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September 21, 2010

City Maps by Karen M. O’Leary

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Whenever I travel maps are my most important tool, and favorite souvenirs. Before flying somewhere new I pour over maps of my destination to understand a visual layout of the city. As a child my mom and I were always taking road trips across the Southwestern United States – she was the driver, and I was her guide. It was an important role; if I gave her the wrong directions we’d get lost, and I think that being raised reading maps helped develop my solid sense of direction. Now when I travel maps also become a visual journal of my adventures – I circle places and write notes and outline routes and scribble down bus numbers. Looking back on cities I’ve visited – Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, it’s the crumpled worn maps I’ve saved that help me remember what I did and saw.

Because of my love of maps I’m always delighted when I find a new technique or style of displaying a city’s streets. A friend sent me a link to Karen O’Leary’s maps a few months ago and I’ve spent the time since trying to decide which one I want – they’re all so interesting and unique.

New Orleans

New Orleans

I love the simple lines that up close seem abstract, but once you step back fall into the avenues and rivers and boulevards that make up some of the most famous cities in the world.

Manhattan

Manhattan

Recently she’s started posting cut out maps, which against a black background pop dramatically:

Vancouver

Vancouver

Dublin

Dublin

Check out Karen’s Etsy site – has she done your city yet?

September 15, 2010

The Fashion World of Dora Abodi

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New York Fashion Week is in full swing at the moment, with designers from all over the world presenting their latest collections. Curious about whether any of the designers were from our current collection’s regions of Hungary, Romania, or Croatia, I stumbled across the stunning work of Dora Abodi.

Dora Abodi was born in the Transylvania region, though her heritage is Hungarian, Romanian, German, Dutch, and Armenian. Her childhood was spent designing outfits for her dolls and toys. After studying law and journalism she finally decided to focus her energy on Fashion, and she graduated from Mod’Art International Budapest fashion school. Although only 26, she is already taking the fashion world by storm.

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Adobi references literature, sci-fi books, and European comics as inspiration for her line, as well as movie stars from the 1940s, and says that she likes to create stories with her collections. When asked what hurdles she has had to overcome in her career she states “From Eastern Europe it is harder to develop a successful brand because of the financial problems, but on the other side it is a very inspirational and not yet discovered cultural milieu, so  Hungarian designers are ‘rara avis’ and more interesting.”

Ecologically aware, Adobi tries to keep her lines as environmentally conscious as possible. Although handbags are a large part of her line, she does not use exotic leathers, only those from animals such as goats, cows, and sheep.

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You can see Abodi’s work in person September 21st and 22nd at the Capsule Show in NYC.

August 30, 2010

Random Acts of Inspiration: Anna-Wili Highfield

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Paper barn owl sculpture by Anna-Wili Highfield.
Her work is so beautiful.   Check out all her gorgeous paper sculptures.
I also really love her beautiful copper pipe sculptures.
They remind me of when I used to ‘work’ at my dad’s hardware store.   There were so many fun things to make stuff out of.  The copper pipe fittings were one of my favorites to play with.   My creations were no where near this cool.

found on Man Shops Globe