Well, this is not our living room, they are installations I saw at the Brooklyn Museum during the winter. But you get the idea. We are taking a week or two off to get our living room repainted and reorganized. So limited blog posts during the month of June!
I spent the day yesterday wandering around the garment center, doing what they call “sourcing”. Looking for components of what we do, parts, fabrics, usually invisible or barely visible aspects of a finished piece. It can be exhausting and a time consuming, but when you find the right thing, its pretty great.
I create my own “catalog” with my iphone, and bring the new ideas, or new sources, back to the studio.
If a project is on “the front burner”, I text the image to Toshiki, we discuss it, and it goes in the bag that day.
Here is some of what I looked at yesterday.
If you have seen our work, you have seen the hand tied frog buttons we make. We cover this type of cording with lambskin strips, which have been skived thinly, stitch the edge to make a long leather “rope” which is then tied into a frog, picture detail of frogs on black shearling coat.
A few weeks ago we took a little day trip to Red Hook, Brooklyn, (a really cool place), to visit a celebratory gallery re-opening event at the studio of friends of ours Mary Ellen Buxton & Kevin Kutch of Pier Glass. Damaged badly during hurricane Sandy, they have been working hard, with help from the community and grants, to repair and replace their very costly equipment which was no match for high tide & salt water. We wish them many more happy years creating beautiful work. Go visit, enjoy the beautiful view, & buy some great glass!
The walk down the pier, you can see the new World Trade Center to the left
Below Mary Ellen & Toshiki, in front of her studio. The metal shutters were closed and latched
but superstorm sandy blew them open and water gushed in.