¡Hola! Bonjour! Ciao! Salaam! It’s a pleasure to meet you.
Although i completed my M.A. in Fashion Studies at Parsons, i have architecture, urbanism, & international affairs tendencies. Fashion studies is not fashion design, as it were. My days don’t consist of me living and breathing inside a design studio (#sadface) since Fashion Studies is ultimately the academization of fashion (i.e. theory, theory, theory, theory, theory). In spring 2011 I took city as lab in preparation for a summer in Beirut. I went to Beirut, and fell in love. But Beirut was a place I knew I would love before I ever landed. Lebanon, actually, is a second skin. And I miss it every day.
Perhaps, someday, when I have a sufficient amount of debt paid off, I will get my PhD and be a scholar of architecture, urban design, and middle eastern studies (with fashion tendencies).
My “professional / scholarly” interests in Beirut are tri-fold.
On a personal level, though, I feel a sense of kinship to Lebanon. As a child of mixed ethnic heritage (American & Iranian, with Spanish-speaking and Farsi-swear-word proclivities) and mixed religious upbringing, I too feel the pull of needing and wanting to be different people for different interests, if only to make everyone happy in the process. How do I learn to forge my own path as a person, as an individual, mindful of the past but not living in it? How do I hope for the future but respect all I know and all I’ve seen? How do I make sense of that and still retain a sense that I am my own being, and not a body of forever-competing interests? The mind is the greatest battlefield, and the heart too.
Alas, changing lanes …
For two years prior to grad school, I was a 9th grade special education teacher and Spanish teacher in New York City. Before that I studied Print Journalism (Magazine Writing, Editing, and Production), Spanish and Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
On ideal days, I live and breath words and images and long, intent-less walks in the city with no regard for time. Most days I’m running from task to task to task, trying to make sense of it all. I’m obsessed with new books, new ideas, independent media, and above all, travel.
This blog started as a way to record assignments for class, and turned into my daily journal / amalgam of images that remind me of home … wherever I find it.
slouching [dot] towards [dot] beirut [at] gmail [dot] com
p.s. i have another work-in-progress at hehzeinam [and more are in progress too].
p.p.s. the photo is a detail from an Emily Cremona gown, sold at Starch, Summer 2011