Friday, July 30, 2010

Turning 26

Tomorrow is the big day but I already received a pretty huge birthday gift.

Huge Thank You to Corbin Brett Chamberlin and Peter Davis!

I've been sewing away on a few different looks for tomorrow's festivities, I will post pics after the big debut!

More to come!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Today I was lucky enough to attend a lecture series entitled "Farm To Table" curated by Dr. Brent Ridge of The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Housed in the Elixir Lounge of ABC Carpet and Home today's lecture was named "The Grass is Always Greener" and was to be a reading of "The Bucolic Plague" by it's author, the other half of the Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell. Let's just say I've been a fan of Mr. Kilmer-Purcell's work since I read "I Am Not Myself These Days" when I first moved to New York three years ago, so you can imagine my excitement. After the reading the Beekman Boys answered questions, entertained compliments from the crowd and signed copies of the book. I read "The Bucolic Plague" in one sitting on a recent trip back home to Massachusetts and had my copy ready to go.

Pre-lecture, in a last minute attempt to show some sort of gratitude, I whipped up two matching bowties in gray and white stripes for the boys, one with purple taffeta backing and one with pink satin backing. I was nervous to present them but when having my book signed I got up the nerve and handed them over with a card. They graciously accepted and thanked me, I flew over the moon.

Josh and Dr. Brent were extremely humble and charming. Anyone near and dear to me knows that one day I hope to live on a farm raising livestock and living off my land. These men have paved the way, serve as role models to me and are the image of what I hope to achieve one day.

To have got to briefly talk to them and gain a little insight in to what their day to day lives are like was a dream come true. They really are Fabulous. I implore anyone and everyone to watch their show The Fabulous Beekman Boys on Planet Green, I guarantee you will enjoy.

Thank you Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell for being you and being so fabulous!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Portfolio Preview

Here's a look at a 10 piece collection I've been working on for my portfolio. I drew inspiration from a variety of Malaysian Jewel Beetles.

Some of these beetles known as the Elytra Beetle can be harvested for their wing husks to be used in various applications. I obviously would use them as sequins.

Hope you enjoyed, would love some feedback, let me know what you think.

Portfolio Work

Some more sketches I've been working on.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Stars and Stripes

I'll be spending the weekend with friends on Fire Island for the 4th of July holiday. The house I'm staying at throws a huge poolside party so of course I had to put a little something together. So far I've finished the vest, fully lined made from an actual American flag bought at my local drugstore and some red silk satin I had laying around. Now I just have to finish the bottoms and I'll be all set.

P.S. It's not illegal to cut up the flag, I checked.
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