Style

Inspired to Sew: Darlene Jackson

So, here’s what happened. A Garden Spices interview with the artist, Dymond Phillips, enabled a talk with her exuberant mother, fashion designer, Darlene Jackson. It turns out that Darlene Jackson is not only a personal friend of actress Cecily Tyson,  but that she has designed and outfitted numerous…

Artistic Clarity: Style of Raub Welch

  “Josephine and the Beauty School Suite” 48″×48″ mixed media I missed an opportunity to witness the beauty of Raub Welch.  During my visit to Chicago last summer, my Sister-friend, Janis Gipson invited me to attend a gathering at the Bronzeville home of Raub Welch.  She knows that…

Maven Magic

  My name is Victorine, and  I am proud to be an Essential Elements (EE) Maven!   This status means that I will be tended to on Facebook, e-mail, and in-person, and given a key to the Deal of the Week, a bevy of extraordinary fashions, and always…

Interview with Fashion Model Vinay Sindya

  GS:  Do you think you are beautiful/handsome? What would you like to change? Definitely yes! I don’t think I would change anything. I am blessed with natural beauty, I guess. All thanks to my parents. GS:  What are your goals as a model? Who is your role…

GARDEN SPICES MAGAZINE: INTERVIEW WITH SARA JANE KELLY

Thank you for agreeing to interview for our online magazine! Please send your CV along with portfolio pictures! Keep your answers short & fun. Here are your questions: Do you think you are beautiful/handsome? What would you like to change? I used to despise being tall – I…

Visiting Tresie Lewis Kinnell

On my road trip to the homecoming for Prarie View A&M University, I experienced the welcome and warmth of an overnight visit with Tresie Lewis Kinnell. Housed in Frisco, TX, outside of Dallas, this subdivision, for me, was reminiscent of the brownstones in Chicago. Kinnell’s house had its…

The Warmth of Energy: Home with Nedra Camille Shelton

“That’s Nedra,” we declare, as Nedra Camille Shelton takes us into her world of compassion, fire, and unconventional thinking. “People are just different,” is her mantra. As one of her oldest friends, (since second grade), I have fumed at the very thought that I succumb to this notion…

Lena & Me: Christopher Smith

Our Guest Contributor, artist, Alex Wilhite burned Messenger up, strongly encouraging me to “Friend” a performance artist named Christopher Smith. “He’s from Chicago!” What’s so special about this guy, I’m wondering. Then, I browse his Facebook page. Yes, Smith is from Chicago, but Smith is also black, deaf,…

Que

Understanding the effects of fear and reasons why some used and use it, my whole being is deeply disturbed when someone sends me a message about fearing God. We have to stop teaching fear and teach love.“– LaQuanda Simpson Plant and Nurture “My tomatoes are coming along pretty…

Celebrating through Art: Rosemary Ollison

I met Rosemary Ollison’s work on Facebook.  I had never experienced such a feast of leather artistry.  Ollison’s jewelry was vibrant, dimensional, and a celebration of leather I could not stop devouring.  I asked if I could feature her work in Garden Spices and after browsing her site,…