Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden Part II

Glasshouse Fiori

Glasshouse Fiori

As I mentioned in my last post about the Chihuly Exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, it is so awe-inspiring that I took quite a number of photos and I would break my post up into 2 sections. If you didn't get a chance to read the first post you can click here.   If you did get a chance to read the post you can proceed with the eye candy. Enjoy!

Sapphire Star

Sapphire Star

White Tower with Fiori

White Tower with Fiori

Macchia Forest

Macchia Forest

Macchia Forest

Macchia Forest

Persian Pond

Persian Pond

Persian Pond above is created as a fantasy garden.  I kept my daughter in the photo as a scale comparison.  Chihuly learned a method creating Persians in which a wrap or mold is used to create an undulating pattern on the surface of the glass.  They look so fragile and paper thin, it seems unbelievable that these are glass objects delicately balancing on the water. 

Neon 206 

Neon 206 

Glasshouse Fiori

Glasshouse Fiori

I have asked many people what their favorite piece is.  Do you have a favorite?  I think mine might be the one above, the Glasshouse Fiori.  The way the glass art is placed among the plants is so organic, I can feel it moving, dancing.  The Chihuly exhibit at the NYBG is available to see until October 29th.  It is a short ride from Grand Central Station in Manhattan.  I hope to make it to Chihuly nights where the glass is lit up.  I think this would be a whole other experience.  To find out more about the exhibit you can click here

Have a great day!

Tracey

Inspirations, Garden, Color

Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden

sol del citron

Breathtaking is one word. Awe-inspiring, another.  Dale Chihuly, an American artist who works with glass,  has created dramatic new pieces inspired by his Artwork Installations of 1975 in Lewiston, NY.  I first saw his work when I lived in Portland.  It's always overwhelming and beautiful and I can't help think, how does he do that? What he does with glass is unbelievable and inspirational.  The New York Botanical Garden always has amazing art exhibits.  They never seem to disappoint.  And this summer is no different.  Chihuly has pieces are scattered throughout the New York Botanical Garden complementing and enhancing.  A wonderful place to escape to during a hot summer in the city.  

Polyvitro Crystals

Polyvitro Crystals

Float Boat

Float Boat

the native garden

the native garden

Koda Study #2

Koda Study #2

Harper in front of the Red Reeds on Logs

Harper in front of the Red Reeds on Logs

There are so many photos I am going to break them up into 2 blog posts.  

Enjoy!

Tracey

Product, Brooklyn Made

Time for a Picnic

lobster picnic blanket

Here in the northern hemisphere we are in mid-summer and it certainly feels like it in the northeast. I am probably more aware of it because my mother--in-law from Sydney is visiting and it has been a topic of conversation that it is unusually cold there right now, in the 40's fahreneheit. But here in New York City it has been in the high 80's and 90's plus awful high humidity.  I certainly don't want to stay indoors when the temperatures rise.  Each morning I can't wait to get out to my small urban garden and see what has transformed over night. After I poke around the veggie plants and flowers I like to sit on the couch outside, have an ice coffee and do a little work.  Sometimes I opt for a picnic blanket in our patch of grass.  

Perfect for a baby who is in his or her tummy time stage or learning to crawl or a little one who might be a little unsure of the grass.  My daughter was not a fan of grass or sand in the first few years.  Whatever the case may be I have designed and made a variety of picnic blanket styles that come in 2 fabrications; denim cotton and water resistant poly. 

Neon Orange Tassel Denim Conductor Stripe Blanket $55.00

Neon Orange Tassel Denim Conductor Stripe Blanket $55.00

denim blanket with neon tassels

I am always drawn to the denim and natural fabrics.  I like the way they wash, ware and feel but in early summer when the ground still has that spring dampness or after a heavy rainfall there is nothing like getting a wet bottom on your picnic. For these occasions there are water resistant blankets I am selling in my Etsy shop and at Celebrate Brooklyn. 

Lobster in Nantucket Red Water Resistant Blanket to purchase visit my etsy shop by clicking here. $50.00

Lobster in Nantucket Red Water Resistant Blanket to purchase visit my etsy shop by clicking here. $50.00

These blankets are relatively easy to make depending on straps and pockets.  The main factor is time.  If you don't have the time you can purchase by visiting my Etsy shop or one of the many great shows at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. Check out the schedule here. 

Hope to see you at the bandshell!

Tracey

Market, Napkins, Aprons

Summer Pop up this Sunday

bk maker popup

This Sunday on June 11th I am so excited to be selling with Brooklyn Makers at the Down to Earth Farmer's Market in Park Slope Brooklyn.  I have been thinking of selling at the farmer's markets and when Teresa of Brooklyn Makers announced she was collaborating with Down to Earth I nearly jumped out of my seat I was so thrilled!  Brooklyn Makers will be showcasing 5 to 6 brands at the market this Sunday and Wednesday June 21st in Dumbo.  I will be selling at both.  

Conductor Stripe Denim Picnic Blankets with twill ties, carry strap and d-ring closure.

Conductor Stripe Denim Picnic Blankets with twill ties, carry strap and d-ring closure.

 

You can find new aprons, tea towels, picnic blankets and napkins. I have added quite a few new things for the summer season in bright pinks and adding some tassels too!  

New apron style, the Conductor Shortie Full. 

New apron style, the Conductor Shortie Full. 

Pink, blush and grey napkin collection, reversible to pink pineapple, gold metallic dots and grey squares.  Mix and match!

Pink, blush and grey napkin collection, reversible to pink pineapple, gold metallic dots and grey squares.  Mix and match!

You can see the whole list of makers by visiting Brooklyn Maker's website right here. 

Hope to see you this summer and for an extra 10% off your purchase at the Park Slope of Dumbo pop up,  mention you read my blog post about the Brooklyn Maker Pop Ups!

Tracey

Inspirations, Color

Blush: Color of the Moment

Have you noticed all the blush, dusty peach, faded pink colors out there lately? It's showing up in home, apparel, interiors, accessories. It's amazing. It's a beautiful shade and when put together with other colors it can be a sophisticated new addition. Here are a few of my faves. 

Many of these are from companies I follow on Instagram so I have kept the company name on the photo. From left to right, the farmhouse project, selvedge magazine, abc carpet and home.

Many of these are from companies I follow on Instagram so I have kept the company name on the photo. From left to right, the farmhouse project, selvedge magazine, abc carpet and home.

Blush pinks have a bit of yellow to them and are dustier than your baby pink.  It looks refreshing with spring green which is a lighter, brighter shade.  It also looks sharp next to pea green or golden ochre.

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Here is dusty blush pink with peaches, yellows and whites.  From left to right, Etsy, Brooklyn Haberdashery and The Loome. 

Here is dusty blush pink with peaches, yellows and whites.  From left to right, Etsy, Brooklyn Haberdashery and The Loome

pink and tan

This photo has been on my inspiration wall for a few months now. Unfortunately I cannot remember where it was from. It is from a magazine, possible NY Times Style.  It is actually swatches of wall to wall carpeting but I ripped it out because I love the rose pink shades next to the taupes.

everyman espresso tile wall

And the wall at my local coffee shop, Everyman Espresso.  Love this!