Do Something.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Usually this is a place of beauty and inspiration for me to express myself on. But I feel strongly about this and I hope you will be patient with me. After hearing about the shooting in Orlando, I am once again outraged that we haven't been able to do anything to prevent this from happening in a country where we can make a difference in profound ways. WHY IS NOTHING HAPPENING.

I've written both my home-state rep, and senator, as well as Congress, to do something to prevent dangerous people attaining guns in our country. It may or may not do anything, but power comes in numbers.

Here is what I sent, feel free to copy, paste, with your own name and rep/senator/congressman, and send to your own via these links. 

To find your own senator:
For your state rep:
For Congress:

Dear Senator Hatch,

I am writing to urge you to vote to close the deadly loopholes in our laws that make it too easy for dangerous people to get guns. The federal government currently can’t block firearm sales to suspected terrorists, and I’m begging you to close this deadly loophole in our gun laws immediately.

The bottom line is this: Lax gun laws allow suspected terrorists to buy guns on our soil. Organizations like al Qaeda are well aware of this, and even instruct would-be terrorists to exploit them in the U.S. If you’re a suspected terrorist, you shouldn’t be able to buy a gun, and I hope you will address this glaring national security issue.

Background checks are supported by over 90 percent of all Americans and are a commonsense tool for keeping guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally ill.
It’s time to end the epidemic of gun violence in our country. Thank you for doing what is right for the people of [your state] and the United States.

Thank you,

Michelle Christensen

What's New on Nylon

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Here are a few more of my items up on Nylon Magazine's online shop-- I've had a few more items added, which makes it fun for accessorizing for summer. Stay tuned for my rabbit swimsuit-- which will be up and only available exclusively through here ---very soon!!


Frankie Magazine Feature

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Frankie Magazine featured my David Bowie Duffle Bag today on their site.
 Read here and get yours here!

Thanks Frankie!

Bohem Pop-Up Shop Saturday!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

I'm going to be part of a pop-up shop this Saturday, along with other wonderful creatives, in honor of Mother's Day! Come grab a gift! The whole store, as well as the vendor's goods, are 20% off. Bohem has gorgeous products, from all over the world, sourced by owner Chelsea James, herself. Wonderful home-goods, clothing, and jewelry.

Here are some of my new cards and products that I'll have there. Here are the other vendors who will be there:

This Saturday, May 7, 2016
1-4 PM
623 S. State Street
Salt Lake City

See you there!


Philadelphia +

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I spent a few days in Philadelphia and I got to enjoy the city a little bit. I head straight from the airport to The Philadelphia Museum of Art so I could soak in some of the beautiful art before it closed. I couldn't believe how many gorgeous pieces they had there-- my favorite impressionists all in one place. It was beautiful and wonderful.

I spent the rest of the time eating at delicious restaurants like Parc (see above sketches) The tree picture is right in front of the restaurant. I felt like I was in Paris, and that Francophile in me was very pleased, as I indulged in escargot (the last time I ate it was a while ago when I first lived in Paris)
 and it was trés authentique. I also had a nice trout, bread, and citron pressé. 

I visited Anthropologie headquarters and got a tour. What beautiful offices they have. They are right in this Naval Yard, so you see all of these aircraft carriers anchored in the harbor. Their offices are beautiful and just flooded with light, some so much so, that they need Thai beach umbrellas propped up over their spaces so they can see their computer monitors.
 It added a very cool look to the place. 

Go Jane Give

Thursday, April 14, 2016

While in London, I had the privilege of meeting Lindsey Phillips, co-founder of the non-profit ogranization Go Jane Give. As a working artist, she wanted to feature some photos on their site of me and my workspace. I was flattered, so photographer Kjrsten Madsen came to our little flat in Chiswick and we did a photo session there. As I heard more about the concept for this non-profit, I immediately wanted to be more involved.

 Go Jane Give is a non-profit organization, where women worldwide can use their talents and interests to create large (or small!) campaigns to raise money for different causes featured on their site. You can host a bake-sale, write personalized poetry, teach a yoga class, host a workshop, plan a talent show, anything you can think of to raise money for your specific cause. Your money will then go towards the cause you choose: help support refugees, stop child-trafficking, fight hunger, educate women worldwide, or build a life-saving business.

I know so many women every day, who work tirelessly towards doing good in their every day lives. It is not always a big deal to them, but I see them contribute as mothers, carers, nuturers, teachers, workers. These are women who want and do make a difference. Go Jane Give is a platform to help those type of women to use their daily endeavors to make an even larger contribution to the world.

All you have to do is sign up, choose your cause, and decide what it is you want to do to raise money, large or small. It's really up to you.

I'll be starting my campaign soon. What will yours be? Click here for more.

Photography by the wonderful Kjrsten Madsen

Miné Okubo + Utah Internment Camps

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

It's interesting the little bits of history you can find in little towns in Utah. 

My grandfather loves going on road-trips around here, he's always finding fun little things to see. One of his favorite places to visit (and take people) is Delta, Utah. It's a tiny little town about an 1.5 hours south of Provo. Have you ever been? (Tell me if you have!) I mentioned to him that I had been to LA to source fabric, so he took me to this fabric store there that he had been years ago (which is amazing if you love quilting and want to see some neat old sewing machines!) and they had a couple museums nearby too. One of them, which caught me by surprise, was the Topaz Japanese American Internment Camp Museum. 

In 1942, the government collected Japanese from across the USA (mostly in the West Coast) and put them in camps, to monitor them (which seriously makes my mind explode) There was a great deal of racism against the Japanese during the war, and Roosevelt wanted to make sure that the USA wasn't housing any spies. Over 127,000 people were put into these camps, and held for about 3 years.

First of all. How dare we. Many of these people were educated, born in the USA, and were working, functional members of society. They were doctors, nurses, teachers, industry workers. They contributed to society, and then all of a sudden, they were herded together and sent to camps in the middle of the desert to be watched. 

I'd known about these camps for a while now, but seeing this museum today really made it personal. I think a lot about refugees, and about Muslims in our own country who are being discriminated against because of ignorance and some of our current presidential candidates ( like monitoring Muslims? Seriously?) --- it's like we're going back in time. 

This museum had an incredible exhibit (which I encourage all of you Utahn's and non-Utahns to go to if you have a free day). It was absolutely worth it. 

The camps weren't like concentration camps in the way they were treated, but they were made up of very basic barracks, which could house up to 12 bunks to a room. There was a rec room, and they could do a lot of gardening, hold classes, and some, after a few months (when they realized they weren't actually spies), could go around town and work (thankfully!). 

A lot of them began having art classes, which is what the main exhibit at the museum was all about today. It was incredible how good some of these artists were. European-trained, many very, very prolific artists were detained here. One of my absolute favorites of the day was Japanese illustrator and artist Miné Okubo. Oh my goodness, her work was incredible. She had many different styles (which I relate to 100%) from illustrative, to painting, to block prints, to picasso-esque chalk drawings. 

Miné studied in Europe, and lived there for a while, until the war began making it too dangerous for her to stay. She went back to California to live, and then, as fate would have it, was sent to Topaz Internment Camp, in Delta, Utah. 

Ironic isn't it. 

Her work was so beautiful. My favorite were her simple ink brush work, she just captured the subjects so simply. 

She has a compilation of her drawings from the time in the camp called Citizen 13660.
 (You can get it here if you are interested).

She is my new hero and inspiration. 

The exhibit is up till September, but visit soon if you can!



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