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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

when you’re not the breadwinner anymore

when you’re not the breadwinner anymore

July 17, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life me rambling

*The image above is the homepage of a recently launched project that I designed earlier this year. See the full website here.   On Facebook the other week, I threw out on my status that I was looking for a new career and that any and all suggestions would be considered. I didn’t have any revelations on the new career of my dreams, but it did spark some interesting conversations with some friends who shared similar thoughts. Technology and industries are evolving so fast these days that we’re needing to adapt and reinvent ourselves every 5-10 years in order to survive. Plus sometimes we just need a change. With the way things have been gone this past year with work,… CONTINUE READING

New Prints in the shop

New Prints in the shop

May 3, 2013 |  Category:   art + design the biz

I’m finally taking some time to focus on my neglected print shop beginning with a new series of typographic food quote prints. The first three are up in the shop in 2 different size prints, an Irish proverb and two Oscar Wilde quotes. Hopefully more stuff to follow soon, including photos (oh you know, it takes me forever…)   I’m also phasing out the kitchen conversion tea towels. I won’t be printing them anymore, but I do have a fair number of seconds – towels that are slightly faded at the top of the print. For the most part, the imperfections are pretty minor, but I’m clearing them out at 50% off for $12 each. Would be great for Mother’s… CONTINUE READING

saturday at moma, or the day the kids out museumed us

saturday at moma, or the day the kids out museumed us

March 5, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

In keeping up with our resolution to see more art this year, I wanted to spend last Saturday at one of the major museums. When I brought up MoMA with the girls, I was surprised to hear that neither of them really remembered which museum I was referring to. Had it really been that long? I remember chaperoning a field trip during preschool 2 years ago, but maybe that really was the last time. Once we got to MoMA, each of them remembered certain things like the sculpture garden and the helicopter suspended from the ceiling, but this visit really was a new experience for them and one where Claudine has been asking to go back soon ever since.  … CONTINUE READING

new museum first saturdays

new museum first saturdays

January 9, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

So far we’re making good on our resolution to see more art. I have only been to the New Museum once since it moved to the Bowery around 5 years ago. I used to go more often when it was located in Soho on Broadway when I was in art school and graduate school in the 90s. It was much smaller then – 2 floors in the Astor Building – but now the New Museum is a 7 story building with a skyroom on the top floor with views of lower Manhattan. This is where they hold activities for kids on First Saturdays for families. The monthly event is free, but keep in mind that you only have access to… CONTINUE READING

Ann Hamilton: The event of a thread

Ann Hamilton: The event of a thread

January 3, 2013 |  Category:   art + design life nyc outings

I don’t make many new year resolutions, but one thing that I want to do this year is to see more art.   While I somehow managed to miss the Cindy Sherman show at MoMA this year, there was no way that I could miss Ann Hamilton‘s installation at the Park Avenue Armory. Hamilton is one of my favorite, if not perhaps my very favorite living artist. It’s not often that she exhibits in New York so experiencing her work in person is a rare treat.   The Park Avenue Armory, a 55,000 square foot space on the Upper East Side that allows works of art with unique and unconventional space requirements, is a treasure in and of itself. The… CONTINUE READING

The NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

The NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

December 10, 2012 |  Category:   art + design holidays life nyc outings

We had a fantastic weekend. How was yours? It always feels good to have a stellar day at a holiday market, particularly when you’ve stayed up late preparing for the show after a hard week. It makes it all worth it. Thanks to our friend Megan who took both the girls for a sleepover Friday night which enabled us to work uninterrupted through the night organizing for the market and made setup in the early morning easy at the event site. Since the girls weren’t home, I put on the first season of American Horror Story while we worked and pretty much powered through the entire season in one sitting. What a crazy show (though Breaking Bad is still my… CONTINUE READING

Today

Today

November 13, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life

Feeling weirdly deflated and sad today. What the hell is this? Post storm crash? Pre-holiday craziness blues? Well, whatever it is, I’m sure it will pass.   Photos taken at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Soho.… CONTINUE READING

relics and artifacts from the not too distant past

relics and artifacts from the not too distant past

October 17, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life remembering

I was at a birthday party held at a place in the old Brooklyn Navy Yard called Construction Kids and while watching the kids build objects out of pieces of scrap wood, I found these old graphic design tools hanging on the wall. Unlike the bins of supplies and building tools in the room that were in regular use, these rusted drawing tools were hung as a display. I know it seems so obvious, but sometimes it’s not until you see these objects arranged like artifacts that you realize just how many of these tools that we used to use every single day are obsolete. It’s not like I ever declared “it’s time to retire the T Square!”, but it… CONTINUE READING

Dumbo, the Arts Festival, and caught in the rain

Dumbo, the Arts Festival, and caught in the rain

October 1, 2012 |  Category:   art + design life nyc

There was a lot going on in the city this weekend. Seems like so many events are packed into the late September/ early October weekends and you have your pick of things to do. After a brutal week of many many cookies that ended in a very successful day at the Chile Festival where he sold out of most everything (almost felt like holiday cookie madness times), Mark finally got a day off. It’s good to end a crazy week with a great day at an event and feel like all your hard work is validated. People were lining up to buy the Chocolate Curry fudgesicles. They are slowly gaining traction every week and even though we’ll be wrapping up… CONTINUE READING

Lena Corwin’s Maps

Lena Corwin’s Maps

September 19, 2012 |  Category:   art + design friends

What is it about maps that are just so fascinating? I’ve been long obsessed with how the intricate network of streets create these complex patterns, totally unique to each city, and creating maps have often been a recurring theme to some of my work projects. I think that’s why I’m so fascinated by Claudine’s obsessive map-like maze drawings because of this long standing fascination with urban typography.   And then this book.   Lena is an artist and designer who I’ve known about and long admired for a really long time, but had only met earlier this year. We have quite a few mutual friends in common so I’d like to think that it was only a matter of time… CONTINUE READING

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