how he redefined himself every decade.
  • Above Us Only Sky is a unique documentary about the collaboration between Yoko Ono and John Lennon on one of my favorite albums Imagine.
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? is an important reminder of what can happen when you don't trust your artistic instinct.
  • Susanne Bartsch: On Top is a captivating film about the woman who ran the New York nightlife scene in the 80s and 90s.
  • Vivian Maier is a fascinating documentary about a nanny who was also a secret world-class photographer.
  • Iris is about Iris Apfel's wonderful collection of costume jewelry. Her collection was one of the inspirations for me to start making jewelry.

 

Want this delivered directly to your inbox? Subscribe to my newsletter.