May 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
I spent the last two months making boat sails and fairy wings, but it’s time to get back to the origami game. For a year I have saved books, magazines, and other paper goods intending to crease, curl, and wire them into more bouquets. And this week I’ve finally had the time to do just that. You can find three new colorful bouquets in my Etsy shop in addition to the original book page version. Here’s a sneak peek:
Head over to the shop and get them while you can! These goods cannot be duplicated! They are made from recycled magazines and seasonal catalogs that I will not get my hands on again.
May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
During our week in Helsinki, we largely experienced an area akin to 5th Avenue: the Esplinade. A stretch of luxury shopping with a grassy center, the Esplinade is flanked by a second block of slightly more affordable shopping. This is where I did most of my perusing and where I discovered my love for Finnish shoe departments. Two things stood out to me about these departments. 1) Each shoe style is displayed with all the sizes lined up on the shelf and there are no boxes to be seen, giving a clean and regimented appearance and making the shoes more readily accessible to eager shoppers. 2) The style and aesthetic I found popping up repeatedly from store to store and across brands appeals to me far more than most brands available in the States. A little more whimsical and quirky with pops of color that are a little hard to find right now amidst the current nude and neutral trends. Shoe departments of Finland, I will miss you dearly.
Shoes 1,2 and 4 are Vagabond. #3 is Dinsko. If anybody knows of these ladies’ availability Stateside, I would love to be clued in! I would have purchased more in Helsinki, but my wallet could only take so much, given the weakness of the dollar these days.
May 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
The McCabe-Arredondo-B.Chomper household is back together in Bushwick. If you were unaware that we were apart, I must not have told you that Cesar and I spent my birthday week in Helsinki while Brutus lived it up at doggie daycare in Williamsburg.
The big joke around the house regarding this trip has been that Cesar and I will have both spent our most recent birthdays working in Finland on a Hashimoto installation. But being the lucky gal that I am, the installation was finished ahead of schedule this time around, and I got to enjoy my day with my wonderful dude and a room full of art collectors. My workload on this project was also infinitely lighter than Cesar’s was last September and I feel privileged to say I got to help out.
In fact, the entire Helsinki experience was a privilege! The most incredible and far-fetched highlights included attending a cocktail party in a house filled with priceless art and famously designed Finnish home goods (and later seeing the same furniture and glassware on display in the Finnish design museum), eating raspberry macarons, drinking Veuve Clicquot champagne like it’s no big thing, and meeting the CEO of Marimekko. I spent a lot of time sneaking iphone photos of the extravagancies I came across. Here are just a few of them:
The glowing orb in the center of that last photo is a chair that is near and dear to my heart (it is not actually glowing, but the iphone interpreted the spotlight’s reflection that way). The Bear Valley Public Library had a handful of these chairs in the children’s section when I was very young. I loved sitting, rocking, and spinning in one of those orange chairs and pretending it was a giant M&M. If I had known they were of a design that would later be found in museums, I would have begged to buy one from the library when it underwent a renovation in the mid to late 90s, after which my M&M chairs disappeared.
The last noteworthy experience was being waved to vigorously through a window by a Finnish woman who clearly thought she knew me. The recognition in her eyes was unmistakeable, until I walked into the cafe where she was sitting and she realized her mistake, turning away quickly with embarrassment. I mention this because it means I have a doppelganger roaming the streets of Helsinki. So if you travel there, and think you see me, don’t wave to me too eagerly because you will likely be greeted by a befuddled expression.