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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 love a good mosaic

What is it about tile mosaics that make me so happy? This work is one of a pair on the West Side on 50th Street near 11th Avenue, marking two side entryways to a public high school. Pretty great. One panel was so large, I had to take it in two parts.

I must investigate the artist, Fogel, and Crovatto Mosaics further.

Here is what I found out about Crovatto:

"Crovatto is located in a little town in Italy, and its chief industry is making venetian glass mosaics (too expensive to have done in the States). To make the venetian glass, workers pound out very small pieces of colored glass and put them on individual pieces of mesh. They would then ship the pieces of mesh to us. Installation was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle." [source: thepeoplemover.com]

This Website, about the Travisanutto Giovanni SRL Studio in Italy, while not the source of our Fogel '77, is an interesting one to investigate. Click on Photo Gallery. It seems that Giovanni Travisanutto worked with "Crovatto Mosaics Inc., an affirmed Studio in New York, led by a man of common Friulan roots, Mr. Costante Crovatto."

I just found the artist: Seymour Fogel (1911-1984), born in New York City, graduated from the National Academy, apprenticed with Diego Rivera, awarded several mural commissions by the WPA in the 30s and 40s, his work included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum and the Corcoran. Here is a Website about another of his murals in Texas. According to this site, Fogel created 22 major murals in his life "using such media as ethyl silicate, a process he helped pioneer in the 1950's, glass and tile mosaics, oil paint on canvas, and other experimental multi-media compositions."

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Blogger sulu-design said...

Oooh... gorgeous. I wonder if the students know what a great thing they've got there.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Elaine said...

Hopefully they will find this article. hee.

6:42 PM  

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