Those of you who have been following me on Instagram and Snapchat have seen me maxin’ and chillaxin’ all over California for the last 2 weeks. It’s been an amazing experience, and just makes me want to live out here a lot more! I had a couple things on my list to do while I’m here, and one of them was to visit the new LA art gallery/mini shop called Junior High. I found it on Instagram where the pale pink aesthetic found purchase with my often ignored girly side. Their page also features a neon purple uterus sign, Drake fan merch, and lots of pins. I got in touch with the owner and creator, Faye Orlove, and set up a meeting during my visit. I got there a little early, so I got to look around a bit. Junior High is a very cool quirky space. Currently exhibiting a collection from Girl on Girl Collective entitled FIRST KISS, there were poems, photos, and digital art adorning the room, all in a soft pink and white glow.
Faye came in with her backpack, apologized for being sweaty, and just started chatting, which was a surprise to me! She was certainly very down to earth, unloading “really aggressive looking” tampons and lunch among other things. Once she settled down, we got to talking.
D: So I think it’s really cool that you’ve managed to crowdsource an open art space with Junior High for the underrepresented artists, especially girls. About how long did it take you to put it all together?
Thanks! I actually got the space in May, and it took about a month to organize. We opened June 1. I’ve been working the business side of things since January. You know, crowdfunding, applying for grants, all that good stuff.
D: What kind of grants have you been applying for?
I actually have someone else helping me with all that. They’re making a list for me to look at. You know if we can get that government money that’d be great! Because we are a non-profit organization. Like a lot of my friends think I’m making money for this, but we’re actually not breaking even yet, we’re losing money. *laughs* But we’re almost there.
D: Yeah that’s fair. Always make the government work for you! I’m certainly enjoying the vibes out here in Cali especially here, Hollywood, LA, it’s really nice. But I’ve been around, so why put Junior High in LA? Why not a different city?
I’m completely obsessed with celebrity culture. Especially Hollywood. I like the idea of fame and being famous, especially the Kardashians!
D: *laughs* The Kardashians and I have a love/hate relationship.
That’s totally understandable!
D: Like, I admire how they basically built an empire from scratch, but sometimes they just annoy me. Kim is cool I think, but Kendall-
Yeah Kendall’s a little suspect!
D: I just got finished watching season 1 of KUWTK, and honestly young Kendall and Kylie have boosted my self esteem so much!
Yeah they were crazy. And now they’re modeling and selling stuff. I actually have a Kylie Lip Kit. I just had to have one to try.
D: What’s it like? I can’t do matte formulas they drive me crazy.
It’s good. I don’t use it all the time for sure, but I didn’t hate it or anything.
(At this point I’ve begun noting the numerous tattoos on Faye, so of course I ask about them.)
D: So I see your Virgo necklace and tattoo and we would be zodiac twins!
Oh you’re a virgo? That’s awesome!
D: Yeah, I’ve been meeting a lot of Virgos lately. But yeah your tatoos are really cool. I see Sonic the Hedgehog, Dirty Dancing, and oh my god I love Lisa Simpson!
Lisa is such a great character. Seasons 2-5 are the best because you have episodes like where she becomes a vegetarian and like this woman she made, well like our version of Barbie, Malibu Stacy, and she calls her out like you have this platform of power why use it to just go shopping? And she’s just very cool!
D: I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo when I’m a little older. Maybe a lightbulb? I’m always thinking about stuff. I just hate that it’s gonna hurt. I have a LOW pain tolerance.
That’s a cool idea. It doesn’t hurt that bad. Just make sure it’s really what you want. I’m actually thinking about maybe getting one removed. And that hurts. It’s lasers. It’s like the ink molecules are bigger than blood because you don’t want it in your bloodstream and stuff and they just zap it out. You just want to make sure it’s what you want so that down the line you won’t have those regrets.
D: Yikes! That does sound painful. Okay so last question. Last meal on earth: GO.
Oh I think a friend asked this once. I’m thinking biscuits and gravy and fried chicken. There’s this great place down this way on Vine and Sunset called Roscoe’s Chicken. They have the BEST chicken and waffles. I adore them absolutely! You gotta go before you leave.
After that we chat a little more, and I pick up a Junior High tee shirt and 2 buttons (to be featured in a later haul post). I also grabbed a free sticker sheet, mix CD, and some more pins to add onto my jean jacket when I get home. We took a selfie, but alas, someone has stolen her selfie stick. I really did have a great time meeting Faye and checking out Junior High. So if any of you Cali are in the LA/Hollywood area, I strongly encourage you to go check it out. They’re open Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM with various after hours events and workshops on Sundays at 2 (Check their calendar here). If you can’t swing by, go to their website, buy some merch or donate to an epic cause. Follow them @welcometojuniorhigh on IG and @juniorhighLA on Twitter.