Browsing Category

art + design

the new whitney

the new whitney

July 22, 2015 |  Category:   art + design life nyc

Took a morning off last week to visit the new Whitney Museum, a much delayed visit after we unsuccessfully attempted to go on opening day. I love how the city is as much an integral part of the museum experience as the artwork it houses. There’s something about the architecture of the new building that blurs the outside with the in. There are outdoor spaces that connect each floor with an exterior staircase, and couches line up opposite large windows for expansive city views on some of the gallery floors. The move from the Upper East side to the Meatpacking District where the High Line ends was a great move, and the new Whitney feels just as airy as the… CONTINUE READING

a new website, and some thoughts on web design

a new website, and some thoughts on web design

June 6, 2015 |  Category:   art + design the biz

It’s a full year later than when we originally intended to launch a new site, but it’s now live. Since Google announced about a month ago that it’ll rank mobile-friendly sites higher in search results, it was critical to do so (I need to get this blog on the mobile-friendly program soon too). Our old site was already suffering from poor SEO due to some of the typographic design decisions I implemented when we launched that site years ago that have since made it outdated as far as SEO goes, so now that we’re back on the search results grid, I’m looking forward to the challenge of getting our site to rank higher for certain keywords. I think this new… CONTINUE READING

Dumbo arts festival and weekend plans

Dumbo arts festival and weekend plans

September 30, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

Do you know how sometimes among friends it can be hard to collectively agree on plans? Everyone throws out ideas and then you do this back and forth dance until a decision is finally made. It ends up sounding a little something like this:   So what do you guys want to do today? {shrugs} Do you want to go to a museum? Nah Do you want to go to the street fair? No Do you want to go to the East Village? I think there’s a traveling circus performing today. Hmmm…no Do you want to go to Dumbo? There’s an art festival there. I don’t want to go to Dumbo, I don’t want to go anywhere.   When your… CONTINUE READING

threads at Governors Island

threads at Governors Island

July 7, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life

An open studio visit on Governors Island’s Artist in Residency program. Gabrielle Duggan’s studio on the top floor of one of the old buildings in Colonel Row. It was very calming to be in that space, all nooks and crannies and peeling paint. I could have sat there and traced each thread as it weaved itself around the stairwell landing for hours.   No one is an island; everyone is connected. Your words and comments are very much appreciated.… CONTINUE READING

spring and art in New york is great. a crowded subway? Not so much.

spring and art in New york is great. a crowded subway? Not so much.

April 15, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

An afternoon at the Whitney Museum on a weekend when there are sketching tours and open studios for kids on their calendar is a great way to spend a Saturday in the city. Admittedly, the girls usually groan when I announce that we’re going to an art museum, but they always declare it a fun day after the fact. Give them an activity booklet and a pencil and they make it their mission to fill out all the pages and find the relevant artwork to each activity. They’re tireless, and their love for crafting is tireless too. You all know by now that I’m not a crafter, but I admit I may have been picked up a piece of yarn… CONTINUE READING

Playing hooky at the Noguchi Museum

Playing hooky at the Noguchi Museum

March 14, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life

So, here’s the thing: you can spend your time lamenting over how a certain thing in your life isn’t making you happy, or you can actually do something about it. I decided that Thursdays are my “recharge” days – a day to see things, go to places I haven’t been before, or work on projects that are only my own. I know that some days there will be deadlines that are too pressing to ignore and I’ll most likely be playing catch up in the evening hours, but I’m going to try and keep this commitment going. Ain’t nothing gonna change by simply sitting around wishing I had more free time.   Yesterday I went to the Noguchi Museum in… CONTINUE READING

building blocks. more thoughts about creativity.

building blocks. more thoughts about creativity.

January 30, 2014 |  Category:   art + design life rambling

I’ve been having horrible insomnia lately. The kind where you toss and turn and keep looking at the clock because that window of time between sleep and the alarm gets increasingly short. I’m guessing because there’s a whole lot of stuff swirling around in my head. Some of it’s low-bubbling anxiety that I’m trying to prevent from surfacing, but most of it is actually good things, ideas that are in the very early stages of incubation, or in my case, trying to incubate.   Brenda, a very talented designer and long time blog reader, asked me to participate in her Get Fueled series where she asks creative people about their process. This essay was a bit of a challenge because… CONTINUE READING

Why Children’s Books Matter

Why Children’s Books Matter

November 26, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

A few weekends ago, the girls and I stumbled upon this exhibit, “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” at the New York Public Library. We were in the neighborhood and on a whim decided to take a look inside since they had never been. Although the exhibit has been open since summer, it was a fantastic, unexpected find. Well curated and beautifully designed, the rooms brought some of the most beloved children’s books to life including a life-size replica of the green room in “Goodnight Moon”.   As we made our way from room to room, we spotted well-loved characters around every corner like Alice, Harold and his Purple Crayon, Max from “Where the Wild Things Are”, and… CONTINUE READING

2014 Year in Food Calendar

2014 Year in Food Calendar

October 24, 2013 |  Category:   art + design photography the biz

Had a rare free day from work commitments yesterday so I took care of W&S business that’s been hanging over me since the holiday rush is now basically a little over a month away. Reordered product labels, took stock of inventory and finally listed the 2014 Year in Food Calendar. A little late this year, but here it is. Available in our Etsy shop and on our website.   I get asked quite often where I get my calendars printed. I print them in-house, trim the pages one by one with an exacto knife, collate the pages together with a bellyband, then slip each one inside a cello sleeve. Pretty sure I do a lot of things like this in… CONTINUE READING

Art is alive at Socrates Sculpture Park

Art is alive at Socrates Sculpture Park

August 13, 2013 |  Category:   art + design craft life nyc outings

There are days when plans just come together and midway through the day you realize that you’ve constructed one of those perfect NYC days. We had one of those days over the weekend. It ended with a sunset view of the Manhattan skyline that was so incredible, that it couldn’t have been scripted better.   We also explored a small corner of the city that we have never been to before. As big as the city is, we often tend to stick to places familiar to us. It was a good reminder that the city is big and there is so much out there we have yet to see. I had never been to Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island… CONTINUE READING

random Friday bits

random Friday bits

July 26, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life nyc

Another reason to visit Governor’s Island this season is this sculpture called Head in the Clouds, constructed by Studio Klimoski Chang Architects and brought to you by Figment NYC. We actually saw a bit of the construction of this sculpture the first weekend we were at Governor’s Island and were debating what it was going to be. The outside structure, built entirely of white milk jugs, is impressive in its size and ambition itself, but having known nothing about the interior of the piece, we were blown away at what we saw when we entered. I love things that are unexpected upon closer inspection. Clear plastic water bottles filled with varying shades and amounts of blue water create this wonderfully… CONTINUE READING

fete paradiso at governor’s island

fete paradiso at governor’s island

July 22, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

This right here might be my favorite thing in NYC this summer. Governor’s Island is the first American stop for this rare collection of 19th and 20th century French vintage carnival rides and Fete Paradiso is every bit as charming as it looks. Even the background music of accordions and the mix of occasional cuts from the Amelie soundtrack that’s pumped in through the speakers adds to the atmosphere. I often think that attendants dressed in costume can be overdone (like in the Punk: Chaos to Couture show at the Met), but everything just works here, right down to the roped off pavilion where you can sit under strung lights and chandeliers and order food from the French cafe, Le… CONTINUE READING

FACEBOOK TWITTER INSTAGRAM PINTEREST BLOGLOVIN