out and about category archive
t’is the season for giving thanks and giving pressies while also supporting local businesses and artisans. here are a few notable fairs to check when you’re out and about looking for tokens of love, friendship and appreciation.
so, mark your calendars. save the dates. do drop in.
friday, december 6, i’ll be at the oaks school holiday bazaar selling sacs and scents.
the next day, saturday the 7th, take a short drive up to ojai. join us for a lovely evening at the rancho ojai inn.
pace yourself, and save the dates for the following weekend is the echo park craft fair!
stay tuned for more updates…tell your friends…look forward to seeing you!Share
so looking forward to participating in West Coast Craft this weekend. what an awesome line up…do tell your bay area friends…hope to see you there!Share
many moons ago, i was working on a commercial traveling throughout the washington state. the last leg of the journey took us to eastern washington, colfax/pullman area where i met heathermarie and the wonderful heaton family. we stayed in touch. she and her brothers are now the fourth generation wheat farmers and cattle ranchers, harvesting land originally homesteaded by their great-grandfather, working along side their parents, carmen and blake. in my book, that makes her the farmer’s daughter!
shortly after, she moved to LA where we became the bestest of friends, working as stylists, enjoying many epic road trips and adventures together. when heathermarie married and moved to mexico city (read all about my recent visit here and here,) she continued styling and designing, but she always returned home each summer with her family to participate in harvest and showing cattle – a tradition she continues with her sons.
several years ago, on one of her trips to the states, i noticed she was wearing some pretty awesome moccasins. she told me they were her modification of traditional styles found at her local market. a while later she sent me a pair of some traditional sandals she was ‘tweaking’.
i wore out both pairs. to. the. ground.
(above photos courtesy of HMH/jaime reynoso)
starting tonight, sac 1, sac 2 are featured on One Kings Lanes‘ latest artisanal feature! in great company, with abigail chapin’s arc of la hand stamped leather goods (of which i am a proud owner) and nathalie davis’ leather canoe goods (which i’m about to become a proud owner). do check out this 3 day sale.Share
it’s been a few months since I last posted about my trip to Mexico City. and while i have already shared many fantastic experiences, i must say: the highlight of the trip, (beyond the time spent catching up with the lovely heathermarie and kids,) was meeting and spending time with her mother-on-law: the incomparable, margarita malpico. what fine times we had! vibrant, charming, stylish, with a wicked sense of humor, margara is also all-out expert on all cultural things mexican.
for over 15 years margara was with The Museo Nacional de Antropología, so with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the Americas (pre-hispanic to the present) we could have no better personal docent guide us thru the museum and various neighborhoods of DF with fascinating and entertaining historical tales.
from cuisine to ceramics, textiles to artisanal chocolate, all roads lead to margara. a champion of indigenous crafts and artisans, margara travels often to remote villages helping to preserve indigeneous crafts and regularly hosts artisans in her home/salon when they come to town. you never know who you may meet, chez margara.
i am pleased to be included in one kings lanes latest artisanal sale: making scents! now thru 10 september. also featured in this sale: dear friends wendy polish and jo strettel’s candle line le feu de leau , mcmc fragrances and oui ceramic candles. check us out, here.Share
i am so looking forward to participating in this event this weekend.
i’ll be bringing
hope to see you there!
wife, mother, musician, fashion designer, carolina k is truly a renaissance woman. argentinian by birth, based in mexico, with a line sold all over the world, her creations are inspired by her travels and love of hand craft. modern interpretations of traditional folk dress and craft, carolina works closely with crafting communities throughout latin america to create collections for men, women, children and home. all the while with a business emphasis on social responsibilty. originally, heathermarie turned me on to her friend’s clothing line well over 12 years ago. in fact we even used some pieces in photo shoots, back in the day. then, as zero-degrees-of separation would have it, one recent summer one of her sun-dresses was a huge hit at lost & found for me and some of my friends. (yes, sarah brady, the dress!) hm had been cyber-linking us for what seemed like forever so, of course, one of our first adventures was a short road trip to visit her at her studio in tepoztlan. as you can see, it did not disappoint! carolina is warm, relaxed, friendly, vibrant -just like her clothes! we passed the time trading stories, finding more people in common and catching up like old friends. dresses and knit leggings (inspired by peruvian sweaters) left with us that day.
in the works, is a collaboration with heathermarie and carolina that i cannot wait to get my hands on! stay tuned…Share
among the many noteable residences in coyoacan, (like trotsky’s hideout,) is la casa azul, where frida kahlo lived with diego rivera and home to the museo frida kahlo. one of the most famous latin american artists in the 20th century, reknowned for her paintings, physical (and emotional) tribulations, frida kahlo is also revered for her defiant, flamboyant style. inspired by the beautiful traditional dress of the people of Tehuantepec, a southern city where her mother was from, she also used these outfits to either call attention to or divert attention from a variety of physical afflictions resulting from childhood polio (embroidered platform shoes) and a near fatal auto accident (her sculpted, be-dazzled corsets).
until recently, all we had seen are photographs and paintings of fridas’ elaborate outfits, never the garments themselves. after her death, rivera locked away all her belongings, corsets, huipiles, skirts, capes, gowns and accessories. after his death they were in the safe keeping of a friend who kept them until her death in 2002. as if frozen in time, the permanent collection of the museo frida kahlo includes art and ephemera of both frida and diego, placing social and historical significance with letters, newspaper clippings and photographs. but now through november, there is also a small gallery housing temporary, rotating exhibit called, Appearances Can Be Deceiving, of a few of her outfits, accessories, photographs and some contemporary fashion inspired by her oft-imitated style.
you best believe we made a bee-line to pay homage to this style icon (sneaking a few pix along the way!)Share
coyoacan is one of 16 boroughs of mexico city. it’s name, in nahuatl, means ‘place of the coyotes’ and is where the aztecs named this pre-hispanic village mostly populated by the tepenec people. hernan cortes and the spanish used this area as their headquarters making it the capital of ‘new spain’ around 1523. over the centuries the urban sprawl of mexico city developed around coyoacan leaving its’ cobble stone streets, alleys, plazas, gardens and many homes relatively intact amidst a vibrant, thriving bustling community. for locals or tourists, i can think of no better way to explore this gorgeous neighborhood than by bike. so we did. heathermarie’s friend febo, a professor of urban planning at the university, also operates a bike tour company and was our knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide/host. in the cool of mid-morning we breezed through the streets, taking in the sites, while febo explained historical and social significances, often stopping along the way to explore gardens or alleys or doorways or whatever caught our eye. you get to cover so much more ground, breezing around by bike. we had a light lunch at a nearby cantina and afterwards, walked back to wander some more on own. febo and his mexico bike tour offer tours of other areas i would’ve liked to explore, had i the time. next visit. when you visit mexico city i highly recommend adding their bike tour to your list of must-see + do’s.
what a line-up! this is sure to be another wonderful event. loads of great craft, collectibles, mother’s day offerings (- i’ll be there with everyw’air sprays and debuting some new creations), flora, edibles and talent. PLUS a unique (especially for la) opportunity to roam the neighboring streets and explore interesting things; same location as the ’12 holiday fair, the arts district close to little tokyo, moca, metro line etc. so pace yourself and make a day of it! look forward to seeing you there! oh, did i mention moon juice? and blue corn quesadillas???
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the upsetter, a documentary by the duo responsible for the current show.
an infinite source of audio, visual inspiration and thought provocation, this upcoming documentary, vision of paradise, also looks very promising.
some bob marley X lee “scratch” perry
if the sun and moon were not in the heavens, how could plants and trees grow?…those who believe in the Lotus Sutra are as if in winter, but winter always turns to spring. never, from ancient times on, has anyone heard or seen of winter turning back to autumn. -nichiren daishonin
winter always turns to spring. for that, and many other things, i am thankful! since last i posted, much has happened: hibernation, creation, hacking, manifestation, visitations, phishing, rebuilding, deciphering, planting, planning and living. simply. in no particular order, the last couple of months, in pictures.Share