May 14, 2011

Traveling Light

After my sister and I posted Chalk this past summer, the ladies in the group Stealing Sheep asked if Rivkah would make a lil video to their music, which is so sweet and weirdly dark and fitting to all the Amelie vibes we were feeling in the summer, so she did, and I kind of did too, and it was fun, and here it is.

Traveling Light is a lot about that stage between being a kid and an adult, which I think about a lot, and was especially thinking about when we made this in the summer as I was about to enter high school. It's really weird when you realize that makeup has gone from being a dress up box occasion to an every day requirement, and you start looking for bubblegum cigarette ways to make these two stages make sense and be friends, but helping Rivkah make this made it easier to be able to have some kind of grasp on it, since this video is a series of those searches and moments as well as Rivkah and me being summery and liking hats. There isn't much of a plot or progression aside from that, I guess it's more like a photo for its moment-capturing than a story. And, us being sisters, a lot of details in this we took from our own memories, so it's, y'know, personal and appropriately nostalgic and I'm proud of us and her and our sisterly teamwork.

I have a lot more to say about these ideas in general but that's what the video is for. I like what Rivkah wrote, too. Also, I just last night finished a zine that's very much about this stuff (though a little more high school in mentality and subject matter as I'm not as hesitant to be a teenager as I was last summer) and I think I'll put it up on Etsy soon or something. Also also, listen to Stealing Sheep's beautiful music!

P.S. It's just a coincidence but I think it's kinda funny I ended up posting this on Sofia Coppola's birthday.

86 comments:

Cinderella said...

beautiful video!♥

Korlei said...

Wow. This whole video has such a vibe to it. Retro. Quirky. independent. Original. Romantic. Different. Everything that i love. It puts me in such a great mood. really congratulations.

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Korlei said...

If your sister created this video, she has some serious cinema and realization skills.
I still cant get over the emotion that you guys squished into 10 minutes.

Megan Hattie said...

I love this video, it's so lovely. And kinda reminds me of myself, haha. The music is beautiful too! I'll have to remember Stealing Sheep! Reminds me of CocoRosie at times.

Cheers,
--Megan//The Martian Tide

POPTUCKSHOP said...

This is amazing! I love your hilarious faces as you bite into those sweets, and the sped-up clips of you walking around. Your mini heart chair is so cute with that princess dress, like something shrunken out of a Alice in Wonderland. Very random! You should totally be a mime artist with a mini Tavi on your lap, taking advantage of all those facial expressions!

Kaysens nye klæder said...

Hm, it's a kind of weird.. It really made me think; I don't really know about what.. Just thinking.
Nice job!!

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Cookies said...

Wow, that's a really really really AMAZING job !

catarina said...

the images are really good. the last butterfly's scene is the cherry in the top of the cake.
amazing.

x said...

this is beautiful.

Ofelia said...

uncanny! Didn't even remember it was sophias bday today

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sweet_virtual said...

girl, i adore you.first, i am 16 years old and understand very well the problems in this "gray zone" between being a child and an adult. second, your'e one of the bloggers who makes me feel me again: your creativity hekps me to accept the way i am and express how i feel` or even just how much i like being involved with unique art and fashion.
i hope that this comment made you smile, i think that it is so important to say THANK YOU when someone makes you feel so complete :)

Elodie said...

Amazing ! Tavi you are the best ! ; )

Queen said...

I love all the little details from the video. It's so original and romantic. You and your sister are two genious!

Maddie said...

I love the swing scene and the moth in the water. Beautiful.

Yajaira said...

nice video

Shelly said...

That was such a beautiful video. Those little butterfly scenes that were popping up randomly were just so... I don't know why, but touching for some reason. I loved the whole vibe, really represents the stage of teenagehood well.

Lydia said...

Beautiful. I love the imagery in this video. I love the Cinderellaesque dress, the moth, the bubble gum cigs.

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Jean-Pierre MATTEI ( qui adorerait que tu lui laisses un commentaire, quel qu'il soit ) ( contre deux boîtes d'haricots rouges, et une souris morte ) ^^ ... said...

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Really beautiful, magical video and music !
And i find you very pretty too !
Bravo to you and all the ones behind this !



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Saúl said...

FUCKING AWESOME! SPECHLESS TAVI, I LOVE YOU!

Catarina said...

wow, that was really good! congratulations

Claire said...

This is really perfect. And I don't even know what to so it's just so perfect, it brought me to tears. I really understand and have been feeling that weird nostalgic sense of growing up and losing your childhood.
This is just far too beautiful.

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Mordrian said...

Tavi...ive watched this 3 times already and i just cant stop myself from pressing play....

FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

This is art.
Amazing.

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Sisters for Life said...

I have seen tons of short movies that are really bad and done by sort of well known directors, and that video was so much better than any of those short movies I've seen.

H. Houdini said...

cool movie

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Noumia's papers said...

Awesome video ! Your sister can be proud.
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daydream fool said...

Cool video, your sister has talent. That blue dress is beautiful btw.

. said...

Man - that Chalk video is awesome. When you were in the bed - yes, it was Amelie. Then you turned into the girl from the film Leon. Seen it? You should. The character's amazing. Then you turned into Matilda for that little bit when you were combing your hair. Love it. I'm sure the video in this post is great too - I have yet to watch it, wanted to say these nice things before I forgot them :)
keep cool,
Lauren xx

owlinalarkworld said...

I think the shots are well matched to the music.

. said...

Okay now I've watched the second one :)
I liked it. Surreal - beautiful and creepy at the same time. I guess that's what surrealism is kind of about, though. I think it was the jerky video and music that did it. And the moth. I liked that. Reminded me of that Man Ray film that starts with a razor cutting open an eyeball. That doesn't sound like a compliment at all, but it is. :) xx
ps. love your hair - and the hair/glasses/lipstick combo really suits you, I think.

Al said...

Really interesting video. The music was a perfect match to this very intriguing piece of art.

Joy said...

I love this! It suits my current mood quite perfectly. Such nice sisterly love :)

arba said...

This is truly one of the best projects I have ever come across. I am impressed and touched by the melancholia of this reflection and expression. A most gentle flashback of the time I spent in Brighton, England.

Mina Jade said...

The age when you are between a child and a grown-up is fun indeed. True that back then I did not find a bubblegum cigarette but a real cigarette (and a harsh one at that), by the age of 15 I had already STOPPED smoking.

Mina Jade said...

* If you do not wish to use make-up, then do not, anyone requires it or not. Natural is beautiful.

Mitchie said...

I feel really sad

Amy Creyer said...

I love this movie Tavi! I think was extremely well staged from start to finish. A job well done. It's nice to see your sister get involved too!

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magical power said...

I like this movie!!!!!!!!!
とても不思議なTavi world が広がっていておもしろかったです(*^^)v

Tavi's make is very cute♥
and dress is very cool★
 
I’m sorry if I made a mistake becase I'm not good at speaking in English((+_+))

claire rychlewski said...

I know you're sorta near the Chicago area (I live in the city) and it would be wicked cool if you'd do a physical zine distro, Think about it.

ponynamedlucifer said...

You should read Demian by Hermann Hesse. I think that would please you. In any case, your thoughts remind me of the book. And when I was your age was the story for me a small revelation.

Marijn said...

What the heck Tavi, this is beautiful!

Dahl said...

Magical.

LIO said...

Stunningly beautiful. You and your sister make a very excellent creative team. More! More!

TeeAndCake said...

..that's beautiful!! very sofia! :)

The Fancy Teacup said...

I love how everything seems so intricate and dictated, from the application of makeup, basking in the garden sunlight, the endless carousel ride on the swings, and the tasting of treats. It's very lovely cinema and a beautiful portrayal of the transition into adulthood from you and your sister.

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much love.

Niki said...

This has such a surreal, quirky, summery feel, I love it. The scenes with the moth in water are fantastic.


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Niki said...

This is fantastic! You never fail to amaze me!

Love yours posts, can't wait for the next...

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xx

Tabi'lein said...

Oh my god, Tavi. It's amazing! Just so wonderful. And I don't want ro know how much handkerchiefs you wasted. :D

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Saúl said...

Yesterday I saw "Traveling Light" two times, before I was sad, I have decided to see your video again and it make me happy :D thank you so much to you and to your sister, really art with feelings! One day I would like to know you,seriously, you are a little big girl! (L)

Trashy Student said...

your family must be the BEST place to live.

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it's 'strange' in a very nice and positiv way. i hope you know what i mean ;)
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jessica said...

hahahha i'm almost 20 and still feel Im transitioning between a kid and an adult :P

Carnivorous Seaweed said...

The scene after you apply the makeup and you put on your glasses and you look in the mirror is really precious. I don't know why but that look and the music feel really Edward Scissorhands.

beckhen said...

Nice collaboration! this reminds me a bit of Daisies (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060959/) maybe you'll like it

Flaviana Boni said...

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Ben said...

I love it. Very interesting.

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EmK said...

Oddly intriguing...

I loved this video.

Illa L. said...

Bravo!! I loved this video and the others you and your sister have done! It's dark but has a bit of child like play to it and It makes you feel sad in a way but still happy. I love it when you sit in the child's chair and put on makeup I think that's when you start to get the idea of the video.

thwany said...

interesting video.

Gabrielle Gendron said...

So wonderfull, I'm now in love with this video :)

20thCgirl said...

Beautiful and interesting - I loved the butterfly.

You should enter it into some sort of film competition - it really captures that strangeness of the child to adult transition. Like a caterpillar into a butterfly - see what I did there? ;)

Meagan said...

oh my god... it's like, "the girl who likes tutus and stares all deadpan and takes her anger out on tissues and eats sugar all day". I WISH MY LIFE WAS LIKE THIS.

Bella said...

I love this short film! The music is haunting, nostalgic, quirky, and sometimes trippy. Just like the film. The film also has a retro vibe. The tiny chair sequence was amazing, it reminded me of Alice In Wonderland. The outdoor sequences were sort of Virgin Suicides...especially when you were lying on the sidewalk. I think my favorite sequence was the swing sequence. It was kind of lazy summer vibe/Virgin Suicides. Also, the bubblegum cigarrettes were a nice touch. :D

Josie said...

Awesome video! My favorite was when you looked into the camera with a slight grin but then kept trying to straighten your lips out to make yourself look serious.

Nakia said...

I love it! You should do more videos. Very creative and highly intriguing!

Nakia said...

I love it! You should do more videos. Very creative and highly intriguing!

Inspiration of the nation said...

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Poppy said...

so beautiful.I made a video abit like this but to your song just had me and my friend messing about but it still made me want to cry.it was like a captured essence of our youth

cancercowboy said...

i like what feels like melancholy and iffiness and aimlessness, coupled with the seem of wanting to go in several different directions at the same time, both in the structure and the performance. sorry if i over-intellectualize stuff here.
thanks for sharing.

whdmsd said...

however always think your think is so amazing~~~!!!! I'm your fan!:D
you are my mental mento!!!!
always thank you!

Simona said...

This is the cutest video ever...and Tavi you're so pretty! :)

Rachel said...

This video is absolutely wonderful. Very inspiring. I clicked on the link on the end and it turns out I go to school with your sister! She was in my drawing class. Small world :) You are both very talented.

Susan said...

fab video!
xo

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Annie said...

Tavi, i love your blog and the movie you and your sister made. watching it, i just kept thinking of that scene in Royal Tenenbaums when Owen Wilson says to Luke Wilson, "i always wanted to be a Tenenbaum." well, i always wanted to be a Gevinson!!!! keep it up. i'm 32 and you inspire me like crazy!

Clothilde et Thalie said...

On adore ta vidéo !

Clothilde et Thalie said...

On adore ta vidéo !

canard said...

she reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. luv'd the film!!

Campanilla said...

the whole work is amazing. the lights. the musics. the movements. the faces. the way the director recorded the movie..
i used to hear about you tavi, and how popupar in fashion world your are right now, but i never readed your blog until now.
now i realize you a a really interesting person, who has a lot to tell and to express, and that means a lot to me.
hurry up girl!
times are hard for dreamers

JULIE said...

i looooooooove it !

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