I worked from home today and somehow I got a little distracted. We recently moved into a coop brownstone in Park Slope and the past month has been spent settling in and making it ours. My photo shoot started with lunch. I made the most simple, yet delicious and healthy dish and was so thrilled with myself that I had to photograph it. I basically threw dried French lentils and brown rice in a pot with water and vegetable bouillon, let it cook for about 30 min, then threw in some chopped broccoli and cooked it for 10 min more. After lunch, I couldn’t stop and ended up photographing a few of my favorite things. Hope you enjoy.
This weekend we shot our latest collection of bags for winter 2011-12 on the rooftop of my studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A former shipyard, it is such an incredible place to work and one of the best kept secrets of NYC. Just across the East River from Manhattan, it has one of the most beautiful views of the city and it is an industrial wonderland full of so much history. Old dilapidated buildings with just the frames remaining next to green businesses run out of huge loft spaces, it is a thriving urban industrial park with big plans for the future. New York state is putting so much work into reviving the yard and turning it into the sustainable manufacturing center of NYC.
I highly recommend visiting Bldg 92, the brand new museum dedicated to the BNY’s history. I stopped by this weekend and it gave me a renewed appreciation for where I work.
Photos by Edward Cotton.
Over the past few years, there has been a growing trend among people who have worked in the web industry, shifting their focus and starting businesses where they can work at their own pace, with their hands, and craft products of high quality and high authenticity. Sitting behind a computer all day, creating things that will never leave the screen quickly becomes an unfulfilling existence, leaving many people yearning for a more satisfying craft that yields tangible results. I know this feeling all too well.
Fay Andrada and I both have backgrounds as web designers (we both also worked at MTV), yet had a thirst to do something with meaning, where we could make our own hours and feel proud of the products we crafted by hand.
Fay is a very talented illustrator and metalsmith. Her jewelry is beautiful and soulful. Quiet, yet unmissable. Each piece is completely crafted by her hands from alloy metals like brass, bronze, and copper. Each and every piece has its own personality and graphic quality.
All of the jewelry in the above pictures are made by Fay. She’s modeling the Ainslie clutch, a bag from my new collection which has brass tube details. Somehow I think it might have been Fay who inspired me to add brass “jewelry” to my new pieces. Maybe one day we’ll even collaborate.
Jennifer Sarkilahti is the very talented artist (she even has an MFA in painting) behind the gorgeous jewelry line, Odette New York. I met Jenny last year when I first moved back to New York from San Francisco and was in need of a studio space. We shared a space in the bright and beautiful Dobbin Mews in Greenpoint up until a few months ago, when I moved to a closer-to-home spot in the Navy Yard. I definitely miss the Mews, but I make sure to visit often.
One of the things that impresses me most about Jennifer’s work is that every design is a tiny hand-carved sculpture. She draws every idea onto paper and then translates it in to wax. The actual carving is then cast into metal using an ancient method known as lost wax casting. Everything is cast locally, in NYC. I love the fact that you can see the etchings in each piece that could only have been done by hand.
I have a number of her pieces and even had her revive a discontinued style (the feather in the first picture) to use as gifts for my bridesmaids.