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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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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!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
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

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
the girl who ate everything
queens eats
(into) the fray
funky finds
style document
gowanus lounge
far too cute
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

more press...

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

particular loves
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 interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

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.





joan miro

Is it Miro's birthday today? I suppose I could click around and find out, but why not just ask? I am not sure if it is even legal to show Google's logo here. Hopefully it's ok with them...

I used to have a theory that Catalonians were particularly gifted, and held the key to life. It was after I saw painting after painting by Miro at the retrospective at MoMA back in 1993 that I came up with this thought. I was lulled into a meditation on his forms. That his symbols, or "constellations," as they are sometimes called, were representations in his own language of something Greater.

The same thing happened to me at the Musee Picasso in 1994. After seeing painting after painting by Picasso, particularly examples I had never seen before, I had an epiphany. I also sought out everything I could read on Gaudi, the third great Catalonian (in no particular hierarchical order really), to unlock the great Truths I believed they all held. I wrote on a rather grandiose to-do list that I still keep in my sewing drawer because it amuses me, to research Gaudi and begin to make connections between his architecture and the universe, and then start formulating some sort of thesis about these three from Catalan.

It should be noted that I also investigated Salvador Dali, yet another great Catalonian, and read The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, which was quite good; but in the end, he really didn't fit in with my theories...

Hmm. Perhaps a pilgrimage is in order. Catalan might be a good place to visit.

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Blogger decor8 said...

Hi Elaine,

Not sure if you knew this, but when the google logo changes, you can click directly on it and they link you to a page all about the artist/event/holiday etc.

Try the one for today, earth day, to see what I mean. It's helpful to know!


1:33 PM  
Anonymous Elaine said...

Yup I knew that, but didn't see anything as to why... But assumed it was his birthday..

4:05 PM  

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