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Ideal Glass

11 Jan

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I had the great fortune to stumble across the Ideal Glass Pop-Up Shop & Art Gallery on 22 E 2nd Street, (Between Bowery and 2nd Ave).  Calling themselves an interdisciplinary industrial space for the development and presentation of unusual works, the Ideal Glass gallery is definitely worth a look.  When I visited it was to see the Art Wear at the pop-up shop but their portfolio also consists of video, music,  and multimedia projects.  The Ideal Orkestra frequently plays at  the Amelie Wine Bar on 22 West 8th Street, their jazzy original tracks keep guests entertained in the candlelight of the French inspired bar/ dining room.

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The clothing in the store was really inventive and though the space was small it was a great showcase of what was on offer from the imagination of Uta Bekaia.  A costume and fashion designer from Tbilisi , Georgia, Bekaia has been working inNew York city since 1998.  Working mostly in costume design he has created work for theater and film companies, he has also done work for interior and industrial design companies.  He is currently part of SaintHollywood a New York based multimedia art project and took part in 2012s Williamsburg Fashion Weekend.

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Check out the website to stay up to date with what’s going on with the very interesting goings and some great videos on http://www.idealglass.org
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New York Vintage

8 Jan

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Seeking out vintage stores in New York can be a daunting prospect.  I think it’s really a matter of time and budget as well as personal shopping style.  There are, for example, the carefully curated stores that present the garments of yesteryear as precious objects.  These stores are airy and spacious and you can pop in and grab something with relative ease, although your bill will reflect the decadence of this particular type of thrift shopping.  For me it’s almost ruins that thrill of treasure hunting that is the drive behind most of my thrift shopping excursions.  Over burdened rails and baskets of tangled scarves are always a good sign that there is something truly unique and amazing in there, you just have to seek it out.

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As usual I was on a mission to find just such a store and this time I got more than I bargained for.  ‘No Relation‘ in East Village is a store that I’ve been visiting over the past few years.  It’s great.  There are hats, dresses, jackets, shoes, mens clothing and more all tightly packed and tempting.  ‘No Relation‘ is a vintage store with thrift store prices.  Here you will find retro gold from the carefully selected stock that reflects styles from the last few decades.  The ground floor is totally packed and contains most of the stock, there is a basement that contains some overflow, flannel shirts, wooly jumpers, and a few more dresses.

The great news is that ‘No Relation’ has expanded to become ‘L Train Vintage’.

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A little chain of six great vintage stores around New York city that are definitely worth a visit.  The other stores are Village Style, Vice Versa Vintage, Vice Versa Parkslope, Atlantis Attic Thrift Warehouse & Urban Jungle Vintage.  I did of course check them all out.  They are all similar in terms of their stock, the main difference is the size.  My favourite has to be Atlantis Attic Thrift Warehouse.  It is so huge that it’s almost spacious.  The high ceiling is adorned with suspended action figures and odd garments hanging from the rafters. The overflowing rails and baskets are surrounded by a bit more space for you to manouever.  This store has everything in vast amounts, men and women’s clothing and an accessory section the size of some of the other L train stores.  Everything is laid out pretty well according to its type, dresses here, jackets there etc.  As I say there is so much stuff here that you need a little time.  The best thing is that it‘s almost a challenge to find anything that costs over $10.  The exceptions would be the leather jackets and boots and a few other items dispersed among the other sections, but really not that much.

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Addresses  . . . 
 
No Relation
204 First Ave, between East 12 & 13 Streets
L Train to First Ave.
 
Village Style
111 E 7th St (between 1st Ave & Avenue A) 
L Train to First Ave.
 
Atlantis Attic Warehouse
771 Metropolitan Ave. Between Humboldt St & Graham Ave.
L Train to Graham Ave
 
Urban Jungle
118 Knickerbocker Ave. between Flushing Ave & Thames Street
L Train to Morgan Ave
 
Vice Versa Vintage
241 Bedford Ave (between North 3 & 4 Streets) Brooklyn, NY 11211
L Train to Bedford Ave
 
Vice Versa Parkslope
550 5th Ave Brooklyn NY 11215
L train to Lorimer, transfer to the G train, G train to 4 Ave. 
 
 
 
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Subway Runway

10 Dec

Jewelry’s Big Day Out

23 Mar

I decided it was time to gather up the jewelry I’ve been making, figure out how to display them and head out the local alternative craft fair. My button post earrings fit perfectly onto my business card, for the longer earrings I made bigger cards and my button rings were perfect in my Ring Display Box. I’ve been working on some necklaces too so I borrowed some black velvet neck displays. It was great to get such positive feedback, and selling a few items was fun.

DIY Ring Display Box

12 Oct

I’ve spent the last few weeks making all kinds of jewellery and in the process of it started to puzzle over how it could all be displayed. There are some suggestions online which I interpreted to get the results I wanted. My first display case is one to showcase the rings I’ve been having fun creating. It’s easy to put together just follow my instructions.

What I Used:
1/2 inch Pipe Insulation
12 X 24 cm Box Frame
1/4 metre Black Stretch Velvet (any stretch fabric will do)

Step 1:
Remove the glass, clips and backboard from your frame.

Step 2:
Measure the width at the back of the frame and cut the pipe insulation into 5 of these lenghts.

Step 3:
Wrap the velvet around the pipe to get an idea how wide you need to cut the strips that will cover each tube. Cut the strips.

Step 4:
Fold the strips in half lenghtways so that the velvet is on the inside. Sew a straight seam along the edge and turn inside out so that you have a tube of velvet.

Step 5:
Feed the pipe insulation lenghts you have cut into the sewn velvet tubes. Tidy up the velvet edges at the ends of the tube by sewing and trimming neatly.


Step 6:
Place the covered insulation tubes into the frame et voila.

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