Archives: October 2013

Big News: best in show and the bahamas

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Top four photos taken at Farm Camp 2013 by Hazel Kiesewetter, bottom two photos by Sara Moffat.
On Monday Morning, I woke up to this delicious little email from Daily Candy!!:

We are thrilled to let you know that YOUR BUSINESS has been selected to represent (NYC) in one of our 10 ‘Who Do You Love?’ categories, going live on DailyCandy.com/Bazaar! NOVEMBER 5th!!!!

‘All year long, our editors hit the streets and the Web to find the best in fashion, beauty, food, lifestyle, and entertainment. Now, we’re celebrating the best of the best across the U.S. with the first-ever DailyCandy Bazaar, launching this Monday, October 28. As a part of the celebration, we’re asking readers across the nation to weigh in on their favorite products, treats, and hotspots through November 6 in our Who Do You Love? polls.’
LDBA’s day is:
Day 9 – November 5- Cast your vote for the: Best in Class: Here are the choices!
Chicago Rebuilding Exchange
Los Angeles The Institute for Domestic Technology
San Francisco Crown Nine

New York L’Ecole des Beaux Arts !!!

We are so proud to be nominated! Thank you Daily Candy!!! NOW-all you have to do is vote for us on November 5th – (click HERE to do so) and THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!!!!!
Don’t forget about the ADULT ARROW MAKING WORKSHOP being held at the Wythe Hotel on November 19. You can sign up here. 

In other news, LDBA will be at Sea for the next 10 days. Stay tuned for dreamy pictures of blue, green, pink, and… fish. We scoured the web for 2 photos that captured our internal vision and came up with these beauties! (photo credits unknown, but thank you!)
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Don’t forget, LDBA loves you.

Give me shelter

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This past August, at LDBA’s inaugural Farm Camp, we spent 5 days and nights camped on a sheep field on the top of Mark Firth’s property- we were 12 kiddos, 6 councilors, several visiting artists and many guests, camping together in vintage french army tents. The weather held up until the very end, when it rained through the night and then down-poured all the next day. We woke to walls of water, but that couldn’t stop us; we had to make a fire and start breakfast, and we needed a shelter for the kiddos. We rigged a less-than-ideal tarp over the fire, tied between 4 small trees. After several tries and hours of struggle, Scarlett and I finally got the fire started. The smoke in the little make-shift fire shelter was brutal, but we hovered around it regardless.
When the parents came later that afternoon to scoop their campers, we had a blissful 2 hour reprise from the rain, where we shared our last meal together, made bows and arrows, and said tearful goodbyes. Willow’s dad, Mark Kolski (one of my favorite new friends) took me aside and pointed to the fire and the rigged tarp and said, “Hey, next year let’s construct a Tipi- the smoke will go right out the top.” I looked at him, my mouth agape- and smacked my forehead with my palm- “OF COURSE WE ARE DOING THAT!” Mark just so happens to be a master builder and said he’d already started figuring out the specs!

I grew up in the mountains in Colorado, and then the desert in New Mexico. My father had a real tipi on our property that he and a Hopi Elder had constructed. It had a little wood stove inside, some sheepskins, and benches and beds around. It was right next to a traditional sweat-lodge that he had built out of willow branches. We would often take ceremonial sweats and then dip into the river to cool off. I had no idea how special this was, and seem to be following in his footsteps in many ways: (he also took kids on camping trips- into the Canyon lands of Utah).
I woke up this morning with both my father and Tipis weaving their way through my thoughts, and combed the web for images to match. Above are my favorite ones- a little tribute to History and tradition, and keeping that history and tradition respected, valid and alive.

SIGN UP for the adult arrow making workshop, happening next month at the Wythe Hotel.  

Rothko on my mind

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Mark Rothko is known for his gorgeous paintings featuring color, shape, balance, depth, composition, and scale; but most of all, they take your breath away. Mark Rothko was a Russian born Abstract painter (1903-1970) and you can read about his life and history here. At LDBA we are often found gazing at his work to draw inspiration and seek a sense of calm; it’s kind of like gazing at the horizon line where the sky meets the ocean.

Lena Corwin’s ‘Made by hand’

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Thursday night we went to a book publishing party put on by Abrams Books- 2 of my friends recently published books that were being featured at this event. “Made by Hand” is Lena Corwin’s second book, and it brings together 8 artists and their projects in a beautifully photographed, (Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes from  3191 Miles Apart) and easy to use collection. (I was able to make a necklace at the event, which I have been wearing since). Above is a sneak peek of some of the projects included inside- this book is a must have and is available to purchase (pre-order) here.

a few of our favorite things: Guggenheim

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When we went to the Guggenheim on Monday, they were in-between shows, and the spiral walk way was closed for installation. Christopher Wool’s show opens on October 25 and as far as we could tell, it looked like a good one. We had a blast seeing the Vasily Kandinsky and Robert Motherwell exhibits, however- and above are 2 of our favorite pieces from each artist: From the top- Kandinsky’s “Sky Blue” (Bleu de Ciel), 1940 and “Succession” from 1935, Motherwell’s “Blue with China Ink” (Homage to John Cage) 1946, and “Untitled” 1943.
You can also sign your kiddo up for this awesome LDBA class, ‘The Picasso Study and The Kandinsky Method‘ happening in December. This class was pioneered by Nikki Berger-Martinez, and your child will learn the fundamentals of shapes and collage and create masterpieces of their own! Sign up HERE.