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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.





time for timer!

I have just poured myself a big glass of iced coffee and I am ready to Photoshop. I am setting the timer for 30 minute intervals to alternate with other work, because Photoshopping is one of the biggest time-eater-uppers I know. Before you know it, it is 3 am!

A number of you have been e-mailing me asking, "What's with the timer Elaine?" Upon answering your individual e-mails, it seems that you like my clever time- management device. It seems that you want one too! I am so glad!! Here is a great one that the Jodiverse found today and wants to get: with a tape measure motif yet! I have started somewhat of a timer frenzy, I am happy to say.

Once you read my reasoning behind using the egg-timer, I am sure you will love it too. Here it is. The timer is my quiet co-worker that holds me accountable for completing my tasks when no one is around. I set the timer and say to myself, "OK focus! You must do this yucky task that you hate (like straightening up fabric*), but hey, it is only 15 minutes and then you can be done with it!" Then it becomes like a fun game of Beat-the-Clock. If I focus for certain intervals, then I get the job done. (15' if I am really spazzy, 55' if I am calmer, 30' if I want to alternate between 2 tasks that are equally time consuming so this way I get 2 things done without even feeling the pain) Otherwise, I just sit around dreading doing that thing and not doing it, or having little idea how to prioritize my to-do lists. What can I say, I am deadline-driven.

Another great by-product of using the timer is that I know exactly how long specific tasks take to do. When it comes to pricing jobs, or promising orders, this is great great information to have! What did I tell you, you are hooked right? Use your oven timer until you pick out an egg timer of your own. That works too! And..........TIME! (This blog entry clocked in at 13 minutes, minus the Photoshopping of the photos.)

*I did get the job done this morning. I set the timer for 15' for each giant piece of fabric that needed to be rolled up and put on the shelf. Success! Rolling up fabric is tedious and yucky because I would much rather be making things!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are such a good thinker of organzing your jobs and time. I love the timer. I use ugly excel to punch my time in, like to say 1:40pm in, and 3:15 out. Then I total the minutes, divide by 60, and voila. But nothing ticks to keep me seated. I like that. If I lollygaggle, I have to clock myself out.

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