I made these three quilts for my son while I was pregnant (and a bit neurotic). They were machine pieced and quilted. My kind mother hand sewed the binding on all three while she was in the hospital waiting room just after he was born and while my husband and I got to know our new baby boy. *[What an awesome Grandmom.]
It has been one month since our baby boy arrived (all 9 lbs. 4.5 oz.) and I already can't imagine life without him. I could do without the 2am feedings, but, I must admit, I'm getting used to this new sleep schedule! *[Oeuf animal hats and booties -- bear, dragon, and wolf available]
We're moving today. All of the boxes filling up our apartment remind me of Andy Warhol's Time Capsule Project. Spanning a thirty-year period (1960s through the 1980s), it consists of 610 standard sized cardboard boxes Warhol filled, sealed and sent to storage. A wonderful catalogue of his daily ephemera. *[View some of their contents here.]
From age 10 on, I spent many summer days on the Honda Trail 90s that were kept at our family's Bucks Lake cabin. We were allowed to drive them as soon as we could set the kick-stand and had strength enough to place the bike upright from a lying position. It was great fun. *[Image from "My Freedamn Vol. 8" available at Colette.]
This is from an incredible type specimen book that JP once showed me. He inherited it from his professor and friend Paul Rand. The book's previous owner, Jan Tschichold, one of the most influential typographers of the 20th century, left his ex libris inside the front cover. An incredible history. *[See and read more at AmassBlog.]
Typoésie by Jérome Peignot is a wonderful book full of typographic explorations. My friend, Anisa, shared her copy with me when we worked together at M/W. I tracked down my own copy from Paris in the days before extensive, online book shopping existed. Published in Paris, 1993, 461 pages. *[Get your own copy here or here.]
In celebration of Mother's Day, the Op-Ed editors over at the New York Times asked six female artists (Ruth Gwily, Nathalie Lete, Collier Schorr, Shary Boyle, Paloma Varga Weisz, and Kara Walker) for portraits of their mothers. In addition, these artists described one thing their mothers can do -- that they themselves can't. *[Take a look.]
My daughter passed away last July due to complications related to Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome. Since her birth last May, I was in close contact with Shwachman-Diamond America, a group founded by a mother of two sons with the syndrome. I have remained involved since. *[The new logo below is the first of what I hope to be several projects for SDA.]
Miffy was created in 1955 by Dick Bruna who had been telling his one-year-old son stories about a little rabbit they had seen while on holiday. Miffy became a girl because Bruna decided he wanted to draw a dress and not trousers for his rabbit. *[JP gave me some of his daughter's Miffy book collection for my future kids. They are wonderful books.]
This past February, my friends (Mara Papa, Katie Hatch) and I started HARVEY FAIRCLOTH, a fashion line which debuted at NYC's D&A with great response. The Fall 2009 collection is inspired by Alexey Brodovitch, Native American beading, The Seven Year Itch, Claire McCardell, and everything we've always loved to wear. Available in August. *[More here.]
In the 1960s, a group called the Diggers opened numerous Free Stores in SF's Haight-Ashbury and NYC's East 10th Street in which all items were free for the taking or giving. Today, in NYC's Financial District we have the recently opened Free Store, started by two artists, where goods can be had by bartering. [*Check it out here.]
During WWII, with fears that Japan would overrun Hawaii, the US decided to issue the $1, $5, $10 and $20 Emergency Federal Reserve Notes with the word "HAWAII" overprinted on the front and back to make each note distinctive enough so that they would know if large amounts were being used to fund the enemy war effort. *[I love the contrast of type.] I'm off to jury duty -- wish me *LUCK*.
Last night was the opening of the new Partners & Spade space/gallery/store at 40 Great Jones Street. They invited gallery owners, designers, artists, and creatives to share their work and collections. These include Mike Mills, Maira Kalman, JP Williams, Jason Polan, Mary&Matt, Mister Mort, and me. *[Go and take a look.] Photos via The Scout.
This 1954 issue of the science journal SCOPE was a wedding gift from JP. Designed and art directed by Will Burtin, he believed that "beauty is not necessarily a matter of form or style, but the result of order achieved." Burtin is most credited for his work for The Upjohn Company from the 1940s to the 1960s. *[He's a true design hero.]
I received this set of The New Illustrated Library of Science and Invention for my birthday. Designed and produced by Erik Nitsche, the design, inside and out, is incredible. Assemble your own set here. *[Thank you Ace Jet 170 and Daniel Neville.]
Damn Everything but the Circus by Corita Kent is an alphabet using various quotes she found inspirational and relevant at the time. Corita was a nun and artist during the '60s and taught at the Immaculate Heart College in L.A. *[Buckminster Fuller described a visit to her classroom as "among the most fundamentally inspiring experiences" of his life.] Nice!
Forget All The Rules You Ever Learned About Graphic Design by Bob Gill is a brilliant book. Independent, unorthodox and outspoken, Bob has designed for Apple Corps records, Rainbow Theater, Pirelli, Nestlé, CBS, Universal Pictures, and the United Nations. *[Pick-up a copy here.]
Songs I've had on heavy rotation in 2008:  New Schools: The Sea and Cake,  Official: Q-Tip,  Athene: Hercules and Love Affair,  I'm Still Waiting: Bob Marley,  Wait for the Summer: Yeasayer,  Baltimore: Nina Simone,  Onde Eu Nasci Passa Um Rio: Caetano Veloso,  Shake It Off: Kelly Makeda,  Move: CSS,  Tropical Island: Melpo Mene,  Do For The Others: Crosby, Stills & Nash,  Into Brooklyn, Early in the Morning: The Innocence Mission. *ENJOY!