click here to maximize your minimalism!
click here to view my favorites from the archives. gee
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.
title change*: elaine takes you behind the blog
I am liking the longer titles for the posts lately. Don't you like how I comment on every little thing? Including commenting on this little thing. Yes, that is the way I am. When I reread my old journals (before shredding them
when we moved), I noticed that I started every journal with lines like, "This is my new pen! I think I am going to like it. I think it will help me write smaller. I like the smooth roller-ball action." Or "Here I am, in my new journal, at last. I like the grey cover and the narrow lines. The paper is a nice smooth quality." Or "Although I am not technically finished with my old journal, I could not wait to get a taste for what is awaiting me. My new journal that I just bought today at Kinokuniya [stationery store in Japan]. I will go back and finish the old one after this entry, I promise. But I just had to try out these new pages. A clean fresh start! A whole new me. I wonder what I will discover in this journal..."
And then when I first started blogging, I was freaked out by the Blogger interface itself. It did not look like my final published product. Here, I will take a page print for you to see. Hey now you can see where I edit.
So as you can see, the Blogger interface is rather confining. A little rectangle to write in. And it writes in a serif font. I hate serif fonts. Especially because my font is Arial in the final product. I could not get over that fact for awhile and felt weird writing in a font that did not look the same as the final published product. I get very stuck on end-products. I guess it is good that I am a fashion designer. It is more than good to be mired in the details when designing clothes.
Anyway, by now I have learned to write in the Blogger interface. Even though I still edit in the final published version and go back and forth a few times, rewording. So there you have it. Some of my process. Nutty as it is.
*this post title started out as "my cushy summer ironing board set-up" but then I got onto this topic instead. So I will talk about my cushy summer ironing board in the next post, if I don't tell you about my new rechargeable batteries first.