Monday, March 21, 2011
by Mountain Man
Over the past few days, I've still been slowly going through the Elkus Family archive online and I can't resist sharing more here...the artwork is incredibly inspiring and from many different tribes from all across North America and all pre-1960! I'm obsessed...it's totally timeless and transporting stuff. This is just a sampling of the collection, and I haven't even gotten to the jewelry yet! Jawdropping.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
This weekend I got free passes to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. As a child, this was the most magical place of all to my brother and I and we spent countless hours lost in its labyrinthine exhibits. Truly, a huge, huge influence on my life.
They tore down the old building about 5 years ago (it wasn't earthquake-safe, so they said) and built a new, thoroughly modern museum. Though I've been several times now, it doesn't hold the same majesty the old one held, and I don't think it's because I am older now. Simply put, it both holds less stuff, and modernity has stripped the soul of the place.
That said, it's not all bad, of course, and one of the major highlights of this latest visit for me was the unexpected discovery of a small exhibit called Evolving Traditions: Southwest Native Pottery and Silver, which produced much "ooh-ing" and "aaaaah-ing" from me.
Here I learned of the Elkus family, who collected thousands of artifacts while being legal advocates for Indians. Their collection is now owned by the Academy and is incredible, as you can see from the images included here (though some of the images are of objects not on display at this exhibit)! Glad to see the Academy highlight subject matter such as this.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I got a gorgeous vintage woven rug from Venezuela for Christmas from my amazing and thoughtful friend Kelly, and of course, my cat took to it immediately, as cats do with delicate and precious things that lie on the floor...
Despite hooking several threads in his over-eager claws and the laborious process of fixing the poor rug, I couldn't adore this little bugger more. And the rug is super fab too, now decorating the floor next to our bed! Love waking up to its super cheery colors!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Going to the mall is a rare occasion for me, and when I go, it's kind of a mind-bender. I think because I am not surrounded by mall culture, living in the big city, I find it interesting, and due to my limited exposure I always have a good time there taking it all in. It's very weird to me that some people shop only the mall. 'Most everything there feels like such a waste to me, except the frozen yogurt, of course!
Anyway, I went so I could hit up JCrew to check out this shirt, which was not good in person. So glad I went and saw it for real! But I ended up quenching my thirst for stripey goodness with these tanks instead in navy and red -- the fit is incredible and I feel like I should be headed to Rockaway Beach with the Ramones in 'em! I don't buy brand new clothing much, but I highly recommend them!
I'm gonna pair the red tank with my old brass u.s. navy locket, some cutoffs, maybe black espadrilles and ride my bike along the shore! Sunny season, here we come!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
sung by Roberta Flack
This alabaster lamp has haunted me for a couple of months now. I think it is the most beautiful I have ever seen. It's almost too elegant for my humble apartment, but maybe that's why I love it so much -- it could add a touch of class where it is needed! ;)
It was sold already when I first laid eyes on it, so from time to time I've been searching for something similar...to no avail. It seems a lamp like this of such high quality is tough to come by, but I am willing to be patient! Here's one that's for sale now that's not bad:
Still, I think I'm gonna just sit back and look around for a while before I spring on anything...