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.
deb stein's interview project
Deb Stein, the designer behind Bonbon Oiseau
jewelry, and writer of her new blog, Your Destiny is Stone Golden
, asked me to participate in her Interview Project. To sweeten the deal she offered that if I answer the questions and post it on my blog, she will post the interview on hers too. Links! Who could turn down a reciprocal link? Not I. Plus I really liked her questions.
The second grade me,
in a jumper that my Mom made for me.
D: What were you like as a kid?
E: I think that the second grade me and the me right now seem very similar. Similar sense of humor, similar love of swimming, similar drive to make things. When I was a kid I was always making something with Scotch tape. I still love Scotch tape.
D: What did you love to do?
E: I loved to build models (boats, cars, planes)and do paint-by-numbers and string art with my Dad. As soon as we were finished with one project, we would get to work on a new one. By myself, I loved making anything out of construction paper. And glitter. I loved drawing and coloring, but I was not so big into coloring books because I thought they were boring. I liked to make my own pictures. Inexplicably, once a year my friend Jean Ann and I would make old man beards and mustaches out of white paper and pose for a Polaroid. We would tape them on with Scotch tape, fold our arms and wrinkle up our faces. We thought it was hilarious. We were around 5. And sometimes my Mom would let me sew. That was always pretty exciting. Alternately, I would attempt to totally redesign the clothes my Mom would make for me, having long discussions about my ideas in the fabric stores. I think we went to fabric stores every week. My mom was a big sewer.
D: How does who you were then, enter into your work now?
E: I think the constant desire to make something, no matter what it is, is still the same. I still get excited about making something new.D: How do you keep that spirit of enthusiasm working for you now?E:
When I get the momentum going or get an idea that I am totally excited about, I won't stop until it's done. Just like when I was a kid.D: What were your top kooky projects you tried as a wee one?E:
My major work was a 4-story doll house I made when I was 10 for my Honey Hill Bunch Dolls. It had 8 intricately furnished rooms, a garage, a roof-top pool, a working elevator and a backyard. I made the whole thing out of corrugated cardboard, down to the tiny forks, knives and plates on the table. I made cabinets, appliances, couches, chairs, bunk beds with pull-out drawers, vases, framed artwork, and a car. I also upholstered the chairs and draped the dinner table with fabric (mostly terry cloth) from my Mom's sewing cabinet. I put the whole thing together with Elmer's glue and Scotch tape. My Mom and Dad still have it in the basement!
D: Did you love arts and craft books?
E: I loved books about sewing projects in particular. Making pillows or making dolls. That was pretty fun. I made my name in pillows one year.
Thanks for including me Deb! There are many more great interviews with creative people on Deb's blog, so click over
and scroll down.
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