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Monday, March 24, 2014

art in bloom - antique rugs by peter papp

last week i visited "art in bloom" at the kentshire galleries on madison avenue, an exhibit and sale of 100 antique rugs and textiles curated by san francisco-based dealer peter papp. the stunning tribal pieces included saddle covers, mats, an ikat robe and many gorgeous prayer rugs. the show runs through march 30.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Bungee Band Bracelets & More

i am so excited to announce the publication of "bungee band bracelets & more", a booklet i produced, photographed and wrote for the taunton press. the publication date is april 1 (no joke), and it is already available for pre-sale on amazon. i loved exploring the craft possibilities for this fun material, here are some examples of the projects you'll see in the booklet:

Sunday, March 9, 2014

the efteling

i am long overdue with this post about our visit to the efteling in the netherlands at the end of last year. this marked my return to this magical place, after a 40-year hiatus. yes, you read that right, my last visit was as a five-year old. the efteling's slogan is "sprookjes bestaan", which translates as "fairy tales do exist". not only do they exist, they can be the stuff of nightmares too. my husband described this place as disney-with-a-dark-side and that observation is right on the money. devoid of the usual cartoon characters, the efteling recreates settings from the traditional tales by the brothers grimm and hans christian andersen, including some of the more obscure ones. it all makes for a fascinating time, the place is gorgeously designed, complete with its own museum and actual fairy tale forest - which got really creepy after dark, especially when we could not find the exit. good times!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

chanel hair

the fall-winter 2014 chanel fashion show that took place earlier this week was a little wackadoo: the setting was a pretend supermarket, complete with chanel-branded groceries, shopping baskets and trolleys. was it a celebration of logo-culture and consumerism, or a brilliantly executed satire? i don't know, but i do know one thing: i loved-loved-loved the hair. it was a crafty, witty, colorful take on drop-out dreads. maybe captain jack (or should that be keith richards) inspired the colorful crimped ponytails with clip-in braids and of course strips of chanel tweed? sam mcknight was the genius behind these creative hairstyles, well done!