Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

stick with it: life lessons through collage in long island city

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

gathered 'round for collage critique at the magical oracle club

on the first tuesday of every month, the oracle club in long island city opens its otherwise members-only doors to caris reid’s collage class. described as a whimsical evening,  each class is presented with a new theme to explore ranging from “iconoclasts” to “spirit animals”, or my assignment, “don’t be square”. caris provides unique, vintage, carefully combed material, a tightly curated grouping of images that fit the month’s theme. one week you might find gloved ladies from a 1950′s german fashion ad, brazen youth from a 1970s life magazine, or cloistered victorian photos. caris, an extremely talented painter as well as contributing editor for the arts & culture publication dossier journal, has said that it’s more about process than it is progress, and the intimate group session brings back the arts ‘n crafts of kindergarten, something i truly and actively miss. the space itself is enchanting too, a kind of whistler’s peacock room meets modern-day surrealist literary salon. in queens… just off the pulaski bridge.

hands on instruction

the proprietors, julian (a novelist) and jenna (a painter who, i would like to point out this superlative distinction, was commissioned by sofia coppola to create replicas of 18th century period portraits for her film marie antoinette), are on hand serving specialty cocktails and to man the record player. opened in december of 2011, the oracle is a workspace for artists and writers and an arts club generating a ton of buzz. on nights like these, they welcome a rotating cast of crafters, enticing us to relax and let our imaginations, scissors and gluesticks run free. the class was wonderful, inspiring and surprisingly challenging. challenging because i thought i’d be a natural and when i wasn’t,  i just want you to know that it sent me spiraling.

class aftermath

though my work does not appear here to protect what’s left of the author’s pride, the takeaways from collage class were surprisingly universal, transferable bits of wisdom germane to life in general and not just the folded up collage now near forgotten on my bedroom floor and days away from making the two ft. leap further into the recycling bin. we were talking about collages but we were really talking about our inner selves, weren’t we? class ended in a group critique where our wise instructor focused on the playful, brave, courageous choices made amongst us through color, texture and some “last minute decisions from the artist”. from caris i learned not to fear commitment (to glue) and that “you are going to have to commit sometime”. i learned to balance the expected with the unexpected, that editing is important. collage is so interesting because there are all these decisions that nobody else sees being made. sifting through patterns, shapes and textures, deciding to commit to a symmetrical moment or not, wide open spaces or none whatsoever. i confirmed a suspicion that editing is not my strong suit, nor is knowing when to put down the scissors and the glue.

special thanks to my partner in crafts & freshman year roommate for accompanying me.

classes are $20 at


josé esteves and interiorconnector at intérieurs!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

a match made in heaven: josé esteves, interiorconnector and intérieurs are coming together for a night filled with ideas, sketches, vignettes. intérieurs’ showroom and design studio showcase modern-soulful living, inspired by founder francine gardner’s interest in world travel and cultures. no artist can possibly epitomize this worldly soulful modernity quite like josè esteves. a native of bragance, portugal, his elegant and expressive works evoke modernity and the antique. inspired by his hometown, esteves’s handcrafted pieces, constructed from objects he finds both precious and infused with meaning, are truly a balance between art and function.

so come to intérieurs’ elegant open-air terrace on wednesday, may 4th at six o’clock, sip some cocktails and get a glimpse into josé’s mind as you take in his new lighting art collection. this is not just an unveiling, but sculptures in context.



where: intérieurs showroom 228 e. 58th street, new york, ny 10022

when: wednesday, may 4th at 6:00pm


mother’s day 2011

Friday, April 29th, 2011

one day out of the year is solely dedicated to thanking our mother’s for a lifetime of love, care, and support. in all honestly i think it’s  little inadequate. i don’t know about you but there are not enough days in a lifetime to thank my mother for everything she has done. so what type of gift do you gift someone who has loved you unconditionally (even through your angsty teennage years)? can any gift some up your near-inexpressible gratitude? maybe not, but there are a few tokens of appreciation out there that come pretty close. here is our list of our favorite mother’s day gifts:

vosges flowers + chocolate gift box

the magnificent lady in your life deserves to be pampered with all her favorites– chocolate and flowers, of course. within our signature purple gift set box, vibrant, chartreuse moss surrounds 16 pieces of our limited edition les fleurs du chocolat truffle collection and a mini bouquet of preserved flowers. preserved flowers never need water (or lose their color!), so this little gem will stay glam even when the chocolates are long gone. each bouquet arrives in a mini mint julep cup and includes a recipe for the classic cocktail, for moments of inspiration $75 at vosges

linnea’s lights cote d’azur candle collection

these candles last nearly as long as your love for your mother does. triple scented and hand-poured these soy candles are a wonderful, refreshing alternative to the usual mother’s day swag (mom, sorry about that five year streak of coffee mugs). if you are also seeking gift redemption, these candles will do the trick. conjuring thoughts of provence’s bright mimosa fields, sun drenched hills and evergreens, this scent combines mimosa’s delicate scent with white jasmine’s exotic sweetness and fresh sandalwood for a perfect and balanced halo.  this scent is both delicate and powerful. find it at abc carpet & home

mis en scene’s clover bronze table lamp

if you have a mother with a knack for interior design, it may seem that every year another room is redecorated. this mis en scene clover bronze table lamp can add a little class and whimsy to any room. the clover, used since gothic times, is said to bring luck to a home. find it at interiorconnector

coatt’s morse code necklace

i love hidden messages, and  this morse code necklace from coatt is perfect for the sartorial matriarch in your family. the gold filled beads and bars each represent a different letter in morse code. spelling out mom or love. this hand-strung necklace will always keep you close to your mother’s heart.  $36 at orange and pear

artwork is for the birds

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011


today marks the 226th birthday of john james audubon, most famous for his lifelong dedication to the cataloging of north american fowl. but enough with the history lesson.  audubon’s catalogs include thousands of gorgeous watercolors of birds in their natural habitat, and lately, i’ve been enamored with the use of such prints in the home. although getting my hands on an original watercolor audubon will only happen in my dreams, it seems there are many inexpensive ornithological(the study of birds)-inspired prints and homegoods out there to meet any budget.

black and yellow warbler audubon centennial edition print

$600 at audubon editions

thomas paul melamine ornithology dessert plates

Set of 4: $32 at orange and pear

audubon birds notecards

$14.95 at the met store

john derian #7 parrot tray

$165 at orange and pear