Sunday, August 28, 2011

City Gems

Accessorized Skunk and Pink Gorilla Preforming in the Subway!
I have enjoyed the last month of summer working in NYC. Everywhere you look there is vibrant public art, interesting people, and colorful displays; I made sure not to MIS any of it. Here are some moments that made me smile and that I don't want you to MIS.  Keep your eyes peeled and stay inspired by what surrounds you!

Margo Isadora  

Printed Desigual Midtown Store

Vibrant Bike

Shindo Ribbon People... great ribbon vendor

Inside Shindo

The Chef's Figurines @ Cafe Gitane, Soho NYC!

Cafe Gitane's Yellow Vintage Cash Register

Cafe Gitane's Post Card and Notepad!
Skunk and Pink Gorilla Rockin'

Sliver of Blue!

60's Striped Van!
Great Graphic Soho Escape
A Soothing Stream Atop the High Line

The Lush High Line
I SPY a Crochet Covered Trike!


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Captivating Crochet ~ OLEK

The Exhibit Started with A LIVE Model on the Street!
I have always admired the whimsical crochet work of OLEK, a polish Crochet Artist; who has been featured in Style Like U, CBS News and NY Magazine.  When I read of her upcoming exhibit in the Wall Street Journal I knew that it was one not to MIS.  Olek: The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal, the exhibit, began on the street in front of the Jonathan Levine Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. I smiled when I saw the crocheted covered person hanging out in a crocheted covered shopping cart, and as I ventured further down the block I found a gigantic scissor lift covered in Olek's signature, vibrant camouflage crochet!  The outdoor piece of the exhibit blew me away and her exhibit inside the gallery did not disappoint.  It was filled with her incredible creations ~ everything covered in crochet; from people in the gallery, to an entire living room!   Olek was a vision in a wild crochet dress and was lovely to meet.  I visited with my mom and we both left with a desire to create!

Hope you can check it out before it closes on August 27th.
Margo Isadora

p.s. After the exhibit be sure to walk up to the beautiful new piece of the High Line above.  It is a wonderful space~ a calm oasis in the busy city!

And another live model and me alongside a HUGE crocheted sculpture!

Crochet Person Walking Down the Street!

The Fabulous Exhibit

Live Crochet Person on a Crocheted Exercise Bike!

Olek & me! (O wearing an incredible handmade crocheted dress!)

Crocheted Living Room! (with a suspended (fake) person chandelier)

Crocheted Beauty Seat- with a POP of color!

'Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History'-Marlyn Monroe -Olek

Up, Up and Away!

Women Modeling Olek's Work!

Change of pose on my way out...
Awesome Real People Crocheted ~ Head to Toe!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Straws & Shoelaces!

Straw and Shoelace Statement Necklace!
DIY projects are always cool because they transform everyday objects into wearable works of art.  This straw and shoelace necklace project is not one to MIS, as it never ceases to make folks smile.  Below is my tutorial (DIY adapted from I Spy DIY).  Go pick up a pair of shoelaces and a bag of straws from the supermarket, or grab a handful of great colored straws at your local coffee shop.  Have fun creating these eye catching necklaces with friends!    

Margo Isadora 

Straws, Shoelaces & Scissors!

Cut straws to desired lengths
11 Pieces in Total
My longest is 1.75" and shortest is .75"

Straws Cut & Shoelaces Ready!

Thread both shoelaces into the longest straw...

Pull straw to center of laces

Continue to add on straws on each side
by threading the laces in opposite directions

Pull laces through, leaving a little more lace
at the 'bottom' of the necklace; for a flower effect.

Continue to string straws on...

My Great Aunt Sylvia
Looking Regal in Her Straw and Shoelace Necklace!