Saturday, March 24, 2007

Wife Lovers

I propose an official moratorium on the phrase "wife beater," and suggest we revert back to the traditional "A-Shirt". Its a much more appropriate and pleasing option, don't you think?

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Modern Paul | Cocoon

Artist and friend Paul Sepuya has just released Shoot no.6! Be sure to grab a copy of your own at

A good long while ago Paul and I let our collaborative efforts collide, with the result being the wonderful series of photographs posted on his site under Cocoon. --- finally putting to good use so many yards of white velvet and satin ribbon!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Book Release

I would like to announce the release of the book that has been published as an accompanyment to RRIPPP: Paper Fashion, the exhibition I've been fussing over on this blog for the past few weeks. I have always believed that one of the biggest blessings a curator can offer the public is an opportunity to purchase a beautiful printed document of the work on display. This is an even bigger treat when the exhibition is happening across the globe and we can't make it there in person!

An added bonus with this one is that yours truly got the cover (wink wink).

For a quick preview, I have posted images of the book. Over 300 full color pages of images and text highlighting a really amazing range of paper used in fashion and garment history. Those of you interested in owning your own copy can contact me directly, and I will make arrangements to get you one; and of course you'll have your choice of either the English or Greek edition. 70 dollars and its yours - a steal considering it is only available through the curator directly or at the New Benaki Museum in Athens. I gather the other museums that will host this exhibition in the future will also have it in their bookshops.

Contact me at if you are interested.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Paper This | Paper That

Now that I have returned to Seattle after a really wonderful 10 days in Athens, followed by 3 days in New York City, I feel a responsibility to reflect upon the most meaningful moments of my trip. This is not an order suitable for only one post, so I'll be taking this one piece at a time.

One of the things that struck me most about Athens (and Europe in general, I suppose) is the apparent public appreciation and support for the arts that does not always seem to exist in the United States. The museum's galleries were packed full for the exhibition's open receptions, and there was a steady flow of new faces through the galleries every day thereafter. It was a joy to see so much enthusiasm for new endeavors at a museum, and I was thrilled to be part of it all.

This idea really hit home when I was asked to be part of an in-gallery workshop during my last two days in Athens. Myself, along with a small selection of other visiting designers, were asked to work in the gallery space. I had a stack of newspapers (a lovely creamy peach Greek paper was quickly my favorite) and a scissors, and passed the hours making collar prototypes with simple tools, and chatting with gallery visitors as they came through the space.

Most fun of all was a group of young design students from a university fashion program in Athens. A lively and chatty bunch, they insisted on trying on my collars, and I insisted on getting some photos. As the afternoon progressed, even Bill from the US Embassy and Dimitris from Atopos were willing to join in.

That same afternoon, the exhibition curator's mother was invited to the gallery to crochet with a fine paper yarn - the perfect counterpoint to the rest of the exhibition.

Monday, March 05, 2007


A handful of press updates from around the globe:


Paper Dreams