May 21st, 2012
May 15th, 2012
HEY EVERYONE- I’M REALLY HOPING YOU CAN HELP AND JOIN ME AT THIS OHMH EVENT! WE NEED YOUR DOLLARS SO GET YOUR ARSES DOWN THERE!!
HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY I’M INVOLVED:
After going to Africa numerous times, I was struck by the lack of human rights for women. Overall women are disregarded and often treated like objects for bartering. Very few women in southern Africa go past high school and are often traded, and in some tribes circumcised. When I was in Tanzania and Kenya, the men would kill the cattle and eat the meat. They would leave the organs for the women to eat. The women were considered less important and not worthy of eating meat.
I feel that this organization is one small step towards building an infrastructure in the community to help rehabilitate and educate women who are homeless, abandoned and considered worthless. The organization helps build a skill set to build self esteem and enter into the work place. This can only help future women to follow in their footsteps. I hope you come join me in welcoming and supporting this Charity.
AND CHECK OUT THE YOUTUBE VIDEO BELOW FOR SOME MORE INFORMATION! HOPE YOU CAN MAKE IT!
May 11th, 2012
Lucite cameo with gamet and labradorite.
Woven Elizabethan neck form with onyx. It took 3 weeks to make.
May 10th, 2012
Fall editorial look book for 2012.
I was excited to combine a sense of overly embellished baroque with a 90’s modernist sensibility.
Above: Hand woven cultured pearls on a fencing mask. Baroque pearl armor. Took 4 weeks to make.
Hand painted Lucite to look like Malachite with a 1930’s deco feel.
Panther in a reliquary.
Icarus brass helmet.
Headpiece that we custom designed for Jeremy Scott’s runway show.
Hand formed Lucite encrusted with crystals.
May 9th, 2012
Habibi makes it in OK Magazine… It’s gone straight to his head.
May 9th, 2012
Mother’s Day is around the corner and it always prompts memories. I figured I’d share two of them: one of my mother who protected me, and the other of how she helped me to discover art.
As a child, I was an altar boy at the Church of the Virgin Mary in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The service was spoken in Arabic and English, with a little bit of Greek added in. Needless to say I understood only the English! The pageantry of the service kept me riveted though, no matter how late the hour, with the smell of the incense as a kind of extra stimulant.
One Good Friday service, when I was around 10 years old, I was doing my job as an altar boy and I was paired up with a rowdy, much older, Brooklyn kid for the ceremonial procession – priests, deacons and a raft of altar boys. We were walking round and round the altar, bowing when we reached the front of it, for what seemed like an eternity. My fellow altar boy decided to tell me jokes to keep me amused and he made me laugh hysterically, to the point that I literally peed in my pants. I was wearing polyester pants (it was 1978 after all) and of course they did not absorb and became sticky and stinky. The priests were super cool about it and decided to do an impromptu extra walk or two around the altar with paper towels slipped under their shoes so that they could quietly mop it up.
The entire congregation watched it transpire… I was HORRIFIED! Here comes Mom after Mass, cool as a cat, acting like nothing had happened. She kept me under her wing when the service was done and acted like, “What’s your problem?” when people came up to me to say how sorry they were for me. I felt protected.
Next story. When I was growing up in Bay Ridge on 101st and 4th Ave my parents were getting their doctorates at NYU and to supplement their income they were designing dresses. They had rented the apt next to us for $50. Yes $50! Again, it was the 70′s. They used it as a studio to cut, hand dye, sew, and hand paint silk dresses.
My Mom incorporated vintage embroidery from the 1920′s for the bodices and necklines. Then they would both hand paint all kinds of blossoms on the ombred silk. I would watch her hand move, in a very delicate way across the silk. It inspired me to see and create something from nothing.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom. I love you.
May 8th, 2012
We were able to capture this photo of Cameron Diaz yesterday on The Today Show sporting our gold Miss H collar by John (our Web Manager) who was watching the Today Show while calling in “sick” from work. He said he wasn’t feeling well… do we believe him???
May 2nd, 2012
Neiman’s hosted a personal appearance in Chicago and some friends, new and old, stopped by. Here are three ladies all dressed up for the occasion.