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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
chronicling my quest for the one true
have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
clothing & accessories design
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous
ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think
it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!
Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple
Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'
Daily Buss Feature
in the blog press
the girl who ate everything
(into) the fray
far too cute
couture in the city
high fashion girl
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer,
traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads,
succulents and other waxy flora
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic,
low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max
Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum,
pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism
magazines of current
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper
favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation
current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too
sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary
jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how
about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness
of their styles.
a great bag
I like misappropriation. It is a good way to have unique things, short of making them yourself. I found this great "clutch bag", or at least that is how I use it, at the Container Store
(a place that I must stay away from b/c I will find the good in everything there). And it is perforated! Another one of my favorite textures. And it was under $10. I can't find it on their website, so you will just have to go peruse the store. A dangerous thing, I know.
And while I am at it, let me show you my new business card holder from said store. What is it really used for? I don't know. But it is oversized, made of plastic, see-thru, and red! What could be better? I thought it would be dramatic to open this shiny red plastic case whenever someone asked for a card.
Have you gotten one of my new business cards with the fabric swatch yet? I made them in a flurry of creativity and replication over 2 days. Planning the fold-out on Pagemaker was so much fun. They are die cut!!! I have always wanted to have materials that are die cut, but that requires a large quantity. Here, I can do these in smaller batches because I die cut them by hand, with a giant hole punch (called "The Whale of a Punch" at a great paper store down the street from City Bakery
). Anyway, I have been wanting to make these for awhile. I love the fabric swatches. When I made them, I wanted to keep one of each fabric. But I realized that would rather defeat the purpose of getting my name out there... Want one? I'll send you one with your next order! The cards are chock-full of modular dressing
information, coordinating with elaineperlov.com to suggest outfit combinations. As the card says, Maximize your Minimalism!
(pictured below: swatches from the Chrysanthemum Skirt
, the Silk Mini-Tunic
and the Striped Silk Obi Sash
. Above, the Fern Silk Obi Sash
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