Jul 11, 2012
Today I have been singing Stevie Wonder Livin' for the City... It's shocking sometimes when I think that my life in New York is easy. Thank goodness for magical escapes like Old Field Farm where my friend Tess tends to the pigs, bees and plants.
I've always been selective about dishes and things for the table and kitchen. Giovanna attuned my attention more particularly towards ceramic work through her awesome collections of used finds at Una. Of course ceramics is very en vogue now, but I can't recommend it enough. Most art making for me is highly cerebral and often exhausting, so the process of getting a little physical release while making an object is extraordinary.
Bethany Ides in her recent performance "The Visitation" at Long Island City's new Fragmental Museum. Costume by me, photos by Matt.
Feb 16, 2012
I am super exhausted with the internet these days. Too much email, too many sites to keep up on, too much information. I have felt unable to contribute in this forum as a result - like what to even say? And where to find the time? The past few months have felt very busy. Prune leaves me exhausted, as jobs tend to leave people, and I have been trying to pursue activities. I have been taking ceramics since October, just started weaving with Annie Larson, finally doing yoga here regularly without a fight and finding some time for fun. Lauren, Nialls and I are taking a wine test in April so we have started wine tasting/study nights. Last Sunday we were spoiled and drank Radikon and Occhipinti - two incredible natural Italian producers we love and Lauren and Nialls are lucky enough to have met. So it was a total treat to see - online! - and I imagine in print this Sunday in the first T-Magazine of the year (hooray) Arianna Occhipinti shot by the Selby.
Jan 2, 2012
Dec 29, 2011
I've never been an anxious party thrower, and so have held many gatherings both formal and impromptu over the years. With the exception of a handful of friends, however, nobody had been to my current apartment before this Christmas. Matt and I are stuff people, we own lots and lots and lots of little things... like rocks, and books, and dishes, and sea shells, and shoes, and little bits of paper that we think are special... Our apartment came with very minimal storage and no area compartmentalization, so for a year I felt burdened by the sight of all that stuff all at once and couldn't handle guests. In the last few weeks we made a great show of effort in getting our space functional for the holiday, which was totally worth it but exhausting. Today I have not gotten out of bed, and have read, in anticipation of all the future parties I will now have, and reflective of my holiday gifts to myself and from others: Canal House Cooking, Kinfolk, six back issues of the Diner Journal, and Harumi's "Your Japanese Kitchen." A good holiday to me is spending the day cooking and eating with friends and family, and hopefully drinking something delicious (and possibly expensive), and I am lucky that the season so far has allowed this. I will ring in the New Year, thusly, at work. These photos are from Thanksgiving at Sam and Alison's in Chicago, where Virginia brought the tenderest Japanese turnips, French breakfast radishes, an abundance of greens and alliums from her farm in Cleveland and we ate the freshest turkey I've even tasted.
Nov 17, 2011