As we celebrate a year of Lover in the Mood 13 August 2020 issue, it’s hard to believe that we are also celebrating the birth of a new era. The era of folklore.
What we planned as an anniversary issue became an impromptu farewell to an era of butterflies, rainbows, pastels, and unforgettable hooks.
Mood 13 – August 2020
In This Issue
We expanded our craft and entertainment sections one last time to reflect Lover while compiling the home decor we created from this era.
In our Seasonal section, we enlisted the help of our brilliant artist, Paige McCafferty. She created a pair of hand-painted “ME!” shoes and built an inspired camper diorama which we decorated together.
For Home Decor, we designed a “Budget Friendly Bathroom Face Lift” inspired by the Lover brand palette and home office decor inspired by “The Man” music video.
We also made a butterfly lamp, street signs, and a DIY dresser makeover to match the pastel explosion that has taken over our studio room.
Our Entertainment section was tailored for hanging with your lover. It features an “Afterglow Dinner Date for Two” and a “Lazy Girl’s ‘London Boy’ Tea Party” because tea parties are FUN!
In our Quick & Easy section, we whipped up pastel tie-dyed concert bags (again R.I.P. Lover Fest), a “Shiny Things for Your Rings” ring dish, and a “Shiny Things Jewelry Box” for your “paper rings” or guitar picks. Heck, you can even put confetti in there.
Featured Artist: Aytakin Askari
We were honored to interview the incredibly talented Aytakin Askari as our featured artist—one of Christa’s million little dreams come true as she has followed Aytakin’s art since Reputation.
Aytakin revealed interesting tidbits about her connection to Taylor. She is not only a talented graphic artist but a writer of beautiful words. We highly recommend you read and follow her exquisite talents on social @art.a.kin.
Bonus Section for August 2020
In celebration of a year of Lover, we added a bonus section to this issue. We wanted to be sure we had a craft for each and every track.
One of the crafts in our bonus section was making a custom frame for the coveted New York Times ad written by Taylor for “False God.”
We also made a “Miss Americana” varsity shirt and hat, and graphically recreated the Brooklyn “Cruel Summer” murals from the Lover album release week.
Swiftie Kids & Mindfulness
The Swiftie Kids got crowns that they wore while making pastel heart crayons, paper rings, and picture frames.
Our Mindfulness section gave us an opportunity to share cancer awareness in honor of “Soon You’ll Get Better,” which is Taylor’s heartbreaking song to her mother Andrea.
Remember, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in October. Now is a great time to learn so you can be proactive in joining the conversation.
The Next Chapter
As we say goodbye to the Lover era, and all the palm trees, rainbows, and sparkling costumes that came with it, we are very much excited for the “next chapter.”
Taylor has yet again expanded her catalog of albums (and genres). She brings with it new inspirations to fuel our creativity, a new color palette and textures to play with, and a rustic mood that heralds the coming of fall.
Folklore is fall, and we can’t wait to show you what’s in store.