April Inspiration Roundup

April's on it's way out and here's what caught my eye this month:

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Solange Knowles Talks Music, Style Icons and Her Upcoming Museum Tour, W

For all the creatives out there, this article is something that I'm sure will resonate with you.  Solange opens up about the importance of living a full creative life, and finding ways to express all her talents and interests rather than be defined by titles.

“Singer is probably at the bottom of the barrel in terms of what I’m trying to achieve as an artist. Visually, through many mediums—through dance, through art direction, through color theory—there are so many things that I’ve dabbled in that I’ve yet to immerse myself in fully. But I think right now, I’m creating the live show and music composition, production, and creating from the ground up is when I feel the most at home.”
— Solange Knowles

Margaret Atwood, Elisabeth Moss, and the Women Behind the Disquietingly Vital The Handmaid's Tale, W

I loved The Handmaid's Tale when I first read it, and highschool me loved Margaret Atwood for writing it.  Adult me still loves Margaret Atwood for writing it, but I'm almost afraid to read it again in the current political climate that surrounds us.  If anything that probably makes it all the more vital.  I am excited about the upcoming Hulu special, and I loved this article talking with Atwood and Elisabeth Moss about the experience writing the book and making the show, as well as their views on why artists have a responsibility to create challenging work in these challenging times.

Atwood, to her annoyance, is often called a prophet and a seer. She has hopes, though, that the reach of the TV series will ultimately result in action: “I hope it will motivate people to be aware that what we take for granted as our inalienable rights don’t come from the sky. They’re not just conferred upon you. They’re there because people fought for them, and people can just as easily fight to take them away,” Atwood said, picking up her many bags and making her way toward the door. “If you want them, defend them,” she called back over her shoulder, giving one last knowing look before she disappeared.
— Stephanie Eckardt

Meet the Editor Committed to Law and Order in the Fashion Industry, MTV

Fashion is all around us, its influence is felt far and wide, but it's also a business (something people tend to forget).  Julie Zerbo of The Fashion Law seeks to decipher and expose the (il)legalities in ways that regular people can understand so that they know where their money is going.

The Fashion Law’s magic lies in its nimble, accessible dissections of legal briefs and ongoing litigations. That, combined with Zerbo’s keen, instinctive eye for instances of copyright infringement (and straight-up rip-offs), make her invaluable. Whether it’s calling out brands like Forever 21 (for its egregious, repeated instances of knocking off independent designers) or directing consumers toward more humane alternatives to fast fashion, The Fashion Law has emerged as a pillar of practical virtue in an industry where the media often functions more as a partner than a watchdog. Free of the editorial constraints that advertisers, brand relationships, and commercial partnerships involve, Zerbo uses her freedom to criticize the failings of a mysterious, often opaque industry. The fashion business may be far from perfect, but its constituents do occasionally demonstrate a willingness to change — usually after they’ve been called out on their bullshit. Julie Zerbo is here to call it when she sees it.
— Liz Raiss