All about me (i.e. you)

Try self-love in lieu of Valentine's Day hubbub, and to hell with complainers. Instead of buying yourself gifts (or, in addition to), let's let some things go. For example, our societal mandate to be pleasing to the eye.   This is a paraphrased quote from Erin McKean's fabulous, entertaining, and long-lived blog, A Dress A […]

Sticky Situation: DIY repurposed stationery solution

How to make your own decorative tape and stickers from museum tickets and e-commerce shipping labels Cleaning up my office/studio recently, I found the ticket stubs from my last visit to the Cooper-Hewitt design museum in New York. I remembered I had kept them to use the ticket info to access the exhibit info I saved […]

Chic, reusable straws for International Straw-Free Day

February 3rd is International Straw-Free Day. The last year or so has seen a number of documentaries, news stories, and campaigns re-emphasizing the problems we have created for ourselves with our addiction to "disposable" single-use plastics: shopping bags, food packaging, and especially drinking straws. Most people don't really need them, although they are convenient. If […]

A manifesta for 61 (#reclaimingmylines)

Resolved to: give 0 damns.  Gina Barreca is a treasured comic, writer, and revered crone here in Connecticut. Her recent column on turning 61 was not a gift wishlist, but a list of what she hopes to KonMari the hell out of her mindset, and the values she wants to focus on now now that […]

To do, to see: Spring season at Wesleyan University Center for the Arts

Liz Markus, Celine   Every season, the CFA calendar from Wesleyan University is full of exhibits and musical performances that are so intriguing. I try to make it to at least one concert, but honestly, I could see something every month. They put together a fantastic program of professionals, alumni, staff, and students, and I'm […]

Exhibit: Shaker design featured in Paris and New Britain

bur bowtie (c) Allie McConnell, photographed at Canterbury Shaker Village, Vermont   Today brings the opening of Li Edelkoort's art gallery in Paris. Edelkoort is the founder of Trend Union, a highly influential trend forecasting company. She herself is a significant proponent of artisans, textile craft, and sustainable fashion production.  The first exhibition at Edelkoort […]

Plan your bliss: effective goals and intentions for change

The dark of our long New England winter is the perfect time to clear what no longer serves us well, and to listen to our heart as we set our goals and aspirations. The last couple of years, I've found it really helpful to work with Danielle LaPorte's Desire Map process, Ink + Volt's planners, and returning […]

White Sails: how to get affordable, stylish window curtains

Monet via the Met I dedicated a lot of time in December to styling and settling in to my apartment for winter comfort (and finally unpacking certain boxes that have languished in corners for six months…) January is traditionally the season for white sales, when retailers mark down their stock of home textiles: bedding, linens, […]

Poesia Graminia soft launch this weekend

Poesia Graminia will have our soft launch this weekend during Open Studio Hartford, Saturday and Sunday, November 11-12, 11 am to 5 pm. I will be showing samples and prototypes of my explorations with natural materials and upcycled post-consumer plastics. Explore our archive of plant fiber design objects. Take a selfie with our backdrop made […]

Abundant and overlooked: straw weaving to drinking straws

As I mentioned in this Patreon update, I chose the tagline, “the poetry of weeds” because I want us to intentionally look at what is inconvenient, what we ignore, what we usually dispose of. We need to look for the beauty and utility in the most undervalued, unexpected materials. I mentioned here a US reprint […]