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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.






Have you been noticing more and more skull-and-crossbones popping up everywhere? I mean, they are even selling skull-and-crossbone cute little sweatshirts at Rainbow (below). When it hits Rainbow, the last link on the fashion chain, it is time to change your collection. Luckily that was never my thing.

I am liking the skull-and-crossbone parodies, though.* There were lots at the Renegade Craft Fair, which thinking back, I should have photographed. But this post idea just came to me yesterday as I was taking a walk in Williamsburg and noticed yet another something-and crossbones at a cafe on Bedford: a coffee cup-and-crossbones blinking neon sign. I'll have to go back and get a picture for you today [up now, above]. For now, this heart-and-crossbones necklace I found on Notcot.

*This type of 'replacement parody' reminds me of a genre in Japanese art called mitate. A very funny mitate is by the eccentric painter, Jakuchu, my thesis subject, depicting the death of the Buddha; only the Buddha is a giant Japanese radish lying on an overturned vegetable basket, and the throng of mourners are likewise various types of vegetables, including eggplant, lotus, two kinds of mushrooms, red pepper, three kinds of melons, bamboo shoot, and the like. So anyway, I rather like parody.

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Blogger Funky Finds said...

I recently commented to a friend about some really cool skull & crossbones items I've seen lately. She replied that it is SATANIC and I am to stay away. U-hum... Yes, I live in conservative Texas!

11:57 AM  
Blogger Elaine Perlov said...

Hee. Invite her for a sunny weekend in Williamsburg. She would have a full meltdown.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Funky Finds said...

No doubt! :) Nicole (http://nicoletirona.blogspot.com/) makes some great bags & skirts out of skull mat'l.

2:43 PM  

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