I recently finished a big project for the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Lar Approached me about designing this piece in the Spring and it finally saw the stage this past week. The dance is to the beautiful Debussy string quartet and the costumes are based on the Picasso Painting "Family of Saltimbanques"
I was recently in Sweden and while I was there I had a phone conversation with Gia Kourlas who is one of the dance critics for the New York Times. In addition to writing for the times she also writes for TIme Out New York. The Interview Came out last week and I was amazed by how exactly it follows the conversation Gia and I had. I was very flattered to have been chosen for this interview, and I am very happy for the attention it has received.
Thank you Gia.
Click HERE to read the interview
New York Fashion Week has come and gone...... so... after some research i have compiled my top 10 collections.......
I've chosen my 10 favorite looks from each collection and I won't bore you with too many words.
In no specific order my favorite lines of the season were..... click on any of them for additional looks and reviews from Style.com
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I live with 2 extraordinary women. Lindsay Clark and Jenna Fakhoury. I have worked with both of them in various dance companies, and now we occupy a spacious 3 bedroom in Brooklyn, where I do most of my work. Here are some images from the years I spent dancing with these women.
These days, I am not on stage dancing with Lindsay and Jenna... though they continue to work as 2 of the finest female dance performers in New York.... So now... I have them be my models for various projects I am working on.....
To thank them for their generosity in helping me to see my progress.... I will occasionally make them special pieces they can have and keep.
I can't thank these ladies enough. I am sure there will be lots of clothes for them to try on in the future... and hopefully I will have lots more custom made couture garments to give them in return........
When I don't have one of their bodies to use..... sometimes I have to resort to my own.........
This past weekend I spent the weekend with 16 strangers on a beautiful lake in northern New Jersey. The home belongs to the family of Mark Junek and he has been organizing 3 day artist retreats since early 2012. This was the third iteration of makehouse, and I was lucky enough to be a part of it.
For 3 days we lived within a nurturing and productive structure that enabled us to work on projects totally free of distractions and the outside world. The setting was beautiful and serene and the environment of artistic sharing and openness made for a really extraordinary weekend.
In the mornings we were asked to remain silent until the end of breakfast .... I would quietly sketch people in the silence.
I worked on initial construction for a project I am doing for Lar Lubovitch. I presented my design process and a finished muslin of a jacket for my share on Saturday night. Others shared small dance and music performances or reading from scripts they have been working on. Others shared their thoughts for future projects or words to provoke thought among the other artists.
The trip provided amazing clarity and momentum in my practice. Now the goal is to hold onto that practice and keep my momentum going through the chaos of New York City.
Thank you Makehouse! I am forever grateful. I can't wait for the next one. If you are curious about applying to future make house sessions click here... MAKEHOUSE