this time next week maria and i will be at the ny art book fair at moma ps 1. it’s a great event that i highly recommend checking out! the space itself is really cool; the architecture and various art installations. if you don’t like crowds, i recommend coming in the morning. if you like people-watching, come later! our lines & shapes table is in the “Q” section– come find us. these are some photos from last year.


November 5–7 at MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave
Long Island City, Queens

Thursday, November 4, 2010, PREVIEW, 6pm – 9pm
Friday/Saturday, November 5-6, 2010, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, November 7, 2010, 11am – 5pm

FREE and open to the public.

The Fair hosts over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarian dealers, artists and publishers from twenty countries, offering the best in contemporary art book publishing. A free bus will operate Saturday, Nov. 6 from 1–5 p.m., providing transport for NY Art Book Fair visitors to Long Island City’s many cultural institutions, including Sculpture Center, Flux Factory, Fisher Landau Center for Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Noguchi Museum. Sponsored by the Long Island City Cultural Alliance.

i’m posting these photos shabd took of me in a dress from her spring collection, because i feel SO strongly that someone (more than one!) has to wear this for a wedding dress! i think it would make the most stunning dress for a casual wedding. i love nontraditional wedding dresses!

i’ve started a new blog over here. not surprising, one of the fun parts about being pregnant for me has been a whole new world of textile products! there are many wonderful companies making really beautifully designed, well-made baby/kids things. while i plan to splurge and buy a new item now and then from these great shops, most of the things i’ve found so far have been from used/thrift stores. the new blog will focus on things i’ve found and things i find inspiring related to cloth, fabric, textile, etc. for babies.

top: tas-ka
middle: pheonix and nola
bottom: pendleton

this past saturday we had the make your own perfume workshop with anne mcclain (separate from the raw materials class that i wrote about last week). anne started out by having us all write down a list of scent memories from a place or time in our lives. i started two lists, but then decided to go with my memories from growing up in san francisco.

then, we smelled almost 50 scents and made notes on what they reminded us of, and we started a list of which ones we might want to use in our own perfume. my memories were of the huge jasmine vine that we had in our backyard, the feeling of cool air, the beach and driftwood, pine trees, and also the hippie smells of haight street. next, we did several trial mixtures to figure out the right amounts of each scent, until it felt right.

our “pure” mixes are now macerating for two weeks, before we can mix them with alcohol in the beautiful perfume bottle that anne brought for each of us. what a great class, i loved it– thanks again anne!

the five-week intensive perfumery class started this week, and it was fascinating! anne began with discussing the categories of citrus and spice. we smelled a variety of natural and synthetic scents and it was interesting to try to hone in on what makes up a smell- something that i don’t usually pay much attention to. we smelled pink pepper, cardamom, italian lemon, juniper berry, and lots more.

we also smelled anne’s maine fragrance and i loved it. i’ve always been drawn to rose based perfumes, but this one is more complex, with a mix of grass, campfire, pine, and many other smells (i was surprised to find out that perfumes usually have a combination of 20-50, and sometimes more, scents).

there is still one spot open in saturday’s perfume workshop with anne. the class will focus on creating your own custom blended perfume, and all materials are included.

email info (at) if you’d like to sign up.