“Familiar” – a documentary short by Anna Thorsen

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One year ago, my daughter proposed a project. I am so happy I agreed. It was a powerful and transformative experience.

Familiar is a short documentary about my Swedish mother, Karin Thorsen. Her story is told through the letters she wrote to her best friends from 1968-2001.

This project was my daughter’s Grad Film for Langara’s Documentary Film Production course.

Director: Anna Thorsen
Executive Producer: Annat Kennet and Langara College
Writer/Editor: Anna Thorsen
Cinematographer: Anna Thorsen
Lighting/Sound: Anna Thorsen
Original Score: Julian Bowers
Research Support: Katarina Thorsen
Translator: Katarina Thorsen

To watch, go to: FAMILIAR

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Thank you Anna for this transformative experience.

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Simple OWL drawing lesson using kid-grade felt pens

[Film by Anna Thorsen]

I teach OWL drawing for most, if not all, of my creative engagement workshops.  I use the OWL image as it is easy to break it down into simple geometric shapes on which to build form.

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I usually use china marker.

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But we don’t always have the “right” material.

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We have to work with what we have. Below are OWL drawings by SFU Restorative Justice students using just dollar store felt pens.

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Working with what you have. Freedom within limits. That’s when magic happens.

See also:

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“I can’t wait to see you and meet you at the top.”

It’s early Sunday morning, December 13, 2015,  and I have just said bon voyage to my daughter as she heads to New York City for a test run month, paving the way to her big move.

A few months ago, she wrote on her mindmap:

Spend 1 month test living in New York City.

Oh Anna, my extraordinary daughter.  Way to manifest!

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Photo by @sirshanemiller

She’s been to New York before, many times now.  So that isn’t new.  She has lived in San Francisco for 4 years, so moving away isn’t new.  But what is new is that she’s 30, she’s graduating into a new chapter and she’s manifesting her dreams- DARING GREATLY- stepping into her new, authentic, successful, whole self.

Just take a listen to this video Anna made, facilitated by Peter Breeze during his Be a Star Workshop (Evan Eisenstadt Photography):

YES!

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Our bodies and those of our daughters were created by a seamless web of nature and nurture, of biology informed by consciousness, that we can trace back to the beginning of time.  Thus, every daughter contains her mother and all the women who came before her.  The unrealized dreams of our maternal ancestors are part of our heritage,  To become optimally healthy and happy, each of us must get clear about the ways in which our mother’s history both influenced and continues to inform our state of health, our beliefs, and how we live our lives.  Every woman who heals herself helps heal all the women who came before her and all those who will come after her. – Dr. Christiane Northrup, Mother-Daughter Wisdom

This post is not only dedicated to Anna but to my Mormor (Kristina), Anna’s Mormor (Karin) and my son Julian, a true feminist.

Let’s dance!

 

 

 

Submission call from @bypoststreet! Email us for details! #art

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Message from creative director, Anna Thorsen:

HEY EVERYONE!! bypoststreet is relaunching on OCT 15 and I’m looking for submissions to become a part of our brand new website!

If you’re interested in participating, please email INFO@BYPOSTSTREET.COM with your name!

The instructions will be very simple and it can be anything you like that will fit onto the small piece we give you. Email me and you’ll see exactly what I mean!

I’ll be sending out more info next Wednesday. Thank you in advance!!

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Did something unexpected happen? Laura asked. #sfo #reflection

I had a wonderful conversation about my San Francisco trip today with my incredible friend, Laura Mack.  As always, she managed to ask powerful questions that nudge me to reflect.  Did anything happen during the trip that was unexpected?  Hmmm…

The art event was amazing- and not unexpected.

The street art filled my soul with glee- expected.

The photoshoots delighted- expected.

Friends, new and old, were amazing- expected.

San Francisco was a dreamland- expected.

Working on business with my daughter seamless and empowering- expected.

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But what was unexpected was my lack of anxiety.  What was unexpected was that I felt deserving of feeling good.

My journal entry on Noe Street, the Castro, San Francisco August 20, 2013 [unedited]:

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What is it like to wake up to a morning in SF with the place to myself?  My mind wants to wander to a place of anxiety- yet at the same time my heart feels strangely at peace.

TRUST is a word that comes up regularly in me.  I can and will trust that the flow I am feeling is the start of trust or the depths of trust or the familiarity of trust.  Have I actually ever felt the theme/emotion/state of trust?

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TRUST- definition:

trust- reliance, confidence, strength

I looked around the room last night, as Anna’s friends were bouncing off the ceiling and joyously sharing together, and was touched by how we find ourselves in this cottage apartment in the Castro because of our work together, because of my art.

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Is it hard to imagine because I do not allow myself to trust it?  Is it hard to allow myself to relax into it because I do not allow myself the time?  Is this trip about taking a break or stepping into it?

Such a fascinating time to simply let go of the old “unquiet heart” way of doing things and softening to accepting that I deserve this right now.

Is it hard to imagine because I don’t need to imagine it because I am already living it?!

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Money lives in New York.  Power sits in Washington.  Freedom sips cappuccino in a sidewalk café in San Francisco. 

– Joe Flower

Booty Call Wednesdays and @bypoststreet Collaboration 2!

by post street’s COLLECTION 2 was created in celebration of Chaos to Couture at the Met.

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To launch the collection, we collaborated with Booty Call Wednesdays in San Francisco!

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Juanita More and Joshua J Cook

I created several portraits of notorious SF locals.  A backdrop was created by my daughter, Anna T Fabulous, for the event.   The paper dress I created (my third one) was premiered at Booty Call Wednesday May 22 and my daughter “killed it.”

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 Photos from Booty Call Wednesday

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Face of the month collaboration with Global Model Scouting and @bypoststreet!

Introducing our new collaboration! Face of the Month with:

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FACE OF THE MONTH

At the end of every month GMS will pick a “Face of the month” from the models on our site. This will be someone that we think stands out. What makes them stand out could be uniqueness, coolness, attitude or perhaps great personal charisma. The height and size is of no consequence.

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First edition:

‘Sofie’

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Sofie-GMS 300 dpi

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It’s a family affair!

GMS was founded by my best friend, Maud Kerzendörfer, from Stockholm, Sweden!

by post street is directed by my daughter, Anna Thorsen, and I am by post street‘s artist-in-residence! Anna is also a guest blogger for GMS!

Filming/editing of my creative process is provided by my son, Julian Bowers!

Stay tuned for new faces!

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Alexander:

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The art is on the wall. Latest updates.

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My daughter and I [wearing our by post street tees] as featured on the cover of WE Vancouver!

For complete article go to:

POST NO BILLS: CAN FREE ART CHANGE THE WORLD?

Anna is wearing “K” from by post street’s collection 1.  Check out the making of the “K” portrait:

Video by Julian Bowers

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Filming at THE WALL with Rami Mikhail of DREAMING IN THE RAIN

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I love seeing changes on the wall by visitors!

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New wheatpaste: Vivienne Westwood

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Nina Hagen

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Young Vivienne

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

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Thank Koi

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Check out what attendees did to the portraits at DRAWN TOGETHER @bypoststreet LAUNCH EVENT @1181Lounge

Check out what attendees did to the portraits I created as we celebrated the launch of ‘by post street‘ and the pre-release of Collaboration 1 [KAR] today at 1181!  Thank you everyone for a wonderful day!

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‘by post street’ is a limited edition t-shirt and deejay company started by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

at 1181 Lounge, 1181 Davie Street, Vancouver BC

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‘by post street’ t-shirts are designed by Anna and feature fashion icons and international house & hip-hop deejays as drawn by Kat Thorsen. Collaborations (released monthly) will feature podcasts made exclusively by the ‘DJs-of-the-month’.

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*****by post street*****
Design. Discover. Deejay.

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*Hosted by Anna T Fabulous

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Anna T Fabulous, Viranly, Josh Langston- The Social Life trio!

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Check out: the by post street paper dress

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You can still JOIN THE COLLABORATION!
www.twitter.com/bypoststreet
www.instagram.com/bypoststreet
www.soundcloud.com/by-post-street

LISTEN TO RICCARDO BHI [Milan] by post street
https://soundcloud.com/by-post-street/riccardo-bhi-by-post-street

FRIENDS FOR LIFE
http://www.friendsforlife.ca/
3% of ‘by post street’s net-monthly profits will be donated to Vancouver Friends For Life.

DRAWN TOGETHER INTERACTIVE ART and LAUNCH EVENT @1181Lounge April 14!

CELEBRATE the launch of ‘by post street‘ and the pre-release of Collaboration 1 [KAR] at 1181!

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‘by post street’ is a limited edition t-shirt and deejay company started by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

at 1181 Lounge, 1181 Davie Street, Vancouver BC

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‘by post street’ t-shirts are designed by Anna and feature fashion icons and international house & hip-hop deejays as drawn by Kat Thorsen. Collaborations (released monthly) will feature podcasts made exclusively by the ‘DJs-of-the-month’.

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*****by post street*****
Design. Discover. Deejay.

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*Hosted by Anna T Fabulous

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*Interactive Pop-Up Art Gallery by Kat Thorsen featuring portraits to be finished by event attendees
*Music by Adam Dreaddy
*Video Installation by Zöe Harvey
*Live Models. Interactive Art.
*On-site videography
*On-site photography by Viranlly Liemena & Kate McLaren
*Book release: ‘Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections with Art‘ by Kat and Roar Thorsen

Drawn Together- Maintaining Connections and Navigating Life’s Challenges With Art

Without art you do not die.  Without art you do not live.

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Don’t live in Vancouver?
You can still JOIN THE COLLABORATION!
www.twitter.com/bypoststreet
www.instagram.com/bypoststreet
www.soundcloud.com/by-post-street

LISTEN TO RICCARDO BHI [Milan] by post street
https://soundcloud.com/by-post-street/riccardo-bhi-by-post-street

FRIENDS FOR LIFE
http://www.friendsforlife.ca/
3% of ‘by post street’s net-monthly profits will be donated to Vancouver Friends For Life.

Pre-order your @bypoststreet Collaboration 1 [K,A,R] t-shirt @Indiegogo until March 1!

PRE-ORDER now available for BY POST STREET, my unisex t-shirt & music project with creative director/designer Anna Thorsen. Order COLLABORATION 1 through Indiegogo from now until March 1. Check it –>

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60% Bamboo Rayon, 28% Cotton, 6% Spandex

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"A"
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"R"
“R”

Funders will have access to a variety of rewards depending on the level of contribution. These rewards range from postcard sets, to a signed t-shirts, to original individualized portraits. 

See below!

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Video by Julian Bowers

Design. Discover. Deejay. 

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

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WHAT WE ARE

by post street is a limited edition t-shirt & music company created by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

Collections will be released monthly and feature two fashion figures and one DJ.  Each collection will be produced in limited runs, available for 30 days (or until sold out) and paired with an exclusive podcast by the “DJ of the month” (available to download for free).

CHECK OUT OUR INDIEGOGO SITE AND BECOME AN ACTIVE COLLABORATOR!

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FUNDER PERKS:

$1 or more:

Thank you mention on our new website: by post street

$25:

A set of postcards featuring the three portraits [K/A/R] from Collection/Collaboration 1

$75:

A signed print of “K” portrait

$120:

Your choice of a K, A or R t-shirt

$200:

Signed print of “K” portrait and a “K” t-shirt 

$500:

A set of postcards featuring the three portraits [K/A/R] from Collection/Collaboration 1, a signed print of “K” portrait and a signed “K” t-shirt

$1000:

A signed print of “K” portrait, a signed “K” t-shirt and a custom individualized portrait (18″x 24″)

$2500:

All of the above and an exclusive invite to the launch party [travel and accommodation not included]

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Your contribution will allow us to:

Create our first limited edition t-shirt run featuring two fashion figures and the “DJ of the month.”  The unisex t-shirts, designed by Anna and featuring exclusive art by Kat Thorsen, are made from 100% organic cotton.

Provide exclusive access to first official podcast created by the “DJ of the month” Riccardo Bhi from Milan, Italy.

Create a cutting edge website to house sales, podcasts and to provide a continuous creative source of fashion, art and music.

Plan, promote and execute the launch event that utilizes interactive art and a DJ performance to launch “Collection 1.”

THE IMPACT

No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it. – H.E. Luccock

By becoming a funder you will allow the world to experience:

• The new collaborative wave that combines art, music, fashion and social media.

• The buzz of anticipating and collecting the monthly limited edition t-shirts.

• The discovery and celebration of leading DJ talent from around the globe.

• The power of interactive art events.

• The positive impact on our non-profit partner.  (by post street will be donating 3% of profits from t-shirt sales to a non-profit organization.)  STAY TUNED FOR OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK!

• the satisfaction of purchasing a product that is completey produced and manufactured locally.

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THE FUTURE

It doesn’t stop at “Collection 1”:

by post street  anticipates extending services to organizations to provide theme-specific limited edition t-shirt runs for promotional campaigns and fundraisers.

BPS

  • Anna Thorsen:   former entertainment promoter and visual merchandiser, Anna is now the editor-in-chief of the multi-city lifestyle website, The Social Life.  She brings over 10 years of experience within the fashion/entertainment industries into her new role as Creative Director for by post street. the-sociallife.com
  • Kat Thorsen, artist, art therapist and author is renowned for her art blog, portraits, therapeutic art classes, craftivism, street art and popular interactive art events. Kat is the resident artist for by post street. katthorsen.wordpress.com

HELP SPREAD THE WORD:

Follow @bypoststreet

The latest creative collaboration by @poststreet (Kat Thorsen) and @the_social_life (Anna T Fabulous).

Art/ Fashion/ Music

Portraits/ T-shirts/ Podcasts

Twitter/ Instagram/ Soundcloud

THANK YOU!

CHECK OUT CAMPAIGN UPDATES

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Check out @bypoststreet funder perks on @Indiegogo!

Funders will have access to a variety of rewards depending on the level of contribution. These rewards range from postcard sets, to a signed t-shirts, to original individualized portraits. 

See below!

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Video by Julian Bowers

Design. Discover. Deejay. 

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

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WHAT WE ARE

by post street is a limited edition t-shirt & music company created by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

Collections will be released monthly and feature two fashion figures and one DJ.  Each collection will be produced in limited runs, available for 30 days (or until sold out) and paired with an exclusive podcast by the “DJ of the month” (available to download for free).

CHECK OUT OUR INDIEGOGO SITE AND BECOME AN ACTIVE COLLABORATOR!

Indiegogo

FUNDER PERKS:

$1 or more:

Thank you mention on our new website: by post street

$25:

A set of postcards featuring the three portraits [K/A/R] from Collection/Collaboration 1

$75:

A signed print of “K” portrait

$200:

Signed print of “K” portrait and a “K” t-shirt 

$500:

A set of postcards featuring the three portraits [K/A/R] from Collection/Collaboration 1, a signed print of “K” portrait and a signed “K” t-shirt

$1000:

A signed print of “K” portrait, a signed “K” t-shirt and a custom individualized portrait (18″x 24″)

$2500:

All of the above and an exclusive invite to the launch party [travel and accommodation not included]

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Your contribution will allow us to:

Create our first limited edition t-shirt run featuring two fashion figures and the “DJ of the month.”  The unisex t-shirts, designed by Anna and featuring exclusive art by Kat Thorsen, are made from 100% organic cotton.

Provide exclusive access to first official podcast created by the “DJ of the month” Riccardo Bhi from Milan, Italy.

Create a cutting edge website to house sales, podcasts and to provide a continuous creative source of fashion, art and music.

Plan, promote and execute the launch event that utilizes interactive art and a DJ performance to launch “Collection 1.”

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THE IMPACT

No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it. – H.E. Luccock

By becoming a funder you will allow the world to experience:

• The new collaborative wave that combines art, music, fashion and social media.

• The buzz of anticipating and collecting the monthly limited edition t-shirts.

• The discovery and celebration of leading DJ talent from around the globe.

• The power of interactive art events.

• The positive impact on our non-profit partner.  (by post street will be donating 3% of profits from t-shirt sales to a non-profit organization.)  STAY TUNED FOR OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK!

• the satisfaction of purchasing a product that is completey produced and manufactured locally.

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THE FUTURE

It doesn’t stop at “Collection 1”:

by post street  anticipates extending services to organizations to provide theme-specific limited edition t-shirt runs for promotional campaigns and fundraisers.

BPS

  • Anna Thorsen:   former entertainment promoter and visual merchandiser, Anna is now the editor-in-chief of the multi-city lifestyle website, The Social Life.  She brings over 10 years of experience within the fashion/entertainment industries into her new role as Creative Director for by post street. the-sociallife.com
  • Kat Thorsen, artist, art therapist and author is renowned for her art blog, portraits, therapeutic art classes, craftivism, street art and popular interactive art events. Kat is the resident artist for by post street. katthorsen.wordpress.com

HELP SPREAD THE WORD:

Follow @bypoststreet

The latest creative collaboration by @poststreet (Kat Thorsen) and @the_social_life (Anna T Fabulous).

Art/ Fashion/ Music

Portraits/ T-shirts/ Podcasts

Twitter/ Instagram/ Soundcloud

THANK YOU!

CHECK OUT CAMPAIGN UPDATES

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FIRST podcast by @riccardobhi on @SoundCloud for @bypoststreet t-shirt & music project!

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:

Riccardo BHI for by post street.  China marker on newsprint

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TAKE A LOOK :

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Design. Discover. Deejay. 

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

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WHAT WE ARE

by post street is a limited edition t-shirt & music company created by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

Collections will be released monthly and feature two fashion figures and one DJ.  Each collection will be produced in limited runs, available for 30 days (or until sold out) and paired with an exclusive podcast by the “DJ of the month” (available to download for free).

TODAY WE LAUNCH OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!

CHECK OUT OUR INDIEGOGO SITE AND BECOME AN ACTIVE COLLABORATOR!

Indiegogo

WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET

Perks for your contribution:

Funders will have access to a variety of rewards depending on the level of contribution. These rewards range from postcard sets, to a signed t-shirts, to original individualized portraits.

Your contribution will allow us to:

Create our first limited edition t-shirt run featuring two fashion figures and the “DJ of the month.”  The unisex t-shirts, designed by Anna and featuring exclusive art by Kat Thorsen, are made from 100% organic cotton.

Provide exclusive access to first official podcast created by the “DJ of the month” Riccardo Bhi from Milan, Italy.

Create a cutting edge website to house sales, podcasts and to provide a continuous creative source of fashion, art and music.

Plan, promote and execute the launch event that utilizes interactive art and a DJ performance to launch “Collection 1.”

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THE IMPACT

No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it. – H.E. Luccock

By becoming a funder you will allow the world to experience:

• The new collaborative wave that combines art, music, fashion and social media.

• The buzz of anticipating and collecting the monthly limited edition t-shirts.

• The discovery and celebration of leading DJ talent from around the globe.

• The power of interactive art events.

• The positive impact on our non-profit partner.  (by post street will be donating 3% of profits from t-shirt sales to a non-profit organization.)  STAY TUNED FOR OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK!

• the satisfaction of purchasing a product that is completey produced and manufactured locally.

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THE FUTURE

It doesn’t stop at “Collection 1”:

by post street  anticipates extending services to organizations to provide theme-specific limited edition t-shirt runs for promotional campaigns and fundraisers.

BPS

  • Anna Thorsen:   former entertainment promoter and visual merchandiser, Anna is now the editor-in-chief of the multi-city lifestyle website, The Social Life.  She brings over 10 years of experience within the fashion/entertainment industries into her new role as Creative Director for by post street. the-sociallife.com
  • Kat Thorsen, artist, art therapist and author is renowned for her art blog, portraits, therapeutic art classes, craftivism, street art and popular interactive art events. Kat is the resident artist for by post street. katthorsen.wordpress.com

SPREAD THE WORD:

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Follow @bypoststreet

The latest creative collaboration by @poststreet (Kat Thorsen) and @the_social_life (Anna T Fabulous).

Art/ Fashion/ Music

Portraits/ T-shirts/ Podcasts

Twitter/ Instagram/ Soundcloud

Video by Julian Bowers

Announcing my new project with @The_Social_Life: @bypoststreet! #art #fashion #music #collaboration

Design. Discover. Deejay. 

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

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Follow @bypoststreet

The latest creative collaboration by @poststreet (Kat Thorsen) and @the_social_life (Anna T Fabulous).

Art/ Fashion/ Music

Portraits/ T-shirts/ Podcasts

Twitter/ Instagram/ Soundcloud

Video by Julian Bowers

WHAT WE ARE

by post street is a limited edition t-shirt & music company created by Anna & Kat Thorsen.

by post street is a creative and collaborative source for fashion, house, hip hop and art.

Collections will be released monthly and feature two fashion figures and one DJ.  Each collection will be produced in limited runs, available for 30 days (or until sold out) and paired with an exclusive podcast by the “DJ of the month” (available to download for free).

This project was born out of our mutual desire to take the bold, scary, courageous (and perhaps outrageous) step to abundance and living our dreams!

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In the end all collaborations are love stories.
― Twyla Tharp, The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together

TODAY WE LAUNCH OUR FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN!

CHECK OUT OUR INDIEGOGO SITE AND BECOME AN ACTIVE COLLABORATOR!

Indiegogo

WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET

Perks for your contribution:

Funders will have access to a variety of rewards depending on the level of contribution. These rewards range from postcard sets, to a signed t-shirts, to original individualized portraits.

Your contribution will allow us to:

Create our first limited edition t-shirt run featuring two fashion figures and the “DJ of the month.”  The unisex t-shirts, designed by Anna and featuring exclusive art by Kat Thorsen, are made from 100% organic cotton.

Provide exclusive access to first official podcast created by the “DJ of the month” Riccardo Bhi from Milan, Italy.

Create a cutting edge website to house sales, podcasts and to provide a continuous creative source of fashion, art and music.

Plan, promote and execute the launch event that utilizes interactive art and a DJ performance to launch “Collection 1.”

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THE IMPACT

No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it. – H.E. Luccock

By becoming a funder you will allow the world to experience:

• The new collaborative wave that combines art, music, fashion and social media.

• The buzz of anticipating and collecting the monthly limited edition t-shirts.

• The discovery and celebration of leading DJ talent from around the globe.

• The power of interactive art events.

• The positive impact on our non-profit partner.  (by post street will be donating 3% of profits from t-shirt sales to a non-profit organization.)  STAY TUNED FOR OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT NEXT WEEK!

• the satisfaction of purchasing a product that is completey produced and manufactured locally.

THE FUTURE

It doesn’t stop at “Collection 1”:

by post street  anticipates extending services to organizations to provide theme-specific limited edition t-shirt runs for promotional campaigns and fundraisers.

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My collaborative street art wall, Vancouver BC.  Photo by Carolyn Spencer

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  • Anna Thorsen:   former entertainment promoter and visual merchandiser, Anna is now the editor-in-chief of the multi-city lifestyle website, The Social Life.  She brings over 10 years of experience within the fashion/entertainment industries into her new role as Creative Director for by post street. the-sociallife.com

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  • Kat Thorsen, artist, art therapist and author is renowned for her art blog, portraits, therapeutic art classes, craftivism, street art and popular interactive art events. Kat is the resident artist for by post street. katthorsen.wordpress.com

With love and gratitude in my heart and soul, I say thank you to my parents…

With love and gratitude in my heart and soul, I say thank you to my parents and hello to our mutual dreams.

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Missing them feels similar to claustrophobia sometimes.  But the missing is infused with deep gratitude for the childhood and camaraderie they gave me.

In 2012, my father knew, before he died, that we had fulfilled our goal of creating a book, and I am eager to finally share Drawn Together with the world- just a few weeks from now!

My next book, Molly, is a project my mother was deeply passionate about and my parents and I researched Vancouver history together.

It’s a remarkable healing process for me to carry on “our work.”

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North Vancouver, December 27, 2012

There were so many epic, powerful, joyous, deep, difficult, wonderful experiences in 2012 but truly, for me, the best was watching my children living their dreams, traveling the world, pursuing their passions. I love being a mom.

My kids: Anna and Julian
My kids: Julian Bowers and Anna Thorsen (Anna T Fabulous of The Social Life)
Julian and Anna in San Francisco, 2012, with Joseph Killian
Julian and Anna in San Francisco, 2012, with our favorite Joseph Killian

 

 

Dec 23: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @annadellorusso ft.my advent portraits!

DEC 23:

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China marker, acrylic, fx on newsprint

Anna Dello Russo

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Choices (originals are 12″ x 18″ on newsprint):

1. Alexander Wang

6. Dec 6 Alexander Wang

2. Derek Blasberg

10. Dec 10 Derek Blasberg

3. Marc Jacobs

3. Dec 3 Marc Jacobs

4. Tom Ford

7. Dec 7 Tom Ford

5. Diane Von Furstenburg

5. Dec 5 Diane Von Furstenburg

6. Phoebe Philo

2. Dec 2 Phoebe Philo

7. Coco Rocha

21. Dec 21 Coco Rocha

8. Leigh Lezark

8. Dec 8 Leigh Lezark

9. Karlie Kloss

19. Dec 19 Karlie Kloss

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The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous
The Social Life's Josh Langston
The Social Life’s Josh Langston

 

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The Social Life’s Viranlly Liemena

I am so excited to have collaborated with THE SOCIAL LIFEAnna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL!

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint

Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in order to deal with it, The Social Life is going to celebrate, and celebrate BIG!  We introduce to you the #24DaysofTSL.  Starting Dec 1 until Dec 24 we will be hosting a contest-per-day, featuring well known characters of the fashion industry in holiday form hand drawn by Kat Thorsen! Each day we’ll be giving away prizes from the cities of Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York!

– THE SOCIAL LIFE

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Suzanne Farrell

 

Dec 22: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of #KateMoss ft.@Mimi_Chica

DEC 22:

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China marker, acrylic, fx on newsprint

Kate Moss

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TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X MIMI CHICA

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Kate Moss. Pencil, acrylic on paper
Kate Moss. Pencil crayon, acrylic on paper

I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFEAnna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL!

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint

Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in order to deal with it, The Social Life is going to celebrate, and celebrate BIG!  We introduce to you the #24DaysofTSL.  Starting Dec 1 until Dec 24 we will be hosting a contest-per-day, featuring well known characters of the fashion industry in holiday form hand drawn by Kat Thorsen! Each day we’ll be giving away prizes from the cities of Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York!

– THE SOCIAL LIFE

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Dec 21: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @cocorocha ft.@CotteDArmes

DEC 21:

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China marker, acrylic, fx on newsprint

Coco Rocha

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#24DaysOfTSL Dec 21 x Cotte D'Armes

TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X COTTE D’ARMES

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I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFEAnna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL!

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint

Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in order to deal with it, The Social Life is going to celebrate, and celebrate BIG!  We introduce to you the #24DaysofTSL.  Starting Dec 1 until Dec 24 we will be hosting a contest-per-day, featuring well known characters of the fashion industry in holiday form hand drawn by Kat Thorsen! Each day we’ll be giving away prizes from the cities of Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York!

– THE SOCIAL LIFE

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Dec 20: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @joansmalls ft. Dean Accessories

DEC 20:

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China marker, acrylic, fx on newsprint

Joan Smalls

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#24DaysOfTSL Dec 20 x Dean Accessories

TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X DEAN ACCESSORIES

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I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFEAnna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL!

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint

Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in order to deal with it, The Social Life is going to celebrate, and celebrate BIG!  We introduce to you the #24DaysofTSL.  Starting Dec 1 until Dec 24 we will be hosting a contest-per-day, featuring well known characters of the fashion industry in holiday form hand drawn by Kat Thorsen! Each day we’ll be giving away prizes from the cities of Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York!

– THE SOCIAL LIFE

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Dec 19: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @karliekloss ft. @Sephora

DEC 19:

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China marker, acrylic, fx on newsprint

Karlie Kloss

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TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X SEPHORA

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I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFEAnna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL!

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint

Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in order to deal with it, The Social Life is going to celebrate, and celebrate BIG!  We introduce to you the #24DaysofTSL.  Starting Dec 1 until Dec 24 we will be hosting a contest-per-day, featuring well known characters of the fashion industry in holiday form hand drawn by Kat Thorsen! Each day we’ll be giving away prizes from the cities of Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York!

– THE SOCIAL LIFE

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Dec 18: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @lindseywixson ft. @skullcandy

DEC 18:

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China marker, acrylic, fx on newsprint

Lindsey Wixson

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#24DaysOfTSL Dec 18 x Skull Candy

TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X SKULL CANDY

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I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFEAnna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL!

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint

Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in order to deal with it, The Social Life is going to celebrate, and celebrate BIG!  We introduce to you the #24DaysofTSL.  Starting Dec 1 until Dec 24 we will be hosting a contest-per-day, featuring well known characters of the fashion industry in holiday form hand drawn by Kat Thorsen! Each day we’ll be giving away prizes from the cities of Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York!

– THE SOCIAL LIFE

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Dec 17: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of Charlotte Free ft. @nailsinc

DEC 17:

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Charlotte Free

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China Marker on newsprint

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TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X NAIL INC

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I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFEAnna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL!

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint

Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in order to deal with it, The Social Life is going to celebrate, and celebrate BIG!  We introduce to you the #24DaysofTSL.  Starting Dec 1 until Dec 24 we will be hosting a contest-per-day, featuring well known characters of the fashion industry in holiday form hand drawn by Kat Thorsen! Each day we’ll be giving away prizes from the cities of Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York!

– THE SOCIAL LIFE

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Dec 16: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @Caradelevingne ft. #SFO mug and gift card!

DEC 16:

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China marker, acrylic, fx on newsprint

Cara Delevingne

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TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X STARBUCKS

I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFEAnna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL!

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint

Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in order to deal with it, The Social Life is going to celebrate, and celebrate BIG!  We introduce to you the #24DaysofTSL.  Starting Dec 1 until Dec 24 we will be hosting a contest-per-day, featuring well known characters of the fashion industry in holiday form hand drawn by Kat Thorsen! Each day we’ll be giving away prizes from the cities of Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York!

– THE SOCIAL LIFE

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Dec 15: @The_Social_Life’s #24daysofTSL w. #portrait of @NaomiCampbell ft. @KatThorsen

DEC 15:

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China marker, acrylic, fx on newsprint

Naomi Campbell

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TO ENTER GO TO #24DAYOFTSL X KAT THORSEN

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Anna T Fabulous and Josh Langston of The Social Life with their street art portraits by POSTSTREET (Kat Thorsen)
Anna T Fabulous and Josh Langston of The Social Life with their street art portraits by POSTSTREET (Kat Thorsen)

CHECK OUT: THE SOCIAL LIFE HITS THE STREETS

I am so excited to collaborate with THE SOCIAL LIFEAnna T Fabulous and Joshua D Langston on #24daysofTSL!

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and The Social Life’s Anna T Fabulous and Joshua Langston. China marker, acrylix, fx on newsprint

Umm…it’s DECEMBER.  Can you believe??  We can’t.  So in order to deal with it, The Social Life is going to celebrate, and celebrate BIG!  We introduce to you the #24DaysofTSL.  Starting Dec 1 until Dec 24 we will be hosting a contest-per-day, featuring well known characters of the fashion industry in holiday form hand drawn by Kat Thorsen! Each day we’ll be giving away prizes from the cities of Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York!

– THE SOCIAL LIFE

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