Hello friends, does it ever happen to you that you’ll have a project and it’ll somehow take over your life? That’s what’s happened to me with this bead embroidery project I’m working on. I’ve somehow become obsessed with it to the detriment of other things I’m supposed to be doing (like this poor neglected blog) It doesn’t seem like much progress from the last time but this has taken me so long to do. The beads I’m using are so tiny that I’m going at a snails pace. And I want to get to a point where I can see more of what it’s going to look like but I’m not quite there yet. Oh well, I can’t really give up now right?!
All too often, the news coming out of Detroit is grim. Crime. Corruption. Politics. Poverty. These are unfortunately the all too common headlines that give the city an extremely unsavory air. And to think that not so long ago, Detroit was one of America’s richest cities. Remnants of its once rich past is most evident in the Detroit Institute of Arts or the DIA. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to have such a rich and varied collection. No wonder some parties want to sell the collection to help alleviate creditor claims against the city in its bankruptcy proceedings. Is it selfish to wish that the DIA’s collection remain intact so that we can enjoy it’s art? What use is this beautiful art if there are people who have no means to live after their retirement because the city’s coffers are empty?
I don’t presume to know the answer to such thorny questions but I do feel that to break apart the collection means losing little by little the city’s soul. Yes we must have the means to live but we must also feed our soul and what better way than through art.
This is why, I was so happy to hear about the recent news pledging 330M dollar donation to save the DIA. There’s a long way to go but at least there’s hope along the way .
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve never been so cold as I’ve been these past few days. At one point we went down to minus 27 F with the wind chill factor. Then I heard that this unseasonable and extraordinary weather was due to polar freeze. Well, then, it’s little wonder that it’s been freezing. We got so much snow that our poor bushes have pretty much disappeared!
So I’ve been busy cocooning myself with gorgeous jewelry books, all in the name of inspiration and research of course.
And I’ve started to think about the upcoming first collection for 2014. I sorted out some beads from the bead box and this strand caught my eye….I’m excited to see how they turn out. Soon as I thaw out, I will start working on them!
Today I attempted to do some online shopping and this is the sight that greeted me. I’ve never been in an online queue before today and I certainly didn’t expect it from H &M. I should explain however, that the queue came about because of its much anticipated collaboration with French designer Isabel Marant. She’s the reason why I was online along with it seems everybody else.
But an online queue? This was too much for me. I’m an old fashioned shopper. I like trying things on and checking out how they’re made and where they’re made. I like to feel the fabric of clothes and turning them inside out. And yes, I’ve been known to queue for amazing sales before brick and mortar stores, but there at least, you are with like minded people. A certain camaraderie builds amongst each other.
But an online queue? Where’s the fun in that?
Maybe because we had a particularly long winter and we are now having some summer weather that I find myself gravitating towards the color blush. This is a bit unlike me as I tend to go for the brighter and more vibrant hues but there’s something about this color that is just very appealing at the moment.
I’m not the only one having a blush moment. Pantone has declared blush as one of the key color trends for spring/ summer 2013. Today’s post is my own small collection of crushes on all things blush.
Photos from left to right are as follows:
The color Blush from the Pantone website
My current favorite Maje top with its refreshingly cool palette of ecru and blush
Some beautiful flowers from a park near our apartment in Paris.
My very own blush creation available at De Petites Merveilles.
A very pretty scarf from dyeproservices.
And last but not the least, a pair of gorgeous custom made shoes from SHUNAMI a newly discovered etsy seller.
Are you having a particular color moment? I’d love to hear from you..
Friends, I am officially obsessed with tables and desks. Remember our trip to the Midlands antique fair where I tried unsuccessfully to find myself a work table? Well since that trip, I have been dreaming about finding my desk. I know there are other more important things to think (and obsess) about I feel hampered and unsettled by the lack of a proper work space. The fates must be conspiring too because ever since that trip, I have come across various kinds of desks, none of which are exactly what I need or want. I feel a little like Goldilocks!
First there were these adorable Florentine nesting tables from the 50s….cute but not at all what I am looking for!
Then there was this desk, also from the 50s with a mirror. But this one was a little too small, there would’ve been too little work space.
Then there was this absolutely gorgeous carved flip up desk from the 19th century. Isn’t it just pretty? I was literally drooling when I saw it. Unfortunately practicality reared its head–this simply wouldn’t have enough work space for me. Believe me it was hard to walk away from this beauty! I might have another lead which I aim to follow up tonight. I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll be the one. But if it doesn’t work out, maybe I should just go for this one..
This one is by Industrial Artifact, an etsy seller I just discovered. Their philosophy is to find old industrial artifacts or objects and give them new life by repurposing them. I love this philosophy. Its the same guiding principle behind my jewelry. And this table certainly fits my work requirements. So I wonder if this is actually the one.
What about you friends, any object related obsessions lately? I’d love to hear about them.
And if you have ideas where I can find my table, feel free to share them!
We are on the homestretch for the Blogathon! And today has a theme–its haiku day. I was unable to join the other theme days but I thought I would give this one a try. My haiku was inspired by yesterday’s stroll.
Oh the scorching sun-
what relief to find some shade
coolness in water
One of the reasons I like twitter so much is because I get to read a constant stream of news from all over. And since I make jewelry, I follow a lot of fashion related news tweets. One of the stories that caught my interest recently is about a brewing “fight” between Vena Cava and Alice + Olivia, two relatively young and cool brands. Vena Cava accused Alice + Olivia of copying one of their prints from the 2012 collection. (read the full story here). This is the print in question (photo courtesy of http://www.racked.com), with the one on the right belonging to Vena Cava and Alice + Olivia on the left.
But are these original prints to begin with? Its not. Both designers both admit that they were inspired by other prints when they came up with these dresses, one by a vintage dress owned by one of the designers and the other by a vintage wall screen.
The idea of being copied is something we all have to contend with but its especially true in the case of designers. Creating a piece of art, or jewelry, or clothing is in a lot of ways a very personal matter. It involves putting a lot of oneself in each piece which makes the issue of being copied really personal in turn. But how can you protect yourself and your ideas from being copied? Having an online presence makes it even easier to be copied because your designs are out there for all the world to see. Unless you’re name is Gucci or Chanel (and even Chanel doesn’t manage to win all its trademark battles as this story shows), its very hard to trademark something you’ve created. Legal and financial difficulties aside, how can you prove that your design is really yours and is truly original? Is anything ever truly original and born without being influenced by something else?
This is something I think about long and often. I like to think that what I create is truly original and one of a kind. I take pride in the fact that no two pieces are the same and once something has sold, I cannot repeat the same piece. So you get an original in that way. But I’m also endlessly inspired by so many other artists and just about everything can be an inspiration. These influences can’t help but filter through in my work. I suppose I draw the line at taking someone’s design or idea and replicating it exactly or so close to the original as to be almost indistinguishable. Is this a good line to draw? Or does it leave too much leeway? I don’t know. What I do know is that I can (and should) get inspired but I won’t ever copy.
Now did Alice + Olivia copy Vena Cava? They’re certainly very similar to each other. But maybe its a really popular look or color scheme because look at this dress I just got from a recent trip..
At least mine has ribbons in it!