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Above is a photo of us last night before we went to see Barbie. My daughter cropped an old hot pink tee-shirt and glued flamingos to the back and paired it with a denim vest and shorts. My son dressed in his version of Ken, sporting a visor, lego glasses and a muscle tee that we glued printed flowers to. We spiked his hair with a handful of gel.

Growing up my twin sister and I shared countless Barbies. We would walk the toy aisle at the local discount department store, Hills, then beg our mother to buy the latest Barbie toy for us. Barbieland was a fantasy world made up of professional women with what seemed like good taste. As Greta Gerwig so hilariously (and beautifully) dramatizes in the new movie, Barbie was a platform from which to imagine our futures.

I collaborated with the artist, Mariadela Araujo, on the lavender settee above. The bold colors on the back and mix of textures are energetic and chic at the same time. I like to think that this belongs in someone’s dream house.

The star ottoman above was another collaboration with Mariadela. I love this piece–it’s risky and strange.

One of the great things about Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is that the film emphasizes valuing the darker, stranger parts of ourselves. When I’m able to use those parts of myself is when I make my most interesting work.

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