March 30, 2008

MY bags are packed...

and i am ready to go. The time has come again to trek to the cast call for Project Runway. 5.
Last year around this same time, I caught a flight to Chicago O'Hare with my friend Kimberly as support and to document my adventures and the procedures during this open casting call, held in 4 cities around the country.
I had my 25 page registration form/contract all filled out, I had my three required garments,
I had my newly put together portfollio of my creations, all in my mod vintage cloth suitcase, standing in line on Michigan Ave, near all the most famous designers stores, waiting with 400+ other aspiring designers, awaiting our time with THE PANEL, which consisted of Tim Gunn and other judges from past seasons of the reality show.
I Finally got to the panel around 4pm, having arrived in line around 8am, at the time though I
did not realize that I had made it through several screenings, they just keep moving me forward, to be in front of this panel meant something and at the time I was not nervous.
The Project Runway handlers prepped me and wired a live mic to my shirt and then just that easy and carefree here it was my turn. I must admit I had never seen an entire episode of the show, But I did Know the premise. but not the details.
Tim repeats " You have No hangers".
I said "no, who needs them", and proceeded to show the panel my designs hanger free. classic.
It seemed like a long time, at the time, But here I am in front of all these judges determining my fate, in a matter of minutes I know it will all be over as one of the judges shakes her head in disapproval this is the moment
THEN, Tim asked me to step out of the huge room because they were going to deliberate if I was to continue or not.
As I re-enter the room, I am asked several more questions like "What would you do if you won"
I answer and next words out of Tim Gunn's mouth is "CONGRATULATIONS, Your going to Hollywood"
I am Shocked! can't move.
Tim exclaims "Get Excited"!
I gather my garments and get handed a piece of paper that indicates what i have to do next.
so far only a dozen or so have made it this far in Chicago. and I was one of them.
As soon as I exited the room , I was bombarded with people and cameras and questions and just about everything I could not answer , I was in shock and I remember almost running away
from that crowd to get my focus on what had just happened. We Jumped into the first cab we saw on Michigan Ave,
as people were still following us to try to find out more about my expierence,
As soon as I landed on the backseat of that cab , Me and Kimmy looked at each other and started crying tears of JOY, the cabbie unaware of what I had just been through, asked if we were okay, I tried to explain but he said He did'nt know what i was talking about. Reality Television.
This time around,
Well I will just have to SEE.

March 26, 2008

S.A.S.S, They got it!

San Antonio Street Style happening during Spring Break 2008.
The Photo documention series took a break during March, First Friday.
We are back in action in April for First Friday and other Fiesta events,
as we catch STYLE and Fashion for this work in progress, keep an eye out for the
SASS crew, you could get SASS'd.

March 17, 2008

No Kidding, it has been a contsant blur of activity the last few days and as things are falling
into place and details of my fashion agenda are settling down. I am quickly realizing that the
casting call date for Project Runway, is just a few weeks away and I am anxious to reach that point. I am as ready as I will ever be , so the stress is kept to a low level, I am aware that this a big commitment on my part, yet I strongly believe that this is a huge opportunity for me and more exposure for my creations, to move this operation to a wider audience and continue creating for a bigger base. So, this officially starts my trek to the open cast call next month for
Bravo's Project Runway. little wow.

March 14, 2008

Sneak peak

Snippets from the collection of new Jewelry, coming soon!!!!

March 12, 2008

Jewelry from the Past.

2007, Agosto Cuellar collections.Posted by Picasa

Paul Banks

of Interpol, doing publicity shoots for the new c.d. : Our love to Admire.
being a hard-core fan, this lastest album is lush and superb with Paul's haunting
commmanding vocals and lyrics, destined to become a classic, for me, it already is.

March 9, 2008


j.r. loves SXSW

SXSW Interactive in Austin in full swing this weekend, and San Antonio is also ready for the over flow that is SXSW. Some incredible music acts including my current fave, Liam Finn, will be rocking Austin. RoadTrip!!!, we are only less than an hour from the Music mecca in Texas.
This site sent us a invite to their SXSW party tonight at Club Deville on Red River,
promising goodies, swag and free booze, oh yeah, and of course live music. Today i send this post card, tommorrow is another day.

March 4, 2008

First Friday on the ARTery

Only a few days away and the movement of first friday is being felt as a tremor, As we approach the second show with Capsule art space,the next exhibit, a collaboration with the Loft 120. Anticipation builds as Troy edits and reimagines the video footage of his own" delicate biological blossoms" and my footage of a performance piece I did with Phillip Avila, circa 1995, titled: Mixteca.

Delicate Biological Blossoms, also features original music from Steven Darby of the LABKIDS, this exhibit is also part of LUMANARIA ( , Arts night in San Antonio, March 15th, all day downtown and city-wide.

the video installation opens First Friday and runs through Luminaria and I am curious as to the reaction this piece of work attracts, It will be most interesting.


Anne Hathaway by
Master Gnu

March 2, 2008

Last season

Recently been reviewing images from Art of Fashion 2007. My new
sketches and renditions piling up, the pieces are falling in place
as I venture into my new creations for Art of Fashion 2008.
music inspirations: Goldfrapp; A&E. Besnard Lakes, Liam Finn.


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