Play Me, I'm Yours

I love this idea.

“Play Me, I’m Yours” is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram who has been touring the project globally since 2008.

From 9am on Monday 21st June, 60 pianos will be available to play across New York City. Presented by Sing for Hope they are located in public parks, streets and plazas the pianos will be available until 5th July for any member of the public to play and engage with.

Go to streetpianos.com/nyc2010/ for a complete list of piano locations.


A Hole In One

I've love warpeDesign. Whenever I'm at a market, I find myself irresistibly drawn to her table. Here's an interview I did with Luise Stromberg, the creative force behind warpeDesign, for handmadeny.com aka the {NewNew} blog:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Walking around some little Tuscan city in the spring sunshine with a gelato in hand, seeing ancient ruins, knowing there will be fabulous pasta for dinner.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing my hands or my eyesight

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Urk.... none. They're famous. I'm not.

Which living person do you most admire?
I've been a big fan of Hella Jongerius ever since I saw her Repeat Collection for Maharam in 2002. She has a wonderful way of getting to the essence of an idea... and then turning it upside down or inside out. She does great designs that are both relevant AND fun.

Do you have a theme song, and what is it?
Not usually. But this winter I had Pandora set to Gwen Stefani radio and I just fell in love with Wind It Up and would chuckle maniacally whenever the Sound of Music yodeling came on.
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Buried in Betsy's Closet

I'm thrilled that persuede jewelry is featured in the blog Buried in Betsy's Closet, which highlights fashion accessories for the frugal. The watermelon theme is perfect for summer -- juicy, refreshing, nutritious and great colors!


Things That Make You Go Hmmm....

When I first saw this, I thought it was a joke. It was listed as a "spring compromise: Show off your pedi and keep yer ankles toasty." But no. It's real. And it's called a sock sandal.
Seriously, what do you think? Are you buying this? I know I won't be, but perhaps I'm just not enough of a visionary.


Going to Governor's Island this Weekend

By all accounts, the {NewNew} Treasure Chest on Governor's Island is not to be missed. I'm going to check it out this weekend, as well as some cool art installations from FIGMENT. Plus you have to travel by ferry to get there, which is just icing on the cake as far as I'm concerned.

Here's a cool clip of the {NewNew} team in action from ABC. Thanks warpeDesign for the link!


A Crafty Questionnaire: Virginia Kraljevic

The latest from my series of interviews with artisans on HandmadeNY:

Virginia Kraljevic is an illustrator, artist, and self-proclaimed "handicrafter" who shares her Manhattan studio with a dog named Watson, a cat who sometimes answers to Madame Bugglesworth, and the myriad fancies of her creative heart.

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