For the first time in my *almost* 5 years in NYC, I am starting to feel connected to nature again.
I recently just moved uptown – to a part of the city called Washington Heights. This part of the city is home to Fort Tryon Park and The Cloisters Museum. The entire neighbourhood is engulfed in trees, laughing kids and a community of New Yorkers that have lived here for their entire life. I feel as if I’ve found my home.
So in honour of my new ‘hood this 5 Things is about the colours of Autumn. Thank you Washington Heights for showing me that yes – there can be trees and leaves to walk around in on the island of Manhattan without costing eveything I own But shhhhhh don’t tell anyone. xx
illustrated by Rilla Alexander
I attended the Pictoplasma NYC event this month @ Parsons and sat in on Rilla’s presentation. What an inspirational lady – stating that she finds it difficult to finish what she started (exactly how I feel) but I found her very relatable and honest, a true artists heart. Her presentation felt more like a story than a series of slides with her artwork on them. I had a great time listening to the tales of her life, and how this affected her passion for illustration. My favourite piece she completed is above, but I also REALLY loved her illustrations with Rinzen for the Prado museum. I want one of those totes!!
Shredded Wheat Ad
Eco Advertisting by CURB Media
From Hello Kitty & Shredded Wheat advertisements cut out from field crops to snow and beach tagging, these guys are getting creative with materials for advertising. This company is modest about their environmental impact, and don’t want to be seen as only ‘tree-huggers’ as stated on their website. I personally don’t have a television, and dis-like being bombarded with advertising. However – I can give props when a company is doing their job with thought. Check out the snow tagging, and clean adverts – I find these ever so clever.
by Elena Bodnar
Ha. When i first saw this I thought it was a joke! But then after reading a bit more about Dr. Elena Bodnar I found out she won the IG Noble Prize for her emergency bra invention. This thing is not a gas mask for all occasions – but it will help you get out of a toxin filled room alive. I mean, bright red isn’t exactly my color, but if you do a version in black we can talk….
designed by Anthony Duffeleer
I like these things! Buzziplants are these huge flat foam looking plants that you place in your room to keep sound from bouncing around. They also have a cool spikey waffle-like aesethetic happening on all the BuzziSpace product. It also reminds me of Cactus by Guido Drocco in the late 60′s – early 70′s. Now I just have to find (702 euros…or 930 USA bucks) – eek!
Fort Tryon Park
in Upper Manhattan
I’d like to finish this 5 things post with the inspiration it came from – Washington Heights and Fort Tryon Park. Seriously, I didn’t know places like this existed in NYC’s 5 boroughs, let alone the island. There are gardens in this park full of weird flowers i’ve never seen, and procession after wedding procession all year long. It’s also really neat to venture out to the river outlooks and see a full view of the George Washington Bridge. And yes, did I mention the Hudson River views? Amazing. It’s also pretty triumphant to stand at the tallest point of Manhattan. Come on up to the park and give me a call! We’ll go for a walk