sticks and stones

i had the pleasure of attending one of the best and most interesting installations i've ever seen a week or so ago. it's dubbed the 'stick stack show' and is the brainchild of Charleston-born  artist Jonathan Brilliant. it's huge. it's so complex. it creates the most beautiful shadows. it took him about 12 hours a day everyday for two weeks to put it together. it is different everytime it moves from gallery to gallery since each gallery is a different layout, amount of space, height of ceilings, etc. it's amazingly big. in the Richmond Visual Arts Center, it takes up a very large room, and accompanying pieces of his are in and around the rooms/halls surrounding the main installation. here's the most amazing part:

the piece is made of 7" wooden coffee stirrers. also, there's zero glue. they're woven together.

and here's a picture of my friend noma for scale and posterity. i told you it was huge. and it extends even more than ten feet higher than noma's head below. my camera just isn't big enough. you can walk under it, inside of it, it's astounding.

it's truly a wonderful show. the rest of the pieces are also made out of coffee cup sleeves, lids, straws, you name it. it's a traveling show, too. it leaves late december - and much like set strike, they're having a strike for the installation come time for it to leave. i can't wait to go help break down this thing.. it's should be interesitng.



blooming leopold

dress - thrifted; belt - wholesale-dress.net; necklace (bullet) - gift; fishnets - bygones vintage in carytown; lipstick - covergirl 'flame'

**i thought this was saved as a draft. turns out it was published. that's what happens when I try to be productive in the wee hours of the night. that's also the reason for the lack of words on the original post.
so this is one of my latest loves - a handmade pin-striped dress from rumors! i saw it and, like the dress in the previous post, fell in love with it instantly. $11. am i right? rumors has sold out a bit lately and become less of a thrift store and more of a boutique, but all the same i am simply mad for this dress.

it instantaneously reminded me of the lovely lady lauren at blooming leopold vintage. she created her own line alongside the vintage she sells, and her spring 2011 pieces are divine. this dress reminds me of her pieces so much. i think what does it is definitely the pinstripes - they are rampant among her line. we're cut from the same cloth in the sense that we both seem to adore stripes. especially those of the pin persuasion.