Top: pomegranate segments
Bottom: pointed berry earrings, pointed kale rings, and assorted brass and silver chevron rings, Rhys May Jewelry; black American Apparel crop top
Our collective New Years resolution at Bread and Thread is all raw everything. We believe in harnessing the raw power around us and within us in order to make 2015 the best year yet. We teamed up with jewelry maker and badass bike racer Rhys May to create this installment of our food and fashion duo.
What does “raw” mean to you?
Top: raw amethyst earrings, pointed kale earrings, and pointed berry earrings, Rhys May Jewelry
Bottom: purple and green kale, almonds
Raw is a state of being. Raw is the zest, the crunch, the spread on the cutting board in front of me. It doesn’t apologize for being bold. The raw state of food lends itself to assertive flavors and exciting textures. I’ve entered a new phase in the way I look at cooking – I want to appreciate things as they started, then to fully enjoy them as they nourish me. Raw makes me strong and it makes me alert.
Raw is a solid foundation. Raw is energy. It’s what I start my day with and it’s what carries me through. It is enduring and transformative. I’ve decided to approach the new year with a “raw” outlook as well, but the slate isn’t completely blank. It’s the bruises, the skinned knees, and all those shoulders to cry on, too. Raw is vulnerable. However, this raw lifestyle allows me to acknowledge the past and feel empowered in the present.
Raw is full of endless possibilities. At this very moment, it is packing up my most important belongings and getting ready to board a plane to Italy. Raw is terrifying and beautiful. It’s a collaboration with old friends that lead me into new territory, in which we created greatness.
Bottom: Raw Power salad with pomegranate seeds, almonds, and mixed kale
Raw is a word that seems to describe many aspects of my life in this moment. I have recently graduated college and the post-graduate life is currently very new and curious to me. I feel as if I have been pulled out of a comfort zone that I have embedded myself in for the past 22 years and my mind feels raw. The possibilities are endless to me at this point and raw is the most appropriate way to describe how my brain is processing this freeing life alteration.
With that being said, I am now exploring different creative outlets in their rawest form. When I was in school, I started various creative projects, but I always felt a weight on my shoulders from tedious obligations (like Intro to Political Science … yikes). Now, I feel free to express myself in the simplest way: this is how my creative brain formulates ideas and this is what I love. I am taking raw ideas and finally turning them into realities and it’s invigorating.
In conclusion, raw to me means no frills. Raw is taking things I’m passionate about and projecting them into the world with vulnerability as my co-pilot. I am actually in the process of coordinating a fashion and art event that focuses on people’s raw talents, which is inspiring me to notice mine and act on them. In 2015, I cannot wait to take the “raw” lifestyle – a lifestyle without excuses and embellishments – and use it as a motivator to get out of bed every morning and have days that I’m proud of.
Top: mixed kale
Bottom: brass and silver chevron rings, pointed kale rings, silver double finger rings, silver stacking rings, Rhys May Jewelry
Raw is a force. Its a little rough around the edges and is all the more beautiful for its flaws. I love fabricating metal spikes and leaving marks of hand-making all over my work. Hammered facets and raw sawed edges, prongs created for an irregular stone, asymmetry and oxidized metal. I have fun creating, and I try not to overthink my designs. They are spontaneous and organic and human.
Raw is power. Its what I feel when I get up before sunrise and go ride, feeling my chest burn and my legs get stronger, noticing I can launch myself over new terrain. When I’m racing and pushing myself as hard as I can go, finding new limits with my body and mind. Crossing the finish line with mud in my teeth and my lungs screaming, feeling strong and beautiful and knowing I left it all out there.
Raw is a feeling, a state, an attitude, a lifestyle. Raw is singing out loud at the top of my lungs and dancing like no one is watching. Raw is loving things as they were created, as they are, with no need for embellishments or editing or making over. Raw is pure badassery.
Check out our RAW playlist here and enjoy the powerful picks from all three ladies.
Food preparation, styling, and photography: Madison Trapkin
Fashion styling: Ally Smith
Fashion photography: Tatim Kilosky
Hair styling: Tatim Kilosky
Hair cut & color: Model Citizen Salon
Shot on location at Lake Claire Community Land Trust
Left: raw amethyst cuff, silver double finger rings, silver stacking rings, raw amethyst earrings, Rhys May Jewelry
Right: purple kale
Raw Power Salad
2 bunches kale, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
½ cup pomegranate seeds
½ cup almonds, roughly chopped
¼ cup parmesan, grated
1 ½ tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp fresh ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, toss, and serve.
This recipe and more can be found on Born & Bread, Madison’s food blog.