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Feng Shui Workshop! "Feng Shui + Design: A Holistic Approach" with Kim Colwell

On November 6th, we held a workshop with Kim Colwell, focused on Feng Shui and practical ways to attract success to different baguas of our personal spaces.


We felt fortunate to learn from such a gifted and successful designer, and we are are grateful to have Kim as a vibrant addition to the Social Study community!


Here's a brief bio on Kim:

"Colwell is a Los Angeles based interior designer with a strikingly original, transformational approach. A second-generation feng shui master and NYU Tisch-trained artist as well as a designer, Kim creates interiors that promote harmony, inspire creativity and encourage individuality. Working across many decorative genres, she marries high style with high vibes, creating gorgeous signature spaces that empower her clients as individuals, couples, families or teams—and that feel as fabulous as they look. It's no wonder that Kim has been heralded as an “urban healer” by C magazine and seen the Beverly Hills jewelry boutique she designed called “One of the coolest stores in the US” by InStore. Explore her world at kimcolwelldesign.com and Instagram @kimcolwelldesign."





Hand Analysis: "Learning Your Life Purpose Through Your Fingerprints" with Lynn Jordan

On October 30th, we welcomed Lynn Jordan to Social Study, to host a workshop on hand analysis. It was fascinating and inspiring to get a glimpse of our higher purposes and dispositions in a new way! 

We gained knowledge about the traits associated with our lines and fingerprints, and Lynn encouraged us to consider the larger themes and passions in our lives.



Here is a brief bio on Lynn Jordan. We are so grateful to have her as a part of our community!

"Lynn Jordan (www.YourLifeIsInYourHands.com) started reading hands in 2001, when she completed the year-long course at the International Institute of Hand Analysis.  After that, she continued with three years of advanced study.  She rounded out her education with two years of post graduate work.  Currently, she applies these skill sets to the program she created to help people step into their dream work, Create Your Career from the Inside out (www.CreateInsideOut.com) - where she has a 90% success rate with her clients."


Our Tarot Card Reading Workshop: "Reading Like a Fool: Learning to Trust Your Intuition" with Mary Grisey

On October 23rd, Social Study welcomed textile artist, tarot practitioner and clairvoyant Mary Grisey for a moving and informative workshop on the tarot.

In her workshop, Mary guided us in developing our intuition through the Tarot, helped demystify the meaning behind the cards, and facilitated the connection between us and our spirit guides and the universe around us. She cited some great written resources for us too, from Rachel Pollack to Alejandro Jodorowsky!


We were fortunate to have Mary as our guide- she was an exceptionally talented teacher! Here's a brief bio for your perusal:


"Mary has been reading and studying the tarot for over 15 years. She is claircognizant, an empath, a teacher and an intuitive who draws from a variety of esoteric systems including astrology, numerology, mythology, Jungian symbolism and runes to conduct her tarot readings. She has been connected to the unseen world ever since she can remember and works closely with her Spirit guide, Ruth. In addition to her tarot practice, she has a fine art background that provides a unique approach to her readings as they tend to foster creativity, inventiveness and imagination."


Many of us used the Wild Unknown tarot for the workshop, which we carry here at Social Study. We love its unconventional illustrations and rich symbolism.

We're also fortunate to have Mary with us in another capacity- she's an incredibly talented natural dye and textile artist, and her work is gracing our window for November, with a reception for it being held on 11/12!




Sweet Heat For Summer


This article first appeared on Radical Cooks


A locally owned Los Angeles business by Hillary Danner, Jenkins Jellies makes Hell Fire Pepper Jelly. A blend of 7 types of fresh peppers with organic sugar the jelly is a little sweet and a lot spicy and incredibly delectable. Made in small batches, with no preservatives, Hell Fire Pepper Jelly is a perfect hostess gift, a fridge favorite, and a cocktail party's dream date.  And you can get it with a cookbook, too!   

The Perfect Corn Companion  

One fine summer day fresh corn arrived from the farmers' market. Taking a break from our standard corn on the cob we made corn cakes from the recipe below, adapted from the  Fannie at Chez Panisse cookbook, and served the Hell Fire Pepper Jelly atop the cakes garnished with cilantro.  We're lucky to have snapped the above photo before they disappeared. 


Fresh Corn Cakes with Hell Fire Pepper Jelly 

1 ½ cups corn flour (masa harina)

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 tablespoon honey

1 cup buttermilk

¼ cup vegetable oil or melted butter

1 ear sweet corn

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons Hell Fire Pepper Jelly 

1.     Shuck the corn and cut the kernels off the cob.

2.     Mix the corn flour, baking powder, and salt together in a big bowl and make a well (hole in the center) for the liquids

3.     Separate the eggs and set the whites aside. In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk, honey, buttermilk, and oil. Pour this into the well in the dry ingredients. Use a spoon to slowly mix the flour into the liquids. 

4.     Beat the egg whites until they make soft peaks when you lift them off the whisk or beater. Pour the egg whites into the batter and use a rubber spatula to fold them in.

5.     Stir the kernels into the batter.

6.     Scoop about ¼ cup of the batter pour onto hot griddle or frying pan coated with oil. Turn cakes over as soon as bubbles form on the top.

7.     Top with Hell Fire Pepper Jelly & chopped cilantro


Sweet Heat ~ The Cookbook

In her cookbook Sweet Heat Ms. Danner writes a prelude to the Cole Slaw for the Soul recipe. She tells the reader she intended to grow purple cabbage in the garden to use it for the book. “Didn’t happen,” she confesses. In the end she ran out to the local market to grab some green cabbage for the shoot. Story of my life and, so it seems, Ms. Danner's, too. Anyone so honest and authentic has my attention. And my heart. 

Sweet Heat sports a variety of uses for Hell Fire Pepper Jelly ranging from the simple (cream cheese and crackers), to the sublime (grilled peaches, vanilla ice cream). There is something for all levels of home chef. Chef Barbara Beck offers a Spirited Saffron Sauce with fancy reduction methods. Chef Jared Levy keeps things simple and down-home with a Raging Roasted Chicken with Vegetables. Sweet Heat also kindly supports local businesses shout-outs to northeast Los Angeles shops and restaurants such as Fresco’s Community Market and Folliero’s Pizza. Sweet Heat is now a fixture on my shelves as much as Hell Fire Pepper Jelly is a fixture in my fridge.  

This summer run out and pick up a peck of Hell Fire Pepper Jelly. Bring on the heat!  

New Installation at Social Study: Pastoral Memory

On Saturday, 8/13 we will be holding an opening reception for the new installation in our window here at Social Study. 

The piece, a collaborative work by Karen Frimkess Wolff and Dori Atlantis, is called Pastoral Memory, and is constructed of recycled papers, including newspapers of various languages, glass shards, and monofilament. 

From the artists:
"In Pastoral Memory we are looking at elements of nature transformed by urban memory and discourse. We seek a sense of partnership with the Earth.  As artists, we are concerned with the traditional issues of form, color, line and texture.  As observers of the land, sky and water, we are intrigued and surprised by evidence of their many faces and changes. We combine the languages of art and nature to reflect the transient and fragile qualities of life and landscape forms."


About the Artists:

Dori Atlantis was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Lower Sierra Nevada Mountains. At California State University, Fresno, she became a founding member of the Feminist Art Program under the direction of Judy Chicago. Atlantis received her BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.

Atlantis works in mixed-media sculpture, installation, painting, and digital imagery. She has exhibited throughout the United States as well as in France and Spain. Her recent work has been exhibited in From Her at Pico House Gallery, in Made in California at City of Brea Art Gallery, CA, at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA, and in Why Not Judy Chicago at Musee' d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux, FRANCE and Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain.

Atlantis resides in Silverlake, California with her husband & son.


Karen Frimkess Wolff was born in Los Angeles, received her BA in Painting and Drawing from U.C.L.A. and MA in Art History from California State University, Northridge.  Her work has been exhibited extensively in California, throughout the United States and in Germany and Israel.  In 1991 she received a Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Grant and in 1976 she was one of thirty Americans nominated for the Paris Bienniele.  

Frimkess Wolff's work consists of drawings, constructions and installations which usually follow natural or landscape forms and often involve an element of sound.  Her recent works have been exhibited in L.A. Municipal Gallery's drawing show at The Bridge Gallery, L.A. City Hall, in A Rare Glimpse at City of Brea Art Gallery, Shoe Box Gallery at The Fine Arts Gallery, Cal State L.A., Imagine That at Angels Ink Gallery, Sacred Memories at Pico House Gallery and The Jerusalem Bienniele 2015 at Achem Hasid Complex, Jerusalem and Platt Gallery, American Jewish University.

Frimkess Wolff resides in Echo Park, California with her husband.  


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