Follower Fridays is a series of profiles highlighting members of Gaysian Third Space to showcase the diversity of gaysians in the Community. This week’s featured member is@lawrsaysrawr.
Who are you?
My name is Lawrence and I’m a 27 year old, first generation Filipino-American. In my spare time I like to play games, draw, hike, explore cities, eat out, and take pictures with my phone.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in the Bay Area. (Concord -> San Jose -> San Francisco)
What do you do?
I’m a toy designer for an eco-friendly toy company called, Green Toys.
I got into it after graduating with a degree in Industrial Design from SJSU. I originally thought that I wanted to do something in the medical field, but I stopped that midway through my third year in college. Even though it took a while, I’m happy with where I am now.
What are you passionate about?
Currently, I’ve been really involved in listening to what’s going on out in the world and finding my voice. I think it’s really important to stick together as a community to fight and protect each other, but I also think it’s important to do your research before jumping in.
In general, I love critiquing art/design, but not in a condescending way. I just love learning about the stories behind the design or art piece. It’s really inspiring to see people doing things that they’re passionate about.
What is your dream job (real or fantasy)?
I want to build my own streetwear brand. Maybe start with cool backpacks and bags and see where I go from there. I loved my soft goods class in college, but I haven’t gotten around to making a bag in a while. I really have an itch to create.
If you could change the world with one idea, what would it be?
I think it’s important to be socially conscious. If people were more aware, we would be in a better place. We often overlook the things we can’t see.
The Interior of 27 rue de Fleurus (images: magnesalm.org + fioritinteriordesign.com)
“It was easy to get into the habit of stopping in at 27 rue de Fleurus for warmth and the great pictures and the conversation.”
~Ernest Hemingway - A Movable Feast
Description from Wiki: "27 rue de Fleurus is the location of the former home of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas on the Left Bank of Paris. It was also the home of Leo Stein for a time in the early nineteen-hundreds. It was a renowned Saturday evening gathering place for both expatriate American artists and writers and others noteworthy in the world of vanguard arts and letters, most notably Pablo Picasso. In the early decades of the century, hundreds of visitors flocked to the display of vanguard modern art, many came to scoff, but several went away converted.
Entrée into the Stein salon was a sought-after validation, and Stein became combination mentor, critic, and guru to those who gathered around her, including Ernest Hemingway, who described the salon in A Moveable Feast. The principal attraction was the collection of Paul Cézanne oils and watercolors and the early pictures by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso which Gertrude and Leo had had the funds and the foresight to buy. The walls of their atelier at 27 rue de Fleurus were hung to the ceiling with now-famous paintings, the double doors of the dining room were lined with Picasso sketches. On a typical Saturday evening one would have found Gertrude Stein at her post in the atelier, garbed in brown corduroy, sitting in a high-backed Renaissance chair, her legs dangling, next to the big cast-iron stove that heated the chilly room. A few feet away, Leo Stein would expound to a group of visitors his views on modern art.
In 1933, Stein published a kind of memoir of her Paris years, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, written in the voice of Toklas, her life partner. The book became a literary bestseller and vaulted Stein from the relative obscurity of cult literary figure into the light of mainstream attention.
The gatherings in the Stein home “brought together confluences of talent and thinking that would help define modernism in literature and art.” Dedicated attendees included Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Guillaume Apollinaire, Sinclair Lewis, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Thornton Wilder, Juan Gris, Sherwood Anderson, Francis Cyril Rose, René Crevel, Élisabeth de Gramont, Francis Picabia, Claribel Cone, Mildred Aldrich, Carl Van Vechten and Henri Matisse. Saturday evenings had been set as the fixed day and time for formal congregation so Stein could work at her writing uninterrupted by impromptu visitors. It was Stein’s partner Alice who became the de facto hostess for the wives and girlfriends of the artists in attendance, who met in a separate room.
Gertrude herself attributed the beginnings of the Saturday evening salons to Matisse, as
"[m]ore and more frequently, people began visiting to see the Matisse paintings—and the Cézannes: “Matisse brought people, everybody brought somebody, and they came at any time and it began to be a nuisance, and it was in this way that Saturday evenings began.”
Among Picasso’s acquaintances who frequented the Saturday evenings were: Fernande Olivier (Picasso’s mistress), Georges Braque (artist), André Derain (artist), Max Jacob(poet), Guillaume Apollinaire (poet), Marie Laurencin (artist, and Apollinaire’s mistress), Henri Rousseau (painter), and Joseph Stella.“ via: wiki
8 ACM Awards // New Female Vocalist, Crystal Milestone Award, Video of the Year x2, Jim Reeves International Award, Entertainer of the Year, 50th Milestone Award.
4 ACA Awards // Worldwide Artist, Collaborative Single of the Year, Collaborative Video of the Year, Song of the Year.
19 AMA Awards // Artist of the Year x3, Favourite Country Female Artist x5, Dick Clark Award for Excellence, Favourite Country Album x3, Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist x2, Favourite Adult Contemporary Artist x2, Favourite Pop/Rock Album, Song of the Year
1 BBC Award // International Artist of the Year
23 BBMA Awards // Top Touring Artist, Top Streaming Song (Video), Top Billboard 200 Album x2, Woman of the Year x2, Top Country Artist x2, Top Country Album x2, Top Female Artist x2, Artist of the Year, Top Digital Songs Artist x2, Top Billboard 200 Artist x3, Top Billboard 100 Artist x2, Billboard Chart Achievement Award, Top Country Song
3 Billboard Touring Awards // Top Package x2, Concert and Marketing Promotion Award
66 BMI Awards (Overall) // Award Winning Songs x11, Publisher of the Year x12, Song of the Year x3, Country Awards Top 50 songs x4, Top 50 Songs x2. BMI London Awards: Award Winning Song. BMI Pop Awards: President’s Award, Award Winning Songs x15, Publisher of the Year x10, Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year.
Brit Awards // International Female Solo Artist
5 CCMAs // Top Selling Album x4, Generation Award
Channel V Thailand Music Video Awards // Popular New Artist
2 Clio Awards // Bronze Award for Best Commercials, Silver for Best Commercials (between 30 seconds to a minute)
11 CMAAs // Horizon Award, Entertainer of the Year x2, Female Vocalist of the Year, International Artist Achievement Award x2, Album of the Year, Music Video of the Year x2, Pinnacle Award, Musical Event of the Year.
1 CMA (Australia) Awards // Top Selling International Album of the Year
6 CMT Awards // Breakthrough Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year x2, Video of the Year x3
Elle Style Awards // Woman of the Year
Emmy Awards // Original Interactive Program
2 FiFi Awards // Fragrance Celebrity of the Year, Fragrance of the Year: Woman’s Popular
Glamour Awards // International Solo Artist
10 GRAMMYS // Album of the Year x2, Best Country Song x2, Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best Country Album, Best Country Solo Performance, Best Music Video, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Country Vocal Performance
5 Guinness World Records // Fastest Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist, Most Simultaneous U.S Hot 100 Hits by a Female Artist, First Solo Female with Two Million Selling Weeks on the U.S Albums Chart, Fastest Selling Single in Digital History, Most Million-Selling Weeks on the U.S Albums Chart with Three Consecutive Albums.
IFPI Global Recording Artist Award // Global Recording Artist of 2014
7 iHeart Radio Music Awards // Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Most Meme-able Moment, Best Tour, Best Lyrics, Female Artist of the Year, Song of the Year.
2 Japan Gold Disc Awards // Album of the Year, Best 3 Albums
5 EMAs // Best Song, Best Female, Best Live Act, Best Look, Best US Act
6 VMAs // Best Female Video x3, Best Pop Video, Video of the Year, Best Collaboration
MTV Millennial Awards // Hit Chicle del Año
mtvU Woodie Awards // Best Cover Woodie
MMVAs // Your Fave International Artist/Group
Music Business Association // Artist of the Year
3 Myx Music Awards // Favourite International Video x3
8 Nashville Songwriters Association International Award // Songwriter/Artist of the Year x7, Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written.
Nashville Symphony Ball // Harmony Award
3 KCAs // The Big Help Award, Favourite Song, Favourite Female Singer
NME Awards // Best International Solo Artist
2 NRJ Music Awards // International Female Artist of the Year, Video of the Year
10 PCAs // Favourite Female Artist x3, Favourite Country Artist x4, Best Pop Artist x2, Favourite Song
Los Premios 40 Principales // Best International Artist
8 Radio Disney Music Awards // Song of the Year x2, Best Break-Up Song x2, Fiercest Fans, Best Musical Collaboration, Best Song to Dance To, Most Talked About Artist
Ripple of Hope Gala // Ripple of Hope Award
4 SESAC Nashville Music Awards // Country Performance Activity Awards x3, Recurrent Country Performance Activity Awards
Shorty Awards // Best Singer
SirusXM Indies Awards // International Artist of the Year
Songwriters Hall Of Fame // Hal David Starlight Award
25 TCAs // Choice Music Collaboration, Choice Break-up Song x2, Choice Breakout Artist, Choice Twit, Choice Summer Music Star: Female, Choice Breakout Female, Choice Female Country Artist x5, Red Carpet Hot Icon - Female, Choice Female Artist x3, Choice Country Song x4, Choice Female Album x2, Ultimate Choice, Choice Single by a Female Artist
3 Telehit Awards // Álbum Pop Femenino, Best Female Artist, Video of the Year.
Young Hollywood Awards // Superstar of Tomorrow
2 YouTube Music Awards // 50 Artists to Watch, YouTube phenomenon
At the age of 27. This generation should be blessed by the impact of @taylorswift and how she is shaping up the future for music.
Soompi Music Chart 2014 Top 50 Songs . #VIXX at number 37
1. Taeyang - Eyes, Nose, Lips
2. Winner - Empty
3. Girl’s Day - Darling
4. Aliee - Don’t Touch Me
5. Block B - Her
6. Park Bo Ram - Beautiful
7. A Pink - Mr. Chu
8. Soyu, Junggigo - Some (feat. Lilboi of Geeks)
9. AOA - Short Hair
10. IU - Meaning Of You (feat. Kim Chang Wan)
11. BEAST - 12:30
12. Epik High - 헤픈엔딩
13. Exo K - Oversode
14. Sistar - I Swear
15. Junggigo - 너를 원해 (Want You (feat. Beenzino))
16. Fly To The Sky - 너를 너를 너를 (You You You
17. San E, Raina - 한여름밤의 꿀 (A Midsummer Night’s Sweetness)
18. Kim Dong Ryul - How I Am
19. 2NE1 - Come Back Home
20. Lee Sun Hee - 그 중에 그대를 만나 (Meet Him Among Them)
21. Akdong Musician - 200%
22. Gary, Jung In - 사람냄새 (Your Scent)
23. Kyuhyun - 광화문에서 (At Gwanghwamun)
24. Orange Caramel - 까탈레나 (Catallena)
25. HIGH4, IU - 봄 사랑 벚꽃 말고 (Spring, Love Or Cherry Blossom)
26. Park Hyo Shin - 야생화 (Wild Flower)
27. Girls’ Generation - Mr. Mr.
28. TaeTiSeo - Holler
29. Gaeko - 화장 지웠어 (No Make Up (feat. Zion. T, HA:TFELT))
30. K.Will - 오늘부터 1일 (Day 1)
31. Hyosung - Good-night Kiss
32. MC The Max - 그대가 분다 (Wind That Blows)
33. HI SUHYUN - 나는 달라 (I’m Different (feat. Bobby))
34. Yoon Hyun Sang - When Would It Be (duet with IU)
35. Teen Top - 쉽지않아 (Missing)
36. Sunmi - 보름달 (Full Moon (feat. Lena)) 37. VIXX - Error
38. f(x) - Reg Light
39. Rain - La Song
40. Hyuna - Red
41. Lim Chang Jung - Ordinary Song
42. CN Blue - Can’t Stop
43. Super Junior - MAMACITA
44. Kara - Mamma Mia
45. G-Dragon , Taeyang - Good Boy
46. B1A4 - Lonely
47. Mad Clown - 견딜만해 (Without You (feat. Hyorin))
48. 2PM - 미친거 아니야? (Go Crazy?)
49. Hong Jing Young - 산다는 건 (Cheer Up)
50. Infinite - Back
Una vez leí, que un fotógrafo al terminar la primera guerra mundial, dijo, que tendrían que pasar entre 20 y 25 años para que sucediera algo igual, este espacio de tiempo tan especifico, era puesto a que esos 20-25 años eran los años que se necesitaban para formar una nueva generación de combatientes que no hubiesen vivido el horror de la guerra…Esta semana se cumplen 25 años del 27 de Febrero , hoy la generación que no vivió la represión del 89 se levanta para luchar por su futuro…Dicen que la historia es cíclica, esperemos que no tengan que pasar dos años mas para acabar con este régimen
I once read that a photographer at the end of the WWI, said that it would take between 20 and 25 years for something like that to happen again, this space of time so specific was set on 20-25 years ,because those were the years that were needed to train a new generation of fighters who had not experienced the horror of war … This week is the 25th anniversary of the February 27, today’s generation that didn’t lived through the repression of 89 rises to fight for their future … history is cyclical, hopefully we’ll not have to spend two more years to end this regime