Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rare Bird of Fashion

S: When I found out Iris Apfel heads up the UT at NYC textiles and apparel program, I was overjoyed. I had read about her for years. Check out her amazing apartment here.

On why she is working with UT and not a New York university:

Various New York schools of fashion and design had tried to involve Apfel over the years, but they seemed most interested in fundraising. With UT, she felt a click. “Other schools don’t seem to be as interested in their students,” she says. “You guys just knock yourselves out for them.”

Apfel on herself:

She calls herself a “geriatric starlet,” more famous now than in youth or even middle age. It started with the Met show and snowballed from there. “The whole thing is so ridiculous because I’m not doing anything differently than I have for the last 70 years,” she says. “My overnight took seven decades. Sometimes it’s just the right time for things.” 

(Image and quotes via The Alcalde)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Ice Typography

S: This art project made me very happy. I love typography and have always been drawn to weird ice sculptures. When I see a great one, it makes me want to go out and do something cold-crazy like construct an ice sculpture of Bjork.

From the article about Nicole Dextras’s process:

“Each letter is formed by massive wooden frames, which are pumped with water and then left to freeze for two weeks. Afterwards, the ice is revealed as the frames are removed.”

(Image via TNW)

Brilliant Etsy Shops

S: Sites like Etsy can be overwhelming at times. So much good stuff, so little time! That’s why I love coming across articles like this one from Design Sponge writer Kate Pruitt about ten great Etsy shops you need to know. I love all them! Especially Junglai, which sells geometric shelves. 
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