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.]
Jason Polan will be drawing pictures of things Saturday, March 14 from 11am to 6pm in the window of Partners & Spade. You can come get a drawing of almost anything you want or request a surprise and the artist will try as hard as he can to draw the thing you will like the most. *[Guaranteed fun! Drawings $20.]
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.
The Dress For Dinner Napkin, designed by Héctor Serrano, sure is clever. Tuck one of these napkins into your collar and instantly transform yourself from scruffy so-and-so to a prim and proper gentleman. *[Comes in 2 different stripes, solid, and polka dot; pack of 20.]
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!
The paper chain's history began in England during the reign Queen Victoria from 1837-1901. Victorian children made ornaments, such as stars and doves, from paper or foil and festive colored chains from strips of paper as their contribution to the family's Christmas decorating. *[More paper art ideas here.]
I remember when I paid 10 cents at school for a small carton of milk. Those were the days. [“Hamburger, Popsicle, Price” by Claes Oldenburg, 1962. Materials: Enamel paint on canvas stuffed with kapok.]
Speaking of school, a new 'university' was launched in London, led by a group of artists, writers and intellectuals in a small shop in Bloomsbury. "The School of Life" was designed to help busy people appreciate the finer things in life, like art, books and travel. Take a look.
A letter sent via airmail may be called an aerogramme, aerogram, air letter or simply airmail letter. Here are a few examples (new + old):
A friend and mentor, JP Williams (who was a student and close friend of Rand's), pointed me to the new book, Paul Rand: Conversations with Students. Rand once shared this with former student Jessica Helfand, "You will learn most things by looking," "but reading gives understanding. Reading will make you free." He was a brilliant man.
Below is a newsletter I designed for Kid O, the NYC children's store. Kid O is unique in its dedication to enriching the play and learning experiences of preschool children at home. [*Speaking of kids, I am expecting my first in June 2008!]