Sebastian. He and a couple Fortuny friends departed for Venice last week.
Bloomer, Bloomer & Bloomer Attorneys at Law – specializing in forest disputes.
*Update – The Bloomers will be in the shop at 2 PM New York time on Wednesday 4/10.
This silver grey Fortuny owl and some other creatures found their way into the beautiful new window display outside the showroom in the D and D building here in New York. There are some great photos of the window on the Fortuny blog.
he storms off
Last fall the Citizen Watch company commissioned a special piece. My assignment was to “re-imagine” one of their timepieces and to make an object that fits my imagination and personal language.
The watch is called the eco drive- EYES. I re-imagined the watch as an owl and I called my piece ” The Time Keeper”.
He is an expression of the eco-drive watch and an expression of time itself. Focusing on visual and conceptual aspects of the watch, first and most significantly – his face- his eyes specifically, refer in a direct way to to the face of the watch.
Extensive mending was necessary to give the fragile garment structural integrity and that mending is apparent and celebrated, time marks, time transforms. The stitches express the characters and marks of the watch face – stitches sometimes measured and precise ( marking seconds). Stitches and patches expressed as numbers and letters and circles or portions of circles sometimes shifting in scale.
The marks refer to the design of the watch as well as illustrating a passage of time across the owls surface and acknowledging the history and life span of the ruined antique bodice he is made from.
He has gone off to live in the Citizen showroom in Tokyo. Also he is featured in Real Scale Magazine ( a supplement of Ginza) in Japan. The article was written by David G. Imber and Yoshida Mika with photos by Jen Causey.
I think the article will be available on line soon and I’ll post a link when it is.
I’m having a little shop update Monday (12/17 – 2pm ny time), you’ve already seen some of the new things- toadstools and little owls – and there are a couple new ships as well. One is paper mache:
And the other is made from an antique quilt fragment – pretty grays and lilac.
Both have little owl captains.
There is also a new dark toadstool with a little teal owl perched underneath- both made from turn of the century garments.
The new things will be available in the shop on Monday- 12/17 at 2 pm (new york time).
please meet these owls that I made out of scraps
i have stitched them and stitched them, the fronts sides and backs
they fit in pockets and populate nooks
they’re happy on tables or can perch on some books
for hours and hours they stare and don’t blink
with just buttons for eyes they can not even wink
they keep quite still and do not budge one inch
if you poke them or pinch them they won’t even flinch
they love to go boating, that’s a surprise!
but they can’t swim at all – so I’m not sure it’s wise
self reliant, they need no assistance
but cats and canines should be kept at some distance
(special thanks to oscar the cat – you really nailed it oscar )
These owls ( and others) will be in the shop on Monday December 17th along with some boats and toadstools!
Mr. Knickers is made from this pair of wonderful dark and tweedy woolen knickers:
The wool has tiny flecks of purple and green and I used my antique swim bloomers as well as bits of lace and antique glass buttons for eyes. The Mr. N pictured above is the first of a very small numbered edition – 1 and 2 are available now and more soon – as many as the knickers allow – I’m hoping for at least two more.
A long time ago, way back in 2010 I visited the Fortuny showroom here in NYC to talk about making some creatures with their exquisite fabrics. There have been fits and starts and interruptions in the process but lately solid progress has been made towards creating a full collection of creatures that will be available beginning this fall.
Working with patterns, large scale patterns, has challenged how I think about my owls in particular and some interesting things are happening.
More progress photos soon as well as information on where and when things will be available.