A romantic artist prone to expressive red strokes, Zoë Bleu is like a rose incarnate. Dipping into poetry, fashion, dance and acting, she’s a true Renaissance lady in both her multiple talents and archaic style.
Like us, Zoë has a penchant for mythology and Medieval art, cultivated during college at Sarah Lawrence, and mystic leanings from time spent at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur. She bestows a dreamy, anachronistic style to photoshoots and music videos with pieces she deconstructs from her clothing archive, some of which dates back to the turn of the century.
For the past 8 years, she’s been compiling a book of poetry, “Growing My Own Gods,” published by Good Taste Books, which has spawned a whole series of exciting collaborations. The first is a ballet piece she co-choreographed with Easton Blake, featuring costumes she designed with prosthetic artist guru Sarah Sitkin. It will be animated by her boyfriend Nusi Quero. The next piece in the series will be directed by Richie Davis. Zoë also has a film coming out this summer she co-stars in with Hopper Penn and Dylan Penn called Aramingo Avenue, directed by Clarence Fuller. And she is making clothes again. And soups! And excellent playlists. We adore this blossoming creature.
(photo by Cameron McCool)
What three words describe your world?
What are nostalgic scents for you?
Wet cedar wood, Meyer lemon rind, Frankincense, Myrrh, Ama’s Rose Oil
What is your favorite tale, fable or myth?
I love swan song stories like Romeo and Juliet. I also love Camelot and the love story between King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot. I get excited over any star crossed lover story, really. I'm a pathetic hopeless romantic. And I love the story of Cassiopeia - what a gorgeous name she bears!
What is your favorite organism?
My favorite organisms are the veiled lady mushroom, cats of all kinds, the octopus, the brittle star and coral.
Do you believe in fate?
Absolutely! I feel we all have tiny microscopic silvery threads that connect from our bellies and the universe pulls us where we need to go for our souls to migrate, mingle and mature with grace or chaos, whatever. We all have our little paths to ponder. I am proud of mine. Fate is so sexy!
Keep up with Zoë here.