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On the Fringe

I am currently in a post St. Valentine’s Day love affair with the home goods/home decorating/interior design firm and store Fringed Benefits. It is a manifestation of clever, inspirational design and good taste.

The brainchild of Interior Designer Amy Burns, who has established herself in the business locally for over twenty-years, and her partners Michelle O’Connor (business) and Kate Burns (designer), this venture is a stunning array of home decoration brilliance.

The store is located in the plaza adjacent to Wegman’s DeWitt (6825 E. Genesee Street, Fayetteville, New York 13066). It is closed on Sundays but operates every other day of the week. (Check their website for more information)

The venue is set up like a one-bedroom studio apartment with living-room, bedroom, office and dining-room decor supplemented by areas of small accessories, art, floral arrangements, gifts, candles and plenty of pillow options.

Retailer Glory took me on a tour including the back room, which is Burns’ design studio and offers personal assistance in home decorating including selecting fabrics and wallpapers. Glory’s enthusiasm for the products and budding business acumen made me want to make a purchase. It was a wooden heart ornament (pictured below) that I will cherish.

I had been a Facebook “Top Fan” of this place, but had never wandered in until today. It is an amazing store! You must go to there. Bonus if you tell them I sent you. <3

Choices

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#amicale #kesnyc #theory #coach #ragandbone
#kesnyc #michelledarinjewelry #saksfifthavenue #daydreamerforfreepeople #tashkovski #frame #rebeccaminkoff

We are doing an art lesson called “my favorite things”, which is a small drawing illustrating items using pictograms and some graffiti. I see a lot of pizza, video games, pets, and sports teams represented. Yes, there were clothes and shoes in my sample, but I tried not to be so one-dimensional. I also added…other stuff (I can’t really remember, off the cuff).

Many of these clothing items are among my favorite things/newest things – the Theory sweaters, the Coach leather skirts, the Rag & Bone boots…. Pretty much everything!

#kesnyc #rachelzoe #cbybloomingdales #360cashmere #allsaints #ragandbone
#sofiacashmere #kesnyc @freepeople #aquacashmere #remainbirgerchristiansen #sorel

I had to change my wardrobe this year because it just feels so cold at school. I used to live in cardigans over short sleeve or sleeveless tops – layering to peel them off as the day progressed. I guess I used to get too hot, lol. Oh, and it was also because when I prepped the painting lessons and/or washed the paint brushes I didn’t want my sleeves to get wet or dirty. So there’s currently none of that.

We decided to give each student individual supplies. We are focusing on principles of art captured through sketch book assignments, as well as smaller colored pencil drawings on tagboard or Strathmore drawing paper. We just started second semester.

#kesnyc #theory #360cashmere #tashkovski #joesjeans #ragandbone
#kesnyc #saksfifthavenue #daydreamerforfreepeople #michelledarinjewelry #coach #rebeccaminkoff

I was a V-neck girl before Zoom. Now I think crew necks look better for sitting in front of that screen all day. Saks Fifth Avenue to the rescue – they had a mega sale of cashmere sweaters for only $39.99! Craziness!!!

#kesnyc #aquacashmere #equipment #ragandbone
#kesnyc #theory #cbybloomingdales #coach #ragandbone
#kesnyc #aquacashmere #saksfifthavenue #joesjeans #marcjacobs
#kesnyc #theory #trinaturk #sorel

Here (above and below) are examples of the double sweater look. I know. I have a lot of sweaters. I will get them dry cleaned over mid-winter break, That starts in T-minus nineteen hours.

I will probably live in pjs and work-out gear during break. And possibly my art smock? I have several art projects that require my attention. I must take inventory of my Tashkovski jewelry collection – I recently acquired more vintage butterfly pins! I’d like to do more writing. And organize my closet. Maybe I should do that first.

Decisions/options/choices….

#marcjacobseyewear #360cashmere #bcbgmazxazria #marcjacobs

Colorburst

#amicale #kesnyc #theory #coach #ragandbone
Karen Tashkovski, Princess, 2017, encaustic on masonite, 8″ x 10″ (mounted on chalkboard), $111
#kesnyc #tashkovski #allsaints #joesjeans #ragandbone

Although I was in all black yesterday (above), I’m making a conscious decision to add color to my wardrobe. Color looks better in #ootd pictures. Color is just fun. I color coordinate my walk-in closet – this makes it easier to notice items bought separately and even years apart that end up looking amazing together.

#kesnyc #blackbrown1826 #vince #tashkovski #ragandbone

This Black Brown 1826 cashmere sweater (above) is something I often wear around the house over my pajamas. It is a thick 4-ply cashmere – very cozy and soft. The sleeves had frayed but I loved it so much, I didn’t want to get rid of it. I brought it to DeWitt Cleaners, recently, because I spilled yogurt on it and when I picked it up, it was not only pristine, but someone had magically mended it as well! The yarns of the sleeves were somehow stitched together (crochet hook?) and now it looks great with the most expensive skirt in my wardrobe!

$75 – ITALIAN
#kesnyc #theory #tashkovski #360cashmere #bcbgmaxazria #marcjacobs

This outfit (above) was inspired by one of my encaustic angel paintings, currently located on my bedroom dresser. I have had these silk velvet pants for a while. Paired with Marc Jacobs combat-style boots and the double sweater look, it felt super comfy on that cold day. We are in school on Wednesdays while the students are at home. #officehours

Confidante, 2017, encaustic on masonite, 8″ x 10″ (mounted on 11″ x 14″ chalkboard), $111
#amicale #kesnyc #warnerbros #anntaylor #coach #ragandbone

I rarely wear red – then this Coach leather skirt came along and now I’m singing red’s praises! Absolutely in love with the length. I paired it with an old Ann Taylor cashmere sweater from when the Ann Taylor store was on the second floor of the mall. (Does that store still exist? – IDK)

Royal Gamer, 18″ x 15″, 2012, encaustic, $125
#kesnyc #bcbgmaxazria #sorel
Karen Tashkovski, “Geisha”, 2019, 8″ x 8″, encaustic & collage, $250
#kesnyc #tashkovski #saksfifthavenue #rebeccataylor #frame #rebeccaminkoff

The monochromatic look was the rage at the 2021 Inauguration. It looked a bit like a circa 1980s rainbow wedding to me but fashion instagrammers didn’t agree. They loved that parade. I am not a purple head-to-toe fan either, lol. But blue? Yes!

One color works best when it is a blend of textures while allowing the hues to vary. Here (above) a new cashmere sweater with my tissue thin Rebecca Taylor summer denim dress, a navy silk mask and Frame cropped jeans. Boots, kind of, match my hair.

NFS . – MONKEES #2
#kesnyc #rebeccataylor #karllagerfeldparis

Sometimes I throw on my hat or earmuffs for the #ootd picture and sometimes I wear them most of the day when I am not in the classrooms. There is a lot less moving around these days due to all the Covid restrictions and such, and it just feels a lot colder at work. Hence the double sweater business too.

“SECRET”, 2008, mixed-media, 18″ x 24″
#aquacashmere #talithacollection #tashkovski #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

The fist time I wore this silk Talitha Collection top (above), I was at the Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan concert at the Ampitheater. It was something like ninety degrees in the shade that July day! For a January school day, I threw it on over a thick cashmere turtleneck.

And, P.S., every color in the rainbow looks great paired with these lambskin leather jeans (Joe’s Jeans!)

Karen Tashkovski, “Shibori”, 2019, 8″ x 8″, encaustic & collage, $250
#kesnyc #joie #bcbgmaxazria #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

Finally and full circle, dresses over pants is a fun look – the dresses become tunics/jackets and I get to wear them through the winter and still manage to stay warm. Thank you, Joie and AllSaints, for the leathaaaaaaaa! <3

#kesnyc #tashkovski #allsaints #joesjeans #ragandbone

Golden

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#kesnyc #theory #tashkovski #vince #ragandbone
#kesnyc #aquacashmere #tashkovski #vince #ragandbone

I guess you could say I am in a golden fashion mood lately – meaning I am really into golds, butter yellows, creams and caramel colors while still doing the occasional black Monday looks.

I’m thinking it may be because my hair is blonde now – IDK. Although, I’m feeling the desire for change again. Saw a picture in a magazine of someone with my dream hair and realized it was my old look. Right now I don’t truly feel like me. I mean I don’t feel like I am being true to my authentic self.

#kesnyc #freepeople #tashkovski #rebeccaminkoff
#kesnyc #joie #bcbgmaxazria #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

Maybe it has something to do with wearing masks all the time. It’s a metaphor for hiding yourself from the world, isn’t it (insert Billy Joel’s The Stranger here). I keep making excuses to myself about why I haven’t been painting or writing much. Why I haven’t been blogging about art events either.

Some of those excuses have to do with the pandemic, with the time it is taking to complete the renovations on my house, with my frustration with myself in regard to my faith, belief system and pursuit of happiness. Who am I?

Everything is a work in progress including ourselves as individuals. Will it ever be finished? Will we ever achieve the ultimate self-actualization? I’m going with no…(it’s the journey, it’s the journey, infinity).

#kesnyc #tashkovski #aquacashmere #ullajohnson #trinaturk #ragandbone
#kesnyc #360cashmere #tashkovski #ragandbone #marcjacobs

Fashion is the only thing right now that I feel like I can count on – the luxurious comfort of enjoying cashmere, leather and silk on my skin. I appreciate having someplace to go where I can wear clothes that may or may not reflect the lifestyle I have in the now.

I am in love with Vince, Theory, Rag & Bone…. My Vince lamb leather skirt is in heavy rotation, currently. It is like butttttaaaahhhhh!

#kesnyc #theory #trinaturk #tashkovski #ragandbone

I look forward to the time (the actual day and moment) when I can set up my jewelry shop, both on-line and on my back porch where one side will be jewelry and the other side will be my encaustic art studio.

I have visions of new paintings based on the instructions I gave for my students’ peace posters, as well as work that piggy-backs on the past – hearts, fans, horseshoes and other familiar motifs.

I am contemplating creating a viral holiday, called Positivity Day or Creation Day or Art Appreciation Day, where friends gather in party form (parades would work too) to simply celebrate one another’s talents, as its primary goal/function.

The dream is to have it all – the art, the fashion, the writing, the celebration – that creative life is the golden dream.

That’s what’s authentic. <3

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#kesnyc mask #equipment dress #bcbgeneration sandals
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#kesnyc #theory #milly #joesjeans #rebeccaminkoff

Day Tripping @ 54

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Terry Askey-Cole was in charge today at Gallery 54 (54 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles, New York 13152).  She is one of the artists represented by the gallery.  Fifteen years ago, Askey-Cole took courses in ceramics.  Now she has her own home studio complete with kiln where she creates decorative pieces, like these whimsical floral garden sculptures (below), as well as slab and wheel thrown pottery and mosaics.

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According to the gallery’s website:

Opened July 2009, Gallery 54 is an artist owned and operated gallery located in the scenic Finger Lakes village of Skaneateles. Most of our artists are local to the Finger Lakes/Central NY area and offer our customers a wide variety of high-quality and unique fine art and fine craft, including paintings, mosaics, pottery, art quilts, jewelry, photography, stained glass, handbags, scarves, and more.
In addition to the artwork our owners have on display, we also represent many additional local artists, whose mediums include paintings, jewelry, metal, glass, wood boxes, sculpture, tiles, silk wearables, ceramic clocks, illustrations and more. Be sure to visit our artist’s pages for more information about our artists and to see photographs of their work.

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Askey-Cole said there are eight artist owners.  Other artists may submit their work for jury – they can sell it on commission or sometimes items are purchased wholesale, so working the cash register is optional.  It is an interesting model for business – and quite successful.  Askey-Cole has played a part here for the past eleven years (since its inception)!

Traffic consists mainly of day trippers, like me.  People from outside the Skaneateles area who venture in exploration and leave with a wooden bowl, jewelry, painted glass, knitwear and/or artwork.  Gallery 54 makes use of every available space and when there are several people inside, it’s tight.  There were a bunch of excuse-mes and sorrys today as I guided my way around every nook and cranny.

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My friend Nella Joseph does well here.  She hand-paints glassware.  I am in love with the cardinal pieces (below).

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Richell Castellon is the featured artist.  His original paintings are cityscapes with one of the groupings done in black and white on burlap.  Castellon is also currently exhibiting (until March 30, 2020) in a solo show (From Cuba to Syracuse) at the Wilson Art Gallery in the library at LeMoyne College.

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Eventually I will purchase one of these amazing ceramic slab wall hangings by Peter Valenti.  His work is so incredibly well-crafted.  I love the Arts & Crafts feel with the ginkgo leaf and dragonfly motifs and the copper finishes. They are so distinctive in style!  They are raku-fired, which is the method where the ceramics are removed from the hot kiln and placed in sawdust, salt or another smothering effect to starve the artworks of oxygen thereby affecting the glazing process.  Valenti’s pieces offer rich texture and color.

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Other artists represented by Gallery 54 include Lisa Maffiore, Liz and Rich Micho, Donna Smith, Sallie Thompson, Fred Weisskopf, and Judi Witkin.  The gallery is open 10 AM – 5 PM daily.

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Front & Center

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My recent outfits of the day are heavy on the Theory cashmere sweaters and leather skirts, and jeans by French Connection, Free People and Joe’s Jeans.  My newest acquisition, the Rag & Bone wine-colored patent booties, will be in heaviest rotation in 2020 until I get them in multiple colors (no doubt).  They are fashion perfection in a decorative sense and also function – they’re spot on for walking around in Syracuse, New York in winter.

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Tashkovski bracelets, Theory cashmere cardigan and sweater, Rebecca Taylor silk velvet pants, Marc Jacobs booties

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Lord & Taylor cashmere cardigan, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Marc Jacobs booties

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Tashkovski bracelet, Trina Turk stretch silk top, French Connection leather skirt, Marc Jacobs booties

In about eight hours, I will be getting up early for the last time this year.  After tomorrow,  we will be on a two-week hiatus from school.  I will spend time assessing my bracelet project.  Sales went well at the Sip & Sparkle at The Chop House.  Another event is planned for late January.  I’m contemplating on-line sales too.  Not sure what to do quite yet – I’m waiting for inspiration to guide me.

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Theory cashmere cardigan and sweater, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Calvin Klein booties

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Tashkovski bracelet, Theory cashmere cardigan, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Nine West booties

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Theory cashmere cardigan, Bailey 44 silk top, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Nine West booties

I’ve had so many wonderful things happen to me this year despite it also being one of the most tragic years of my life with the loss of my dad.  It is like a jumble of confusion and clarity.  The last few days have been sort of massively cloudy, kind of like when you ask the Magic Eight Ball a question and you get the murky liquid instead of words spelled out on a triangle.

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Honora jewelry, C by Bloomingdales cashmere cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria leather skirt, Nine West boots

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Free People leather skirt, Nine West boots

I don’t know what’s next, but If 2020 isn’t the year of clarity then that will be the biggest joke of life.  It kind of has to be, right?

Thank you for your support this year and always – of me, my art career and the bracelet thing, and for being one of many international readers of this blog.  I renewed the website.  I am actually on my way to making my first $100 with the monetization of the site – it is very exciting, so, thank you for that too.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, dress and pants, Rag & Bone booties

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Free People cardigan, Theory cashmere sweater, BCBGMaxAzria velvet leggings, Rag & Bone booties

I am grateful for you. <3

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Rebecca Taylor top, Joe’s Jeans leather jeans, Rag & Bone booties

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Theory sweater, Trina Turk skirt, Karl Lagerfeld boots

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Tashkovski bracelet, Rebecca Taylor silk velvet dress, Sorel booties

Norma

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The Tashkovski Collection is officially launching on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 5 – 8 pm at The Chop House on Waring  (200 Waring Road, Syracuse, New York 13224 – (315) 445-1976). The event is called Sip & Sparkle and will include twelve local vendors. They will also have a Wild Turkey bourbon tasting and some appetizers.  It is going to be a lot of fun!

I had a poster made and some postcards.  The bracelets are photographed, catalogued and tagged.  I have a Square reader to process debit/charges.  I am ready to be ready (which means ready, I think).

Here are the latest pieces.  These leather bracelets feature vintage pins manufactured in Estonia circa the 1970s by a tin toy company called NORMA.  I scoured the world looking for them.  I’m in love with them!  The are handmade, one-of-a-kinders.  I know you will fall in love with them too. <3