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Art Deco Earrings for Post-Pandemic Partying

Art Deco Earrings for Post-Pandemic Partying

As news trickles in about the end of our isolation, I continue last week’s design inspiration story for Artem Deco Earrings. Art Deco was style of art and architecture influenced by geometric patterns in ancient art and came to represent the possibilities of the future. The style grew in popularity in Europe and the US in the 1920’s. These were the years following the pandemic of 1918, which killed 50 million people, 675,000 in the US. Look familiar? Stewart and Holmes Wholesale Drug Co. employees on 3rd Avenue during the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic. (University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, SOC0394)...

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Art Deco Earrings and International Inspiration

Art Deco Earrings and International Inspiration

A simple diamond shaped pattern may not seem unusual. It is so familiar we instantly recognize it. We take it for granted. The first time I paid attention to this pattern was at our first stop on a much anticipated family trip to NYC when I was 15, Radio City Music Hall. Built in 1932, the building is a shining example of Art Deco architecture- sleek, streamlined, machine-like, modern.  In the lower level lobby, we were shown circular seating which prevented people from facing each other and therefore keeping quiet. The guide pointed out the diamond shaped pattern in the...

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St. Valentine and Heart Shaped Birth Control

St. Valentine and Heart Shaped Birth Control

Valentine’s Day. I’m a real fan of love and romance thanks to watching Room With A View at the impressionable age of 14. (I also fell in love with Florence but that needs its own post or five). As I age and I see heart-shaped dog pillows and college girls in mini-skirts and heels climb through snow banks on a date, Valentine’s Day seems ridiculous. But that may be appropriate. The ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia was celebrated from Feb. 13th to 15th. Men would go into the cave where Remus and Romulus, the founders of Rome, suckled on the...

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How an Indian Woman gets through Winter

How an Indian Woman gets through Winter

I am currently reading Wintering by Katherine May. It is about downtime in hard times and isolation as an opportunity. I look forward to it every night. At this point the book feels like a friend comforting me. And unlike with my friends, I can touch the book. I learned of Wintering from my friend Nitasha Manchanda, a voracious podcast listener and producer. Nitasha is the creator and host of The Indian Edit podcast where she talks to innovators in design, culture and entrepreneurship building a creative bridge to India. She lives the multi-cultural life many of us do -...

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Modern Pearls Inspired by Madam VP

Modern Pearls Inspired by Madam VP

I hadn’t planned on watching the inauguration, but I did. Frankly, because I thought Justin Timberlake would be there. Seems superficial, but the pendulum swing from Obama’s second inauguration to Trump’s first was vomit inducing and I wanted JT to bring the beat back. It’s been a week since the much anticipated (yet secretly terrifying) event. There was much to love, inspiring moments, and the occasional shadowy reminder of reality. The comfort of having the oldest president ever is the assumption he’s fully aware of Hitler’s failed coup attempt in 1923. As the inauguration went on, I felt my body...

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Julahas. Handwoven capes from India to Amsterdam

Julahas. Handwoven capes from India to Amsterdam

One week into January and I couldn’t follow through on my ‘new year’s resolution’. Last week I again felt that writing an email amidst the horrible reckoning of US history would seem false, oblivious and even distasteful.  Then I saw photos like this: Seeing the army in DC has left some feeling scared and hopeless. For me, it serves as a reminder. If we hold something dear, we have to work to protect it.  My resolution was to find people keeping art alive and share their work with you. I begin with Kanak. Kanak is the founder of Amsterdam based Julahas....

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