Chapter Seven: The Dream Wave

Happy Summer, Stitchers! 

Post surf shot by Brooke Thorn

Post surf shot by Brooke Thorn

In spite of the rumored snow in the forecast, I am proud to say that the hammock now hangs on the porch, sundresses have resurfaced in my closet, my Birkenstocks have made a few appearances and my repainted long board (right) has returned to it's resting place by the door. Heady.

While this weather literally has me skipping around BVT with a big, goofy smile on my face, nothing gets me in the mood for summer like Mason Ho's description of his dream wave. Mason Ho, pro surfer and Hawaiian native is notable for his stoke exchange on and off the board. In a clip from the filming of Wave of Winter, Ho shared with Surfline his ideal wave of the winter with undeniable passion and creativity.

Disclaimer: After sharing this video to my roommates, I realized that not everyone had friends and a snowboard coach who talk like Mason Ho growing up and that it may be helpful to consult with Urban Dictionary, especially if you don't understand a word he says. To give you a head start, the term pitted refers to the act of skimming the inner wall of a barrel shaped wave (typically on a shorter board) all the way through as it falls over the surfer. Please refer to the visual aid above.

 

A Dream Wave.

This video not only got me stoked for summer, it inspired me to share with you my aspirations for this soul stitching wave Tess & I are riding. Whether you're surfing, stitching, hiking, biking, or heck, shopping, at the root of it all, the act of doing what you love allows you to connect. To connect with your Self. To connect with others. To connect with the outside world and ultimately, shape your world view. To perpetuate an existential exploration of the Self through a meditative act.

We call this journey soul stitching for this reason and for this reason we also call it a wave. Waves come and go, some big, some small. Some pack a punch and some are lost before they muster the energy to reach the shore. No wave is the same and no wave is alone.

So. What would my dream wave be? If time stood still, what would I create?

This is actually a question I have been asked fairly frequently and have given some thought.

Warning: it isn't just pretty and for all intensive purposes, is simply a dream

My dream needlepoint project would be massive. It would be massive and colorful and seek the hands of many. Plus, it would fulfill two of my life long goals. 1. To create an ecological impact. 2. To make my artistic mark in Bergdorf Goodman. Oh and if The Voice's Hannah Huston could come chill with Cara Delevingne and I slash Cara could teach me how to beat box, that would be greaaaaaat. Oh and if Adam Levine could give me a back rub while he sings to me that would be v cool, too.

Specs:

What: Big effing needlepoint mural of Elephants (obviously), panthers, tigers and other wild life typically seen in the jungle

Materials: Zweigart 100% cotton canvas, 10 mesh, Silk & Ivory wool, Velvets and Fyre Werks "bling"

Location: The windows of Bergdorf Goodman, duh.

Size: As big as Bergdorf Goodman would let me

Mantra: Go big or go home

Inspiration: Henri Rousseau, Paul Gauguin, Donald Robertson, Matisse, Picasso, blind contour drawing, the new installment of The Jungle Book

Music: Misterwives, Chvrches, Odesza and Jamestown Revival would come chill. We'd sip on some Sip of Sunshine, it would be great.

Featured designers (because it's Bergdorfs and would get liiiiiiiit): Hermès, Céline and Alexander McQueen

To top it off, my perfect wave would end with us all sitting around a fire on the beach, cracking open some Sips of Sunshine and Heady Topper and listening to the stylings of Jack Johnson on his ukulele.

Most importantly, it would be dope AND educational.

Its outcome would be a public, educational viewing experience, teaching its viewers about the importance of our ecosystem and how fragile it is. While there are hundreds of endangered species, I would use elephants as a vehicle to discuss how the exotic animal trade industry negatively impacts our ecosystem. Not only are they easily recognizable by a vast audience, 98 elephants are killed each day for their tusks. For 55 million years, variations of this pachyderm have roamed our planet and are projected to go extinct in my lifetime. Although there have been incredible efforts to help reverse this issue, you would be surprised how many people in the world simply don't know about it. The harsh truth is this: if this keystone species meets its foreseen fate, it would detrimentally affect an unfathomable population of our planet, both flora and fauna.

Ultimately, my goal with this piece is to demonstrate that the value I give this fabrication is as arbitrary as the value society has given to ivory and therefore living individuals.

 

I would also like to note, that I have never fist pumped more enthusiastically than I did when I saw how the writers incorporated elephants' importance throughout the 2016 rendition of The Jungle Book.

Booooooom Pahhhhhhh Whhhhaaaapppppooooowwwww

The end

xo, Brooke

What is your dream wave?

Share with us your aesthetic aspirations and we'll help you make it come to life, maybe add it to our line and name it after you!

Fun fact: it would not be my first rodeo creating large animals. Check it out... This is Not an Elephant. 2015. St. Lawrence University. Chicken wire, tulle, fishing line and spent bullet shells. 9' H x 14' L x 6' W

Fun fact: it would not be my first rodeo creating large animals. Check it out... This is Not an Elephant. 2015. St. Lawrence University. Chicken wire, tulle, fishing line and spent bullet shells. 9' H x 14' L x 6' W