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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.





happy mother's day to my mom

Is there a sewing gene? Or is sewing a learned behavior? Either way, I do believe that I picked up my sewing abilities from my Mom. My Mom made nearly all my clothes for me, up through 2nd grade. This is my second grade picture. I loved this cute skirt jumper she made for me so much. She changed the pocket detail to look like an envelope. And she made the two of us the cutest mother-daughter matching outfits. Full gowns, dresses, some with matching hats!

I have memories from a very early age (when I was 8 months old) of the warm light from my Mom's sewing machine reflecting on the ceiling when I was lying in my crib. I remember the sound of the machine, and particularly, the sound the scissors made when she placed them back on the sewing table. The happy sounds of sewing at that early age is what, I believe, makes me do what I do today.

This touched me: my Mom wants me to make her one of my skirts for Mother's Day! She says that the other skirts I have made her are her favorites and she wears them all the time. I am particularly touched because I remember when she told me how good she felt when she made a suit especially for my Grandmother (her Mom). I like carrying on this special tradition. I am going to make her a custom variation of the Rancho Skirt in fabrics and colors I know she will love. Happy Mother's Day MOM!! (I'm sure my Dad will read this first. He keeps up with my blog :-) See you on Sunday Mom and Dad! Looking forward to it!



Anonymous Josh and Amy said...

Elaine, you are totally adorable and your mom was (and presumably is) a clear inspiration to your love of patterns and fine worksmanship!

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Elaine said...

You are reading my blog? How cool!! Thanks for the comment!

10:09 AM  

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