Every Autumn in Rhinebeck, NY at The Dutchess County Fair grounds is a most spectacular event call the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival. Last week we attended and here are some images from our trip. The festival is about anything to do with sheep and wool, textiles fibers and weaving. That includes animal and sheep dog trials too!
I am so looking forward to this show!
I was invited back to care for a garden I designed and installed 7 years ago with my former colleagues. It was nice to get back and tend this little paradise above the NYC streets. This garden has THE MOST phenomenal views of NYC. The plants took a beating this winter and I had to replace the clematis and roses. We are trying this Perpetually Yours from Heirloom Roses. http://www.heirloomroses.com/perpetually-yours.html Two of the River Birch had to be replaced with Japanese Willow. I hope these take off and fill the planter. This year I mixed fragrant herbs with Coleus, Euphorbia, Sweet Potato Vine, Creeping Jenny and Sagina. All my gardens have a fairy element to them. A handmade mid fire porcelain mushroom to set the mood.
I love materials. I feel most familar and confident with clay. Years of experience with Contract fabrics has made me confident to explore hand weaving with natural materials. I was thinking how I could meld the two together? So I hand wove this placemat on a rigid Cricket loom. I threw the cup and bowl on an electric wheel and hand built the plate from a slab. I think it came out quite lovely. Maybe a hand dyed napkin with hand crocheted lace would complete this table setting? This is a Judy Chicago subliminal influence I would say.
Many people come to NYC to get their names up in lights. I was born and raised here and got the next best thing. My name up in a NYC park. Matthews-Palmer Park on West 46th street between 9th and 10th avenue, in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Yes it is a real place and the neighborhood isnt what it used to be. This park is the site of the stories of The Umbrella Man during the 1950’s. Now its a hot spot on Friday and Saturday nights like Greenwich Village used to be.
Last night I attended my first Brooklyn Potters Group talk at The Coal Shop on Hoyt street. The artist was Beth Kattleman. She makes whimsical Toile de Jouys out of cone 11 porcelain. Not only is she super bright and talented she was a lovely person.
One of my top three museums reopened recently after a couple of years of renovations.
The coolest exhibit was the IMMERSION ROOM
Digital versions of historic wallpapers from the Cooper Hewitt collection are projected onto the walls. You can change scale just as you would on an iPad or iPhone.
Also you can design repeat designs with the tip of your finger.
I have many interests and skill sets that I use when the need arises. This week I helped out a garden friend who needed to finish up the season of gardening in NYC. A little known fact, many wealthy people have elaborate gardens above the hustle and bustle of NYC. Here are some samples.
A view from the divine Miss M’s garden of the reservoir in Central Park.
Winter boughs. This is my favorite season for plant materials. If only I was permitted to build a fairy house!!!
PARK AVENUE baby.