This weekend was my open studio where I am exhibiting my paintings, collages, drawings, jewelry, dolls and hats. For the past week, I have been unwrapping things and now almost the entire apartment is filled with my work. I make many different things and I have always had this multi-faceted approach.
Did you read what Miss Nicholson said? I flitted. I am still flitting. It keeps me from getting bored."Her fine muscles are also very well coordinated. She handles the scissors, paint brush and crayons with skill. Carol has quite a bit of talent in art work. She does remarkable work for a five-year old. Her attention span is short. She flits from on activity to another, and she therefore requires a variety of materials to keep her interested." Carol's first report card in kindergarten, Patricia Nicholson, teacher, Sea Cliff School
The wall above turned out to be an art work by itself. I used fabric samples given to me by my friend, Dyan Titchnell, whose blog Here and Next you can see here. I started at the top left corner with a picture from Vogue of Jean Shrimpton, (the Shrimp) the great 70s era model. And you can also see my puppets of Michelle Obama that I made for my You Tube video, Michelle Obama's Ten Commandment's of Style.
I suppose the trouble with going to these kinds of events,
such as the Fabrice trunk show at Bergdorf's,
is that you are apt to actually buy a piece. Which I did.
Let me introduce you to some people
who have visited my studio.
who have visited my studio.
Alison Hunt stopped by. She is a singer/songwriter and also manages the front desk at the Vidal Sassoon salon on 18th Street in New York City. P.S. She had the best hair of any visitor.
Sweet Peas from the Union Square Market on the snack table.
My niece, Sarah Wedge, is my go-to hat model.
Sarah models the Yellow Collage Hat and the Goldie necklace.
Sarah models the Gaga for Gingham Collage Hat. She is an illustrator and also does print and pattern designs for top fashion designers like Oscar de la Renta. Take a look at Sarah's work here.
Sarah models the Orange/Green Collage Hat and the Robin's Egg necklace.
Tulips from the Union Square Greenmarket.
On the table, Life Dressing, Joana Avillez's book
on the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, Valerie and Jean.
My bead necklaces and oyster shells that I painted a metallic gold.
Richard loves oysters, so every time he has them at a restaurant, I bring home the shells.
Debra models the Orange/Green Collage Hat. She made her bracelet out of a toilet paper roll.
Ari Seth Cohen, creator of the blog, Advanced Style and Eric Lee. Ari's book, Advanced Style, publishes on May 22. Richard and I are honored to be included in the book. You can order it here.
A work from my Lower East Side collage series. This one is called "Some Kanga Love." This is a real scene on New York's Lower East Side. You can't make this stuff up. Did you ever read Lush Life by Richard Price? He really captured what goes on down here.
I was delightfully surprised to welcome Diane Green (on left) and two of her students, Renee and Roberta. Diane is a painter who taught with Richard at Tyler School of Art. Now she teaches privately in New York City.
The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas Arrive
I was thrilled to see Valerie and Jean, the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas arrive chez moi, fresh from a buying frenzy at the Metropolitan Vintage Show. Valerie and Jean have a blog in which they chronicle the comings and goings of the fashion world with verve and wit. Please do take a look at their blog here. But I could not describe them better than Joana Avillez does in her book, Life Dressing.
"The Idiosyncratic Fashionistas are two real-life women who live to dress and dress to live. And age has nothing to do with it. The IFs do not subscribe to their generation's recommended dress-code. Gameless gunny-sacks, tan orthopedic footwear: please step aside!"
Valerie and Jean took to my hats like ducks to water. We had quite a time vamping and voguing.
Jean models one of my hats with a portrait of a lady from
a 1930s French fashion magazine.
Her vintage glasses are from Fabulous Fanny's in the
East Village, New York City.
Jean models the White-Streak Collage Hat.
I wore it when I met her at the Alliance Française.
I worship on the Altar of Fashion.
Labels from clothes and hats,
handmade 1920s place cards, drawings and tulle!
1984 exhibit at the Jeffrey Fuller Gallery in Philadelphia.
I have extended the exhibit through May.
If you would like to pay a visit, please send me an email for