There comes a time when you realise that after two months of being away, familiar weekend drinking/sleeping patterns are emerging, and a kind of wake-up call happens. I feel like time is speeding up and have visions of being back in England with this New York lifestyle as but a mere memory, so I definitely don't want to regret not spending my time wisely. I was aware the Rodarte exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt gallery had started last month but only just realised it was part of a quick, month-long series of installations and would finish on March 14th. There was to be no more procrastinating; it was time to drag myself out of bed and hotfoot it to the Upper East Side sharpish.
Rodarte is the show that I'm always curious to see when fashion week hits. Although they are comfortable in their signature style of material manipulation, each season the story develops and there's always a small detail or new texture that fills you with awe. The exhibition provides a brief look into their design process, highlighting key collections throughout their five year career, situated in an authentic setting reminiscent of their work.
The exhibition was small and these pictures cover two of the three main areas, but quality over quantity was the lesson of the day
Getting these snaps wasn't easy as taking photos is banned throughout the gallery (as you know, I thrive on covert photography) but I just had to capture what my quick sketches could not express, namely the surroundings. I jotted down as many notes as I could; the materials used in combination such as rope, yarn, leather and enough techniques to fill a textiles degree curriculum. It was amazing to see the pieces previously admired on computer screens in reality and to have a glimpse into the numerous ways of construction used by the untrained designers. Freedom and experimentation is the message I took from seeing the sisters' work and I continue to admire the way they find inspiration in the unexpected, such as the building and destruction of homes. If you're in New York at the moment then it's best to hurry as the exhibition finishes this Sunday (March 14th) but don't fret if you're not around, as this video offers a glimpse of the works.
The Design USA exhibition was the focus of the ground floor, showcasing the works of product, landscape and graphic designers and provided some abstract inspiration. Even though the above piece by the Rockwell Group is an idea board for musical set design, don't you think the colours would be perfect for a collection?
A short stroll through the Upper East Side took us back to the Subway; I wonder who lives in a house like this?
Now there's a billboard to get excited by; Liberty for Target is hosting a Bryant Park pop-up shop and I could see myself going crazy in there and buying a teapot purely for the print
The guy who sold us the tickets said we were ten rows from the front...of the mezzanine that is; still the view wasn't too bad
My friends and I were in a spontaneous sort of mood so we decided to queue up and get tickets for West Side Story on Broadway. I didn't really know the plot as I'd only seen bits of the movie and heard songs like America, so it was interesting to see it with no expectations and to purely be entertained by the fabulously talented cast. We've decided to try and see more musicals during our time here, to get the full cultural experience; I'm thinking Wicked should be next...