For Soph's b-day we had a taco and tequila party, which included: a Michael Jackson dance party, a Janet Jackson dance party, 100 tacos from Sunset Park, many bottles of tequila, a moustache contest, papunga, and a coconut birthday cake. Very adult contemporary. Piera Gelardi from Refinery 29 was kind enough to take these awesome pictures of the night. Thanks Piera!
Africka and Versace ( Versace from when we were in high school).
The Brooklyn Public Library has an amazing selection of African Art, textile, and photography books. While spending a day there a few months ago, two gems were revealed.... a book on the Ndebele Tribe and the Mbuti Tribe.
This Tribe in South Africa and Zimbabwe are known for their geometric murals that match their fully adorned wool blanket capes, beaded head dresses, and plaid sarongs. The patterns are a weird cross between motifs found in Navajo weaving, Southwestern pottery, and Art Deco Architecture. We loved the day glow color palette too. Nothing like watermelon pink next to rust brown and forest green.
Also found an image of a collectible BMW from 1991, painted in the Ndebele fashion. This could be the one picture that sums up our resort collection: Ndebele meets 90's Versace.
This Pygmy tribe of hunter/gatherers are found in Congo. The women are known for their paintings on bark cloth textiles. I love the psychedelic and doodle like quality. It almost looks like a drawing a stoned teenager would do, yet so much more delicate and complex. And those incredible muted blacks, taupes, and browns...we designed a print based on their work for resort.
CAPGRAS' DELUSION The Capgras delusion (or Capgras syndrome) is a disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that a friend, spouse or other close family member, has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor. This disconnection creates a sense that the observed face is not the person's it purports to be, and therefore lacks the familiarity that should be associated with it. If it is a relative's face, it is experienced as an impostor's; if the sufferer sees their own face they may feel no association between it and their sense of self, resulting in a sense that they do not exist.
PROSOPAGNOSIA Prosopagnosia (sometimes known as face blindness) is a disorder of face perception where the ability to recognize faces is impaired, while the ability to recognize other objects may be relatively intact. Few successful therapies have so far been developed for affected people, although individuals often learn to use 'piecemeal' or 'feature by feature' recognition strategies. This may involve secondary clues such as clothing, hair color, body shape, and voice. Because the face seems to function as an important identifying feature in memory, it can also be difficult for people with this condition to keep track of information about people, and socialize normally with others.
COTARD'S SYNDROME The Cotard delusion or le délire de négation ("negation delirium"), is a rare neuropsychiatric disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that he or she is dead, does not exist, is putrefying or has lost his/her blood or internal organs. Rarely, it can include delusions of immortality.
ALIEN HAND SYNDROME Alien hand syndrome (anarchic hand or Dr. Strangelove syndrome) is an unusual neurological disorder in which one of the sufferer's hands seems to take on a mind of its own. Alien hands can perform complex acts such as undoing buttons, removing clothing, and manipulating tools. Sometimes the sufferer will not be aware of what the alien hand is doing until it is brought to his or her attention, or until the hand does something that draws their attention to its behavior. At times, the hands appear to be acting in opposition to each other. For example, one patient was observed putting a cigarette into her mouth with her intact, 'controlled' hand (her right, dominant hand), following which her alien, non-dominant, left hand came up to grasp the cigarette, pull the cigarette out of her mouth, and toss it away before it could be lit by the controlled, dominant, right hand.
ENVIRONMENTAL DEPENDENCY SYNDROME A disorder in which the patient looses the capacity to keep his own identity constant, as he adapts himself excessively to variations in the social contexts, violating his own identity connotations in order to favor a role which the environment proposes. In one famous case, the patient, when with doctors, assumed the role of a doctor; when with psychologists he said he was a psychologist; at the solicitors he claimed to be a solicitor. The patient doesn't just make these claims, he actually plays the roles and provides believable accounts for how he came to be in these roles. To investigate further, doctors used actors to contrive different scenarios. At a bar, an actor asked the patient for a cocktail, prompting him to immediately fulfill the role of bar-tender, claiming that he was on a two-week trial hoping to gain a permanent position. Taken to the hospital kitchen, the patient quickly assumed the role of head cook, and said he had to concoct special meals for diabetic patients. He maintains these roles until the situation changes. However, he didn't take on the part of a laundry worker at the hospital laundry, perhaps because it was too far out of keeping with his real-life career as a politician.
SYNESTHESIA Synesthesia is a condition in which one type of sensory stimulation creates perception in another sense. In one common form of synesthesia, known as grapheme, color synesthesia or color-graphemic synesthesia, letters or numbers are perceived as inherently colored, while in ordinal linguistic personification, numbers, days of the week and months of the year evoke personalities. In spatial-sequence, or number form synesthesia, numbers, months of the year, and/or days of the week elicit precise locations in space (for example, 1980 may be "farther away" than 1990), or may have a (three-dimensional) view of a year as a map (clockwise or counterclockwise).
Russian/Spanish artist Francisco Infante-Arana made this work in Russia in the 1970's and 80's. His installations are awesome and psychedelic. His work fits perfectly with the album covers made by the design group Hipgnosis, they did amazing album covers for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
10 amazing days in Buenos Aires. Soph and I jumped at the chance to be part of the 6-O Clock Tea, an annual event showing the work of several Argentine designers, and one international designer. This is the home of the Ambassador of Uruguay, where we showed our Fall 09 collection.
Our daily schedule in was more or less as follows:
10:00 wake up
10:30 drink coffee and eat chocolate for breakfast
11:30 watch Alf in Spanish
12:00 sketch and make collages for silk prints
2:30 eat steak
6:00 more coffee
7:00 read Collected Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges (Sophie),
read Motley Crue Bio (Lisa)
9:30 steak with Malbec
12:00 more Malbec
This is quite possibly the most beautiful Burger King in the world. Its located on Calle Florida in the home of Anne Diaz, who is considered a mother of the city. This would be roughly the equivalent of putting a Burger King in Martha Washington's bedroom at Mount Vernon. Which actually may help drive traffic there. Whatever works I guess..
Killer steaks, really good coffee and excellent cocktails- 90% of our diet in Buenos Aires.
La Recoletta Cemetary with gorgeous ancient family crypts and many, many, many cats.
And what cemetary experience would be complete without some awesome Goths hanging out and doing performance art-
ArteBA fair held at the Rural
Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires
Window Display made entirely out of drinking straws