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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.





i'm not a plastic bag

I'm NOT A Plastic bag by British designer Anya Hindmarch created quite an eco-stir on the streets of London back in April. The bag only costs 5 pounds, but is in limited quantites, causing customers to line up at Sainsbury's grocery store at unnaturally early hours. And now they are talking about her bag on The Today Show today. I turned off the TV.

Why not just carry a green Le Bag? It's cloth. It's reusable. It needs to be resurrected. It was popular around the same time as Le Car was on the road. You can still find one at Big D stores, I'm sure. Go Green! But go quietly, okay?

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Blogger Mista said...

Good question, Elaine. If you stick "plastic" around "bag" do you automatically have a seller these days? Although the type on that recent bag is really great, and the statement is catchy. But it's just another bag, people. The anti-disposable bag thing has gone on for so long. I tried selling big yellow ones as a girl scout in the grocery stores. They were horrid, which is why it didn't catch on.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous isaunders said...

Hi Elaine - So I needed a photo of a "Le Bag" and when I did a Google search this link led me to a familiar picture - YOU! Your work and worldview is inspirational. Kind regards from your freshman year hallmate - Ian G. Saunders

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Elaine said...

Ian, that is the coolest thing! And thank you for your kind words.

2:15 PM  

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