Hi Deirdre and Sienna! As a part of the ROSEBLOOD team, you’ve signed yourself up to be vulnerable with our family of followers!
We wanted to get your take on self expression! Your art, the way you dress, and your music preference!
Starting off with this month’s theme,
How do you express yourself?
Deirdre: When it comes to self expression, I tend to lay low. I’m not a very confrontational person; you won’t see me rocking neon legwarmers anytime soon. I’m trying to work on it because I don’t want to live a monochromatic life. But for the most part I express myself with poetry and music.
Sienna: I express myself through my writing mostly! In the future I hope to find another medium to express myself in.
How do you define yourself?
Deirdre: To say that I’m a clusterfuck of hobbies would be an understatement. I think I may have subliminally idolized Penelope from The Brothers Bloom when I was younger. I’d like to say that I’m witchy but—in terms of my spirituality and what I practice—I’m still trying to figure it out. When I’m alone, I’m the coolest person I know, but in public I’m the weird kid in class who doesn’t know how to take a compliment or talk to a “hallway friend” for more than 20 seconds. BUT I’ve got a heart that beats for other people’s happiness, and an endless amount of love to give to those around me.
Sienna: There are a lot of ways i “define” myself, but putting it briefly, a hot ass mess.
What medium of art do you create?
Deirdre: I’m a writer. Growing up, I never left the house without a book in my hand (my extra ass brought Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables in my book bag on a school trip to Disneyworld). Since joining Roseblood, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve earned the right to call myself a writer and not sound like a pretentious twat.
Sienna: I’m a writer.
What is your artist statement of sorts? what are you telling the world?
Deirdre: At the end of the day, I just want to capture my experiences, and hopefully people can connect to them. I think the human experience is a very complex journey, but I’ve got a lifetime to fully understand it. Until then, I’ll write to wrap my mind around it, and hopefully I can help other people do the same.
Sienna: What are you telling the world? I don’t have a particular message but if people were to take something away from my writing I hope it would be to be fearless, and express yourself through art even if you think it’s no good.
How does this medium help you capture those feelings? which methods do you use?
Deirdre: I’d be lying if I said I didn’t romanticize everything I write about. I think that in doing so, I take my experiences and sort of elevate them to this entirely new level. When I’m at that heightened state of being, the magic happens. I’d like to try something new, and write things for what they are instead of adding all the glitz and glamor to everyday things. At the same time, there’s a part of me who lives for it. I can make the mundane seem incredible, and the same piece of me can’t help but feel a sense of pride for that.
Sienna: Writing helps me deal with my emotions. I’m a very sensitive and empathetic person, so dealing with overwhelming emotions is messy, but writing it down helps me make sense of what’s happening in my brain.
Where can we find more of your work?
Deirdre: At the moment, Roseblood is the only source of my work. But I’m in the process of implementing more of my writing onto my social media.
Sienna: I have a thread of my writing pinned on my twitter! (@angeiusbea)
What does music mean to you?
Deirdre: At its most elemental form, it’s kind of a vessel to transcend my body and either highlight or smother the moment I’m in. To take mere sounds and turn them into something that can give me goose bumps is something I’ll never be able to wrap my head around. It’s not even a rock and roll thing, Tchaikovsky wrote entire ballets without dropping the same intensity for even a second. There’s something so raw about creating, even more so when it’s with actual instruments. There’s a feeling in it that you can’t get from—say drum sequencing, for instance. I wouldn’t be where I am today without it.
Sienna: Music means everything to me. It’s the most powerful thing in the world. it’s the embodiment of human emotion turned into something so beautiful.
Describe what it feels like blasting music with the windows down and singing your heart out.
Deirdre: It’s the only time I feel alive. I go to these cardio barre classes, and they really work you to your breaking point, but when I’m on my way home I lower all of the windows and speed down the streets blasting Talk Show Host by Radiohead. It’s kind of a ritual for me. In the same way that no two sunsets are the same, each time I drive home is a unique experience. I’m the type of person to try to find a new way home just so I can listen to more music, so when I hear the first note being played it’s like an out of body experience. During the ride home, I have no stress, worries, or fears. I have no pending assignments, and I sure as hell have no insecurities. It’s in this 15-minute drive where I am both brighter than the sun and nonexistent.
Sienna: Complete freedom from everything, a certain happiness that can’t be explained. It makes me feel like everything will alright.
You have 24 hours to live and can see one performer, dead or alive, perform. Who is it?
Deirdre: Radiohead. For sure. No questions asked. I’ve been in love with them since seventh grade. I think they’ve been the only consistent thing in my life. I know it’s cheesy to say that a band changed your life, but Radiohead changed my life. Listening to them opened the door to a world I had never known existed. I have like three books on them, and I’ve learned the lyrics to every song they’ve ever released. I am fully aware of how insane I sound.
Sienna: Keaton Henson. I’ve admired his art for so long and he hardly ever does live shows so it would be a dream to see him perform live in the last hours of my life.
If you were to have a teen drama movie made about your life, what album would be the soundtrack?
Deirdre: I think I’d have to go with Mala by Devendra Banhart. I listen to it nearly every morning on the way to school, and I’ve imagined scenes of my life with certain songs in the background. I tend to think in video clips. Plus, who wouldn’t want a voice like that as the soundtrack to their lives?
Sienna: “The Birds Outside” by Florist.
Do you watch more movies or TV shows?
Deirdre: I’ve got commitment issues, so I tend to prefer movies over TV shows.
Sienna: I love tv shows, but i watch more movies.
Choose your top 3 movies, and tell us why!
Deirdre: For sure The Black Swan directed by Darren Aronofsky. Swan Lake is my all time favorite ballet. The music is earth shattering, and the choreography is genius! In terms of the movie, I think that the ballet world is very mysterious, and not many people have explored it. Being a former ballet dancer myself, I loved seeing a world I grew up in on the silver screen.
Whiplash directed by Damien Chazelle. Like the Black Swan, it was thrilling to see a world I knew little about. I love jazz, and again I think music is so much more powerful when actual instruments are being used. I think Andrew’s story was captivating from the first shot, and Sharone Meir did an AMAZING job with the cinematography.
A Corpse Bride directed by Tim Burton. It goes without saying, that this movie is iconic. The storyline is adorable, the characters are all distinct, the color scheme is to die for, and that piano duet IS A BOP.
Sienna: Frida. The way Frida Kahlo was captured in the film is so beautiful. It inspires me so much.
My Girl. A beautiful way to showcase childhood innocence, love, and loss. I cry every time I watch it.
Stand By Me. Such a beautiful, bittersweet movie about four best friends embarking on a journey together. It encourages me to value every moment I get to spend with the ones I love.
If you could steal the style from any character in a movie who would it be? (Include pictures!)
Deirdre: I’d kill to spend a day in Margot Tenenbaum’s closet. Her style is so classy yet practical.
Sienna: Romy and Michele from “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”