Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style

Preppy has always been acknowledged as an inherently American phenomenon, a fashion- or anti-fashion as some have called it- whose imagery perpetually connects us to idyllic college days, sport, and the spirit and vitality of youth.

 Jeffrey Banks

From the same author who brought us the previously blogged about Tartan:Romancing the Plaid, comes Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style. A full history of the beginnings and growth of the American preppy style, this is a really interesting book that will definitely be on my Christmas list!

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Happy Wednesday

A few great songs to help get you through the second half of your week. Happy Wednesday.

Dillon Francis – “I.D.G.A.F.O.S.”

Meg & Dia – “Dreams Like Oceans”

Icona Pop – “Nights Like This”

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Multi Is My Favorite Color

Color Blocking inspired prints from AmandaCatherine Designs

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EAMES: The Architect and The Painter

A documentary about the famous couple who had great impact on the design world. Together, Charles and Ray Eames experimented with architecture, art, film, designed objects, and most famously, furniture design. This documentary also focuses on their incredible love story and includes many of the letters they wrote to each other. Below is the link to see if it’s playing in your city! I know I’ll be there.

Film Locations and Dates

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Yo-Yo Ma, Blue Grass Musician?

Having been a fan of Yo-Yo Ma’s beautiful music for a long time, I was thrilled and a bit intrigued to hear that he was releasing a Blue Grass album! Their first album is called Goat Rodeo Sessions. Above is a video of one of Goat Rodeo Session’s new songs. So far, I’m loving it! Anyone who is a fan of Alison Krauss and Union Station (or Blue Grass music in general) will really enjoy this.

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Phonebook 3

I wanted to give a shout out to the recent release of Phonebook 3, a wonderful guide that helps connect artists and administrators. Below is more information from their KickStarter page…

“PHONEBOOK 3 is a directory of independent art spaces, programming, and projects throughout the United States and a collection of critical essays and practical information written by the people who run them. Previous issues of PHONEBOOK published in 2008 and 2009 focused mainly on alternative spaces. PHONEBOOK 3 will expand to include public programming, unconventional residencies, alternative schools, and community resources; all of the projects that form and support art ecologies across the nation, as well as historical documents marking their past.”

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Arthur Erickson Residential Homes

 Graham House

 Hillborn House

 Fire Island House

 Smith House

While completing many civic and commercial buildings during his career, architect Arthur Erickson’s residential projects are some of his most famous. Influenced greatly by Native American dwellings, these beautiful wood framed homes are timeless examples of Pacific Northwest modernism.

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