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.
modular dressing in graphic design
pageprint of STYLElife, jodi vautrin design, www.jodivautrin.com
I have a good friend in Boston, whose site I link to
in my list of favorites over there on the right. Her name is Jodi Vautrin. And she is an amazing talented graphic designer (and I also might add, a great dresser, wearing my pieces and others in such unique ways. And
she has a keen eye for home decor. Suffice it to say, I am inspired by her aesthetic sensibility.) We met at the talk I gave at Design Within Reach
in 2004 and became friends over the next year and a half, gabbing over pots of chai and fussy sandwiches at TeaLuxe
on Newbury Street or eating noodles at Betty's
until I moved to NYC.
After wearing my clothes, Jodi was inspired to design this beautiful graphic design application
of modular dressing for her e-newsletter, STYLElife
. We had a great give-and-take when we lived in the same city, talking energetically about our latest ideas. She took my web photos and recontextualized them to make her own modular sculpture. I love it! Not only was I was so flattered, I was able to see my pieces in a whole new way. Take a longer look and click on the photos. She created a really thoughtful modular application
too (displays in the lower left of the page).
I saw some similar shapes
happening awhile ago on various websites, loved them and riffed on them. But it is so much more inspiring and amazing when friends make art based on your art. She retranslated my clothing concept into graphic design. In the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to give her full credit for the first modular sculpture in graphic design. I hope I didn't riff too closely.Modular Dressing is a new featured regular column for the blog. gee
Click here for a more in-depth read about my concept and economical approach to fashion.