Thursday, December 2, 2010

CRAFTED AT THE CREEK

 Hi everyone, the details for the Craft at the Creek are out. Join us on December 11 from 1-5 pm in Long Island City. See you there!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wow

So, one website led to another and I came across two great inspirations. One is the blog by Vineeta Nair, called Artnlight. It has great write ups about designers and designs of India. So, once I signed up for updates on her website, I received an email about Mora Collection. I was stunned by the collection featured, the colors, the patterns. It's like nothing I've seen before and it seemed to raise the confidence in me, that different can work.





Follow the links to their appropriate sights and let me know if you feel as blown away by them as me. Here are a few images from the Mora website. Simply Amazing. The images on my website don't do justice, follow the link to see them in their appropriate setting.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Likes at One of a Kind Show

So I went to the One of a Kind show this Saturday, November 20 in New York City. It was just one floor of designers with their handcrafted products. After wandering the markets of London, I was a bit disappointed as to the creativity level featured in New York. However, a few did catch my eye and I picked up their business cards. Here is the list:

La Muse Kalliope - handcrafted characters. Follow the link to her Etsy shop. I wish I had more visuals, because that is what attracted me to her stall.

 Monkey Chow - illustrations, art, and design. Link leads to their etsy shop as well.

The Intuitive Garden - Handmade Wearable Art
Designs by Candace Mangin-Barnes
Loved her jewelry!

F. Rock - sustainable carryalls for men
Amazing shape, fabrics, look of bags for men made from reclaimed fabrics! Totally sustainable! Say what?

Chikahisa Studio - handcrafted jewelry
This little piece is the Happy Buddha Sapphire - I couldn't stop looking at it, wishing it was mine. 

Anyways, I hope you enjoy these few finds.

In other news, my sister and I will be featuring a few products from our upcoming collection at the Queens Green Drink event in Long Island City on December 11, 2010. I will upload more info on the event in the coming week along with a preview of what we have to offer. Leave a note if you are able to attend. More info if you follow the link: http://www.greendrinks.org/index.php?country=USA&city=Queens. Also, you can find them on facebook: facebook.com/queens.drinks.

Till later!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chelsea College of Art and Design

The website for the 2010 MA Textile Design graduates at the Chelsea College of Art and Design is up. Follow the link http://chelseamatextiles.com/2010-2/ruchika-kumar.
Leave a comment if you are interested in any of the works or email the appropriate person for more info.

Below are a few more pictures of the work in progress. I'll be uploading more images of final fabrics produced for those who are interested in purchasing.  



Monday, November 15, 2010

Inspiration

Inspiring images and color from pottery displayed at a museum in Jaipur
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Also a link to an article by Elaine Lipson in the Handeye magazine. Follow the link for a great write up about Slow cloth and the ideal behind the slow design movement. http://www.handeyemagazine.com/content/slow-cloth

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Finds

The following were amazing finds on the internet. The first is Kantha Threads, by a woman in Bangladesh. Follow the link to an in-depth detail of her life and how she has inspired and supported women in their life through these threads. Her work is quite inspiration and very impressive.
"Holud" http://kanthathreads.com/

"reflection" http://kanthathreads.com/


Second, is a magazine called HandEye. This website brings the stories of craftsmen and women from around the world into our homes. It's a great way to know about different organizations, artists, and crafts. If you have the time, go through some of the articles, I've come across some great finds. Enjoy!

http://handeyemagazine.com/

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I no longer wish for that Cheeseburger



Just finished reading Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I had attempted it awhile back but couldn't get interested. However, after being introduced to how un-sustainable we are leading our lives this year, I turned back to this book to see what it had in store. My sister, THE ENVIRONMENTALIST, is laughing her head off right now, now that she has finally converted her youngest to the cult of eco-friendly, sustainable, and anti-consumerism. However, she also regrets making me into the monster I have now become. :)

The book was very interesting, not necessarily biased, it tried to lay out the facts, which unfortunately were leaning towards one side. The side that big corporations have and are going to great lengths to get the consumer to buy buy buy and eat eat eat, in large proportions without consideration for the humans involved, environment exploited, or the future sacrificed. The read might be a little strong at times, because of the details of the injuries suffered by workers at meatpacking factories. I got a little queasy myself. However, we do need to be aware of where our food comes from and who it affects. The book gives you a good review of how it all started, how we have come to the position we are at now and also offers a means to resolve this problem. This can be and should be related to my post about The Story of Stuff, which gives a good explanation of how change is slow in happening in governments.

Anyways, this was a very serious post, but it doesn't necessarily have to be. We read, we learn, and move on with a better judgment about how to lead life. On that note, enjoy the video below.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Trade Fairs

Thinking of attending the ONE OF A KIND SHOW, 2010, in New York. To get a feel of the products that are out there and the artists that are on the same path of a handmade lifestyle.

See the link: http://www.oneofakindshowny.com/

It gives consumers to shop for one of a kind, hand made products directly from the artisan. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, and free for children under 12 years of age.

It's taking place on the following dates:

November 11-14 and
November 18-21, 2010
 

Location: Midtown at 7 W 34th St. at 5th Ave.
Directly across from the Empire State Building

Drop a comment if you'll be attending!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MA Textile Design Exhibition 2010

Images from the 2010 MA Textile Design Exhibition at Chelsea College of Art and Design, UAL. The following is a result of hard work and sweat. The collection is based on our visuals of daily life, bringing awareness to the ordinary through extraordinary techniques. The colors are attained through flowers, leaves, and barks, each gaining a personality of it's own and with a story of its own. The fabric's range from new to reclaimed fabrics that needed to continue living their life with a new meaning.

The result of the show was self-satisfaction. After a year long effort to create my own standing and to prove that we can, even as a technologically advanced society, slow down and pay homage to the natural world around us. The patterns speak of pillars, architecture, and nature that surrounds us on our daily wanderings. We don't seem to notice them usually but through the fabrics, I wanted to give the viewer that special preview into what they might have missed on their walk over. The love given to each of the fabric was my way of slowing down and being aware of what each object in our life goes through before it makes it into our living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchen tables. The appreciation gained for time was priceless. The love for fabric created by nature and colored by nature grew immensely. I just hope now we can do justice to these fabrics and give them a home that will truly appreciate them.