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.
about that time i went to mexico city, to visit my dear sister heathermarie, for the first time, after many years of her living there! boy, did she show me a grand time, take me to beautiful places, introduce me to wonderful people who also shared their gorgeous, vibrant city with me - generally, make me wonder what the heck took me so long to get my ass down there! tlalpan, centro historico, coyoacan, tlalpuente, la condesa…pre-colonial, colonial, mid-century modern, contemporary modern -it’s all going on…good friends, fine food, textiles, art and culture -this long overdue trip was so up my alley. i can hardly wait to return!
enjoy primera parte of my whirl-wind tour!Share
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
for holiday gift bazaars!
i am thrilled everyw’air is part of the bureau of trade X storefront bazaar, downtown, in the ‘arts district’. opening reception this friday dec7, 7 – 9pm!
so, it’s october and in la last week was hotter than hades (not that i’d know exactly). even with the triple digits, my east coast internal calendar-reflex tells me that in october i must start stocking up provisions for some serious cozy-time cooking activities. involving the stove, the oven, the crock pot, the dutch oven, the sauce pan, and of course, the pie pan. all the cast iron pans are seasoned and ready. it’s on! slow and low roasts, stews, soups and survey of all the delish gourds, nuts, roots you’d expect to fall out of the proverbial cornucopia. that’s where my mind and palate is although i’d have to stick my head in the freezer to find just one cool breeze. but i digress. on my way to a knitting store, to peruse wool for a weaving i’m working on, (i am totally preparing for winter hibernation, global warming be damned) i happened upon an awesome, not-too new but new to me, grocery store: atwater village farm: a ‘farm to table corner store.’ like neighborhood grocery stores of yore, it’s the perfect, not too big/not too small scale, with the right representation of everything you could need that’s fresh, mostly local, useful, healthy (alexis smart’s flower remedies, yay!), delicious, nutritious, mouth-watering and affordable. local produce, vegan, gluten/sugar-free AND full-o-wheat/sugar stuffs, dairy and nitrate-free antibiotic-free meats -happy, under one roof. it’s the 21st century utopian grocery store. and soooo attractively presented. friendly, helpful, knowledgable, proud staff. and did i mention -affordable? this is when and where the cozy-time stockpile urge kicked in. stop in, you’ll see what i mean.
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yesterday, elaine brooks, of the list collective, featured a list of some of yours truly’s favorite online shops. today, the love continues with their WIN IT WEDNESDAY GIVEAWAY! yes, all caps for this one. click here for details on how you can win a set of everyw’air sprays! tell your friends…GOOD LUCK!
i’ve been enjoying roddy macdowell’s home movies of his casual malibu gatherings, shot over the summer of 1965. the films are short, silent and somehow, completely captivating. in an era when movie star candids were rare, when privacy meant private, when even tabloid mags were mostly staged photo ops, seeing so many legends, in their youth, relaxed, chatting, drinking, smoking, doing crossword, with their (never seen in tabloids) kids playing on the beach – sheds a new light on the icons we mostly knew through -dare i say it, their work. this is no e!/mtv “who are these people and why do we care” beach mcmansion set-up. it’s a cavalcade of truly talented stars: actors, writers, directors, studio execs of the day with spouses, kids and pets, hanging, (as we all do, with our friends,) nothing fancy. there’s tuesday weld, natalie wood, jane fonda, paul newman, susanne pleshette, hope lang, ruth gordon(!) to name a few but i will say, for me, the starriest of stars in any of these shorts is the regal, tall, tan and lovely lauren bacall. chic-er than chic, a timeless summer-style inspiration, captivating everyone in her midst. you don’t need to know what she’s saying, the body language says it all…
shelter half: a ‘made in america’ pop-up on s la brea. featuring out posts from arcana books, m+b gallery, save khaki, rth, tigers to lillies, caitlin wylde, commune -just to name a few of the talented crafts people represented in this ever evolving space assembled by davide berruto, virginie delavaud and the team from environment furniture. join their mailing list to find out more upcoming workshops in their midsummer night series.
161 s la brea ave 90036 firstname.lastname@example.org 323 936 0225
this thursday, 26 july from 5 – 9pm, plastica will be showcasing 5 of their local LA designers! i’ll be there with a fresh batch of everyw’air sprays and partout roll-on oil. artecnica (hanging mobiles), i. ronni kappos (jewelery), p.a.d. outdoor (planters) and my friends from smiling planet (kids dishes and more) will be all in store to meet and see and shop! “meet the designer” will take place during the “west 3rd street summer stroll”. should be a nice night. look forward to seeing you there!
plastica 8405 west 3rd street, la, 90048 323.655.1051