Welcome to my world. Here are my 2020 #ootd school pictures thus far. My Studio in Art students have been painting with acrylics – these paintings are going to blow your mind. They are sooooo good!!!!! I think they only need a couple more weeks to complete them. I have been wearing stuff that wouldn’t freak me out if it got paint on it. I guess I am saying that fashion is taking a backseat at the moment. I’m a control freak about the brushes – I tell them to use however many they want and need, and I will wash them, so, I spend about twenty minutes washing brushes on my lunch period every day.
Today was the first day of the 2nd semester, believe it or not, which means we are already half-way through the year. I am giving pre-tests and prepping lessons – lots of cool things to come: oil pastels, collage, more paintings and clay!!! I’ll be switching up the artwork on the cabinets soon, as well as eventually organizing the excessive amount of white paint on that back counter, lol, for those of you who scoff at the mess. (It is an art room, after all – that’s what makes it fun and funny). Special thanks to Katy C., my colleague and photographer, who laughs with me every day. <3
Today, after work and a five-mile Green Lakes hike, I headed over to the Sue & Leon Genet Galley at The Nancy Cantor Warehouse (350 W. Fayette Street, Syracuse, New York 13202) for the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection exhibit, Let It Snow! Keeping Warm at Syracuse University, 1870-2020.
I love the irony of this whole premise that it is cold in Syracuse in winter and I’m all hiking my head off for two hours a day thinking it’s totally warm – what’s wrong with you people? Naturally, I am also all about cashmere, fur, leather and down parkas, so this little exhibit was right up my alley. Keeping warm is my schtick. Really, it’s fashion. Fashion’s my schtick.
I frequented this gallery when it was housed in Slocum Hall back in the ’80s, so actually visiting it again, it’s kinda/sorta my old stomping grounds. I am a graduate of the Fashion Design program at Syracuse University and a really cold (minus 4 degrees) day in 1982 is referenced in the literature, which was probably a day I was walking around campus with my gigantic portfolio and paint case or a huge bag of fabric and a sewing kit (dual degree Fashion and Studio Arts) blowing around all over the place. Could this be anymore about me? LOL, sorry….
This is obviously an exhibition of outerwear spanning a century and a half. Everything on the mannequins looks stunning – well preserved and for the most part, timeless.
The show was curated by Professor Jeffrey Mayer. Kirsten Schoonmaker gave a slide presentation during the event tonight sharing her expertise on textiles, specifically a history of the fashion/costume use of wool and fur through the ages. Students in attendance were clearly enthralled by her dynamic presence. She is an Associate Professor of Fashion Design at Syracuse University, as well as the exhibit designer and collection manager.
Let It Snow! will be up through February 28, 2020. You will love it. <3
On Dec. 2, 2019, Syracuse University canceled a full day of classes for the fourth time in its 150-year history. This means that generations of students have trudged through snow, sleet, ice, and wind in order to get to class. How did they keep themselves from shivering as the daytime temperatures plunged as low as -4°F in January of 1982? Students on campus have proved that staying warm doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. Thick fulled wool in fashionable hues has been cut and shaped to follow the silhouettes of the moment, whether it be the 1880s, the 1980s, or today. Collars and cuffs have been trimmed with insulating materials from soft fur to plushy polyester, trapping warm air around exposed skin as icy winds blow. Belts and buttons not only keep coats from flapping, but also add a touch of shape, sparkle, or contrast. Selections from the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection reveal that while faces may change, outerwear has always been a style statement on campus.
About the Sue and Leon Genet Gallery:
Based in the School of Design at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse, the Sue & Leon Genet Gallery is a student-managed space hosting exhibitions from the school’s students, faculty, and alumni. Programing seeks to engage the University and downtown Syracuse community with exhibitions inspired by and related to the field of design. Public gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 pm., or by appointment. Call (315) 443-2455.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been manifesting money in the mail. The first time it happened – OMG, it was totally unexpected. I stumbled upon this site called Rakuten. They know you, know what you like, know where you are on-line shopping. Through emails you click their links to get to things you planned on buying with or without them, things you feel comfortable paying the price offered – and then they give you cash back. Win-win!
As I sit here writing this post, I am wearing the outfit pictured above. These leather jeans are like butter (butttaaaahhhhh….). And the cashmere tunic sweater is perfect-o. Such is the problem of a fashion blogger – how do you continue to wear newbies in the real world and not your very favorite pieces? How to you mix it up to keep it all fresh?
I guess keep doing what I am doing as long as it is fun? I must be a fashion role model for someone out there.
More bracelets. My dining room table is the bracelet factory. These are from the ethnic series, meme series and horses! All are leather with fur (rabbit and sherpa). Rebecca from Tandy Leather taught me how to add snaps. Bracelets fit 5 1/2″ to about 6 1/2″ wrists. The ones that tie have eighteen inches of suede string attached, so they can fit a larger wrist.
Mine is 5 1/2″. I took a poll of wrist sizes via texting a bunch of friends to get a sense for what was standard. Bracelets really need to be tried on. They are infused with positive energy – you kind of need to feel the vibe. It will be so cool when they find permanent homes. They are like foster kittens. Kind of hard to let go…but I think I am ready to be ready (to be ready) to sell them. <3
These Tashkovski collection bracelets are part of the War & Peace series. They are made with vintage US Army patches and pins. There is a Girl Scout patch in the mix (it is from the ’50s!) and a peace pin that was originally designed to protest war. The idea with these pieces is to respect everyone’s position. I truly admire those who serve our country.
$35 – CROSS
CROSS – (BACK)
Ultimately, peace is the goal. Find peace within yourself first and your world will change. I promise you that. <3
I have been working on photographing, pricing, labeling and cataloging the Tashkovski collection bracelets. Here is the group I just finished – a combination of cameos, vintage pieces and St. Christopher medals. Each is one-of-a-kind. Handmade bracelets created with pins in leather, rabbit fur and sherpa.
(NFS) – CAMEO-1
I have a bit more organization to do this weekend before the launch. Once I get it all sorted, I will free up time to make more (and start the process all over again). <3
Dominoes have become my bread and butter – I have been collecting them for many years, using them in my oil and collage paintings since the ’90s. I think they look amazing in these bracelets.
The idea is to create a domino effect. You pick numbers that have meaning for you. You run into others wearing domino bracelets. You find you have a number/numbers in common. You strike up a conversation. Friendships are born.
$25 . – DOMINO-13
DOMINO-13 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-11
DOMINO-11 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-1
DOMINO-1 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-23
DOMINO-23 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-6
DOMINO-6 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-17
DOMINO-17 . (BACK)
It is an idea, a dream, a deep wish, a desire that people can find an element of common ground through fashion and accessories, if that is the way. There are no coincidences.
$25 . – DOMINO-20
DOMINO-20 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-24
DOMINO-24 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-19
DOMINO-19 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-16
DOMINO-16 . (BACK)
$25 . – DOMINO-21
DOMINO-21 . (BACK)
They are priced at $20 or $25 depending on style. I love the vintage flavor to these pieces. That they have survived for so many years and have such delicious patina. And the smell of leather is intoxicating. <3