Bread and Thread Presents: Raw

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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

RAW

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?

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Top: raw amethyst earrings, pointed kale earrings, and pointed berry earrings, Rhys May Jewelry

Bottom: purple and green kale, almonds

Madison:
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.

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Top: pointed kale rings, silver stacking rings, pointed kale earrings, and pointed kale necklace, Rhys May Jewelry; black jumpsuit, Community

Bottom: Raw Power salad with pomegranate seeds, almonds, and mixed kale

Ally:

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.

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Top: mixed kale

Bottom: brass and silver chevron rings, pointed kale rings, silver double finger rings, silver stacking rings, Rhys May Jewelry

Rhys:

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.

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Top: pointed kale earrings, Rhys May Jewelry; assorted studs, Piercing Experience

Bottom: kale

 

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

Featuring the Bread and Thread x Rhys May Jewelry, on sale at Community

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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.

 

Bread and Thread Presents: Dream(e)scape

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Left: Cortesan au Chocolat made with Rocky Acres farm eggs in Madison, GA and chocolate filling with Sparkman’s Cream Valley whole milk
Right: shirt, Suska; earrings, Rhys May; skirt, American Apparel

Dream(e)scape
featuring Cortesan au Chocolat as seen in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

in the comfort of my own home
i adorn my shoulders
fur and lace that fit quite nicely

in the comfort of my own home
i grasp the mixing bowl
egg and flour that blend together well

the feminine feel for my eyes only
silk and satin serve as staples
in my very own versailles

the tempting treats for my mouth only
sugar and spices fill the shelves
in my very own cuisine

the softest pastel hues
stitched together seamlessly
draping charmingly across my curves

the smoothest pastry dough
piped to perfection
slowly rising as it bakes

aligning textures and patterns
from assorted fixtures of time
my passions personified

arranging tiny towers
of delicate confections
my passions personified

For this installment of Bread and Thread, we thought that music and poetry would best convey our newfound whimsy. Looking well and eating well are everyday facets of our lives; however, you don’t always need an audience or occasion for either. We believe it is important to savor attention to detail, to bask in the simplicity of bare necessities, and to revel in the finer things – simply just because.

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Food preparation, styling, and photography: Madison Trapkin
Fashion styling: Ally Smith, assisted by Seyi Amosu
Fashion photography: Tatim Kilosky
Hair styling: Model Citizen Salon
Shot on location at Suska
Featuring clothing and accessories from: Dynamite Clothing, Suska, Rhys May, Agora, Community, and The Pope on Prince
Featuring food items from: Rocky Acres farm in Madison, GA and Sparkman’s Cream Valley

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Left: shirt, vintage; skirt; Community
Right: eggs from Rocky Acres Farm in Madison, GA

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Top: stone ring, Agora; bralette and earrings, Dynamite Clothing; house dress, The Pope on Prince; midi rings, Rhys May
Bottom: pastries made with Rocky Acres farm eggs in Madison, GA

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Left: pastries made with Rocky Acres farm eggs in Madison, GA
Right: skirt, dress, and cardigan, Suska; earrings, Rhys May

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Left: Cortesan au Chocolat made with Rocky Acres farm eggs in Madison, GA and chocolate filling with Sparkman’s Cream Valley whole milk
Right: fur collar and sweater, Suska; slip, The Pope on Prince

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Left: earrings, Suska; dress, The Pope on Prince
Right: Cortesan au Chocolat made with Rocky Acres farm eggs in Madison, GA and Sparkman’s Cream Valley whole milk

Introducing Bread and Thread: Making Jam

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Left: Hair coloring by Model Citizen Salon, hair styling by Madison Trapkin, long-sleeved black American Apparel crop top and vintage linen jumper from Dynamite Clothing, earrings by Laurel Hill
Right: Fresh Tomato and Ginger Jam featuring ginger and tomato from Woodland Gardens Farm, classic baguette from Independent Baking Co.

We make jam to preserve the flavor, integrity, and accessibility of food. We want to savor the flavors of a certain season, from a specific place, in order to once again experience the memory of the moment we first tasted that food. We make music for many of the same reasons – to preserve elements of culture through artistic means, to share with future generations, and to fill ourselves with the melodies of the moment.

The music scene in Athens has always been integral to the Classic City, which has been embodied in the many incarnations of the Georgia Theatre. The Theatre has preserved and promoted music within this town for decades. It is an iconic venue that draws big names and local talent alike, showcasing them all on the same stage. Though the talents are varied and the space is impermanent, the Georgia Theatre has proven time and time again that music transcends spatial boundaries, much like the food and fashion communities in Athens.

For us, the Georgia Theatre is a great venue for our passions as well. Fashion and food have become enmeshed in the Theatre’s musical ambiance; we chose the Georgia Theatre for this exact reason.

Bread and Thread is a collaborative blog project by Madison Trapkin and Ally Smith, which stemmed from their personal blogs, individual passions and any overlaps that may ensue. In essence — fashion and food.

Featured recipes: Muscadine Spritzer using muscadines from Woodland Gardens in Winterville, GA, Fresh Tomato and Ginger Jam using tomato and ginger from Woodland Gardens, and a classic baguette from Independent Baking Co.

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Left: Muscadine Spritzer featuring muscadines from Woodland Gardens Organic Farm
Right: Hair coloring by Model Citizen Salon, hair styling by Madison Trapkin, neon chain necklace from Dynamite Clothing, horizontal blocked white dress from Nasty Gal

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Top: Muscadines from Woodland Gardens Organic Farm
Bottom: Hair coloring by Model Citizen Salon, hair styling by Madison Trapkin, makeup by Elizabeth Hansen, earrings and necklace from Dynamite Clothing

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Left: Ginger from Woodland Gardens Organic Farm
Right: Vintage iridescent pink button-up, earrings by Madeline Read

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Left: Baby pink American Apparel leotard from Dynamite Clothing, red linen pleated trousers from Morocco
Right: Ginger and tomatoes from Woodland Gardens Organic Farm

Copy: Ally Smith and Madison Trapkin
Photography: Tatim Kilosky
Fashion styling: Ally Smith
Food styling & photography: Madison Trapkin
Makeup: Elizabeth Hansen
Hair coloring: Model Citizen Salon
Shot on location at The Georgia Theatre