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new artist i enjoy Clare Elsaesser

"Your home should be a retreat from the world"

local-creative:

We first met the women of Sometimes Shop at their first ever pop-up this summer in Greenpoint. We were lured in by Alpaca shaped plant holders, melancholy figurines of ladies lounging in stripes, florals and two pieces, and colorful illustrations that adorned the interior of the space. Self - proclaimed knitting prodigy Gina Rockenwagner’s cozy, color infused quilts were a perfect touch of textile alongside fauna hanging in her hand made macrame plant holders. Kaye Blegvad had us swooning over her little lady (and cat!) head planters. Everyone home needs one.

Meeting serendipitously in New York, Leah and Rachel Levit (creator of the twin figurines and face wall hangings) decided to get a studio together after graduation. Gina and fellow artist/maker Monica Ramos (lady behind the band of Alpacas and beautiful editorial illustrations) also work in the space.  

Most of the artists current work seems to have slowly developed from a process of trial and error, and largely in part to their interest in drawing. Kaye was enrolled in a ceramics class and both Leah and Monica also found a curiosity in the craft. Though not limited to ceramics, the girls find the 3 dimensional art form a great extension of their illustrations. Emphasizing their purpose in design, the sculptures and figurative objects that evolve from their work are different than many traditional ceramists we see these days. We enjoy the whimsical, decorative and design aspect of each of these individuals work. You can find Leah’s surface patterns in Gina’s new patchwork quilts and pillows and love that the girls collaborate on Sad Girls, a zine about girls who make things and have a lot of feelings.

Skillful illustrator and surface pattern designer, Leah Goren and these talented ladies came together to help produce one big happy pop-up that was Sometimes Shop. We love that the pieces in the store were feminine and strong without being overly girly. There is always a compelling aspect of the unexpected in their works. We were lead to these ladies creations through Leah’s illustrations by means of Instagram and internet admiration. When we heard about the pop-up shop, were so happy to actually visit with the girls and see their projects in person.  

It’s really amazing to see friends bring their individual crafts to the table to occasionally team up to produce creative projects that we can all enjoy. Make sure to visit all their individual sites for each artists work, also look out for what’s sure to be an amazing fall & holiday pop-up from the Sometimes girls later this year.

xxJenna and Nicole

local-creative:

Join Local Creative for an afternoon of flowers, food, home goods, local makers and photography shared over a simple summer lunch. Learn the basics of food and prop styling while building relationships with similar minded folks and mingling with our featured makers.  Jenna and Nicole will be demonstrating how small business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring bloggers can create the perfect image for telling their own story or growing an online community. Tips for the best apps to use, notes on composition and how to develop a online brand presence will be revealed. We are passionate about helping local businesses grow, and enhancing participants photography and styling skills. We are excited to have textile artist, Maryanne Moodie, create one of a kind table runners for the class, ceramics from Signe Yberg, sweets provided by Ovenly Bakery, additional props from Straw & Gold’s online home shop and lunch provided by the new Whole Foods in Gowanus.  We will sip on a glass of wine while we prepare a meal, style a table-scape, and come away with a new eye for composing a photograph. Students will leave class with a recipe and special gift from the day’s styling.

Tickets available here!
dreamy Signe Yberg moon dishes

leah goren

local-creative:

We have been patiently waiting for the right time to take Local Creative on the road. For our first outing we opted to hop on the LIRR for a short beach trip to one of the most relaxing destinations we could think of - Montauk, Long Island. For our hotel accommodations we settled up in the coziest cabin-inspired two bedroom suite at Ruschmeyer’s, a Chelsea Hotel with a gorgeous lakeside view and only a short bike ride into town. Ruschmeyer’s was a much needed retreat from the bustling day to day of city life.  

Aesthetically, the property was reminiscent of summer camp of our youth, but with the perks of adult leisurely activities ;). We found ourselves being drawn to the centrally located Magic Garden, complete with hammocks, picnic tables and a lovely light display of chinese lanterns hanging throughout the tree branches.The restaurant, operated by the culinary team behind The Smile in Manhattan, serves fresh seafood fare driven by locally sourced ingredients. If you came to town to dance, Electric Eel’s DJ’s will have you moving into those summer nights. We love that if we wanted a change of scenery we could just hop on a beachcruiser (free to use while your stay) to soak up some sun on the beach!

After some incredible recommendations from the most wonderful and helpful staff, it was no sweat finding some local eats and secret hideaways. Of course, we wanted to share our picks! here’s what we think you should know…

If you love California’s west coast style, fresh eating Joni’s Kitchen is a must visit.  One word - smoothies. The ultimate summer craving, smoothies and juices, we shared the four play made with watermelon, strawberries, mango and peaches. We also tried the thai me up wraps made with sweet gingered grilled chicken with shredded carrots mushrooms, sprouts & organic spinach, served with a spicy peanut sauce wrapped in a rice paper. Joni’s has the perfect beach vibe. From the retro Hawaiian postcards to the hanging surfboards and turquoise & yellow hues we were sold. Her creative kitchen offerings are a great healthy option before getting some sun.

For dinner, of course we wanted seafood. We were lead to South Edison for their clambake as mentioned in Tasting Table and were so pleased! The tasty broth was so addicting  we couldn’t help but fish the bowl for every last bite. The black & blue local sea scallops were equally as enticing and delectably prepared in bed of quinoa, oyster mushroom mix, snap peas and prune jam. We finished our meals with a glass of Wolffer Estate Rosé, a wine from a family of vineyards on the island.

Our final morning was a hazy, dream like voyage to Ditch Plains to watch the surfers in the morning fog. Neither of us surf –yet, but a trip to this beautiful water’s edge will for sure make you want to put on a wet suit, grab a board and paddle out to ride some waves.

If we missed any spots let us know for our next trip!  We love discovering local and feeling a part of the communities we visit.  Until next time…

xxJenna and Nicole

kaye blegvad for kinfolk