Studio + Life

A few photos I thought I’d share from the past couple of weeks. It feels like fall, but the calendar says it’s nearly summer. I’ve been doing a lot of restocks to shops, and working on the design for my new website (that I hope to launch soon!). Lots of projects, as usual!

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Glasses first, eyes second. That’s how everyone gets dressed, right?

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Restocking Wolfbait & B-Girls in Chicago.

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Henry is really into gifting “white flowers” right now. These were my Mother’s Day present ; )

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Trying out a full batch of Andy Warhol puppets. Really diggin’ this design, so I hope to have it online soon.

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Our garden is officially in bloom, including this amazing (no-filter-needed) ombre yellow rose.

And finally, I posted this video on Instagram the other day, but can’t resist sharing it here, too. Because Mad Men.

Rope Masks

In the spirit of things you’re simultaneously in love with and a little repulsed by, I was floored to come across these rope masks created by designer Bertjan Pot. The project came about after a failed attempt at stitching together a large rope carpet– the material started to bow and curve, making it unsuitable for the floor, but fascinating as a mask.

The inspiration for the pieces seems to run the gamut– from African sculpture, science fiction, Native American weaving, natural coral formations, architecture. Even a bit of a spa influence with the cucumber eyes mask.

via Fontanel.

 

Popsicle Season

Popsicles are the quintessential summer treat, and though I’m more of an ice cream gal myself, I totally get the allure. Picking your flavor, opening the package, trying to eat it before the sticking syrup drips down your fingers– Not to mention the “take it, break it” appeal of the twin pop you could share with sibling (even if you didn’t really want to). In honor of the unofficial start of summer, here some popsicle treats to get you in the spirit of the season–


And, in case this pop has your mouth watering a bit, here are some great recipes for making grown-up popsicles of your own. 

Vintage Cowgirls

It’s fair to say that the myth of the cowboy can be a little problematic. Manifest destiny, a West to be “won,” and an uneasy relationship (to say the least) with Native Americans– the narratives don’t hold up as well as they once did, and I’m always a little hesitant to embrace the motif of the “cutesy” cowboy. That said, there’s something about a cowgirl that still resonates. A cowgirl is inherently subversive– breaking the mold simply by existing. So whether it’s still harkening to a frontier written by Wild Bill and Hollywood, there is still something to be said for celebrating ladies doing it for themselves out on the range.

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For extra credit: this discussion on the “Women and the Myth of the American West”from the Smithsonian.

What Frida Wore

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that Frida Kahlo didn’t live all that long ago. She’s become lionized as a painter, feminist, communist, Mexican icon, as a person living with a disability in a time when that wasn’t something to be spoken of. She was fierce and boundary defying.

The show “Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako” opened this month in London, documenting Kahlo’s own possessions in a stark and intimate series of photographs. The story goes that Diego Rivera locked away Frida’s belongings in a room in their home after her death with instructions that they not be disturbed until 15 years after his death. The room was finally opened up 2004, and these photos are some of the public’s first glimpses at these fragments of Frida’s life.

While her clothing are undeniably fascinating, it was a photo of two bottles of Revlon nail polish that struck me the most– they look nearly identical to bottles I own, smudged and half-empty. It’s a reminder that while the Frida Kahlo we tend to think of today has become something of a symbol, she was a very real woman first.

 

Spring Photos

Suddenly spring is here, huh? Our lilac bush just burst into flower in the last day or so, and even on rainy days, it’s not the cold rain anymore– it’s the kind that bring breezes and the smell of mud and growing things. I think the season has been good for me. I’ve been feeling productive in the studio, and also finding time for yardwork and kid stuff and some other fun projects. Here are a few shots from Instagram over the past few weeks, in case you missed them.

Saturday Desk

Saturday workspace and list-making.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg buttons

New Ruth Bader Ginsburg buttons. One will ship with every puppet from now on!

Daffodils

Daffodils getting ready to bloom.

Joan Harris puppets

Bringing back the Joan from Mad Men design to honor of “the end of an era.”

Repotting

Growing things.

Henry's birthday

Henry turned three, complete with horseshoe magnet and green frog raincoat.

Bald Ira Glass

Every wondered what Ira Glass would look like bald? Here’s your answer.

Frida Kahlo puppets in progress

Frida Kahlo puppets in progress on my new yellow cafeteria tray.